2015 Chartogne-Taillet Extra Brut “Les Orizeaux“:
- 100% Pinot Noir by grower-producer Alexandre Chartogne.
- Minimal intervention winemaking influenced by Anselme Selosse
- Vinified & aged in oak barrels with zero dosage
- Full-bodied, spicy, rich, intense
“These three single vineyard, mono varietal cuvees are hard to find but if you manage to locate a bottle, grab it, pay and run.” –thevinguard.com
Dream Pairing: Lobster Mac & Cheese
Mullineux Straw Wine
This luscious dessert wine is made from raisinated 38-40+ yr old Chenin Blanc from Swartland. Elements of honey, candied ginger, apricot marmalade, & orange flower water.
This wine will compliment a festive cheese board or lemon chiffon cake.
569 cases made.
Samuel Louis Smith Sandstone Terrace Syrah
This surprising cool-climate Syrah is coming from the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is incredibly reminiscent of Cote Rotie in its wild and savory nature with tart dark fruits and florals of lavender and lilac. Organic and minimal-intervention with only 6 barrels made.
Pair with roasted leg of lamb and root vegetables seasoned with rosemary.
Analemma Mosier Hills Mencia
The Mencia grape originally hails from Galicia in Spain, but we have stumbled upon this super cool and rare expression from the Columbia Gorge! This bottling is very structured with tight tannins. But is all about purity of fruit with crushed blueberry & marionberry, violets, & cracked black pepper.
Grilled venison tenderloin with blackberry sauce would mirror this Mencia beautifully.
Only 147 cases made.
Walter Scott X Novo Vineyard Chardonnay
Sourced from a very small vineyard in the cool and windy Eola-Amity Hills, Walter Scott wines prove that Burgundian styles can be gracefully achieved in the Willamette Valley. There is nerve, tension, and balance that will reward those patient enough to age these Chardonnays.
*This particular selection is very limited and only available in our walk-in wine cellar.*
Pair with a cozy oven-roasted chicken with lemon, garlic, & natural jus.
Laherte “Ultradition” Champagne Brut Rose
We (Ivars & myself) have a thing for varietal Pinot Meunier at the shop. So, this is like our liquid candy. This rockstar small producer practices organic and biodynamic viticulture. The elegance of this Champagne happens to be super approachable for a cornucopia of Autumn fare.
Notes of raspberry lollipop, sweet herbs, & liqueur de rose will sing with a dish like pumpkin ravioli with sage and parmesan.