FOLK MACHINE 2018 WHITE LIGHT

SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA

Folk Machine was originally created in 2005 to showcase a range of wines made from Pinot Noir, and while Pinot is still the star of the show, Folk Machine also includes some of the more esoteric wines from Kenny Likitprakong. Kenny likes to experiment and think outside of the box, his taste in wine is ever changing and constantly evolving.

Enter the White Light…

The star of the show here is a grape called Tocai Friulano (it makes up 39% of the blend), it’s believed to have originated in Italy’s Veneto region. The remainder of the blend is made up of 30% Riesling, 11% Verdelho, 18% Sauvignon Blanc and

2% Muscat. The result is basically summer in a glass! It’s suuuper easy drinking with notes of apricots and pears on the nose. The palate is super fresh and light with flavours of lime, grapefruit and honeydew.

"White Light was inspired by a trip to the vortexes of Sedona, Arizona, but maybe a little Velvet Underground too. I’m not that much into New Age thinking, but tell me something will feel good and I’m a believer." – Kenny Likitprakong

DORMILONA 2019 BLANCO

MARGARET RIVER, AUSTRALIA

“Dormilona” is Spanish for “lazy bones”, a reference to a nickname Josephine Perry was given in Spain. As a self-proclaimed “workaholic” Jo would always be up with the sun and work through the siestas, so come dinner time, she was falling asleep at the table. They called her “Dormilona”, but really, she was the hardest working person there!

With Jo's wines it also refers to her “lazy” hands-off winemaking approach, and her “laziness” in taking so long to launch her own label.

The ’19 Blanco is made from 100% Semillon (sem-ee-yawn) grown in Wallcilffe, a sub-region of Margaret River. Some of the grapes are crushed and left to macerate for a short time, the rest is whole-cluster basket-pressed. The wine rests in tank for a short period with occasional lees stirring to impart texture. It’s unfined, unfiltered, and with minimal Sulphur added.

The result is a brilliant, crunchy, refreshing white that tastes like gooseberries and Golden Delicious apples with a squeeze of lemon!

CLOS DE DIA 2018 GARNATXA BLANCA

TERRA ALTA, SPAIN

I’m sure you’re all more than familiar with Grenache, it’s a pretty common grape that’s grown all over the world, it’s incredibly approachable and I’ve included it in the BRICKS6 before.

But, have you ever had Grenache Blanc?! It’s a full-bodied white wine that originated in Northern Spain, but is actually most prominent in France’s Rhône Valley.

This varietal can veer into the realms of high alcohol when left to ripen for a long time, but as this example was harvested rather early to capture acidity, it sits at 13% abv, which is pretty average. Oaked examples of this varietal can be rather fat and full, but this is fermented in stainless steel, so the fruit characteristics shine through. Ageing on lees gives it a bit of texture too.

The nose is pretty with aromas of ripe peaches and apple blossoms (just like the ones blooming on the crabapple trees around the city right now). The peach note carries through to the palate where it’s met with more stone fruit - white peaches, nectarines, apricots, and a touch of roasted hazelnut.

STOLLER FAMILY ESTATE 2018 PINOT NOIR ROSÉ

WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OREGON

The Stoller Family purchased the property that Stoller Family Estate now sits on back in 1943 to raise turkeys. Over the next five decades, they grew the farm from a small family operation into one of Oregon’s largest with nearly 700,000 free-range turkeys at its peak. When they decided to cease operation in 1993, Bill Stoller, who had started his career in wine a few years before, decided to purchase the land with dreams of cultivating a world-class vineyard. And that he did! Stoller’s first vintage was in 2001 and 2003 they hired Melissa Burr as their official winemaker.

With a focus on sustainability, Stoller became the world’s very first LEED certified winery in 2006. In 2017 they became B Corp certified too!

Made from a handful of different Pinot Noir clones, Stoller’s rosé is made to be crisp, bright and balanced. Aromas of strawberry and kiwi pull you in and the razor-sharp acidity keep you coming back for more! The palate is bursting with more strawberry, tart red cherries and ripe peaches.

NIEPOORT 2018 NAT’COOL! DRINK ME

BAIRRADA, PORTUGAL

#NATCOOL RULES

1. No Rules

2. Always Respect the First Rule

3. Less Is More

4. Cooler = Less Alcohol, Less Extraction, Less Mess

5. Authentic, Pure, Cool Attitude

6. One Liter Bottle

7. Cool Price

8. The Incredible Lightness of The Being

Nat’Cool! is a range of wines conceived by Dirk van der Niepoort, partnering with winemaking friends from Portugal and beyond. To qualify the wines must be low-alcohol, terroir-focused and ‘natural’ or low-intervention but above all they have to be fun to drink!

In Portugal’s Bairrada region they have produced the DrinkMe, the first Nat’Cool, here they showcase a different and elegant side of the Baga grape variety (it’s typically used in Port production). An incredibly light and accessible wine.

Welcome to the Nat’Cool world!

This wine is fresh, direct and very seductive! It’s light on its feet with notes of fresh strawberries, dried rose petals and a hint of baking spices. Drink chilled!

SARNIN-BERRUX 2019 BOJO SUTRA

BURGUNDY, FRANCE

Maison Sarnin-Berrux is a négociant from Burgundy founded in 2007 by Jean-Pascal Sarnin and Jean-Marie Berrux. Jean-Pascal had left a career in finance in Paris to be closer to his family and Jean-Marie had left a career in communications and advertising, it was serendipitous timing as they were able to turn their focus to their shared passion, wine! This didn’t come easy though as they wanted to focus on natural wines made from organic grapes which can be rather hard to come by in Burgundy. Also, given the fact that the men aren’t born and bred Burgundians, they weren’t taken seriously at first. They persisted though, and now produce approximately 15,000 bottles annually!

The Bojo Sutra is 100% Gamay from 50-year-old vines grown in granite.
The original label failed the social responsibility standards for our fragile Canadian sensibilities (you can imagine what it looked like...) so this is a label was made just for us!

The wine is bouncy and fresh with notes of nutmeg, blackberries and homemade strawberry jam. This is another great red to drink chilled!

-Erin Loader