Frosty Bottles and Slanted Labels – Delicious Wines

by Mark Patykewich on June 8, 2019

Hello From The Caviste
The weeks have been busy and we are trying to get prepared for a lot of new and delicious things this fall.  As well, rosés are rolling in to the store on an almost weekly basis now.  So be sure to stop by and pick up some of the new vintages of old favorites and new discoveries.  I wanted to let you know about three new bottles that have recently arrived that are worth any wine drinkers exploration.
Thivin Beaujolais Rosé 2018
Last year this frosty bottle of deliciousness flew off the shelves.  
This delicious rosé is ‘historic’ in many aspects.  The estate dates back to the 15th century, and was purchased by the Geoffrey family in 1877.  Claude Geoffrey was instrumental in the creation of the Cote de Brouilly appellation.  The estate is currently run by his grand nephew, also named Claude.  In addition,in 1976, it was one of the estates Kermit Lynch visited on his first trip along the French Wine route with famed cookbook author Richard Olney.
The wine is made from Gamay grapes from 50-year-old vines growing in pink granite along the ancient volcano that is the hill of Brouilly.  There is an abundance of fresh flowers, hints of magnolia and a little brightness of fresh crushed chilled cherries on the nose.  The palate is full of crunchy red fruits with a little ripe cranberry and bing cherry on the pack. There is a refreshing crispness and a finishing touch of salinity. The only challenge is its complete drinkability that makes you think there is another hole in the bottle. It is a gorgeous warm weather wine and even suitable for sipping under a covered porch during an afternoon summer rain.  A true quality wine at $20 a bottle.
Wines from the Southern Rhone
The Southern Rhone is a complex and multi faceted wine region where the dominant red grapes are Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.  This is the region where the international ‘GSM’ blend originated.  The region is made up of 18 named Communes and 8 Crus with each producing a different wine from basically the same three grapes.  You could spend many years of studious drinking to identify the differences between regions.  To start your ‘studies’ here are two delicious examples from the Crus of Vacqueyras.
Vacqueyras is one of three crus appellations which shares the slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirall, the other two being Gigondas and Beams de Venise.  Each is lesser known than their neighbor, Chateauneuf du Papes, but therefore also present greater value for your wine buying dollar. I always feel that Vacqueyras has a bit more elegance in its profile that Chateauneuf du Papes and even its neighbor Gigondas.  Both of these wines certainly demonstrate this.
Louis d’or – Vacqueyras White
One of my favorite wines is White Rhones.  I think part of why I enjoy them so much is their elusive quality.  Not all are great, but when they hit the right notes they are unlike few other wines in the wine world.  Today’s wine hits all the right notes.
This wine is made from 80% Grenache Blanc and 20% Clairette and is an absolute stunner.  It has a vibrant richness to it that is reflected in the shimmering colors in the glass as well as the shimmering flavors on your palate.  If you like Chablis with a little added burst of lime inflected minerality and refreshingly delicious green almond notes, this is a perfect wine to try.  Delicious on its own but extra special with sautéed mushroom or herb stuffed grilled trout. $28 a bottle

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