As we roll into a new year at The Chopping Block, we have lots of exciting changes planned. Granted some are a little more exciting than others (stay tuned for a big announcement in the coming week), but I always look forward to the release of new wine vintages. Due to the limited space on our list, every time we bring on new wines, we have to say goodbye to others.
Some of my favorite bottles to go are the Hedges Red Mountain DLD 2011, Foxen Pinot Noir 2010, and Fiddlehead Happy Canyon 2011. While I would like to keep them all for myself, I think my wife might have an issue with that much wine in the house. So, we are offering these wines, along with a few others, at 15% off while supplies last.
The new additions include a dry Riesling from Ravines Winery in upstate New York. Finished in a completely dry style, this aromatic wine has notes of white flowers and orchard fruit with a vibrant acidity that pairs with richer seafood dishes.
What would a winter wine list be without Burgundian Chardonnay? Not very exciting, that’s what. With supply running out of the St. Veran “Champ Rond”, the Gilles Morat Pouilly-Fuissé was the perfect addition. Rich notes of peaches and white flower are balanced by spice and mineral notes, resulting in a balanced wine that can be enjoyed over the next few years. Since there is no new oak used in the fermentation and aging of this Chardonnay, it maintains a freshness and finesse that goes better with seafood, especially shellfish, than some of the richer sauces normally associated with Chardonnay.
To balance out the new white wines, we need some new interesting reds. The 2011 Domaine Vincent Prunier and the 2011 L’Ecole Merlot were the perfect fit for the gaps in our list. The Domaine Vincent Prunier is classic French Pinot Noir, light in body with cherry, raspberry and earthy notes. Balance acidity and tannins make this the perfect matc for everything from roast duck to beef stew.
Lastly, the L’Ecole Merlot, a great full bodied wine with notes of dark cherry, blackberry and cola. Hailing from the Columbia Valley in Washington, this cool climate version of Merlot shows more acidity and tannins than a warm climate version that tends to be more fruit forward, sometimes even being mistaken for Cabernet Sauvigon. Merlot is most famous as a blending grape in Bordeaux, but is planted to some degree in most of the world’s wine producing regions, and while the movie Sideways might have affected people perception of Merlot, some of the most sought after wines in the world, St. Emilion, Pomeral and Fronsac are all primarily Merlot, with other grapes used to finish the blend.
Stop by and grab one of these new additions or take advantage of our end of vintage sales. Either way, have a happy holiday and a joyous new year.
After the movie Sideways came out, Merlot sales didn’t actually drop. Pinot Noir sales increased so much, that it gave the appearance the Merlot had dropped off.