August Wine Club Tasting Notes
Ministry of the Vinterior Pinot Noir 2020 – Russian River Valley, Sonoma County – 100% Pinot Noir
At long last, this month we’re releasing the 2020 vintage of Maritime’s own Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. We’ve been looking forward to this release for some time after the team tasted through barrel the samples earlier this year. Needless to say, we liked what we tasted. Out of the bottle we got aromas of black cherries, orange peel, violets, and fig leaf. The spicy mouth is densely layered with flavors of dried Turkish apricots and vanilla bean, and the finish lingers long with flavors of rich caramel and cloves. This Pinot Noir plays well with poultry, is great with lamb and pork, and rich enough for a fatty steak. It’s a pretty versatile Pinot due to its opulence that ultimately stands up to creamy sauces and spicy foods as well.
Domaine Guy Amiot et Fils “Cuvée Flavie” Bourgogne Chardonnay 2018 – Burgundy, France – 100% Chardonnay
The Domaine Amiot was founded in Chassagne-Montrachet in 1920 by Arsene Amiot when he acquired select parcels of extraordinary vines. What’s so special about Arsene’s great grandson Thierry Amiot’s Chardonnay is that it’s essentially a Chassagne-Montrachet since the grapes are second growth from their estate vineyards, and this is pretty rare for your typical Bourgogne Blanc appellation wine. The “butter” and “oakyness” are minimal due to the use of spontaneous malolactic fermentation and aging the wine for 12 months; 2/3 in tank and 1/3 in older French oak barriques (big barrels that impart little to no wood flavor). It’s fresh and complex with a symphony of apples, pears, orchard fruit and an especially bright and mineral finish. Pair this with any roasted chicken, seafood, or dishes with rich sauces. This wine is also lightly filtered for extra freshness, so we recommend being gentle with the bottle before serving in case there is any sediment at the bottom.
Ghiomo “Sansteau” Nebbiolo D’Alba Superiore DOC 2017 – Piemonte, Italy – 100% Nebbiolo
It doesn’t get much more down to earth than this small, family owned and operated winery located in the heart of Roero. Their 2017 Sansteau is nicely balanced in part by utilizing light carbonic maceration during the initial fermentation, followed by 12 months of oak aging and a further 6 months in the bottle before release. The result is an aromatic, fruity, and slightly floral bouquet, with and intense initial attack of fresh cherries on the palate. The finish is well structured with gripping tannins that give this wine an exciting beginning, middle, and end. The strength of this wine can easily match up to flavorful Italian cuisine, but we think this bottle has enough versatility that it really deserves a proper cheese & charcuterie spread with a wide variety of cheeses and meats.