Winestone's Saturday Tasting - "Ideal Wines with Charles Oliver"
March 17, 2018, 12pm - 5pm
2016 Josef & Philipp Bruendlmayer Grüner Veltliner, $16
Where: Kremstal, Niederösterreich, northeastern Austria
Grape(s): Grüner Veltliner
As the Danube River makes its way east from the Alps to Vienna, it flows through some of the most famous and beautiful wine regions of Austria. The Kremstal is a valley named after a tributary (the Krems) that flows into the Danube. The steep slopes of the valley are comprised of rocky and loess (wind-blown silt) soils which help create the minerally and spicy style of Grüner Veltliner for which this area is well known. The climate during the growing season tends to be quite warm during the day with cool nights. These temperature fluctuations preserve the fine aromatics of Grüner Veltliner while also building body and power into the resulting wine. The father and son team of Josef and Philipp Bruendlmayer strive to create lively, aromatic wines that also have structure and longevity. Their 2016 Grüner Veltliner shows bright aromas of lemon, lime zest, green apple, white pepper and white blossoms. On the palate, the mouthwatering acidity is balance by some weight and round texture that lingers to a stony, minerally finish. Pair this with white fish, mild sausages and green vegetables.
2016 Bruna “Majé” Pigato, $20
Where: Riviera Ligure di Ponente, Liguria, northwestern Italy
The Italian Riviera is known for picturesque fishing villages, dramatic cliffs and the historic port of Genova. Grape growing in this largely mountainous region is challenging. The wines of Liguria often stay in Liguria. We feel very fortunate to be able to offer this classic Pigato wine to you. Pigato is closely related to (and some argue it is the same as) Vermentino. It grows well in the soils of western Liguria which is also called the Riviera di Ponente. Three generations of the Bruna family have stubbornly put their hard work and faith into cultivating the Pigato grape in their vineyards. Thanks to them, we are able to share it with you this weekend. On the nose, you'll enjoy aromas of citrus and yellow peach with notes of aromatic herbs and Mediterranean scrub. The wine is fresh and savory on the palate with a saline minerality. Why not enjoy this wine with Ligurian specialties like fresh pesto pasta, marinated anchovies, or focaccia bread with plenty of extra virgin olive oil.
2017 Marietta “Old Vine Rosé”, $16
Where: California, western USA
Grape(s): Syrah, Grenache Noir and Grenache Gris
Marietta’s Old Vine Red (OVR) has been a staple on Winestone’s shelves for many years. However, this new version of “OVR” is a bit different – it’s a rosé! Made from Syrah, Grenache Noir and Grenache Gris, including some of the oldest examples of these varietals in California, this lively rosé has vibrant aromatics and a clean mouthfeel. It offers intense aromas of fresh red cherries and red berries with hints of light, peppery spice. On the palate, the wine is light to medium-bodied, crisp and dry. It delivers freshness, a wealth of fruit flavor and lingering spice. This will be the first rosé from the 2017 vintage to arrive in the store. What better way to usher in the Spring! Enjoy with corned beef, Spring appetizers, Easter celebrations or just on its own.
2016 Fratelli Alessandria Verduno Pelaverga, $20
Where: Verduno, Piemonte, northwestern Italy
Pelaverga is a rare grape variety that mainly makes its home around the Piemontese town of Verduno thanks to a handful of producers who helped to save this variety from extinction. At first, the light wines made from Pelaverga were no match for the famous Nebbiolo wines of the area. Most bottles of Pelaverga were given away to friends. However, the “food-friendliness” of Pelaverga has recently brought this unique wine into the limelight. This wine from the Fratelli Alessandria is lightly pigmented with aromas of red berries, dried flowers, Italian herbs and black pepper. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with light tannins, lively acidity and a minerally finish. The Piemontese suggest drinking Pelaverga along with Carne Cruda (chopped raw beef) or Salsiccia di Bra (raw beef sausage). If raw meat is not your style, then grilled salmon and mushroom dishes work nicely with Pelaverga too.
2015 Domaine de la Pertiane Vacqueyras, $22
Where: Vacqueyras, Rhône Valley, southeastern France
Grape(s): Grenache and Syrah
Vacqueyras, in the Southern Rhône Valley, earned its appellation status in 1990, right after Gigondas. Per repute, it makes wines that are slightly more rustic than those of Gigondas. By regulation, at least half of the blend has to be Grenache. The Bres family owns Domaine de la Pertiane, and they harvest old vine Grenache and young vine Syrah from limestone soils situated at the foot of the Safre Hills. In the glass, the wine is deep red with purple hues. The bouquet is black currant and violet. On the palate, you will taste black currant and bay leaf, supported by silky tannins. Enjoy with a hearty beef stew.
2015 Georges Vigouroux “Vassal de Mercuès” Cahors, $15
Where: Cahors, southwestern France
Grape(s): 85% Malbec, 15% Merlot
The house of Georges Vigouroux makes award winning wines from Cahors, and Vassal de Mercuès is his second wine. The small southwestern appellation of Cahors is unique, not only in France but around the world, for its production of Malbec blended with either Tannat or Merlot. The history of this distinctive region is dated back to the early middle ages by wine historians, and there are records of Cahors wine being sold in London in the early thirteenth century. Along the way, the nickname ‘black wine of Cahors’ was bestowed on these Malbec-based blends. The best wines are thought to come from the least fertile, high, rugged limestone vineyards above the River Lot. This very tasty ‘Vassal’ comes from the third terrace of the Cahors Valley and is aged ten months in stainless steel. In the glass it is dark red with purple hue, the complex nose is of red berry, hinting of spice and vanilla, while on the palate it is full-bodied and smooth, with discrete tannins and flavor of cherry and baking spice. Enjoy with a mature hard cheese or a spicy beef dish.
2012 Château Piney Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, $25
Where: Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, southwestern France
Grape(s): 59% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Malbec
A taste of wine from the ‘under-the-radar’ Château Piney will invite you to join the classic debate - Left bank or Right? Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot? Historic Château or Garagiste wine? Château Piney is one of approximately 400 small producers on the right bank that are so very different from those grand châteaux in the Médoc, and from whom we source wine at affordable prices. The Dumigron family has been farming the Piney estate for five generations and is currently converting it to achieve organic farming status. 2012 was a demanding vintage with October rainfall, but that favored the early ripening Merlot comprising the lion’s share of Piney’s Bordeaux blend. In the glass the wine is deep ruby. On the nose are tobacco, cedar, leather and blueberry. The complex flavors include blackberry preserves, blueberry coulis, and cigar box. A taste of Château Piney may have you tilting to the right------ ; enjoy with filet of beef or venison. Drink now or cellar for up to five years.