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2017 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc

August 13, 2018
Jeff Degner, CSW | Certified Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers

Greywacke has been a dream project for Kevin Judd since the early 90's.  He was the head winemaker for Cloudy Bay but after 25 years he  knew he was ready to move on to his own project.  Greywacke is the name of the gray, round stones that are located throughout New Zealand and are what inspired the name of Kevin's winery.  A lot of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs can smell of grass and gooseberry.  In fact, during a  blind tasting…

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2017 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc

Country

New Zealand

Region

Marlborough

Alcohol Percentage

13%

Aging Container

Stainless Steel

Soil

A blend of young alluvial soils with older and denser clay-loams

Service Temperature

45° F

Drinking Window

Now thru 2022

Pairing

Pan-Seared Tilapia With Garlic, Herbs and Lemon

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2015 Birichino, Jurassic Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley

Jeff Degner, CSW | Certified Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers

Birichino has only been around for 10 years but they have made a very reputable name in that short period of time.  Alex Krause and John Locke decided early on through their wine making all around the world that they would focus on those varietals that they loved and not necessarily the popular ones planted in California.  They are known for their big reds like Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault but I have always loved their Chenin Blanc.  Chenin Blanc is…

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2015 Birichino, Jurassic Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley

Country

United States

Region

Santa Barbara County

Alcohol Percentage

13%

Aging Container

2/3 stainless steel and 1/3 neutral French oak barrels for 5 months

Soil

Calcareous Soil

Service Temperature

52° F

Drinking Window

Now thru 2022

Pairing

Raw Oysters

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2016 Domaine Vrignaud Chablis

Jeff Degner, CSW | Certified Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers

For 5 generations the Vrignaud family have been making some outstanding Chardonnay from Chablis and in 1955 they decided to plant grapes near the village of Fontenay-près-Chablis to continue this tradition.  With Burgundy prices always on the rise it is nice to find steals under $30.  2016 was a difficult vintage with the late Spring frost and the hail storms in May.  Most wineries reported their smallest crops in 20-30 years but the sectors that were not damaged by the…

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2016 Domaine Vrignaud Chablis

Country

France

Region

Burgundy

Alcohol Percentage

12.5%

Aging Container

Aged on its lees for 8 months in stainless steel casks

Soil

Kimmeridgian soil

Service Temperature

46° F

Drinking Window

Now thru 2023

Pairing

Dungeness Crab Cakes

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2016 Bucci Verdicchio Classico Superiore dei Castelli di Jesi

Jeff Degner, CSW | Certified Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers

If you look at a map of Italy, the Le Marche region is the mid-calf area of the boot.  The Bucci family have been making wine in Le Marche for over 300 years.  The Verdicchio grape is the most important and most planted varietal of that region and the Bucci family is synonymous with that grape.  Ampelio Bucci will use newer techniques while maintaining the family's historical presence in each bottle.  The wine is a pale straw color with hints…

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2016 Bucci Verdicchio Classico Superiore dei Castelli di Jesi

Country

Italy

Region

Marche

Alcohol Percentage

13.5%

Aging Container

Large used oak barrels for 4 month

Soil

Calcareous clay soil

Service Temperature

54° F

Drinking Window

Now thru 2025

Pairing

Pasta Salad with Shrimp

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Past Offers

2016 Hartford Russian River Old Vine Zinfandel

Hartford winery is generally known for its Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays but Don Hartford has always loved his Zinfandel.  So it was no surprise when Wine Spectator put his 2014 Old Vine Zin as the #10 wine of the year in 2016 and his 2015 Zin as #21 the following year.  Most of the vineyards that he uses for the old vine Zin are 80-100 years old and therefore speak not only of the varietal but also the history of the soil that they are planted in. 

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2014 Inglenook “1882” Rubicon Estates Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

1882 is a perfect example of how you can make a great wine and honor the history of the winery with each bottle.  When Francis Ford Coppola purchased the Inglenook vineyard and name, he strived to not only maintain the quality of wine that the vineyard was known for, but to pay his respects to Gustave Niebaum, the original owner.  How can your Dad not love this wine? 

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2012 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a region with a long and complicated history.  It is located at the southern most point of the Rhone Valley of France and from 1309 to 1378 Catholic Popes called this region home.  Eventually, the Papacy returned to Vatican City but not before making its mark on France, especially in the wine industry.  There were 8 Popes during those 69 years, but it was Pope John XII who had the most impact. 

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2010 Vieux Chateau Mazerat, St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France

In  1996 Jonathan Maltus started to source some of the grapes from the Mazerat sector in the St. Emilion area of Bordeaux.  It wasn’t until 2008 that he purchased the entire area and produced the first vintage of Vieux Chateau Mazerat.  He was already making the legendary wine called Le Dome from the same vineyard prior to 2008, so it was a foregone conclusion that this would become world class as well. 

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2017 Terlan Lagrein Rosé

Alto Adige is a region that is nestled in the northern part of Italy just under Austria.  This area of Italy is known for high quality Pinot Grigio but it also has a cool red varietal called Lagrein that is amazing.  Lagrein has been around since 1500 AD but a majority of the plantings are in Alto Adige.  It never really caught the attention of winemakers outside of the Alto Adige region but those wineries that do produce it make an exciting and diverse wine. 

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2017 Château D’Aquéria Tavel Rosé

Tavel is a region in the Rhone Valley that is dedicated to only making Rosé wines. The Rhone Valley is generally known for world class red and white wines that are made to be cellared to allow for the wines to slowly develop.  How this benefits the Tavel region is that most of those outstanding grapes are also planted in their fertile soils and can make for heavy bodied Rosés that can also be cellared and enjoyed over time. 

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2017 Maison Noir Wines Love Drunk Rosé

Andre Hueston Mack’s career in the wine world started pretty innocently here in San Antonio.  He fell in love with wine and wanted to share that experience with others so he started working as a Sommelier.  It was during this time that he won the title of Best Young Sommelier in America by the Châine des Rôtisseurs (the worlds largest and most prestigious Food and Wine Society). 

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2017 Fabre en Provence, Côtes de Provence

The Fabre family have been making wine in Provence for 17 generations.  And when you have been making wine for that long you have access to some outstanding vineyards and fruit.  While it may not be as recognizable here in the states this is one of the best wines coming from Provence.  Provence is such an ideal region for Rosé because the coastal weather influence really allows the grapes to ripen to a perfect level and create a beautiful balance of acidity and fruit. 

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2014 Gary Farrell, Olivet Lane Chardonnay

Gary Farrell was a pioneer in wine making for Sonoma in the late 1970s.  Along with Davis Bynum, and Joe Rochioli, he was instrumental in showcasing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Russian River AVA.  Gary released his first wine in 1982 to high critical acclaim and created a benchmark for the other wineries in the Russian River.

In 1975 Pellegrini’s Olivet Lane Vineyard was planted with the Wente clone of Chardonnay. 

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