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. If you bought a 2 or 4 bottle package and one of the wines you didn’t get piques your curiosity, we have all six in stock. Unfortunately, we can’t swap out one wine for another, since they aren’t all equal in value. On to the wines!
2015 Josef & Philipp Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner
appellation: Kremstal, Austria
grape variety: grüner veltliner
Father and son Josef & Philipp Bründlmayer cooperate in the management of this complex network of vineyards involving 52 plots scattered across the Kamptal region. Vineyard management is done without the intervention of chemical fertilizers or pesticides, with a lot of the work being done manually. Each vineyard is vinified separately, which for a project that Josef started without a winery or even a pump, is quite an accomplishment in and of itself. This grüner veltliner is made from a blend of many plots, with the intention of giving the truest expression of the terroir of the Kremstal river valley. You’re among the first in the state to try wine from this producer, as the debut vintage just arrived today!
2014 Casebianche Fiano “Cumale”
appellation: Cilento (Campania), Italy
grape variety: fiano
In the late 1990’s, when her father could no longer continue the work, Elisabetta Luorio and her husband Pasquale gave up their careers in architecture and returned to take over her family’s farm. Located just inland from Agropoli on the Campania coast, the farm is sixteen hectares in total, with six dedicated to fiano and aglianico vines, and the rest to olive, citrus, and fruit trees. The couple has been farming organically since taking over full-time, and apply some biodynamic treatments as well. Their fiano is remarkably balanced, with intense citrus and flowery aromas, and a clean, snappy-fresh mouthfeel. It is a testament to their attentive vineyard work and minimalist approach in the cellar that this white, at 13% alcohol, feels incredibly lively and balanced. This is perfect wine for full-flavored fish dishes, like halibut with saffron and fennel, or a bowl full of mussels with plenty of garlic and herbs.
2011 Château de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge
appellation: Chassagne-Montrachet (Burgundy), France
grape variety: pinot noir
Pinot noir has always been grown in Chassagne, especially in plots where there’s more clay in the soil. The dwindling number of reds imported to the US is indicative of the demands of the current market, which is strange, given the amount of pinot noir consumed overall. Jean-Pierre Cournut sticks to his guns on the issue, and continues to produce nearly as much red wine as white at this historic estate. Cournut calls his 2011 vintage almost as good as the 2010, and probably the 2011 is closer to full maturity. The only downside of 2011 is the small crop size, to which Cournut responds, “…it’s much better to have a little of something excellent than an abundance of merde.”
2015 Bodegas Ponce “Clos Lojen”
appellation: Manchuela, Spain
grape variety: bobal
After a few years working as Telmo Rodriguez’s right hand man at Remelluri in Rioja, Juan Antonio Ponce returned to his family’s 22 hectare farm in the province of Cuenca, located just east of Madrid. Then just 23 years old, he boldly broke his family’s habit of selling the harvest, in favor of bottling their own wine. In a very short time, his work with the local grape has earned him the title “King of Bobal”. His vines are quite old, between 50-85 years,and he bottles according to vineyard site, to highlight the range of bobal’s expression across different terruños. Bobal is indigenous to Spain, originally from Valencia, on the Eastern coast. It produces vibrant red wines with fresh fruit and low alcohol – even in the blistering sun of La Mancha. This wine is likely to be a surprise new favorite for gamay and pinot noir drinkers, and a perfect complement to grilled proteins like skirt steak or pork chops.
2012 Heinrich Blaufränkisch
appellation: Burgenland, Austria
grape variety: blaufränkisch
Gernot and Heike Heinrich founded their winery in 1990 with 2 ½ acres of vineyard purchased from Gernot’s family. As international recognition came upon the red wines of Burgenland over the last couple decades, Heinrich earned a reputation as one of the standouts, particularly for their blaufränkisch. The wines of the region as a whole continue to develop, as the reliance on ripeness and new oak continues to decline, and Heinrich’s wines are no exception. The next corner to turn is the realization that these wines age as well as anything. We’re giving you a little head start on this one, which has been in bottle for a year or two. Enjoy with something beefy or mushroom-y and some buttery noodles.
2012 Starmont Pinot Noir “Stanly Ranch”
grape variety: pinot noir
Starmont is the manifestation of the modern Californian attempt at blending technology and sustainability. Situated at the entrance to the Napa Valley on the historic Stanly Ranch, one of the first vineyards planted in the valley, Starmont opened its doors in 2006. Pinot noir, chardonnay, and syrah are planted across their fifty acres of vineyards, all in the Carneros appellation. Here’s a pinot noir of Californian proportions, full and rich, with layers of fruit and roots-y charm. This might be a good one to pull out while waiting for the turkey in the oven on Thanksgiving.