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Kermit Lynch Wines to Know – February 2017

We at The Wine Daily are huge Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant fans. Kermit Lynch is a French and Italian wine distributor that is a major driving force behind many restaurant wine lists across California. Having had plenty of exposure to their wines in prior roles, we can definitively say that their selection is expertly curated, and rarely disappoints.

With that said, here are a few highlights from their February 2017 Newsletter:

2013 Vouvray Le Portail – If President Dixon Brooke nominated this as “one of the grandest Vouvrays in production today”, you can bet it’s good. This chenin blanc is fermented on its lees for 18 months, leading to a rounder, fuller wine. Tasting notes describe Le Portal as a “classy, exuberant, complex dry white”. And at just $38 a bottle, it’s a pretty low risk purchase.

2016 Corbieres Rosé “Gris de Gris” – Grab it while it lasts — this is a sellout wine at Kermit Lynch. The Corbieres is a blend of 50% Grenache Gris, 40% Grenache Noir & Carignan, 10% Cinsault & Mour from the Languedoc Roussillon. The grapes are hand-harvested and stainless steel-fermented to maximize freshness and aromatics. Tasting notes include “light strawberry fruit and just a touch of Languedoc garrigue”. Available at the wonderfully accessible price of $14.95.

2015 Régnié “Grain & Granit” Charly Thévenet – Regnie, like its overarching AOC Beaujolais, is usually lighter drinking. However, continuing the trend of the amazing 2015 Beaujolais vintage, this Régnié will yield rich flavors whose “weight and luscious fruit on the palate rival great Morgon”. $32 for the bottle.

Check out the full Kermit Lynch newsletter here, or stay tuned for our next highlights update!


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