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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 Scenic Valley Farms Pinot Gris
appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon
variety: pinot gris
The Zielinski family first set roots in the Willamette Valley in the 1940's and founded Scenic Valley Farms in 1970. These days, the farm harvests cherries, pears, hazelnuts, green beans, grass seed, and hops, in addition to grapes from the vines Bob Zielinski first planted in 2008. Bob's kids Brian and Tina are the new generation at Scenic, and as demonstrated by their acquisition of a 35-hectare vineyard in 2015, they are clearly devoting more focus and energy into the winemaking aspect of the farm. Although a large amount of acreage is dedicated to pinot noir, just as much care goes into the making of their pinot gris. More lush than a typical pinot grigio yet drier than the typical Alsatian (these days), Scenic's version is a perfect accompaniment to roasted chicken or vegetables and creamy cheeses.
2018 Az. Agr. Chiesa Carlo Roero Arneis
appellation: Roero (Piedmont), Italy
2016 Wieninger "Vienna Hills"
appellation: Wien, Austria
2018 Pantun "Skietto"
appellation: Vino Rosso (Puglia), Italy
Cantina Pantun is located in the village of Mottola in the southern region of Puglia, famously the heel of the boot of Italy. Partners Mimmo and Jutta started the Cantina in 2012 with the desire to raise their family with a connection to the land. This wine feels like it has an old soul, despite its recent creation and youthful fruit. It's one of two versions they make of the native primitivo variety, fermented spontaneously, aged in concrete tanks to preserve the blackberry, brown baking spice and licorice flavors. Soft tannins and first-rate drinkability. Skietto, means no-frills but this wine hits all the buttons for us. Fava beans...sausage...pasta....mangia!
2017 "L'Effet Rouge"
appellation: Cotes Catalanes (Roussillon), France
varieties: grenache, syrah
"L'Effet Rouge" is produced at Le Roc des Anges, the family domaine of Marjorie and Stephane Gallet, in Latour de France, in the southern corner of the hexagon of France. This is the wild back-country of France, where the Mediterranean breaks into the Pyrenees, and garrigue grasps into the rolling hills to protect from the fierce mistral wind. Marjorie worked with Gerard Gauby, the local pioneer in biodynamics, and her philosophy is an extension of that experience. Grenache and syrah, driven by the soils and wind, not trying to be anything they aren't. Serve this terranean red with foods of the earth -- root vegetables, bean stews, mushrooms, game.
2019 Domaine la Montagnette
appellation: Signargues - Cotes du Rhone Villages, France
varieties: syrah, grenache, mourvedre