Tasting notes, May 21, 2022; Wines for Oysters, among others…

 Oysters Outside                

NV Amirault
Cremant de Loire Brut Quarterons
Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil / Loire Valley / France
100% Chenin Blanc
Traditional method sparkling wine from Chenin grown all over the Anjou region, the Quarterons spends 18 months on its fine lees prior to disgorgement. 
2021 Nortico
Moncao / Minho / Portugal
100% Alvarinho
The southern banks of the Minho river reside in northern Portugal and are home to a number of tiny plots of Alvarinho vines. From these old “jardins” this crisp, mineral driven white is born.
2019 Louis Michel 
Petit Chablis
Chablis / France
100% Chardonnay
One of the benchmark producers of Chablis, the Michel domaine possesses an impressive array of fine vineyard sites from Grand Cru down the line to this fresh, youthful Petit Chablis.
2020 Villa Bucci
Castello di Jesi / Marche / Italy
100% Verdicchio
The Bucci family organically farms over 70 acres of prime vineyards in the Jesi area. These vines here are roughly 50 years of age and bear deliciously nutty Verdicchio grapes. 
2020 Trefethen
Riesling Dry
Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley / California / US
100% Riesling
Trefethen’s main ranch vineyard site provides the fruit for this generously textured, dry Riesling. Lemon, lime and subtle ginger aromas and flavors run this show. 

Bodegas y Vinedos Artadi                

NV Ah-So!
Bubbles (250mL)
$17.99 per 4pk
Navarra / Spain
100% Garnacha Blanca
Created from organic, estate grown fruit and canned at the winery, the Lacalle family of Artadi fashions this fun, versatile white in collaboration with wine industry veterans from Colorado.
NV Ah-So!
Rose (250mL)
$17.99 per 4pk
Navarra / Spain
100% Garnacha
Still and absent of any residual sugar, this is a freshly styled, beautifully made Rose that happens to come in a can. Perfect for the pool, the beach, or any glass free circumstance.
2017 Artadi 
Vinas de Gain Blanco
Laguardia / Alava / Spain
100% Viura
Barrel fermented and then transferred to stainless steel tanks for two years of refinement on its fine lees, the Gain Blanco is a honeyed, mature white.
2018 Artadi
Vinas de Gain Tinto
Laguardia / Alava / Spain
100% Tempranillo 
Though not labeled as such, the Vinas de Gain Tinto is created from parcels located throughout the Rioja Alavesa. A classic modern Rioja, right down to refusing to use the regional designations or classifications.
2018 Artazu
Pasos de San Martin
San Martin / Navarra / Spain
100% Garnacha
Sourced from vineyards planted at 600 meters elevation, the Pasos San Martin is aged for 12 months in 500L French oak barrels. The wine possesses a pleasing balance of density and energy.