Labor Day Weekend
Here it is. The last big hoorah for midsummer. Campers camp, Roadsters ride, and families oft’ reunite on the tops of plaid blankets while clenching paper plates and plastic cups. The Sun is notably disappearing earlier and earlier. A promise of fall is whispered but for now the sidewalk projects the heat like a baker’s oven, and the water bowl can’t be filled fast enough. We straddle the comfort of the warm, and the longing for the familiar wet and the smell of petrichor.
Celebrate this week like you deserve to. With amazing libations and too much laughter.
@ Humble Vine!
Saturday August 31st 4pm till the bottles are empty.
Le Ballon, Blanc, Pays d’Oc France, $12
This cool wine is half Vermentino, and half Sauvignon Blanc from the Southwest of France. Light citrus nose. Medium body, high acidity, big citrus, grapefruit, cumquat, and pear. Finishes clean and smooth. Patio Pounder.
Casa De Mouraz, DAO Branco, Portugal $19
A raw/natural wine. A blend of 15 grapes. This wine sits on the lees(yeast) aging for2 months, like they do in wines of Muscadet and Champagne. This wine is fresh and tropical but dry & crisp. So cool. Portuguese wine is under rated, and underpriced.
Carioloa Ferrando, Erbaluce, Piedmont Italy $23
Piedmont has the coolest white wines in Italy.
From the single-vineyard site Cascina Cariola. One of those weird Italian whites that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. This Erbaluce is medium bodied with ripe and lively floral aromas, pear skin, orange peel; transcending with a driving minerality.
Two Mountain, Copeland Vineyard Syrah, Zillah Washington $25
Starts with forest floor on the nose, cherries, and licorice. The body is big and powerful with plums, cherries, cranberry, light guy vanilla, and strong tart wild raspberry. There is a light smoke on the finish but mostly fruit dominant with a whiff of Butter!
La Storia, Petit Sirah, Alexander Valley California $29
impressive wine with very dark, opaque color, beautiful nose of concentrated blue berries and blackberries that leads to a full body mouth feel with engagingly soft tannins. After short aeration the nose opens up with the addition of cocoa, slight earthiness followed by brown sugar and a touch of vanilla-contribution of the new oak barrels. Overall the aromas are of fresh dark fruit and very attractive. Wow.