A (hopefully) continuing series on wine labels, and the wines they adorn, under the macro lens . . .
I’ve been experimenting lately, taking photos of pieces of wine labels with my macro lens. It’s a lot of fun to see the colors, and especially the textures, on a wine label that you wouldn’t ordinarily see (or maybe even notice). It’s almost as fun as drinking the wine. Almost. So, I thought . . . why not stitch the photos together into a collage?
Voila! My week in wine labels.
Do you recognize any of these guys??
Clockwise, from the top right:
Gérard Bertrand Côte des Roses 2014 ⭐⭐⭐/88
A Rosé from the Languedoc, in the South of France. It’s a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. And I freely admit I bought it entirely because of the unique and striking bottle, designed by a student at the Ecole Boulle (a school of fine arts in Paris). The bottom of the bottle is cut to look like a rose in bloom — it’s just beautiful. And, when photographed under the macro lens, even more so. The wine itself? Tastes like a bowl of grapefruit, rose petals, and cream. A perfect pairing for the penultimate week of summer. I will absolutely buy more (in a few weeks, when fall turns to winter and I’m freezing my tukus off, and I need a little infusion of summer). Retail = $15ish.
Codorníu Anna Brut NV ⭐⭐⭐/87
I tasted this Cava as part of September’s #winestudio. The woman you see in the photo is Anna de Codorníu, and this drawing is modeled after the 1659 wedding bust of Anna de Codorníu and Miquel Raventós. Anna was the first Cava to introduce Chardonnay into the traditional Cava blend of Parellada, Xarel-lo and Macabeo. Anna is 70% Chardonnay, 15% Parellada, and 15% Xarel-lo and Macabeo. I actually had my act together for #winestudio last week, and paired Anna with a José Andrés recipe, Cold Tomato Soup with Boiled Egg and Serrano Ham. Killer pairing. That said, Anna also pairs perfectly with Tuesday. Reminds me of an almond brioche with a side of green apple slices. I don’t find it as complex or mineral driven as Champagne, but hey, it’s $13 bucks. Winner.
Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Grand Cru 2013 ⭐⭐⭐⭐/91
The Capuchin Monks established Domaine Weinbach in 1612. You know I can’t resist a good historical tangent, so I’ll tell you this was two years after King Henry IV (Louis XIV’s grandpa) was murdered by a Catholic extremist, making Henry’s son, Louis XIII, King of France at age 9 (I’ll bet papa’s crown swallowed him whole). This was also right about the same time Galileo was making some pretty nifty improvements to the telescope, and making some mind-blowing astronomical observations (like the earth revolving around the sun, and not the other way around), that got him into boiling-hot water with the Catholic Church.
Anyway, all of Domaine Weinbach’s wine labels give a nod to the Capuchins by featuring a monk (and the words, Clos des Capucins, or, Vineyard of the Capuchins) on the neck of each bottle. However, Clos des Capucins is only one of Domaine Weinbach’s vineyards (and people say French wine labels are confusing). This particular Riesling isn’t from the Clos des Capucins vineyard, but from the upper slopes of the Grand Cru Schlossberg vineyard. It’s everything you could want in a Riesling (minerals, acid, stone fruit, eloquence) and more. The more wine I drink from Alsace, the more I want. Retail = $37ish.
Bodega San Pedro Regalado Embocadero Viña del Águila Ribera del Duero 2010 ⭐⭐⭐/88
In Spanish, Viña del Águila means Eagle’s Vineyard. I bought this lovely on WTSO, mostly because it’s from one of my very favorite wine regions (Ribera del Duero), but also because of the sensational silver eagle on the label (you know how much I love birds). I was going to be really bummed if this wine wasn’t good, but I shouldn’t have worried. Love this . . . and all of its rustic, dusty, tobacco glory! My only disappointment? I couldn’t find much information about this wine on the Internet. Frustrating, but I’ll overlook it because this is such an insane bargain, at $15.