This time of year, we’re being introduced to lots of new wines and vintages and we couldn’t be more excited to share them with you. For the May Wine Club, we’ve decided to highlight some of our favorite new additions to the Bottle Shop. We hope to feature these through the Summer so if you fall in love with them as much as we have, they’ll be plenty more to enjoy.
P. & E. Mullins
2018 Vermentino Colli di Luni DOC ‘Etichetta Grigia’ Lunae Bosoni, Liguria Italy When Pat and I first smelled and tasted this 100% estate-owned vermentino we were immediately reminded of fresh basil and mint. We then learned that this comes from the easternmost corner of Liguria, bordering Tuscany: an area called Colli di Luni, where wild basil grows and is considered the pesto capital of the World. All the best pesto comes from there. We found it so incredible that this wine really bottled up its place and each time you open it you are reminiscent of where it was grown and made. Etichetta Grigia is one of the top producers in the region, their style is all about freshness and it is considered by many the best expression of true Ligurian Vermentino. It’s a straw yellow in the glass. The palate opens with fresh and bright fruit. The finish is crisp and elegant with a touch of minerality. This is really fun wine to showcase with food. Especially suited for all types of seafood dishes but also on its own as an aperitif it will transport you straight to the Riviera!
“If there is one aroma that unifies Liguria—the region that arcs along Italy’s northwestern coast, joining France to Italy, Alps to sea—it’s Genovese basil.”
by Amanda Ruggeri of National Geographic Traveler magazine.
2017 Elena Walch Schiava Alto Adige D.O.C. Italy
In a previous wine club, we’ve introduced you to Elena Walch before, a winery owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters in Alto Adige Italy. We’re fans. So much in fact that at a tasting over the Winter in Chicago we had a chance to meet Karoline, one of Elena’s daughters and taste through their current releases together. This is where we were introduced to this 100% Schiava. The perfect red for a hot day and the perfect red for your typical white and rosé drinker. It really drinks like a white or rosé wine. It’s recommended to be chilled and served cold. It’s a bright ruby in color and there are delicate notes of cherry on the nose. The palate is balanced with gentle acidity and tannins. It has a long elegant finish with gentle notes of earth and smoke. It’s perfect to pair with BBQ but also beautiful with Mediterranean dishes, pasta and antipasti.
2017 Domaine Sérol Les Originelles Cote Roannaise Loire Valley, France
This varietal is not the most common for the Loire Valley. Typically, you see Gamay grown in Beaujolais or Southern Burgundy. The Sérol family has been making wine in Renaison, in the heart of the AOC Côte Roannaisefor 5 generations. Since they started, the family’s mission has been to make its terroir better known and to reveal the different expressions of Gamay. Practicing organic farming and using native yeast fermentation in concrete introduces us to something very special. The Gamay variety has black skin and white juice which produces fruity and fleshy reds. In the glass this wine is an intense ruby color with purple notes. It has aromas of raspberry and floral notes. The palate is also aromatic with supple and silky tannins. It’s a rounded and easy to-drink wine. Enjoy slightly chilled, 60-62 degrees.