Pairings for July 11 at Munson Farm:
François Cazin 2013 Cour-Cheverny—The Loire valley is one of my favorite viticultural places in France. The wealth of grapes grown and styles of wines produced boggles the mind. This wine is produced from the ancient Romorantin grape. This grape is only found in Cour Cheverny! In the hands of such a talented wine maker, this rare grape reaches great heights. Find citrus, white flowers, and minerality on the nose. On the palate, the minerality takes the forefront. This is one of the most mineralistic wines I've ever had! Look for lemon curd, unripe melon, and green apple to follow. A truly interesting wine from a unique and rare grape. $25.98
Weingut Lagler 2014 Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Burgberg—The Lagler family has lived on this beautiful estate at Rote Torgasse since 1789. Yet, it was only in the late 1970s that the Laglers decided to go from grape-growing to winemaking. Instead of selling his grapes, Karl Lagler began producing first class, fruit-driven wines. His vineyards are found at top locations in Spitz like Steinborz, Tausendeimerberg, and Burgberg, where old vines combine with natural farming techniques and other quality-oriented measures to yield excellent results. All work is done by hand, including harvest. Today, the Lagler family is known as one of the most charismatic families in the Wachau, and their wines command respect among top restaurants worldwide. These wines represent the true character of the western area of the Wachau. On the nose look for some of the classic Grüner aromas- white pepper, citrus, and a savory note reminiscent of lentils. On the palate, fruit comes to the forefront, with peach, citrus, and a touch of tropical fruit. Look for some weight on the palate, with a fair amount of food friendly acidity. Grüner is a great match with all sorts of vegetables! $33.98
Gerard Boulay 2014 Sancerre a Chavignol—This family domaine of 9ha located in Chavignol can trace its history back to 1380. The land records for that year mention a Jean Boulay as owner of vineyards in Chavignol. At the time, the Clos de Beaujeu in Chavignol was already known for the quality of its white wine which is remarkable since Sancerre was known as a red wine area until after phylloxera. Gerard Boulay works the soil manually. The youngest vines at the domaine were planted by Mr. Boulay in 1972. The average vine age is about 45 years old. The wines ferment naturally. He adds no yeast and minimal amounts of SO2. The Sancerre-Chavignol is fermented in tank and undergoes a light filtration before bottling. This is a great classical example of Sancerre. Look for wild aromatics of tangerine, lemongrass, white flowers, and a flinty character. On the palate, find gooseberries, oranges, and lemon peel all framed by a crackling acidity. A crisp finish cleans the palate for another bite of food. $41.98
F. X. Barc 2010 Bourgueil 'Les Collis’—François Xavier Barc used to be the winemaker at the prestigious Domaine Charles Joguet. In 2010, he had the opportunity to start out on his own and was able to use contacts he'd made to source the finest fruits from many single vineyard parcels throughout the central Loire valley. He currently produces wines from appellations including Saint-Nicholas de Bourgueil and Montlouis-sur-Loire. The grapes for this wine are sourced from a single vineyard and are grown on clay and gravel soil. This 100% Cabernet Franc is spicy, with red fruit, blackberry, and a lush, velvety tannin finish. $33.98
Il Colle 2012 Rosso di Montalcino—While many know the joys of Brunello, that most exquisite Tuscan example of the Sangiovese grape in action, many are also familiar with how pricey Brunellos often get. In many cases Brunello’s younger brother, the Rosso di Montalcino, can be a terrific and amazingly affordable stand-in. Typically the second wine from each estate is released slightly earlier, and is sometimes made from younger vines, but other than that the same expertise brought to the high-end wine is also applied lovingly to these approachable and delicious younger wines. We recently discovered this fantastically delicate example from a very small family producer. It shows notes of raspberries, plums, currants and cherries with hints of iris, lavender, violet, licorice, myrtle and rhubarb. An incredibly complex wine with all the definition of a Brunello, but for half the cost! $38.98
RPM 2013 Gamay Noir—RPM was conceived in 2010 and is a collaboration between Nathan Roberts, and Duncan Arnot Meyers of Arnot-Roberts and Rajat Parr of Michael Mina and Sandhi Wines. The goal of RPM is to produce world class Gamay Noir from the granitic soils of California’s Sierra Foothills. With the help of Steve Edmunds, RPM has been able to secure fruit from the two plantings of Gamay Noir that exist in California, both farmed by Ron Mansfield. The first release was the 2011 vintage. Gamay is the grape of Beaujolais and also found in insolated pockets in the Northern Rhone. In fact, it is one of the Rhone examples that has really stood out as an interesting and unique wine in my head. Look for a dark ruby color in the glass, with lots of red fruit in aromatics and on the palate. Baked cherry, cranberry, raspberry, and touch of spice all come out to play in the lively palate. Just a touch of tannin provides a finish to the wine. I could see fans of California Pinots or Cru Beaujolais being a fan of this wine! $44.98
Andy Rose 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.
The deadline for purchasing wine for the Munson Farm Dinner is
8 PM on Friday, July 10.
Powder Keg Brewing Company 'Lettre Rouge’—Powder Keg is a relatively new addition to the local craft beer scene. Located in Niwot, they had quickly made an impression with their standard line up of beers as well as some of their specialty barrel aged sours. This beer falls solidy into the latter category. A delicate but vibrant hazy pink color in the glass, the aromas of the Cabernet barrels used to age this beer come through immediately. Look for dark fruit, tart red cherry, and beyond that, just a touch of hibiscus and citrus. Lightly tart on the palate, find a continuance of red fruit, hibiscus, and citrus. The finish is accentuated but not dominated by the hibicus, and a streaming carbonation helps clear the palate. This is a great food beer! Please note this is one 375mL bottle. $12.98
La Collina NV Lambrusco Dell'Emilia 'Quaresimo’—While I've checked red wine, this is a traditional Lambrusco- red, dry, and sparkling. The La Collina coop was started in 1975 by twelve friends with the goal of living like family and helping those from the area who were having problems with drugs. The farm current grows vegetables, fruit, grape vines, cereal grains, and fodder for the oxen and pigs they keep. They have been Demeter certified biodynamic since 1985, and produce their wines simply, following tradition. The acidity of this wine, combined with the bubbles, can pair well with pasta in a buttery sauce and stand up to rich meat dishes at the same time. $26.98