Argentinian White & Spanish Red Blend-Jack’s Weekly Wine Picks 7/5-7/12

Jack’s Picks of the Week: 7/5 – 7/12
OR while supplies last!

2015 Allamand Cuvee Saint Jeannet
Argentina-Mendoza

Winemaker’s Notes: This is a blend of 25% Chardonnay and 75% Saint Jeannet which is also referred to as Gros Vert Blanc. As far as we know, this strange and almost extint grape variety
originates in France (Grasse according to some… southern Rhone according to others…) Cristian Allamand along with his father Raymond Stanislas Allamand have  rescued this variety and own almost 2 hectares planted to 100% Saint Jeannet at La Lucita vineyard, in the district of El Carrizal, part of the department of Lujan de Cuyo.

In 2013, working in conjunction with the local INTA and the remote direction of Jose Vouillamoz (genetecist that works with Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding, MW, co-authoring “Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, including their Origins and Flavours”), DNA analysis confirmed with 99% confidence that the grapes that the Allamands are cultivating are Saint Jeannet/Gros Vert Blanc.

With a very limited production of 3,000 bottles, the 2015 vintage was the starting point for this rare, unique, and almost extint grape variety.

Floral and citrus on the nose with a touch of anise. The palate is medium bodied with a touch of spiciness, some tropical fruits and more anise with a touch of nuttiness on the finish.

Retail: $16.99
On Sale Thru 7/12: $11.99

2014 Celler Can Blau Can Blau
Spain-Montsant

91 Vinous: Opaque ruby. Ripe black and blue fruit scents carry smoky mineral and licorice nuances and a subtle touch of violet. Sappy and seamless in texture, offering sweet boysenberry and floral pastille flavors and a jolt of enlivening spiciness. Finishes silky, energetic and quite long, with lingering florality and sneaky tannic grip.

Winemaker’s Notes: Wood smoke, spice box, incense, lavender, black cherry and plum aromas are followed by a mouth-filling, round, dense wine with outstanding grip and length. It over-delivers in a big way. Drink it over the next 6-8 years.

This wine pairs well with a wide array of food, such as rice, pasta, (noodles, spaghetti, macaroni), vegetables, mushroom, stewed meat, sausage, pork, roast meat, red and/or white meat with sauces, grilled meat, short or medium cheeses.

Retail: $18.99
On Sale Thru 7/12: $15.99

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