Valdiguie is probably a grape most of you aren’t familiar with yet but it seems to be slowing making its way into wine shops across California. Valdiguie is widely planted in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France where it is known as Gros Auxerrois. Until recently, it was incredibly hard to find in California. Now it seems that winemakers and wine drinkers alike are realizing that Valdiguie is capable of making a fun and very delicious wine. I recently uncorked a bottle of 2013 Folk Machine “Film & Camera” Valdiguie from Mendocino County and was impressed with how much I enjoyed it!
The wine opens with aromas of herbs and red fruit. I was actually expecting a little less flavor so I was surprised by the boldness of the palate. There are notes of cherry, cranberry, earth, and spice along with wonderful acidity. Even with all of the vibrant flavor, the wine is light and easy to sip. Such a fun and interesting wine! ($20, 11.7% alcohol)
If you are looking for a highly quaffable wine for around $20, look no further than Broc Cellars Love Red “Part Deux”. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the winery, Broc Cellars is an urban winery with a tasting room in Berkeley producing seriously good, minimally manipulated wines.
The newly released “Part Deux” version of Love Red is a blend of 83% Carignan, 14% Valdiguie, and 3% Petite Sirah from Frei Vineyard in Solano County. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and then racked down to 20 year-old 600L German casks for 10 months. Native yeast fermentation, unfined, and lightly filtered.
Love Red “Part Deux” is incredibly bright and vibrant. The palate is flavorful yet light with tastes of red berries and spicy anise. With plentiful acidity and a juicy finish, I could drink this wine all day. Grab a couple of bottles while this wine lasts! (13% alcohol, MSRP $20)