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May 28, 2021 | Wine Club Tasting Notes | Maritime Wine Club

May Anchor & Vine Wine Club

Domaine Riefle Cremant D’Alsace NV – Alsace, France – 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Auxerrois

Cremant D’Alsace always has that bright, lemony acidity on the finish that helps make it perfect as an aperitif, but this Cremant will also pair well with freshwater fish and white meats. It’s floral and delicately fruity on the nose with notes of brioche, and it’s generous on the palate, with fine bubbles and a sugar dosage which remains discreet.

Moshin Vineyards “Larrick Vineyard” Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma – 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Rick Moshin is dedicated to sustainable vineyard practices and uses gravity flow techniques to press the grapes which translates into a beautiful bottle of wine. This one has bright flinty nose with appealing fruit flavors of fresh honeydew melon, lime zest, mango and white spring flowers. Excellent balance of fruit flavor and acidity - refreshingly smooth on the midpalate with a clean, crisp finish.

Rivetto Langhe Nascetta DOC 2017 – Piemonte, Itlay – 100% Nascetta

We always like to throw in an esoteric curveball into the mix, and this one definitely fits the bill. Rivetto is one of just a few wineries who still make Nascetta which is known colloquially in Italy as il Dimenticato, the forgotten one. Enrico Rivetto makes his Nascetta completely natural, the grapes are grown in his Biodynamic vineyards, and he slightly ages this white before release which gives the wine an almost Orange Wine character without the skin contact. It’s vibrant on the nose with notes of citrus and dried apricots, and has a refreshing palate. Enjoy this one in the sun!

Domaine Dozon “Clos Du Saut Au Loup Monopole” Chinon AOC 2018 – Loire Valley, France – 100% Cabernet Franc

This is your classic French Bistro wine with a beautiful juxtaposition of juicy and spicy. Winemaker Eric Santier’s single vineyard Cab Franc has traditional notes of plum skin, raspberries and capsicum abound. Manageable tannins and herbal notes underscore a direct fruitiness, that allows this red to be endlessly pairable with meals.

Jules Taylor “OTQ” Pinot Noir 2019 – Marlborough, New Zealand – 100% Pinot Noir

Jules Taylor’s new release of her On The Quite Pinot means she’s done it again! This wine is only released during exceptional vintages, and 2019 was great for Marlborough due to hot weather and very little rain. With hot arid weather the grapes put their energy into producing concentrated sugars instead of swelling up with flavourless water. This Pinot Noir explodes with Black Doris plums and boysenberry fruit, floral notes of violet, truffle and liquorice overtones. Spice from the French oak barriques are layered with earthy notes and hints of dark chocolate. It is ripe, concentrated, and full bodied, with plenty of earthy tannins leading to a long, fine, dry finish. Decant 20 minutes prior for ideal drinking.

Contino Garnacha 2014 – Rioja, Spain – 100% Garnacha

This one is special. Contino is the CVNE family’s single vineyard, one of the only designated single vineyards in Spain, and its incredible terroir is partly due to the Ebro River that runs right alongside it in the shape of a paper fan. This Rioja is ruby red, despite its long aging it has no oxidative hue. It has a frank nose coming from a very intense varietal with hints from floral (roses) to fruit (strawberries, cherries) and spices (black pepper), elegant mouth, tasty and very long finish with lingering notes of Raspberry Chocolate. Enjoy with any rich cuisine or charcuterie from España!


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