Austrian Pet-Nat for the Summer

The 2018 Meinklang, Frizzante Rose, Austria is a perfect selection for the summer.  It is floral, fruity, and creamy with bubbles.  It is quite flavorful yet low in alcohol so you can drink a few glasses without effect.  The price point is reasonable allowing you to grab a few bottles for the upcoming hot weekend in DC.  I see that I am behind in my notes.  John first recommended this wine to me back in the Spring so I have gone through a few bottles since.  Fortunately, it is still on the shelves at MacArthur Beverages.

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2018 Meinklang, Frizzante Rose, Austria – $18
A Zev Rovine Selection imported by Fruit of the Vines.  This is a blend of Blaufrankish, Zweigelt, and St Laurent.  Alcohol 10.5%.  A medium, rose petal color.  Hints of ripeness then a very lively burst of floral fruit before sweeter bubbles dissipate in a creamy, gentle finish.  *** Now.

It Tastes of Stone: 2017 Mas Olivier, Parfum de Schistes

The soils of Faugeres mainly consist of schist and the 2017 Mas Olivier, Parfum de Schistes, Faugeres clearly reflects this fact.  It is a youthful styled wine with black fruit, stones, and lively acidity.  I imagine it might peak in the new year.  I picked up my bottle at MacArthur Beverages.

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2017 Mas Olivier, Parfum de Schistes, Faugeres – $15
Imported by Tap Wines.  This wine is a blend of 80% Syrah, 10% Grenache, and 10% Mourvedre.  Alcohol 14%.  Good perfume  on the nose.  In the mouth, clean black fruit mixes with finely textured extract.  As promised, minerals and stones act as a backbone for this wine enlivened by fresh acidity and finished with puckering tannins.  Youthful in nature, this should be drunk within a few years.  **(*) Now – 2022.

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One Liter of Slovenian Deliciousness

The 2018 Ptuj Winery, Pullus, Halozan, White Wine, Slovenia must be one of the best white-wine buys in the entire store.  John at MacArthur Beverages recommended it as a crazy blend and I now recommend it as a wine to drink over the course of an entire work week.  While it is intended to be drunk as a spritzer with mineral water, I find it quite good all on its own.  There are plenty of ripe, white fruit flavors, a chalky middle, and crisp acidity.  Incredibly, it lasts for days in the fridge.  Give it a try!

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2018 Ptuj Winery, Pullus, Halozan, White Wine, Slovenia – $13 for 1L
Imported by Vinum USA.  This wine is a varying blend of at least Welschriesling and Rhine Riesling, White Pinot,  Chardonnay, Furmint, Sauvignon and Muscat. Alcohol 11.5%.  A light green, straw color.  In the mouth are ripe flavors of white tree round which are lively with crisp acidity.  There is a chalky, honeysuckle flavored middle and touch of lees in the finish.  It finishes clean.  *** Now – 2022.

Three Wild Wines from Anne & Jean-Francois Ganevat

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John recently brought in a selection of wines from Anne & Jean-Francois Ganevat.  I picked up three of the red wines which I have opened up over the past week.  These wines are made without any sulphur using grapes from Beaujolais and Jura. The 2016 Anne & Jean-Francois Ganevat, Les Fanfans s’amusement, VdF Rouge is pure Muscat rouge which is the greatest outlier of the group being of cloudy color and grapefruit aroma.  It is clearly not for everyone but the flavors have a lovely earthy note and sense of ripeness.  While it does not fall apart into the Pilsner/popcorn spectrum, it is best drunk up on the first day.  The 2017 Anne & Jean-Francois Ganevat, Y’a bon the Canon, VdF Rouge mixes Gamay with a slew of indigenous Jura varieties.  There is some brett which contributes earth and matches the potpourri flavors with dry tannins.  It is also lively in the mouth and largely stable.  It too will not be for everyone.  My strongest recommendation goes out to the 2015 Anne & Jean-Francois Ganevat, Cuvee Madelan Nature, VdF Rouge.  This is the most stable of the three wines, deep in flavor with attractive animale qualities.  I find it compelling to drink.  This is a must-try for those with interest in the Jura.  You may find these wines on the shelves at MacArthur Beverages.

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2016 Anne & Jean-Francois Ganevat, Les Fanfans s’amusement, VdF Rouge – $24
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is pure Muscat rouge.  Alcohol 13%.  Cloudy with a pale, garnet-rose color.  Smells like a lambic beer with grapefruit and berry aromas.  Lively acidity first greets the tongue with a slight prickle followed by high-toned fruit and a mineral middle.  There is ethereal ripeness and a lovely, earthy note before the Big Red spiced finish.  Of moderate weight, there is an acidity sharp finish, and long aftertaste.  **(*) Now.

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2017 Anne & Jean-Francois Ganevat, Y’a bon the Canon, VdF Rouge – $29
Imported by MacArthur Liquors. This wine is a blend of Gamay from Beaujolais with old Jura varieties such as Petit Béclan, Gros Béclan, Geusche, Argant, Peurion, Portugais Bleu, Isabelle, and Enfarine. Alcohol 13%.  A tickle on the tongue, some brett for earthy, and drying, astringent tannins.  With air potpourri flavors develop, surrounded by some fat, citric acidity, and grip in the end.  *** Now.

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2015 Anne & Jean-Francois Ganevat, Cuvee Madelan Nature, VdF Rouge – $33
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of mostly Gamay from Morgon and Brouilly with Enfarine from Jura.  Alcohol 13%.  A cranberry red color.  Some earth and wood mix with dry, red fruit, and leather.  This remains the most stable of the wines, developing an animale note.  The lively flavors are somewhat tingling from acidity with red fruit leaning towards deeper, supportive black fruit flavors.  The middle brings dry, citric pithe tannins and an earthy note.  This is a fresh wine with good depth and chalky ripeness.  Compelling.  **** Now – 2022.

For the Cellar: 2017 Guion, Bourgueil

It was Bill who reintroduced me to the wines of Stephane Guion at his Loire tasting a year and a half back.  I am happy to report that the 2017 Domaine Guion, Cuvee Domaine, Bourgueil is serious wine at a budget price.  Right now, since the wine is young, I find it tastes best on the second night when the black fruit takes on creamy blue flavors and tastes of liquid stones.  There is also a touch of herbaceousness to remind you of the Loire.  You may find this wine at MacArthur Beverages.

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2017 Domaine Guion, Cuvee Domaine, Bourgueil – $15
Imported by Percy Selections.  This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc sourced from 15-40 year old vines on clay and limestone soils.  Alcohol 12%.  Upon opening, there is acidity driven, tart black fruit and herbaceous flavor.  Fine, grippy tannins are left on the gums with impressions of a little ethereal fat.  With air, the wine improves markedly, becoming rounder with good presence.  The black and herbaceousness does not leave but blue, creamy fruit and granite stones add to the mixture.  It is even a little juicy.  **(*) 2020-2025.

A Pair of Wines from Arizona

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During our recent trip to Arizona, I stopped by Vino Loco in Flagstaff to pick up a few bottles of wine.  Both of the wines I selected are Rhone blends made from vines located at 4,300 feet in the Willcox AVA.  I found the wines enjoyable but my preference lies with the 2017 Chateau Tumbleweed, Dr. Ron Bot, Willcox.  It comes across as a lighter wine with stone notes.  The 2017 Caduceus Cellars, Merkin Vineyards, Chupacabra, Willcox reveals more intensity and ripe fruit flavors.  If you find yourself in Flagstaff, grab them both for a comparison  You will find other interesting selections at Vino Loco including Dirty + Rowdy.

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2017 Chateau Tumbleweed, Dr. Ron Bot, Willcox –
This wine is a blend of 33% Syrah, 34% Mourvedre, and 33% Grenache which was aged for a year in used French oak.  Alcohol 14.2%. A light to medium cherry color.  Cool and fresh in the mouth with not quite firm fruit.  The flavors turn blacker towards the finish with black tea notes and stones.  Light and clean with a touch of heat in the end.  An enjoyable combination of red and black fruit with a tart edge.   **(*) Now – 2021.

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2017 Caduceus Cellars, Merkin Vineyards, Chupacabra, Willcox –
This wine is a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre aged for 11 months in new and used French oak.    Alcohol 13.5%.  Hints of ripeness at first then cool, focused black fruit.  It is firm with a vein of acidity.  An interesting flavor with more intensity than balance.  ** Now – 2022.

A Bargain from Foillard, the 2017 Beaujolais-Villages

I drink wine every day which means the price of my average bottle of wine needs to be under $20.  I do break this rule form time to time and the 2017 Jean Foillard, Beaujolais-Villages is one such exception.  This is only the second vintage of this wine but I like it.  The wine is savory, leaning towards the Strawberry part of the spectrum, with a mineral cut.  At $22, it is a bargain from Foillard.  You may find it at MacArthur Beverages.

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2017 Jean Foillard, Beaujolais-Villages – $22
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is 100% Gamay sourced from 25-50 year old vines located on granite soils.  It was fermented then aged in concrete tanks.  Alcohol 13%.  Savory and dense with flavors of strawberry that are pure and fresh.  There is some tartness with a vein of acidity.  This wine has much presence, as if there is extract, which lends to the pleasing berry nature.  It wraps up with a mineral cut and more acidity.  *** Now – 2020.