This season is about gathering with the ones you love. Sharing a special bottle (or two!) is a joyous way to toast each other and the celebration. This wine club, we’ve focused on family wineries that have found the joy and balance between the fruit, the earth and the glass. We hope that we all can be so lucky!
P. & E. Mullins
2017 Weingut Brand Feinherb Dry Riesling, Pfalz Germany
This 100% dry Riesling is made by two brothers, Daniel and Jonas Brand who are fifth-generation winemakers. The Brand brothers took over the family winery from their father Jürgen in 2014 – with his support they expanded and transitioned into a fully organic and biodynamic winery. The brothers now have the whole estate under organic cultivation and are producing a large amount of wine with no added Sulphur. All fermentations are natural-yeast, “Just raw grape juice spontaneously fermented in a bottle. Without any additives.” This dry Riesling Liter is tart and crisp, with notes of green apple skin, salt, under ripe nectarines, and lemon juice. The electric acidity skews any notion that this is a fuller, richer Pfalz wine. Pat and I love the Liter size bottle, it either means more friends to share with or in our case a perfect size for two… we always feel like we could use a little more than a regular size bottle.
2016 Boheme Verzier, Collines Rhodaniennes, France
This 100% Viognier comes from a farm estate that has belonged to the Verzier family since 1828. Philippe, the youngest of seven children, became attached to the family vineyard and at the young age of 19 he took over the estate. His growing methods focused on respecting the balance between the vines and the soil by using organic methods and bio-dynamic preparations. This wine reveals the aromatic finesse of the Viognier grape variety. It has aromas of citrus fruit and apricot. In the mouth it is weighted, nice and full and round. It is bright on the palate with a crisp and a softer clean finish.
2014 JC Vizcarra, Ribera del Duero, Spain
JC Vizcarra is an estate-bottled 100% Tempranillo wine. The “JC” in the wine's name are the initials of proprietor and winemaker Juan Carlos Vizcarra. Founded in 1991, the first vintage for this small-production bottling was 2004. Today, Vizcarra is considered among the top producers in Ribera del Duero. Juan Carlos has a philosophy centered on making wines that show elegance and finesse. In order to achieve this goal, the winemaking is exclusively done by gravity. A focus on careful vineyard work and gentle winemaking prevents harsh tannins and instead produces soft, elegant wines. The emphasis is on the fruit rather than the tannins. In the glass this wine is an opaque ruby. The aroma is exotic with perfumed bouquet and ripe dark berries, violet and vanilla and a hint of smoky overtone. It is seamless and expansive in the mouth, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors complemented by cocoa and minerality. Supple tannins shape the smoky finish, which lingers on with impressive bright dark fruit. Only 1,500 cases produced.