And the nominations for Friday’s tastings are….
A white Albariño grape from Spain
A red blend from Corbieres, France
and a red blend from “Vacqueyras” appellation in Cote du Rhone, France!
All 3 are organic wines and will pair well with your Oscar night festivities so come on in for our tasting on Friday night!
Tasting Time: 5:30 to 8:30pm
See below for full information:
Boal De Arousa, Galicia Albariño (2018)
- Category: Wine – Still – White
- Grape: Albariño
- Geography: Galicia, Spain
A family winery, Boal de Arousa is located within the DO Rías Baixas. The 3 hectares of vineyards, called “Viña de Louro,” are just outside Padrón, on a gentle hill surrounded by oaks and Atlantic pines overlooking the sea. The ocean air draws inland during the night and cools the grapes. No pesticides or herbicides are used. After manual harvest, the grapes are pressed in a horizontal press. The ripening is undertaken exclusively on stainless steel for about 6 months.
This is an excellent example, with ripe apricot/peach fruit combined with fresh minerality and a crisp, zesty finish, a really attractive wine.
Château Montfin, Corbières (2017)
- Grapes: Carignan and Grenache
- Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
- Appellation: Corbières
- Features: Organic
When Jerome Esteve and his wife arrived at this domaine in 2002, they had been searching to find parcels of very old vines Carignan. Chateau Montfin is an entirely old vines estate with vines dating back to 1930! The total production is very small for the relatively tiny (by Corbières standards) estate of 20 hectares, with the average yields being just 25-35 Hl/Ha. Since 2009 the domaine has organically farmed all their parcels of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault (60+ year old vines) and now the entire domaine is certified organic. They also even practice some biodynamics such as spraying an infusion of nettle and comfrey on the vines, placing green manure on the vines in order to add organic material and humidity, and planting various type of trees around the vines to recreate a kind of equilibrium in the ecosystem. All the varieties of trees are completely adapted to Mediterranean climate. Their 3 donkeys (Laouset and his 2 daughters Bahia and Aglae) from the Pyrènees are most helpful during winter to pre-prune the vines, eat the grass and even add a little natural fertilizer to the terroir. Seeking ourselves a Corbières apart from the standard, we recently found in Chateau Montfin the value of a Corbières but with the concentration and depth of a much higher pedigree wine
Fermentation only with indigenous yeasts. No oak used in vinification or ageing. A nice dark ruby ed color, intense nose with plums cherries dominant notes and sweet spices. The palate is soft with a nice attack on the fruit, a mid-palate with roundness and a smooth finish of liquorice.
Domaine Les Ondines, Vacqueyras (2017)
- Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault
- Geography: Rhône Valley, France
- Appellation: Vacqueyras
- Features: Organic
Domaine les Ondines is situated in the village of Sarrians in the heart of the Vacqueyras appellation. The Ondes family owns 6 hectares of vines in Côtes du Rhone and 18 hectares in Vacqueyras that are farmed organically. Yields are kept very low with an eye towards keeping the purity of fruit in the wines.
This Vacqueyras is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Cinsault (the Cinsault vines are over 50 years old). The vineyard is situated in the “plateau des Garrigues”, an alluvial plateau filled with the famous gravel and pebbles of the southern Rhône. All varietals are fermented separately in stainless steel. The Syrah is matured in old barrels for nine months, after which all wines are blended. The resultant wine displays classic dark fruit flavors, spice and a rich, full-body with lots of depth of flavor. Pair this wine with a wide range of rich, roasted meats and vegetables.