Crystal City Shops
220 20th St S, Arlington, VA 22202
There are few people that can set outside and drink a dry, dusty Cabernet Sauvignon in the heat of summer. And, if you are one of those people, go for it! For us, here at the Shop, we swing towards wines that pair well with things that come off the grill and that are refreshing. Additionally, while most people think of summer as rosé season (and we’ll save the soapbox speech about rosé during the winter). We’d like to point out that, there should be plenty of other bottles, both white and red, that should be opened with abandon as kebabs, steaks, and burgers sizzle!
- Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc 2016: Come out and try the new vintage of this old Shop favorite! The 2016 vintage comes entirely from Block 41 at Margarita Vineyard, where the vines occupy rocky alluvial soils that vary in density, elevation and exposure. As the block slopes downward from its crown, the soils become thicker, and the temperatures more brisk. These variances shape the fruit and contribute dimension to the final blend. Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles region, nestled into the Santa Lucia Mountain range just 14 miles from the Pacific in the new Santa Margarita Ranch AVA. The 2016 vintage is all peach, tropical fruit, and citrus on the nose; before moving into notes of pear and tropical fruit on the palate that is balanced by a nice minerality; and it is finished off by bracing acidity and notes of citrus zest. Pair with fresh oysters, seared sallops, and other grilled seafood. 100% Sauvignon Blanc
- Scaia Rosato 2016: Inheritors of their father’s 20 hectare estate in the eastern part of the Valpolicella zone, the four Castagnedi Brothers (Tiziano, Armando, Paolo & Massimo) acquired another 30 hectares in 1989. This spurred the birth of Tenuta Sant’Antonio in 1995, with the goal of producing premium DOC wines. Beyond those wines, they are also a premium and progressive producer of a wide-range of additional wines from 100% estate-grown fruit. This rosato is 100% Rondinella from the Municipality of Mezzane di Sotto. It was grown on sandy, silty soils with a lot of white skeletal limestone and came from vines that were 10-15 years old. It is a lovely cherry pink with floral aromas of roses and notes of raspberries. This is a well-balanced rosato that is fresh and tangy. Pair with chicken, pork, or fatty fish.
- Emilio Moro Finca Resalso 2015: Located in the town of Pesquera in the Valladolid district, Emilio Moro is a family-owned winery with over 120 years of winemaking history in Ribera del Duero that practices sustainable agriculture. The family owns 173 acres of vineyards located in several parcels in Pesquera del Duero. The first vineyards were planted in 1932, in the year of Emilio Moro’s birth, and the winery works with a pure clone of the Tinto Fino (100% Tempranillo) transplanted from their earliest vines. Selected from vines 5-12 years old, Finca Resalso is the youngest example of their style. The soils are clay with gravel and chalk, and the area is endowed with the harsh, continental climate that defines the unique character of Ribera wines. This young example has a strong cherry red color; a pronounced nose of black fruit; and is a fruity, expressive, and intense wine with a well-developed structure that makes you want to have another glass. Pair with burgers, barbecue-sauced pork, and steaks.
- Ancient Peak Merlot 2014: Merlot excels at the Ancient Peaks Margarita Vineyard and has been a stalwart for them since day one. Ancient sea bed soils combine with a long growing season to yield a Merlot with silky dark fruit flavors and a luscious texture, resulting in what has become one of the Paso Robles region’s most notable Merlots. This is a blend from three different Merlot blocks that exhibit a range of distinct qualities, bringing added natural complexity and dimension to the finished wine. After fermentation and light pressing, the lots were aged for 18 months in a combination of French (75%) and American (25%) oak barrels, 25 percent of which featured new oak. Malbec (17%) from Margarita Vineyard was included in the final blend to add bright fruit character and bring juiciness to the texture. It delivers rich black and red fruit notes with hints of cedar, eucalyptus, and cocoa. The palate is juicy with many of the same black and red fruits playing across it, with additional notes of vanilla and baking spice. Nice tannins and acidity give it an elegant finish. Pair with steak, veal chops, or lamb.