This week was a busy one.
It’s coined in the industry as OND (October, November, and December). The busiest time of the year. The Holidays. A time for celebration. People are spending money on restaurants, good wines, and good times. The focus of the bag is largely dictated by the accounts I see, and this week it was all about red, red wine. Red wines to pour by the glass. Red wines to add to reserve bottle lists. In the name of bag balance (this is a thing), I threw in a bottle of riesling.
Wine: Brooks Willamette Valley Riesling 2013
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
There’s nothing to dislike about this. This is not your typical riesling. Snappy aromas of petrol, lemon peel, granny smith apple. Unapologetically dry and acid driven. Really tart and refreshing.
Wine: Thevenet et Fils Bourgogne Bussières “Les Clos” Rouge 2014
Grapes: Pinot Noir
Region: Burgundy, France
The Thevenet brothers are famous for Chardonnay. I really enjoy most of their offerings. This red is bright cherry, rose petal, and really light and fresh. I really like this wine, and the price makes it an attractive affordable bottle on wine lists.
Wine: Grochau Cellars Gamay Noir
Region: Willamette Valley, Eola Amity Hills, Oregon
I’m in love with this wine. I love Gamay. I love Beaujolais. This is super bright, fresh, and fun. The aromas were so expressive, we’re talking methylated cherry, rose petal, and damp forest floor. It’s interesting, bordering on being geeky. One of my personal favorites.
Wine: De Forville Barbaresco 2012
Region: Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
I love Nebbiolo and this wine totally delivers what I expect from the grape. Super traditional. Aromatically complex with rose petals, cherries, tar, licorice, violets, mushrooms. Serious tannins and acidity. Needs food. Fatty, animal foods. If you were planning to enjoy this wine at home I would open it the night before.
Wine: Tres Sabores Por Que No Red Wine Blend
Grapes: 58% Zinfandel, 31% Petite Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot
Region: Napa Valley, California
This is a Zinfandel based blend, but with structure, complexity, and good acidity. Rich and spicy. A great fall and winter option.