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Las Jaras- Rosato

From the wine maker; "We here at Las Jaras are obsessed with all things Italian: pasta, disco, cars, and wine. This is the second vintage of our Rosato, the perfect rosé to drink at twilight. It is a rich, softly textured wine that drinks more like fine white wine than your typical pale pink, feather-light rosé. This wine has a deep strawberry color and an appealing heft – perfect for that moment when you transition from the pool to the dinner table for a candlelit, al fresco meal. "

 

Guiseppe and Luigi, Pinot Grigio

 

Today Guiseppe and Luigi, the grandsons of Ettore continue to run the family estate. This Pinot Grigio is 100% estate production in Friuli. As the vines are between 20 and 40 years old they do not produce as much fruit as a young and vigorous vine, but the fruit that is created is more perfectly balanced and structured. Guiseppe and Luigi sustainably dry farm the land and use only natural humus to replenish to soils so that they can continue to produce great wines for generations to come.

 

Dom. Closel Savennieres Jalouise 2018

 

100% Chenin Blanc. The "La Jalousie" parcel is historically named Les Coulées" but was changed to comply with a Savennières-producing neighbor's wishes. The vines are generally the youngest of the estate at up to 25 years old, planted on sandy, schistous soils on gentle hills. Like the rest of the Closel estate, they are certified-biodynamic and low-yielding (36 ha/hl in 2018). The harvest is manual and the first at Closel, at normal ripeness when the grapes are still pale yellow, higher in acidity and fully healthy. The bunches are direct-pressed, then fermented spontaneously with native yeasts in fiberglass vats. The wine is aged in vat on its lees for a year before bottling; normally, Jalousie does not go through malolactic fermentation, but it did in the notably warm 2018 vintage. 2018 finished dry at only 1.7 grams/liter of residual sugar (and 3.6 grams/liter of acidity). This start to the Closel Chenin range is intended as a modern rendition of Savennières: approachable and fresh in its youth with a dry finish.

Produced from some of the domaine's young vines, this wine is soft, ripe and full of baked-apple and spice flavors. It is rich while still having plenty of young freshness. The wine needs no aging and its beautiful balance makes it very ready to drink. 90 pts. -Wine Enthusiast

Brundlmayer G.V. Loisberg 2020

 

"Citrus, stone and crushed herb unite on the subtle nose, leaving you thinking of lemon, sage and potentilla. The palate adds fresh, green pear to the mix and pits these flavors against a lovely backdrop of supple, springy and smooth yeastiness. Those herb notions have a salty echo on the long finish."(96 points)-WE
 

Loiserberg is located next to the Vogelsang mountain, but the slope faces south to south-east and is somewhat more sheltered from the wind compared to the Vogelsang mountain. There are mountain vineyards up to 380m above sea level, windy and with temperature extremes.

Apart from the loess deposits, which become stronger towards the south-east, and the occasional marble lenses, predominantly lime-free rocky brown earths form over silicate crystalline rocks such as paragneiss (Gföhler gneiss), mica schist and amphibolite (Loisberger “zoisite-amphibolite”), which alternate narrowly.

Julien Merle Blanc Bec, Chardonnay

 

Julien Merle is a Beaujolais guy. He took over his parents’ estate about 8 years ago. His parents, like most Beaujolais winemakers sold their grapes, and in some cases bulk wine, to larger negociant producers. When he took over the winery, he became friends with Jean Foillard and Guy Breton who encouraged Julien to begin bottling his own wine. Over the years he has introduced horse plowing, natural yeasts, and now makes the wines totally without additives. Simple, straight forward gluggers.

Merkelbach Urziger Wurz. 2020

 

Many people remark that visiting with Alfred and Rolf Merkelbach at their home in Ürzig is like traveling into the past; not much has changed here in 50 years, including the brother’s approach to winemaking. Well into their seventies, Alfred and Rolf still tend the vines and make the wines with little help: heading into the steep Würzgarten and Treppchen to tie the posts, harvest, and then even racking off the large fuders they use for fermentation and blending. The vineyard holdings of this tiny, 1 hectare estate are divided between the Ürziger Würzgarten, Erdener Treppchen, and Kinheimer Rosenberg. Wine cultivation is ancient on these sites, lying just off the Mosel between Ürzig and Erden is the excavation of a Roman press house. When most of the Ürziger Würzgarten vineyards were replanted during the re-alignment of the vineyards (called “Flurbereinigung”), Merkelbach’s vines remained on original rootstock, with an average vine age of 45 years. The Merkelbachs are firm believers in tradition, and while changes in climate and style preferences have pushed up must weights and produced profoundly riper wines, the brothers craft wines of a style more typical to an era long forgotten. Kabinetten are still refreshing, Spätlesen taste like Spätlesen, and oechsle levels rarely exceed the Pradikät range.