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Wine, Frankly: A Triple Shot of Luscious Loire Valley Wines

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Frank Pagliaro
Frank Pagliaro
Frank Pagliaro has been a Wilmington wine merchant since 1986 – Frank’s Union Wine Mart. He is the Team Host & Chief Wino of the FranksWine.com Marathon Team which gets fellow winos and runners together to train for a yearly Fall Marathon while raising money for children’s charities.
Domaine du Salvard
You wouldn’t know it from their old beat-up sign, but these guys make some pretty pristine wines in Loire Valley, France.
Domaine du Salvard has been a working domaine since 1898, through five hardworking generations of the Delaille family. Today, all forty-two hectares of vineyards are farmed by the capable brother team of Emmanuel and Thierry Delaille, with help from their father Gilbert.
To our delight, they have carried on the traditions established by their ancestors, producing a true, classic Cheverny that is both simple and elegant. Unlike others in the appellation who still vinify the widely-planted and forgettable Romorantin grape varietal, the Delaille brothers have focused their attention on growing fresh, lively Sauvignon Blanc, deeply rooted in the sand, clay, and limestone plains of northeasternTourainePinot Noir, Gamay, and Cot constitute their red grape holdings, creating youthful reds with great aromatics.
Salvard
Gilbert and his sons have also made their own contributions to the heritage of the domaine, including the introduction of sustainable farming practices into the vineyards, as well as temperature-controlled vinification equipment to the winery... ahh, that’s why they’re so pristine!
  

 Scott Biggs will be here at FranksWine on Saturday from 11am to 3pm pouring this trio.  The FranksWine Crew will do the same on Sunday from 12 noon to 4pm. 

Domaine du Salvard 2012
Cheverny Blanc
Salvard '12 Cheverny Blanc
85% Sauvignon Blanc ~ 15% Chardonnay
Like its more posh neighbor Sancerre, this wine at half the price still has the brisk acidity and minerality. However, this bone-dry Sauvignon Blanc is softened by the addition of 15% Chardonnay and some time resting on the lees. This Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and complex in Asian pear, tangerine and green apple flavors, brightened with crisp acidity and made savory with dusty baking spices.
   
Domaine du Salvard 2012
Cheverny Rosé
Salvard 2012 Cheverny Rose
60% Pinot Noir ~ 40% Gamay
Stunningly beautiful to the eye with a gem-like glimmer, this whole cluster pressed rosé of Pinot Noir and Gamay exhibits delicate purity. Aromas of pear and wild strawberry dance from the glass as complex flavors of mineral and herb co-mingle with a vibrant mouth-feel-an absolutely refreshing experience! This Vin Gris is an incredibly versatile wine to pair with food as it can stand up to the more extreme of ethnic cuisines-Asian, Mexican and Indian-yet it is completely comfortable with a simple sandwich or classic French bistro fare.
Domaine du Salvard 2012
Cheverny Rouge
Salvard
55% Pinot Noir ~ 43% Gamay ~ 2% Cot
The concentrated black cherry, currant and spice flavors reign, but the Gamay gives it a bit of light-footed mellowness. No idea what the 2% Cot is doing in there, not even gonna make that one up! Well-structured and integrated, with a tangy edge, picking up a mineral accent on the finish.
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