Tasting notes, Saturday, July 29; Loire Valley

                    Loire Valley 

2021 Domaine Vinet Domaine de la Quilla
$16.99 / Case Price $13.60
Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine / France
100% Melon de Bourgogne
Crisp and salty, with just a touch of yeasty lees, this remarkably complex white offers minerality and crunchy orchard fruit characteristics. The Vinet family has owned the venerable Domaine de la Quilla since 1948.
2022 Cazin Cheverny Blanc
$22.99 / Case Price $18.40 
Cheverny / Loire Valley / France
80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Chardonnay
Francois Cazin’s Cheverny is a classic example of this eastern Loire appellation. Leading with citrus inflected Sauvignon fruit, the 2022 is nicely rounded off by the small addition of Chardonnay in the blend.
2018 Pinon Sec
$27.99 / Case Price $22.40
Vouvray / Loire Valley / France
100% Chenin Blanc
The 2018 Pinon Sec possesses very low residual sugar and showcases pear and lemon flavors in perfect balance. The broad, concentrated texture and crisp acids of this wine ensure that it will continue to delight over a number of years.
2022 Domaine Hauts Baigneux La Surprise
$19.99 / Case Price $16
Touraine-Azay-Rideau / Loire Valley / France
70% Grolleau, 15% Gamay, 15% Cot
Named for the vineyard from which it emanates, “La Surprise” offers aromas of lilac and peach along with a round, plush texture ideally suited to showcase the wine’s snappy, red currant flavors.
2021 Domaine Serol Eclats
$25.99 / Case Price $20.80
Côte Roannaise, Loire / France
Sourced from 30-year-old vines planted in the granite soils of Côte Roannaise, just west of Beaujolais, this fascinating Gamay is aged for 11 months in neutral cask.
2016 Olga Raffault Picasses Rouge
$34.99 / Case Price $28
Chinon / Loire Valley / France
100% Cabernet Franc
The clay/limestone banks of the Vienne river are home to some of the finest expressions of the Cabernet Franc varietal. The descendants of Olga Raffault produce their classic Chinon here – energetic and concentrated.