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Cru Crew – February 2018 Rosenthal Wine Merchants

By March 20, 2018Cru Krewe

White/Red:

Domaine La Manarine Le Carignan- Rhone Valley, France

This “petite” domaine was created by Gilles Gasq in April 2001. The vineyards are located within the commune of Travaillan, on a plateau northeast of Orange in the southern Rhone. Gilles is a talented vigneron who has honed his skills working as an assistant to Paul Jeune, the proprietor of Domaine Monpertuis in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This 100% Carignan offers incredible value from a unique varietal most often times seen blended with grenache or syrah. Good red and dark fruits with a fresh savory undertone. Easy drinking on the palate with low tannins and easily paired with roasted meats or on its own!

Bisson Bianco delle Venezie- Veneto, Italy

Enoteca Bisson was born in 1978 when Pierluigi Lugano fell in love with the wines of the Ligurian coastline. He began as a trader in small lots of bulk wine, later became a wine merchant and finally a grower in his own right. He now splits his time between his busy wine shop in Chiavari, the wine cellar and his vineyards.

For the grapes he purchases, he works hand in hand with local growers from pruning to harvest, then carefully vinifies the different lots of grapes. Lugano is a serious student of oenology and is an expert on the local grape varieties. His passion extends to the preservation of local traditions and this is reflected in the distinctive character and personality of his large range of wines from the Cinque Terre region.

In the glass you’ll find a racy, vivid, beautifully brisk, and thirst-quenching bubbly. In a sea of vapid, overly sweet Prosecco, this frizzante stands out proudly. Absolute perfect pairing with sushi!

Red/Red:

Domaine La Manarine Le Carignan- Rhone Valley, France

This “petite” domaine was created by Gilles Gasq in April 2001. The vineyards are located within the commune of Travaillan, on a plateau northeast of Orange in the southern Rhone. Gilles is a talented vigneron who has honed his skills working as an assistant to Paul Jeune, the proprietor of Domaine Monpertuis in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This 100% Carignan offers incredible value from a unique varietal most often times seen blended with grenache or syrah. Good red and dark fruits with a fresh savory undertone. Easy drinking on the palate with low tannins and easily paired with roasted meats or on its own!

Monsecco Colline Navaresi- Piedmond, Italy

There is almost a religious reverence in the Alto Piemonte for Monte Rosa, the mountain that hovers over the region, the grand eminence that protects and nurtures this region. The soils of these hills are marked by the mineral salts and the glacial moraine from millennia of geological movement. Further, sitting in the foothills of this part of the Alps and neighboring the great lakes of Orta and Maggiore, the vines are exposed to large variations in temperature, warm days married to cool nights: an ideal ambience for the noble Nebbiolo and the other local varieties, all of which benefit from the long growing season to reach proper ripeness while maintaining a lively acidity. The Zanetta family gives this wine a shorter maceration then the wine is aged in large (15 hectoliter) “botte” for two years before bottling and then left to age an additional year before being released to the market. It is a fine and elegant wine with subtle tannins, bright cherry flavors and a persistent finish that again emphasizes the complex mineral composition of the underlying soils.

 

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