Spring Fling 6pack
A terrific mix comprised of 3 reds, 2 whites, and 1 Sparkling. Three from France and three from Italy. It's like a litte mini well-balanced wine list!
You'll get one of each of the following wine.
Mas Karolina Cotes Catalanes Blanc 2017. Caroline Bonville comes from a well-known Champagne producing family, but grew up in Bordeaux. Mother, father, and sister all remain in the wine business in one of the two places, but not her. Instead, Caroline put down roots and chose to raise her family in the Roussillon, the deep south of France, in the face of the majestic Pyrenées, and not far from Spain. Her white wine is hauntingly good. Blended from old-vine Grenache Blanc and Gris with small doses of Carignan Blanc and the local Macabeo, it is it once minerally and quivering, but is also rich and unctuous in the mouth. A hard wine to forget. ($17)
Hautes Noelles He-Ho Blanc 2018. A new step was taken in 2010 when Jean Pierre Guédon bought Domaine Les Hautes Noëlles. An entrepreneur with a passion for wine, Jean-Pierre has mobilized a young crew of competent and motivated workers around him in order to bring the domain to still higher levels of achievement. He-ho Blanc is a playful Val de Loire white wine made from the nearly forgotten Grolleau Gris. A wonderful pink grapefruit aroma leads to wine filled with exotic fruits, Asian spices, and a touch of white pepper I'll venture a guess that He-ho will become a regular "go to" white wine around here for both of us! ($15)
Sfriso Prosecco Extra Dry NV. I've consumed plenty of Prosecco, and I'm sure I'm not alone. None have been memorable, yet I've always finished every glass. Such is the nature of a drink that is bubbly, slightly off-dry, low in alcohol, and easy to turn into a base for a cocktail. It sort of has a "who cares?" quality about it. And sometimes that's ok, right? Well, Pier Sfriso's Prosecco is simply wonderful--an intensely foamy, lively, refreshing sparkling wine without a hint of the spun sugar and gummy bear aroma that plagues so many others. A farmstead wine made in a oil refinery world. ($19)
Castaldi Nebbiolo Pianazze 2016. Along with her son Marco, Francesca Castaldi farms a lovely organic vineyard composed of 6.5 hectares on the doorstep of the Italian Alps, on a peaceful plateau above the village of Briona. This area was once the cradle of wine production in northwest Italy. Long before Barolo and Barbaresco were the darlings of Piedmont, these vineyards situated between Turin and Milan were the region's wine tap. In fact, just 100 years ago it was believed there were 100,000 hectares planted in the Alta Piemonte. Today, just 400. Think about that. This Nebbiolo is far removed from the more famous versions hailing from Barolo and Barbaresco to the south. This wine was raised entirely in tank, no wood to obscure its pretty aromas and flavors. We love the dusty tannins and the cherry-scented, woodsy aromas. The wine will reward you with about 10 minutes undisturbed in the glass. ($18)
Puits Compostelle Pinot Noir/Gamay 2015. This is where the Loire meets Burgundy. The Cotes-de-la-Charité is one of tiniest appellations in France and only received its appellation status in 2009. Previously all the wines were simply Vin de Pays. But what I discovered in Emmanuel Rouquette's cellar were finely tuned, multi-dimensional examples of fine wine--Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay. But it is this Pinot Noir/Gamay blend that steals the show. In Burgundy, this type of wine is called passetoutgrains, where Gamay and Pinot are fermented together, go through a bit of carbonic maceration (where the fermentation begins inside the whole berries) and yields a lively, juicy red wine meant for drinking early. And often. As I think you might. ($16)
Corzano e Paterno Il Corzanello Rosso 2017. This is an extraordinary Tuscan farm of olive trees, sheep (for Tuscany's best cheese), and wine. We'll get around to importing cheese and oil in the year's to come but its the wine that will lift our boat and introduce you to this incredible place. Il Corzanello is the name of a house on the property and is the namesake of this pure Sangiovese, from a plot just below the terrace. Joschi releases this wine a year or two prior to the Chianti to give a sneak preview of what's to come. So..."baby" Chianti anyone? Drink it now and drink it often. You won't find another option at this price, anywhere. ($16)