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Wine Flight to Alsace

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

1- L'Auxerrois Vieilles Vignes

 

Producer: Jean-Baptiste Adam

Grape: Pinot Auxerrois

Geography: Alsace, France

Appellation: Alsace

Features: Sustainable, Organic & Biodynamic

In May 2014, Jean-Baptiste Adam and his family celebrated the 400th anniversary of their family being grape growers and winemakers in Ammerschwihr,

Throughout the centuries the family of Adam grew grapes, made wine, sold wine locally and sold wine in foreign lands. They survived the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), the Valois and Bourbon dynasties, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic wars, annexation by Germany and back to France, WWI, WWII, famine, disease, you name it. The family has a history of being leaders in their little hamlet, from nearly all of them serving on the town council to some of them elected Mayor of Ammerschwihr.

 

 

Tasting notes:

“An expressive nose of yellow fruits, like the Mirabelle Plum and the yellow peach. On the palate, the opening is structured, fruity, powerful but well balanced. The finish is fresh with lemon notes and refreshing fruit flavor.”

 

2- Points Cardinaux Métiss

Producer: Domaine Bott-Geyl

Grapes: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Auxerrois, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir

Geography: Alsace, France

Appellation: Alsace

 

 

 

Jean-Christophe Bott is heir to the family tradition dating back to 1795, when his ancestor, Jean-Martin Geyl tended his vines and made his wine. Jean-Christophe Bott has been responsible for Domaine Bott-Geyl since 1993 and he converted the vineyards to be organic in 2000 and then biodynamic in 2002. 

In the vineyards he concentrates on low yields and in the cellars he oversees the vinification in the most natural and minimalist manner. The whole art is to bring together tradition and modernity, to perpetuate the vignoble for posterity and to protect its ecology.

 

Tasting notes:

“Bott-Geyl is producing deep, clear, fruity and vivacious wines full of elegance, mineral expression and aging potential. In the naturally cool cellar they are produced on the highest technical level, although the vinification is most natural or minimalistic.” The Wine Advocate.

 


3-Riesling Riquewihr

Producer: Domaine Trapet Père & Fils

Grape: Riesling

Geography: Alsace, France

Appellation: Alsace

Features: Biodynamic

 

Domaine Trapet Père et Fils is one of the greatest estates of Gevrey-Chambertin, with superb holdings in three of the top grand crus in the village and a legacy of great wines that dates back to their earliest days of estate bottling. While the family have been important vineyard owners in Gevrey-Chambertin since 1870, it was not until the 1960s that they began to bottle a majority of their production and offer their wines directly for sale to clients. Previously they had been one of the finest sources for top négociants in the region, including Maison Leroy and Maison Joseph Drouhin. By the late 1920s, Domaine Trapet had become one of the most important vineyard owners in all of Burgundy, as they were the single largest owner in the great vineyard of Chambertin at this time, as well as owning very large tracts of Latricières-Chambertin and Chapelle-Chambertin.

 

Tasting notes:

“Jean-Louis and Andree seek lift and aromatic appeal, and they create alsacian wines that are on the drier end of the spectrum. This Riesling has floral and stony aromas with lemony notes and lovely mineral influence.”

 

4-Riesling Les Natures

Producer: Jean-Baptiste Adam

Grape: Riesling

Geography: Alsace, France

Appellation: Alsace

Featured: Sustainable, Organic & Biodynamic

 

 

 

Jean-Baptiste’s daughter, Laure, is the 15th generation to participate in the family wine business. Through the centuries family members have been leaders in their community. Now, Jean- Baptiste can count himself among the leaders of biodynamic farming in Alsace. Jean-Baptiste Adam produces wines of elegance, balance, minerality and longevity.

 

 

Tasting notes:

“On the nose, the wine is fresh and fruity with scents of white flowers (like acacia) and notes of yellow-fleshed fruits (peach) of an interesting and fine minerality. In the mouth, the attack is straight with lively acidity on the lingering and wonderfully refined finish.”

 

 


Wine Flight to the World of Syrah

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

1-Toscana Liberta Rosso

Producer: Collazzi

Grapes: Syrah, Merlot and Sangiovese

Geography: Tuscany, Italy

Appellation: Toscana

 

Villa Collazzi is one of the most impressive estates in all of Tuscany. Set atop a hill located a few miles south of Florence on the old road to Volterra, it offers commanding views of the surrounding countryside. This architectural landmark was originally designed by Michelangelo in 1560 for his friend, Agostino Dini. It features two rows of loggias above a large courtyard enclosed on three sides and open on a fourth. The building remained incomplete for centuries until it was purchased by the Marchi family in 1933.

 

Tasting Notes

“Very deep color, reflective of the excellent quality of the grapes. On the nose, balsamic aromas typical of the primary grape varietal in the blend. Round and pervasive on the palate, with sweet tannins, perfectly balanced. Complex, long, yet not overpowering.”

2-Côtes du Rhône La Grange de Piaugier

Producer: Domaine de Piaugier

Grapes:Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, and Carignan

Geography: Rhône Valley, France

Appellation: Côtes du Rhône

 

 

One of the great advantages of the domaine is that it is split into many small areas located on different soil types: clay with limestone and sand, clay with chalk, and sand and gravel soils. A further advantage is that the vines themselves, which are 20 – 40 years old, are reaching their prime.

The average yield is 40 hectolitres per hectare. The grapes are harvested separately, parcel by parcel, which lends each wine its own specific character, each one different from the next. All of their grapes are hand harvested.

 

Tasting Notes

“The nose is loaded with lavender notes along with red berry. Wonderful concentration and balance on the palate, with fresh berries and pepper on the finish.”


3-Stellenbosch Syrah

Producer: Bradgate

Grape: Syrah

Geography: Western Cape, South Africa

Appellation: Stellenbosch

 

Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making world-class wines since 1993 on a farm with a history going back over 300 years. He’s a geologist, she’s an economist – together this husband and wife team is a phenomenon. Gary’s parents, Ted and Sheelagh, bought the 146-hectare Stellenbosch property in 1982, and they embarked on an extensive replanting program, specializing in classic varieties suited to different soils and slopes.

 

Tasting Notes

“A complex flavor spectrum of violets, sweet ripe plums and wild scrub with nuances of crushed pepper and bay leaf. Maturation in oak adds a spicy smokiness to the savory fruitcake finish.”

 

4-Côtes du Rhône Villages Laudun Rouge

Producer: Domaine Pélaquié

Grapes: Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre

Geography: Rhône Valley, France

Appellation: Côtes du Rhône Villages

Features: Sustainable

 

 

Domaine Pélaquié is a family-run estate with a long history; the estate has been passed down father to son for generations, cultivating the same land all the way back to the 16th century! The current son in charge, Luc Pélaquié, has modernized the winery, all the while protecting the traditions of his ancestors. He practices sustainable viticulture on his 70 hectares of vines located in the Côtes-du-Rhône, Laudun, Tavel, and Lirac.

 

Tasting Notes

“Full bodied red wine. Deep red in colour with, on the nose, aromas of pulm and red cherry with notes of spices. Soft tannins. Well-balanced in acidity. Rich and intense red wine in style. On the palate, complex, fleshy mouth and rounded, highly structured and balance between alcohol and tannins . It has long finish.”

 

 


Wine Flight to the World of Chianti

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

1-Fèlsina

Bottle name: Chainti Classico

Varietal: Sangiovese

Geography: Tuscany, Italy

Appelation: Chianti Classico

Farming: Organic

 

Fattoria di Fèlsina has long been one of the great names in Tuscany. Based in the Chianti Classico region, Fèlsina produces one of the finest ranges of ageworthy and complex Chianti bottlings in all of Italy. Unlike many of their neighbors, Fèlsina has never succumbed to the temptation to produce “new age” wines from their fine Chianti vineyards, and continues to grow solely Sangiovese here, rather than dabble with international-styled blends that include Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. 

 

Wine advocate rating: 92

The Chianti Classico Berardenga is a tight and elegant wine with bright berry notes followed by mineral tones of clay and chalky soil. You really taste those Castelnuovo Berardenga signatures here on the bouquet. The finish carries forward with grace, elegance and determination.

2-Collazzii

Bottle name: Chainti Classico Bastioni De

Varietal: Sangiovese and Merlot

Geography: Tuscany, Italy

Appelation: Chianti Classico

Farming: Sustainable

 

Villa Collazzi is one of the most impressive estates in all of Tuscany. This architectural landmark was originally designed by Michelangelo in 1560 for his friend, Agostino Dini. It offers commanding views of the surrounding countryside. I Collazzi is a property of the Marchi brothers, Carlo and Bona. During the last decade the Marchi brothers invested heavily in the development of Collazzi’s farming business, renewing the vineyards and restructuring the cellar, with the goal of producing excellent wines.

Tasting notes

Magnificent ruby red color with dark hues. On the nose, notes of cherries, dark spices, combined with aromas of small red fruits and spices. Tasty, mineral, and complex on the palate, with a gentle, captivating tannic structure. The long finish makes this wine ideal to enjoy with food.


3-Candialle

Bottle name: Chianti Classico La Misse

Varietal: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, and Malvasia Nera

Geography: Tuscany, Italy

Appelation: Chianti Classico

Farming: Organic

 

Located in Panzano, just 20 km from Florence in the Conca d’Oro in the heart of the Chianti Classico zone, Candialle has 11.5 hectares under vine, 9 of which are planted to Sangiovese. 

 

The wines are elegant and pretty with a sweet cherry note from Sangiovese; they are stylistically concentrated, but still true to their location. Panzano and the surrounding Conca d’Oro are well-known for the high percentage of galestro, a marl-like soil high in limestone. The zone is also 300+ meters above sea level and sees large diurnal shifts. Both the high limestone content and temperature shifts lead to high toned wines with beautiful fruit and elegance.

4-Pagliarese

Bottle name: Chianti Classico

Varietal: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, and Mammolo

Geography: Tuscany, Italy

Chianti Classico

Farming: Organic

 

At Castelnuovo Berardenga, southeast from Siena, in the subzone of Pagliarese. 320 to 390 meters in elevation, southwest exposure. Quartzitic blue-grey sandstone mixed with sand strata, calcareous alberese mixed with alluvial pebbles. Galestro in some of the higher parts of the vineyard. 

Hand harvested in the first three weeks of October. Practicing organic. 

 

Vinous rating: 92

The 2015 Chianti Classico is a new wine from Fèlsina's Pagliarese property. For what seems like forever, Giuseppe Mazzocolin has been the ultimate champion of Sangiovese, long before it was fashionable. With Pagliarese, Mazzocolin and Fèlsina return to a super-classic Chianti Classico based on Sangiovese, of course, but with dollops of Canaiolo, Mammolo and Colorino aged in cask. The debut 2015 is fabulous. Bright, red-toned fruit and an array of floral/savory notes are nicely delineated, but the wine's purity and extraordinary balance elevate it into the realm of the sublime. What a gorgeous wine this is! - Antonio Galloni