Vine Imports – Chile & Spain – October 17

Free Tasting Friday 5pm – 8pm Damana

Lomas del Valle Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – 13.57 – Casablanca, Chile. Sourced from Loma Larga vineyards, Lomas del Valle wines are oak-free, having a generous fruit expression, freshness & great natural acidity; this wines represents the commitment of Loma Larga with its terroir. The interest in wine in the Diaz family goes back to the nineteenth century.

Damana Verdejo 2009 – 13.57 – Peñín Guide 2011 rating – Tasting notes: Color: bright straw. Nose: fresh, fresh fruit, white flowers, expressive, varietal. Palate: flavorful, fruity, good acidity, balanced – Score: 91. Located at Olivares de Duero there are 22Hs. of vineyards with all the natural & technical elements which are necessary to produce modern quality wines trying to find nice expression of the terroir.

Lomas del Valle Pinot Noir 2011 – 13.57 – Dark red wine with a young, modest nose. Medium bodied delicious wine. Carried by its fruit & making quite a big number out of it. Very pleasant. Fresh, juicy cherry, soft spice, impressive balance. This amiable Pinot Noir hails from the seaward slopes of the Casablanca Valley, where the cool climate adds lean length to the ripe grapes. A touch of oak adds some moderate, gingerbread spice, but the fresh, friendly fruit is the main attraction here. A nice value Pinot Noir for lighter fare. Serving Suggestion: Classic hors d’oeuvres: bacon-wrapped scallops, tiny quiche, Caprese crostini, Spanakopita, little risotto cakes.

Damana Tempranillo Crianza 2007 – 19.97 – 96% Tempranillo, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot – D. O. Ribera del Duero – Tempranillo – from estate vines with 15-25 years of age are cold soaked for five days for color then fermented in stainless steel for 14 days. The wine is then split into two lots for malolactic fermentation with half of it put in huge 5,000 liter French oak tuns to complete malolactic with some exposure to oxygen. After ML it is mellowed in a combination of French (90%) & American oak barrels for a year then bottled with no fining & the lightest possible filtering. Damana has a deep cherry red color with violet hints on the rim, intense notes of strawberry & plum but also anise, vanilla & tobacco notes on the nose & a long smooth finish. Grilled meats please!

French Wines with Esprit du Vin – Friday October 10, 5p-8p

Esprit du Vin

Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2012 – 15.97 – Pinot Blanc & Pinot Auxerrois. Rich & concentrated aromas, with white flower & apricot notes. Smooth, medium-bodied with good fruit acidity. The two grapes are fermented separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel & concrete vats & do not undergo the secondary malolactic fermentation. The wines are released after two years of cellar aging, when they have a perfect balanced of fruit & acidity. An old favorite, bright, clean, refined.

Lamargue Les Grandes Cabanes Rosé 2013 – 12.57 – Complex black currant & raspberry aromas. Dry, refreshing & nicely balanced. This rosé is obtained by “saignée” or bleeding of the red varieties, Syrah & Grenache, with 6 to 12 hours of skin contact to extract color. Fermentation is at controlled temperatures for approximately 15 days. Six weeks of lees aging gives the wine its roundness & length.

Mas de La Dame Rose 2013 – 17.57 – Fresh strawberries, peaches, & roses with light exotic notes. Subtle flavors of fresh berries & fennel with a flowery finish. Skin contact for 4-8 hours before the juice is bled out of the tank into the fermentation tanks. No malolactic fermentation. This elegant Rosé matures on its lees with each varietal kept separate. Blending then takes place followed by a gentle fining with egg whites. To ensure freshness, bottling takes place in January.

Cote Mas Estate Cremant Brut Rose NV – 15.97 – Refined scents of honeysuckle, peach & apricot. A soft mouthfeel of grapefruit & a hint of blood orange. After primary fermentation, “Liqueur de Tirage”, a blend of sugar & yeast, is added to the juice a few hours before bottling. A second fermentation then takes place in the bottle, which lasts about 3 weeks. After one year of ageing “sur pointe”, the bottles are chilled (to freeze the lees) & opened. The lees are expelled & the “Liqueur de Dosage” is added. The bottle is then sealed & released after twelve months of ageing.

South America Tasting with MexCor – Friday, October 3rd, 5pm-8pm.

$7 corkage fee opens any 750 ml wine bottle. Three Little Pigs is open at 5pm!

MexCor

Vina Requingua Puerto Viejo Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Valley, Chile 2012 – 9.57 – Hand picking, with double selection in vineyard, in the first week of March.Cool temperate climate with a Mediterranean rainfall regime, moderately warm summers (influence of the Andes) and very rainy winters. Shallow alluvial soils of sandy loam, brownish-gray, rocky; subsoil composed of boulders and rounded rocks in sandy matrix. Intense nose of gooseberry, fresh hay, asparagus and apple. Elegant with pleasant acidity and a long finish.We blasted through a vast amount of this.

Uma Coleccion Shiraz 2013 – 9.97 – Grapes are gently crushed. Traditional fermentation and maceration, with selected yeasts. The process was carried out at a controlled temperature to preserve the wine’s color and aroma potential. Reminiscent notes of ripe blackberries, blackcurrants and plums, with delicate spicy notes. Smooth attack. Aroma notes are recognizable in the palate. Rich, concentrated and full-bodied. Ripe tannins and lingering finish.Another perennial favorite, great at $10.

Uma Coleccion Malbec 2013 – 11.97 – Grapes are gently crushed and traditionally fermented for 7 days, with daily pumping over. 30% of the wine is aged in American oak, while the remaining 70% is left evolving in epoxy-covered concrete pools. Both wines are blended in the pool. Concentrated notes of ripe plums, blackberries and blueberries. Smooth entry. Aroma notes are recognizable in the palate. Well-balanced wine with velvety tannins.This is another wine from Uma that we have stacked…

Santa Alicia Anke Blend 1 – 2011 – 9.97 – Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot blend. Herby, with dried red fruit on the nose. Brilliant and deep ruby red color, with violet tones. Very intense, with tropical characteristic of ripe red fruit and tones of oak. Good structure and concentration, with round tannins, even though the wine is young. Great balance and progression from the fruit on the front through the tempering oak on the finish, and plenty of grape tannins to work with. New! Fun!