Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau Vintage “Saint Martin”

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New to our wine this this week, is a little known wine from Domaine Beau Mistral.

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Fashioned from 60- to 90-year-old vines, the 2010 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Rasteau Saint-Martin comes from the appellation’s single vineyard (lieu-dit) of the same name. It is a blend of tank-aged Grenache (45%) and 45% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre aged in 600-liter demi-muids. A tremendously intense bouquet of red and black fruits, garrigue, licorice and spice box soars from the glass of this full-bodied, well-endowed, voluptuously textured, thick, juicy red. It should drink well for a decade.

92 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Issue # 203 – Oct 2012)

Much more upfront and textured at the moment is the 2010 Rasteau St.-Martin! A blend of 45% Grenache, 45% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre, from vines averaging 60-90 years in age, it boasts knockout aromas of licorice, raspberry, chocolate, and hints of flowers on the nose. Medium to full-bodied and seriously fruited on the palate, with loads of texture and richness, it stays clean and fresh on the finish and possesses superb balance, admirable purity, and juicy acidity. Superb now, it should shine for 5-8 years.

92 points, Jeb Dunnuck’s Rhone Report (Issue # 13 – Sep 2012)

This ripe, robust style shows overt ganache and espresso aromas, giving way to a muscular core of roasted fig and steeped black currant fruit. The long, mesquite-filled finish has a slightly chewy feel. Drink now through 2015. 200 cases imported.

89 points, Wine Spectator (2012)

Notes from Durae

Fall is certainly in the air, and, to make the most of these last few days of sunshine, I made my way to “the fig” for lunch with the family and a little lesson in wines. Our wine list at the fig is certainly unique in exclusively featuring the Rhône, and yet within this hedging there seems to be endless variety! the girl & the fig’s flight tastings are designed to either introduce the guest to a sampling of Rhône varietals—for instance, sips of Roussanne, Marsanne, Mourvèdre and Cinsault—or to delve into the diversity within a varietal, as I did, with the Viognier flight.

The flight was presented in an assortment of daintily cut goblets, with a slip of tasting notes for each wine. Our server joked that there “wouldn’t be a quiz” (whew!!) and we set to tasting. We perused the notes while sipping and comparing, and savored the distinct differences in feel and flavor, and the subtleness of floral aromas and fruit notes. I constantly marvel at the variations in wine and what the winemakers achieve, and am intrigued by such tidbits as whether the grapes were harvested in the dead of night or at sunrise, and how these elements might affect the wine. It was a day that engaged all the senses, brightly colored wines, heavy cut glassware, cool fall air. And paired with some good company, a gorgeous day, and delicious eats, made for another perfect Sonoma afternoon.

Cheers!

The French Manicure

You probably know that I am determined to try anything FIG at least once! So when I spied Mahia, a new distilled spirit made from figs, I had to give it a taste.The team took it seriously and between Jason, Brian and Chef Jeremy they created a new take on an old classic – the Rusty Nail becomes a French Manicure at the girl & the fig. The cocktail is made up of Mahia, Drambuie, Muddled fresh figs, cream over ice. We are featuring this on our Dessert Menu! Let me know how you like it.

Think Pink

This summer, we are bringing you some of the best Rosé wines we can find. We are off to a good start (see below), and expect a few more additional selections as the heat rises.  You will also soon be able to order a Rosé wine flight at the girl & the fig.
Generally, Rosé wines are the perfect blend of a light, refreshing and delicate white wine with the tart berry flavors of a red. Rosé wines have the best of both worlds with a balanced mix of qualities of both red and white wines. The presence of low to mild tannins and a low acidity level and alcohol content allows for pairings with both the heavier, high protein dishes that would commonly be paired with reds and the lighter more delicate dishes that would be paired with whites. This summertime wine is frequently paired with meats and vegetables just off the grill, and is also a great accompaniment to salads and greens, poultry, seafood, and spicy dishes. Served chilled, Rosé is truly versatile and can be perfectly paired with almost anything.
Delicate, flavorfully sweet and beautifully balanced, rosé wines are a budding favorite among wine drinkers, and are becoming increasingly more recognized as a wine worthy of drinking regularly. With a sophisticated range of flavors, intricate means of production and versatile potential, rosé wines present an exciting alternative to the wine drinker as a subtle, refreshing and innovative wine.

Schramsberg, 2008 Brut Rosé, North Coast
Tavosa, 2012 Grenache Rosé, Sonoma County
Domaine de Nizas, 2012 Languedoc
Cochon, 2012 Old Vine Rosé, California
Campovida, 2012 Grenache Rosé, Mendocino County
Kivelstadt Cellars, 2012 Twice Removed, Loevitt Vineyard.
Envolve, 2012 Dragonsleaf, Sonoma Mountain