Archive for June 30, 2013

Sunday Sunny Spanish Sippers

Values from Ribera Del Duero

This Sunday takes us to Spain for some summer sippers from the Ribera Del Duero region. Located in north-central Spain, to the southwest of Rioja, the high plain of Ribera del Duero is Tempranillo country, with nearly all of the best wines made entirely or almost all from this variety. As in Rioja, the spring comes late here; summer temperatures can be hot but the nighttime cools considerably at these altitudes, with the result that the wines from this region normally possess decent acidity and avoid overripe character.

Come taste for yourself.

2011 Bodegas Viña Vilano Verdejo    ($10)

Ribera Del Duero

Bodegas Viña Vilano is located in the village of Pedrosa de Duero, province of Burgos, internationally regarded as the most privileged wine-growing region within the Designation of Origin of Ribera del Duero, with 300 hectares of vineyards dating back to its foundation in 1957. A tasty Verdejo with a good mix of tropical fruits and herbal notes. Quaffable.

2007 El Quintanal Joven    ($10)

Tempranillo

Ribera Del Duero

A ripe and fruity old vine Tempranillo was once young but now has a good bit of bottle age on it after 3 months in oak. Still robust. Excellent for appetizers, pastas and red meats. Was $12 now $10

Tuscan Trio,

Saturday June 29th, 2pm

Some people have the luck. Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini owns not one but four estates in Tuscany each producing quality wine from their own sub regions. This Saturday we’ll be pouring some of these fine wines for three of the wineries. Ignazio Crivelli Visconti (Elisabetta’s nephew) will join us to tell us more about the wineries unique differences.

2011 Doga delle Clavule, Vermentino $12
This Vermentino grows in the soft hills of Maremma benefiting from the sea breezes and from the light reflected by the Tirreno sea. The wine has scents of wild flowers and a hint of yellow peach. The flavor is savory with good structure.

2009 Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico $14
90% Sangiovese, 5%Merlot, 5% Colorino
From Chianti Classico the wine ages in oak barrels for 12 months and 5 in the bottle. It has an intense bouquet with hints of soft black fruits with vanilla and cocoa. The palate is dry, firmly structured with a good harmony between fruit and tannins.

2010 Borgo Scopeto, Borgonero $20
60% Sangiovese, 20% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
The name Borgonero comes from a former farming settlement on the estate and the wine is a Supertuscan with great personality and elegance, selected from the best of the vineyards. The wine is aged for 18-24 months in durmast casks of 30 hl and 8 months in the bottle. It is intense with notes of leather and tobacco, full round fruit and velvety tannins.

2007 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino $36
Brunello di Montalcino is perhaps the finest region for growing Sangiovese and the price usually reflects it. The Caparzo is a refreshing exception. It matures for 36 months in Slavonia and French oak barrels of medium capacity 30-50 Hl. The bouquet is penetrating, very full and varied, reminiscent of wild berries. The flavors are dry, warm, full-bodied, harmonious, delicate and austere at the same time.

 

Abbazia di Novacella,

Thursday, June 27th, 5:30 to 7:30

The Abbazia di Novacella, located in the northern-most winegrowing region on the southern side of the Alps was founded in 1142 by the Bishop of Brixen. The mineral-rich soils, the elevation (1,970 ft – 2,950 ft) and the cool climate are all factors which explain the intense aromas and flavors as well as fruity, mouth-watering acidity found in the white Valle Isarco valley grapes. The long drawn-out ripening period extending well into the autumn is crucial to the development of the reds. Stop by after work on Thursday and try these delicious wines.

2011 Sylvaner $18
An elegant, full-bodied white wine, greenish yellow in color; fresh fruit on the nose with a rich concentrated palate of honey and ripe apple, and hints of tropical fruit cut by refreshing acidity on the finish.

2011 Kerner $18
An aromatic white wine which has become a specialty of the Eisack Valley: pale straw yellow with green reflexes, apple and peach fruit on the nose with a hint of mango, ripe and full on the palate, its opulence cut by crisp acidity.

2011 Schiava (Edel Vernatch) $13
Bright pale ruby, fruity on the nose, with aromas reminiscent of summer fruits and cherry; succulent, gentle and fruity on the palate with soft, unobtrusive tannins and mild supple acidity.

2010 Lagrien $18
Intensely deep in color, almost black tinged with purple. Very open on the nose with concentrated aromas of violets, blackberries and black cherries all meshed with savory flavors, coffee and dark chocolate; supple youthful tannins and superb length.

 

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Classic samplings from around the world. It could be a new Cabernet from Walla Walla, or an old Barolo from the Piedmont, but they all will be excellent wines that represent their place and style. We’ll pick from some of the most exciting wine we find each month. Take our choice or tell us your preferences, and we’ll hand pick to your interest.

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Sunday Sippers, Rosé Tasting

June 23rd, 11-5pm

This Sunday it’s a knock down rosé taste off pitting the Feisty French against the New World Americans. Representing France is:

2011 R. Dubois & Fils Rosé    ($10)
Pinot Noir
Sister and brother Béatrice and Raphaël Dubois have been running the estate together since 2006, winegrower in Burgundy for nine generations. Today, the young generation of the family shows an unusual collaboration between Béatrice, who, being a winemaker, takes care of the vinification with passion and Raphaël who is responsible for the vineyard and the wine marketing. The vineyard covers today 23.5 hectares. A succulent pink to hold us over until the boats come in. Was $15 now $10

Weighing in for the Americans we have:

2011 Sorter Vineyards North Valley Rosé    ($13)
80% Pinot Noir, 16% Chardonnay, 4% Gewürztraminer
A somewhat odd blend of grapes for a rosé, but it totally works. Nice strawberry flavors mixed with a bit of spiciness from the Gewürztraminer. Sustainable.

 

New French

from Corsica to Languedoc

and the Northern Rhone.

Saturday, June 22nd, 2pm

This Saturday we’ll be featuring some new wines from Corsica that have recently arrived on these shores. Corsica became French in 1769, but still retains some Italian winemaking traditions. Nielluccio, the local version of Sangiovesse, is the common red grape, but it more Corse than Tuscan. We’ll also be trying two new vintages from James Calmes, an ambitious Oenologist from the Languedoc who excels at making fresh and distinct wine at very affordable price. And lastly we’ll be trying a classic Northern Rhone Syrah by Francois Tardy from the great 2010 vintage. Three winemakers, three regions, five great values — Come see what it’s all about.

2011 Jerome Calmes Les Perles Picpoul $9
Picpoul which translates as “lip stinger” is the Muscadet of the South of France. The Les Perles, made by Jérôme Calmes, a very innovative oenologist, has fresh and fine aromas of grapefruit, exotic fruit and lime flavors that wake up your mouth.

2012 Clos Venturi, Domaine Vico, Vin de Corse Rosé $15
70% Nielluccio (Sangiovese ) and 30% Grenache
Founded in 1901, Domaine Vico is one of the oldest estates in Corsica. Located in the middle of the island, the soils are a unique mix of sandstone, shale and schiste. The 2012 Vico Rosé sports a pretty nose of ripe strawberry and cantaloupe. The fruit is very ripe due and plump with plenty of minerality to lend balance.

2010 Jerome Calmes, Les Capucin, Coteaux du Languedoc $10
75% Syrah 25% Grenache
The vineyards for Les Capucin are situated at 200 meters in the foothills of the Caroux Mountains in Languedoc. During the nights of end of summer, the altitude and proximity of mountains give coolness as a contrast to the high temperatures of the day and schistous soil helps to avoid water stress. The place is perfect for Syrah, and makes the Capucin an outstanding value with lots of dark fruit, full mouth, fine tannins, fresh aromas, and good balance

2012 Clos Venturi, Domaine Vico, Vin de Corse Rouge $15
80% Nielluccio, 20% Syrah
The vines for the Rouge range from 25 to 75 years old. In Corsica the Nielluccio is a local relative of Sangiovesse, but take on a different expression on these Island soils. The Vico is a distinct robust red with aromas of licorice, pepper, and raspberry and a supple, fruity palate.

2010 Francois Tardy, Les Champs Fourne, Crozes Hermitage $24
Francois Tardy, an organic grape farmer, makes intense, slightly wild, authentic, delicious Syrah. This fine-value Crozes comes from his younger (5-10 year old) vines. Its bright, bold berry fruit mixes with game and spice. The wine has good acidity, modest tannins, almost no oak.

And don’t forget our Rosé Taste-Off between the US and France this Sunday from 11-5. We will be comparing and contrasting these two lovelies:

Representing France is:

2011 R. Dubois & Fils Rosé    ($10)
Pinot Noir
Sister and brother Béatrice and Raphaël Dubois have been running the estate together since 2006, winegrower in Burgundy for nine generations. Today, the young generation of the family shows an unusual collaboration between Béatrice, who, being a winemaker, takes care of the vinification with passion and Raphaël who is responsible for the vineyard and the wine marketing. The vineyard covers today 23.5 hectares. A succulent pink to hold us over until the boats come in. Was $15 now $10

Weighing in for the Americans we have:

2011 Sorter Vineyards North Valley Rosé    ($13)
80% Pinot Noir, 16% Chardonnay, 4% Gewürztraminer
A somewhat odd blend of grapes for a rosé, but it totally works. Nice strawberry flavors mixed with a bit of spiciness from the Gewürztraminer. Sustainable.

Terre Margaritelli,

June 9th, 11-5pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round four of our Sunday Sippers Series. This week we head to Italy to the Terre Margaritelli winery. Since 1870, the Margaritelli family has tended 52 hectares in the center of Umbria between Perugia and Assisi in the noted wine region of Torgiano, one of the first Italian DOCs. Around thirty hectares are for regular production and market, while the other 22 hectares consist of experimental vines. The winery recently built an experimental wine laboratory which will work with small quantities of diverse varietals to test the production of each and to optimize the process of vinification, in relation to the specifications unique to the territory of Torgiano. But that’s all just background for this Sunday Sipper tasting. We will be featuring one of their whites and one of their reds.

2010 Terre Margaritelli Roccascossa    ($9)
70% Sangiovese, 10% Canajolo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
From Umbria, a fresh all stainless Sangiovese blend. Was $12 now $9
Organic

2011 Terre Margaritelli Pietramala        ($10)
85% Trebbiano, 15% Grechetto
From Torgiano, a small hill town in the heart of Umbria, the Pietramala has Meyer lemon, salt-water stream, and green olive aromas. Grassy aromas and good body. Was $12 now $10
Organic

Austria (and Alsace),

Saturday, June 15th, 2pm

The wines of Austria are perfect for summer weather. The varietals have a personality all their own. The whites are crisp and lively and the reds fresh with clean pure fruit. This Saturday we’ll have a cross section of these wines (along with a fine Riesling from Alsace) open to taste. They’ll make you want to Yodel.

2011 Der Pollerhof, Gruner Veltliner 1 ltr $14
Erwin Poller, the current wine maker from this long standing Austrian wine making family is completely hands-on and involved in every aspect of the winemaking, to assure the purity and terroir driven quality of his wines. He uses sustainable methods in the vineyards and hand harvests. In the Cellar the grapes are hand selected three times before being gently pressed. Erwin has created his own yeast culture for use in his wines. The result is a refreshing, crisp and dry wine with wonderful aromas of apples and citrus fruit.

2011 Chateau D’Orschwihr, Riesling Bollenberg $16
Château d’Orschwihr dates back to 1049, but the current owners the Hartmann family didn’t acquire the Château until 1854. Their estate Riesling is a highly aromatic wine, grown on thin limestone soil on the Bollenberg in Alsace. 2011 was a vintage of high fruit and nice concentration. The bouquet is expressive with aromas of lime and grapefruit. On the palate it is well structured with an elegant backbone of ripe acidity and an almost luscious after taste.

2010 Andau, Zweiglet $16
Andau is a winery making wines from the town with the same name. Andau has more sunny days and warmer temperatures than anywhere else in Austria. Located on the Hungarian border, the climate is perfect for making very ripe and bold red and dessert wines. The Zweigelt is aged 12 months in used oak casks and is full-bodied, with hints of dark cherries, spice and chocolate.

2010 Weninger, Franz $17
Blaufranckisch /Merlot
The Weninger family owns vineyards in and around Horitschon in the Mittelburgenland, as well as two estates in Hungary. Since taking over the family estate in 1982, Franz Weninger has been a shining star among Austrian red wine producers. The vineyards are certified organic with an average of 40 year old vines, and are made bio-dynamically without modern oenological intervention. The wine has intense fruit aromas, of ripe red berries, and cherry along with a juicy body and an elegant, structured finish.

2008 Meinhard Forstreiter, St Laurent $27
The Forstreiter family has been making wine since 1868, but it has been the current owner and winemaker, Meinhard Forstreiter, who has brought the vineyard to a new level of quality and reputation. The vineyard is situated in Krems-Hollenburg in the Kremstal, along the right bank of the Danube River, across from the Wachau. There has been wine production in and around Hollenburg since the Roman Empire. The St Laurent is from 50 year old vines. The wine has aromas of dark berries, bitter chocolate, herbs with coffee roast aromas. Its body is well rounded with soft tannins, ripe fruit and beautifully balanced acidity.

Sunday Sippers

June 9th, 11-5pm

Château Petit Sonnailler

Round three of our Sunday Sippers Series. This week we feature a little trip to France to balance Saturday’s trip to Italy. Château Petit Sonnailler is situated in the heart of Provence near Aurons, a small typical Provence village. The winery dates from the 10th century with the tower added later in the 12th century. The 45-hectare vineyard is located on chalky terrain and is farmed in the traditional way with several ploughings throughout the seasons. The vines are grown between 250 and 290 meters altitude on the North slopes, under the magnificent Provençal sky. Their words not ours, but no matter – come try these lovely French lovelies.

2011 Petit Sonnailler VDP Méditerranée    ($9)
Grenache Blanc
A light and citrusy Mediterranean white. Perfect for Summer weather. 12.5 % ABV.

Was $10 now $9

2011 Petit Sonnailler VDP de Méditerranee Rouge    ($10)
Greanche, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon
A Provence red full of sage and other herbal earthiness.

Was $12 now $10

Exceptional Italy

Saturday, June 8th 2pm

The diversity and variety of Italian wine is almost limitless. Its indigenous varietals that grow only in small pockets produce fantastic wines that are unique to place if only it’s the only place they grow. This Saturday we have a fine line up of delights and surprises form these little gems that most of the world ignores. Come discover them for yourself.

2010 Vili Ligi, Birrarelle, Bianchello del Metauro $11
Biancame
Vili Ligi is a family run estate that helped rescue indigenous varietals of the Marche area. The wine is made from 45 year old vines of Biancame (Bianchello). Its particular aroma combination and the fresh notes together with its sapidity and smoothness make this wine a perfect choice for pasta and risotto dishes based on fish, and also with grilled and fried fish and seafood.

2010 Pietratorcia Vigne del Cuotto, Ischia Bianco $16
45% Biancolella, 45% Forastera, 5% Uva Rilla, 5% San Leonardo
Ischia is an island off the coast of Naples. The Pietratorcia vineyards lie just 50 meters from the Mediterranean, and 400 meters above the sea, providing a unique micro-climate that is both temperate and windy. The wine has intense floral aromas and a full body that is fresh on the palate with notes of apples, nectarines and almonds

2008 Palmoletino Scarafone, Rosso di Montecucco DOC $13
90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Montecucco is a Tuscan appellation that begins on the slopes of Monte Amiata (the volcano facing Montalcino) and extends almost all the way to the coast. The Scarafone has notes of violets, strawberry and cherry fruit followed by smooth light tannins.

2011 La Kiuva, Arnad Montjovet $22
75% Nebbiolo plus Gros Vien, Neyret, Cornalin and Fumin.
The DOC of Arnad-Montjovet is named for two small villages in the Vallee d’Aoste up in the Tyrolean Alps where the main grape grown is Picatendro, the local clone of Nebbiolo. La Kiuva is a tiny co-op of just 60 growers comprising 25 hectares of vines mostly organic. The high altitude and the addition of the other indigenous varietals make for a very pretty and elegant Nebbiolo with lilting cherry fruit, some spiciness and a smoky nuance.

2011 Caldaro Kaltern Lagrein $20
The Caldaro (Kellerei Kaltern) cooperative winery in the Alto Adige has 410 members, which own over 290 hectares of vineyards. Here Lagrein tends to produce full-bodied, purple-colored, boisterously fruity wine. After a gentle malo-lactic fermentation, the wines age for 12 months in barriques The wine is full and rich with notes of violets, blackberry, and mountain herbs along with mineraly tannins.

 

 

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