Candid Wines at The Empty Bottle Chicago

Heading to the Empty Bottle for a show?  We are pleased to have a wide range of offerings available at this iconic Chicago concert space and dancing destination.

Members of the Empty Bottle team – please use the tags below as tasting sheets for each wine, and send us any questions you might have!


La Sentinelle: Cabernet Sauvignon

2005 La Sentinelle

La Sentinelle from Domaine Bourdic is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon from the Languedoc region in the South of France.  The wine is made from organically grown grapes and aged at the winery for six years before release.

It is an amazing value.


TECHNICAL NOTES

Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
Blending: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 8% Grenache
Yearly production: 8,200 bottles
Vinification:
– each variety is harvested and made into wine before being blended for the final bottling.
– no chaptalization

Maturing:
– 24 month barrel maturing (french oak)
– rackings
– no fining
– light filtering before bottling
Sourced by Candid Wines Imports.

Read more about Domaine Bourdic

Organic wines from the south of France

Hans and Christa at Domaine Bourdic


Cosimo Maria Masini Sincero

Cosimo Maria Masini Sincero

Sincero is the Italian word for Candid, and this wine is one we are proud to have our name on. All of the fruit is grown at at this certified biodynamic estate is hand-picked and fermented by native yeasts.

The wine is made from a majority of Sangiovese, the main grape used to make Chianti, and there is a little bit of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc blended in for complexity.

The day we first tasted a bottle, we ended up talking and laughing and had finished the bottle before we had finished our careful study of the sample. It made us happy, it sparked conversation which took on a life and a direction of its own, and we loved the diversion.

A lot of thought went into the wine, but it’s not a wine that demands much thought. Sometimes, that’s a happy thing.

TASTING NOTES

Nose: Red cherries with blue and blackberries with soft tannins.
Palate: Silky wine with cherries blueberries overtones and some licorice. Bright and refreshing.
In the kitchen: Can be enjoyed by itself but pairs well pasta dishes pizza barbecues an easy going companion for fun times

VINEYARD

Variety: Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Production area: Toscana
Town: San Miniato (Pisa) – Toscana – Italy
Vines age: less than 10 years old
Size: 4 acres
Growing system: cordon spur
Soil type: red clay with limestone presence of fossils and pebbles
Harvesting period: mid to the end of September
Type of farming: biodynamic

VINIFICATION

Red vinification: Only mechanical process is destalking. Grapes are then stomped in open vats kept outside; no temperature control. Maceration on skins for 10 days. Plugging of the cap manually.
Fermentation vat: open vats
Fermentation temperature: uncontrolled
Yeasts: native
Malolactic fermentation: yes; starts naturally while wine is resting in vats
Maturation period: about 8 months in concrete vats then fining in the bottle
Bottling: follows sparkling process

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The vines at Cosimo Maria Masini

Biodynamic Vineyards at osimo Maria Masini

 


Pircas Negras Chardonnay

Chardonnay Pircas Negras Argentina

Pircas Negras Chardonnay is 100% organically grown in Argentina’s Famatina Valley.  The wine is crisp and slightly creamy. Fresh apple and citrus scents. Lively on the palate with bright apple, peach and melon expressions underlain by a hint of vanilla. Pairing suggestions: Salad Niçoise, seafood bisques or Mediterranean dishes.

This is a very popular Chardonnay for us at Candid as it has a touch of oak without being heavy or too buttery.

Information and tasting notes from the winemaker:

Appellation: Famatina Valley, Argentina
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 12.9%
PH: 3.2
Residual Sugar: 5.78 g/L
Sulfites: 66 ppm
Winemaker: Rodolfo Griguol

Organic Certificate: Grapes and facilities have been certified by USDA Accredited Argencert SRL and meet all organic standards established by the National Organic Program.

Soil: Sandy, calcareous soil of alluvial origin at 3,600 ft. above sea level together with the low humidity and low rainfall make the Famatina Valley an ideal environment for wine growing. The north-south orientation of the Andes provides the vineyards with enough sunlight while protecting them from the wind and the rain.

Viticulture: The watering systems used in the vineyards are a combination of traditional flooding method, which uses glacial run-off or snow melt water, and computerized drip irrigation systems that pump underground water. Grapes are hand harvested in the cool morning hours.

Winemaking: 20% of the grapes are fermented cold (51 degrees Fahrenheit) for 4-5 hours. Selected grapes are fermented in temperature controlled tanks at 59 degrees Fahrenheit. 15% of the blend is aged in French oak for six months.

The Co-op: Pircas Negras are the organic wines produced by La Riojana Cooperativa, a co-op of 550 member farmers in the Famatina Valley. The organic Pircas Negras wines have allowed farmers to demand a higher price for their grapes. Every year, La Riojana buys more land for certified organic conversion to keep up with the world-wide demand for wines made with organic grapes. Profit sharing is also distributed amongst all members of the co-op, which has raised the standards of living for the indigenous farmers of the valley.
Sourced from Organic Vintners

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The building of the La Riojana Coop

Pircas Negras’ organic vineyards in Argentina.


Pircas Negras Malbec

Malbec Pircas Negras Argentina

Our best selling Malbec, this organically grown wine combines all the juicy red and black fruit we expect from the grape with just a touch of spice and oak.   A very easy glass of red wine.

Information and tasting notes from the winemaker:

Appellation: La Rioja, Argentina
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Alcohol: 13%
PH: 3.5
Residual Sugar: 2.50 g/L
Sulfites: 89ppm
Winemaker: Rodolfo Griguol

Organic Certificate: Grapes and facilities have been certified by USDA Accredited Argencert SRL and meet all organic standards established by the National Organic Program.

Soil: Sandy, calcareous soil of alluvial origin at 3,600 ft. above sea level together with the low humidity and low rainfall make the Famatina Valley an ideal environment for wine growing. The north-south orientation of the Andes provides the vineyards with enough sunlight while protecting them from the wind and the rain.

Viticulture: The watering systems used in the vineyards are a combination of traditional flooding method, which uses glacial run-off or snow melt water, and computerized drip irrigation systems that pump underground water. Grapes are hand harvested in the cool morning hours.

Winemaking: Aged from four to six months in 100% French innerstaves.

The Co-op: Pircas Negras are the organic wines produced by La Riojana Cooperativa, a co-op off 550 member farmers in the Famatina Valley. The organic Pircas Negras wines have allowed farmers to demand a higher price for their grapes. Every year, La Riojana buys more land for certified organic conversion to keep up with the world-wide demand for wines made with organic grapes. Profit sharing is also distributed amongst all members of the co-op which has raised the standards of living for the indigenous farmers of the valley.

Awards:
Silver Medal — 2010 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition
Bronze Medal — Contemporary Packaging Design, 2010 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition
Sourced from Organic Vintner

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The vineyard of Pircas Negras

Organic vines at Pircas Negras

 


Sainte Anne Blanc

Sainte Anne Blanc

White Bordeaux is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle.  Domaine Sainte Anne has all of the bright citrus fruit people think of when they reach for a Sauvignon Blanc, but it also has a bit more weight thanks to the old vine Semillon that the Boudon family has been growing organically for decades.

Suggest this to anyone looking for an unoaked white wine like Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Riesling, or Gruner Veltliner.

Information and tasting notes from the winemaker:

Color: White
Appellation: Entre-Deux-Mers
Region: Haut Benage
Soil: Clay and silt
Grape Variety: 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Muscadelle, 30% Sémillon
Age of Vines: 25 years (Semillon is older)
Sourced from Chartrand Imports

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Domaine Sainte Anne

The Boudons in their organic vineyard in Bordeaux.

 


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