Pairings for June 3 at Cure Organic Farm:
2016 Triennes Rosé, Provence, France $26
This project started in 1990 by three friends, one of which was Jacques Seysses, founder of Domaine Dujac in Burgundy. As a producer of wines with terroir, the focus of Domaine Triennes has always been in the vineyard. Situated just thirty miles from the Mediterranean coast, the aim is purity with a classic expression of the soil and environment — simple winemaking without cosmetics. From the hillside vineyards south of Aix, the grapes are night harvested to retain freshness of fruit. The 2016 vintage is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Merlot, with a beautiful bouquet of strawberries, white flowers and a hint of vanilla. Light and nimble with a harmonious freshness, this wine has earned appreciation throughout the world of what the great rosés from Provence can offer. ~Brett Zimmerman
2014 Domaine du Monteillet, Le Blanc d'en Face, Rhône Valley, France $33
Located in Condrieu, high up on a gorgeous west-facing slope overlooking the Rhône River, Domaine du Monteillet is managed by the young and charismatic Stéphane Montez. Stéphane represents the 10th generation of winemakers for the Domaine founded in 1732. With two years of international travel, working in vineyards around the world, and the first generation to formally study viticulture and winemaking, Stéphane brought a fresh perspective to the winery when he took over from his father in 1997. A small but high quality producer, Domaine du Monteillet produces wine, both red and white, from some of the best appellations in the northern Rhône.
Le Blanc d’en Face is a blend of 40% Chardonnay and 60% Cugnette, vines averaging 5-20 years old grown on schist soil. Cugnette, also known as Jacquère, is primarily grown in the Savoie and Loire Valley regions of France with a small portion grown in the northern Rhône appellation of Condrieu. This wine has delicate notes of pear, white peach, yellow apple and grapefruit with a hint of white flowers and flinty minerality.
2015 Cantina Bolzano, 'Mock' Sauvignon, Alto Adige/Sudtirol, Italy $41
A cooperative winery formed in 2001 by a merger between two historic wineries founded in the early 1900s, Cantina Bolzano is a top quality producer making wines in the north-eastern region of Italy known as Trentino-Alto Adige. They work with 220 of the best growers in the region crafting wines from indigenous varietals as well grape varieties grown worldwide.
The ‘Mock’ wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc grown on steep gravelly slopes. It showcases a perfect balance between vegetal, floral and fruity notes. Nettle, tomato leaf, green pepper and mint create a wonderful bouquet along with scents of peach, pink grapefruit, acacia and elderflower. Subtle mineral notes of flint, crisp acidity and a pleasantly full mouthfeel make this wine a perfect companion to flavorful, freshly harvested produce.
2013 Château Simone, Palette Blanc Grand Cru, Provence, France $95
Situated in the hills just south of Aix-en-Provence, Château Simone has been in the hands of the Rougier family for two centuries holding a virtual monopoly on the appellation of Palette. This historic estate encompasses 20 hectares of vineyards that sit on limestone soils at elevations between 500 and 750 feet above sea level on the slopes of Montaiguet. The appellation of Palette has a very special microclimate influenced by the encircling pine forests, the mass of Mont Sainte-Victoire and the Arc River. The vineyards were reconstructed after the invasion of phylloxera and many of the vines are over a century old. Chateau Simone crafts a white, rose and red wine.
The Palette Blanc (2013 is current vintage) is predominantly fashioned from Clairette, small amounts of Grenache Blanc and Ugni Blanc, and a dash of Bourboulenc, Muscat Blanc, Picpoul, Furmint and Sémillon. The grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, lightly pressed and wild-yeast fermented for 15 to 20 days in small wooden vats. It is then aged for one year in 20–30 hl casks and one year in older barrels. Animated by a bouquet of honeysuckle, pine-resin and white peach with a potpourri of stone fruits and a creamy edge on the palate, this wine slowly evolves into a masterpiece in the glass leaving you with a lingering finish built on a mass of minerality. Similar to Hermitage Blanc and Bordeaux Blanc in its regal structure, this wine has a dazzling finesse, clarity and drive. There is no question drinking Château Simone is an inspiring experience.
2014 Château Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent 'Couvent des Thorins', Beaujolais, France $36
Located in the southernmost tip of the Burgundy region, Moulin-à-Vent was one of the first appellations awarded AOC status in 1936. Château du Moulin-à-Vent, named for the 300 year old stone windmill atop the hill of Les Thorins, dates back to 1732, when it was called Château des Thorins. Today, the estate encompasses 37 hectares (91.4 acres) of the appellation’s finest climats planted to Gamay Noir averaging 40 years in age.
‘Couvent des Thorins’ is sourced from three parcels located on the lower areas of the Moulin-à-Vent appellation. A very good vintage, 2014 produced well balanced and expressive wines. This wine contains 25% whole cluster with 60% aged for 14 months in used, French oak barrels. A delicious wine with notes of black current, raspberry, violets, dark cherry and a hint of anise and potting soil, ‘Couvent des Thorins’ is a perfect accompaniment for the sweet and the savory.
2015 La Gerla, Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy $43
Fattoria La Gerla, named for the large, old-fashioned, conical baskets that grapeharvesters used to carry on their backs, was founded in 1978 by the late Sergio Rossi. Originally from Milan, Mr. Rossi purchased the property known then as Podere Colombaio Santi in 1976. The property contained 6.5 hectare of vineyards and an ancient farmhouse. Upon renaming the property La Gerla, Mr. Rossi then set about restoring the estate and replanting the vines using selection massale (a French wine growing term for the practice of replanting new vineyards with cuttings from exceptional old vines from the same, or nearby, property).
Today, La Gerla consists of 11.5 hectares, divided between the original 6.5 hectare vineyard in Canalicchio (Montalcino) and an additional 5 hectares in Castelnuovo dell’Abate. The Canalicchio vineyard consists of abundant marl and chalk while the Castelnuovo vineyard is more sandy and silty whilst maintaining a base of chalk.
La Gerla Rosso di Montalcino is 100% Sangiovese from a blend of both the Canalicchio and Castelnuovo vineyards and is aged for 1 year in Slovenian Oak casks and another 6 months in bottle. Along with the delicate oak influence, this wine is scented with dark cherry, cloves and tea leaves that are echoed on the palate with ripe, smooth tannins and bright acidity.
2013 Les Crêtes, Syrah 'Coteau la Tour', Valle d'Aosta, Italy $73
Originally from France, the Charrère family moved in the mid 1700s to what is now the Aosta Valley of Italy. Starting out as farmers and millers, the Charrères planted their first 2 hectares of grapes in 1955, focusing on making quality wines out of the indigenous vinifera varieties grown in the Aosta Valley. Located in northwest Italy, the Aosta Valley is Italy’s smallest and least populated region. It is an alpine valley with grape growing conditions typically associated with mountain elevations. Close to Mont Blanc and surrounded on three sides by the Italian, French and Swiss Alps, it is a beautiful and unique part of Italy.
In 1989, the Charrère family enlarged the original estate and built the Les Crêtes winery. With 25 hectares (62 acres) of grapes dedicated to wine production, Les Crêtes is the largest privately held vineyard and winery operation in the Aosta Valley. Les Crêtes vineyards are planted with both indigenous vinifera varieties (Petite Arvine, Petit Rouge, Fumin, Mayolet, Cornalin) as well as the more traditional vinifera varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Muscat) which are also well adapted to the region’s climate and soil conditions.
The ‘Coteau la Tour’ Syrah displays notes of fresh blueberries, clove spice, black pepper and a very slight touch of hazelnut on the nose. It is full and round on the palate with dark fruit and smoky cedar elements. A long finish with bright, fresh acidity and firm tannins, this wine is a lovely expression of Syrah.
De Ranke, XX Bitter Belgian Golden Ale, Belgium $16 (750mL)
The XX Bitter Golden Ale is a delightful, well balanced beer whose flavors are in perfect harmony with its weight and texture. Crafted with pilsner malt and a combination of Brewers Gold and Hallertau hop flowers, this beer displays notes of bright citrus with light herbal tones possessing a delicate complexity that is perfect for Farm to Table fare.
Catherine Walker 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.