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.
2014 Alma 4 Blanc de Blanc
Varietal Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Oak Profile: None
Terroir: Gualtallary (Tupungato) and San Pablo (Tunuyan) Vineyards, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Maceration / Fermentation: 5% fermented in used 500L French Barrel without malo-lactic secondary fermentation. Secondary fermentation via methode traditionelle.
Élevage: 50 months
Price: $14 BTG / $38 BTB / $22 Offsite Retail
With an astounding fifty months of lees contact—slightly more than four years, to do the quick-math for you—this Blanc de blanc (100% Chardonnay) is an extraordinary value, for its price-point—a product of the still-underappreciated Argentinian wine market (outside of the "signature" Malbecs). Crisp, biscuity, and sharp, this complex & refreshing Champagne-like sparkler is simply a phenomenal wine, that happens also to be a phenomenal value.
The wine is produced from vineyards in the Uco Valley, "ranging from 1300-1550 meters above sea level. [This] Blanc de Blanc is made entirely from Chardonnay grapes grown in the Tupungato and Tunuyan subregions [...] the Chardonnay is picked earlier [than is customary for still wines] adding to its seriously refreshing acidity".
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.