Introducing Selections from Free Run Wine Merchants

December 30, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Crystal City Wine Shop
220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22202

Free Run Wine Merchants specialize in wines from the Pacific Northwest and Italy but they have an open mind and a demanding palate. They are committed to discovering great artisan producers and offering their products to the lucky consumers of our region! For their producers, wine is story that is told by the work of human hands. Those are hands that tend the vines and craft the wines. Some are traditionalists, some are modernists, some are scientists, some are artists, but for all of them, it is a way of life! We are proud to introduce a few of their wines on the tasting bar tonight:

  • Le Colture Fagher DOCG Spumante Prosecco Brut: The family that guides Le Colture has grown grapes in the hills of Santo Stefano di Valdobbiadene, a small village in Prosecco, since the 1500s. Since 1983, Le Colture has been producing sparkling wines with a commitment to producing wines that have a ultra-distinctive personality that reflect the specific characteristics of the soils and weather conditions of their terriors. The Fagher is lively and fresh. It is perfectly adaptable to a wide range of food, whether that is simple fish dishes or more creative vegetable entrees. Like is done throughout the production region, it can be drunk throughout the meal.
  • Ben Haines ‘B Minor’ Blanc de Blancs 2011: From the Grampians in Western Victoria, Australia, most often known for its Shiraz, comes one of a batch of experimental wine makers that are challenging the norms of Australian (and international) wine. Ben Haines grew up surrounded by wine and today, he crafts unique wines from superior vineyards. This Method Traditionale sparkling is a rare find at this price because of the time and effort required to produce quality at this price. A 100% Chardonnay that is undisgorged and was aged for four years on the lees, it packs a punch! As Ben says, “Bursting with fresh apple, lemon and grapefruit amidst complex yeast characters of toasty bread and roasted nuts. A tight, fine palate of great purity balanced by a subtly creamy texture.” A remarkable wine that is a great value, any way you measure it!
  • Biggio Hamina Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014: Todd Hamina makes excellent wines that are decidedly restrained in style and terroir-driven. These are not the massive, extracted wines that typify modern winemaking. He sources fruit from several highly-acclaimed, sustainably-focused vineyards in Willamette Valley. Production levels for each wine are between 50 and 300 cases per vintage, and all are available in limited quantity. The 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of three vineyards located in the Northern Willamette Valley. They make Single Vineyard bottlings from all three locations but sometimes a barrel doesn’t fit those expressions. So, it is a combination of Holmes Gap vineyard, which is all Pommard clones planted on marine sedimentary soils, Noel vineyard, which sits on volcanic soils at 700′ elevation on the Chehelam Mountains, and the Youngberg Hill vineyard, which is Pommard and Wadenswil clone on volcanic and marine sedimentary soils. Le Piane Maggiorina Rosso 2013The job of this wine is simple: to be delicious and easy to drink!
  • Le Piane Maggiorina Rosso 2013: Boca, a tiny area (DOC area of 30 acres) in northern Piedmont, had fallen on hard times by the late 1980s, with only a couple of people producing Boca at all. Christopher Kunzli, a Swiss wine importer, visited and fell in love with the area and its wines. Yet, he had to convince Antonio Cerri, a retired farmer who was farming one acre of the 15 that had previously been under vine to sell because of the quality of the wine. Antonio refused him for almost ten years and it was not until his death in 1997 that Kunzli was able to buy the property and begin a three-year process to restore all 15 acres and rebuild the appellation one vintage at a time. If you love elegant, expressive Nebbiolo wines then you will love the wines from this almost-forgotten part of northern Piemonte. The Maggiorina Rosso is the a field blend that is mostly Nebbiolo and Croatina but includes a total of 12 different grapes manually worked and hand harvested, which are fermented together from vineyards between 20 and 80 years old.
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