Backyard Bottles Sipper Pack and More from Flor Wines
Congratulations Oregonians, you’ve survived a “double winter” and have earned the sunshine that’s finally here. This season for us means lots of time spent on porches and backyards and it’s with this scenario in mind that we’ve curated the following Backyard Bottles Sipper Pack. While we have our reliable go-to, thirst-quenching regions such as Muscadet, Mosel, and Galicia, the following pack provides an excellent opportunity to discover both new and familiar wines. Refreshment comes in all styles, so we’ve selected everything from bubbles to orange wines for you to enjoy.
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BRUT ROSÉ – Languedoc, France Impressions: Seductive notes of fresh strawberries, raspberry compote and hints of hibiscus. The bubbles are delicate, energetic and hover over a juicy-creamy texture. Finishes, crisp and refreshing with ending notes of wet rocks, and chalk.
2020 Maria Galassi ‘La Signora’ Albana – Emilia-Romagna, Italy Impressions: A classic example of Albana with subtle notes of dried apricots, spiced pears, and almond blossoms evolving from the glass. The acid is rounded and complements its delicate mineral-forward profile. Exit notes of white flowers, and honeydew melon linger over a crisp, refreshing and slightly savory finish.
2018 Ferlat ‘No Land Vineyard’ Bianco – Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Impressions: Skin Contact/Orange Wines can be polarizing, but they can also be highly crushable. Orange blossoms, persimmons and gardenias greet you from the glass. The texture is linear and mineral forward with a juicy/slightly oily feel. Finishes crisp and herbal with a mouthwatering acidity that refreshes the palate.
2020 Domaine Brazilier ‘Tradition’ Rosé – Loire Valley, France Impressions: Pineau d’Aunis is one of the most charming red varietals in the Loire Valley and it’s a grape that we always think about in the summer. Lovely aromas of underripe strawberry, rhubarb and pea tendrils entice from the glass. A racy acid backbone effortlessly sways a mineral-rich juicy texture towards a refreshing and bone dry finish.
2020 Calabretta ‘Gaio Gaio’ Rosso – Sicily, Italy Impressions: ‘Gaio Gaio’ shows off Mount Etna’s quaffable and charming side while staying true to its distinct mineral character. High toned notes of red cherries, and strawberry compote hover over earthier tones of forest floor, mushrooms and cinder. Juicy, lean profile with minimal tannins and a smoky, slightly salty finish. Best served with a slight chill.
2017 Ruby Vineyard Laurelwood Blend – Chehalem Mountains, Oregon Impressions: This is an expressive example of Oregon Pinot Noir displaying subtle earthy nuances thanks to the time it has spent in bottle. Gorgeous aromas of ripe black cherries are balanced by notes of cinnamon, clove, pink peppercorns and truffles. The palate is silky, with a vibrant acidity that descends on subtle and integrated dusty tannins. Finishes fruity and spicy with hints of incense and iron.
Exploring a wine region can easily lead you straight down various rabbit holes along the way. With so many variables to consider: soil types, vineyard exposition, and winemaking techniques to name just a few, it can be quite difficult to grasp an understanding of a region, let alone to develop an opinion about your favorite styles or producers within it. The current releases from Jose Antonio García (JAG) accomplish this monumental task of capturing the essence of both Bierzo and Mencía through a single lineup that we are excited to share with you in this educational (and tasty) 3 pack offering.
Jose Antonio and his wife Julia represent the new generation of winemakers that are both shaping and defining the modern terroir-driven wines of Bierzo. Located in the Castilla Y Leon wine region of Spain, the Bierzo is a unique, mineral-rich mountainous terrain that beautifully captures the many shades of Mencía. Each of these wines brilliantly showcases not only the 100+ year old average vines that they’re working with, but also the diversity of soil types found within this complex terroir. These bottles are extremely limited and today’s 3 pack offering provides an excellent opportunity at discovering these truly captivating wines from a winery destined to become the benchmark for the region.