The Country Vintner / Scott DaValle

March 09, 2013

Bodegas Campante Vina Reboreda Blanco

Vintage 2011 — $12.95

Spain, Galicia, Ribeiro

Varietal(s): 65% Treixadura, 35% Torrontes

Vineyards and Winemaking: Bodegas Campante born in the forties by the hand of Manuel Mendez Villanueva in Prado de Minho, in the heart of the region that gives its name to one of the most renowned wines of Spain: The Ribeiro. The wine cellar includes advanced techniques while maintaining the traditional characteristics of flavor and aroma.

Tasting Notes: Crisp, freshly aromatic and versatile dry white wine with impressive complexity and long finish.

Food Pairing: Perfect for fish and shellfish and white meats or with good tapas.

Michel Gassier Cercius Blanc

Vintage 2011 — $14.95

France , Rhone

Varietal(s): 70% Grenache Blanc, 30% Sauvignon Blanc

Vineyards and Winemaking: Vignobles Michel Gassier joins our ancestral estates in a single desire: make captivating wines that express the essence of our grapes & their terroirs that nourish them. Currently in conversion to organic farming, our Rhône valley vineyards are consulted by Philippe Cambie. Discover award winning wines that express the passion of their wine maker at Château de Nages & Domaine de Molines. On the southern edge of the Rhone Valley near the ancient city of Nimes the legendary mistral winds of Provence sweep over the vines and out to the Mediterranean Sea. The Latin name for these north-northwest winds is CERCIUS – the defining feature and raison d’etre for partners Michel Gassier, Philippe Cambie and Eric Solomon to launch this project. The brisk cross winds protect the grapes freshness which is preserved during vinification in concrete tanks.

Tasting Notes: Straw yellow with soft green highlights. Very aromatic, predominantly aromas of citrus, flowers, and flint. Medium bodied and crisp.

Food Pairing: Pairs well with roasted monkfish, paprika grilled game hen, and goat cheeses.

Honoro Vera Garnacha

Vintage 2011 — $11.95
Spain, Calatayud

Varietal(s): 100% Garnacha

Vineyards and Winemaking: The best vineyards of Calatayud are situated high on the hillsides, where, despite the poor gravelly soil, the gnarled vines produce the finest grapes possible in this arid desolate region. Only the ripest clusters are chosen, thus producing a wine of considerable depth and finesse.

Tasting Notes: Dark berry liqueur and mocha on the nose, with notes of licorice and sassafras. The wine exudes intense aromas of sweet cherries and dark plums with an exotic spicy finish reminiscent of white pepper. Finishes with good breadth, supple tannins and lingering smokiness.

Food Pairing: Ideal with meat stew, roasts, grilled sausages and hamburgers.

Martin Sanclodio Quatros Pasos Mencia

Vintage 2009 — $14.95

Spain, Bierzo

Varietal(s): 100% Mencia

Vineyards and Winemaking: Quatros Pasos: The discovery of four bear footprints in a magnificent vineyard in the highest areas of the Bierzo inspired the name of this wine. Four firm steps are necessary to reach excellence: the selection of the land, the care of the vine, a suitable climate and carefulness in the elaboration. Four places: Otero, Hornija, Corullón y Valtuille with four different stories that define the character of their people and vines. And this is how Four Steps came about, 100% Mencía elaborated from grapes chosen from the over 80-year-old vines from the slated lands located in the high areas of the Bierzo region.

Tasting Notes: An alluring nose of earthy minerality, lead pencil shavings, incense, and black raspberry. Ripe, lengthy, and supple-textured, it is a great value for drinking over the next 5 years.

Food Pairing: Pork and Beans Spanish Stew, Pasta alla Carbonara, and Manchego cheese.

Bodega Noemia A Lisa

Vintage 2011 — $22.95

Argentina, Patagonia

Varietal(s): 90% Malbec, 9% Merlot, 1% Petit-Verdot

Vineyards and Winemaking: The estate is situated in Rio Negro Valley, which is 620 miles South of Buenos Aires, 280 miles east of the Andes, 310 miles west of the Atlantic and a further 1240 miles from Tierra del Fuego. In other words, it is located in the middle of the desert. The valley’s microclimate is under the influence of two rivers deriving from the Andes, the Neuquen and the Limay which form into the Rio Negro, which throws itself into the Atlantic. The Rio Negro valley is an ex glacier which is 310 miles long and 15,5 miles large at 250 yards above sea level. In 1828, the British colonies, having observed the large amounts of water flowing down the river, decided to create channels which would irrigate the valley thus forming a type of oasis in the middle of the desert.

The grapes were all picked by hand. All the grapes were destemmed by machine at the winery into small 2,500 liters and 5,000 liters cement vats and 10,000 liters stainless steel tanks. The grapes were then cold soaked for 4 days before the indigenous and non indigenous yeast fermentation started. The alcoholic fermentation lasted 2 weeks, using the “pigeage” or “plunging” and “pumping over” methods to extract the color and tannins. After the fermentation, 25 % of the wine was transferred into third and fourth use French oak barrels, 30% into cement tank and 45% into stainless steel tank for a period of 9 months. The malolactic also occurred naturally in the same barrels and vats for about 1,5 months. No batonnage.

Tasting Notes: Dense violet and plum. Dark berries, cherry and cocoa. Excellent structure with fruit notes of cherry and cassis; medium-bodied with balanced, persistent tannins.

Food Pairing: An exceptional wine for roast beef.