2015 Chateau L'Argentier Cinsault
Sommieres, Languedoc, France.
Winemaker Francois Jourdan comes from Santenay in Burgundy and brings that elegance to a region better known for BIG, high-yield winemaking. So much so that rivals gripe about the A.O.C. inauthenticity of his wines. Sour grapes indeed as this 100% Cinsault from 40+ year old, organically farmed vines show's raspberry, strawberry and plummy notes. True to the surroundings, there's a bit of lavender-driven garrigue on the nose. Fresh and lifted, there's plenty of concentration here as well.
2016 Goldatzel Johannisberger Riesling-
Vogelsang. Rheingau, Germany.
Here's a spicy, stoic, firmly chiseled wine with clarity, much like the quartzite soils of the iconic Johannisberg hillside from which the wine's fruit originates. Vogelsang is in reference to the birdsong of the vineyard's airborne denizens. This Riesling shows lime blossom, white peach, petrol, green mango, white flowers and crushed stone...all the attributes that make Rieslings so compelling in precise abundance. There's mouthwatering acidity and minerality on the finish to demand further examination.
2016 Cave de Saumur Les Pouches
Saumur, Loire Valley, France.
This is textbook Saumur. 100% Cabernet Franc.
Medium-bodied, black fruits with floral aromatics, just the right touch of green with graphite, chalk and stoniness. There's also lovely integration of its gritty tannins to support its component parts. It can be quite difficult to find a young wine with such maturity and we're so glad we did. Saumur is famous for its homes and wineries carved out of the chalky hillsides and this wine takes you to this beautiful place.
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