We’ve long featured the terrific wines of Joel Gott at our restaurants. This month, we’re hosting wine dinners to introduce our patrons to a relatively new wine called Shatter.
Shatter is Joel Gott and vintner David Phinney’s first collaborative effort, and the name is derived from the process that creates it. The wine comes from the small town of Maury in the Roussillon region of France. The hillside grenache vines were planted more than 60 years ago in black schist, a slate-like rocky soil common to the area. Though nutrient-poor, it retains heat well, allowing the slow-ripening grenache to reach full maturity through cool nights. Tough soil, strong winds and hot days push the vines and cause shatter, or coulure, in the grape clusters, naturally thinning fruit from the vines and producing more intensely concentrated flavors. After harvest, the fruit was cold-soaked for 30 days to help further concentrate the wine, then fermented and aged in Maury.
February 27 (Wednesday)
- Louisville, 455 S. Fourth Street, Suite 102, 502-584-3266
- Fort Wayne, Ind. 14 and U.S. 24 at Jefferson Pointe, 260-459-2222
- Indianapolis, 96th and Keystone, 317-846-8303
February 28 (Thursday)
- Burr Ridge, 201 Bridewell Drive, 630-468-2098
- Lincolnshire, 185 Milwaukee Avenue, 847-276-2000
- Warrenville, 28254 Diehl Road (Cantera) at I-88 and Winfield Road, 630-393-1900
- Cincinnati, 10808 Montgomery Rd. at the I-275 interchange, 513-489-1212
- Columbus, 1570 Polaris Parkway at the I-71 interchange, 614-433-7307
In addition to Shatter, we will have several other wines featured at the dinner. The price is set for $85 for Platinum members, and $95 for non-members. Grab your seat – we anticipate this will sell out!
You can read more about Joel Gott and David Phinney’s collaboration in the July 2012 issue of The Tasting Panel.