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No. 28: March 2016

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Issue No 28: March 2016

The Wine Recommendations

Claude & Etienne Courtois / Les Cailloux du Paradis
2013 Quartz

Where Loir-et-Cher, Loire Valley, France
Grape Sauvignon Blanc
Ag Organic
SO2 None added
Étienne Courtois shares the Quartz vineyard with his father Claude. Their vines are mostly older, own-rooted, protected from phyloxera by the area’s ultra-sandy soils. This is an exuberant, elegant drink. Transparent, an exquisite exercise in delicate edge. Put this together in a tasting with your Ambiz and you’ll learn that place and technique is often more important than a grape.

Vinos Ambiz
2013 Blanco Tinaja

Where Sierra de Gredos, Spain
Grape Sauvignon Blanc
Ag Organic
SO2 None added
My TFLWS is going to love me and hate me for this polarizing wine. First, a sauvignon blanc from the hot hills outside of Madrid? How non-traditional! Well, the vines are thirty years old, grown by the folk that own Vega Sicilia and sell off for mostly plonk. But our guy Fabio gets some, gives it ten days of skin contact in a mix of stainless and tinaja (the clay vessel of Spain) and presto chango; the wine gets melony and tannic and changes every second it’s in your glass.
Issue No 28: March 2016 The Wine Recs