2016 Vouvray “Le Portail”Champalou
France | Loire
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by Anthony Lynch
Sardinia may be known to outsiders for its stunning rocky coves and inviting turquoise waters, but the Mediterranean coastline only tells part of the story. The island’s interior is just as beautiful and untouched, consisting of craggy mountainsides covered in wild flowers and shrubbery, far removed from the surrounding postcard-worthy blue waters. In their vineyards near the town of Perfugas, Carlo Deperu and his wife, Tatiana Holler, cultivate primarily Vermentino (under the Vermentino di Gallura DOCG) but also some red varieties from a fascinating, steep terroir that combines chalk, granite, limestone, and volcanic elements.
Familia is a blend of organically farmed Cannonau with the local Muristellu grape, fermented naturally and aged in concrete and steel tanks. This inky black beast features aromas of violets, spice, and blackberry; loads of flesh on the midpalate; and a grippy tannin suavely wrapped in a cloak of generous, juicy fruit. It begs for grilled meats but also works well with roast octopus.
|Blend:||70% Cannonau, 30% Muristellu|
|Appellation:||Isola dei Nuraghi|
|Soil:||Cannonau: Limestone, marl; Muristellu: Limestone, shell deposits|
La Marca di San Michele Italy | Marche | Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
Inspiring Thirst, page 117
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