In this months’ wine club we are focusing on blends, the beauty comes from mingling different varietals. We had fun exploring the Northern most point of Portugal, the mountains and valleys of Washington and the canyons of Napa.
P. & E. Mullins
2017 Nortico Dry Rosé Vinho Regional Minho Portugal
Nortico is from tiny vineyard plots on the South bank of the Minho river near the Northern border of Spain’s Galicia province. The vineyards are so tiny, they are called “jardins” (gardens in Portuguese). This is a Provencal style rosé made of 20% Vinhau a dark skinned grape variety that is notably high is acidity, 40% Alvarelhao also a dark berried fruit that makes pale aromatic reds for early drinking, and 40% Pedral a black-variety that adds color, fragrance and rustic characteristics. This rosé is a bright strawberry pink in color. The nose is a bouquet of bright fresh berries. The palate is refreshing with watermelon and granite.
2015 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Blanc Columbia Valley White Wine
Founded in 1992 DeLille Cellar is a boutique winery located in Woodinville, Washington focused on Bordeaux-style blends. In the traditional style of Bordeaux, DeLille showcases a barrel fermented blend of 73% Sauvignon Blanc and 27% Semillon. The wine is fermented “sur lie” which means on the dreg and sediment that settles on the bottom of the barrel or tanks. This gives the wine more complexity and mouth feel. The wine starts with aromatics of pineapple, nectarine, honeydew melon, smoke and baking spices with brioche toast. The flavors are ripe and rich, showing off white raisin, gooseberry, white peach and candied pink grapefruit. This has a gorgeous mouthfeel and texture as the wine will have a long life. The long finish lingers.
2015 Neyers Sage Canyon California Red Wine
This wine is a blend of four wines, each produced using the traditional Rhone process of 'Pigeage' where all of the grapes are crushed by foot, not by machine. Each wine is fermented separately and aged on the less is used 60-gallon French oak barrels for a year before blending. The wine is then bottled, unrefined and unfiltered. This Rhone style blend is made of 45% Carignan, 25% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah. Each variety is made separately, when blended together it created something special. The whole is far greater than the sum of its parts. The finished wine is complex and old-worldly. The wine shows excellent density and length on the palate. There’s earth and mineral along with some wildly exotic fruit, and an attractive soft finish.