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.
Tenutta Carretta Roero Arneis, Piedmont, Italy
Varietal: Arneis, Alc. 13.5%
Founded in 1467, Tenuta Carretta is one of the oldest and most historic wineries in the area. The estate consists of the winery, two high-end restaurants (one at the winery and the other in Barolo on the Cannubi hill), the Charme Hotel, and a Wine ShopAll the vineyards of Tenuta Carretta are part of the Langhe-Roero and Monferrato winemaking district, an extraordinary territory named a UNESO World Heritage Site in 2014, and which today extends to about 70 hectares. 35 hectares makeup a single plot that extends south to northwest as an amphitheater around the winery, but the property’s vineyards also extend close to the Langhe. In the vineyard, Tenuta Carretta Philosophy is based on sustainability (environmental, technical, and economical). They use integrated viticulture techniques that allow for a limited amount of chemical treatments only when they are indispensable to protect development of the plant. Arneis is a grape that has been neglected in Piedmont, but some producers, such as Tenuta Carretta, have seen its potential. This Arneis has aromas of peach and melon and flavors melon, apple, and tangerine, plus some white flowers, with peaches and cream and butter poached pear. This is ripe and oily in texture, with mouth-coating viscosity and a concentrated finish. Pairs well with creamy pasta, fish, chicken. $ 34.99
Adega Ponte de Lima Vinho Verde Rose, Minho, Portugal
Varietals: 90% Vinhao, 5% Padeiro,5% Espadeiro, Alc.11%
In the far north of Portugal, the Minho district is famed for its Vinho Verdes, “green wines” produced from grapes that are just freshly ripe. These lightly ripened grapes give bright, fresh wines, often with a hint of carbonation, designed to be drunk very fresh and young. While most Vinho Verde is white, there are red and rosé Vinho Verdes produced as well. Ponte de Lima Vinho Verde Rose is produced by the Adega, a cooperative of almost 2,000 very small growers in the surrounding vineyard lands founded in 1959. The Rosé is salmon in color and slightly spritzy. Red fruits on the nose are followed by delicate flavors of red and wild berries on the palate, balanced with a refreshing acidity.Pairs well with appetizers, fish, seafood. $ 9.99
Lauverjat Moulin des Vrilleres Sancerre Rose 2021, Loire, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir, Alc. 12.5%
The Lauverjat family has been growing grapes in Sancerre for generations in the tiny village of Sury-en-Vaux. Husband-and-wife team Christian and Karine have 12-hectares of vines in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. They have made improvements over the years, including a transition to sustainable viticulture. They favor working the soil and use a seaweed to combat disease, reducing chemical intervention. They grow grass in the rows to prevent erosion. Several years ago, they invested in a new clay filtration system that allows them to very gently filter the wines without stripping them of their character. The wines from Lauverjat represent some of the best values to be had from the appellation. The 2021 Sancerre Rosé is fermented and aged in stainless steel. It pours a beautiful salmon color and has enticing aromas of wild strawberries with the classic mineral backbone that typifies the wines of Sancerre. Serves as an aperitif. Pairs well with salads, chicken, and spicy food. $29.99
St. Jacques D’Albas Le Petit Saint Jacques
Varietals:55% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 10% Carignane, Alc.15%
Château St Jacques d’Albas is situated in the Minervois, tucked in between the medieval city of Carcassonne, the Black Mountains and the Canal du Midi. This winery’s 26 hectares of organic vines are just a portion of their total 60 hectares of forest and garrigue – teeming with wildlife – complete with an 11th century chapel. At the winery, a small team led by owner Graham Nutter, craft superb reds, whites and rosés, all of which are farmed organically. Their secondary wine is Le Petit Saint Jacques, but don’t be fooled, there is nothing small about Le Petit Saint Jacques! An exciting Coteaux de Peyriac (IGP) blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignane, vinified and aged in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks to preserve purity of fruit. Le Petit Saint Jacques pours a deep ruby red. Violets and black fruits on the nose with light touches of spice lead to an intense, full-bodied and fleshy palate with fine tannins well integrated. Pairs well with charcuterie, grilled meats. $19.99
Quinto do Casal Monteiro Clavis Aurea, Tejo, Portugal
Varietals: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Cabernet Sauvignon Alc. 13.5%
Quinta do Casal Monteiro produces estate wines from Portuguese and international varietals planted on about 200 acres of vineyards, located on the Campo terroir directly along the Tejo (Tagus) River in Portugal’s Tejo wine district.The winery was founded on the legacy of Dom Luis de Margaride, who inherited the estate in 1928 and devoted his life to the study of viticulture in the Tejo river valley – one of the oldest wine regions on the Iberian Peninsula. When the current generation of the family took the reins in 1979, they modernized the winery and returned the vineyards to a more natural form of management, including replacing pesticides with integrated pest management (IPM, biocontrol through natural predators). Today, the Quinta produces a range of terrific wines showcasing the best of the Tejo district’s bright fruit and clean style.Clavis Aurea is blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Cabernet Sauvignon from 30-year old vines. This is a rich, velvety wine. Brilliant deep garnet in color, with aromatic hints of red ripe fruit, jelly, black plums and cocoa on the nose. On the palate it is powerful and velvety with an intense and persistent finish. Pairs well with roasted meat, aged cheese.$24.99
Bernard MagrezL’Aurore de Gascogne Le Douceur de Vignes, Gascony, France
Varietal : Gros MansengAlc. 12%
Gascogny is the region in southwest France that sweeps south from the Bordeaux region down to the Pyrenees Mountains and the Spanish border.The Cotes de Gascogne appellation is slightly inland, nestled behind the pine forests of Les Landes, 5,000 square miles of former marsh, moor and dunefield that was stabilized with maritime pine tree plantations in the early 1800s.Born in Bordeaux in 1936, Bernard Magrez left school at 16 to begin trading wine. Over the decades, he has built a formidable firm owning no less than forty-three individual domains, including several of Bordeaux’s most famous Crus Classes. In fact, he is the only individual to own 4 separate Cru Classe Chateaux. Today Magrez has properties now all over the world, and a yacht racing team.At Magrez’ estate in the Cotes de Gascogne, he produces two wines, both made from 100% Gros Manseng. The dry version is a classic Cote de Gascogne, dry, crisp, and clean.
The Aurore de Gascogne Le Douceur de Vignes, however, is his masterpiece from this estate: lightly sweet, with heady floral aromas and a long delicate finish. Pairs well with a lunchtime picnic, afternoon fruit and cheese board, or to accompany a cheese selection after dinner. $17.99
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