February always seems like one of the hardest months of the Winter, maybe that’s why we’re gifted with the fact that it’s the shortest. To help get us through, we’re focusing on wines that are bright and happy. Before we know it, the days will be getting longer and warmer!
P. & E. Mullins
2017 Gaspard Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine France
Let a little much needed sunshine in with this 100% Sauvignon Blanc. A super joyful natural wine from the Loire Valley. This handmade wine uses organic methods not only in the vineyards but in the cellar as well. The Gaspard is a bright light yellow in the glass. The nose is exciting with citrus notes. The palate is crisp, clean and delicious with bright minerality on the finish.
2017 Marramiero Pecorino, Abruzzo Italy
One of our favorite Italian varietals that comes with a sweet story on how it got its’ name; sheep were often found snacking on this thinned skinned grape. The thinner skin results in a higher sugar content which is likely why the sheep were attracted to it. “Sheep” in Italian is “Pecora” which is why this varietal is named pecorino. The Pecorino varietal also has high acidity which with the high sugar levels creates a balanced wine. It is also a wonderfully aromatic grape which ultimately creates a firm, dry, minerally driven white wine. Marramiero pays great attention to detail from the vineyard to the winery. The winery focuses on natural practices in the vineyard and in the winery. This pecorino is a golden yellow in the glass, the nose is fruity and spicy with a body that is full and clean. It’s a fresh, amusing and lively wine to help kick those winter doldrums.
2016 Brooks Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Oregon
This beautiful pinot noir comes with a beautiful story. After traveling the World and experiencing the hard work of winemaking in Beaujolais, Jimi Brooks returned back to his home in Oregon and devoted the rest of his life to holistic farming and winemaking in the Willamette Valley. His gentle approach to winemaking and his passion to showcase the terroir has resulted in noteworthy wines. Passing on the winery and biodynamic traditions to his son Pascal, Brooks winery continues to showcase the regions potential for expressive, complex and balanced wines. This pinot is a deep violet ruby color in the glass. Aromas of dark berries and the damp forest floor open up to bright currants, lavender and plum on the palate. There is vibrant acidity and elegant floral notes that together finesse into a lingering long finish.