Domaine le Fagolet Saburin Sud Brouilly

Domaine le Fagolet

Made from 100% Gamay grapes in the Brouilly region of Beaujolais, Domaine le Fagolet 2020 Saburin Sud Brouilly shows an attractive reddish-purple color, shading to a clear garnet edge. Its pleasant red berry scent seems closed at first but starts to open with time in the glass. Good crisp and acidic flavor, opens up to unveil plum and pomegranate flavors and stony minerality.

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Wine-Searcher.com lists no current retail prices or vendors for this recently arrived vintage of Domaine le Fagolet Saburin Sud Brouilly, but check the link in a few weeks for additions.

Meanwhile, you can follow this Wine-Searcher link to find listings for dozens of other wines from Brouilly.

Here is Wine-Searcher’s page for the Gamay grape, with scores of listings for specific wines and vendors. Read article.

Bodegas Penalba “El Porrón de Lara”

El Porrón de Lara

Made from 100% Tempranillo, “El Porrón de Lara” is certified biodyamic wine from Spain, produced without filtering, clarifying, or additional sulfur. Dark reddish-purple, it benefits from a little time to open up in the glass, when it reveals appetizing tart-cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors shaped by crisp acidity and gentle tannins.

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Check prices and find vendors for “El Porrón de Lara” on Wine-Searcher.com.

For more information about the Castilla de Leóon region and sources for a number of its wines, browse this Wine-Searcher link.

Follow this Wine-Searcher link to read about the Tempranillo grape and find listings for dozens of other wines of this variety. Read article.

“Uva Non Grata” Gamay

Uva Non Grata

Earthy yet refreshing, Boutinot “Uva Non Grata” Gamay lowers a backdrop of red-clay minerality behind a chorus of juicy berries. On the palate it’s fresh and bright, fresh-fruit acidity and soft tannins giving shape to mixed-berry and tart cherry fruit. Tart acidity and tannic astringency surround complex fruit and licorice note in a fairly long finish.

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Read about the Gamay grape and check this Wine-Searcher link for dozens of other wines made using this grape. Read article.

A Piera 1899 tasting

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Another Zoom tasting for Neil Duarte! In this one, Neil tastes the wines of Piera 1899, a winery that produces 1.2 million bottles per year, with grapes from Friuli, the Veneto and Trentino. Piera 1899 has also brought back a number of local Friuli grapes that were fast disappearing, including Ribolla Gialla and Refosco — and Neil tastes them, too. Read article.

Gourgonnier Baux de Provence Rosé

Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Rosé

Certified organic by Ecocert France, Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Rosé is made from a typical regional blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre, with less typical Cabernet Sauvignon in the mix. Fresh and delicious scents of raspberries, strawberries, and tarragon. Bright and refreshing, orange zest and stony minerality. A splendid wine, about as good as rosé gets.

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Check prices and find vendors for Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Rosé on Wine-Searcher.com.

Here’s a link to Mas de Gourgonnier’s 2021 rosé product page (in French).

Learn about the Les Baux de Provence wine region and browse Wine-Searcher links for dozens more wines from the region at this Wine-Searcher link. Read article.

Thinking about the wine we drink

Red wine in glass. Photo by Quinn Dombrowski, Creative Commons license BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Good morning, friends, and please welcome us back to my first Wine Advisor e-letter since August 19. My apologies for missing two issues this month. As you might have guessed, Covid-19 finally came to visit our house, and the fatigue associated with even a “mild” case knocked me down for a few weeks.
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