This Thursday’s free tasting features great wines from some great wine-makers, both up and coming as well as established.
There’s often a certain cachet associated with wines from a certain country, region or village, and while we agree that terroir and climate are very important factors, sometimes it is just as important (or more important) to have a skilled hand at the helm who knows what to do (or what not to do) to a wine to enhance it and elicit its greatest possible potential.
Thursday’s flight of wines shows four different individual winemakers, working with different varietals in different regions and perhaps the only thing they all have in common is skill, passion and a deep understanding of what makes a great wine. We will be pouring the following four wines from 5 to 8 PM, so make your way over to Oak and Barrel and taste the quality, skill and art of great winemaking firsthand.
Yohan Lardy Moulin-a-Vent VV 1903 ($32.99): Sometimes, greatness in wine-making is apparent in a vigneron from an early age. As with Eva Fricke, the (and we don’t use this word lightly) genius of Yohan Lardy is glaringly apparent, perhaps despite his age. His respect for the land, the raw materials and traditions shines through in every wine, perhaps none moreso than this cuvee of Gamay vines planted over a century ago in a single vineyard. Bright and Juicy but imbued with an ineffable gravitas and elegance. One of the best in class for this region of Beaujolais.
Domaine de la Terre Rouge Cotes a l’Ouest Syrah ($22.99): From young guns to seasoned vets, we visit the wines of Bill Easton, who has been doing his thing in Amador county for over thirty years. A pioneer of Rhone varietals in California, the Terre Rouge wines blend grapes grown at the highest altitude vineyards in his holdings (3200′) with those from more modest elevations for a balance and finesse not often found in California wines this big, at this price point. Ripe and generous, but balanced and informed by restraint, this wine shows Mr. Easton’s skill definitively.