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Staff Selections • Drew Fuller

Holiday selections • winter 2020

CALVET BRUT ROSÉ CRÉMANT DE BORDEAUX

(Bordeaux, France)

Calvet was founded in 1818, making it one of the oldest French wine
brands in the world. At Surdyk’s, we have the pleasure of working with the
sixth generation négociant and direct descendent, Jean-Christophe Calvet, who imports a number of our French wines. This fun bubbly is newer to Surdyk’s, and is from a small and relatively new appellation called
Cremant de Bordeaux established in 1990.

 

Calvet Brut Rosé is made with ahand-harvested grape blend of 90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot. After 8 weeks of fermentation in the bottle, the wine rests on its lees for twelve months, where it develops its beautiful, creamy mouthfeel. The nose suggests red and black fruits with subtle creamy, yeasty notes. The fine and persistent bubbles help to perfectly balance the creamy fruit flavors, leading to a vibrant, long finish. Wonderfully versatile, enjoy Calvet Brut Rosé on its own, with your next brunch, or as a base for a sparkling cocktail. Sante!

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RICASOLI CASALFERRO 2015

(Toscana, Italy)

I have always enjoyed learning about what makes each winery unique.
Barone Ricasoli winery in Italy provides plenty of opportunities to learn, as they have been making wine in Tuscany since 1141, making them the oldest winery in Italy and the fourth oldest family business in the world! As proud as they are of their long history, they are also at the forefront of pioneering advances both in sustainable farming and winemaking techniques. In 1993, Francesco Ricasoli took charge at the company and this coincided with the first vintage of a 100% Merlot wine from their famous Casalferro vineyard.

 

The 2015 Ricasoli Casalferro is a stunning example of how complex and compelling Merlot can be when you combine a great location with world class farming and winemaking practices. Aged for 21 months in French
barriques and tonneaux, followed by 3 to 6 months in bottle prior to release. This wine shows aromas of red and black fruits, a subtle dusty earthiness often associated with Tuscany, and cigar box spice. These aromas follow through to the palate, with notes of chocolate and spice leading to a silky, rich, and elegant wine with persistent tannins that provide just enough structure to hint at more to come over the next few years. If you love right bank Merlot, or some of the great wineries in Napa Valley who are famous for their exceptional Merlot, then I am confident that you’ll LOVE the Casalferro 2015 from Ricasoli. (WS93, RP92)

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