Farmstead Wines – Martin Arndorfer Riesling, Azienda Agricola San Biagio Verduno Pelaverga & Domaine Gauby Rivesaltes Caricia

A few weeks ago, I was driving and checking my Twitter account on my iPhone, when I noticed that Anthony Nicalo of Farmstead Wines (if you do the Twitter, you can follow him @farmstead) had posted a tweet about tasting some Farmstead Wines that were left-over from a Sommelier tasting.

As a side note: if you’re a Twitter geek and haven’t noticed the Twitter widget over in my right-hand sidebar, you can follow me at @scaldron.

I was at a light, so I promptly replied… and ended up talking with Anthony who had the bottles delivered to me downtown by one of his reps.

I was pleased to see it was an eclectic mix – an Austrian Riesling from Martin Arndorfer, a Verduno Pelaverga from Italy’s Azienda Agricola San Biagio and a sultry Rivesaltes Caricia from France’s Domain Gauby. I was impressed with each wine and loved the fact that they all came from small producers that fit Farmstead Wines’ hand-made philosophy.

So on to the wines:

  • 2006 Martin Arndorfer Riesling, Strasser Weinberge – We had this with some spicy food and it was excellent. The nose was a beautiful mix of light citrus and mineral. The flavours were a very balanced mix of light citrus zest and a long mineral and lime finish. Gorgeous stuff and a great food wine.4 1/2 stars
  • 2006 Azienda Agricola San Biagio Verduno Pelaverga – This was one of my favourite towns (Verduno) during my recent visit to Italy’s Piedmont region… It was gorgeous and surrounded by hills of vines. This wine took me back to that region. It has a beautiful nose that yells, “Langhe”… beautiful rose petal, cherry, along with a bit of tar and leather lead to a bit of a thin mouth-feel though… the finish made up for that with all that the nose hinted at. It’s a tasty bottle of wine.4 stars
  • 2006 Domaine Gauby Rivesaltes Caricia – Here we have a wine that is like a spicy and balanced young port… fresh dark berries and black cherry along with some cracked pepper on the finish. A beautiful finish that features the sweet berry fruit and firm tannins that lasts minutes. This is, plainly put, a SEXY wine. Yum.4 1/2 stars

It’s great to see someone making the effort to bring in small-production, farm-produced wines. These are folks who really care about what they do and it shows. This is the liquid equivalent of the Slow Food movement. Keep up the good work here in Vancouver, Anthony.

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