Summer Wines with Rocky

June 2, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Crystal City Wine Shop
220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22202

Are you looking for something interesting for your summer picnic or grilling session? Do you just want something other than another bottle or Chardonnay or Provencal rose? We have a couple of great options on today’s tasting bar to fill those niches!

The Wines:

  • Anne Pichon Roussanne 2012: Marc Pichon purchased Domaine le Murmurium in the Cote de Ventoux village of Mormoiron in early 2008. It’s comprised of 13ha of old vineyards on prime terroir adjacent to Chateau Pesquie. Murmurium is derived from Latin, meaning, “The Buzzing Song of Bees”, an old estate name which is honored by the crest on the Anne Pichon labels. All of the vineyards are cultivated using 100% organic practices without the use of any chemicals or pesticides and the soils are tilled manually. This 100% Roussanne was hand harvested from a small vineyard and fermented at low temperatures, part in 600L one year old barrique and part in lightly toasted new barrels. After nine months in new barrels, the wine has developed a nice integration and has a complexity that reveals floral, anise, and fennel notes that with extra bottle age have given way to some slight nutty and vanilla notes. A great example of what an older white wine can become!
  • Rezabal Txakoli Rose 2016: Husband and wife Mireya & Anders Rezabal founded this estate in their native Basque Country, on the coast of northern Spain, in 1996. The couple has 15 hectares of traditionally high-trained vines, planted on slopes which are cooled by breezes from the Cantabrian sea. The estate is to the east of Guetaria, a village on the fringes of the coastal town of Zarautz, in a tiny DO called Getariako Txakolina. Txakoli, the wine the family produces, first received DO status here in 1989. This rose is made with 100% Hondarrabi Beltza, the red Txakoli varietal. Vivid, captivating, very fresh with notes of wild strawberries. If you are a fan if regular Txakoli, try this fruity version as your summer pink! Perfect with grilled salmon, lobster, or cured food like pickled peppers/olives.
  • Le Rose De S Millesime 2016: Bottled by the Sumeire family, which has roots back to the 1238 in Trets and wine roots back to before 1880, they have nine generations of experience making Provencal wine. They grown grapes at three properties in the region – Chateau Maupague, Chateau Coussin, and Chateau L’Afrique – and purchase grapes from a network of growers that follow their philosophy of sustainable wine growing. This IGP Mediterranee rose is an example of their viticulture and winemaking skill. It is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault that is unfined. Perfect for patio sipping or as an accompaniment to salads.
  • Anne Pichon “Sauvage” Grenache Noir Vat No. 12 Vieilles Vignes 2014: With Anne and Marc’s Sauvage line, they are producing hands-off wine from 100% varietals, in this case Grenache Noir from old vine vineyards. For this wine, from fermentation through aging, everything was done in the 53 hectaliter Oak Vat No. 12 and measures were taken to protect it from oxygen that enabled only minimal amounts of sulfur to be required. It reveals all of the lively, spicy, slightly cooked fruits that come from perfectly ripe berries. It has a nice complexity and richness with smooth and gentle tannins. It stands up well to all types of grilled, stewed, and braised meats including beef, veal, and pork or umami-rich vegetables.
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