Mixed-Bag Chillable Red 3-Pack
With the onset of the summer heat, we find ourselves wanting to drink lighter red wines that you can- and should!- chill down for a few minutes for a cool, refreshing, summery glass of wine. The three wines we've selected below are all excellent examples of a chillable red, while still being stylistically very different. Check them out, and feel free to experiment- there's no wrong way to drink these wines.
Bordeaux Clairet is the AOC for this wine, but the style has a connection with the British term "Clairet" that goes back centuries. During the Middle Ages these wines, heavier than a rosé but lighter than a red, were exported to England in such large quantities that the term "Clairet" came to just mean "Bordeaux." Imagine if we now just called rosé from Southern France "Provence!"
By leaving the juice on the skins for up to 72 hours after pressing, Clairet wines take on this vibrant red color, and just enough tannin to give it edges. We get dark red fruit, pink peppercorns, and juicy acidity on the palate.
Sfera is one of our favorite producers, collaborating with multiple organic farmers to bottle liters of natural wine that are reliably approachable, complex, versatile, and delicious — the perfect wines to bring to any social engagement! This light red blend of Nero d’Avola, Perricone, and Catarratto comes to us from Azienda Agricola Cossentino. Grown on clay and red sand, this wine remains light and tart, with its subtle terroir leaving room for lots of crunchy red fruit and a big bouquet of herbs.
Drink this with a hearty chill, and try to resist the temptation to swig this glou-glou (gluggable) wine! As easily as it goes down, the finish on this wine is surprisingly long and rewarding (admittedly, our own efforts are not always successful).
Winemaker Karl Steinschaden and his family are dedicated to traditional practices, completing the harvest 100% by hand in small cases. Brunn practices traditional fermentation in small tanks using native yeasts to enhance the beautiful typicity of its vineyards. Below the winery lies an old, historic subterranean cellar where the wines mature in perfect conditions. Fun fact: the winery owns the oldest traditional basket press in this part of Europe, dating back to 1564 A.D. This Renaissance era basket press has never left the village. Originally used by the Benedictine Abby of Gottweig near Krems, it eventually found its way to the makers of Brunn.
Violet-reddish in color with soft tannins. Mature and full-bodied, delivering tones of morello cherry. Spicy nuances of pepper complete the aromas. Pairings include sausage, chicken and soft cheeses. 100% estate made
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