There are some really good people in the world, people who make great wines. We wanted to highlight the work they're doing during this tough year.
Patrick Mata, Alberto Orte, and Rui Abecassis realized that they could bring great wines into this county, and do it “the right way”. Their company, Ole & Obrigado, is predicated upon empowering farmers and winemakers while bringing delicious values to us in America. They didn’t stop there. Ole & Obrigado have selected a dozen wines, including the Atlantida & Quinta de Saes, whose proceeds benefit the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation.
Gerard Bertrand is the spearhead of a viticulture committed to a better world. Situated in the Languedoc region of France, Bertrand is a fierce advocate for biodynamics and the holistic spirit it embodies. The passion and tenacity that Bertrand brings to winemaking is echoed in his advocacy for the redemptive power of sport, the uplifting power of music, and the unifying power of a good meal. To that end, Gerard Bertrand is donating proceeds to the World Central Kitchenundefined founded by Jose Andres.
2018 Atlantida Bianco
The nose shows no fruit, as if the wine was made of stones (and I like it!), serious and austere, still young and undeveloped. The medium-bodied palate fills your mouth and coats its inside with fennel and wet stone flavors and a clean thread of fine acidity that makes it intense and long. This is just plain great and should develop in bottle gaining in complexity and mellowing down. Super fresh and mineral, with very high potential.
2017 Quinta de Saes
Bright ruby-garnet. On the nose, bright fresh cherry, pomegranate, candied violet, rose petal and flint. On the palate, elegant and fresh, with floral and spice notes wrapped around a core of fresh cherry fruit. Finishes long, with mouthwatering acidity and a consistent beam of minerality through the finish.
2019 Gerard Bertrand Cote des Roses
A soft, pale, brilliant pink with bluish tints developing over time towards more orangey nuances. The bouquet releases aromas of summer fruits, cassis and red currant. Floral notes of rose along with hints of grapefruit complete the picture. The finish is fresh, offering notes of candy.
2015 Gerard Bertrand Art de Vivre
A 90 Point Selection from Wine Spectator, “Polished, supple tannins support the black cherry, red plum and wild raspberry notes of this juicy red, with savory touches of mineral and herb on the clean finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre."
Scott Atkinson is the Wine Manager at Piggly Wiggly's Crestline location in Mountain Brook, Alabama. Locally-owned, The Pig has been named 'Best Place to Buy Wine' by the readers of About Town for 4 years in a row. Count on their expertise along with polite and prompt service when making your beverage & culinary choices.