Fairview Wines: Tasting 12.15.12

Rather conveniently I timed visiting my sister with a wine tasting at the fantastic wine shop near her house, Fairview Wines & Spirits. NYC transplants Lewis and Risa Dimm have for decades now been carefully selecting a tantalizing scope of wines that highlight family owned vineyards, along with sustainable, biodynamic and organic viticulture in their Hudson, NY wine shop. From super affordable $7 Côte du Rhône gems to delectable $150 Napa Valley Cabernets they offer a range of distinctive bottles for every budget. Their Saturday tasting offered a selection of French, American and Spanish wines:
 
La Forét des Dames Vieilles Vignes Sancerre Réserve 2011
La Forét des Dames is a family estate with old vines Sauvignon Blanc in Saint Satur in the Loire Valley. The family are not winemakers, so they sell their entire production to négociant Laurent Gerard.
Vibrant lime, apricot and floral aromas, delightfully light and crisp, with flinty minerals, zesty lemongrass, and bright peach and apricot flavours.
100% Sauvingon Blanc
Sancerre/Loire Valley
France
13% Alcohol
$17
Enjoy now thru 2015
Domaine Desvignes Ainé & Fils Chablis 2011
Located in the heart of Burgundy, Desvignes Ainé & Fils is a family run estate passed down from generation to generation.
Pleasantly dry with a bright acidity, nutty with stone minerals and a warm buttery finish.
100% Chardonnay
Chablis/Burgundy
France
12.5% Alcohol
$15
Enjoy now thru 2015
 
Robert Sinsky Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2009
Robert Sinsky has over 200 acres of premium vineyards in the Carneros and Stags Leap areas of Napa and Sonoma Valleys. He farms organically and biodynamically creating individualistic wines that leave a minimal footprint on the land. He is on a stellar mission to make wines that “sneak up on you, seduce you, and evolve in the glass and in the bottle”.
Fantastically earthy and spicy, with complex layers of cherry, forest floor, violets, warm baking spices and toasty oak.
100% Pinot Noir
Napa Valley
California
13.4% Alcohol
$45
Enjoy now thru 2017
Cesca Vicent Priorat 2010
A family owned winery with vineyards dating back to the 1400’s, today the owner and winemaker is Francesca Vicent. Her ancestors have been producing wine for centuries; she practices organic viticulture and is focused on terroir and he expression of varietal character. She even has created a detailed map of her entire estate with the 11 different types of soil she has found.
Dense and earthy, with ripe cherry and grape, green olives, tobacco leaf and sweet smoky vanilla notes.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha blend
Priorat
Spain
15% Alcohol
$20
Enjoy now thru 2017

Simonnet-Febvre Millesime Chablis 2009

It was a lovely early summer evening that seemed to insist on a grilled dinner and relaxing on the patio. As there was a slight hum of humidity in the air, I fancied a glass with a clean, crisp mineral element to it; I enthusiastically popped open Simonnet-Febvre Millesime Chablis 2009. Founded in 1840, over the years the Febvre family gradually purchased vineyards in some of the best terroirs in Chablis, today the domaine comprises about 9 acres total. In 2003 Simonnet-Febvre was acquired by Maison Louis Latour, who completely renovated the winemaking facilities and has achieved great success with a combination of modern techniques mixed with sustainable vineyard practices. The Millesime Chablis is somewhat of a value or more accessible Chablis, as the majority of the winery’s production is Grand Cru Chablis.

Pale straw in colour, aromas of balmy honeysuckle and warm, spicy ginger rose from my glass. Fresh green apple was laced with ribbons of sweet clover honey in the light body. Zippy lemon zest and traces of wet slate comprised the crisp finish. Simple and pleasant, this is a friendly glass that enjoys the patio and light meals.

100% Chardonnay
Chablis/Burgundy
France
Mis en Bouteille Par Simonnet-Febvre
12.5% Alcohol
$13
Enjoy now thru 2014

*Rated 90 points by Wine Spectator