July 2016 RESERVE WINE PAIRINGS
$135 PER GUEST
MV Louis Roederer Champagne, Brut Premier, Montagne de Reims, France
Pairing Notes: This grower Champagne from their Premier Cru classified vineyards is comprised of about forty percent Pinot Noir, forty percent Chardonnay, and twenty percent Pinot Meunier. Striking a perfect balance between youthfulness and maturity, seduction and character, freshness and vinosity, Brut Premier is a champagne that is harmonious and structured, elegant and lively, with a unique exuberancy.
2013 Château de la Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Rhone Valley, France
Pairing Notes: This wine features a pleasant pale tint with greenish glints. The nose is intense with white peach and grapefruit tones and a touch of blackcurrant. Wonderfully crisp in the mouth and very smooth. A wine that shows a freshness, roundness and fruitiness with a good length and hints of citrus and violet.
2014 Wieninger Blanc, Gemischter Satz Nußberg, Vienna, Austria
Pairing Notes: This wine is grown just above downtown Vienna and represents a style that is “Vienna in a glass.” The dish is a complex one and so is the wine. The bouquet is redolent of lemons and pineapples, with a good balance of fruit, acid, and a lingering mineral component. It has a good juicy mouthfeel that will complement the scallops and also tame the mild heat of the dish.
1970 Bodegas Alavesas Tempranillo Gran Reserva, Rioja, Spain
Pairing Notes: A majestic wine – a true gem that deserves a special dish. This aged Rioja still has great fruit and an awesome complexity that is unique to Tempranillo. Soft nuances of cherries, red plum, and laurel coat the glass. The wine offers some nice herbal notes with classic tobacco and patchouli. The flavor profile will lend itself beautifully to the richness of the duck and the bean sauce.
2013 Purple Angel Carmenere, Colchagua Valley, Chile
Pairing Notes: Referred to by the locals as the “Jurassic” grape that nearly went extinct in Bordeaux, Carmenere has found a new home in Chile, where they treat it like royalty. Seductive notes of blackberry, black plum, and black currants cover the glass in a velvety way. The rich fruit profile will complement the squash gratin and the sweet tomato jam. The tannins are plush and full of life, holding nothing back – the perfect match for a Rib Eye!
2015 Gunderloch Messidor Beernauslese, Rheinessen, Germany
Pairing Notes: Since summer is an especially hot one this year, the dessert wine has to be fresh and not overbearingly sweet. The profile of this treasure is all about stone fruits, with flavors of white peaches, white nectarines, and apricot blossoms. Zesty lemon sorbet on the finish of this dessert wine is perfectly bracing when taking a bite of our peach pie with caramel vanilla ice cream.