Spring Wine Suggestions from Uncorked Wine Bar
Spring is officially here in Truckee and we think the best way to celebrate is with a glass (or two!) of delicious wine from one of our favorite wine bars in the area: Uncorked Truckee. This Downtown staple, as well as their other locations in the Village at Northstar (Petra), the Village at Squaw Valley, and Tahoe City, are stocked up on delicious mix of reds and whites sure to satisfy those sunny afternoon and chilly evening cravings.
We recently chatted with Uncorked’s Co-Founded and GM, Chris Barkman. He gave us the inside scoop on Uncorked as well as five of the perfect wines to celebrate the much anticipated spring weather. Check out what we’ll be drinking all season long, and then find out more about Uncorked Truckee from an exclusive interview with Barkman here.
2016 Scribe Pinot Noir, Carneros, Sonoma
Spring isn’t just all about the white and rosé wines. Pinot Noir has a special place in our heart, as well as glowing recommendations from Barkman for its unique ability to be both delicate and complex at the same time. Not many grape varietals can achieve complexity and have pure finesse, unless it’s done right. And this one is. The Scribe winery was established in 2007 by Andre and Adam Mariani, with a shared vision of creating terroir driven wines of balance and finesse. This superbly balanced wine is fermented in steel then aged in neutral oak for 6 months before bottling. The result is bright and high-toned with fresh raspberry, ripe strawberry, and red currant notes. Since extraction and oak were minimal, it also has high transparency in your glass. A great spring and summertime red!
2018 Chateau Maupague Cotes de Provence Victorie Rosé
Our favorite spring wine? ROSÉ! We were very excited when Barkman suggested a rosé for spring, we were even more pleased when we tried this one in particular. Composed of 80% Grenache, 10% Cinsault and 10% Syrah, this rosé is pale in color and dry with characteristics of refreshing spring strawberry and rhubarb. This wine was produced by the Sumeires family who have a long history in winemaking and production. They started Maupague in 1991 and have continued to elevate the quality over the years. Unlike a lot of rosés on the market, this rosé is not an after thought. The vines used for the wine were specifically grown for this bottling.
2018 Marin Duband “Le Mont” Sauvignon Blanc, Vin de France
With a bright, citrus flavor we think this wine will be perfect for kicking up your feet and enjoying your freshly freed-from-snow deck. This wine is produced in vineyards that are located directly east from Bordeaux just outside Bergerac. The wine has a bight live energy because of the southwest facing vines and limestone soil. This Sauvignon Blanc is clean, bright and precise, backed by citrus flavors of lime and lemon with a lingering finish of lemon custard. Best part, it’s totally affordable. Each bottle from Uncorked is only $19!
2017 Au Bon Climat Los Alamos Chardonnay
Have a springtime dinner party or friends over to celebrate the warm sun? You’ll want to pick up a bottle of this California Chardonnay. Jim Clendenen has been making world class wines in Santa Barbara for decades. His wines have soul and complexity that enables them to age gracefully. Unique to Clendenen is the grape picking process; he picks grapes earlier in the season so they are higher in acidity, contributing to their aging potential. This Los Alamos Chardonnay, located between Santa Ynez and Santa Maria Valley, exudes tropical notes of coconut and pineapple. It’s medium bodied in weight and appeases both the crisp and rich chardonnay consumer. You could say it’s a crowd pleaser!
2016 Domaine Faury Saint Joseph, Rhone, France
Established in 1979 by Philippe Faury is the Saint Joseph vineyard, located on steep hillsides in Northern Rhone. Now, the operations have been handed down to his son Lionel, who continues to produce incredible Syrah. The expression Syrah achieves in this area is not to be missed, especially in your springtime collection. White pepper jumps out, followed by black olive and blueberry on the palate, and finished with a soft and silky texture. This wine leaves a lasting impression that makes you want more.