Heyl zu Herrnsheim, Riesling QbA trocken (2016)
- Grape: Riesling
- Geography: Rheinhessen, Germany
- Appellation: Rheinhessen
- Features: Biodynamic
Certified Organic: Yes EU-BIO
Oak: Generally speaking, the wines from Heyl zu Herrnsheim see no oak they are all spontaneous fermented in stainless steel
Yield: For the Basic Riesling its about 60hl/ha and for the single vineyards wines it is about 40 hl/ha
Yeast : Indegenious / Spontaneous
Age of Vines: The Wines of Heyl zu Herrnsheim are between 25-35 years
General Winemaking: Heyl zu Herrnsheim works in the most “hands-off” and minimalistic way possible, trying to keep the technological influence on the wine as low as possible. All of the wines are gently press and ferment slowly with the spontaneous yeasts. After the fermentation they are usually store in the yeast till about February-march and then they are filtered once and bottled afterwards. So the whole process of winemaking is very “old School” in terms of how wine is produced around the world.
Coste di Brenta, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (2017)
- Grape: Montepulciano
- Geography: Abruzzo, Italy
- Appellation: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
- Features: Organic
100% Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo located in Lanciano. This wine is made using organic practices and uses no herbicides or pesticides.
20 year old vines on a southerly exposure and sit at 200 m asl. The vines are spurred cordon trained. The soils are a mix of calcareous clay and a bit of obsidian.
Hand harvested grapes sit on the skins for 20 days and then is vilified in stainless steel and aged as well in ss for one year with bottles aging for at least 3 months.
On the nose it expresses red fruit, plums and jam. On the palate it is full bodied and structured with soft tannins and hints of cherry and red raspberry.
Château de Cointes, Clemence (2014)
- Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
- Appellation: Malepère
This is the “highest” end offering from our favorite little SouthWest estate: Chateau de Cointes. This is a “big boy,” packs a big punch with concentrated fruit, long finish and chewy tannins. The blend is: 50% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 % Grenache Noir, and 20% Cabernet Franc. The grapes are all sourced from single vineyard sites.
Elevage is in barrique for 12 months 1/3 new 1/3 one vintage used and the remaining 1/3 from barriques 2 vintages used. The 2014 is delicious especially when opened a bit, and can easily age another 5 years.
The wine has beautiful deep ruby red color, and a complex and aromatic nose of red fruit, licorice and spice, a full-bodied wine that warms the soul, balanced with a long lip-smacking finish
The appellation Malepère is relatively new, in 1977 Jean Gorostis (father of current winemaker Anne) planted some of the very fist vines of this new appellataion. The wine is sourced from those same 40 year old vines here.