Spring Fun with Free Run

April 21, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Crystal City Wine Shop
220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22240

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! Today, we are tasting some of their wines that are perfect as the weather warms and we all think about heading outside to sit on our patios, in our gardens, and on our porches.

The Wines:

  • Raza Vinho Verde 2016: Located inland in the verdant Vinho Verde region, Quinta da Raza is the home and life of Jose Diogo and Mafalda Teixeira Coelho. Quinta da Raza has a unique terroir created by the gentle slopes and magnificent exposure to the sun. The soil is granite bedrock with areas of schist and clay. The microclimate created by the mountains in the west and the Tamega river valley prevent the influence of Atlantic winds resulting in less rain and a greater temperature range. The vineyards are subject to more sun than perhaps other vineyards in the Vinho Verde Region, which are important factors for the development of the vines. This wine is a crisp and fresh Vinho Verde made from a blend of 50% Arinto, 35% Azal, and 15% Trajadura. It has a balanced acidity, fruity fragrance, a touch of salinity, and plenty of zip! Delicious served with shellfish or light meals, it is best drunk cold (below 50F).
  • 499 Enigma Vino Bianco 2014: Azienda Agricola 499 takes it name from the elevation of the vineyards – 499m above sea level. Located in Piedmont on the picturesque cliffs of Camo, at the top of the Langhe, this family run estate has 14 acres dedicated to Moscato and Fresia. The altitude allows the grapes to ripen slowly maintaining lower alcohol levels, preserved natural acidity and nearly electric vibrancy. With minimal intervention in growing and vinification, these wines are in a class all their own. This dry 100% Moscato has aromas of pear and peach with floral tones. Dry and medium bodied, it has clean citrus-y palate with tropical fruit and floral undertones. This is proof that moscato can make extraordinary dry wines! Pair it with poultry and white meats, try veal; fish and shellfish with butter sauces; milder Asian dishes (those without too much heat); rich and hearty vegetarian meals with lots of root vegetables; and soft and semi-soft cheeses.
  • Fossil Point Rosé 2016: Fossil Point in based in the cool-climate pockets along California’s Central Coast AVA. Here, cold marine air
    moderates the daytime temperatures, and fosters perfect conditions for quality wine. For the Fossil Point Rosé, 62% Grenache and 38% Syrah is hand-harvested and made in a ‘Direct-to-Press’ style, maximizing fruit character and smooth palate feel. Fermented both in neutral French oak and in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, it is bottled early to be enjoyed in the first year. The first thing that you notice about this wine is the bright pink color and the pronounced grapefruit and passionfruit notes. On the palate, the citrus and tropical notes continue with a pleasing balance of acidity and ripeness. This is perfect for patio sipping, with grilled vegetables, wood-fired pizza, or anything coming off the fire!
  • Unculín Bierzo 2015: José Antonio was born in Barcelona, but his mother, a native of Valtuille De Abajo and his father, a native of Corullon, are long time vineyard owners in Bierzo. José Antonio spent his formative years in Barcelona working in the restaurant trade before returning several years ago to recuperate his family’s vineyard holdings in Bierzo. Working out of a small winery in Valtuille, José Antonio crafts his wines to reflect the different parcels and terroirs of the region. All work is done with minimal intervention and with the intention of focusing the development of the differentiation of the terroirs in Valtuille. This is a fresh style Bierzo made from 100% Mencia from various parcels of 60-80 year old vines around the village of Valtuille de Abajo. It is 70% destemmed, fermented with indigenous yeast, and aged for 4 months on lees in stainless. This is a quaffable summer red with lots of minerality balanced against juicy red fruits and some savory undertones.

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  • Free Run does not list Fossil Point on its website, though Fossil Point says they are the distributor for the Metro DC. Who sells the 2016 FP Rose locally, and what is the per bottle price? We had it the other day at The Wine Kitchen in Leesburg — it was absolutely fabulous.

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