For December Wine & Cheese Club we are celebrating Farmer’s Daughters from all over the world – featuring women in viticulture.
Ciavolich, “Aries” Pecorino 2015
Chiara Ciavolich’s ancestors were wool merchants who arrived in Miglianico in 1500 and in 1853 built the family’s first cellar, one of the oldest winemaking structures in Abruzzo, where the Pecorino grape flourishes in the high mountain altitudes.
Pecorino – the grape variety – most likely got its name from sheep (pecora in Italian) eating the grapes on route from the mountains of Abruzzo south to Puglia in September, as one legend goes.
Regardless of its origin, this 100% Pecorino – the wine – produces light and crisp white wines with flavours of stone fruit, delicate floral and herbal notes, complex minerality, all balanced by bright acidity. And of course, unsurprisingly, it pairs deliciously with Pecorino cheese!
Château La Longua, Fronsac 2013
Brigitte Rullier-Loussert owns, manages, and makes the wine at Château La Longua, considered the 2nd wine of Château Dalem – one of the oldest estates in Bordeaux dating back to 1610 – where she is also the owner and winemaker.
The vineyards of Château La Longua lies in the Fronsac appellation on the right bank of the Dordogne River, near the slopes of St-Émilion and Pomerol.
A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine has rich aromas of dark ripe fruit, chocolate, underlying tobacco notes, round tannins, with a delicious finish and good length. Definitely one of the great values of Bordeaux.
Bodega Casa Rojo, “Enemigo Mio” Garnacha 2017
Casa Rojo was born in 2009 as a dream, a winemaking project but without a winery or vineyard. It wasn’t until 2015 that that dream became a reality when winemaker Laura Muñoz and her husband built their winery in the southeast coast of Spain in the Jumilla wine region.
Named after the mischievous wild boars that eat the ripe grapes from their vineyards, “Enemigo Mio” (My Enemy) is made from 100% Garnacha and displays aromas of cherries and blueberries with some floral touches and spice, with a velvety mouth-feel of rich red fruit, liquor-filled chocolate, with structured tannins backed by fresh acidity.