Rotating Wine Special
We bring in a case of wine every week or so to run on special. This is probably the most fun aspect of our jobs. We hope you join us as we work through case after case of wine that we have carefully picked out and are excited to share with you. Below is what is on special now, and further down the page you can see what's on deck.
2020 James Rahn Pinot Gris
Varietal Blend: 100% Pinot Gris
Oak Profile: Neutral Oak
Terroir: Weber Vineyard, Dundee Hills, Oregon, USA
Maceration / Fermentation / Élevage: Produced, if not marketed, as an orange-wine: fermented initially on the skins, to produce a delicious hint of tannins that adds slight pear-skin bitterness and lovely structure.
Price: $12 BTG / $40 BTB / $24 Offsite Retail
Background: Orange wines are very unique wines that are made with white grapes, but produced like rosés—ie, instead of the juice being pressed immediately off the skins, then fermented without skin-contact, they begin fermentation in tanks, then pressed off their skins after fermentation has already begun. This adds tannins, structure, coppery-orange color, and depth—and is particularly well-suited to varietals like Pinot Grigio (or Pinot Gris, in this case), which can present a shallow profile due to thinner skins and a lighter natural profile. This James Rahn Pinot Grigio likewise has substantial depth—aided by aging in neutral oak barrels—elementing it with an earthiness that complements crisp tones of Meyer lemon and white peach.
2019 Marc Brédif Chinon
Varietal Blend: 100% Cabernet franc
Oak Profile: None
Terroir: Chinon AOC, Touraine, Middle Loire, North-Central France
Maceration / Fermentation / Élevage: "De-stalked. Fermentation lasts 15 days on skins with pumping-over twice a day. Pressing and final fermentation of clear juice. Transferred to vats for malolactic fermentation. Maturing in stainless-steel tanks with regular racking."
Background: An ebullient, very peppery, candied cranberry and crushed-strawberry inflected wine, from the famed Chinon AOC, nestled around the town of Chinon in the Touraine, a larger area in the middle section of France's Loire River Valley. This red, with its lighter, burnished red-fruit profile and abiding peppery tones, is an ideal middle-Autumn wine perfect for November fare, and especially Thanksgiving.
Still Room Wine Manager
Jonathan first became well-acquainted with craft beer, far-flung wines, and classic cocktails on the consumer-side, reaching legal drinking-age in one of the best restaurant and bar cities in the world (Chicago, IL). Moving subsequently to the rugged central highlands of Arizona, and finding a home in the burgeoning viticultural region of the Verde Valley, he spent several years working in the area’s vineyards, cellars, and tasting-rooms, eventually managing one of the latter (while helping out part-time at a friend’s local craft-brewery, which presented tremendous opportunity for cross-over projects).
While he still has a palate-preference for the fine Rhône-style wines that are the focus of Arizona’s terroir (not to mention actual Rhodanien wines), his overriding project at the Still Room is to bring to our tables unique, exciting, and overlooked varietals from any region—meaning you won’t find our wines at most other dining or grocery establishments, and many bottles will include a descriptive journey away from mainstays and towards the margins of the winemaking map. But, as Ishmael says Instagram-famously in Moby-Dick, “true places never are […] down on any map”.
In his spare time, Jonathan can be found drinking beers brewed by Mountains Walking or Imagination, waiting for the Roxy to reopen, playing around with new punches for our in-house punch menu, and researching the etymologies of obscure words. He is also a published poet, with an MFA in Poetry from University of Montana, as well as a candidate for an MA in Literature who needs to finish his thesis.