Brand: Senda Verde is a brand of acclaimed importer Winesellers, LTD. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the family run company was awarded “2015 Importer of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Founded in 1978 by Yale Sager, Winesellers has over 3 decades of experience as a family importer of family wineries, from both well-known and unique wine regions around the globe.
Senda Verde brings together artisanal wines from unique regions in northern Spain that follow the 43°N parallel, from coastal Galicia eastward along the northern coastline. Lush and green, the region is known as “España Verde” [Green Spain].
Winemaking: Grapes are hand harvested from vines 40+ years old in slate, granite, alluvial stones and gravel soil. Cold fermented, aged on the lees for about 4 months, then bottled.
Tasting Notes: Pale gold in colour with aromas of lemon, chalky minerals and an herbaceous trace. Vivid lemon, yellow apple and pear are framed by bright acidity. Crisp citrus and clean minerals linger between each sip. Bright and clean, fantastic for sipping on its own or with fresh food, especially grilled veggies.
Pairing Suggestions from the Winemaker: An excellent choice with grilled fish or poultry.
Bottled for MGH Wines Group S.L. by R.E.N. 8172LE00
$13 [average price]
Sample submitted for review purpose.
Estate: Passed down from father to son for hundreds of years, Peter Sölva & Söhne is one of the oldest wineries in Caldero, Alto Adige, northern Italy. Records dating to 1731 document grape cultivation, showing the family has made and sold wine without a break for 10 generations. The 12 hectare estate focuses on indigenous grapes such as Schiava, Lagrein, Gewürztraminer [Traminer], along with Pinot Noir.
Winemaking: Grapes are from vineyards around Lake Caldaro that stretch to the village of Tramin. Vines are 35 years in age, in limestone, loam and sand soil.
Tasting Notes: Transparent dark ruby in colour, with aromas of strawberry, raspberry, soft spice and a hint of warm, dry earth. Vivid strawberry, raspberry, pomegranate, rose petal and a vein of sour cherry are framed by light, silky tannins and bright acidity. An herbaceous streak compliments clean minerality on the fruity, dry finish. Amazing on its own, or with a wide variety of dishes.
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Antipasto, sweet cheeses, white meats and speck. [Astor Wines suggests strawberry and goat cheese salad.]
Enjoy between 14-16°C [57-61°F].
100% Vernatsch [Schiava]
Alto Adige DOC
Bottled by Peter Sölva
Enjoy now thru 2018
Estate: Located deep in the heart of Beaune, Maison Joseph Drouhin was founded over 130 years ago by Joseph Drouhin. Today the estate is headed by the 4th generation of the Drouhin family, Frédéric, along with his siblings Véronique, Philippe and Laurent. Throughout the years, the Drouhin family has been dedicated to “preserving the individuality of each appellation” and “has built a reputation for wines that primarily reflect their individual terroir and vintage”. With 73 hectares assembled over the years through purchases and agreements between families, the estate is one of the largest in all of Burgundy.
Philosophy: Natural practices have granted them the capability to achieve their goal of expressing “the exact character of each terroir” in their wines.
Winemaking: “Our credo is to bring natural answers to natural problems.” Certified organic since 2009, they are passionate about organic and biodynamic viticulture with methods such as herb-based vine treatments, natural predators rather than chemicals, and plowing by horse. Grapes were sourced from vineyards with pink granite soil.
Tasting Notes: Transparent red violet in colour with aromas of black current, black cherry, violets and banana. Tart, red and black fruits [think strawberry, cranberry, blackberry, blueberry] are given a shake of white pepper and framed by fresh acidity. A floral element compliments the dry, fruity finish. Fresh and easy drinking, a spectacular value, consistently one of my favourite Beaujolais Nouveau.
Winemakers Note: Drink young at 14°-15°C [57°-59° F].
Bottled by Joseph Drouhin
Brand: Gran Passione is a label of the Botter family, who since 1928 have been producing wines under environmentally friendly practices. Today the company is managed by the family’s third generation, with a “multi-territorial approach that spans the whole of Italy”, focusing on native vines and organic viticulture. Gran Passione sets out to express the passion, devotion and tradition of vine growers.
Tasting Notes: Bright ruby red in colour with aromas of strawberry, cherry and wildflowers. Light and fruity with cherry, strawberry, raspberry, pomegranate and a shake of white pepper framed by fresh acidity. A streak of red current shines bright on the tart, fruity finish, keeping you reaching for more. Easy going, friendly and made for food, fantastic with a wide variety of dishes.
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Rich dishes that will complement the structure of the wine, hearty stews, pastas in red sauce, and traditional Piedmont cuisines, such as gnolotti piemontesi, meat and herb filled dumplings served with fresh sage fried in butter and topped with Parmigiano Reggiano.
Barbera d’Asti Superiore DOCG
Bottled by Al668
$13 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2019
Sample submitted for review purpose.
Estate: Pioneering winemaker and “rising star” of Abuzzo, Francesco Cirelli farms 22 hectares of certified organic land in the sandy hills of Colline Teramane near the village of Atri, 8kms from the Adriatic Sea. In addition to the vines, the estate includes olive trees, fig trees, garlic, spelt, wheat, barley, figs and geese, all farmed using organic, sustainable and biodynamic methods.
An innovator amongst clay amphora ageing, Cirelli designed his own amphora and had them custom built in Tuscany. The amphora “have special stainless steel seals on the top of them that assist in preventing oxidation and allow his wines to remain fresh and vibrant” yet still able to benefit from the neutral vinification clay amphora are renowned for.
Philosophy: “Producing artisan wines reflecting the terroir and the emotions of the artisan.”
Winemaking: Indigenous yeast fermentation of hand-harvested grapes. No fining, filtering or added sulphites. Vegan friendly.
Tasting Notes: Deep gold in colour with aromas of lemon, chalk minerals and a trace of nuts. Lemon, pear, apple, honey and warm summer earth are framed by bright acidity and a nutty finish. Soft, round and smooth, your glass will empty rather swiftly.
Estate Bottled by Francesco Cirelli az. Agri.