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November 2019 Six Pack Special

We’re proud to introduce our 14th annual Thanksgiving Wall AKA The Turkey Wall.  When we opened November 19, 2004, we were too focused on just getting the wine racks up on the wall and getting open. Needless to say, it was a very, very hectic holiday season. So, starting in 2005, we began the tradition of creating a wall featuring 16 Thanksgiving Day wines (8 red, 8 white, and half $15 and under and half $15-$25).

As years passed, we started giving our loyal EDW bag customers 15% off any 6 bottles of wine on this wall during the month of November. And, the tradition endures. Bring your bag in (or purchase a bag for $5.50), pick any 6 bottles off the wall, and mention the 15% discount.

Which wines are we featuring? Without further ado…

WHITES $15-$25

Castera Jurancon Sec 2017 (France, Jurancon) $16

A small quantity of Petit Manseng (approximately 5%) is added to Gros Manseng to make this Jurancon Sec. The grapes are harvested in mid October and fermented in small stainless steel tanks allowing different parcels to be fermented separately. The fermentation tanks are kept at a low temperature prolonging the process and preserving the intense fruit qualities of the grapes. The wines rest “sur lie” until the following spring when the wines are assembled and bottled.  

Earth of clay and stone is present on the nose and palate with notes of apricot and honeysuckle balance by anis, earth, clay, lemon citrus. Lush and dry this wine is versatile with food.

Benito Ferrara Greco di Tufo “Terra d’Uva” 2018 (Italy, Campania– Tufo) $20        

If you haven’t tried Greco di Tufo yet, this wine will ruin you forever. Introduced to Campania by the ancient Greeks, and grown here in the high-altitude sulphuric soil of Tufo, by 4th generation viticulturists, the grape is capable of complex structure and intense minerality.

With aromatics like chamomile and blanched almond, there’s nothing quite like the nose on this wine! Zippy apple and citrus come through on the palate, with a rich mouthfeel and intriguing finish.

Marland Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon White Blend 2017 (Michigan, Lake Shore) $21

Wyncroft is a family-owned estate winery founded in 1998 , located in the glacial moraine hills of southwest Michigan. Their proximity to Lake Michigan provides a unique micro-climate, perfect for growing many of the international noble grape varietals.

For years, all Wyncroft wines were in the $30 plus range and thus, while we thought they were very good, they didn’t exactly fit our Everyday Wines theme. Several years ago, they begin producing the Marland line. These are a slection of high-quality Michigan wines priced at under $25 to enjoy every day.

We get hints of grapefruit, lemongrass, and green fig from the Sauvignon Blanc; apple, green papaya, and a lovely round mouthfeel from the Semillon.

Principia Mathematica Xarello 2017 (Spain, Penedes) $24

Alemany i Corrio was Penedès’ first “garage” winery, started by this couple after meeting in oenology school. These 50+ year old xarel-lo vines, native to Catalonia and most known for the acidity they contribute to Cava, grow in the coastal mountains south of Barcelona.

We get Mediterranean aromatics on the nose, with dried stone fruit and hazelnuts on the palate. Raised in huge old French oak foudres the wine is able to age gently, retaining its crisp, saline acidity to lift the complex mouthfeel.

WHITES $15 and Under

Masseria Borgo dei Trulli Vermentino 2017 (Italy, Salento) $13

Named after the medieval stone farmhouses still found among the vineyards of Salento (Trulli), this winery aims to preserve Puglia’s rich history while also making a modern name for its indigenous varietals.

We get lemon peel and pleasant tropical notes on the nose and palate, with fresh acidity to finish. The 100% Vermentino juice is left to age on the lees for 3 months in steel, deepening the palate with a complex minerality.

Banyan Gewurztraminer 2018 (California, Monterey County) $14

Natural winemaker Kenny Likitprakong (HOBO Wine Co.) created a whole side project of wines just to complement the Southeast Asian cuisine he grew up on. One of his creations is this Gewurztraminer. Although we don’t have it on record from Mr. Likitprakong, we believe he’d also approve of us recommending this for an array of Thanksgiving meals.

This Monterey fruit is able to ripen gently in the cool coastal climate. Then fermented slow and low for a month at controlled temps, the aromatics and savoriness build. We get a fresh, harmonious Gewurtztraminer here, floral restrained by citrus, roundness lifted by acidity.  

St. Martin Le Vent Dans Les Saules 2018 (France, Loire Valley–Anjou) $15

Laurent Charrier and mother run the estate which has been certified organic since 1997. the family vineyards are a bit spread out with small holdings in Anjou and Coteaux du Layon in addition to their primary vineyard in Saumur.

There is apple and pear on the nose with light stony minerality and lemon rind. On the palate the aicidity adds structure with ripe melon, pear, and apple leading the flavors followed by crisp clean finish.

Vigne Sannite Coda di Volpe 2017 (Italy, Campagnia–Sannio) $15

Did you know that many Italian grapes are named after animals they resemble? Coda di Volpe, meaning “Tail of the Fox,” refers to the shape of this varietal’s clusters as they hang on the vine.

Produced by a cooperative in Benevento (just northeast of Naples) called Vigne Sannite, this white wine is everything we’d want from a southern Italian varietal. Enough body and weight to stand up to slightly spicy food, or evenings on the deck or porch. With a lovely round palate of quince, pear, and green almond, it’s balanced by a touch of salinity and acidity at the end.

REDS (and one rose) $15-$25

Boschis Francesco Dogliani Pianezzo 2017 (Italy, Piedmonte) $15

The estate is now managed by Mario and Simona Boschis together with their two sons Paolo and Marco and their daughter Chiara. The estate was established in 1919, but they didn’t start bottling their own wine until 1968. Dolcetto has always been the star (as it is throughout the Dogliani area), but they also grow Freisa, Barbera, and Grignolino.

This 100% Dolcetto presents with plum and currant fruit on the nose with a touch of earthy spice. On the palate the fruit comes through with good acidity, a dollop of spice, and firm mouth drying tannins on the finish. Give this wine up to 30 minutes to soften it and to experience Dolcetto from Dogliani.

Domaine de Clovallon Les Indigenes 2017 (France, Languedoc) $23

You might recognize a certain witchy elegance here, familial to the Mas d’Alezon wines we’ve carried for many years. Daughter Alix Roque, also a low-intervention winemaker, manages this “secret garden” of indigenous co-planted vines, with the help of neighboring farm animals.

We get fresh, forest floor mushrooms and loamy earth on the nose. The palate is full of layers and will open up nicely with time, giving you chewy red fruits and lively acidity. To us, this is what good natural wine can be: wild and handled care-fully.

Zuri Txakoli Rose 2017 (Spain, Hondarrabi) $24

A blend of grapes indigenous to this coastal Basque border town, this rosé has matured for a couple years in the bottle. We’re used to drinking our Txakolis fresh, usually in the summer, with that characteristic carbonic fizz, so we understand if you’re feeling a little “silly rabbit, Trix are for kids.”

But the bright red fruit of Hondarrabi Beltz ages nicely here, giving us notes of strawberry and gooseberry. The acidity is still crisp, with a deeper minerality and juiciness that will pair so well with holiday fare.

Source and Sink Red Field Blend 2018 (California, Sonoma) $24

The two Chicagoans behind S&S met in a Sonoma vineyard during 2017 harvest, bonding over their love of this coastal valley’s fruit and a wish to share it with their fellow Midwesterners. Mostly Petite Sirah, alongside Alicante Bouschet from pre-prohibition vines, the wines are aged in both barrel and California-made amphora vessels.

The result is a textured and lively table red, retaining the characteristic acidity and rustic approachability that Sonoma fruit can express when it’s not over-treated with oak. Finishes with a touch of spice, perfect for warming up with!

REDS $15 and UNDER

Evolucio Blaufrankisch 2016 (Austria, Weinland) $11

Originating in Slovenia, this late-ripening varietal has had a happy home in the Eastern European climate for centuries. Evolucio’s Blaufrankisch is grown on the eastern side of Austria, in Weinland. Harboring 92% of the country’s wine production, this is perhaps the most straight-forward, aptly named region we’ve encountered in a while.

We get the characteristic red berry fruit, earth, and warm spices on the nose. Then a lively acidity, more farm-y soil, and a clean finish on the palate. This wine is buoyant and cozy at the same time.

Domaine Foretal Beaujolais-Villages 2017 (France, Beaujolais) $12

Domaine de Foretal is located in the village of Vauxrenard in the heart of Beaujolais, nestled in a natural amphitheater of vineyards, pine forests, and mountains (why are we suddenly feeling a bit jealous?). Jean-Yves Perraud is the fifth generation of winemakers in the family, using sustainable farming practices and alternatives to pesticides whenever possible

This Gamay is hand-harvested and benefits from vines that average 40 years of age and are planted in granite soil. We get loads of ripe red fruit, and a touch of earth on the nose with more of the same on the palate. The acidity and light tannins keep the fruit in check so that this red is a charmer on its own or with an array of lighter dishes.

Bodegas Olivares Altos de la Hoya Monastrell 2017 (Spain, Jumilla) $13

As Spain’s winemaking revolution matures, Jumilla continues to produce great value wines. The region’s native Monastrell (also known as Mourvèdre elsewhere) produces rich red wine due to the reliably hot, dry summers. Bodegas Olivares’ high elevation, where nights cool down quickly, contributes just enough acidity and balance.

This Monastrell is rich and full of flavor. Concentrated dark berry fruit, nice acidity, rosemary, good tannins, and a little bit of pepper blend together to create a wine with a great amount of substance that’s just plain nice to drink. Give it 30 minutes of air if you want smoother tannins.

Schuchmann Pirosmani Kakheti 2018 (Georgia, Telavi) $14

This winery sees sustainability as both an environmental and economic goal, making this red in the “Pirosmani” style named after a Georgian painter whose paintings of rural life only earned acclaim posthumously, having spent his own in poverty.

This is a fruit-forward and slightly off-dry expression of Saperavi, a nice balance of the pomegranate-like extraction this red-fleshed grape is known for softened with cherry and plum notes. Only kvevri and stainless-steel aging, so the tannins are fairly soft.