Tuesday - Saturday
12 PM - 8 PM
are the September, 2006 Featured Wines for the Wines
by Jennifer Wine Club.
HUBER GRUNER VELTLINER
Huber is among Austria's leading producers. Their
natural, non-interventionist winemaking methods and
organic growing practices result in a range of fresh,
clean, balanced wines.
is located in the Traisental region, which is predominantly
planted with Grüner Veltliner. The name of this
wine, "Obere Steigen", means upper slopes
and refers to the plot of vines that the grapes for
this wine was sourced from. More information may
be found in Huber's production
family has about 30 acres of vineyards planted to
Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Sauvignon
Blanc and varieties of red grapes including Cabernet
Sauvignon and Zweigelt.
Their wines exhibit both richness and subtlety, elegantly
showing off their skill in blending artistry with science.
Markus Huber perfected his
skills as enologist working for such notable wineries
Jurtschitsch in Austria and also internationally, before
taking over as Cellar Master and General Manager of
the family business - Winzerhof Huber.
the cellar, our job is to receive the quality given
to us by nature," says
Markus. "We introduce as little
interference with the wine as possible, because the
less you move
the more it will thank you."
status as a world-class wine region has been a well-kept
secret for some time now. For many years, the wine-savvy
Austrians quietly drank
up most of the nation's production, while wine lovers
elsewhere were blissfully ignorant of the major qualitative
turnaround occurring there.
however, oenophiles outside Austria are catching
on and beginning to clamor for
the top wines. As a result, Gruner Veltliner's popularity
has been increasing rapidly as wine lovers discover
its remarkable versatility
with food and its distinctive flavor profile.
With aromas evocative of white flowers, citrus fruits,
white pepper, anise and even lentil
or celery, the variety offers a new range of aromatic
sensations for wine drinkers. When well-made, Gruner
Veltliner has plenty of flesh and power but still seems
lithe and silky in texture.
people know that Riesling wines have great aging
potential, but fewer know that Grüner
Veltliner tops even the Rieslings. In many tastings,
Grüner Veltliner wines from the 1970's and 1980's
have shown their huge potential for aging, outperforming
even the big white Burgundies.
2005 CANTINE SANT’AGATA RUCHE'
Sant’Agata has been a family-run operation
since its founding in 1916 by Stefano Cavallero, grandfather
to the present proprietors, Franco and Claudio. Stefano
built the original farmhouse and constructed the cellars
using tufa, the traditional building material of the
times. Cantine Sant'Agata is an "azienda agricola",
which is a classification reserved for wineries that
have their own vineyards and make all their wines from
their own grown grapes.
30 acre estate is located on the hills of Scurzolengo
in Piedmont and grows Ruche', Grignolino, Barbera,
Cortese, Chardonnay, and Nebbiolo grapes to produce
about 150,000 bottles of wine per year.
by a local priest who experimented with winemaking,
the family uprooted a parcel
of Barbera vines in favor of an obscure grape found
in the area. The Piedmont priest was gaining quite
a reputation for his wines, and the family took a
leap of faith by planting the
Ruche' grape in 1980.
say the Ruche' vines were originally imported
from Spain or France a century ago; others say the
to the Monferrato
hills around the city of Asti. Whatever the case,
Ruche' has only been cultivated commercially
for a few decades,
and the area only became a Denominazione di Origine
(DOC) in 1988, in recognition of
the quality and distinctiveness of Ruchè.
The official name of the DOC is Ruche' di
Castagnole Monferrati, and Sant’Agata,
making about 3,000 cases annually, is the largest
of its approximately
is truly a unique wine, explosively fragrant, intensely
showcasing dried wild-berry flavors in the smooth
which thrives in limited areas, is
truly a unique expression of the land and is capable
of producing superior wines. The Cavallero family
so strongly in the Ruche' grape
that they ferment the grape
only in stainless steel, believing that any attribute
wood might impart to the wine is unnecessary. Further,
by featuring the grape alone, their wines are distinctive,
tannic, yet unoaked - a step apart from oaked wines.
until the late 1980's, Ruche' grapes were used to
make only sweet wines.
by Jennifer is also proud to announce our new "Cellar
Club", featuring a new wine each month suitable for
long-term aging. Call the shop and ask for Jennifer for all
the details on this exciting new Club, or visit our Featured
Cellar Club Wine page for details on this month's selection.