posted on August 27, 2015
A long weekend gave me a chance to slow down and visit with two new releases - one a new vintage, and the other a "new" region for us here.
The first was the riveting L'Orée de la Berterie 2014
from Sébastien Cornille's tiny Domaine de la Roche Bleue. I love this wine for all the memories Loire Valley Chenin grown in limestone-rich tuffeaux brings.
Sébastien's wines are much more consistent than those which first made me pay attention to these fascinating wines. Sort of like old memories amplified. His wines grow in an area north of Vouvray (among the most familiar appellations), and rarely reach the sweetness associated with moelleux
(the racy sweet wines of the Loire). But they are intensely aromatic and full - and in this release, bone dry.
It was perfect with the king salmon laced with a sauce of pernod, lemon, cream and herbs.
The second wine almost breaks my heart. On my last visit to Italy I was less than five miles from Cristina Inganni's small Azienda Agricola Cantrina,
and I wasn't at all familiar with the wines of the region.
The (declared in 2011) D.O.C., Valténesi surrounds an area near Salò on the western banks of Lake Garda. This region was known for wines produced from the local grape called Gropello. If you're familiar with Corvina-based wines such as Bardolino and Valpolicella you might find some similarities in Gropello.Cristina produces a wonderfully focused red
- laced with exotic spice aromatics and gentle with the tannins - from Gropello. I can't imagine a better pairing for the grilled veal chops which were paired with a salad of fresh beans and tomatoes from Savoie Farms
(you'll find them at the Collingswood Farmer's Market, and the Headhouse Market - great people with beautiful produce).
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