Trousseau Arbois Benoît Mulin (Arbois) ’10
To the east of Burgundy lies the Jura mountains which creates a detachment that allows certain traditional wine styles and grapes to grow and be successful here. At the lower slopes of these mountains the vineyards rest on Jurassic limestone and marl, with a large amount of clay. Arbois is a town in the north of the Jura, and is known as the wine capital of the Jura region.
Trousseau which is also known as Bastardo, is a red wine grape that originated in eastern France, however the largest plantings today are found in Portugal, where it is being used for port.
Benoît joined a partnership with the rockstar of biodynamics a man by the name of Stéphane Tissot in 2009. Since this time they have built new facilities and are creating some amazing wines in the Jura.
This wine has bright cherry notes, with hints of tobacco, tea. The palate is clean acids with a rustic feel.
Valpolicella Tommasi “Rafaèl, Classico Superiore” (Veneto) ’13
These wines are made from a blend of mainly Corvina and Rondinella with some winemakers adding in Molinara, which may not exceed a total of 15%. The Valpolicella Classico region is at the western end of the appellation, near the shores of Lake Garda. These wines tend to be more ambitious in scope.
Tommasi was founded in 1902, and has grown over the decades. Now in the 4th generation the family owns more than 195 hectares of hillside vineyards. The single vineyard of Rafaél is a hillside vineyard that is planted with all three grapes with the majority being Corvina.
This wine is intense in color and in flavor. A nose of dried fruits, leather, and cherry, with a taste of spicy and sweet cherry notes.