Tasting notes, Summer fling; August 26, 2023

                     Summer Flings

2021 Coulaudin-Bussy Vieilles Vignes
$37.99 / Case Price $30.40
Milly / Chablis / France
100% Chardonnay
A wine usually intended for extended cellaring, the warm, sunny conditions of the 2021 growing season have allowed this well proportioned Chardonnay to present a wealth of youthfully exuberant fruit and honey notions – though with time more minerality will appear.
2022 Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc
$19.99 / Case Price $16
Solano & Napa / California / US
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Warm climate Sauvignon Blanc brimming with ripe tropical fruit and a hint of herbaceousness, the Emmolo is at once bold and generous. Part of the larger Caymus/Wagner empire, this bottling is mostly sourced from inland vineyards.
2022 Corne-Loup
Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc
$14.99 / Case Price $12
Tavel / Rhône Valley / France
50% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette, 15% Roussanne, 15% Viognier
Located in the village of Tavel, Corne-Loup is so named for the horn that alerted the townspeople to approaching wolves. At less than 100 acres, this tiny Domaine produces white from just 1% of their holdings.
2022 Stehelin Gigondas Rosé
$35.99 / Case Price $28.80
Gigondas / Côtes-du-Rhône Villages / France
50% Cinsault, 25% Clairette, 25% Grenache
Sourced from clay/limestone soils, the fruit for this intriguing Rosé is fermented in stainless steel with malolactic fermentation blocked in order to retain vibrancy. Gigondas Rosé is rare, but when it is this good it is worth seeking out.
2015 Lopez de Heredia Cubillo Crianza
$29.99 / Case Price $24
Rioja Alta / Rioja / Spain
67% Tempranillo, 16% Garnacha, 8% Graciano, 8% Mazuelo
The Cubillo site sits at 410 meters above sea level and features a mixture of clay and limestone soils. The vines are 40 years of age and the wine is Crianza in name only. It is truly of Gran Reserva quality.
2021 Caymus Walking Fool
On Sale for $24.99
Suisun Valley / California
Zinfandel, Petite Sirah
The Suisun Valley is located east of the Wagner (Caymus) family’s Napa outpost. The Walking Fool celebrates the fertile soils of its somewhat far-flung home and also pays homage to Jenny Wagner’s grandfather, Johannes, known as a “jolly Dutchman”.