3 Bottles of Le Champ des Etoiles
Handiwork of the talented Mark Hoddy – made in the image of top-notch Burgundy, but with a southern French twist (i.e. a succulent ripeness that keeps you coming back for more). And this fresh release, sporting a silver medal from the 2016 International Wine Guide Awards, may be the finest yet, and “quality is considered to be very promising” for southern France’s 2015s, writes top critic and Master of Wine Jancis Robinson.
While on the hunt for just the right Pinot fruit for this special cuvée, Mark stumbled upon Torquebiau – a tiny vineyard in the Coteaux du Languedoc, close to the phenomenal Mas de Daumas Gassac estate. After Mark’s kid-glove treatment in the winery, the wine bursts with Pinot Noir’s characteristic red fruit aromas and flavors and signature silky texture. Look for ripe strawberry and red currant notes on the nose, with hints of sweet spice. Juicy raspberry and cherry unfold on the palate, with a refreshing finish.
In Burgundy, the classic match for Pinot would be boeuf bourguignon, a traditional red wine and beef stew. In the Languedoc, they love to hunt, so the locals would sip it with juicy venison or boar dishes. It’s also tasty with meatier fish like salmon.
Hurry for your share of this delicious, Burgundy-style Pinot.
3 Bottles of Saints and Zinners
This sinfully delicious Zinfandel comes from talented winemaker Aaron Mercer and the renowned Miller family, owners of the legendary Bien Nacido vineyard and prime sites throughout the Central Coast. Made exclusively for you, Saints and Zinners (winner of a coveted gold medal at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition) pays tribute to California’s ‘holy coast’ – with its many missions and a congregation of saints from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz – and Zinfandel, the wicked grape that’s never truly tamed.
Aaron crafted Saints and Zinners with premium fruit from the Miller family’s top Paso Robles vineyards. Paso and Zin have a long history – the grape has been grown here since the 1880s – and 2014 is one of the best years the region has seen. The Wine Advocate raves “this is another outstanding vintage (in a string of outstanding vintages) for Paso Robles. The wines are plush, concentrated and full-bodied, with a huge core of fruit and lots to love.”
Look forward to enticing aromas of spicy clove, vanilla and rich black fruit. The flavors follow on with ripe plum and juicy blackberry – as our California expert says, it’s “berry temptation in a glass.”