2017 Terre Siciliane, “Versante Nord” from @eduardotorresacosta
A crispy touch of reduction still clings on but the golden fruit has begun to expand from underneath it. Fresh, lively and sapid in the mouth, the skin contact has done more to flesh out the mouthfeel than to add a lot of tannin. He good acid leaves the vulcanic minerality to linger longer than you want to wait for the next sip. On BTG to quench the thirst of the hardest working club footed black smith of the gods. “A vulcanic white with G-force flavours. From six different parcels on the north face of Mt. Etna, it spectacularly shows off its terroir, packing a punch with mineral and citrus notes. A truly amazing wine, and only 2000 bottles produced.
APPELLATION: IGT Terre Siciliane
VARIETY / BLEND: 60% Minella Bianca: 40% native varieties:
ALTITUDE: 550 - 900 metres
FERMENTATION: spontaneously in concrete tank, 5 days skin contact with no temperature control
AGEING:8 months in large. used oak botti”
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2012 Saumur, “Chemin des Murs” Chateau de Parnay
Late August is still Saumur time...
Golden in the glasses and golden tertiary (aged) goodness with the honey and the waxiness and the dried flowers on the nose. Similar in the mouth with a slightly bitter herbal trim and the good acid bringing structure to the cloth of gold cloak. On BTG to fill the spot in your soul where the Chenin is missing. “100% Chenin Blanc
Sourced from an entirely walled vineyard, this 100% Chenin Blanc shows subtle and refined scents of lime and lemongrass, apricot, peach and quince.
Round and mellow attack on the palate with notes of preserved lemons and grapefruits with natural freshness and classic Saumur minerality.
THE CLOS OF CHEMIN DES MURS: the jewel of the castle! Fruit of the invaluable know-how of Antoine Cristal and his taste for experimentation, this clos was built, planted and cultivated according to an unprecedented technique and gives birth to a rare wine. On this half hectare of Chenin, each vine was planted on the north face of a tufa wall. The vine crosses this stone wall and offers its grapes to the heat of the south face. The trellis thus has “foot in the cool and belly in the sun”. #wine #toronto #winetoronto #torontowine #winebartoronto #torontowinebar #chenin #saumur # loirevalley #chemin #goldenjuice
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2018 Toscana Rosso, “Miscelone” from Azienda Agricola @le_ragnaie
It carries the appellation of a red but the soul of a rosé (albeit a pretty deeply colored one.) Baskets of tart red berries (sour cherries/cranberries?) on the nose, more in the mouth with some herbal edging. Just enough tannin to give it a backbone while still remaining fresh and glouglou for summer. Perfect if you’ve had enough of the pale rosé this season but aren’t quite ready to head back to the deep reds quite yet. By the Glass while it lasts “The ‘Big Mix’, or ‘Miscelone’ in Italian, is Riccardo’s first stab at ‘glou-glou’ or a quaffable and yet still serious ‘red’ wine. Inspired by a trip to the Canary Islands where Ric drank a few red/white co-fermented wines as well as the local spritz which is called ‘Miscelone’ and is a blend of red wine and sparkling water. This is the only wine that Riccardo makes that is not 100% estate fruit and in fact there is no estate fruit in it but it is a single-vineyard wine from a friend’s vineyard in Chianti Colli Senesi.
The vines range from 20 to 70-years in age and are farmed organically. The whites were harvested at the same time as the reds, therefore crunchier red grapes and lusher white grapes form the foundation for the wine. The whites were 50% destemmed while the red grapes remained entirely intact. A standard semi-carbonic co-fermentation was put into place in one tank. The ferment took roughly 20 days to finish and the wine was pressed to 500L puncheons. After four months of calming down in wood, it was racked back tank (and hit with a small dose of SO2) to settle for two months prior to bottling.
Region: Toscana Rosso IGT
Varietal: 30% Sangiovese - 20% Trebbiano - 15% Canaiolo - 15% Colorino - 15% Malvasia - 5% Albana
Vineyard: Single Site in Chianti Colli Senesi
Vine Age: Average: 40-years-old
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Grey Sandy Marl
Oak: 4 months in seasoned French tonneau”
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Lobster Tartine with Rouille sauce on house baked brioche in its natural mutualistic symbiosis with Chardonnay (Métis from @pearlmorissette). Both are on the menu until they run out...
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2016 Isère Balmes Dauphinoises from the princely savior of forgotten grapes @mecle_persan_verdesse
High toned green melon wafting down to the valley on a high mountain breeze. The mouth carries a touch of the same melon weight before evaporating ethereally by the finish leaving only a lingering memory of clean alpine pasture fresh air. “Technical sheet
60% Viognier, 40% Altesse. 50 hl / ha, aging on the lees without stirring for the Altesse and fine lees on the Viognier. Malolactic fermentation done. Light filtration. Low SO2 doses (35mg / l total SO2). Tasting sheet
The Chardonnay and the Pinot gris having been completely torn up on the domain to give place to a only local grape variety and to slower ripening, the question arose to replace the previous vintage of assembly, either by a pure Viognier or by a association Viognier / Altesse. This is the second solution that has been chosen. Unless I am mistaken, this blend is new, no other winemaker practices it. The Balmes dauphinoises area is one of the few areas that once cultivated these two grape varieties. Regarding the wine obtained, the Viognier in a cooler climate, brings its finesse and elegance and lemon notes rather rare for this grape variety while the Altesse brings freshness, structure and minerality. This wine is very airy, all for 11 degrees of alcohol only. Aromas of peach, orange blossom, lime, gunflint, mouth full, fresh, gourmet and balanced. For aperitifs, fish, shellfish.” #wine #toronto #winetoronto #torontowine #torontowinebar #winebartoronto #viognier #altesse #sofreshandclean