Staff Selections • Drew Fuller

SUMMER selections • 2021


(Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, France)

Back in 1996, “BK” (before kids), my wife and I took a trip to France.
One of our favorite stops was in the beautiful University town of Aix-en-Provence in the south, where we fell in love with the local dry rosé wine
that was seemingly as essential to everyday life as water. It has been fun to see dry rosé wines emerge in the US as a major category, with examples from wine regions all over the world. However, the rosés of Provence have always brought back fond memories for me, and we recently added a wine to Surdyk’s that has at first sip become my absolute favorite rosé, by Commanderie de la Bargemone.

Founded by the Templar Knights in the 13th century, the winery has 163 acres of predominately red grape varietals that are certified organic. This
rosé is a blend of Grenache (45%), Cinsault (21%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%), Syrah (13%), and Sauvignon Blanc (6%). The grape varieties are vinified separately in stainless steel tanks with cold fermentation to preserve freshness and natural acidity. The wine shows shimmering, vibrant pink colors, with a beautiful nose of wild strawberries and banana/bubblegum. The mouthfeel is beautifully rich, with fruitiness and weight up front that transitions to a long finish that becomes increasingly dry and focused by acidity and subtle mineral notes. Truly a beautiful wine that sets the standard for Provence rosés. Enjoy your journey to Provence in beautiful southern France. Salut!


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(Campo de Borja, Spain)

Spanish wines have always intrigued me for their variety of styles, from
simple fruit forward wines to ones that show complexity and old-world
elegance. Wines made from the Garnacha (Grenache) grape have perfectly highlighted this dichotomy of style, and fortunately I came across a new (to Surdyk’s) wine that perfectly balances elements of both. The wine is Flor de Goda 2018 Garnacha, produced by Bodegas Morca in the Campo de Borja region of northern Spain.


Garnacha grapes from low yielding small vineyard plots are handpicked and fermented separately in small vats, and then aged in French oak barrels for 15 months. The color is a mix of cherry red and darker purple black colors. The beguiling nose has gobs of black fruits, licorice, smoke, vanilla, and subtle spice box notes, all of which transfer to the palate. The
rich cassis fruitiness slowly gives way to fine grained tannins that provide a drying sensation and help lead to a long, memorable finish. Pair with grilled meats, aged cheese, and my favorite, butterflied leg of lamb marinated with Mediterranean spices and olive oil, then grilled slowly to perfection! The incredible value of this wine will ensure that it will become a staple in your household, so buy accordingly and share with your friends and family. Cheers!


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