Woodberry Wine’s own Kristen Pennington blogs on our March Featured Wines
When it comes to March in Michigan there are only two things I can predict; East Lansing will be a buzz with MSU basketball and the weather will be wildly unpredictable. You may walk outside in the snow one day only to leave your coat in the car the next because it is too warm with it on. Here at Woodberry Wine we have picked just the wines for this month of madness, wines that go with cold days, warm days, sunny days, rainy days, and those sad snowy days that happen just when you’re hoping it won’t snow again until the end of the year.
Bright, garnet red with purple and gold glints. Aromas of cedar, smoke, spice box, tobacco and blackberry. Fruity with a toasted wood and vanilla aroma. In the mouth it is full, elegant and velvety smooth with good body.
87 points Wine Spectator: “This round red offers cherry, toast and mineral flavors, with well-integrated tannins and just enough acidity for grip. Gentle. Drink now through 2018. 50,000 cases made. –TM”
Beautiful robe with gold reflections, this Riesling is floral, delicate, well-balanced with a dry minerality and elegant bouquet. Recognized as one of the finest white varietals, Rittersberg is best with seafood, including crustaceans, grilled fish, white meats, and especially goat cheese.
The vineyards are included within the Scherwiller Appellation, and run across the rocky slopes of the Rittersberg at the foot of the imposing Château de l’Ortenbourg, which looks down upon these magnificent vineyards.
Lago Red features a beautiful ruby color. The nose reveals an aroma of ripe red fruits with well integrated toasted wood notes revealing rich body and elegance. Full-bodied on the mouth with soft and engaging tannins that result in a rich and complex finish.
Fruit notes such as black currents, strawberries and blackberries and light nuances of toasted vanilla from oak. Straight and round tannins reflecting good balance and structure. The selected grapes were gently pressed and the juice was fermented in stainless steel barrel with controlled temperature. After fermentation, the wine aged in French and American wood for approximately 3 months. Before bottling the wine was filtered and stabilized.
This lovely pale yellow, bright and clear Picpoul is brought to us from Domaine Haut Bridau, part of the Les Viognobles Foncalieu family of wines. It has a fruity and floral nose with hawthorn and lime tree fragrances. Lively and fresh in the mouth, it provides harmonious acidity and roundness. Try as an apertif, with paella, and other seafood dishes.
Known since the 14th century, the Picpoul grape variety (Picpoul de Pinet Appellation of Southern France) has always been synonym of quality. The production is limited to the 1268 hectares of the appellation and makes the Picpoul de Pinet a rare wine.
Stretching along the Thau lagoon to the west of the Mediterranean’s Golfe de Lyon lies the largest white wine producing area in the Languedoc : the Picpoul de Pinet terroir It consists of a triangle bounded by Agde, Pézenas and Sète : a limestone plateau basking in the rising sun covered in highly perfumed garrigue, rows of vines, and scattered pine groves.
The deep loamy soil at Chateau Pegau has a similar geographical profile to others in the surrounding area.
Manual grape harvests, with strict sorting of the bucket both in the tractor and in the dumpster. The grapes are then pressed and kept in stainless steel tanks. The grape juice is cooled for 24 hours and then racked to remove the lees. The temperature is progressively increased for the clean grapes juice to be fermented at 14⁰C. Next, moderate amounts of yeasts, tartic acid and sulphur are added. The slow fermentation takes place over 15 days, followed by cooling and racking.
This wine is pink salmon in color, bright and clear. Peaches and red currants on the nose. Cool on the palate, with fresh acidity and a good length. This wine is best enjoyed the year after it is bottled. Excellent as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to dishes such as cod in a cream sauce. It will also go well with vegetables in a velouté sauce.
This fresh and aromatic wine is reminiscent of wild flowers, mineral, fruity, rich and smooth.
This Pacherenc du Vic Bilh wine embodies the glory of Petit Courbu, the first great variety of white grape in the Southwest according to Alain Brumont. He wanted to make a 100% Petit Courbu cuvée that could enhance the huge potential of this unknown, but promising variety. Reflecting the colors and the scents of the artistic garden at Chateau Bouscassé, “Jardins” offers a range of exotic fruits and wild flower aromas, and other fragrances from Gascony.