December 2020 Wine Club

December 2020 Wine Club

December 2020 Wine Club

Greetings everyone,

We’ve made it to the final stretch of 2020! The end is in sight to the longest year of our lives, and we even have a couple things to look forward to: a new President and several viable vaccines. Give yourself a pat on the back for making it to this point with your sanity intact (or at least mostly).

Considering the onset of Winter brings the simmering of stews and the shucking of oysters, plus the red & white pairs we've selected, the theme for this month is Surf & Turf. And while we are not directly encouraging you to make a classically kitsch meal of steak and seafood on the same plate - certainly not if you abstain from meat - please do post a photo of whatever you decide to pair these incredible wines with.

Sincerely, Jonathan
Glinda shop manager

For our Good & Gorgeous Members

Tripoz Mâcon-Loché ‘Cuvée du Clocher’ 2018 (Chardonnay)

With all the craze and demand for skin-contact wines, let’s not forget about the beauty of direct-press white wines. This is Chardonnay from one of Burgundy’s southernmost sub-appellations, Macon-Loché, and it is pressed immediately, then left to ferment and age in a stainless steel tank. A pure and direct expression of its terroir and the work Celine & Laurent have put into their farming. Coming from a hot vintage, one would expect the fruit to be showcasing more plush and sun-soaked qualities, yet this wine is a lightning bolt of acid and precision with immense citrus and mineral qualities.

Roterfaden ‘Terraces Red’ 2019 - Vineyard Project 002 (Lemberger, Trollinger, Regent, Schwarzriesling)

A blend of all your favorite red grapes! This savory lil' number could become a new staple in your Winter pantry. It’s like coming in from the snow to a roaring fireplace with a pot of stew simmering away.

The full backstory behind this wine, and the Vineyard Project as a whole, really encapsulates so much of what we love about the wine world. I strongly encourage you to read it before taking your first sip.

For our Great & Gorgeous Members

Stefan Vetter Sylvaner Steinterrassen Muschelkalk 2017 (Sylvaner)

In 2010, Stefan replied to a small newspaper listing, advertising a tiny vineyard for lease in his native region of Franken. The vineyard was accessible only by an overgrown, forest path, and was surrounded by nature. It had been planted with Sylvaner as long ago as 1934. For Stefan, it was love at first sight. He now leases three vineyards of Sylvaner, along with a tiny smattering of other grape varieties and a small cider orchard. The winemaking takes place in an extension of his grandparents’ house, with only around 500 bottles of each cuvee produced each year.

Clearly this is a project driven not by commercial success, but by a vision and soulful understanding of the potential Sylvaner has in this place.

This cuvée comes from older vines on steep, terraced vineyards of solid limestone. It is pressed very gently over several hours, then spends about 2 years in neutral barrels.

Domaine de L'Ecu ‘Rednoz’ 2015 (Cabernet Sauvignon)

Upon seeing Domaine de L’Ecu in a theme of surf & turf you would think that one of this historic estate’s Muscadet bottlings would surely be included, yet here we are with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. This region is capable of producing more than just the saline Melon de Bourgogne that is so ubiquitously used to wash down oysters. Think of it as Northern Bordeaux; Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon thrive on the granite and gabbro soils of the area, but with less warmth. Less sun means more acidity and retention of freshness, which helps to explain why this bottling from 2015 is bursting with energy!

A semi-carbonic (whole clusters in tank, but not pressurized) maceration and movement only by gravity help to retain that freshness as well. Unsulphured, yet you can enjoy its peppery and fruity goodness over several days.