After almost 4 decades of work with vineyards in France and Italy as an importer and distributor, Kermit Lynch has gained an unmatched level of knowledge and expertise in this crazy industry. In the last few years, he’s applied his experience and capitalized on his close relationships with growers and winemakers on a new project- consulting on wines with his very own label.
His 2010 Cypress Cuvee Cotes du Rhone, made by Louis Barruol comes from 30+ year old vines, mostly from the red clay vineyards of the Vin Sobre appellation. 75% Syrah, 15% Grenache, and 10% Mourvedre, vinified and aged in concrete tanks, make up this classic, elegant wine, with hosts of black fruits and spicy cracked pepper notes. Burgers, steaks, eggplant parm, rainy nights, starving artists… this is a stand-out on our Rhone shelf right now, priced just right for any night of the week at $17!
We just received this BEAUTIFUL Rosé Champagne, Beyonce just released her last record on Vinyl, and it’s the freakin’ weekend, baby! So many things to celebrate!
J. Lassalle Cuvee Spéciale Rosé Champagne, $110
OUR NEW FAVORITE THING IN THE STORE! This tastes the way that fresh baked pastries smell, the scent wafting from the bakeries in the early morning on the streets of Paris. Bready and rich, with soft red fruit… it’s just so beautiful I can hardly stand it. I suggest you find something, anything, to celebrate as soon as physically possible, because this splurge is totally worth it. You only live once, so live it up!
New Wine Alert!
FATTORIA MORETTO LAMBRUSCO $25
From Kermit Lynch Imports comes this organic, hand-picked Lambrusco. An elegantly dry, ruby-red colored Lambrusco with aromas of fresh red fruit… think raspberries and wild strawberries! Pairs well with tortellinis, pizza, summer salads, or just about anything off the grill.
From the importer: “The vineyards of Fattoria Moretto are located in the heart of the hills of Castelvetro, near the famous town of Modena, where a silt and clay soil gives fresh, mineral wines. The Altarivas also choose to highlight the local grape Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro by vinifying it alone, resulting in an intense, terroir-driven Lambrusco with a nose serious enough for even the most knowledgeable wine connoisseur.”
Sticky days call for chilled wine. This is what we’re drinking… a brand new bubbly from Savoie, France. A fresh and chalky blend of Molette and Altesse. A Kermit Lynch import.
LAMBERT DE SEYSSEL PETIT ROYAL $21
Seyssel may be unknown to many oenophiles today, but the vineyards of this small appellation are regularly mentioned in documents dating back to at least the 11th century, and with the development of sparkling wine production methods in the 19th century a new Seyssel mousseux was created that quickly gained great popularity. Even Queen Victoria is said to have enjoyed the region’s sparkling wines during spa stays in neighboring towns. The “Royal Seyssel” label (originally called “Royal Carte Bleue”), launched in 1901 by the Varichon and Clerc families, was considered for many years to be the best sparkling Seyssel on the market. But when the operation was purchased in the 1990s by a large Burgundian négociant, quality suffered badly, and in 2007 the owners finally closed the local winery, keeping only the rights to the name ‘Varichon et Clerc’ in order to shift the name recognition in the market to their other sparkling wines. Dismayed to see what their great local wine had come to, Seysselans Gérard and Catherine Lambert teamed up with Olivier Varichon, great-grandson of the founder, to buy back the Royal Seyssel label and recreate the light, floral wine that was once so renowned.
The sparkling wines of Seyssel indulge in the same méthode traditionnelle production techniques used for Champagne, and Lambert de Seyssel takes it one step further by aging the Royal Seyssel for at least three years before disgorging it, giving the wine more complex, distinguished aromas and a fine perlage than the competition, which ages only the legal minimum of nine months. The house style is also quite dry (low dosage) in order to preserve the character of the grape varieties.
New Wine Alert! Here are some new bottles that arrived this week…
Teutonic Wine Company 2011 Riesling Willamette Valley: A super small-production winery making high-quality wines in the style of Germany and Alsace. Lower alcohol (9.5%), higher elegance. Great with food! $25
Casa d’Ambra Ischia Bianco: This savory white from a small island in the bay of Naples tastes like the sea air that blows on the vineyard. $17
Domaine de la Pauline 2010 Sancerre: A Sancerre lover’s dream. Lemons, limes, wild thyme, a kiss of jalepeno… your jowls will tingle from the acidity. Tang AND body. $25
Chateau des Tours Brouilly 2010: Sometimes a half bottle is all you need, and this one is a bright and beautiful Beaujolais perfect for chilling and chillin’… $12.50
Altes Herencia 2011 Garnacha Negra: You might think we’re Garnacha-crazy around here, but Spain has so many great values in that category, and this is our newest favorite for $13. So well-balanced and quaffable, it’s a good idea to stock up on this one.
Kermit Lynch Selections 2009 Cotes du Rhone: Long-term relationships with vineyards and winemakers in France gives Kermit a great opportunity to select the best of the best… this Cotes du Rhone is one of his selections. Blackberries and plum fruit. $16
I giggled my way through this article in this week’s New York Magazine…
How Rappers Influenced the Moscato Boom by Willy Staley
And it reminded us of another (perhaps more relevant) article from the Wall Street Journal published last month…
Why You’ll Be Drinking Moscato This Year by Lettie Teague
The WSJ article mentioned one of two of our Moscatos we carry:
"Paolo Saracco Moscato: The Piedmontese producer has long enjoyed a faithful following for his first-rate Moscato d’Asti wines. The fresh peach aromas are intense and beguiling and its slight sparkle and low alcohol (6%) makes it an especially refreshing dessert—or “in lieu of dessert”—wine.” $13/half bottle
Elvio Tintero Moscato: Imported by Kermit Lynch, this aromatic Moscato is fragrant of various types of flowers. It is delicately sweet and playful and pairs perfectly with cheese, desserts, and fruit. It is also excellent served chilled on its own, like the rappers do it… $19/full bottle
New Organic French Cabernet Sauvignon imported by Kermit Lynch
Cyriaque Rozier, the highly acclaimed winemaker and vineyard manager at Château La Roque, makes his own wine under the label Château Fontanès in Pic St-Loup in the Languedoc. Though Cyriaque is within the boundaries of the appellation Pic St-Loup, the lion’s share of his production is Cabernet Sauvignon, a grape varietal that is outside of the constraints set for the A.O.C. in the Languedoc. This means that in lieu of getting an A.O.C. cru status, he must take a Vin de Pays d’Oc designation. The trade-off for Cyriaque is that he gets to make his wines his way, and we, in turn, get an incredible price—a mutually beneficial trade-off. Being rebellious seems to come naturally to a man of such innate talent, and the elegance of his wines are proof enough in a region where bigger is often considered better. Make no mistake, raw terroir and spicy garrigue abound in these wines, with rich, juicy fruit and silky tannins.
”Lavender, thyme, perilla and black cherry notes join the smell of Cabernet’s deep raspberry…”
"Deep raspberry fruit and concentrated structure. The palate cleansing tannins are mature and ripe, giving the wine a lengthy and refreshing finish…”
N e w K e r m i t L y n c h I m p o r t s a t D a n d e l i o n :
1. ELVIRO TINTERO “GRANGIA” VINO BIANCO SECCO
Ever-so-slightly sparkling white blend from Piedmont (50% Favorita, 25% Moscato, 20% Arneis, 5% Chardonnay)… it is light and fruity and crisp and delicious! Great as an aperitif or with cheese or with spicy Chinese take-out. A tremendous value at $14.
2. DOMAINE DE REUILLY PINOT GRIS 2010
A full-bodied, elegant Pinot Gris from Reuilly, a tiny appellation (450 acres) in the Loire Valley, not far from Sancerre. The color of this wine was referred to as ‘onion skin’ by the winemaker, a very pale pinkish orange. The color comes from macerating the juice on the skins for a mere 3 hours. So lovely to look at, so lovely to drink. $20
3. ERMITAGE DU PIC SAINT LOUP “TOUR DE PIERRES” ROUGE
A biodynamic blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre. The red clay terroir is very expressive in the nose of this earthy red. We love this producer so much, we are eagerly waiting for their delicious biodynamic white blend too… so stay tuned! $18
One of my favorite producers in Beaujolais— Damien Dupeuble
One of my favorite importers in America— Kermit Lynch
One of my favorite wines in the shop… and an incredible value at $14!
Damien Dupeuble is a legendary vintner who has dedicated his life to the production of Beaujolais using the traditional methods of winemaking developed over a century ago. He still harvests by hand, at maximum ripeness so no chaptalization is needed. He ferments with no SO2, so his wines are darker and more aromatic. He uses natural wine yeast, not those designed in an enological laboratory to foster aromas more compatible to a fruit stand. He never degasses or micro-oxygenates his wines. No other producer in this appellation attends to the labor intensive details necessary to make traditional Beaujolais, but then no other producer in the appellation comes up with wine that can match his. Here it is, the real deal. Beaujolais made as it was made 100 years ago.
-Bruce Neyers National Sales Director, Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant