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Staff Selections • Drew Fuller

SPRING selections • 2021

DOMAINE FRANCIS BLANCHET POUILLY-FUMÉ 2019

(Loire Valley, France)

The appellation of Pouilly-Fume is in the easternmost Loire Valley, just across the river from Sancerre. The soil is composed of flint and sand formed from clay, limestone, and silica, which gives these Sauvignon Blanc grapes their signature smoky and stony style. The wine's color is a shimmering white-gold, and shows aromas of pitted fruits, limes, honeydew melon, smoke, and minerals. At first sip, the wine shows a creaminess and tropical grapefruit, with fresh acidity and mineral notes coming in at the end to help focus the wine. The finish is persistent and memorable with a clarity that is powerful. Enjoy this beautiful wine with Thai, Vietnamese, or Indian food, and with spicy sushi dishes. Sante!

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BERNARDUS SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS PINOT NOIR 2018

(Monterey, California)

I was first introduced to the Bernadus wines several years ago when Surdyk’s was presented with the opportunity to promote an older vintage of this Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. I have always enjoyed wines from this appellation, and that wine beautifully showcased the old-world wine making techniques that allow for a wine to gain in complexity as it matures. When it came time to consider wines to feature for this spring sale, I thought to revisit Bernardus, as we had just received their 2018 vintage.

 

Founder Ben Pon hired a winemaker who shared his love for European wines, having spent over a decade as an apprentice for several French wineries before returning to his native California, where he seeks to craft wines of elegance, balance, and power. This shows a bright red color with a nose that highlights red fruits of cherry and raspberry and subtle hints of warm baking spices and dried herbs. These follow through to the palate, which begins with a fruit forward style that progresses to a wine showing great concentration and balance of fruit, oak, and earth. This all leads to a sustained finish that evolves long after your last sip. Youthful tannins suggest more to come for those patient enough to age this wine for 5-7 years to allow greater complexity to develop, so be sure to purchase enough to let you taste how this wine develops over time. Cheers!

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