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Drink This Now: #mayflowers

Wine is such a beautiful medium. Earth can show you its creativity and beauty with the expression of water captured through sunlight. Depending on where you are in the world and all the little nuances of culture and input we can have any number of outcomes in a glass. Some of the most memorable outcomes are those that are floral. Florality in wine is not easy to miss. Floral aromas are due to compounds known as terpenes. Terpenes are inherent in a number of varieties (viognier, malvasia, torrontes, etc.) and span the full spectrum of any bouquet. Sometimes, some wines even put florals on their labe l😂. Thats why we are featuring #MayFlowers 💐🌹🌼

Bichi “La Gorda” Dry Muscat Tecate Valle de Guadalupe Baja Mexico 2015.

This is possibly one of the more intriguing wines BTG. Not only does it present unique visual clarity and color but it is one of the more naturally produced wines in our program. This wine is created by an ex-chef turned natural winemaker, Jair Tellez. After being highly accomplished as a chef, Jair decided to take on another daunting challenge, transforming unique pieces of land in his native Mexico into creative, soulful bottles of wine in the purest form. No added sulfur is used and spontaneous fermentations with indigenous yeasts are all that is allowed in his winemaking. Of course, he would not be able to retain the success he has created without a little help of expertise, coming from Antoine Luyt, a Frenchman making incredible natural wines from indigenous plantings in Chile (and now Mexico).

This dry expression of Muscat has all the texture and funk one could ask for. However, it rewards the adventurous wino with beautiful ripe tropical fruits edged with pineapple husk and musk melon. There is a savory lasting finish that has a tinge of honeyed mead. The yellow and orchard flowers are only the faintest retro-nasal expression after the wine has entered your bloodstream, and they are dried and potpourrific. Only the most potpourristic aromas would do.

Piquentum “Blanc” Malvasia Istria Croatia 2015.

Yes, I added that this is “Flowers for Ante”. In no way should this be a comment on Ante and his stasis before joining us at the Rose. It is a sincere offering of his native homeland’s expression of Malvasia to our humble wine program. Of course, one could say the the Rose’s potential has more than tripled since his leadership ensued as acting GM, but that is here nor there. We now have all of the sweet floral bouquet we can handle for this great leader in our midst.

Piquentum is the latin name for Buzet, the town where winemaker Dimitri Brečević established his winery. Dimitri is French born and trained in Bordeaux, founded his winery in 2006 in an old Italian water cistern made in the ’30s. He looks to uncover the natural and honest expressions of the Istrian terroir. His Istrian Malvasia has a 2-3 day maceration, spontaneous fermentation, and 70% of the wine is aged in wood, the rest in stainless steel. There is a massive exuberance of florals that jump out of the glass and keep the mouth alive while there is a viscous, coating palate that leans to a fresh, ripe stone fruited finish. The taster may feel a push toward a bitter end, but this wine seems to persist with the fresh floral and fruit character.

Braised or grilled seafood would be an incredible match to this wine as well as the numerous opportunites of charcuterie and baked goods.

Coto de Gomariz “La Flor y La Abeja” Souson Ribeiro Spain 2015.

I mean really, no explanation necessary. This label says it all. How could we not offer this wine in the #mayflowers feature? “La Flor y La Abeja” translates to “The Flower and the Bee”, and is an individual side project in Ribeiro, Spain.

Coto de Gomariz may possibly be the oldest producing single estate on the Iberian Peninsula (10th century). Ricardo Carreiro helped regenerate this estate and property by isolating and replanting indigenous varieties. In 2000, his son, also Ricardo, took over and has really brought Coto de Gomariz to prominence. The total estate is 28 hectares, which compiles 40 different plots all designed according to the type of soil and aspect in consideration to particular varieties. The estate is farmed very close to biodynamics with only natural products and no use of any synthetic products or insecticides. Minimum sulfur and copper may be used if left with no other choice.

This wine lends a deeply lush fruited palate and a reticent quality of bruised violets and florals. Savory and spiced tones assist the complexity while the evidence of a cool growing region in the Northwest of Spain is marked by fresh acids and astringency. This Souson could easily please the formidable Malbec or Syrah drinker. Me? I just want to stare at the label.

Don’t let your guests leave without having them stop to smell the flowers!!!

As seen on our Wines BTG:

#mayflowers                            (glass)(500ml)(bottle)(1L)

dry muscat dried florals               12   32     48 64

Bichi “La Gorda Yori” Tecate, MX ’15 

malvasia  flowers for Ante        15         40     60 80

Piquentum Istria, CR ’15

souson all about that label               14   37     56 74

Gomariz “La Flor y la Abeja” Ribeiro, ES ’15

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