We’re on a kick with these wines right now, they excite us, and we are thrilled to share them with you! They have introduced us to appellations, styles and stories. People often ask, what is it about the Bottle Shop that you love? The answer is that we are constantly learning and discovering. There is always more to learn, to read, to smell, to taste. Our job will never be done and with wine… it leaves us nothing to whine about.
P. & E. Mullins
2018 Domaine du Salvard Vin de Pays du Val de Loire, Cheverny France
About an hour west of the famed Sancerre AOC is Cheverny. An appellation known for crisp dry whites, rosés and reds. What makes this AOC unique is that the appellation law mandates that producers must include some Chardonnay to create a Cheverny Blanc. Domaine du Salvard is probably best known for mastering this with their Cheverny Blancs. Five generations of the Delaille family have been growing fresh, lively Sauvignon Blanc, deeply rooted in the sand, clay, and limestone plains of northeastern Touraine. Maurice Delaille bought this property in 1890, replanting the vineyards and renovating the estate. Today, 42 hectares of vineyards are farmed by brothers Emmanuel and Thierry who have carried on the traditions established by their ancestors, producing authentic, handcrafted Cheverny that is both simple and elegant. While the brothers share most of the responsibilities, Thierry Delaille primary focus is the vines, which are managed organically with the emphasis on smaller than average yields and sustainable farming practices. Emmanuel handles the winemaking duties. The wines are bottled unfiltered. This wine is a wild ride! Fresh and zesty! It has the crisp acidity and floral notes of the Sauvignon and a roundness provided by the Chardonnay. With its underlying minerality, the combination is irresistible. Beyond the floral and mineral notes, the wine evokes pear and mild citrus, with some cream and even a hint of coconut on the long finish. It’s fresh yet elegant, lovely on its own, and a perfect pairing for fish and white meats. Complex enough for the wine nerds but easy enough for all to enjoy. this wine is crisp and juicy, with loads of citrus and minerality.
2018 Ameztoi ‘Rubentis’ Getariako Txakolina, Spain
Ameztoi is a renowned producer in Getariako Txakolina, a Spanish DO located in Basque country. He is known and respected for producing both traditional wines in large barrels and also as an innovator for creating rosé Txakolina and sparkling wines using méthode traditional. Ignacio Ameztoi is fifth generation of his family to carry on the tradition of making Txakolina in the province of Getaria, and he has played a key role in the advancement of the region in the last decade. This iconic Rubentis rosé is a field blend of two native varietals, (hard to pronounce but delicious to drink!) one white varietal hondarrabi zuri and one red, hondarrabi beltza. The grapes are combined and are worked together, not separately. Most local wineries had given up on the indigenous red hondarrabi beltza vines, the Ameztoi family retained their old vines, which gives their rose exceptional vibrancy and complexity. The backbone of the blend comes from a hondarrabi beltza vineyard planted in 1840, preserved by the Ameztoi family for generations. Ameztoi Txakolina is traditionally built with high acidity and low alcohol. The wines are fermented with indigenous yeast in stainless steel and bottled with residual carbonation which gives the wine a natural spritz. In the glass, it has bright tones of pink and fuchsia and you can see the fine little bubbles. The nose reminds me of Welches cranberry juice or strawberries candies. The palate is harmonious and fresh with a crisp dry finish. It’s cheerful because of its bubbles. It’s the perfect wine for sipping while sharing a warm summer evening with friends.
2017 Patricia Green Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon
Patricia Green Cellars was started in 2000 by two friends, Patty Green and Jim Anderson. It is located in the Ribbon Ridge district of Yamhill County on a 52-acre estate. The winery is known for producing a tremendously broad selection of Pinot Noirs to showcase the distinctions of the sites. All of the vineyards that are owned by PGC or sourced from are extremely well-tended to grow the best fruit possible through rigorous attention to detail on every single vine. To ensure that the vineyard sites truly show the characteristics of the terroir, none of them use irrigation. The winery also has the philosophy of attention to the smallest details. The wines are handled and manipulated as little as possible while being smelled and tasted on a regular basis. Sadly, Patty Green passed away in the winter of 2017. Her soulful expression of Willamette pinot noir lives on. Even in this very bottle. This wine is expressive yet polished. It is true to the Willamette region. In the glass it is a deep iridescent purple. It has aromas of earth, a little barn yard and spice with some tart cherry. The palate has lively mineral notes and dusty layers of berries and tea giving it complexity and finishing with smooth tannins. This pinot scored 93 points in Wine Spectator and is recommended to drink now, or cellar and enjoy through 2026. We recommend popping the cork on this one and if you love it, pick up another so you see what time will reveal.