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2014 Luis Pato Baga Método Antigo Rosé - Bairrada, Portugal
($25.00 average retail)
Joao Pato began bottling wine from his vineyards in Bairrada in the 1970’s. His son Luis followed suit. Luis focused on the grape he felt represented the Bairrada region best: Baga. This Portugiese answer to Nebbiolo makes amazing red wines, but Luis found that it can make a delightfully ephemeral bubbly too.
This wine is produced in the “ancient method,” in which the wine is partially fermented in stainless steel and then finished in bottles. Carbon dioxide is trapped in the wine during the final stages of bottle fermentation.
Floral notes and berries on the nose. The palate contains notes of raspberry, minerally cherry and a hint of herbs. Excellent acidity, fair mousse-feel on back of palate. Medium length feel.
2016 Ulacia Getariako Txakolina - Basque Country, Spain
($18.00 average retail)
Wine does not have to be complicated. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in Julian and Maia Ulacia’s simple but functional winery above the small fishing port of Getaria, a few kilometres along the coast from San Sebastian in the heart of Basque country. This 6 Ha estate has been family owned since the 1940’s. The winery produces a scant 6,000 cases of wine annually, most of which is consumed locally.
Refreshingly dry wine with a hint of spritz and a vibrant citric bite. Unique, original, and delicious with the local tuna and anchovies.
2017 Gota Prunus Branco - Dão, Portugal
($14.00 average retail)
In the valley of Dão river lays the Silgueiros region which dates back to 4000 years. Traces left by the Romans and Moors show that the wine was produced here long before the Romans. The Latin word “Silicarios” means a rocky region and indeed soils here are poor. This is the place where on small plots of land on 400m of altitude the growers take care of vines. Prunus is an expression of that work.
Well-rounded and harmonious with concentrated fruit flavors of peaches yellow plums, apricots and floral notes while mineral on the palate with long mouth-watering finish. Serve chilled with seafood, fresh fish and creamy pasta.
2017 Yamakiri Wines Pinot Noir Filligreen Farm
($42.00 average retail)
Yamakiri Wines is an ongoing collaboration between Alex Crangle and Lisa Bauer. Alex is the brains and the brilliance behind the wine and cider making; Lisa mows, prunes, frets, delivers boxes and kegs of wine and cider, and is generally the owner of Yamakiri. Together, they share a commitment to biodynamic and minimally invasive growing and winemaking techniques, and a love of fermented fruit beverages that showcase the place they come from.
Nestled in the hills of Yorkville, California, Yamakiri is located in the Yorkville Highlands. One mountain range away from the Pacific ocean, they enjoy a moderate climate and benefit from warm afternoon air and cool evening breezes, which allow for an extended growing season. Yamakiri, or ‘Mountain Fog,’ is a constant presence.
Bright ruby/garnet-colored in the glass, this Pinot Noir opens with aromas of dried red
cherry and blueberry, dark chocolate powder and Bavarian baking spice. Focused and structural on the palate with elements of dried pomegranate, macerated cherry and black tea followed by hints of warm spec, mace, clove and duxelles. The finish is drawn out with dusty oak tannins and lingering natural acidity. Made from Demeter-Certified Biodynamic Grapes.