Happy Labor Day!
Laetitia Brut Cuvee NV – 20.57 – 53% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay & 17% Pinot Blanc.Gala apple, streams of bubbles and soft melon notes. Lemon chiffon and pear framed by freshly baked challah bread come forward on second approach of the Laetitia house sparkling wine, great for pairing with pork with an apple-celery root slaw or the winemaker’s favorite: potato chips. Very nice brut. Crisp and dry with strong notes of apple. Very enjoyable. Don’t forget fried chicken or popcorn.
Luna Pinot Grigio 2012 – 10.57 – Aromas of pear, guava, green apple, white peach, jasmine & honeysuckle carry the nose. Hints of Asian spice & green apple pastries fill the mouth and full-bodied texture carry through a delicious lemony finish. Edible Arts – “Refreshing and balanced. Luna’s Pinot Grigio manages to get the fruit/acid balance just right. This wine vibrates with racy acidity but provides plenty of charm and definition on the nose with pear notes and hints of apple giving way to a generous floral fragrance. Light in body, the mineral core on the palate turns to lemon on the tart finish.” A favorite of old, this is a lot of wine for the money.
Lunatic Red 2012 – 13.97 – Overflowing with flavors of blueberry and black berry. This wine has great density, richness, and complexity, owing to the fact that potent components are blended to magnify their individual contribution. You will taste notes of cedar spice from barrel aged Syrah and lush tannins from Cabernet Sauvignon. Sangiovese lends a burst of black fruits to give a long, enticing finish of blackberry jam. Pretty big and lush, with big & ripe fruity flavors to play with.;
Luna Merlot 2010 – 16.97 – Aromas of dried plum and blackberry with the smoky spice of toasted vanilla fill the glass. The flavor follows; warm and mouth filling, kept in balance with fine grained tannins from both fruit and barrel. This long finish reflects the subtlety and elegance of Merlot as a varietal. 20.99 @ HEB. Extended natural fermentations, often not complete until months later in the barrel. This wine was aged entirely in European oak for 20 months and bottled in October, 2011.
Wine – Gilles Louvet Bulles d’O Blanquette de Limoux – 23.57 – 90 % Mauzac – 10 % Chardonnay. This wine expertly represents the Terroir and the aromatic and mineral complexity of a local grape variety: the Mauzac. Racy with a sophisticated vinosity. Indicative of the Terroir of the Haute Vallée, its maturity is expressed through characters of honey from acacia trees. Well structured in mouth yet unctuous. The resulting wine is fresh and elegant with menthol notes. Blanquette de Limoux is considered to be the first sparkling white wine produced in France, created long before the Champagne region became world renowned for its sparkling wine.The name “Blanquette de Limoux” comes from the clear color of the Mauzac grape, also known as Blanquette in the Limoux language.
Wine – Giles Louvet Languedoc Rouge 2009 – 15.57 – Syrah (50%), Grenache (30%) and Carignan (20%). This blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan is typical of the classic wines of the South of France. This AOC Languedoc wine has a lovely, deep ruby red color and delicious ripe red and caramelized dark fruits on the nose. On the palate, the initial supple attack transitions into a silky finish with spicy and fragrant aromas.
Wine – Domaine St. Felix des Toureilles St. Chinian 2009 – 15.57 – SYRAH 55% – GRENACHE 35% – MOURVEDRE 10%. Deep, red color with hints of terracotta. Powerful on the nose, marked by cooked strawberry, blackcurrant and wild herbs. The first impression is supple and subtle, growing into a full and well-structured expression on the palate and ending with a long aromatic finish dominated by notes of dark figs, blackberries and spices.
Coffee – 529 Blend – Light-Medium Roast, Balanced Brightness, Medium Body – 13.57 for a 12 oz. bag – Tasting Note – Floral, Caramel, Spice from the Blue Mountain, Arusha, Kent, Lemon, Caramel, Tobacco from the Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai. Why we chose it for a wine shop – A noticeable brightness from acid, floral notes like those from hops and aromatic white wines, lemon like Chardonnay or Semillon, caramel like beer malt and Oregon oak, reminiscent of spicy tones brought by various wine grape varietals and oak influence from the aging of wine in cask, especially Oregon and Allier, France, which can also add smoky tones. Tobacco notes are also readily sensed in many Cabernet Sauvignons and Sangiovese.
Coffee – East End Blend – Medium-Dark Roast, Mild-Balanced Brightness, Medium-Full Body. 13.57 for a 12 oz. bag – Tasting Notes: Brown Sugar, Oak, Spice from the Caturra, Catui, Typica, Cacao Nibs, Cane Sugar, Orange Peel from the Bourbon varietals. Why we chose it for a wine shop – Tempranillo acts as a great frame for oak, as does Chardonnay, and the popularity of these varieties prove that people like it. Spice comes from oak, Nevers, France, Merlot has a spice cake note, Syrah / Shiraz, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Malbec, Petite Verdot, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris, Picpoul. This has a darker, more oaky feel, for people who like more full-bodied wines with some oak aging providing more structure.