Wine of the Week – Tussock Jumper Pinot Noir
This French Pinot Noir two China Wine & Spirits awards (in 2016 and ’17) as well as a gold medal for Best Value Vine de France Selection in 2013 and 2016.
The grapes, says Tussock Jumper, is rooted in clay-limestone terraces in the south of France. It’s gestation begins with a cold pre-fermentation maceration and two weeks additional fermentation at controlled temperatures. “It takes six to nine months,” the winery says, before it becomes drinkable.
This Pinot Noir has hints of black cherry, raspberry, and vanilla.
The final product is dark with ruby tints and flavors of red and black berries mixed with floral notes. There are hints of wood and vanilla in this complex Pinot along with a nose of crushed black fruits and jam. Tussock Jumper calls it “plump” with “well-integrated tannins.”
The company doesn’t own wineries or vineyards but rather, selects “the best value for money wines” and “shares” them. Each bears a picture of an animal that comes from the company the wine is from, in this case, the boar. Each animal is pictured on the bottle in a red jumper, which Tussock Jumper calls “a seal of authenticity “ which is a guarantee, it says, that all possible has been done to offer the best quality and best tasting wine.
The company is Wineforces SARL in France. In the US, the wines are imported by TRI-VIN Imports, Inc. in New Rochelle, NY. Check it out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Woodbridge Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Robert Mondavi founded Woodbridge Winery in 1979 near his early home as a child in California. His goal was to craft “fine wines” for everyday drinking. This wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon, offers notes of blackberry and dark cherry with suggestions of toast and spice as well. Wine, he says, is “passion” to him, along with “family and friends, warmth of heart and generosity of spirit.” It’s a moderately priced wine that makes an ordinary meal extraordinary.
Sanguis Christi 2002 Cahors
This lovely Malbec has a distinctive nose of black fruits from Cahors in southwest France, It is dark and rich with spicy notes of black cherry and hints of cedar. Flavorful and distinctive, it complements meats well and offers its unique notes to the meal.
Wine of the Week – George Duboeuf 2018 Beaujolais Nouveau
Stay tuned for George Duboeuf’s 2018 Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé, the very first of the harvest and brand new to the U.S. It’s coming soon – November 15 to be precise – and we’re excited to taste it.
The unveiling of the new rosé, comes on the heels of the expansion of Dubeouf’s U.S. portfolio with the introduction of four varietal-specific wines from the Pays d’Oc region in Southern France – a sustainable collection of varietals that pay tribute to the region. The value-priced wines include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ll tell you more as we taste them individually! Each of the new bottles features a different native French wildflower from the region. For example, The Chardonnay label features the Yellow Gentian flower, Pinot Noir depicts the ubiquitous Red Poppy, Merlot highlights Cornflower, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Scabiosa. Enjoy the wines and their colorful labels!
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Summer, always a season for white wines, is no exception this year with warm to hot days and cooler evenings, ideal for sipping outdoors.
From South Africa, Indaba, produced and bottled for Cape Classics, is well suited to that task.
It’s a Sauvignon Blanc and this summer, is now available in new three liter boxes for the first time.
Indaba is behind a philanthropic movement created to bring early childhood education to youngsters in need in the Cape Winelands community. Visit www.indabawines.com. 00
This Brut Cuvee “T” 2014 from Domaine Vincent Careme was made using the traditional sparkling wine method with a second fermentation in the bottle. The wine, made and bottled by Tania and Vincent Careme, is made with Chenin Blanc grapes.
Fresh and delicious, it’s a perfect wine for summer sipping. The winery began in 1999 and is located on 37 acres which are home to trellished bush vines, an average of 35 years old. The soil consists of clay and flint. The cellar is described as a “traditional 16th century troglodytic cave” carved in limestone rock.
The wine, with 12 percent ABV, gets a second fermentation for one month in the bottle with no added sugar. Notes of citrus and apple are prevalent and the wine is effervescent and fresh with what the winery’s owners, Vincent and Tania, call “racy” acidity. It is distributed by Cape Classics.