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Cru Krewe – August 2016

By August 30, 2016Cru Krewe

August Wine of the Month: Terroir Selections

This month there is no region or seasonality we are focusing on, but rather a small distributor known as Terroir Selections. This Florida-based company shares the same philosophy as Cru when it comes to wine buying. They are boutique-focused and care about the approach and steps it takes to produce quality wine such as organic or biodynamic farming practices, and family owned estates. Cru has dealt with Terroir’s wines before and many of you have loved their selections, so I am proud to dedicate this month’s picks to this unique company.

 

Bonny Doon “A Proper Claret”

While the Bonny Doon Vineyard began with the foolish attempt to replicate Burgundy in California, Randall Grahm realized early on that he would have far more success creating more distinctive and original wines if he worked with Rhone varieties in the Central Coast of California. The key learning here was that in a warm, Mediterranean climate it is usually blended wines that are most successful. Bonny Doon Vineyard has enjoyed a long history of innovation- the first to truly popularize Rhone grapes in California to successfully work with cryo-extraction, the first to utilize microbullage in Cali, the first to popularize screwcaps for premium wines, and, quite significantly, the first to embrace transparency in labeling with its ingredient labeling initiative. Bonny Doon is also a leader in biodynamic and organic farming with all of their vineyards. As for the wine I have chosen, it is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon-based and offers a pleasant flavor of cassis, blackberry, touch of violet, cedar, and mint. I do suggest decanting before drinking.

 

Domaine des Escaravailles “ Les Sablieres”

In 1953, Jean-Louis Ferran purchased several well-situated hillside parcels in the southern Rhone villages of Raseau, Roaix, and Cairanne. He dubbed his new domane “Escaravailles”, the Occitan word for beetles (scarabs). This was a nickname for the black-robed monks of the area’s hill-perched Catholic monasteries in centuries past. Jean-Louis’ grandson Gilles assumed control of the Domaine in 1999 after working alongside his father Daniel Ferran for several vintages. The Ferran’s modern winery is built into a hillside in the heights of Rasteau, surrounded by terraced vineyard. The Grenache in this blend comes from these high altitude vineyards which sets “Les Sablieres” apart from other Grenache Rhone blends that overripe and over-extracted. The blend is 70{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22} Grenache which is fermented separately from the 30{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22} Syrah that sees time in oak. The wine is full of elegant red fruited notes, garrigue earthy tones typical for Rhone wines, and offers a very inviting palate full of smooth tannins and juicy black and red fruits. Lovely wine for an array of dinner dishes!

 

Domaine Ciringa Sauvignon Blanc

Oftentimes when someone refers to a growing region as “up and coming” they’re talking about a region that has been making wine for generations. Take Slovenia, whose wines are just recently entering our market but have been in production for ages. Domaine Ciringa, from the Tement family of winemakers, reflects these age-old traditions. Its Fosilni Breg Sauvignon Blanc exhibits the origin-accentuated characteristics of mineral, peaches, herbs and pepper and generous acidity.

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