WINES OF THE WEEK
SOME OF THE BEST WINE DEALS!
Antoine Area "Morta Maio" Patrimonio 2010
Regional grape varieties, Nielluccio and Vermentino (also known as Malvoisie de Corse)
"Morta Maio" hails from the northern part of the island and is composed of single-vineyard Niellucciu grown in a mixture of chalk, clay, and limestone soils that surrounds the Arena's house. The name of the vineyard translates to "The Eldest Myrtle," referencing the myrtle shrub that is found throughout Corsica. Redolent of bright red fruits, hints of flowers-and, yes, myrtle-this wine is delightfully fresh and vibrant while also earthy and deep. So, don't save this red just for grilled sausages and steak. Arena's Patrimonios also pair exceptionally well with fish, poultry, and veggies. There's a ton of versatility here!
Brooks Wine Estate Riesling 2016
92 Points Wine Enthusiast
Cantaloupe and honeydew melon on the nose, with faint aromatics of honeysuckle and gardenia. A hint of petrol along with tangerine and nectarine. Rich, ripe fruits, fresh-cut melon and cantaloupe, lemon pie, yellow peaches, and ripe pear. This ripe, opulent fruit is balanced with lifting, acidity, and a mouthwatering, crisp finish. Hints of fresh sun box herbs like thyme, basil, and lemongrass.
Chateau Feuillet Valle D'Aosta Petite Arvine 2017
If one were to imagine a fairy tale setting rivaled only by something from the mind of Tolkien, Italy's Valle D'Aosta DOC is it. Mountains, valleys, rivers, castles, and, delightfully, steeply terraced vineyards which combine abundant sun, profound diurnal temperatures, and granitic soils to produce some of Europe's most interesting and delicious wines. In addition, the Phylloxera louse is a stranger in this severe quarter which allows for ungrafted rootstocks of impressive age and vitality. Maurizio Fiorano's Petite Arvine is racy and vibrant with a pleasing core of stone fruit and citrus notes. There's classic stoniness on the lingering finish. So delicious!
Domaine du Closel Savennieres La Jalousie 2015
France's Loire Valley is home to, arguably, the world's greatest Chenin Blanc, and one can further declare that Savennieres is where it reaches its zenith. This classic example exhibits aromas of quince, citrus peel, dried flowers, almond, beeswax, and lime that echo on the palate. It shows richness and weight yet possesses laser-like acidity to shepherd it all to harmony. Soils rich in schist make their presence known in this complex and energetic white. Notably a long-lived wine, this beauty is just coming into its prime!
The organic Domaine is yet another fine Louis/Dressner Selection and has seen praise from many including Eric Asimov and John Gilman. Now is the perfect time to experience what Savennieres is all about.
Terras del Rei Carmim Red 2018
Trincadeira (50%),Aragonez (30%), Castelão (20%)
Crystal clear wine, with a garnet color, the aroma of ripe fruit, mellow and medium-bodied on the palate. A good accompaniment for roasts and cheeses.
Von Winning Riesling Extra Brut NV
White fruit flavors, crisp, crunchy fleshy fruit aromas, fully ripe. With air the wine gains complexity, leaning towards nectarine and crisp cox-orange apple with a nice dose of salinity in the long finish.
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