Wine of the Week
Lost & Found 2016 Red
Sonoma Valley, California
$12.99, $11.69 for Wine Club Members
Normally $25 SAVE 45%
Part two of our California dreaming wine deal. Last week many of you jumped on the Redemption Zinfandel and after giving it a whirl, called back the next day wanting more. This week we have another red accompanied by incredible savings. This supplier is wanting to make room for a new vintage release. We really liked the sample they sent up a couple of weeks back but their price offered wasn't where we were wanting it to be. We threw out a wild number not really expecting them to agree. To our surprise they said yes.
Their loss (Lost) & your gain (Found).
And now for their story. This is a project of Master Sommelier Geoff Kruth with the assistance of winemaker Megan Glaab of Ryme. Lost & Found celebrates the rebirth of an old Bartolomei family vineyard: eight hidden acres on the Russian River's western edge, cooled by fog from the nearby Sonoma Coast, originally planted at the turn of the last century. Geoff and Megan mainly focus on Pinot Noir. This limited bottling, a blend of 36% Carignan, 36% Cinsault, and 28% Mourvèdre actually shows more excitement in my opinion. The Carignan brings red fruit and bright acidity while the Mourvèdre adds blue fruit and texture. Cinsault provides added spice and elegance. The combination leads to a medium-full bodied wine that is delicious and easy to drink, but has some old world charm that makes it real.
It's like a Motown hit parade. It's got rhythm. It's bluesy and has some vibe to it. It's a groovy soulful spirit pumped up for a Friday night.
Notes by Sam Fox
Bruno Cormerais 2019 Gros Plant du Pays Nantais
Loire Valley, France
$11.99, $10.79 for Wine Club Members
Folle Blanche is a grape known as Gros Plant in the Loire, and in some parts of the French southwest, known by the synonym Picpoul, but it is not to be confused with the Picpoul grape found in Languedoc-Roussillon. Folle Blanche has long been used as a blending grape for popular brandies made in France, most often Armagnac and sometimes in Cognac. However, it has suffered a decline in production due to its susceptibility to rot and disease, and as of today less than 3% of vineyards in France grow Folle Blanche. As a result, most Folle Blanche is consumed locally and rarely sees export.
Domaine Bruno Cormerais is located in the Pays Nantais region in the far western Loire Valley, specifically in Chambaudiere, just west of Clisson, in the south-west part of the Muscadet Sevre et Maine appellation, where the granite soils are some of the oldest in France. Here the Folle Blanche wine is known as Gros Plant du Pays Nantais. The Cormerais family has been growing grapes in the region since 1936, and Bruno took over the estate in 1979, with his son Maxime becoming lead winemaker in 2009. Their vision as a winery is to create minimal intervention wines focusing on the unique character of the Muscadet Sevre et Maine region, and traditional varieties such as Folle Blanche.
For the 2019 Gros Plant du Pays Nantais, multiple passes are done through the vineyard to select clean, ripe fruit that captures the essence of the Folle Blanche grape as well as the granitic soils it’s grown on. The wine is bottle aged up to 15 months on the lees to maximize flavor and texture. 100% Folle Blanche, it shows notes of clean citrus and green fruits, as well as green grass. On the palate it is easy drinking, yet expresses minerality and depth while retaining a zippy acidic finish.
Mas de Volques 2017 "Esus" Duché d’Uzès
Rhone Valley, France
$14.99, $13.49 for Wine Club Members
Mas De Voques is a winery in the west of the southern Rhone Valley, in an appellation known as Duché d’Uzes, which as of 2013 was given AOP status (similar to Gigondas, Vacqueyras, etc). The winemakers heading this project are Nicolas Souchon, formerly a cellar master at Clos St. Jean in Chateauneuf du Pape, whose family has owned vineyards in Aigremnot for more than a century, and Philippe Cambie, a superstar consultant whose made wine around the world and at many top Rhone estates. Their shared goal for this wine was to approach it as if they were making Chateauneuf-du- Pape, with a minimal use of new oak.
The 2017 Duché d’Uzès Esus comes in at 45% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 15% Carignan, and 10% Cinsault. This is a wine where we found you could really taste the terroir, which is a special experience because few wines from the Rhone Valley come from as far west as Duché d’Uzès. The vineyards are a mix of clay and limestone and this blend aims to highlight the distinctive Syrah grown on the property. It opens with pronounced wild blueberry and strawberry notes, which lead to chocolate and cedar. The palate is full bodied, rich, and silky, with an excellent bouquet of berry fruits and herbal and earthy notes that lead to a long, delicious finish.
Notes by Hannah Green
Ruth Lewandowski Wines
We are super excited to welcome new releases from winemaker Evan Lewandowski of Ruth Lewandowski Wines. Our distributor had to wait almost six years for his wines; allocations of these wines are few and far between.
Evan travelled extensively in his early winemaking years, working stints in California, New Zealand, and Australia before attending the enology program at Walla Walla Community College and working at Domaine Christian Binner in Alsace for several years. Binner is a master of zero-sulphur wine, and Evan has taken up the “zero” mantle.
After returning to the US, Evan moved back to Utah to start making his own line of wine, which he called Ruth Lewandowski (“Ruth” is named after Evan’s favorite Old Testament text). Using fruit grown in Mendocino county, he would begin fermentation in California then transport the juice in a refrigerated truck to Salt Lake City, where he would complete the fermentation, aging, and bottling process. Evan has since moved to California, along with his entire operation. His wines are superlative northern Cali winemaking. He uses native yeast fermentation, uses no additives, and bottles unfined and unfiltered. And, of course, adds no sulphur to his wines.
2020 Rosé Cuvée Zero
$24.99, 22.49 for Wine Club Members
Evan plays with classic international grape blends in the Northern California climate. This rosé contains the Portuguese grapes Tinta Roriz, Souza, and Touriga Nacional, and drinks almost like a chillable red. The wine is fresh and sunny, but has a gorgeous depth of palate and a lingering finish. Notes of green apple and cranberry keep the wine taut and bright, while the palate, though dry, is smooth and supple. Savor this while contemplating a sunset, or serve with your favorite dinner.
2020 Feints Red
$24.99, $22.49 for Wine Club Members
Feints is a cuvée of classically Piedmont grapes made from 38% Arneis, 32% Dolcetto, 16% Barbera, and 14% Nebbiolo. Feints is foremost an earthy red, with notes of balsamic reduction, bee pollen, and mineral tones. The red fruits are balanced, with notes of plum, cranberry, and sour cherry—there’s also the barest hint of watermelon on the finish, which is gone almost before you can catch it. Feints is an intriguing wine, energetic and complex, with enough balanced acidity and tannins to pair with charred chicken thighs, wild mushroom pizza, or braised radicchio.
2019 Boaz Red
$34.99, $31.49 for Wine Club Members
This brawny red is a co-fermented typical Spanish blend of 78% Carignan, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 9% Grenache. It’s a hefty cuvée from most winemakers, but grown in Mendocino and made in Ruth’s winery, Boaz is a serious wine with a quaffable quality. Deep black fruits of blackberry and baked plum mingle with herbal aromas, roasted chestnut, anise, and white pepper. Boaz is the burliest of the bunch, but remains lithe, acid-driven, and focused. This bottle would be perfect with char siu pork, eggplant and bell pepper stir fry, and cinnamon-kissed dried fruit and rice pilaf.
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