In talking to our family out in California about the Winter weather they often act a little jealous, like their Winter isn’t as exciting. We have to get out there and deal with it, shovel, de-ice our cars, plan ahead for travel etc. Who are they kidding though? They don’t want to live the Winter they just want to visit it. You can’t blame them, it is beautiful, but it does start to weigh and take a toll on you. Here we find ourselves in the tundra of February. It’s cold, it’s cozy and also kind of takes the wind out from you. We turn to things that bring us comfort and indulge a bit more than usual because it feels good. This months’ wine club focuses on wines that do just that, bring comfort and a bit of indulgence because its February and we’re cold and we need a little extra goodness to get us through. Just put your pajama pants on, open up that bottle of wine and enjoy.
P. & E. Mullins
2019 Terlan Pinot Grigio
Alto Adige, Italy
We begin in one of our favorite wine regions. Alto Adige is in the Northernmost region of Italy bordering Austria and Switzerland, surrounded by the limestone peeks of the Dolomite mountains. The various soil types, the range of altitudes and climate zones make it one of the most diverse growing regions while also being the smallest wine growing region in all of Italy. This diverse and unique terroir gives way for the wines of the Alto Adige to have character and style unlike anywhere else. The Terlan winery is a cooperative with 143 growers who are faithful to quality and tradition in their growing practices. Pinot grigio is a varietal many are familiar with, also known as pinot gris in parts of the World. Its profile can range from dry and bitter to floral, fruity or acidic. The expression of this pinot grigio is one that we feel will win over folks who wouldn’t typically choose this varietal. In the glass this wine is a straw yellow. The nose is fruity with notes of melon and pear and has an herbaceous resemblance to a freshly mowed lawn. On the palate it is full and weighted yet silky, there are notes of green apples, pineapples and cream. It has a savory finish that keeps you reaching for that next sip.
2017 Broc Cellars Eagle Point Ranch Counoise
Mendocino County, CA
We continue to be introduced to new wines out of California when we naively thought we had experienced it all. That’s the fun part about wine. The exploring continues, from vintage, to location to varietal. Broc Cellars is an Urban winery located in the industrial district of Berkeley. No other wineries nearby, but they are at a prime location to work with growers all over California. In their winery, owner and winemaker Chris Brockway embraces an unintrusive winemaking style, letting the natural expression of the grapes speak for themselves. Fruit is sourced from organic vineyards and fermenting takes place spontaneously with native yeasts. This leads to small production of interesting wines that are unique and exciting. This red is made with 100% Counoise from Eagle Point Ranch vineyard in the Mayacamas Mountain Ranch of Mendocino. Counoise is most commonly used as a blending varietal in Southern Rhone, and Brockway had originally intended to do just that, but the quality that came from the Eagle Point Ranch vineyard led him to showcase it as a single varietal. In the glass it is a light juicy red. There are aromas of eucalyptus, dark fruit and licorice. The palate is light to medium bodied with nice acid and notes of plums and white pepper on the elegant finish.
2014 Campagne de Centeilles
We’ve featured wines from winemaker Patricia Boyer-Domergue and her daughter Cecille before. We can’t help to again as they are truly remarkable forces in the Minervois wine region of the Languedoc in Southern France. Some of our customers have even coined Patricia as the “Mystic Mother.” Beyond winemaker, she is regarded as one of the top vine historians and preservationist. She began her winemaking career in Bordeaux, training in prestigious vineyards and when she arrived to the modest Minervois region known for rustic and simple table wines, she applied the same skills from Bordeaux to the varietals and winemaking of Minervois. Which has led to the elegant, age-worthy wines of Clos Centeilles. This wine is made with 100% cinsault which as a varietal is prone to disease and quite difficult to grow. Which is likely why traditionally it has been relegated for use as a minor blending grape in the Rhône. It’s a bright fresh varietal that is just as floral as it is fruity and to showcase it on its own is truly special. It is unfiltered and unfined wine, in the glass it is a murky deep red with purple hues. The nose has spice, pepper and a little smoky note. The palate is elegant with notes of violets and dark forest fruit and a hint of iron. It’s delicate with few tannins and seamless on the finish.