Pairings for July 7 at Cure Organic Farm:
2016 Etienne Dupont, Cidre Brut, Normandy, France (750ml) $18.50
The Domaine Dupont Family estate, established in 1837, consists of 30 hectares (74 acres) of orchards in Normandy, in the heart of the Pays d'Auge region. A top quality producer, the estate produces ciders, pommeau and calvados. Etienne Dupont has been in charge of the Domain since 1980, when he took over from his father Louis and his grand father Jules.
E. Dupont sparkling cider displays tremendous complexity of apple, citrus, pine, lime, butter, and leather with notes of wood and roast cacao on the nose. The palate is marked by apple with a touch of wood, full bodied with light sweetness in the balance.
2017 Le Grand Bouqueteau Rosé, Chinon, France $26
Le Grand Bouqueteau is about as classic of a French chateau as you can get. Château du Coudray Montpensier, the owners of Le Grand Bouqueteau, was founded in the 11th Century, the current castle dates from the 14th and 15th Century and has been home to four noble families. The estate has undergone many additions and improvements since it's original construction, and now stands as a quintessential French estate spread over many hectares. In fact, the estate grew so big that it was abandoned in 1997 as a money-pit, but was purchased by Christian Feray in 2005.
Although Chateau du Coudray Montpensier predominantly serves as an event space, historical site, and tourist destination, they do also make a little bit of red and rosé wine. Made 100% from Cabernet France, the rosé is a pale orange color with notes of citrus and floral, and a hint of english peas that makes it an amazing pairing for light, summer meals.
2016 Volker Wein, Grüner Veltliner, Niederösterreich, Austria $27
Volker Donabaum, the founder of Volker Wines, has been in the wine industry practically since birth. He grew up on the Donabaum family estate in the Wachau in Austria, where the family has been making wine since 1833. Volker worked several harvests in Austria before working as an assistant winemaker in California, France, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Oregon and Canada. Having been recently featured by the James Beard Foundation and Wine Enthusiast, it’s no doubt his wines will just continue to gain in popularity. His namesake Grüner Veltliner is classical in many ways. The grapes are harvested and sorted by hand before being left to spontaneously ferment with native yeasts and age for seven months. Nice mouthfeel, subtle citrus and mineral notes with a touch of white radish make this a perfect pairing with salads or sashimi.
2016 Sattlerhof "Gamlitzer", Sauvignon Blanc, Sudsteiermark, Austria $42
While the Danube is responsible for producing top quality Riesling and Grüner Veltliner, the Südsteiermark is known for grapes like Sauvignon Blanc, Morillon (Chardonnay), and Gelber Muskateller. Actually, with its proximity to Italy’s Friuli Venezia Giulia region, the style is more similar to those wines than to the rest of Austria. When standing in the vineyards of Südsteiermark the Adriatic coastline is only 30-40 kilometers to the south. Willi Sattler was one of the producers involved with establishing the STK classification for the region and works hard to maintain the highest quality within his own winery as well as the region as a whole. Südsteiermark is still emerging on a global scale, but if you like great, dry white wines it is an area that you can’t ignore. The “Gamlitzer” is a single vineyard with a great aspect and a special blend of limey, sandy soils. These are serious wines with outstanding cellaring capabilities.
2017 Massican, 'Annia' White Blend, Napa Valley, California $61
Founded in 2009 by owner and winemaker Dan Petroski, Massican is an entirely white-wine-focused brand sourcing fruit from iconic Napa Valley vineyards and well as some fruit from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma. Although Massican relies on fruit from California’s North Coast, the inspiration for the brand rests in the fresh, aromatic whites of north-eastern Italy.
Massican’s core blend, ‘Annia’, recalls the classic white wine blends of Friuli, bringing together the Italian grapes of that region, 60% Ribolla Gialla and 31% Tocai Friulano, with 9% Chardonnay. Almond blossom and citrus blossom aromatics with a light note of salted lemon pull you to the palate which is delicate and lacy in its flavour presentation displaying a savoury evergreen note and persistent mineral length. The creamy wax mouthfeel with a tactile oak-tannin spice and texture is also accompanied by lovely stone fruits of baked apple and pear skin.
2015 Mas de Libian 'Khayyam' Côtes du Rhône, France $28
The Thibon family purchased this historic estate in 1670. Today, there are three sisters, Hélène, Catherine, and Cécile who all work in the wine business. Hélène and Catherine both live in Libian and run the family winery while Cécile resides in Bordeaux and works as an oenologist. The vineyards at this Rhône Valley estate are farmed meticulously according to the principles of Biodynamic farming. Furthermore, Mas de Libian is also Demeter certified for being Biodynamic. The clay-limestone soils of this area are perfectly balanced for producing wines with depth and precision. The limestone component adds a lift of acidity and brightness on the palate. This Côtes du Rhône shows tremendous purity and focus, with layers of vibrant fruit flavors. Dusty minerality folds delicately into the mix of dried red fruits, sage, and licorice spice.
2014 Riofavara, Nero D'Avola 'Spaccaforno', Eloro, Sicily $32
Located on the southern tip of the island of Sicily, the Riofavara estate is owned by the Padova family. The Padovas have tended vines in Sicily for almost a century, but it was not until 1993 that they began to bottle their own wine. A few years later, Massimo Padova took over the estate along with his sister Marianta, their cousin Antonella, and Massimo’s wife, Margherita. This energetic young team has worked tirelessly over the last dozen years to build a new winery and fine tune production techniques, resulting in wines with an impeccable expression of the terroir. Riofavara is located in the Noto Valley, just a few minutes down the road from the town that gave Nero d’Avola its name, and was the first producer to dignify this grape with the use of its own indigenous yeasts. The Estate is also certified organic.
‘Spaccaforno’ is crafted from 30 year old Nero D’Avola vines grown on limestone soil in the Eloro DOC. A deep ruby-colored wine with a gorgeous nose of ripe cherries, black plums, sweet spices and dried flowers, this wine has lush fruit, mineral driven acidity, great structure, and present but well-integrated tannins.
2014 Avante, Ribera del Duero, Spain $36
Jorge Ordóñez has helped redefine the landscape for Spanish importers through building proper channels to get the wines from the estate to the US using refrigerated trucks to ensure the quality was not compromised during transit. He has taken that same comprehensive approach to his wineries as well. This Ribera del Duero wine is produced using 100% Tinto Fino from the vineyard of La Nava. These organic Gobelet trained vines are dry farmed and harvested by hand. The chalk and sand soils serve as the foundation to produce wines with power and detail. 22 months in French Oak barrels adds flavors of toast, smoke, sweet vanilla, and brown spice. The Avante is internationally styled with a polished core of ripe dark fruits. There is a suggestion of dust and mineral with dark chocolate, violets, and dried brush.
Dan Brooker of the Boulder Wine Merchant has chosen wines to accompany our menu. There is more than one wine available for each course to allow you to choose the wine or wines that best suit your taste and budget. These wines are available for purchase from the Boulder Wine Merchant, and will be delivered to you at the table. Wine purchases are limited to one bottle per guest in the party. A small delivery and handling fee has been added to the retail price of the bottle.
For insurance reasons, guests may not bring their own alcoholic beverages to a farm dinner.