60 Days of Rosé #16 | Joseph Mellot | Sincérité | Pinot Noir Rosé | Loire Valley | $14.99
When you think of the Loire Valley in eastern France, you don’t instantly think of Pinot Noir, your mind usually thinks of the predominant Sauvignon Blanc (there are many other varietals, of course).
Vivid and refreshing, this Pinot Noir Rosé has a brightness on the palate, and a crisp, proportionate grapefruit note.
Thai food, crispy chicken, grilled summer squash, fresh sheep or goats milk cheese are all great pairings for this lively Loire vin.
Beyond the bottle, the Joseph Mellot family has 500 years of history behind them and are keeping up with responsible, modern practices that include being the first domaine in the Centre Loire region to obtain ISO 14001 certification.
Only a few cases of Sincérité make their way to Vermont and at $14.99, they don’t last long – just like a Vermont summer.
VINE GROWING Making good wines begins in the vineyard, working in harmony with the terroir to draw out its best.
The Joseph Mellot vineyards are managed according to principles of:
Sustainable pest control: prolonged observation of vine plots and climatic conditions and the implementation of environmentally responsible treatment programmes which take into consideration the real risk of disease development.
Yield management: systematic vine-pruning, disbudding, crop thinning if necessary and shoot thinning.
Vine plot traceability: all plots are monitored by computer to ensure complete traceability in production.
HARVESTING From the beginning of September or even late August, grape samples are taken regularly to monitor levels of maturity. Grapes are harvested at full maturity and sorted carefully to ensure that the juice is of the best quality. Each plot is harvested and vinified separately, with the grape harvest lasting approximately a fortnight (14 days).
LOIRE VALLEY The Loire Valley is the third largest wine-growing region in France. Designated a UNESCO world heritage site from Chalonnes-sur-Loire by the Atlantic coast to Sully-sur-Loire in the Centre, the Loire Valley offers exceptional land for viticulture and is a textbook example of a region with diverse terroirs. Seventy four appellations make up the mosaic of Loire Valley wines from Nantes to Sancerre, most of which are situated along the River Loire.
Traditional Method Sparkling | Brut | Spain | 11.5% ABV | $17.99 – Anytime you need some bubbly! Great with margherita pizza, fried chicken, or as a cocktail by adding Campari, orange juice, honey, and strawberries.
60 Days of Rosé #14 | Teutonic Wine Company | Pinot Noir Rosé | Laurel Vineyard – Chehalem Mountains | $18.99
Teutonic wines, and the people who make them have been a favorite over here at the Bevie.
Barnaby and friends don’t just delight us with post-Burlington-Food-&-Wine-Festival-shenanigans, their superb vino is also a treat.
They make German-style wines in Oregon which our Vermont palates can appreciate, and are pretty active in Chittenden County, despite being on the other side of the county.
You may remember their Jazz Odyssey being the official wine of the Winooski Jazz Festival last year, (wine feature) and for those who go to the Burlington Food & Wine Festival each year, there is no way you missed them.
The 2017 Teutonic Pinot Noir Rosé is a treat. If you need a break from super high toned wines, the restrained acidity and mild vividness in this rosé is nicely proportionate with light strawberry notes and a gorgeous hue.
This is the wine to kick back with and enjoy with a creemee. Feta (or a variety of fresh sheep or goat milk cheese), fresh berry salad, crispy pork, rice pudding, are other supurb parings.
Teutonic Pinot Noir Rosé is limited, grab yours while you can!
Teutonic Wine Company is a small-production winery that strives to make the finest German-style wines in Oregon. The climate in Germany’s Mosel region, famed for producing some of the world’s finest Rieslings, is ideal because of its cooler growing climate which allows the fruit to hang longer on the vines without over ripening. A longer hang time gives the fruit more time to pull up complex flavors from the soil. Therefore, the vineyard sites, Teutonic sources its fruit in Oregon are located in cooler areas and at higher elevations. They only work with dry-farmed vineyards (non-irrigated farms) so that the roots grow deep into the earth, drilling through many layers of soil strata, absorbing the various mineral components from the terroir.
OUR WINES ARE FOOD FRIENDLY.
Wine should always complement food. The Teutonic house style is represented by wines that are lower in alcohol (typically 9% to 12% alcohol by volume), and higher in acidity. Wines with this profile are more elegant, have greater nuance and pair well with many foods. Only neutral barrels are used so the flavor of oak will not be found in our wines which can overpower some delicate flavors in certain dishes.
LOCAL TO OREGON AND BUILDING A BRIDGE TO EUROPE.
Every year, Teutonic Wine Company ventures to the Mosel Valley for winemaking consultation and to taste new vintages for importing. We only select and import premium quality hand-crafted wines from traditional small-estate wineries. These Mosel wines represent the true essence of terroir that Teutonic wines strive to accomplish in our own wines. Having strong relationships with German producers provides a way to share winemaking techniques that are specific to the Mosel. Teutonic Wine Company also leases a vineyard in the Himmelreich vineyard in the Middle Mosel Valley that was planted in 1955. The wines are made by a local winzer (winemaker) in Zeltinger-Rachtig and imported to the US.
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