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Pajaro Rojo | FP | Equis | Jameson IPA | Averna Amaro | Broadside Cab | Wilamette Pinot Gris
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TERRANOBLE CARMENERE 2013
By now you may have heard the story of how Chile, for a long time, thought the Carmenere grape was Merlot. It does share
a lot of the same characteristics. This wine comes from Maule Valley with vines that are around 25 years old. It has been aged in French oak barrels for about 12 months. Per the winery “it has a rich and velvety mouthfeel and notes of voluptuous dark fruit—a wine of superb balance!”
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ANNE PICHON ROUSSANNE 201
This wine is it. It ticks all the boxes of what you want in a sustainable wine. It is organic; the winery doesn’t use any pesticides or chemicals. Roussanne is not a grape you see all the time. It spends about 12 months in barrel and it is a good substitute for a rich Chardonnay.
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EGRI BIKAVER 2014
If you had to name one wine from Hungary, chances are that it would be this wine. Long known for being a very good buy at a very good price, this red wine is a blend of Hungarian grapes and international (Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon). This is a wine that is often overlooked so don’t miss it!!
EL PAJARO ROJO 2014
This modern winery produces wine from a very old red grape, Mencia. The vines for this wine (which means Red Bird) are on average 30-40 year old from the Bierzo region of Spain. The region became kind of famous for a short while and everyone was jumping on the Mencia bandwagon. Some of the wines were big and tended to be made like Cabernet Sauvignon. This winery has taken a step back from that mode and is producing wines that are elegant and express the terroir of the region. Josh Reynolds at Vinous describes it as “supple, open-knit blackberry and cherry compote flavors are sharpened by a peppery element that gains strength on the back half”. If you are looking to try something other than Tempranillo, this is it.
“Beer is made by men, wine by God”—Martin Luther
FP” FILIPA PATO BRANCO 2016
The motto at this winery is “authentic wines without makeup.” That alone should give you a hint as to the type of wines they make: unclouded and unvarnished organic wines that hide nothing. While Spain has gotten a fair share of attention, Portugal has been emerging on the wine scene showing it does more than just Porto and Vinho Verde (the most well known wines from Portugal). Filipa Pato and her husband William Wouters focus on native grapes of Portugal. This white wine is made of 50% Bical and 50% Arinto. 80% of it is fermented in stainless steel while the other 20% is done in used French barrels. While the Bical grape can be soft and fleshy, it makes a great counterpart to the more lively Arinto. They combine well in this area of Portugal known as Bairrada on the Atlantic coast. The great Jamie Goode at Wine Anorak describes it as being, “Detailed and energetic. So crisp and precise”.
EQUIS EQUINOXE CROZES-HERMITAGE 2016
The Rhone Valley in France has long been known for producing excellent values especially from the Cotes du Rhone and for highly sought after wines produced from single vineyards. While the southern Rhone produces the ever popular Cotes du Rhone, the northern Rhone is where some Rhone lovers might argue the best wines are found. Hermitage is known for superb wines and right near greatness lies Crozes -Hermitage. The area has made its way into wine drinkers’ psyche with such a luminary as Alain Graillot. Since they say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, here we have a wine by his son, Maxime Graillot. This wine is made from Syrah that is grown on gravel/clay soil and all the grapes are hand harvested. The winery also practices organic farming. The wine goes into used DRC barrels (DRC stands for Domaine Romanee Conti—one of the greatest burgundies in the world; also one of the most expensive). Putting the wine into used barrels means no overwhelming new oak flavors go into the wine.
According to the importer the wine is “juicy, exuberant, and expressive—delicious right out of the gate”. If you are a fan of Syrah (or for that matter Shiraz—same grape), you should give this a try. Both the Wine Spectator and Parker’s Wine Advocate gave it 90 points.
Jameson Caskmates IPA
The first Caskmates edition was done with stout barrels. This edition of Jame- son is done with IPA barrels—no, not India Pale Ale but Irish Pale Ale. This Jameson made at the Mid- dleton distillery (one of the great distilleries in the world) is just one more step in the ever increasing popularity of Jameson in general.
The distillery describes the nose as “Floral, herbal hops, grapefruit citrus notes with subtle orchard fruits, complemented by wood shavings and a little nuttiness”. While on the palate “hops and light citrus with sweet herbal notes and delicate spicy tones” run right into a finish that gives way to “the lingering fresh fruit and hops that give way to grains of barley and a signature smooth finish”.
Amaros are all the rage these days. Many bars have a very extensive selection of Amaros to be used both as after dinner digestives or as an ingredient in cocktails. In fact there is a bar in NYC dedicated to bitter drinks. The Amaro most people know is this one. It is the one you are most likely to find in a lot of restaurants. This Amaro is a combination of bitter and sweet herbs that are put together on the Island of Sicily. This is mouth-coating and bittersweet, with hints of orange and choc- olate, balanced with an array of herbs and botanicals. One of the ways they suggest enjoying it is with some mint and a piece of lemon peel. No matter how you enjoy it, it will be memorable.
BROADSIDE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
Can you blame us for almost always including a Cabernet Sauvignon or a blend in our newsletter? It is one of the most versatile grapes in the world and does well in so many places. One of the regions that has been hot lately is Paso Robles—the region where this wine comes from. It spends about 14 months in “mostly neutral French & American oak”. The winery describes it as “fresh boysenberry, peppercorn, and sweet tobacco notes highlight ample fruit in the nose…cassis, fresh berry acidity greet the palate with an underlying current of fine tannin”. We describe it as delicious and very gulp-able.
WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS PINOT GRIS 2015
If you like Pinot Grigio you should give Pinot Gris a try. It is the same grape but depending on where it is grown it will be a different kind of wine. This particular one grown in Oregon is rich with aromas of “melon, pear, golden apple and floral blossoms”; while the palate offers “lush flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, lychee, and honey that continue through to the satisfyingly long and balanced finish”. It is so good Wine Enthusiast not only gave it 90 points, it was also Editor’s Choice.
One of the most important aspects of making drinks and serving wine is temperature. We don’t often think about temperature unless the temperature is in some way not right. Think about the cube of ice you need for the shaken martini or the block of ice you need for the summer party punch. Either way you want ice that is pure, clean and brilliant.
Ice. Ice. Baby.
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