Welcome to the latest installment of the Streetcar Monthly Pass. If you’ve already purchased a pass, thank you! If you haven’t, you should check out this page to learn how it works. Below you’ll find some information about each of this month’s six Monthly Pass selections. On to the wines!
2018 Gorghi Tondi Coste A Preola Sicilia Grillo
appellation: Sicily, Italy
Tenuta Gorghi Tondi is uniquely situated on a WWF reserve of the same name in the western part of Sicily flanked by a freshwater lake and the Mediterranean on the other. Unsurprisingly, they manage their 130 hectares of with extreme care so as not to disturb the balance of nature, and only work with native grape varieties. This Grillo is super refreshing and nuanced, with tropical tones of pineapple and passionfruit alongside peach, mint and tarragon. We love it with ceviche, grilled swordfish and vegetable kebabs.
2018 Nicolas Pointeau Chinon Blanc
appellation: Chinon (Loire), France
variety: chenin blanc
The region of Chinon may be cabernet franc territory, but there is also a tiny amount of chenin blanc (2% of the wine produced here) planted. Nicolas Pointeau has been making wine in the Loire Valley since 2007 when he inherited an abandoned property of two hectares. Today he has grown to 13 hectares and he works the farm organically. This is a bright, mineral expression of Chenin with notes quince, apricot, and lemongrass. A delight as a aperitif and an ideal pairing with seafood or end of season squash.
2018 Les Equilibristes Perigord Blanc “Hirsute”
appellation: Perigord, France
varieties: sauvignon blanc, semillon, chenin blanc
From a winemaking team known as Les Equilibristes (meaning literally, "balancers", and also tightrope walkers) we have the wine known as Hirsute (hairy). This wine is of the “natural” walk of life and with 2 days skin contact we might lovingly call it a “baby orange”. It’s medium bodied, with a richer texture, golden apple, pear, lemon zest and long subtle tartness that refreshes you the whole way through. It imbues a sort of wildness which it’s name implies.
Anthony Road "Devonian" Red
appellation: Finger Lakes, New York
varieties: cabernet franc, pinot noir, lemberger
2018 Fabrice Durou “Puro” Malbec
appellation: Cahors, France