New Wines For The New Year


The start of a new year is a great time to try new things and that includes new wines. Love Burgundy? Astor sales associate Laura Mooney suggests trying a pinot noir from Argentina. Instead of sticking with the regions and varietals that you’re familiar with, throw caution to the wind and pick up something a little different. You may just discover your new favorite bottle.

Roero Arneis, Filippo Gallino – 2012
The Arneis grape makes some of the most enjoyable white wines in Piedmont. It’s redolent of pears, chamomile, and white flowers. Always enjoyable with light meats, but incredibly well-suited for fish as well. Filippo Gallino winery was the first winery in Piedmont to make a 100% varietal Arneis wine in 1972. From Arneis vines grown on tufo soils. Unoaked.

40ème Rugissants, Estezargues – 2012
An unoaked, full red wine made with the use of carbonic maceration, which allows for an especially fruit-focused wine. Add to this spice and a dusting of dark chocolate. The Estezargues winery is a producer of many distinct wines from the Rhône Valley.

Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir “Cincuenta y Cinco” – 2012
Bodega Chacra is Piero Incisa della Rochetta’s personal project in Rio Negro, Argentina (Patagonia). Harvested manually, the wines are fermented in cement vats with minimal intervention before being put into Burgundian oak barrels of which about 20% are new. Fermentation takes place naturally in the barrel over 6 months before being bottled without fining or filtration. Argentina is not known for its Pinot Noirs, but this one is impressive: aromatic, light, elegant, and savory with ripe fruits, herb, and mineral notes.