2018 Château de Montfrin Cherche Midi Rouge
In colloquial French, a “Cherche Midi” or “Noon-Seeker” means someone who is looking to invite themselves in for a free lunch, so this bottle is a perfect tool to have in hand for all the “Cherche Midis” out there. The Cherche Midi wines are crafted to be enjoyable and easy to drink straight away, and to offer great value for an organic wine from the south of France.
Grapes: 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 10% Cabernet
Region: Cotes du Rhone, France
Farming: Certified Organic
Tasting Notes: This wine is medium bodied with aromas of blackberries and baking spices. On the palate there are flavors of dried raspberry, blackberries, rosemary, black pepper, and savory, spiced charcuterie.
2019 Château des Antonins Bordeaux Blanc
The name of the estate « Chateau des Antonins » comes from the St Antoine hospitallers whom established themselves in this former convent around the 13th century. In 1985, Geoffroy de Roquefeuil revived the the winemaking traditions of the hospitallers. He gradually restructured the old monks’ estate and joined the Abbeys Wines association. In 2016, Antoine, the aptly named, joins the family team and takes care of all the production. Their loving wolf-like dog, “Nitrate”, parols the property and protects the winery!
Grapes: 80% Sauvignon Blanc – 20% Sémillon
Region: Bordeaux, France
Tasting Notes: Notes of grapefruit, exotic fruit on a hint of boxwood and mint to refresh. A balanced, ample mouth with a nice length will make this wine the perfect ally of your festive moments. Honeysuckle, green pepper, jalapeno, cilantro, white pepper. Underripe white peach. Orange blossom.
2019 Railsback Freres ‘Les Rascasses’ Rose
Railsback Frères began as a rosé project in 2014 by brothers Lyle and Eric Railsback, who call their rosé “Les Rascasses” (scorpion fish in French) as an homage to Lulu Peyraud. Lulu is the 101-year-old proprietress of Domaine Tempier in Bandol, maker of their favorite rosé in Provençe. This rosé was hand harvested and made “direct-to-press” like their favorite rosés in Bandol and Corsica.
Grapes: 40% Cinsault, 35% Grenache, and 25% Mourvèdre
Region: Santa Ynez, California
Tasting Notes: Aromas of red fruits, orchard peach, and citrus combine with a bracing saline minerality