2015 Domaine Vincent Carême Vouvray Sec – Loire Valley, France – 100% Chenin Blanc
Made by one of the Loire Valley’s most exciting producers, this organic, off-dry Vouvray is a textbook yet nuanced example of Chenin Blanc. Ripe yellow apple and fresh yellow flowers lie under notes of roasted almonds, salty cheese rind, buttermilk and a hint of pumpkin pie spice. Bracing acidity grips the palate, like fresh lemon juice, brightening but not sacrificing any of the complex, rocky flavors.
2016 Jermann Pinot Grigio – Venezia Giulia, Italy – 100% Pinot Grigio
This wine’s delicate bouquet of white flowers and ripe orchard fruit floats from the glass. The elegant palate delivers white peach, citrus and honeydew melon flavors alongside fresh acidity. A lightly savory mineral note lifts the finish.
2017 Farm Chardonnay – Napa Valley, California – 100% Chardonnay
Aromas of stone fruit and fresh apple on the nose with a hint of baking spices. The wine’s texture is both enveloping and bright. Fuji apple, Meyer lemon and lychee are followed by honeycomb and brioche. The finish lingers from the front through the back of the palate, balanced by its richness and acidity.
Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt – 2016 Goldtröpfchen Riesling Kabinett – Mosel, Germany – 100% Riesling
From one of the most traditional estates in the Mosel, this medium-sweet Riesling is a delight. It opens with aromas of petrol, white flowers and stone fruits. A tingling dose of acidity makes this very quaffable, refreshing and zesty. It’s a pure and elegant style with a nice density on the palate.
2015 Grgich Hills Fumé Blanc – Napa Valley, California – 100% Sauvignon Blanc
The term “Fumé Blanc” was coined by Robert Mondavi in attempts to create a California Sauvignon Blanc with characteristics found in Pouilly-Fumé, a region in France in the Loire Valley that makes Sauvignon Blanc. Fumé, French for smoke, refers to a flintiness that is common in wines from that region. California Fumé Blanc is Sauvignon Blanc that sees oak aging, giving it a more textured mouth feel and a somewhat “flinty” or smoky flavor. This wine exhibits notes of lime peel, lemongrass and guava with a rounded texture and nicely balanced acidity.
2015 Jean-Luc Joillot Bourgogne Passetoutgrain – Burgundy, France – 67% Gamay, 33% Pinot Noir
Passetoutgrain, meaning “all of the seeds” is the only type of wine in Burgundy that uses both the Pinot Noir and Gamay grapes. Typically, red Burgundy is made from Pinot Noir while Beaujolais, the southernmost region of Burgundy, is made with Gamay. This wine is fresh and bright with jammy cherry and cranberry fruit with a touch of peppery spice. On the palate the fruitiness of the Gamay grape initially gets your attention and then the structure of the Pinot Noir kicks in at mid palate. Finishes long and spicy.
2014 Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano – Tuscany, Italy – 70% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 5% Cabernet Franc
This wine gets its name from Carmignano’s celebrated Medici property, Barco Reale. It was created in 1994 to offer a more approachable wine than the estate’s structured reds. Opens with aromas of dark cherry, smoke, herbs, licorice and scorched earth. On the palate it offers juicy fruit with a good depth of sweet cherry, clove and violets. A touch rustic and masculine, this wine offers plenty of character and a vibrant, pippy finish.
2015 Tamarack Cellars Merlot – Columbia Valley – 80% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot
Opens with aromas of savory meat, dark red raspberries and leather. On the palate red fruit opens the wine followed by subtle pepper notes with a lush body and fine-grained tannins leading to a smooth and persistent finish.
2017 Barista Pinotage – South Africa – 100% Pinotage
Pinotage, a marriage of Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is South Africa’s flagship red grape. While this grape is usually intense and smoky, we find this one to be particularly interesting because of the distinctive coffee notes it exhibits, as well as flavors of chocolate, mulberry, plum and maraschino cherries with a dry mocha finish. Try it with our smoky Gouda for an incredible wine & cheese pairing!
2015 Polkura Syrah – Colchagua, Chile – 96% Syrah, 3% Grenache, 1% Viognier
Named for the steep hill in the middle of the vineyard, Polkura is a Mapuche word meaning “Yellow Stone” which refers to the granite in which the grapes grow. This Syrah bears a remarkable resemblance to Syrah of the Northern Rhone Valley in France. It opens with beguiling aromas of violets, briar fruit and bacon fat, with plenty of iron minerality in the mix. Berry flavors mix with the earthy notes on the palate, all leading to a dry, mineral finish.
2016 Orin Swift Papillon – California, USA – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
Opens with aromas of ripe blackcurrant and blackberry with hints of Kirsch, Madagascar vanilla and cigar box. Velvety and rich on entry and through the mid-palate, this wine offers flavors of dark plum, blueberry and notes of fennel, fresh leather and a subtle minerality. Plush, layered and dense, the wine finishes with dusty tannins and a lingering touch of black cherry.