Whine Time with ALICIA MERTZ

Comparing TERRIOR /terˈwär/

What is terrior?

ter·roir

terˈwär/

noun

  • the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate.

  • the characteristic taste and flavor imparted to a wine by the environment in which it is produced.

Vigilance Chardonnay (California): Melon and pear aromatics dominate this Chardonnay, with light tropical aromas and creamy, toasty notes to balance. The wine was aged Sur lees for 3 months post fermentation on 25% new French oak. The rich flavors of green apple, soft pear, and vanilla give length, depth, and complexity to this mountain grown Chardonnay. $11.99

Domaine Pral Bourgogne Blanc (France): This rich wine is produced from 25 year old vines and exhibits aromas of exotic fruit, green apple, and sweet smoky white fruits. On the palate, the wine is round with good minerality and notes of vanilla, spice and smoke. Aged 50% in French oak barrels and 50% in concrete tanks. $17.99

Greg Norman Shiraz (Australia): On the nose, rich chocolate and coconut mocha notes from oak maturation underpin distinctive black cherry, mulberry and blackberry jam aromas. The medium bodied wine is soft and elegantly structured showing rich dark fruits including cherry, mulberry, blackberry, and boysenberry flavors on the palate. These flavors meld with fine cedar and chocolaty oak adding persistence on the long finish. $15.99

Tournee du Sud Crozes Hermitage Syrah (France): This classic Southern French Syrah displays intense dark fruits flavors on the nose followed by hearty Earth & barnyard. Ripe black cherry and blackberry are confirmed on the palate. The wine shows plenty of structure and body, noticeable tannins, delicate oak nuances and a long peppery finish. Your ideal food wine! $14.99