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Monthly Red
2016 Ricasoli Toscana Rosso, Tuscany

The history of Italy cannot be told without including the prominent contributions of the Ricasoli family, who have produced wine since 1141.  Ricasoli is documented as the oldest winery in Italy and the fourth oldest family business in the world.  A beautiful illustration of the family tree in 1584 is one of the first images of the Chianti area and the family archives include export receipts dating back to the late 1600s. But Ricasoli is anything but stuck in the past. Their 2016 Toscana IGT is made with Sangiovese, but also Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. All the grapes are fermented and then aged for 3-4 months in used barrels, which makes the wine youthful and lively on the palate. Delicate flavors of red berries dominate with a hint of herbaceousness. Easy drinking with or without the tomato sauce.

Monthly White
2017 Montfaucon Gardettes Rosé, Rhône

With the warmer weather approaching, it only seems appropriate to offer the 2017 Montfaucon Rosé in our front bin. Château Montfaucon produces beautifully structured wines with elegance and finesse. The winery is located in an 11th century castle that began producing wine in 1520. After many years selling grapes to a cooperative, Rodolphe de Pins undertook the task of rebuilding the winery. Experience at Henschke and Vieux Telegraphe inspired a transition at the estate using techniques that involve concrete tanks for fermentation with co-fermentation of each varietal. The 2017 rosé is a blend of Cinsault, Counoise, and Grenache. The final product is a balanced, harmonious wine, with delicate aromas of peach, raspberry and violet. Easy to match with all types of food.

Featured Red Wines

2017 Apaltagua Carménère, Chile

Apaltagua has vineyards planted in the Apalta Valley of Colchagua and produces a total of 235,000 cases of wine from six different valleys in Chile. The diversity of fruit sources allows them to be selective with only producing wines from the best grapes in each region. The granitic gravel soils of Colchagua provide a fine granular texture that works especially well for the production of grapes like Carménère, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. The 2017 Apaltagua Carménère Reserva boasts an opaque purple color, with notes of tobacco leaf, fresh thyme, violets, and toasty oak. Loads of concentrated dark cherry, blackberry, and plum fruits fill the glass and are gently accented by the herb and oak components. Generous and quaffable, the soft, round tannin structure of this wine is perfect for smooth sipping.

2015 Domaine d’Aupilhac “Lou Maset”, Languedoc

Since 1989, Sylvain Fadet has been farming and producing wines from this special 18-hectare lieu-dit parcel in the village of Montpeyroux, within the Coteaux du Languedoc. Vineyards have been planted here since the Roman times and require a tremendous financial and time commitment to produce quality fruit.  The steep, south facing slopes are situated at 1200 feet above sea level and have a unique volcanic soil comprised of marine fossils and raw limestone, called Cocalières.  The blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 10% Carignan, 5% Syrah, 5% Alicante Bouchet comes from vineyards that average 20 years old and have been certified organic.  Fadet produces wines with power and finesse,and the 2015 Lou Maset cuvée is no exception.  The wine is bold and spicy on the palate, with an intoxicating combination of vibrant fruit, flowers, game, and mineral.

2015 La Carafe Bourgogne Rouge, Burgundy

La Carafe a project between the dynamic Little Nell Hotel duo, Wine Director Carlton McCoy, MS and F&B Director Csaba Oveges. We’ve been proud to carry their wines since its launch a couple years ago and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. We have offered their Touraine Sauvignon, Bourgogne Blanc, rosé, and red wine from Corbiéres. This Bourgogne rouge is sourced from a combination of vineyard sites varying in vine age, but all producing outstanding fruit quality. The sites are carefully selected for Pinot Noir grapes that are capable of offering a wine with the perfect balance of freshness and finesse.  2015 is an outstanding vintage and yielded concentrated wines with plenty of depth and flavor.  The La Carafe Bourgogne was carefully fermented using 20% used French Oak barrel and bottled with approachability and drinkability in mind.

2016 Corvidae Wines Lenore Syrah, Washington

The Corvidae label is the value or second-tier label for the highly respected Owen Roe Winery in Washington state. Corvidae is the Latin name for the family of birds that includes the Crow, Raven, Jay and Magpie. These “dark” birds are everywhere in the vineyards of Eastern Washington. This spectacular Syrah is sourced from several vineyards throughout the Yakima Valley and the Horse Heaven Hills. The 2015 Lenore Syrah shows an opulent and balanced style for a new world wine. A period of aging in neutral French oak helps maintain the bright berry and savory aromatics of this wild, gamey varietal. Lovely aromas of roasted herbs, game, smoke, and violets play beautifully together in the glass then translate seamlessly to the palate with power and concentration.

2017 Chateau Massiac Minervois Rouge “Cuvee Sentinelle

Chateau Massiac has a long history that dates back to the Roman Empire when this area was colonized by the Romans using the nearby Mediterranean port of Narbonne. The estate transferred ownership numerous times and was eventually burned down during the French Revolution. Bernard Boudouresques and his family recently revived the domaine, planting vineyards and converting the estate to organic viticulture. They found the soil here to have particularly good drainage which accounts for a high level of concentration in the wine. Additionally, the vines benefit from the strong winds that sweep north from the Mediterranean to regulate temperature and prevent rot. Cuvée Sentinelle is a blend of mostly Syrah and Carignan, and shows and nice balance of fruit flavors with earthy notes of flowers and spices. The supple tannins lead to a long, enjoyable finish.

Featured White Wines

2017 Contrade Malvasia/Chardonnay, Puglia

The Falvo family is known for their Masseria Li Veli winery, but started this new project in 2015 based on long-term partnerships with local growers and with guidance of super-star consulting enologist, Riccardo Cotarella.  The Salento region is situated in the heel of the boot, with influences from the Ionian and Adriatic seas.  The fertile soils and moderate temperatures offer the perfect climate for producing wines with richness and balance.  The Contrade white is a unique blend of 90% Malvasia Bianco and 10% Chardonnay.  Malvasia is an ancient Mediterranean grape with wild floral aromatics, ripe fruit profile, and lush texture. Its richness and exotic tones compliment the earthy sweetness of squash, carrots, bitter greens, and fish or chicken with fresh herbs.

2017 Ananto Macabeo Organic, Utiel-Requena

Utiel Requena is a Spanish DO for wines that are located in the province of Valencia. The region takes its name from the two neighboring towns Utiel and Requena as well as its focus on the use of regional grape varieties. The cool nights in these 3000 feet altitude vineyards combined with warm, dry days are the perfect combination for producing Macabeo with freshness and bright acidity. The Ananto Macabeo is sourced from 35+ year old bush vines grown at 900 meters in El Pozo Viejo. All of the fruit is organically produced and certified. Look for intense fruit flavors of golden apple, quince, and melon, as well as earth tones of river rocks, leaves, and spring flowers that come together for a harmonious glass of wine.

2017 Vale Do Homem Vinho Verde Branco

99% of the wines coming out of the Vinho Verde region of Portugal are the same: Light, spritzy, fruity, and a little sweet. That’s not to say that these are bad wines. They are easily enjoyable, highly refreshing on a hot day, and generally very affordable. But they are not wines that demand deep thought and introspection, and are rightfully described as “simple”. The other 1% of wines from Vinho Verde are more like the Quintas do Homem “Vale do Homem” Vinho Verde. Instead of being bottled young like a typical Vinho Verde (“Vinho Verde” literally means “green wine” but is actually translated as “young wine”), Vale do Homem is aged on the yeast for a few months to create richness and depth. Intense flavors of lemon curd and golden apples jump out of the glass with a minerally bright finish.

2017 Domaine de Reuilly “Les Pierres Plates” Sauvignon Blanc

Reuilly is located in eastern part of the Loire Valley, and is most commonly known as a poor man’s Sancerre. While the comparison is not unjust, considering they both have soil high in Kimmeridgian limestone and similar climates, Reuilly really deserves to be considered on its own merits. Denis Jamain of Domaine de Reuilly has taken great strides to improve the quality of wine coming out of Reuilly. After studying in the United States he returned to his family’s estate where he began improving the conditions of the vineyards and changing to organic and biodynamic farming practices. He now produces Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs that are rich in character and full of personality. The “Les Pierres Plates” shows the mineral side of Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of citrus and floral aromas. You can call it a poor man’s Sancerre, but we prefer to call it a beautiful Reuilly.

2014 Királyudvar Furmint Sec, Hungary

Tokaji has a long history of producing some of the world’s best dessert wines. Intensely sweet but with balanced acidity, these wines were the favorite of King Louis XV and are mentioned in the Hungarian national anthem. But times they are a changin’. About 20 years ago dry wines from Tokaji started to be produced in larger numbers and garnered accolades similar to the famous sweet wines. Királyudvar started making their Sec wine in 2005, using organic and biodynamic methods inspired by their sister-winery, Domaine Huet, in the Loire Valley. The grapes for the Furmint Sec are fermented bone-dry by indigenous yeast and then aged in large, neutral-oak barrels. Its rich texture and flavors of ripe golden apples remind us of the historic sweet version, but the lack of sugar and crisp finish show how impressive these dry versions can be.