THIS SATURDAY, Feb. 11, 2 – 4 pm
FINE WINE TASTING @ SAVOUR WITH GORDON ALEXANDER, OWNER OF TERROIR WINES
GORDON ALEXANDER, WINE MERCHANT & OWNER, TERRIOR WINES, works directly with winemakers here and abroad, innovators that cherish their land, producing wines expressing the sense of place with minimal intervention in the vineyard and cellar. Most are organic, some biodynamic, all sustainable. Wines that are as unique and individual as their makers.
Lauverjat Moulin des Vrilleres Sancerre 2018, Nantes France
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc Alc. 1.25%
The Anneau family has been producing wine in the Nantes region for four generations. They now own 30 hectares around the remarkable 17th-century Château de La Vrillère in the village of Chapelle-Basse-Mer. The Chateau itself was declared a French Historic Monument in 2001. Grapes are hand-harvested, then gently crushed using a pneumatic press. The white Moulin des Vrillères Sancerre is a blend of grapes from different Sauvignon parcels. It pours a beautiful pale clear yellow color. It carries notes of herbs and gooseberries on the nose. Medium-bodied, crisp and dry, it has flavors of smoky minerals, juicy tangy citrus and pink grapefruit on the finish.
Pairs well with seafood, spicy food, and Japanese cuisine. $19.99 for 375 ml bottle
Balnea Verdejo 2020, Valladolid, Spain
Varietal: Verdejo Alc. 14.5%
Balnea’s vineyards are located in La Seca, in the south of Valladolid, on a high altitude plateau. The soil is rich in limestone with a gravel sublayer beneath. The low fertility of the soil and the scarce rains combine to produce low yields of highly concentrated grapes. The Continental climate, with extreme temperature differences between day and night, is the reason for the unique balance achieved in these grapes. Harvest is done 100% manually. Fermentation takes place at a very low temperature – 9 degrees F for 8 weeks. (Industry standard in this region is 15 degrees for 1-2 weeks.) This technique is unique to this winery and contributes to the structure and aromatics of the wine. Only native yeasts are used. Careful battonage is carried out to maximize contact with the lees. Maria Jesus Hernandez, one of the few female winemakers in the region, is Balnea’s winemaker. Maria’s family have had vineyards for many generations, but Maria is the first winemaker in the family. Her verdejo, made from 25+ year old, estate grown vines, is clean with citrus and herbal notes on the nose, and a creamy and delicate body.
Pairs well with shellfish, salads and spicy food. $14.99
Diamant de Loire Chardonnay, Loire France
Varietal: Chardonnay Alc. 11.5%
Joseph Verdier founded a negociant firm in 1927 in Nantes. In 1965 the firm affiliated with Groupe Tallian, a large Bordeaux domaine and negociant firm, which provided capital for Verdier to build their own vinification and bottling plant in Montreuil-Bellay in the heart of the Loire. In the mid-1990’s, Verdier bought a bottling center in Saumeur, which is their main facility today. This facility is Ecocert-certified as part of Verdier’s move toward fully organic viticulture and winemaking. Today Verdier produces some 8 million bottles annually and sells in 30 countries. It is one of the most important producers of Loire wines at the intersection of quality and value. The wines under the Diamant label are pure, precise and great examples of varietal clarity. The Chardonnay is full of fruit notes. It has minor hints of tropical fruits (banana and pineapple) followed by crisp apples and citrus, along with great minerality. All this is nicely balanced with a fine structure that you can feel in the mouth in a long and elegant finish.
Pairs well with oysters, fried/grilled chicken and seafood. $14.99
Castro Ventosa Bierzo Mencia Joven, Bierzo, Spain
Varietal: Mencia Alc. 14%
Castro Ventosa was founded by the Perez family in 1752 and the family has owned the estate ever since. The Perez family owns 75 hectares of Mencía vineyards in Bierzo, making them the biggest owners of this varietal within the Bierzo D.O. The Bierzo appellation is made of 5,000 hectares with 2,500 planted with white varietals and 2,500 planted with Mencía; there are 5,000 landowners within the appellation. Raúl Pérez, who now runs the winery, is a figurehead for Bierzo wines in Spain. Castro Ventosa produces three different Mencía; Valtuille, El Castro de Valtuille and El Castro de Valtuille “Joven Mencia.” Mencía is indigenous to Bierzo, and some suspect that it is an ancient clone from Cabernet Franc. When it comes to the grape Mencia, Raul Perez is obsessive; no detail is overlooked in his quest to accurately express the purity of true Mencia in the region. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and then left in oak vats for 3 months, the wine produced is fresh and without a ton of oak characteristics despite the malolactic fermentation. On the nose, herbal notes mix with wild berries. On the palate, it is medium-bodied and fruit forward with notes of graphite and good acidity.
Pairs well with venison, poultry, or veal. $17.99
Vivier Pinot Noir 2017, Sonoma Coast, California
Varietal: Pinot Noir Alc.14.5%
A Burgundian by birth, Stephane Vivier grew up in Meloisey, a village of about 300 in the canton of Ladoix-Serrigny, near the ancient Burgundian capital of Beaune. There, Stephane was first introduced to wine and winemaking at the feet of an elderly neighbor whose family had been making wine for centuries. After obtaining degrees in viticulture and enology from Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, Stephane worked in Switzerland, Sonoma and New Zealand. Vivier returned to Sonoma in 2002, and today, he is one of the United States’ most noted practitioners of the art of Pinot Noir. The nose of his Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is an earthy mix of Asian spice, violet, and rose petals with hints black cherry and mocha. On the palate, the same complexity of flavors returns with layers of delicate red fruit, floral notes and touches of a gentle earthiness and minerality.
Pairs well with pork, duck, veal or lamb dishes. $42.99
Nomade Cabernet Franc 2017, Mendoza, Argentina
Varietals: Cabernet Franc Alc. 14%
Trained as an engineer, Tomas Achaval spent his early career working with multinational corporations across the globe. Eventually selected by LVMH to manage Moet & Chandon’s operations in Argentina, he fell in love with the world of wine, and soon decided to make his life’s passion his life’s work. Under the Nomade brand, Achaval has collected a group of vineyards from some of Argentina’s finest terroirs. He quickly zeroed in on the Uco Valley as some of the finest terroir in Argentina. The Valle de Uco is a key winegrowing region in the province of Mendoza. An hour’s drive south from the city of Mendoza, it is home to some of the region’s finest vineyards and is sometimes referred to as “the Napa Valley of Argentina.” The Nomade Cabernet Franc is hand-harvested and vinified with minimal intervention. It has a floral
nose with hints of fresh herbs. On the palate, it has medium-high acidity that is a good balance with dark fruit flavors, and notes of plum and pepper.
Pairs well with goat cheeseburgers, roasted pork. $14.99
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Unique to SAVOUR our three price-value collections, with
each category ($9.99ers – $14.99ers -$19.99ers) offering hundreds of wines.
at one price, personally curated by Kathleen, some have limited availability.
9.99ers…the quality is taste delivering above-price enjoyment …Value!
14.99ers…exhibiting qualities of complexity…Elevating the Experience!
19.99ers…value laden wines by innovative vintners…Expect Exceptional!
Adding to this Saturday’s wine tasting with Gordon Alexander is Savour’s Everyday Tech Tastings at the North Shore’s Only Digital Wine Machine. Fun to use and enjoy! Taste up to 20 wines with new selections regularly added…& yes, complimentary. Kathleen welcomes your questions for food pairings.
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Savour Wine Tastings!
Feb. 11 – Gordon Alexander – Owner, Terroir Wines
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