Friday Tasting: Lodi, Sancerre, and Mendoza – 7/7/17

Join us Friday, July 7th, 5-8pm, for a FREE wine tasting!

It’s red, white, and rosé this week: a little something for everyone!

Lange Twins 2016 Sangiovese Rosé, Lodi: Identical twins Randall and Brad Lange are 4th-generation farmers in Lodi, California. Their great-grandparents settled in the area in the 1870s and grew watermelons. It wasn’t until 1916 that the twins’ grandpa planted the first grape vines. Now their kids are involved in the winery, representing the 5th generation to farm the land. The Lange Twins 2016 Rosé is made of 100% Sangiovese grown on a vineyard directly across the road from the winery. Don’t let the deep pigment of this wine fool you: it’s dry, crisp, and refreshing, offering red berry and floral aromas, strawberry and a little creaminess on the mid-palate. Pair this wine with lobster, chicken, and pasta with light cream sauce.

Le Roi des Pierres 2016 Sancerre: The grapes for this wine were grown on the rare Silex terroir, often referred to as le Roi des Pierres, meaning “The King of Stone,” hence the name of this wine. Silex represents only 15% of the three soil types in the Sancerre region of the Loire Valley. This Sauvignon Blanc offers intense aromas of ripe citrus along with tropical fruits like passion fruit and kiwi. The palate is round, balanced by refreshing acidity and minrality. Pair with fatty fish dishes or pork shoulder roasted with apples.

Riccitelli “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree” 2013 Malbec, Mendoza: Matias Riccitelli’s winery is located in Lujan de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. Most of his 20 hectares of vines planted at the foot of the Andes are around a century old. Today they yield low quantities of fruit that is concentrated. The 2013 “The Apple…” Malbec is deep purple with dense aromas of wild blackberry, mocha, and vanilla. Smooth tannins lead to a lengthy finish. Pair with grilled meats and firm cheeses!

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