Autumn Sipper Pack + 15% Off All Skin Contact/Orange Wines
Autumn is finally here and showing off its beautiful colors. We love this time of year with its brisk mornings, sidewalks adorned with leaves, and the smell of the first rains over dried pavement. This time of year has us feeling many things: celebratory, reflective and slightly chilly. As such, we have assembled the following sipper pack that embodies these sentiments and pairs well with the richer dishes that we are beginning to crave.
2018 Domaine Ogereau ‘Brut de Schistes’ Crémant de Loire – Loire Valley, France Impressions: If ‘Brut de Schistes’ seems familiar, it’s because we’ve been buying this wine ever since it’s been available in PDX. Gorgeous notes of stone fruit, meyer lemon, sourdough, and sea breeze evolve from the glass. The palate has a racy acidity with compact bubbles that form a gentle mousse. The finish is crisp, dry and savory with hints of white flowers and almonds. Seriously good bubbly.
2021 La Caña Rías Baixas Albariño – Galicia, Spain Impressions: La Caña has been overdelivering on their flagship Albariño for decades now. Lovely notes of red apples, bosc pears, almond blossoms and dried herbs leap from the glass. The palate displays a lively tension between its energetic acidity and mineral-forward juicy texture. The finish is lengthy and crisp, leaving behind a nuanced salinity.
2020 Failoni Verdicchio deil Castelli di Jesi Superiore – Marche, Italy Impressions: You’d be hard pressed to find more bang for your buck than Verdicchio. Failoni provides a textbook example that opens with notes of lemon peel, dried pineapple, rosemary, sage and honey. The acidity is thriving and introduces a juicy/waxy texture that leans into a dry, herbal and salty finish with hints of gardenias and honeydew melon. Excels with seafood and creamy vegetarian dishes.
2021 Vineyard Project 004 Gober & Freinbichler Blaufränkisch- Burgenland, Austria Impressions: An explosive Blaufränkisch that seduces from the moment the cork is pulled. Highly aromatic with notes of blackberries, violets, black peppercorns and cinder. A fresh and vibrant acidity easily sways a silky, mineral-driven texture towards a slight tannic bite. Finishes peppery and smoky with an understated salinity.
2019 Castello del Trebbio Chianti Superiore – Tuscany, Italy Impressions: A perfect introduction to Autumn, this Tuscan gem reflects the bright side of Sangiovese while retaining enough structure for warmth on slightly chilly nights. Aromas lead with ripe red cherries, red currants, dried thyme, iron and graphite. Medium bodied with a juicy profile that descends towards mild, velvety tannins. Finishes fruity, herbal and slightly earthy making it an ideal pairing for grilled meats and tomato-based sauces.
2017 Robert Perraud ‘Pollen’ Brouilly – Beaujolais, France Impressions: A serious Cru Beaujolais entering its prime drinking window. Alluring notes of blueberries, cherry liqueur, violets and pencil shavings. A silky, mineral-rich texture steals the show before the trhriving acidity descends on a mild tanninc bite. A lengthy fruity, earthy and spicy finish well equipped for multiple food pairing possiblities.