New Arrivals: Wines for June

New Arrivals: Wines for June

We just received our first case of the 2014 Lafage Cotes Catalanes Nicolas. Aged in large oak barrels, the 2014 Cotes Catalanes Nicolas is 100% Grenache from the rolling hills and gravel soils in Southern France. It represents an incredible value, boasting fabulous notes of black raspberry, licorice and crushed violets to go with medium-bodied richness, fine tannin and a supple, pretty profile on the palate. This is far from an over-the-top fruit bomb and it has real class and elegance. Buy it by the case and drink it over the coming 2-3 years. ($16.95)

Last week at the Wine Dinner at Madison Valley Ranch, we got to try a couple of new wines paired with classic dishes. We had the 2015 Isenhower Roussanne with a Wild Halibut simply prepared with hazelnuts, lemon and olive oil. This Barrel Fermented Roussanne is limpid, with a light yellow hue. It has aromas of cardamom, mango skin, green tea and papaya. The Roussanne tastes of tropical fruit, demonstrates a natural acidity, and a hint of barrel fermented creaminess. The Isenhower Roussanne goes well with mild flavored halibut but also with crab, shrimp or Asian cuisine. ($20)

For dessert Chef Matt presented a Dark Chocolate Budini Tart. My rule of thumb for wine pairing with chocolate is the wine must be sweeter than the chocolate. A few weeks ago, we got rave reviews of the Delgado Zuleta Pedro Ximenez Sherry at our Extraordinary Wine Tasting. Delgado is regarded to be the oldest Sherry producer in Spain. So for our dessert, we paired their lovely bronze colored sherry made from the Pedro Ximénez grape. Bright aromas and flavors of raisins, brown spices, and fruitcake come from the glass. A satiny, lively, sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex palate of orange marmalade, honey, and spiced apples gives way to silky tannins and light oak on the finish. Creamy and thick on the palate, this PX would be a knock out with a sweet apple or pumpkin pie. ($20)