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Sick-Dreyer Pour Ma Gueule Chasselas 2019
The beginnings of the Sick-Dreyer estate reach back to 1563. In the 450+ years, there have been many changes in wine making but passion for Alsace, their land, and its bounty drives Etienne Dreyer.
Pour ma Gueule (best translated as for my mouth) is a winemaker’s wine. Etienne makes this to delight his own palate. It’s almost solely Chasselas, an ancient grape from the shores of Lake Geneva Switzerland. The floral nose, pear notes, and almond hints pair well with cheeses, especially fondue or raclette.
Domaine Lafage Cuvée Centenaire 2019
Cuvée Centenaire takes its name from the 100 year-old vines of Grenache Blanc and Gris that Jean-Marc Lafage farms on the Mediterranean. The final wine is blended with up to 20% Roussanne.
Lafage harvests in two passes, when the grapes are still high in acidity and again when the grapes are fully ripe with rich fruit flavors. It is aged in both tank and new French oak barrels. It pairs with foods in heavy sauces. Chicken pot pie all the way.
Cochon Old Vine Rosé 2019
Old vines are key here. Half of the grapes are Cinsault from 130+ year old vines in Lodi. Rounding out the blend are Carignane and Grenache from vines planted in the late 1940’s in Mendocino.
While bright and fresh, the wine also has the gravitas of old vines with savory and mineral flavors that become more expressive with a bit of bottle age. Stone fruits, berries, and grapefruit pair with grilled chicken and brats.
Chapillon Cuvée Harmonie 2018
Christophe Chapillon, from France’s Loire Valley moved to Aragon, Spain, at age 16. With Cesar Langa, owner of the oldest family estate in Aragon, he launched the Chapillon brand.
In Spain, Chapillon produces the Cuvée Harmonie blend of two distinctly French grapes, Tannat and Petit Verdot. Tannat’s tannin structure and savoriness creates a wonderful framework for Petit Verdot’s beautiful violet, sage, and lavender perfume. There is a blackberry sweetness that sings with red meats and hearty dishes.
Funk Zone Syrah 2019
Don’t let the name and label fool you; this wine is anything but kitschy; in fact, it’s really old school. The winemakers source fruit from Santa Barbara County, one of California’s coolest growing climates thanks to its east-west orientation.
This co-fermented Syrah/Viognier blend tips its hat to France’s Côte-Rôtie, Syrah’s home. It’s a tangle of wild bramble berries, a whiff of smoke and meat, with a bit of floral perfume that will handle grilled portobellos, lamb, or burgers. Or, drink it alone.
Benevolent Neglect GSM 2017
This blend is sourced from cool vineyards in Lake County and Los Carneros. The winemakers vinify the grapes separately and then blend the final wine to show the best of the vintage.
Red strawberries and cherries from Grenache meet meaty, violet, and anise qualities of Syrah, and blend with black olive, herb, and spice notes from the Mourvèdre. Pair with a stew, roast or even a plate of ripe cheeses.