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Two great wines we’ve been pouring at Jaynes

We’ve been having a lot of fun with the wine list at Jaynes these days, pouring lots of natural wines — wines, in other words, for which the winemaker lets Mother Nature do her thing instead of trying to manipulate the wine in the cellar. One of resident sommlier Jeremy Parzen’s favorites is the Clos Roche Blanche 2007 Cabernet Franc from the Loire valley in France. His friend, wine writer, and champion of natural wine Alice Feiring first poured this wine for him last year (when the 06 was the current release). We really like the versatility in pairing that this wine offers. It’s a great choice for seafood (it shows really nicely with our scallops) and white and red meat, with just enough lightness in body and tannin to go in either direction. This is a classic example of great Cabernet Franc — herbal and fruit flavor, good acidity, and a gorgeous finish. $42

Another wine Jeremy is really excited about is the Massolino 1998 Barolo Vigna Rionda. Jeremy got to taste the wine with winemaker Franco Massolino when Franco presented a vertical of this famed Barolo cru at the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen this summer. Now ten years old, this single-vineyard Barolo is really beginning to show its power, with nuanced aromas and flavors of tar and rose petal — classic Barolo from a great vintage and a great producer. $190

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