vine street imports
VSI founder Ronnie Sanders and his team of ROCKSTARS allows us at BFR to work with world-class selections from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Italy and England. Using VSI's words, they search for "booze that shows distinctiveness and a story." Their portfolio is an ever-evolving book filled with talented winemakers, fun labels and bottles full of tremendous wine! VSI and BFR have a long history and we are continuously dazzled by the wines they afford us to buy and sell. Our companies share a passion for quality and value.
Four “Noble Truths” of Vine Street Imports' Wines
Flavoricity – A somewhat made up word that comes to be when you are trying to define what is so delicious about a given wine and you’ve had one too many swigs. This should be the single most important character of any wine. We don’t really care if the wine has notes of sandalwood, brambly blackberries, garrigue or any of that über-adjective driven nonsense. If the wine does not taste good then why would we want to represent, buy or sell it?
Balance – We could talk about this subject until the sun comes up and there would still be ongoing debates. Balance in our view is the point where alcohol, fruit, tannin and acidity work harmoniously with the texture to create the structure of a wine. If a wine is out of balance young, it will remain that way as it ages…and the inverse applies.
Precision – Are the ubiquitous flavors of the grape delineated and apparent? We view precision not just in reference to flavor but also as a characteristic in wine that is carried over from the precise nature of soil. The French would call this ‘terroir’ but we refer to it as ‘precision.’ Does the wine taste like the habitat of the vine? Those singular flavors are representative of the individual nuances from soil content, geographical exposure, elevation, grade, etc. Basically the unexplainable flavors and aromas in wine.
Clarity – If those flavors and aromas are muted or discombobulated then what good are the bright fruit and subtle tertiary notes? Clarity is our view that it is a more pleasurable to drive with a clean windshield just as it is more enjoyable to drink a wine that reflects that same idea. Where precision is about a sense of place on one hand and precise flavors in a wine on another, clarity allows this all to be enjoyed.
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