Anne's Boutique Wines


Happy June wine Club members!   

Here are your wines for the month of June.  Our tasting this month will take place Saturday, June 1st from 2 to 5pm.  $5.00 for wine club members plus one guest at this price.   We look forward to seeing you!! 


Roero DOCG (Piedmont), Italy - Sustainable farming (Organic & Biodynamic) 

Roero has traditionally been overshadowed in the Langhe region of Piedmont by its two famous neighbors, Barolo and  Barbaresco. It was seen as a reliable source of fruit for lower offerings of Nebbiolo and the home of a quirky yet interesting white variety, Arneis. Matteo Correggia rejected this stigma and almost single handedly elevated Roero wines to Italy’s highest standard, DOCG. His estate, now run by his widow, Ornella, remains the reference standard and most beloved winery in the Roero region and beyond that is one of Italy’s finest producers. Matteo inherited his family’s vineyard estate in 1985, at the age of 23, and continued the tradition of farming excellent fruit. This was not unnoticed by great producers of the region. At their urging, Matteo established a winery to make wines from his outstanding vineyards. Famed winemakers took him under their wings and mentored him in getting the most from his wines. Matteo Correggia became the only non-Barolo member of Altare’s famed Barolo Boys who brought the region into modern international acclaim. While learning a great deal from his mentors, he did not adopt the ultra-modern techniques; instead, Matteo did adopt many ideas including sustainable farming, stainless steel temperature controlled fermentations and vineyard designation—in fact, Matteo produced Roero’s first vineyard designated wine, La Val dei Preti, in 1987. He became renowned for the quality of his wines and under his guidance the standards were established for what would become the Roero DOCG. When Matteo was killed in a tractor accident in 2001, Piedmont’s great producers paid a remarkable tribute to him by assisting his widow Ornella in completing the vintage. Matteo’s wife, Ornella, has continued to grow the winery’s reputation as Roero’s benchmark producer of Nebbiolo, Arneis, and Barbera. She has introduced organic and biodynamic practices committed to low intervention winemaking and has focused the winery on estate production. This month’s primary red is made with 100% Nebbiolo, aged in stainless steel for 7 months and large oak casks for 12. Nebbiolo is an important variety in Roero. Correggia’s Roero makes the most of the region’s top sites to present a wine that is typical of the variety but also more approachable and enjoyable on release. When we tasted this wine, we immediately loved the floral aromatics, ripe red fruit and brisk acidity without the iron clad tannins of its more famous neighbors. This is the Nebbiolo for those Cab drinkers looking to expand their repertoire. This wine is ideal with rich Italian dishes like lasagna, meat sauce pasta or even pungent truffle dishes, really a great pairing! Only 700 cases of this wine were produced. 


Delle Venezie, Italy – Sustainable farming (Organic & Biodynamic) - NO OAK 

Vignalta was founded in 1980 by Lucio Gomiero in Colli Euganei (the Venetian Hills) of Northern Italy. Lucio paved the way for quality wine production in a region traditionally known for producing average wines. It has since gained notable recognition on a global scale. Lucio also makes Southern California his home when he is not making delicious wines like this one. He also lends his talents as a wine judge to the local LA International Wine Competition. Vignalta has produced wine in its modern winery at Marlunghe, a suburb of Arquà Petrarca where the noted Renaissance poet Petrarch lived. Winemaking is approached in a minimalist manner in order to express the diverse vineyard sites in each wine. The winery’s cellar is dug into the rock of the Colli Euganei to allow for near perfect storage and aging possibilities. In addition, Vignalta is credited as the first winery in Italy to use solar powered electricity. All these dedicated things make wines that taste delicious and refreshing. Our choice for this month’s primary white wine is Lucio’s Sauvignon. It is made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the hills of the Veneto region, with rich with loose calcareous soil. The vines are approximately 30 years old and they enjoy cool evenings for the fresh citrus notes and the sun in the day for ripeness. The grapes are lightly pressed, then fermented in steel tanks. The wine is aged in steel for 6 months then in bottle for at least 2 months. All this results in fantastic, summer-ready notes of lemon and lime, citrus pith, and herbal notes of basil. The mouth-feel is silky with rich stone fruit notes and citrus repeating itself. The finish is clean but lengthy. This wine makes a great aperitif or accompaniment to a fresh summer salad featuring your favorite vinaigrette. Soft cheeses, such as Chevre, are also a great pairing. 


Ribera del Duero, Spain – (Sustainable, organic, and Byodynamic) 

Vinos Atlántico was founded in 2002 with the purpose of uniting the winemaking heritage of Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata’s families. Both of their families have been producing wine, independently, throughout Spain since the late 1800s.   They currently produce wines in 18 different appellations within the Iberian Peninsula. Its fundamental mission is to discover new production areas, unique soils and to recover native varieties. They are always in search of great vineyard-sites that can produce consistently superior wines compared to neighboring vineyards. Barco de Piedra is an estate-owned small production winery; a singular location within the most prestigious district of Ribera del Duero. Their work is an affirmation of the beauty and purity of the Tempranillo grape as it is grown in Ribera del Duero. The vineyards for this wine are located about a mile north of the Duero River, and 3 miles east of the legendary Vega Sicilia. The winery aims to truly respect the noble Tempranillo, grape called Tinto Fino or Tinta del País by locals. The winery believes that too much use of oak in Tempranillo actually blocks the beauty of the grape and they believe in restrained oak to no use of oak at all. The logic behind Barco de Piedra is simple: the Tempranillo grape grown in Ribera del Duero has plenty of tannins, you don't need to add more which is precisely what thoughtless oak ageing will do. The grape's thick skin naturally produces powerful, robust wines packed with flavor. Adding more power and oak to something already powerful is overkill, which is why this wine is mainly aged in stainless steel with a mere 4 months in used French oak.  The three parcels that produce Barco de Piedra are located on the hillside of the Quiñón Estate. This wine showcases the product of their beliefs with lovely raspberry, violet, rose petal, and blueberry aromas with added mineral notes. Barco de Piedra is one of the prettiest examples of the elegance and structure of Ribera del Duero’s wines, one of the great wine regions of the world. This wine truly impressed us and we think it will impress you too. This wine will make a great companion to pork and veal, as they have an essentially sweet “bass note” that is complimented nicely by Tempranillo's sweet nature, so these meats pair extremely well with Barco de Piedra. Unlike most Riojas, which tend toward softer strawberry and red fruits, Ribera del Dueros are some of the most robust reds from Spain, usually showing a black fruit, mineral and “meaty” characters that many people feel is a better match with beef steak, the way we pair California Cabernet or Zinfandel. Also aged hard cheese like manchego, jamon Iberico, Spanish almonds, Graber olives and crusty bread are exceptional accompaniments for this wine.  


Muscadet Sevre et Maine (Loire Valley), France – Organic Wine no oak 

Loire Valley white wine fans will love this wine!! Louis Métaireau — along with his band of vignerons d’art, as his like-minded group of producers were known — was instrumental in restoring the reputation of the Muscadet appellation in the middle of the 20th century. It was he who first began leaving his wines sur lie (on their fine lees) through the winter. Since taking over for her father, Marie-Luce Métaireau and her husband, Jean-François Guilbaud, have illustrated their deep love of the land by reclaiming the vineyards of the vignerons d’art and piecing them back together to compose one of the most prized sites in all of Muscadet: the Grand Mouton vineyard. The vineyards that produce this wine are located in the heart of Muscadet Sèvre et Maine and enjoy perfect exposure between the two famed rivers that lend their names to the AOC. The vines range in age from 30 years old to a parcel planted in 1937. The vines are tended organically, and everything is harvested by hand — a rarity in this region, where 98% of all grapes are machine-harvested, and conventional farming with chemicals is the norm. This wine is made with 100% Melon de Bourgogne a grape that makes some of the best wines for seafood. And this one is one of the tops. With notes of white flowers, almonds, white plums and white nectarines. The fruit notes were repeated on the palate with an added bright acidity, a touch of fizz, and minerality to hold it all together. This wine makes a great companion to simple seafood, such as oysters or steamed clams. But fantastic as an aperitif as well.

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