Gran Gesta ‘Brut Reserve’ / Macabeo, Xarello, Parellada / Cava, Spain $10 gls / $39 btl
Elegant Cava with extraordinary flavors of apple, pear and a touch of citrus.
R. Dumont & Fils ‘Brut NV’ / Pinot Noir, Chardonnay / Champagne, France $75 btl
The Dumont Brut NV is a blend of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay. The grapes from their vineyard have qualities that seem less aggressive and more sumptuous than those from the northern districts. In addition, vinification of whole berries at low temperatures enhances this quality of soft elegance. The NV is a blend of vintages typically between two and five years old. It is aged for two years on the lees before disgorgement.
Yves Ruffin ‘Extra-Brut Premier Cru’ / Chardonnay, Pinot Noir / Champagne, France $111 btl
This wine comes from grapes that have been hand-harvested and wild-yeast fermented in aged oak. It has a slight dosage of 2 grams, and is a blend of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 vintages. Light yet crisp and with a beautiful mouthfeel, it’s a gorgeous bottle of bubbly. Matured in acacia vats and composed of 20% Pinot Noir, 80% Chardonnay. Atypical because of its polish from wood aging for the base wine yet the wine is quite dry.
Folk Machine ‘White Light’ / Muscat, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Tocai Friulano, Verdelho, Gewurztraminer / Cali
12.5% / 6oz / $11 (On Draft)
White Light was inspired by a trip to the vortexes of Sedona, Arizona, but maybe a little Velvet Underground too. I’m not that much into New Age thinking, but tell me something will feel good and I’m a believer. The 5th vintage of White Light continues to be fun, easy drinking, and summery. Kenny’s goals have stayed the same – bottle something fresh with acid and some mineral and retain that sort of salty, briny character that the Tocai Friulano has, but tone it down with the fruit and aromatics of Riesling and Verdelho. This is pretty much what you will find in the bottle with added leaness from the Sauvignon Blanc. Nose shows a light orange blossom, stone fruits, lime, and a light minerality. The palate has some texture with good acid, and flavors towards orange peel, lime zest, and just there minerality.
Folk Machine ‘Central Coast’ / Pinot Noir / Cali
12.5% / 6oz / $12 (On Draft)
The Hobo Wine Company is the brainchild, side job, menace to the wine industry, hedged bet, cash strain, mental anguish, late night musing, bruised hands, dirty t-shirts, and constant companion of Kenny Likitprakong. Despite knowing better, he started his own label in 2002 with the simple idea to have some good fun. The Folk Machine Pinot Noir is always fairly light weight and light in color with relaxed tannins and medium acid. 2019 is consistent with the past few vintages and with what we expect from this wine. It is a very lively and an easy wine to serve with most foods. Keep expecting a fun Pinot that is elegant, pretty, and drinkable. Though light in color due to no attempt to extract or over manipulate, the wine does not lack for flavor or body, but rather shows the silky more subtle side of the variety. Drink often, pair with anything (seriously.)
ANXO Cidery ‘Cidre Blanc’ / Washington, DC
6.9% / 12oz / $8 (On Draft)
Their flagship cider featuring GoldRush apples sourced directly from farmers within 150 miles of ANXO.