October Newsletter: Coming this fall: New edition of Adventures On The Wine Route!

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Highlights from this month’s newsletter…

ITALIA

by Dixon Brooke

2012 PETITE ARVINE • CHÂTEAU FEUILLET

Petite Arvine is a white mountain grape that thrives on the high-altitude slopes that form the border between the Valle d’Aosta, Switzerland, and France. My favorite thing about it is the explosive fruit on the palate: once you dive in, it is like you are biting into a ripe peach, and this sensation coats and fills your mouth. The decomposed granite subsoil makes its presence felt on the finish.

$28.00 per bottle $302.40 per case

2012 PIGATO “CA DA RENA” • PUNTA CRENA

It is tough to beat Punta Crena’s Pigato as the ultimate wine to drink with anything and everything Italian. Tommaso Ruffino is incredibly gifted with the grape, and he coaxes the maximum out of the family vineyards: all his wines are high on the deliciousness scale, show great varietal character, and are incredibly consistent. Pigato in Liguria gives aromatic, elegant, fresh dry whites that are excellent with seafood and pretty much everything else.

$24.00 per bottle $259.20 per case

TOUR OF THE RHÔNE

by Dixon Brooke

2011 SAINT JOSEPH ROUGE • DOMAINE FAURY

Each year I spend several days with Lionel Faury, tasting nearly every barrel and cuve of his entire production, and then putting together custom blends for you. He has continued to make classic vins de terroir just as his father, Philippe, did so well. We always separate the Saint Joseph into two bottlings: the tannic, meaty Vieilles Vignes (from Joseph Panel’s old vineyards), and this bottling from the Faury holdings around La Ribaudy. It is an intensely aromatic, bright, granite-infused Syrah, an archetypal example of the far north of Saint Joseph. Delicious now, it will age and improve for five years or more.

$30.00 per bottle $324.00 per case

2011 LIRAC ROUGE “le classique”

DOMAINE DU JONCIER

Interestingly, this Lirac is grown on a plateau of reddish river stones that look almost identical to the stones at Sang des Cailloux, above. However, the wines are very different. Must be something underneath all those stones . . . Lirac, like Vacqueyras, is its own cru, although its vineyards are situated on the opposite side of the Rhône River. You have to work hard here to get noticed, and proprietor Marine Roussel has certainly been keen to that task. Organically produced and raised in cement tank, the Joncier Lirac delivers a lot of wine at this price point: rich, layered, complex, earthy, and meaty. Marine is every bit the lady, but she makes a very masculine wine, prime for barbecue season.

$24.00 per bottle $259.20 per case

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