Nomadic Wine Club January Release

Below are the tasting notes for the January release. If any of the wines peak your interest or see one you’d like to try, they are all available on our Nomadic Wine Shop

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LSV | 2019 Merlot

Region: Paso Robles

ABV: 13.9%

Oak: 25% New

Merlot 2019 | LedgeStone Vineyards (Classic, Boundless, Funk)

Unwritten Stories, the latest Merlot release from the 2019 vintage that has been patiently waiting in the barrel for about 18 months. Merlot grows in central California and makes a beautiful, big wine that’s filled with dark fruit and velvety tannins. We adore Merlot and this vintage is just another great example of a wine that many people have forgotten. Dark fruit, velvety tannins, and solid structure are present in this wine making it a lovely wine for sitting by a fire on a cold winter night. 

Food Pairing: This wine would pair nicely with a charcuterie for two or a roast beef or lamb with a simple jus or mushroom sauce.

2019 Cabernet Franc | The Graffito

Region: Mendoza, Argentina

ABV: 14.2%

Cabernet Franc 2019 | The Graffito (Classic, Boundless, Funk)

At LedgeStone Vineyards, we love Cabernet Franc and the beauty that comes from this grape varietal. The Grafitto Cabernet Franc is from the Lujan de Cuyo in the Province of Mendoza in western Argentina and near the Andes Mountains. Mendoza is one of Argentina’s most renowned and widely recognized wine producing provinces. The Andes mountains and the Desaguadero River provide minerals to the soil in this area that contribute to producing flavorful, fruit-forward wines. 

Produced by Jimena Lopez who prides herself on her attention to detail by being a part of the process from vine selection to final blend. She left her corporate wine job to pursue her dream of making her own wine. Cabernet Franc is one of Jimena’s favorite varietals and presents with balanced, elegance, and distinctive spice that Cabernet Franc is known for. This medium to full bodied red is rich with dark fruit, luscious chocolate and notes of walnut. It presents with floral aromas and notes of dark cherry, plum that lead into dried herbs, graphite, chocolate, and cloves. 

Food Pairing: This is an excellent food to pair with food, we suggest lamb gyros or soft cheeses.

Rioja Crianza 2018 | Viña Coterro

Region: Rioja, Spain

ABV: 13.5%

Grape: 90% Tempranillo 10% Graciano

Rioja Crianza 2018 | Vina Coterro (Classic, Boundless, Funk)

I love a good red with a balance of fruit, tannin, and oak characteristics and this Rioja does not disappoint. This wine was mostly fermented in stainless steel, with maceration in concrete tanks + 12 months of American oak. Its a beautiful ruby color, medium body, medium tannin, and medium acidity, this is an easy-drinking wine that will pair well with many foods.

For those with 6 or 12 bottles in your release – you may see two wines from Vina Coterro. The ‘Crianza’ and ‘Reserva’ differ in regulations set forth by the Spanish government. Crianza requires 2 years of age and Reserva requires 3 years in a combination of barrel and bottle. 

Food Pairing: This is your go to wine for pairing with pizza, burgers or a charcuterie featuring your favorite Spanish cheeses, meats, and olives.

Old Vine Zinfandel 2017 | Three Wine Company

Region: Central Coast AVA, CA

ABV: 15.4%

Grape:Grape: 76% Zinfandel, 8% Carignane, 8% Petite Sirah, 8% Alicante Bouschet

Old Vines Zinfandel 2017 | Three Wine Company (Boundless, Funk))

The vines that this Zinfandel were harvested from are over one hundred years old. The winemaker at Three is passionate about advancing diverse varietals that are not as common these days. He sees winemaking as an art form of blending varietals to find a perfect balance of flavors. Three also values the importance of sustainability. 

This bold Zinfandel has notes of raspberry, dark cherry, blackberry and spice. Pair with your favorite cut of steak or with a nice barbecue meal. It is a good wine to enjoy right away, or also allow to age for 3-5 years in the cellar. This wine is filled with juicy delicious fruit, vanilla, and spice.

Chardonnay 2019 | Divum

Region: Monterey, CA

ABV: 13.9%

Oak: Neutral French

Chardonnay 2019 | Divum (Boundless, Funk, Whites)

The next vintage of LSV Chardonnay is not quite ready yet but we thought we would get you ready for its spring release with this Monterey Chardonnay from Divum vineyards. Notes of honeysuckle and lemon blossom with flavors of lemon meringue, apricot, and apple. French oak aging adds notes of toasted brioche and almond. This light to medium-bodied wine is high in acidity and has a nice minerality that balances out the flavors.

Divum vineyards is a fourth generation, family owned vineyard and lives by their belief that: “Enjoying life with friends and family, doing things you love with passion and heart, and seizing any opportunity that presents itself”. These vineyards are part of the Monterey AVA which is influenced by the Monterey Canyon in California. 

Food pairing: This is a great wine to pair with your favorite chicken, pork, or vegetarian meal. We suggest a nice lemon risotto or shrimp piccata.

Fiano Di Avellino 2021| Colli di Lapio 

Region: Lapio, Italy DOCG

ABV: 13.5%

Grape: 100% Fiano

Fiano Di Avellino 2021| Colli di Lapio  (Funk, Whites)

Attention white wine drinkers! This Southern Italian white wine grape was nearly forgotten about until the 1980’s when wine producers rediscovered the amazing wine that comes from this low yielding grape. This wine presents with an elegant nose, medium body and medium acidity, flavor notes of white peach, lime zest, white blossom and apple. You can drink this wine now or cellar it for 5-10 years to reduce acidity and add secondary characteristics like honey and hazelnut. It was aged in stainless steel  for 4 months followed by 6 months in bottle

Food Pairing: Pair this lively wine with our favorite seafood, white meat, or vegetarian meal. We suggest stuffed eggplant, creamy salmon ricotta ravioli, or orange-rosemary roasted chicken.

Tangerine Dream 2022 | Small Fry

Region: Barossa Valley, AUS

ABV: 12%

Grape: Semillon 46%, Pedro Ximenez 41%, Riesling 10.5%, Roussanne 2%, Muscat 0.5% 

Tangerine Dream 2022| Small Fry  (Funk, Whites)

They call the red wine drinkers, white wine. It is full and dry on the palate with grainy tannins that make this white wine multi-layered. The use of wild yeast, extended skin contact and oak give this wine an orange hue with aromas of citrus peel and spice leading to baser notes of oatmeal and brown rice. Its funky, fun and great to pair with charcuterie and cheese.

Smallfry works with vineyards in two wine regions of Australia, Eden Valley and Barossa Valley. The Barossa vines date back to the 1850’s and are one of the only vineyards in Barossa to grow Pedre, Semillon and Riesling. The goal of this wine is to celebrate the diversity of the vineyard while staying true to the roots of winemaking. Smallfry is 100% biodynamic and one of the only vineyards to rely on wild yeast and conduct primary alcoholic ferment.

Exlectik Violet 2022| Small Fry 

Region: Barossa Valley, AUS

ABV: 12.5%

Grape: 50% Grenache 50% Cinsault

Exlectik Violet 2022| Small Fry  (Boundless, Funk, Whites)

Barossa Valley, where the grapes for this lovely wine are harvested, is home to some of the oldest vines in Australia. The oldest vines in this region are up to one hundred and forty years old. 

The winemakers at Smallfry take a biodynamic approach to their winemaking. While many winemakers in the Barossa Valley use cultivated yeast, Smallfry relies on wild yeast to conduct the primary alcohol fermentation. They believe this adds a different, more fruity flavor profile. 

The 2022 Eclectic Violet Grenache-Cinsault is a testament to their winemaking style. This beautiful, deep crimson-colored wine has notes of juicy dark cherry, blackberry, and plum. It is light in body with minimal acidity and a smooth finish. This is a red wine that drinks like a dry rose – great with salmon dishes, cheese plates and saucy starters.