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June 4, 2014

Wine Enthusiast featured the gorgeous Untended Chardonnay from Donkey and Goat 2012 in their round-up of whites for springy activities. Drinking this while planting a garden?! Sounds like a revelation to me.  $42

Wine Enthusiast featured the gorgeous Untended Chardonnay from Donkey and Goat 2012 in their round-up of whites for springy activities. Drinking this while planting a garden?! Sounds like a revelation to me.  $42

May 13, 2014

NEW WINE ALERT

True Myth Chardonnay, Edna Valley 2013

True Myth is a SIP Certified Sustainable Chardonnay from the ridiculously beautiful Edna Valley AVA, of which the Niven Family were pioneers.  Their wine is dedicated to Mother Nature, giving thanks and paying homage. Crisp and ripe, bright and balanced- the light, uplifting citrus quality is belayed by a strong, persistent finish of spicy vanilla bean and baking spice.  We’ve been looking high and low for this kind of quality, oaked Chardonnay at a good price and True Myth is everything we wanted, and more!  $16

October 30, 2013

NEW WINE FROM THE NEW WORLD!

Hallelujah! Our domestic wine shelves got one helluva boost recently!

St. Innocent Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011: From the winemaker:spicy notes… balanced with bright acidity and rich, broad mid-palate tannins. Darker red fruits and dark flowers take over into the finish…” $40

Chapter 24 Two Messengers Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2011: Earthy and savory until thoroughly decanted, when bright cranberry fruit and lingering aromatics really come out to play. “Burgundian”. $34

Claar Cellars Cabernet-Merlot, Columbia Valley 2010: Aged in a thoughtful combination of new and neutral oak barrels, this well-balanced blend boasts bold, vibrant fruit, peppery spice, and a perfectly smooth finish. $18

Vending Machine Winery Horror Show, Napa Valley 2010: For the adventurous, a freaky-good blend of 35% Souzao, 33% Montepulciano, and 33% Tannat. Winemaker notes: “The introduction is not a handshake or friendly hug, but more aggressive. The tension eases as the fruit develops in your mouth and gives you a sense of comfort in it’s roundness and structure. Just when you feel safe, the thrill ramps up like a graveyard shovel hit to the mouth. Surprisingly enough though, in the end, like all good horror shows, the wine emerges as a hero leaving you with only a few nicks and bruises, but anxious to go through it all again” $32 

Martian Ranch Parallax, Santa Barbara County 2011: 100% Mourvedre, a thick skinned, hearty grape, that in this case creates ripe, vivid juice with hints of leather, blueberries, and dark plums and just the slightest tinge of candied red fruit.  Exciting and full of character. $27

Brea Chardonnay, Los Alamos 2011: Fresh and clean, crisp and pure- with no oak whatsoever! White flowers, green grapes, and apricots hit you on the nose, then on the palate.  Stellar pairing for seafood. $14

Wonderwall Pinot Noir, Edna Valley 2012: A side project of Andrew Jones, the winemaker behind cultish label Field Recordings.  He sources from awesome, under-appreciated sites around the Central Coast, in this case Pinot Noir from the Agro-Jalisco Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley and the Spanish Springs Vineyard in Edna Valley.  Light, lush, cheeky, and a little nerdy, just like the Gallagher Brothers. $25

Soos Creek Champoux Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills 2010: Washington State Bordeaux blend.  Steven Tanzer says it best: “Pure cabernet sauvignon-dominated aromas of black cherry, cassis and licorice. It’s glossy and sweet on the palate, with pristine, highly concentrated dark berry, black cherry and bitter chocolate flavors” $48

Qupe "Y" Block Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County 2012: Incredibly well-made Cali Chard!  All the buttery, oaky goodness you love from the West Coast with the old-world style minerality and bright acidity we love from Chardonnay. $24

October 2, 2013

We’ve been so busy this past month tasting and shelving new wines, that we haven’t had a chance to tell you about them!

TOP

Dipinti Pinot Grigio Vignetti Delle Dolomiti, 2012: A P.G. with tons of character! Aromatic and crisp, tangerines and white flowers $14

Promesses de France Cotes du Rhone, 2012: Easy drinking, classic blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre $16

Domaine Chiroulet Terres Blanches, 2011: Like Bonhoste and Uby had a baby!  A sustainable blend of Gros Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc, and Ugni Blanc aged one month on the lees.  Bright and mineral rich! $16

MIDDLE

Agricultura Vinha Regional Alentejano, 2011: a dark and juicy Southern Portuguese red blend of 30% Touriga Nacional, 40% Trincadeira and 30% Aragonez (Tempranillo!) $13

Vincent Ricard Le Petiot Touraine Sauvignon Blanc, 2012: Clean, zingy Sauvignon Blanc with just a touch of green-ness. Infinitely thirst quenching! $16

Charles Helfenbeim St. Alban St. Julien, 2011: Incredibly refined Rhone Syrah, spicy and deep with great structure. Drink with meat! $25

BOTTOM

Gilles Louvet Bulles D’O Blanquette de Limoux: France’s original sparkling wine (Pre-Champagne!), soft bubbles, elegant fruit and minerality in tandem. Delightful and celebratory. $21

Benegas Don Tiburcio, 2010: Mendoza’s answer to Bordeaux! Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Big and bold, large and in charge! $18

Clara Benegas Chardonnay, 2012: Rich, buttery, and tropical! New World style from old vines in Mendoza. $13

March 13, 2013

Beautiful dinner with some perfect weeknight wines. VRAC Macon ($11) and Gerbino Rosso ($13) pair wonderfully with whatever your in-house chef whips up. (at Dandelion Wine)

Beautiful dinner with some perfect weeknight wines. VRAC Macon ($11) and Gerbino Rosso ($13) pair wonderfully with whatever your in-house chef whips up. (at Dandelion Wine)

February 22, 2013

Researchers have discovered that a chemical in the brain causes women to talk more than men… Yeah, it’s called ‘Chardonnay’.
Jimmy Fallon, 2/21/13

October 22, 2012

Domaine de Montbourgeau L’Étoile 2008
"Another great deal from the Jura, this is largely chardonnay with perhaps a little savagnin thrown in. Nicole Dériaux of Montbourgeau, from the L’Étoile appellation, is one of my favorite Jura producers. Usually I choose her savagnin, made in the sous-voile style, under the veil of a sherry-style yeast, which gives the wines nutty, fino-like flavors. The chardonnay is tangy, dry and persistent. It has the twang of sous-voile, and though less severe than the savagnin, it still suggests the mystery and depth of the best Jura cuvées."
- Eric Asimov, NYTimes, October 22, 2012
A favorite of ours for years… this is the perfect time of year to enjoy this wine.  Pairs beautifully with roasted root vegetables or butternut squash soup… YUM.

Domaine de Montbourgeau L’Étoile 2008

"Another great deal from the Jura, this is largely chardonnay with perhaps a little savagnin thrown in. Nicole Dériaux of Montbourgeau, from the L’Étoile appellation, is one of my favorite Jura producers. Usually I choose her savagnin, made in the sous-voile style, under the veil of a sherry-style yeast, which gives the wines nutty, fino-like flavors. The chardonnay is tangy, dry and persistent. It has the twang of sous-voile, and though less severe than the savagnin, it still suggests the mystery and depth of the best Jura cuvées."

- Eric Asimov, NYTimes, October 22, 2012

A favorite of ours for years… this is the perfect time of year to enjoy this wine.  Pairs beautifully with roasted root vegetables or butternut squash soup… YUM.

September 23, 2012

Yesterday was the first day of FALL—so I had a summer BBQ to celebrate!  While I chopped the potatoes and marinated the pork, I sipped on our new Austrian Chardonnay, Werlitsch Morillon 2008.  I LOVED it.  Tons of bright acidity and mouth-drying minerality but with a long, round finish of stone fruit and citrus.  I didn’t want to share any it was so good… but I did, and everyone else loved it too!  Why didn’t I bring 2 bottles home???  All you Gruner fans should give this guy a try and see why Chardonnay is one of the noblest grapes of all. 

Once dinner was on the table, we cracked another new addition to Dandelion, Bebame Red 2011.  A natural wine from California that is made from 93% Cabernet Franc and 7% Gamay.  An unusual, but successful blend!  A very expressive, pleasantly light red that was easy drinking.  Even my Pinot Noir-loving-wine-snob dad loved it!  ”Tastes like a great Pinot!”, he said.  Yeah, sort of.  It’s delicate with very subtle red fruit and earth notes.  Delicious.  What a great way to say ‘Adios!’ to the summer of 2012.

-Lily

WERLITSCH MORILLON 2008 VOM OPOK Certified Organic Austria $23

BEBAME RED 2011 Natural Wine from California $21

May 19, 2012

Exciting News! CHANNING DAUGHTERS AT DANDY!

Meg took a trip to the winery a weekend or 2 ago and fell in love with so many of their wines, and today we got 3 of them. Meg will fill you in on her trip sometime soon, and we may get more of these local gems later on, but in the meantime, here is some info on what we’ve got!

L’Enfant Sauvage Chardonnay $36
L’Enfant Sauvage is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes hand-harvested from our Brick Kiln and Sculpture Garden vineyards here in Bridgehampton. The grapes are gently whole cluster-pressed, the juice settled overnight and racked into new French and Slovenian oak barrels and filled to the top. The ambient/wild/spontaneous (whatever you want to call them) yeast kick in and the wine ferments. The secondary malo-lactic fermentation also happens spontaneously and we leave the wine on its lees until blending and bottling. In the past L’Enfant has spent 13-14 months in oak….beginning with the 2008 and now again with the 2009 vintage the wine spends 18 months in barrel. This way it has a chance to live through two winters in barrel and as the Burgundians’ say “then able to stand on its own two feet”. So, how is the wine? Delicious, rich, elegant, satisfying, juicy and complex! Our 2009 L’Enfant Sauvage is a beautiful clear gold color and possesses clean, youthful flavors and aromas of golden apples, lemon curd, pears, just-baked brioche, pineapple, brown baking spices and salty minerals. The wine is dry, full bodied, has balanced acidity and alcohol…and a long, complex, persistent finish. The aromas and flavors are fairly intense and long-lasting yet there is restraint, elegance and finesse balancing the rich, barrel-fermented style. The wine is just plain yummy and easily competes with the big names from California and Burgundy. One of the very rewarding aspects of L’Enfant is how approachable it is in its youth yet it really is a wine meant for 5-10 years of aging in bottle. It is thrilling to see the wine develop beautifully and still offer remarkable freshness, aliveness and potential for further development at six or eight or ten years of age. As always L’Enfant is a great match for lobster, scallops, truffles, roast chicken, goose, salmon, artic char and mushroom dishes. On April 26, 2011 a mere 177 cases were bottled by gravity. -The Winery


2011 Rosato di Refosco -Home Farm Vineyard $21
Wonderfully surprising rosato…Classic pink color, sweet red and black fruit character, pronounced aromatics…rich, robust, exuberant and most importantly fun! Crisp, balanced rosato…alpine wild strawberries (fraise des bois), ripe blackberries, black raspberries and other bramble fruit…also floral, citrus and mineral notes…lengthy finish. Match with prosciutto and melon, fricos, fish salads or tacos, pastas, porchetta and poultry. 275 cases made. All eight of the Rosati were made from hand-harvested fruit that was whole cluster-pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. All of the Rosati are dry, balanced and delicious and the color comes only from the 3-4 hours in the press. This is red fruit selected specially for pink wine production that is processed like we were making white wine. -The Winery


2010 Blaufränkisch - Sylvanus Vineyard $29
Over the years this variety has proven its affinity with our climate and we love to use it both as a blending grape and as a varietal bottling. Our 2010 Sylvanus Vineyard Blaufränkisch is comprised of 80% Blaufränkisch and 20% Dornfelder. We feel Dornfelder is a great match as a blending grape with its darker color, and briary, bramble and spice fruit character. The 2010 wine has a dark ruby-red colored rim with purple inflections and a translucent core. The aromas and flavors are full of lilacs, iris’, raspberries, black raspberries, plums, boysenberries, violets, brown spice and black pepper. This is a dry, supple, sexy wine with Burgundian texture and great concentration. These Blaufränkisch grapes were simply picked, placed in bins and the wine completed fermentation with ambient yeast. The alcohol is on the light side of moderate at only 11.6%, the acids juicy and balanced, the tannins are present but soft, and the wine offers a great deal of pleasure and a long delicious finish. All the fruit was hand-picked from our Sylvanus vineyard here in Bridgehampton on the South Fork, de-stemmed, crushed by foot and punched down by hand in small one ton bins. The wine spent 16 months in five hogsheads and three puncheons of old French and Slovenian oak. The wine was bottled by gravity without fining or filtration on February 14th, 2012. Our 2010 Blaufränkisch Sylvanus Vineyard is a great match with venison, pork roasts, meatballs, duck, game birds, veal chops, hard mountain and washed rind cheeses as well as earthy grain and squash based dishes. This wine would also be a great choice for richer fish preparations. 328 cases produced -The Winery

May 1, 2012

We’re loving the 2009 Petit Chablis from Domaine des Marronniers, paired with my new Wu Tang album!  Unoaked Chardonnay from the North end of the Burgundy region, winemaker Bernard Legland thanks the natural terroir for the wine’s racy acidity and bracing minerality. “Why would we want to hide what we get from our soil?”, he exclaims! We agree, whole heartedly.
A French website we translated with the help of Google says:

Marie-Claude Bernard and Legland settled in 1976 in Préhy, south of the appellation. Leading today twenty hectares, they offer a small-windfall from vines fifteen years, a perfect typicality. Behind the pale gold color, the nose opens into the flower and fruit. An elegant minerality underlines the mouth rich, full and fruity, long and narrow. To drink without waiting until the fun is already there.

Huh, how about that.
Cheers!
xoxo- The Tuesday Girls
(Meg and Claire)

We’re loving the 2009 Petit Chablis from Domaine des Marronniers, paired with my new Wu Tang album!  Unoaked Chardonnay from the North end of the Burgundy region, winemaker Bernard Legland thanks the natural terroir for the wine’s racy acidity and bracing minerality. “Why would we want to hide what we get from our soil?”, he exclaims! We agree, whole heartedly.

A French website we translated with the help of Google says:

Marie-Claude Bernard and Legland settled in 1976 in Préhy, south of the appellation. Leading today twenty hectares, they offer a small-windfall from vines fifteen years, a perfect typicality. Behind the pale gold color, the nose opens into the flower and fruit. An elegant minerality underlines the mouth rich, full and fruity, long and narrow. To drink without waiting until the fun is already there.

Huh, how about that.

Cheers!


xoxo- The Tuesday Girls

(Meg and Claire)