1st bottle red:  Chateau Sainte-Marie 2016 ‘Alios’ Cotes de Bordeaux AOC

For the wine snob

COUNTRY: France  REGION: Bordeaux  SUB REGION: Entre-Deux-Mers  APPELLATION/AVA: Cotes de Bordeaux AOC
ESTATE GROWN WINE: Yes   VINTAGE: 2016  GRAPE(S): 74% Merlot / 21% Cabernet Sauvignon / 5% Petit Verdot
TYPE: Wine – Red  BOTTLE SIZE: 750 ml  PACK: 12  CLOSURE: Cork  ALC BY VOL(%): 15  VITICULTURE: Certified Organic
SOIL TYPE: Gravel and Alios  CASE PRODUCTION: 2,300

For the rest of us:

In the glass, this wine is a bright, ruby-crimson color. It exudes an intense bouquet of black fruit (plum, blackcurrant), cedar and toasted notes. On the palate, the wine is rich and big, with round tannins that are both silky and elegant. The finish is silky and lingering. Aging potential of 3-10 years.


1st bottle white:  Chateau Sainte-Marie 2018 Vieilles Vignes Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc AOC

For the wine Snob:

COUNTRY: France  REGION: Bordeaux   SUB REGION: Entre-Deux-Mers  APPELLATION/AVA: Entre-Deux-Mers AOC
ESTATE GROWN WINE: Yes  VINTAGE: 2018  GRAPE(S): Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon / Muscadelle
TYPE: Wine – White  BOTTLE SIZE: 750 ml   PACK: 12   CLOSURE: Cork   ALC BY VOL(%): 12.5   VITICULTURE: Certified Organic
SOIL TYPE: Clay and chalk

For the rest of us:

On the nose, this wine has notes of white flowers and citrus fruit, including white grapefruit. On the palate, the wine is fresh and complex. Potential aging period of 2 to 4 years.


2nd bottle red:  Chateau Sainte-Marie 2016 Vieilles Vignes Bordeaux Superieur Rouge AOP

For the wine snob:

The fruit for this wine comes from a selection of old vines from two vineyards: Haux and Sainte-Marie. Winemaking was divided per parcels. The wine was fermented for 3 to 5 weeks in stainless steel tanks for a soft extraction of the tannins. Wine was aged in French oak barrels, 20% of which were new.

For the rest of us:

This wine has a deep crimson color with shads of purple. Aromas of small, concentrated berries. This wine is powerful and will soften with time. Aging potential of 3 to 10 years.


2nd bottle white:  Chateau Sainte-Marie 2017 ‘Madlys’ Entre-Deaux-Mers Blanc AOP

For the wine snob:

The fruit for this wine comes from three vineyards: Le Rocher, Le Jardin and la Plante. The average age of the vines at the time of harvest were 30 years old. Skin contact process occurred at a low temperature, between 10 and 15 degrees. Grapes were gently pressed and fermented in oak barrels. Wine was aged in French oak barrels for 6 months, with a steering of the lees each week.

For the rest of us:

 This wine is clear and bright in the glass, with a deep and revealing nose of peach and mango. On the palette, this wine has nice flavors of deep white flowers and citrus fruits. It has fresh intensity and high complexity. This wine is velvety and elegantly barrel-aged. Potential to age 3-6 years.


1st bottle reserve red:  Once & Future 2017 Mataro, Oakley Road, Contra Costa County

For the wine snob:

The soils at Oakley Road are so sandy that early growers in this region were disparaged as “sandlappers.” Little did they know that the delta sands, with their phylloxera inhibiting properties, would be the key to the survival of some amazing 100-plus-year-old, own-rooted, unirrigated vines.  The resulting wines can be, in a word, graceful. The combination of own roots, old vines, deep sandy soils, and cooling afternoon breezes seems to encourage gentle, suave wines. Some winemakers like to make big, powerful, dark wines from these grapes; Joel believes the wines are much more enjoyable, interesting, complex, and finer when picked earlier.

For the rest of us: 

Mourvedre, the famous grape of Bandol, is known by the name Mataro in California. The Mataro grape has been planted in California since the 1870s, mostly as an adjunct in blends that were Zinfandel dominated. Though scarce, Mataro is an exceptional standalone grape in a few places. One of those is Oakley. The climate conditions are perfect for slow ripening grapes like Mataro. The smoky, soft cherry, plum flavors are well developed and full, with the acid perfectly balanced and the tannins soft and round.

 


1st bottle reserve white:  Weiser-Kunstler 2017 Riesling, Steffensberg Grand Cru, Mosel

For the wine snob:

Weiser-Künstler is a member of Der Klitzkleine Ring, which is a small circle of growers who show their wines together and labor in saving plots of old, precious Riesling vines on steep, slate slopes from being cut down.  Fermentation occurs spontaneously with native yeast in the cold cellar underneath their property. After brief skin contact (helping to reduce acidity), pressing occurs in an old pneumatic Willmes press. Stainless steel vats, old oak Fuder and second-hand barriques are used to influence structure. “Stainless steel better keeps the acidity, and wood helps to round it out,” Konstantin says.

For the rest of us:

Alexandra Künstler and Konstantin Weiser are farming close to 4 hectares organically in the Mosel; a true labor of love, as the sites here are punishingly steep, and the risk of losing grapes to frost and mildew damage is high.  Technically a ‘dry tasting’ Riesling, so just a touch of residual sugar is balanced by electric acidity to give it tension and an incredible drinkability! Juicy and bright, with notes of peaches, green apple, nectarines, and a salinity that brings you back for another sip! This is a truly delightful wine to pair with the whole spread this Thanksgiving, and fantastic to wake up the palate when fatigue sets in.


2nd bottle reserve red:  Domaine Bois de Boursan 2015 ‘Tradition’ Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC

For the wine snob:

 The classic red of the domaine accounts for approximately 85% of the annual production of the estate. The grapes are not destemmed. The maceration and fermentation lasts for three weeks in 70% concrete and 30% stainless steel. The élevage encompasses an additional eighteen months before the wine is bottled unfiltered and unfined. It matures for 10 months before release to the USA.

For the rest of us:

This wine has superb energy and an incredible length of flavor. The nose is complex, which expresses floral notes, red and black berry fruit, thyme, honey and lavender. The tannins are silky and fresh.