This holiday season is out of the ordinary to say the least. We hope that in this unique time you can enjoy the smaller things. The quiet times, the intimate times and the special phone or zoom calls with the loved ones you can’t be with. Just like we are having to narrow down on holiday get togethers, for this months’ wine club, we decided to narrow our focus and palates on wines made with just a single grape variety. Tasting these wines gives us a look into the specific characteristics of certain varietals. It exposes their expressions from color, to body to flavor profiles. When made like these wines we are sharing, they have an elegance, that showcases the time, the place the maker. We hope we introduce you to something new this month but also something that feels familiar.
Happy Thanksgiving & Cheers to you and yours,
P. & E. Mullins
Borgoluce Lampo Prosecco Treviso DOC Brut
The Borgoluce Prosecco is made with 100% Glera. This famous variety has been grown for hundreds of years in the Veneto and Friuli regions of Italy and is traditionally used for Prosecco. It ripens late in the season and has a high acidity. Over 1000 years ago the Collalto family were given 3200 acres of land just North of Venice in the Veneto region which lies in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains, which they use 160 acres for vineyards. The Collaltos have honored that gift by respecting the land and giving back to it for centuries-long traditions. They co-exist with nature in their farming practices. Everything is almost beyond organic and biodynamic, to the point that the waste of animals on the farm is used to give power to the village. When something has been done for so long with such care, it’s no wonder they produce one of our most favorite Proseccos. In the glass this wine is almost crystal clear. The fine lively bubbles dance rapidly. The nose at first brings a rush of white peach and white flowers giving way to wet stones after the rain. The body is rich and full with millions of little bubbles gliding across the palate. It’s young, happy and bright with a razor clean acidity. We can’t help but say, “Cheers!”
2018 Neil Ellis Whitehall Chardonnay
Elgin, South Africa
Chardonnay is one of the most familiar and recognized for varietals. In many ways however it is misunderstood and mis-characterized. It can be a butter bomb from Napa, it can be a lean mineral driven wine from Chablis. What it does have, is body and the ability to showcase its terroir and the ability of the winemaker. Will its beauty be highlighted with age and barrels or will it be masked with a more heavy-handed approach? Neil Ellis in South Africa has found a way to bridge the gap between New World and Old-World chardonnay lovers. He is a wine industry icon in South Africa producing beautiful eco-friendly wines. This chardonnay is a pale straw yellow in the glass. Notice the weight and viscosity as you gently swirl your glass. The nose is reminiscent of roasted marshmallows with gentle notes of persimmon and kiwi. The palate is creamy yet bright. This beautifully structured wine has a richness that finishes clean with a mouthwatering salinity. The barrel is used more as a compliment to the wine than the star of the show. It’s savory, delight in it.
2017 Dablon Petit Verdot
Petit Verdot is hardly ever showcased on its own, it is mostly found in Bordeaux blends due to its bold color and floral aromas. Right here in our very own corner of Michigan a beautiful expression of Petit Verdot is being grown. Dablon winery is located in Baroda and producing not only beautiful wines but in a breathtaking setting. We highly recommend making the trip for a visit. Founded just over ten years ago on 44 hilly acres of concord grape vineyards that were transitioned to viniferous varietals Dablon Winery and Vineyard was born. Winemaker Rudy Shafer trained with some of Michigan’s’ most legendary winemakers and he’s taken the baton and run from there. In addition to his larger production wines, every year he has focused on some very small single varietal productions, like this Petit Verdot. Only 41 cases produced, and we are sharing ours with you. Take a moment to look at the beautiful garnet ruby and hues of violets in your glass. The nose is a bouquet of dried flowers and dark cherries reminiscent of a late Summer SW Michigan evening after a hot dry day. The palate is bright yet delicate with dark cherries and blueberries that are no doubt being grown nearby and are ready for harvest themselves. It’s a medium body wine with good acidity, light tannins and a gentle hint of iron that brings you back to the Old-World.