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.
Fleury ‘Blanc de Noir Brut’ / Pinot Noir / Champagne, France $135 btl
This is a real-deal Champagne from Courteron, a village in the Aube department of Champagne, closer to Chablis than the city of Reims! Their methods are as Burgundian as their location. They practice biodynamic farming, which is the strictest form of organic viticulture. The assemblage of several Pinot Noir vines from different years results in a very expressive and intense Champagne. Fruity and delicate, this elegant and long-lasting Champagne is classic, smooth and quite rich in style. Mr. Fleury’s obsession with quality shows through in the wine; it is the most exciting all-Pinot Noir blanc de noirs in our stock. The dosage is very low–one of the driest Champagnes we have–with a wonderful black-cherry-fruit quality that reminds us that it is all Pinot! It is long and refreshing and very well balanced.
Anchor & Hope ‘Pinot Gris’ / Pinot Gris / Oregon & Rhode Island $10 gls / On Draft!
Grown in the cool climate of the stunning Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon, this unique wine is both bright and rustic. Citrus leads into secondary flavors of almonds and a hint of smoke. Fermentation on the skins extracts a deep color and a little extra grip on the palate. Farmed by their dear friend Jason Cole, and barrel aged for 12 months at their winery in Rhode Island.
Anchor & Hope ‘Pinot Noir’ / Pinot Noir / Oregon & Rhode Island $12 gls On Draft!
This Pinot Noir is complex and expressive on the nose with aromas of cherries, savory notes and a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is rich with tannins and has a long, dry finish. Whole cluster, stainless steel fermentation on oak staves imparts a carbonic influence to the style. This wine comes from an organic vineyard. Barrel aged for 9 months at their winery in Rhode Island.
ANXO Cidery ‘Nevertheless’ / Washington, DC
6.9% / 12oz / $8
Vermont & Pennsylvania apples fermented by ANXO with native yeasts in stainless tanks. Released in March to celebrate women cidermakers during Women’s History Month. A portion of the proceeds to be donated to women’s health initiatives. Collaboration with Eden Ciders.