2015 Weingut Oekonomierat J. Geil Bechtheimer Heilig Kreuz Scheurebe Kabinett
Starting off the week with an off-dry German wine. Sweet white peaches, nectarines, a hint of honeysuckle, white flowers, and wet stone on the nose. Nectarines and peaches on the palate with a hint of honey, sweet lemon, and stony minerality on the finish.
2008 Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG
Opening Christmas season with this wine from one of the oldest wineries in Montefalco DOCG. “Scacciadiavoli” literally means “to cast out the devil” and this winery apparently got its name from a reclusive Shaman who was known for using the local wine during his exorcisms. My humans just use this wine to deal with me on Mondays after holidays. Big and bold on the nose with plums, cherries, blackberries, leather, deep wood, and aged balsamic. Dark cherries and dark plums on the palate with dark tea tannins, leather, and wood. You can definitely get a sense of the alcohol. This wine makes you want to grab a bite of italian cured meat, or perhaps a filleto al tartufo (steak with truffles).
Montefalco Sagrantino (Umbria), ITALY
2016 d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne McLaren Vale
Easing into the holiday weekend with an Aussie white. Asian pear, lemon, white flowers, chamomile, and white tea notes on the nose. Similar on the palate with a hint of orange blossom.
McLaren Vale, AUSTRALIA
2016 Domaine Turner Pageot 48 H “L’Existence des Choix”
Happy Monday! Welcoming the week with some adult soda. Strawberries and cherries on the nose. Delicious chewy, gummy, peppered red fruit on the palate. This is just fun to drink. Especially at this price. You should drink it too.
Grenache (80%), Syrah (20%)
2016 Weingut Hajszan Neumann Nussberg Wiener Gemischter Satz
Oh hey there. Enjoying this Wine Wednesday with this biodynamic field blend from Austria. Lemon, white pepper, lime, and prickly pear notes on the nose. Lemon and lime on the palate with nice minerality and a dusting of white pepper.
Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Pinot blanc, Welschriesling, Muskateller
2017 Paul-Henri Thillardon Chénas “Vibrations”
Feeling some good vibrations this Monday with this Bojo on paw. Deeper, darker fruit on the nose with some cherries, strawberries, and a hint of wood mixed in. Super tart on the palate with red fruit and searing acidity.
Beaujolais (Burgundy), FRANCE
2018 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence “Studio by Miraval” Rosé
Gliding into a holiday week with some Provencal rose by Miraval. Apparently this is inspired by a music recording studio that they have on their estate where some bands that you might have heard of (Pink Floyd, AC/DC) have recorded! Peaches, white cherries, stone fruit, lemon, and rose on the nose. Simpler on the palate with peach, cherry, and a hint of strawberry notes.
Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle, Tibouren
Côtes de Provence, FRANCE
2017 Cantine Barbera Tivitti Inzolia Menfi
Rawr. Starting off the week fierce. Baked yellow apples, orange rind, almond paste, and dried apricots on the nose. Similar on the palate where this dances between oxidative and acidic notes.
2015 Domaine Turner Pageot G 230
Yo! Good Grenache is a thing to behold. This stuff just pops in your mouth. Peppered strawberries, cherries, and red licorice notes abound. Bright, bright fruit on this guy. Give it a sip!
Grenache (80%), Mourvèdre (20%)
The Botanist Gin
Oh hello. This is a gin made by Bruichladdich Distillery in Islay, maker of some great single malts! This guy is made with 22 local botanicals (and a few not local)! Starts with classic notes of juniper and citrus with a bit of an oily nose of forest, underbrush, and mint. Oily, nice, and smooth on the palate with juniper, citrus, and woody herbs dancing in your mouth. This is a beautiful gin on its own, in a martini, or in other long drinks like a G&T. Be warned – it’s so perfumed and smooth, you might have more than a few before you know it!