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February 2020: Winestyr Showroom Wines

Take a peak at Winestyr's current list of showroom wines

Winestyr's mission is to discover the country's best small-production wines and bring them to you through our wine clubs, our website, and our gift offerings. If you'd like to learn more about us in person and try a selection of wines for yourself, we offer private appointments for small groups at our showrooms in Chicago and soon to be Boston. You can request an appointment to a showroom here and read more about the February wines below. While we may have a few wildcards on hand, here's what you can expect to try this February.

2017 Steinhugel Riesling by Tatomer Wines ($22)

Bone Dry / Biodynamically Farmed / Single Vineyard

*Pairing Suggestion: Snapper with Charred Tomatillos & Pepper Salsa*

Graham Tatomer has pushed the envelope yet again, this time sourcing a majority of the fruit for this cuvée from a biodynamic vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Bone dry, mineral, and seemingly endless on the palate, this is everything dry Riesling is supposed to be and more. Only 700 cases produced.

2017 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay by Friedeman Wines ($30)

Winestyr Exclusive / Old World & New World Characteristics / Great Value

*Pairing Suggestion: Lemon-Basil Salmon & Grilled Asparagus*

It isn't shocking that yet another of Brooks Friedeman's Sonoma Coast appellation wines seriously over delivers for the price. This is yet another example that his approach pays proper homage to the richness of old California while preserving the freshness and minerality of the New Wave. Only 247 cases produced.

2017 Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir by Bannister Wines ($39)

Food Friendly / Smooth / Ripe

*Pairing Suggestion: Wild Mushroom & Burrata Bruschetta*

As far as debut Pinot Noir wines go here at Winestyr, it's safe to say that this is one of the best so far. Sourced from the excellent Green Valley sub-appellation of Russian River, this Pinot has a ripe bouquet of fruits that support the wine's creamy texture. It's easy to see how much Brook Bannister has invested in his Pinot Noir program and let us just say, it's working.

2016 Red by Vermillion Wine Company ($39)

Rhone-Style / Critically Acclaimed Winemaker / Unfined & Unfiltered

*Pairing Suggestion: Sautéed Chicken with Celery Root Puree & Chestnuts*

Pure blackberry, raspberry, and huckleberry are laced with dried savory herbs, oolong tea, and rosemary. Incredibly generous on the palate, the wine has staying power without being overdone whatsoever. Well integrated oak here, which is impressive given the 16 months of elevage. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot by Les Lunes ($39)

Natural Wine / Fresh / Savory

*Pairing Suggestion: Pot Roasted Lamb Shanks & Cannellini Beans*

This Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend is absolutely bursting with fresh, pure, and delicious red and black fruit flavors. Sleeker, lighter-bodied, and lower in alcohol than most Cab/Merlot blends, this wine derives its complexity from a savory and herbaceous backbone with notes of dried herbs, cassis, and green bell pepper. This is one of the few examples we've found of natural Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot - and it is very successful indeed. This is a must try for any serious wine drinker. Only 250 cases produced.

If you'd like to try these wines and learn more about Winestyr in person, you can request an appointment at one of our showrooms here. Cheers.