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On occasion, we feature either individual wines or a particular winery or event. Read on for current “Wines of the Week” and other Featured Wines!
Thanksgiving Wine Features
Weingut Max Ferd. Richter 2010 Pinot Blanc $19.99
Until recently I only knew the great Mosel producer Max Ferd. Richter for the array of Rieslings that they produce; oh how uninformed I was. It turns out that Richter, a ninth generation winery now helmed by Dirk Richter, also makes a Pinot Blanc that is worth every penny of its modest price. And yes good folks that is correct, 2010.
Holding back and releasing wines well after the vintage is common practice for this winery, and this is the first year that we’ve had the opportunity to taste and work with the library release of Pinot Blanc. Due to its aging undisturbed at the winery for the majority of its existence each bottle that I’ve had has shown remarkable consistency with little bottle variation (which is noteworthy for any nine year old wine).
The wine itself was made from hand harvested grapes with native yeast fermentation taking place in both stainless steel tanks and old barrels. 2010 was a year with plenty of acid, so there is still plenty of zip to backup the round, soft nature of Pinot Blanc. Dried wildflowers, the odd stone fruit (maybe an apricot?), and a light smoky edge makes this my white wine pick for Turkey day.
Robert Serol 2018 Eclat de Granite Cote Roannaise $19.99
Domaine Robert Serol is a fifth generation winery growing Gamay and Viognier in the Cote Roannaise appellation. Cote Roannaise is a curious appellation in that it is west of Beaujolais, but it’s also upper, upper Loire as it is upriver from Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. It’s not immediately obvious as to whether I should lump it in with southern Burgundy or the Loire valley, but that is less relevant than how easy it is to drink. This is one of those reds that I don’t spend a lot of wordy pontificating over, it’s just delicious.
The wine is made from the grape Gamay grown in vineyards that are in the process of converting to organic agriculture. True to form it’s juicy, bright, unencumbered by clumsy oak or overripe flavors, this wine is here to refresh and delight.
Sidebar 2017 Kerner by David Ramey
Mokelomne River – Regular Price $29.99 – Sale Price $24.99
Kerner is a cross between Trollinger and Riesling. Dry aromatic wine that’s gently floral and spicy with a crisp, medium bodied finish that is brightened by good acidity.
Moshin 2015 Westside Crossing Pinot Noir – Regular Price $24.99 – Sale Price $19.99
Delicate yet complex, having flavors and aromas of dried strawberry, cloves and dark cherries gives this wine a very flavorful finish.
Wine of the Week
Marques de Caceres 2014 Rioja Reserva
Retail: $19.99 – Club Card Price: $14.99
Anyone who knows Rioja knows Marques de Caceres. The winery as it is in its modern incarnation is the work of five generations of a family whose history has been entwined with the wine industry.
Their Rioja Reserva comes from 25 – 35 year old vines grown in the Rioja sub-regions of Alta and Alavesa. The grapes are hand harvested, parcel by parcel, and then vinified.
The Reserva is aged for 20 months in a mix of new and old French oak followed by another two years in bottle, with the blend comprising of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, and 5% Graciano.
The takeaway on the palate is of fine grained tannins, just ripe cherry fruit, and dried herb (oregano, thyme?). Despite its modest price, the potential for this wine to develop over time is considerable.