2017 Spring Picks: Domaine Montrose Vineyards
Nine miles from the Mediterranean Sea, Montrose’s vineyards and domaines produce incredibly innovative and elegant wines. This region, Languedoc, is the warmest area of France, and with its average 300 days of sunshine per year, the grapes ripen with bold flavor and elegance. The soil is dry, infertile and composed of clay, gravel and volcanic rock causing the vines’ roots to struggle deep underground to extract mineral-laden water.
On a hot summer evening when a dark, heavy red wine seems like too much, pair Domaine Montrose Rosé with anything that comes off the grill. Monterose is happy when chilled in a cooler of ice along with beer. This young rosé has a maturity and elegance that holds its integrity as it warms slightly in the glass. This rosé is made with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes along with others (Grenache and Syrah). These bold grapes are used to make many of the biggest, baddest, driest and most expensive wines in the world. When making Cabernet rose, winemakers change their process and only press the juice of the red grapes, without letting it soak with the skins. I like to think of it as ‘Cabernet Sauvignon grapes pressed for summer and dressed to party.’ Most pink wine made in the United States is cheap, simple and sweet but this orange-pink French bottling is anything but that.
Tasting notes: Take time to smell strawberry filling and taste the touch of salt on the finish.
Pairing: Shows well with with Savory Swine’s day-fresh seafood, grilled meats or just by itself.
Grape: Grenache 65%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, Syrah 10%
Viognier is a grape that makes some of the great aromatic wines of France, often with subtle sweetness. Montrose winemaker, Oliver Coste, makes this bottling of the voluptuous grape in a lean style, stripping it down to a clean racy body. The big aromatics of flowers and hay leap out of the glass. Pour this well-chilled with spicy foods like curry and tacos. Even without food this lighter bodied Viognier holds its own by being moderate alcohol, quenching and fresh. I pour this bottle in wine classes to help people sense the difference between sweetness and fruit in a wine. While the impressions of sweetness and fun are apparent it is in fact totally dry.
Tasting notes: Mangos and grass jump out and land with stoney finishes
Pairing: Shows well with with Savory Swine’s day- fresh seafood, asian favorites and anything spicy
Welcome to The Swiner's Cellar wine program!
A local sommelier's mission is to study the world’s high quality, one-of-a-kind wines and make them a part of their community. In collaboration with The Savory Swine, Josh has developed a wine program that gives you bottles of wine you can depend on to be unique and impressive. Learn more and order now!
The Swiner's Cellar features wine that will change seasonally. Bottles can be purchased in quantities of 3, 6 or 12.
Pricing is as follows:
3 Bottles / $60
6 Bottles / $110
12 Bottles / $180
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This means you will receive information about seasonal wine selections, special events and more. Just because you are in the program doesn't mean you have to buy - there's no obligation.
2. Place an order whenever you want.
Place an order in person at The Savory Swine, or complete the form below. Your cost is the same no matter how you order. Wine orders arrive within 2 weeks.
3. Pick up and pay
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