Agustí Torelló Mata - Cava Brut Nature Gran Reserva, 2014
Bone Dry, Crisp, and Delicious Vintage Cava Made in the Champagne Method with 8 years of Lees Aging!
The 2014 Gran Reserva Cava is a stunning wine; a blend of 35% Macabeu, 34% Xarel-lo, and 31% Parellada all from vines with more than 50 years of age. Featuring a beautiful bright golden color with green hues and slow-evolving fine bubbles. The aroma has notes of golden apple, quince, brown-butter and almonds while the finish is toasty, persistent and racy. No dosage reveals a crisp texture and bone dry freshness. Disgorged in January, 2022, after eight years on the lees. Beautiful Wine.
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About the Producer: Agusti Torello gained his first experience of winemaking at the age of 14, while he was working in his uncle’s cellar. That was in 1949, and since then Torelló has been fashioning traditional Cavas at his winery in Sant Sadurni d’Anoia in the Penedès. Mata, the son of a tailor and musician, created the estate with the goal of making the best Cava in the zone. In order to achieve the complexity they seek, Torelló Mata makes Cava with grapes from a variety of districts throughout the zone.
Torelló Mata uses only fruit from vines that are a minimum of 30 years old. They have expanded their estate’s holdings to 35ha of organic vineyards and also buy fruit from growers with whom they’ve been working with for more than 25 years. Their range of Cavas includes dry and very dry, low dosage styles, focusing solely on the indigenous varieties of the area. While their neighbors may have been tempted to include ever increasing quantities of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (permitted under the D.O guidelines) this winery prefers to craft regionally expressive Cava that reflects the unique terroir of Penedès.
Yves Cuilleron - Syrah, Les Vignes d'a Cote,
IGP Collines Rhondaniennes, 2020
Yves Cuilleron has become one of the bright shining stars of the northern Rhone” - Robert Parker.
Talk about quality to value! The benchmark producer Yves Cuilleron absolutely stunned us with their entry level everyday Syrah. The wine jumps out of the glass with classic aromas of savory bacon fat, rich black fruit, candied black olives, and dark purple flowers. The palate bursts with smokey dark fruit, firm tannin, and an excellent granitic, mineral finish laden with spice and salinity. Needless to say, we were very impressed! The perfect accoutrement to everything grilled.
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Clos des Lunes - Lune d'Argent, Bordeaux 2019
Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points - Pure white peach, tart pineapple, white flowers, and chalky mineral notes all emerge from the 2019 Clos Des Lunes Lune D'Argent Blanc, a Semillon-dominated, medium-bodied, concentrated, wonderfully textured white. This is well worth your time and money, and I suspect it will have a decade of longevity.
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