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Drinking Burlotto and Redortier in Seattle


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My most recent trip to Seattle was very short.  This posed a problem as to which wines to buy while there.  As I was traveling light I did not intend to fly back with any wine.  The solution was to play into the love of Michael Teer, proprietor of Pike and Western Wine Shop, for an Italian recommendation and something else.  The Italian recommendation came in the form of the 2013 Comm. G. B. Burlotto, Verduno Pelaverga.  Pelaverga is an ancient variety that the family has cultivated since 1800.  The wine itself offered persistent flavors leaning towards the cranberry and strawberry spectrum.  It is a good way to start an evening.  There were several candidates for the something else selection but I had to pick the 2007 Chateau Redortier, Beaumes-de-Venise.  I do not come across many red wines from Beaumes-de-Venise, according to my notes just two wines in almost three years, let alone a bottle with age.  This bottle proved perfectly mature with earthy notes still balanced by fruit and structure that spoke of mid-age strength.  If you enjoy the comfort of traditional Rhone wines then buy this wine by the case.  These wines were purchased at Pikes and Western Wine Shop.

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2013 Comm. G. B. Burlotto, Verduno Pelaverga – $19
This wine is 100% Pelaverga sourced from 4 to 20 year old vines located on soils of calcareous silt.  The fruit was fermented in French oak barrels followed by aging in both stainless steel and oak barrel.  Alcohol 14%.  The color was a light cranberry red.  The wine offered gently ripe cranberry and strawberry flavors before some black fruit mixed in.  This mouthfilling wine had a slightly tart hint, juicy acidity, and moderate ripe tannins in the aftertaste.  The wine showed good persistence of flavor.  You could work out a grapey structure which suggested capability for short-term aging.  **(*) Now – 2018.

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2007 Chateau Redortier, Beaumes-de-Venise – $25
Imported by APS Wines and Spirits.  This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 5% Counoise from 55 year old vines located around 1600 feet in elevation.  It was fermented in cement tanks using indigenous yeasts then aged in oak foudres.  Alcohol 13%.  The nose was mature with slightly earthy notes that poke through aromas of red fruit.  In the mouth was a core of cherry and red fruit surrounded by earth and mushroom flavors.  The wine turns juicy with good acidity and tannins that still coat the inside of the gums at the finish.  With just a brief period of air this wine reveals it is at perfect maturity.  A true pleasure to taste.  **** Now-2018.

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