May '21

Esporão Colheita Red

A classic Portuguese red blend from Alentejo, located in the south of the maritime country. Featuring Touring Nacional, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet, Aragones, and Touriga Franca, this wine certainly has some muscle, but not at the sacrifice of freshness. The wine is fermented and aged in concrete vessels, allowing the fruit profile to stay ripe, and the structure youthful. Portuguese wine is truly a hidden gem in terms of its price point, and the quality of what’s being made. Dark fruit, a bit of jam, and some herbaceousness. Pair me with heartier springtime fare.

Ameal Loureiro

Not your average Vinho Verde. This 100% Loureiro plays on Vinho Verde’s acidity and crispness, but leaves the spritz and the residual sugar by the wayside. The wine is clean, citrusy, and relatively light, making it a perfect pairing for seafood of all kinds. A distinct mineral backbone, along with a pinch of saltiness and a hint of grass adds layers to this already impressive wine. The winemaker, Pedro Araujo, has created a winemaking environment so starkly authentic to place, and works 100% organically.

Esporão Reserva Red

A bit of an experiment here for the club. We wanted to highlight a specific producer and their winemaking techniques, and felt Esporão was a perfect catalyst. Their “reserva” is the same blend as their Colheita, but a year older, and sees different aging and production techniques. The wine is fermented in a combination of concrete and stainless steel, but is aged for twelve months in a blend of American and French oak. The result is a wine that is a bit more savory, dark, and round than its younger counterpart. Worth tasting them side-by-side to see the difference!

April '21

Finca Torremilanos “Los Cantos” Ribera del Duero

If Rioja is a sports car, then Ribera del Duero is all muscle; the warmer climate leads to Tempranillo-dominant wines that are dark, structured, earthy, and rich. “Los Cantos” ticks all of those boxes, with notes of dark fruit, black peppercorn, and an intense mouthfeel. Pair me with steak, barbecue, and anything salty.

Granite Post Albariño

Rias Baixas is unlike anywhere else in Spain; its cooler, maritime climate lends itself to white wines like Albariño, known for their ripe acidity, citrus and stone fruit flavors, and extremely aromatic presence in the glass. Granite Post fires on all cylinders, with notes of white flowers, apples, citrus, and a touch of stone fruit. Pair me with anything that reminds you of summertime.

Paraje de Titos Garnacha

The warm climate of La Mancha, Spain is perfect for Garnacha. The heat allows the grapes to fully ripen and produce pronounced spicy fruit aromas, full body, and high alcohol. Parade de Titos’ variation is a bit darker than some other Spanish garnacha, with notes of blueberries, plums, baking spice, and a structured finish. Perfect for spiced meats and hearty sides.

Club Lux — March 2021

Red 1 – Chateau Pécot Cahors Malbec

Unlike its juicer, softer Argentinian counterparts, French Malbec is known for its leanness, muscularity, and dark fruit flavors. Cahors, near Bordeaux, is where French Malbec is most prominent and renowned. Chateau Pécot’s is no exception to the rule, featuring a plethora of red and black fruits, firm tannins, and balanced acidity, making it the perfect companion for heavier proteins.

Red 2 – Mary Taylor Beaujolais-Village

A timeless, classic expression of Beaujolais! This 100% Gamay carries unmistakable notes of fresh red raspberries, banana, and vibrant acidity. All grapes are hand-harvested and are carefully selected, before fermenting in neutral vats to maintain their fresh, fruit-forward character. Thanks to Gamay’s high acidity, this wine pairs well with many different foods, or can be enjoyed on its own, with good company.

White – Mary Taylor Anjou Blanc

This delicious expression of Chenin Blanc comes from one of the Loire Valley’s most well-kept secrets. It displays the high, racy acidity that Chenin is known for, while also maintaining a rich, luxurious texture. A beautiful wine, with flavors of Apricots, honey, and lingering minerality. Perfect for lighter fare, or drinking on its own as a small taste of spring.

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