Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner and so is La Cave Warehouse in the Dallas Design District! In honor of the long weekend Francois has picked out seven refreshing summer wines for you to try. Be it for a backyard barbeque, a hostess gift or a lakeside picnic, these wine selections are sure to be a hit this weekend and all summer long!
I am particularly a fan of the Château Sainte-Marie, Grande Réserve Rosé listed below which Francois and his wife, Anne, encouraged me to try earlier this year. I am not generally a fan of rosés but this one was perfectly fresh and not overly sweet at all. I definitely recommend picking up a case of this one and trying it out. You won’t regret it.
Check out Francois’s other pics along with some tasting notes below and enjoy your long weekend!
Macon-Villages, Joseph Drouhin 2009
Macon is a large area located in the Southern part of Burgundy, next to Pouilly-Fuissé. The clay and limestone soil of the Jurassic era found in this region is well suited for the Chardonnay grape variety. “The color of the wine is bright and limpid. The nose is floral and fruity. It’s very straightforward and direct on the palate, as if biting into a grape. Fresh and light, with a very pleasant aftertaste.” – Véronique Boss-Drouhin
It is a perfect accompaniment to full-flavored fish dishes and charcuterie. Also, try it alone as an aperitif. As with other white wines, Macon-Villages should be served chilled but not cold. It is meant to be enjoyed when young, the wine being at its best after one to three years of aging. Drink Now-2014.
Price: $14.99/bottle, $81/6 bottles, $153/12 bottles
Cozi Pinot Grigio 2010
Made from 100% Pinot Grigio delle Venezie, this lovely Pinot Grigio is a pale-straw color and is distinguished by aromatic layers of peach, citrus, melon and nuts. On the palate, it is fresh, approachable and fruity, balanced with firm acidity and a dry lasting finish.
This pleasant wine is easy to drink, and makes an excellent aperitif. It also pairs well with many types of food. Try it with salads, grilled fish, shellfish and spicy dishes like Indian and Asian cuisines. Drink Now-2014.
Price: $11.99/bottle, $60.90/6 bottles, $122.40/12 bottles
Mission St. Vincent, Bordeaux Blanc 2009
This Bordeaux Blanc is a top quality wine made of 100% Sauvignon Blanc selected from vines of at least 30 years of age that have been de-stemmed and very gently pressed. With a beautiful yellow greenish color, the wine has a seductive, aromatic nose, citrus and notes of grapefruit. Crisp, dry and very refreshing, this is an awesome wine that will complement many types of food! Drink Now-2013.
Price: $13.99/bottle, $75.50/6 bottles, $142.80/12 bottles
Château Sainte-Marie, Grande Réserve Rosé 2009
Produced from the up and coming region of Entre-Deux-Mers, this wine is a marvelous find. It is a well rounded, quality wine with characteristics normally associated with much more expensive bottles. With its gorgeous deep raspberry pink color, Sainte Marie offers delicious soft red fruit aromas of raspberries, redcurrants and blackberries. In the mouth these fruits explode giving intense round flavors. Being a medium to a fuller bodied drink it lends itself very nicely to accompany many dishes. Drink now-2012.
Price: $16.99/bottle, $91.75/6 bottles, $173.30/12 bottles
Candor, Lot 2 Merlot
What you need to pull this off is about knowing your vineyard sources and keeping a steady hand on the winemaking. Candors winemaker is a good one indeed: Austin Hope, who also makes the highly-regarded, highly-rated wines for Treana and his own Austin Hope label. Austins track record with ultra-premium wines shows up in every value-priced glass of Candor.
Candor takes advantage of excellent vineyard spots all over the state, from Paso Robles to Lodi to Santa Barbara County. The mix of fruit makes for a Merlot that has plenty going on: plumy, dark stone fruit, spice and a hint of smoke, and just enough grip on the finish to round out the package. The maturity and development of the base vintage is balanced by a splash of freshness from the next; the result may not fit into a vintage pigeon-hole, but it tastes delicious. Drink Now-2015.
Price: $18.99/bottle, $102.70/6 bottles, $193.80/12 bottles
FairValley, Paarl Pinotage 2009
The fruit in the FairValley Paarl Pinotage is sourced from vineyards mostly in the Paarl region. These are trellised vineyards planted on decomposed granite soils. As all Pinotage, it is a blend of Pinot Noir and Cinsault. This is a delicious, fresh, juicy wine with fruit flavors of plums and red berries, a gentle spice finish. What an amazing value! Drink Now-2015.
Price: $14.99/bottle, $81.10/6 bottles, $153/12 bottles
Note: 10% of the sale of this wine goes directly to the FairValley community for the purpose of housing development, health and community center.
Cantina Due Palme, Selvarossa Riserva 2005
The Salice Salentino Selvarossa Riserva 2005 is a Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses). Wines receiving the Tre Bicchieri award are considered the best in Italy. Angelo Maci has elevated this winery to be the benchmark for the Salice Salentino denomination. The wine is a dark, purple-tinged ruby. There are evident violets on the nose, followed by tobacco, blackberry fruit and spice. The palate is clean, balanced and lightly balsamic, with a long, deep finish revealing cardamom, damson and plum. Very smooth and long. Drink Now-2015.
Price: $24.99/bottle, $135.15/6 bottles, $255/12 bottles