Music and Wine: March 2019

Welcome to Delectable's new column, Music and Wine! If you’re on the lookout for newly released music, grab your headphones. If you’re searching for a fresh bottle, grab your glass. And if you’re looking for the perfect wine to pair with that pop song you can't stop playing on repeat, then sit back, relax, and enjoy these Delectable tunes. Each month, we will gather a playlist of newly released songs and pair them with wines that hit all the right notes. From Hozier to Solange, March’s music scene has been busy, and we’re enjoying every minute of it. Cheers! Listen on Spotify Now 1. Dreams – Solange What could be better with Solange’s newest release than a glass of Burgundy? This song off Solange’s new album, When I Get Home calls for a smooth wine that can hold its own and match this dreamlike melody. We recommend a glass or two of the 2017 Domaine Duroche Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru . Whether you play “Dreams” on repeat or listen to the entire 19 track album, this Burgundy will keep you company. 2. Maybe You’re the Reason – The Japanese House The Japanese House’s new album, Good At Falling has a fresh and dream-like quality to it, and while the theme of finding oneself is present in many of the songs, it’s strongest in “Maybe You’re The Reason”. We’d suggest pairing it with the aptly named Cloudy Bay 2016 Chardonnay , hailing from a young region that is also still trying to find itself. 3. Fast Times – Albert Hammond Jr. Albert Hammond Jr., rhythm guitarist for The Strokes and notably the son of the famed singer-songwriter Albert Hammond, recently released his latest solo track, “Fast Times”. As a nod to keeping music in the family while making it his own, we think this easy listening song is deserving of a drinkable Bordeaux passed down from one generation to the next. What better pairing then, than the 2017 Branaire-Ducru ? 4. Follow the Sun – India.Arie Out of hard times can come beautiful masterpieces, and it’s a philosophy that India Arie emphasizes in her song “Follow The Sun” off her newest album Worthy. We think this calls for a wine that has an equally inspiring story, and we’d therefore suggest the 2016 A Tribute to Grace’s Luke , created and named after the winemaker's father as his parting gift to the world after a battle with cancer. 5. To Noise Making (Sing) – Hozier Hozier is back with Wasteland, Baby! – an album that holds a few more upbeat songs than his previous self-titled album. “To Noise Making (Sing)” encourages the one he refers to as “honey” to sing without caring about anything besides the act of singing. Considering how often Hozier adoringly says honey, we recommend a glass of 2017 Schoenheitz Holder Riesling to sip on while dancing around or singing your heart out in your room. 6. break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored – Ariana Grande We recommend a 2016 Kistler Chardonnay to accompany this pop track off Ariana’s new album, thank u, next. Breakup with that bad bottle of Chardonnay that had you subscribing to the ABC club (Anything But Chardonnay) and give it another shot with a bottle that’s sure to drive you crazy.

A Tribute to Grace Wines

Luke 2016

Delectable Wine

The 2016 Luke is a blend of Graciano and Grenache that Angela Osborne dedicated to her late-father. Expressive and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2016 is a gorgeous wine. Floral overtones lift the red and purplish berry fruit in a delicate, nuanced wine that brings out the best in Osborne's very personal style. It would be nice to see her make this wine more often, as it is one of her best. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2018) — 5 years ago


Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

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The 2016 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard, from Steve Kistler's original vineyard on Moon Mountain, shows a real sense of hillside structure in its deep, phenolic personality. There is a feeling of real textural depth and substance that runs through the KV. A whole range of citrus, floral and savory notes give the wine its distinctive character. There is just so much going on. In 2016, I have a slight preference for the KV over the Cuvée Cathleen, which emerges from a separate part of the property. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2019) — 5 years ago

Domaine Duroche

Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2017

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The 2017 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru has a sensual and pure bouquet with red cherries, redcurrant jus, crushed stone and pressed rose petals that gradually unfurls in the glass and ends up being more expressive than the Latricières-Chambertin. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, fleshy and perhaps the most dense of Duroché’s 2017s, real grip on the spicy finish. Superb. (Neal Martin, Vinous, January 2019) — 5 years ago

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Domaine Schoenheitz

Holder Gewurztraminer 2017

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Good full yellow-straw. Ripe aromas of stone fruits, jasmine, flint and honey are enlivened by a strong note of spices. Enters broad and spicy, then more linear and taut, the ripe citrus and peach flavors perked up by harmonious, ripe acidity. Typical wine from granite-dominated soil, featuring a spicy, broad entry, then a more narrow, high-acid middle and finish; the Holder’s signature ripe yellow fruit is also evident on the long, suave finish. (Ian D'Agata, Vinous, February 2019) — 5 years ago

Château Branaire (Duluc-Ducru)

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2017

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The 2017 Branaire-Ducru offers lovely depth and density. The characteristic dark red/purplish fruit character of Brainaire comes through beautifully. As always, Branaire is a wine of polish and finesse. Stylistically, the 2017 comes across as a smaller scaled and more accessible version of the 2015. If that sounds appealing, well, it is. The 2017 is really quite lovely. Tasted three times. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2018)
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Cloudy Bay

Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

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The 2016 Chardonnay has a more backward, perhaps more mineral-driven nose than the 2015, lighter yet very well defined and revealing touches of struck flint with time. The fresh, vibrant palate is well balanced, displaying a fine bead of acidity and leading to an elegant finish that just needs to develop more personality. Still a quality Chardonnay, though. (Neal Martin, Vinous, November 2016). — 5 years ago