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 email@example.com.
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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Alentejo, a region of Portugal, has a long history of winemaking – said to be 4,000 years – but historians note that there’s evidence that it was probably underway when the Romans arrived and history is said to show that the country’s first wine varieties were of Mediterranean origin and were introduced there.
That being said, wines from the region of Alentejo today may be found in eight sub-regions of the Alentejo. Red grape varieties include Alfrocheiro, Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Cabernet Sauvignon, Castelao, Syrah, Touriga Nacional (a variety that has flourished for generations and is known widely beyond the country), and Trincadeira. White varieties include Antao Vaz, Arinto, Fernao Pires, Gouveio and Roupeiro.
There’s rich diversity in the wines of Portugal, said to rank 11th in the world in total wine production per capita, and Portuguese wine tourism is growing. Alentejo is known for reds (78.9 percent), whites (19.7 percent) and rosado (1.4 percent).
From Monte da Ravasqueira’s Selecao do Ano Branco with a suggested retail price of $8.99 to Adega do Monte Braco’s Monte Branco Tinto at $49, there is something for everyone among the wines of this region.
Today, Portugal has 250 indigenous grape varieties and has become a place to go as well as a leader in sustainability. Alentejo alone, encompassing more than a third of the country’s landmass, has eight PDO wine regions, growing grapes in a climate of hot days and cool nights. For more information, visit http://www.vinhosdoalentejo.pt.