2015 Domaine du Salvard, Cheverny, Loire, France
Founded in 1898, this winery continues to thrive, with its 5th generation now at the helm. (by the way, that is the same year the Rough Riders left San Antone to run up San Juan Hill.) This wine is 55% pinot noir, 43% gamay, and 2% Cot (malbec), and 100% delicious. The average age of the vines, on this 42 hectare estate, is 21 years old and planted on clay-sand on the left bank of the Loire. The viticulture is semi-organic.
Technical tasting notes
At 13% abv, the wine shines with a beautiful light color. On the nose, cherry jumps out, along with earthy mushrooms, black licorice, and macerated strawberry. It’s bright, with a light body and a clove-cherry finish. The pinot and gamay give layers of fruit, while the cot gives a slight impression of backbone. This wine pairs swimmingly (see below) with charcuteries, sapore del piave, paski sir, and roast chicken.
Here’s where we get weird: Ok, so we know summer in Austin is dang near inhospitable to humans. However, we got ya covered. There are many of us who still love our red wine as the the temps go to hot as ___(insert your own adjective or noun; our English teacher on site will approve). And yet, and yet, this is a red wine to get down with as the mercury rises. It’s shimmery, lithe, and as resplendent as that first dive into Barton Springs in mid-July. Come on in and try for yourself–you’ll be glad you did.