Saturday Tasting: October 31st

Lirac Domaine du Joncier “Le Classique” (Rhône) 2012

Marine Roussel took over her fathers domaine in 1989.  She farms land in Lirac, which is a wine growing region in southern Rhône valley on the right bank of the Rhône river.  Bordering the neighboring cru Tavel and across the river to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  Her terraced vineyards are of alluvial soils and galets roulés, which provides good drainage and insulation for the vines.  Maximum sun exposure and ripeness the persistent of the mistral comes in to play as well. With regular gusts the vines are free of parasites and mildew throughout the year, as well as it saves them from getting to hot or too cold.  The winery became certified biodynamic in 2011.  This wine is equal parts Syrah and Grenache with 20% Mouvédre and 10% Cinsault and Carignan.   This wine is rustic yet elegant, with red cherry notes and secondary aromas of spice and tobacco.

Grenacha Bernabeleva “Camino de Navaherreros” (Madrid) 2014

San Martín de Valdeiglesias is only 75 miles from Madrid, but the terrain and air are like being 500 miles away.  The land quickly becomes very rugged and mountainous and the air much cooler.  Bernabeleva land was purchased in 1923 by a Spanish dr., and his dream was to plant Grenacha, and create a wine that would showcase its beauty.  It took until 2006 when his grandchildren took over the vineyard, and they vowed to fulfill his dream.  By this time the vines were now over 80 years old, and the terrior would support their ambitions.  They also hired Raúl Pérez to consult in the winemaking process.  They practice both organic and biodynamic, and bush train all of the vines.  This wine is spicy with notes of raspberry and cherry, and a bit floral.