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Every wine has a story, whether it is the winemaker, the region, or the people that make it. Each month we will feature four wines that we sell at Uncorkt and make them available to sample on the third Friday of each month. This month our complimentary tasting is from 5 pm until 7 pm on Friday, April 19th. If you are so inclined, you may then enjoy a glass at our wine bar for $5 or buy a bottle of wine at 15% off the normal retail price, that day. Enjoy!
We begin in New Zealand with Erica and Kim Crawford, the powerhouse couple who created Loveblock. Back in 2004, this was a wild piece of land, untamed and hidden from the world. The Crawfords have both been working in the wine industry for most of their lives and wondered what to do with this wildness: how would the unique terroir translate to flavors in wine? Could wine be produced that is elegant, restrained and complex? A wine that speaks of its place and a season?
In New Zealand land is precious; the economy largely depends on agriculture. Grape growers and wine farmers are custodians of this land. Soil balance and fertility are restored without commercial fertilizers and chemical protection.
Kim and Erica strive to make the best wine they can, a wine that speaks with the voice of naked terroir. Come taste Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc’s lifted aromatics of pineapple, passionfruit and citrus blossom and creamy texture due to Loveblock’s organic winegrowing practices.
The next wine takes us to the Mâconnais region in France where the Duboeuf family has produced wine for over four centuries. More famous for the Beaujolais he has produced since 1964, Georges Duboeuf applies his ancestors’ traditional method of respecting the terroir and the work of the winemaker, with a rigorous selection and monitoring of wines at the time of bottling.
The Pouilly-Fuissé appellation stretches across four small towns: Vergisson, Solutré, Fuissé, and Chaintré. The yellow ochre of the soil tells us about the clay-lime composition that provides the Chardonnay grape variety with ideal soil for producing this marvelous white Burgundy. Indeed, how could we possibly resist its appeal? A round, fleshy, full-bodied and hearty wine with powerful white blossom, almond aromas and dried fruit flavors with a subtle hint of figs.
Michel Chapoutier began his love affair with wine at age 26. He loves food too, in particular, the way flavors bring emotion to dishes, when food and wine are paired, taking both to a whole new level. Michel seeks perfection, setting high standards in every aspect of his life.
The Côtes du Rhône vineyard is one of the oldest in France. The vineyards of the red Côtes du Rhône “Belleruche” cover four departments (Drôme, Vaucluse, Gard and Ardèche) on different soils (clay and calcareous alluvial deposit terraces, clay…) giving “Belleruche” an extraordinary richness and complexity. Both a choice and a symbol reflecting openness and tolerance, all Chapoutier labels have been marked in Braille since 1996. This is also a tribute to Maurice Monier of La Sizeranne, a member of the family who previously owned the vines of the same name and who invented the first abbreviated version of Braille.
The Belleruche Côtes du Rhône is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. This fine wine has a deep ruby/purple hue and is accompanied by aromas of blackberries, cherries, road tar, and earth. This wine is medium-bodied with silky tannins as well as gobs of luscious fruit; it can be enjoyed immediately or over the next several years.
The Scala Dei winery in Montsant, Spain dates to the 12 th century. Scala Dei is Latin for “Ladder of God” and the Carthusian monks introduced wines to the region in 1163.
The grapes used for Scala Dei Priorat come from different carefully selected small plots. The vines are planted on “costers”, a Catalan name by which the outstanding characteristics of Priorat are known. The soils on which strains grow are slate, called “licorella”; in the area. The grapes, before passing through a cold maceration, pass through a stripping. The juice then undergoes a controlled fermentation. Scala Dei Priorat is finally aged for twelve months in new and one year old oak barrels – 80 % of them French and 20 % American.
Scala dei Priorat is a blend of Grenache (55 %), Samso (20 %), Cabernet Sauvignon (15 %) and Syrah (10 %) varieties. The flavors of black cherry and plum come through and are even crunchy. You’ll notice notes of wet stone and mountain herb, which adds interest and complexity, while the focus stays on the fruit. This wine will exhibit moderate tannins and lively acidity, providing structure.