Mise Holiday Wines
Free tasting | Saturday, December 23, 2017 | 4-6PM
Mise Holiday Wines with Jackson
The holidays are in full force this coming Saturday, along with these organic and biodynamic selections from Mise Wines. Jackson's pouring a killer line-up. Try before you buy!
2015 Jasper Sisco, Gratus Bynum White Blend - Washington, USA ($26)
This wine bottle pulls forth romantic notions of winter from the Polar Express to the Hogwarts Express. (Note beautiful label below.) It's a blend of Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Muscat that has notes of wild honey, caramelized apples, and nuttiness bracketed with sharp acidity. This is from natural winemaker Justin Paul Russell who named Jasper Sisco in honor of his great-grandfather to recognize his commitment to adventure and risk-taking...which are characteristics every winemaker needs! There were only 215 cases made so rejoice in this wine while building a Gingerbread House or a snowman with your family.
2015 Clos du Jarres 'Abrensis' - Languedoc-Roussillon, France ($21)
On the foothills of the Black Mountains in the Languedoc-Roussillon, Vivien Hemelsdal has been making organic wine since 2010 but switched to biodynamic winemaking in 2016. You can taste the difference in his saucy blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan! This wine will make you feel young and unstoppable with its lean medium body, brush of playful baking spices, and bold cherry notes.
2014 Château Tour Grise 'Amandiers' - Loire Valley, France ($27)
Chenin Blanc is a magician of a grape; it can be very ripe and almost like a bear hug with its enveloping peach and honeysuckle notes, or it can be mineral driven with lean and sharp fruit notes. No matter what mood one is in there is always a Chenin Blanc to ride out the occasion! This wine is made by biodynamic winemaker's Philippe and François Gourdon who have been in the winemaking game since 1998, and sadly retired this past year. You'll feel as if you are biting into a crisp MacIntosh apple while calf-deep in a clean, fresh stony river when drinking this wine.
2011 Sergio Mottura, Latour a Civitella - Lazio, Italy ($34)
Winemaker Sergio Mottura has a fascination with the methodical scientific side of winemaking and is passionate about perfecting the growing of one grape, Grechetto, on his family's land which is on the border of Lazio, Umbria, and Tuscany. Sergio is committed to organic winemaking and ages this wine in french oak barriques. This wine will bring to mind Demeter, the Greek Goddess of the Hearth and Agriculture, with its warm woodsy and hazelnut notes. Its lingering vanilla and citrus finish is as nurturing and maternal as Demeter's love for her daughter, Persephone.
2011 Château Mirebeau Pessac-Léognan - Bordeaux, France ($42)
When Florence and Cyril Dubrey bought the old historic estate Château Mirebeau they new some serious winemaking challenges were in their future since the land used to produce extremely basic bulk Bordeaux wine. They uprooted the original vine trees and were replaced by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, and Petit Verdot and turned to organic winemaking practices to highlight the terroir. After years of patiently tending to the soil their wines showcase the clay and chalky pebble soil. This blend from them will satisfy any Merlot lover with its velvety dried cherry and dark chocolate notes as well as its earthy and herbaceous backbone.
2016 Divison Pinot Noir 'Un' - Oregon, USA ($32)
Relax with this classic expression of New World Pinot Noir from biodynamic winemakers Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe. Division is a winery to try if you're a fan of Burgundian, Loire, or Côte du Rhône wines since the two owners apprenticed in and modeled their wines like those regions. They are giddy about the 2016 vintage (the past few years in Willamette have been very hot and dry) - 2016 had pristine Pinot Noir growing conditions! Taste their 'Un' and see if you agree! After 10 months aged in French Oak it is silky with ripe strawberry and raspberry notes with a touch of earth in the finish.