February 28, 2020 – Last tasting of February!

Tastings and News / Friday, February 28th, 2020

Join us this Friday to taste some interesting wines!
We will have open an organic Rhône Valley white blend, a natural orange Torrontés from Argentina, an Oregon Pinot Noir, and a red blend from Douro region (Portugal).

Tasting Time: 5:30 to 8:30pm

See below for full information:

Château Mourgues du Grès, Costières de Nîmes Galets Dorés (2018)

Grapes: Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Vermentino, Marsanne, and Marselan
Geography: Rhône Valley, France
Appellation: Costières de Nîmes
Features: Organic

A winding road meandering alongside the slopes of the “Costières” leads you to the CHATEAU MOURGUES DU GRES, in the midst of orchards and garrigue.
This former estate belonged to the Convent of the Ursulines before the French Revolution. In Provence, “Nuns” is “Mourgues” and “Grès” is “Pebbles”.
In the courtyard is a sundial with the motto “SINE SOLE NIHIL” (Nothing Without Sun) meaning that the sun ripens the grape to optimal maturity to produce balanced wines.
Agricultural Engineer and Oenologist, I made my debut at Château-Laffite in the Médoc.
In 1990 I decided to come back to the family estate to promote the local varieties of grapes in combination with the diversity of the soil.
Our first red vintage wine bottled in1993 was the result of both traditional and innovative methods.
Then our variety of wines was completed by a fine rosé, a drink that has become popular ever since.
In 1999 I bottled my first white vintage.

North-facing parcels make a ‘cool’ terroir in the Mediterannean climate, which gives a lot of vivacity to the wine. Similarly, controlling the temperatures during the entire cycle of fermentation and ageing allows the wine to conserve its fruitiness and freshness. The wines are vinified without sulphur for more purity and fruitiness. A slight addition at bottling to assure the stability of the wine.

Clear yellow with flashes of gold. Fruity (citrus and white-fleshed fruit), floral (broom shrub) and mineral (flint) notes. A quick attack with citric notes with a beautiful aromatic persistence. A silky and cool texture. A salty note, reminiscent of the sea breeze, makes up part of its finesse.
Food pairing: Brandade de Nîmes, tapas, pineapple roast pork, goat cheese.
Serve at about 10°C.

Via Revolucionaria, Torrontés Brutal Tupungato (2018)

Grape: Torrontés
Geography: Mendoza, Argentina
Appellation: Tupungato
Features: Sustainable

Via Revolucionaria is located in Tupungato, Uco Valley Mendoza. Matias Michelini is the winemaker and agron- omist. Matias strives to make experimental wines that ex- press terroir. These wines are extremely low production and are drawn from multiple inspirations, regions, and styles. The Via Revolucionaria wines are all low production, single vineyard, unconventional wines, fermented with native yeast.

This 100% Torrontes is open top macerated/fermented and oak aged, A different style of Torrontes, the wine punches through the glass with notes of peach, apricot, and bright stargazer lily’s and undertones of sage, chamomile,and sandalwood. It has a lifted profile on the palate with bright acid, citrus notes of lemon merengue, and jasmine. This cloudy, unfiltered, and un-fined wine is changing the perception of what boundaries can be placed on Torrontes.


Franchere Wine Company, Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir (2018)

Grape: Pinot Noir
Geography: Oregon, United States
Appellation: Eola-Amity Hills

Franchere Wine Company is an exciting new Oregon project helmed by Mike Hinds. An Oregon native, Mike got his start working in wine shops in Chicago. After catching the wine bug from a bottle of Vouvray, he returned to his home state where he started taking viticulture classes, working in the cellar at Illahe Vineyards, farming grapes, and finally producing his own wines. Mike works with small, family owned, responsibly worked, and dry-farmed vineyards. In the cellar he utilizes native fermentations, neutral aging vessels, and no adjustments, allowing the wines to speak for themselves.

All grapes are grown without systemic herbicides or irrigation. All wines are fermented with native yeasts, and we never use new oak.Spicy. That’s the first thing I think when I stick my nose into a glass of the Pinot Noir. The terroir signature is strong, and it’s present in all the grapes I purchase from this site. There’s more going on than just spice, though. With its lovely red fruit, fresh herb characteristics, and structuring tannins, the Havlin pinot drinks well now and indications point to a terrific future. 10% whole cluster fermentation, aged for 10 months in used French oak barrels. Racked once, unfined and unfiltered, no additions other than minimally effective sulfites..


Quinta do Infantado, Douro Tinto (2015)

Grapes: Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, and Touriga Nacional
Geography: Douro, Portugal
Appellation: Douro
Features: Organic

The Quinta is based in Pinhão, specifically in the subdistrict of Gontelho where the best Port vineyards may be found. The estate has been owned by the Roseira family since the end of the 19th century and is now managed by brother and sister, João Roseira, vineyard manager/winemaker, and Catherine Roseira, Chief Executive. The vineyards (terraced, very steep and hard-soiled) are worked in traditional methods.

Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and some old field-blend red varieties from two sustainably farmed sites (Serra Douro & Serra de Cotas)  totaling eleven and one-half hectares and including the classic Douro blend of varieties in old parcels. This wine is vinified and aged just like the organic “green-label” dry red: partly destemmed fruit is fermented with native yeasts in lagar; the wine is aged eight months in tank and twenty-eight months in 300-liter French oak barrels (little to no new oak).