Maison Noir Wines ‘Love Drunk’ Rosé 2016

Winery: Maison Noir Wines was founded by sommelier André Hueston Mack in 2007.  The unique and distinctive wines were initially created for some of the New York’s best restaurants for whom Mack was a sommelier, now they are available for home enjoyment. The Garage Wines [Garage d’Or] focus on specific terroirs in Oregon, sourcing the best fruit possible from the Willamette Valley region, producing wines which express the individuality of their respected sites.

Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from “100% single vineyard from McMinnville AVA Vineyards. The varietal combination and percentage was inspired by the Champagne region in France.

Tasting Notes: Light coral pink in colour with inviting aromas of cherry, strawberry and clean minerals overlaying an herbaceous streak. Tasting similar to the aromas with tart cherry, wild strawberry and light minerality complimented by lively acidity. Silky smooth, finishing dry and fruity. Almost delicate in character, and incredibly easy drinking, just fantastic.

75% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir
Oregon
Bottled by Maison Noir Wines
13.3 % Alcohol
$15
Enjoy now

Soter Vineyards ‘North Valley’ Pinot Noir Rosé 2015

soterrose

Winery: Tony and Michelle Soter founded Soter Vineyards in 1997 with an “uncompromised commitment to quality and an ardent reverence for the environment”. Mineral Springs Ranch is their estate vineyard, consisting of 240 acres of “savanna-like oak woodland and grazing land”. Their vineyards [and those of their growing partners] are certified sustainable.

Philosophy: Committed to protecting the environment, with the “intention to convey place as an essential character in everything we make”.

Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from their growing partners in the rolling hills of the North Valley of Willamette Valley. They view their partner vineyards sites as “satellite estate property”, as their partners mirror their commitment to sustainability and crafting great wines. 52% was aged in “previously filled French oak”, 48% in stainless steel barrels. Certified Salmon Safe and Sustainable.

Tasting Notes: Pale pink-coral in colour with aromas of hibiscus flower, pomegranate and wet slate minerals. A mouth puckering acidity encases fresh cranberry and cherry flavours. A harmonizing, clean fruit finish sustains the refreshing character of each sip.

100% Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley
Oregon
Produced and Bottled by Soter Vineyards
13.4% Alcohol
$20
Enjoy now thru 2020

Armas de Guerra Mencia Tinto 2014

guerramncia

Winery: Don Antonio Guerra founded Vinos Guerra in 1879, making it the oldest winery in the Bierzo region of northwest Spain. Today the estate’s 2471 acres of vineyards are one third of all the vineyards Bierzo. The winery is known for its highly selective processes of only using the best 10% of grapes, which translate into wines with consistent “extraordinary quality”. The estate also possesses “the oldest and most precious Mencia and Dona Blanca vines in the Bierzo region”.

Winemaking: All of the vineyards are dry farmed and cultivated using only organic methods. Grapes were sourced from vineyards with calcareous clay and slate soils, planted in 1955-65.

Tasting Notes: Dark red violet in colour with aromas of cherry, spice, sweet rose and a hint of mint. Fruit forward with cherry, raspberry and blackberry underscored by fresh, herbaceous notes and a shake of black pepper. A streak of chalky minerality joins black cherry on the wonderfully dry finish. Not just an engaging sip, this is a fantastic value well worth seeking out.

100% Mencia
Bierzo
Spain
Bottled by Vinos Guerra
13% Alcohol
$9
Enjoy now thru 2017

Primarius Pinot Noir 2013

primarius

Brand: Primarius Pinot Noir is one of the many labels of Precept Wine. Founded in 2003, Precept Wine is the largest privately owned wine company in Northwest America. They source grapes from a combination of owned and contracted vineyards, operate their own wineries, and manage all sales and marketing.

Philosophy: “WINE without character isn’t worth drinking. WINE improves the quality of life. WINE reflects the people who make it.”

Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from Waldo Hills Vineyard, Battle Creek Vineyard, Kraemer Vineyard and Red Hills Vineyard. Aged for 6 months in French Oak, with 10% being new oak.

Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, raspberry and earth. Silky smooth with cherry and cranberry flavors, tart fruit notes carry thru and comprise the clean finish. A straightforward and gluggable Pinot, great on its own or with simple dishes.

100% Pinot Noir
Oregon
Vinted and Bottle by Primarius Winery
12.5% Alcohol
$15
Enjoy now

Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2014

lagederpg

Estate: Tenutae Lageder [or Alois Lageder Wineries] was founded by Johann Lageder in 1823 in Alto Adige, northern Italy. Today, five generations later, Alois Lageder is at the helm of the family estate. Since the early 1990’s he has been a pioneering force at the estate; he expanded the vineyard holdings and transformed all of the viticulture practices to organic and biodynamic principles, and constructed a high tech, sustainable, solar powered winery. He is renowned for his commitment to ecological awareness, sustainable practices, as well as cultural projects involving art and music, believing that these are important sources of inspiration that “enhance the experience of wine”.

Philosophy: Simply stated: “to pay attention to the natural properties of our vineyards and to make the best possible use of them”. A more comprehensive explanation is: “to understand the ways in which the following relate to one another: the rhythms and forces of nature, the human being and cultural traditions, technology, the cosmos, the past and the future, tradition and life in the modern world”. To further explore their impressive ideology and biodynamic principles, please click here.

Winemaking: Committed to sustainable, holistic methods, they strive to carry organic and biodynamic principles from the vineyard into the winery with the use of “non-invasive procedures” along with the “most advanced technology” in the cellar. Grapes were sourced from vines 3-60 years old located in the southern part of Alto Adige with an elevation of 750-1380 feet. The soil is a blend of rocks and sand, with a distinguishing limestone content. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, aged for “approximately four months on the lees”.

Tasting Notes: Brilliant gold in colour with radiant aromas of apple blossom, chalk minerals and spice. Sunny and cheerful with a clean mineral streak running thru fresh apple and pear notes, the steely lemon finish adds to the irresistibility of this crisp, clean Pinot Grigio.

Suggested Food Parings from the Winery: Starters, fish and shellfish, poultry, white meat and mushrooms.

100% Pinot Grigio
Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT
Italy
Bottled by Alois Lageder
12.5% Alcohol
$13
Enjoy now thru 2018