This year flew by! It seems like every year goes by faster than the last. That’s why we try to remember to savor moments. This month we are featuring wines with beautiful history. Moments that carry on through vintages and generations. It’s one of our favorite parts about wine, it captures a time and a place and the moment you open the bottle you revisit it.
Cheers & Happy New Year!
P. & E. Mullins
2017 Raventós i Blanc de Blanc, Penedes Spain
The Raventós family has been residing and growing wine on their estate since 1497. Twenty-one generations have worked this unique and special land. It has a specific microclimate unlike anywhere else influenced by the river, a lake, two streams and a hill known as the Turó del Serral, it has 90 hectares of vines and forest. The family’s goal has always been to ensure their land is treated with care. They practice biodynamic farming placing an absolute priority on soils, climate and native grape varieties. In 1872 Josep Raventós Fatjó made the first bottle-fermented wine in Spain using native grapes from this estate. It is a Blanc de Blanc due to its three native white grape varieties: Macabeu, Xarel·lo and Parellada. Produced in the Champagne method, this well-structured, fresh and complex wine has white floral aromas and a beautiful balance of minerality, soft and fresh fruit on the palate. The bubbles are small and lush. Only 200,000 bottles produced annually.
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Blanc, Alsace France
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht estate is the perfect example of why Alsace is one of the world’s great wine producing regions. The family has been producing wine on this estate since 1620. They’re estate incudes 100 acres of vineyards including 4 prestigious Grands Crus. Since 2002 the estate has been certified organic and biodynamic. This wine is a traditional Alsatian blend of Pinot Blanc and the lesser known varietal Auxerrois, which is related to Malbec. The grapes come from a combination of Zind-Humbrecht's top vineyards. The wine is made with dedication to terroir and practices that include extended pressing cycles to retain natural yeasts and proteins, natural malolactic fermentation and extended aging on the lees. The wine is aged 8 months in 40-year-old French barrels. In the glass the wine is an amber honey color. The nose has aromas of nuts and white fruits. The palate is well-balanced acidity and a smooth texture. Enjoy as an aperitif or with seafood.
2017 Mon Coeurs Cotes du Rhone
Some experts feel that the greatest maker of Hermitage is Jean-Louis Chave. The Chave family has been growing grapes at Hermitage since 1481. They have a reputation for making good wine in poor years, and excellent wine in good ones. They use low yielding vines that average 60 years in age and harvest late to produce the ripest fruit. There is virtually no intervention in the winemaking and bottling with no filtration. A blend of Syrah and Grenache. This CDR has currants, berries, dust and leather on the palate. The nose has aromas of cedar, dark fruit, vanilla, toast, smoke and spices.