Free Tasting of Italian Wines with New Vintage

 Friday 3-6-2015, 5pm – 8pm – at East End Wines –  

San Silvestro Andelasia Piemonte 2011 – 10.57 – 100% Cortese. Soft pressing; fermentation in stainless steel at a controlled temperature of 18-20°C; maturing in stainless steel for 4 months. 100% Malolactic fermentation. Matured in stainless steel. Inviting fresh liveliness and wild flowers on the nose, with the mineral qualities of the terroir. Pairs well with fresh salads, sushi, fish-based dishes, bruschetta.

San Silvestro Ottone I Piemonte DOC Barbera 2011 – 10.57 – 100% Barbera. Crushing & destemming; fermentation in stainless steel at a controlled temperature of 28-30°C; maceration on the skins for 8 days with daily pumping of the must over the cap.  100% Malolactic fermentation. Matured in stainless steel. Deep, bright ruby red, with a fresh opening; bursting with hints of ripe berries, with cherries and jam making it nicely soft on the palate. Pairs well with Cold meats, pasta, red meats, chilled in summer with salads or a snack.

Costa di Bussia Tenuta Arnulfo Barbera d’Alba 2012 – 14.57 – Piedmont. 100% Barbera. Juicy acid on the front of a pretty densely fruited version of Barbera that sees a bit of hangtime. Nice to compare the 2011 and 2012 side by side. Tannins are light, the fruit on the mid-palate balances the alcohol pretty nicely, mellowing in the bottle a bit.

David Sterza Valpolicella  Classico Superiore Ripasso 2012 - 23.97 – “This drinks like a young Amarone but is priced like a Valpolicella red. Carefully aged in oak for 12 months, this is supple and soft, bursting with red fruit aromas and a long, spicy finish.” Reviewed by: The Wine Enthusiast – 90pts. An old favorite, leaning further towards the Amarone style, with lots more raisiny fruit, heft, and drying alcohol than you would expect at this price-point. Serious stuff.

Tasting Friday – with Chameleon!

– New World Offerings – 5p-8p – 2-27-2015

ChameleonKiona Riesling 2013 – 11.57 – Kiona has been making Riesling for almost three decades. This Washington State version has smooth, light, spicy flavors with a slight sweetness and a nice tart acidity. 95% Riesling, 5% Gewürztraminer. Crisp acidity, slight sweetness, and a touch of effervescence combine harmoniously in this refreshing wine. A slightly spicy finish puts an exclamation point on the end of this delightfully charming and drinkable wine. The nose has compelling floral notes that highlight the fresh fruit flavors of pear and citrus on the palate.

Smashberry 2012 – 11.57 – Smashberry is all about the fruit: bright raspberry on the nose and boysenberry and cocoa flavors on the palate. It is rich on the palate with a supple mouthfeel, yet has firm tannins and a clean finish. Not a wine for the faint of heart or spirit. Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc. Destemmed , crushed and sent directly into fermentation tanks. Pumped over with several delestages during 7 to 10 days fermentations on skins. The wine was pressed, racked, underwent malolactic fermentation, and was then aged 9 months on American Oak.

Bodega del Desierto Cabernet Franc 25 – 2010 – 15.57 – The strong Patagonian wind and arid desert conditions produce bold red wines. At harvest, the grapes arrive at the winery within the hour to preserve freshness and acidity. A full-bodied wine offering pretty aromas of cassisand spicy tannins on the long finish. The wine was aged in French (70%) and American (30%) oak for nine months.

Hugo Vision Quest 2010 – 21.57 – 250 cases. 75% Syrah, 12.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12.5% Malbec. Fermented in open top barrels, aged in neutral oak. Dark fruit flavors such as plum, black cherry and blackberry are exhibited in this inky wine as well as coffee, chocolate, mint, pepper and spice. Mole braised beef with sweet corn spoon bread complement each element of this complex wine.

Thanks everyone – Raymond Tatum’s Three Little Pigs will open at 5pm to serve food that will go well with the wines from this tasting. Check it out!

Free Spanish Wine Tasting Friday!

El Cidwith Case Imports at East End Wines – 2-20-15 – 5p – 8p –

Bodegas Aguiuncho Mar de Ons Albarino 2012 – 18.57 – The difference in diurnal and nocturnal temperatures, buffeted by sea breezes slows maturation, maintains acidity and especially increases aromas. The salinity of the water increases the sugars. These vineyards produce excellent quality grapes, rich in tones. The aromas are fruity and floral, fine and distinguished. The nose has good intensity: aromatic herbs such as bay, mint, light notes of aniseed and balsamic vinegar; with apple and citrus fruit notes; a mineral base of slate.

Bodegas Virgen del Aguila Seis Circles Red 2012 – 11.97 to 9.97 – 50% Tempranillo, 40% Grenache, 10% Syrah. harvested from age-old vines in high-altitude vineyards due south of the Pyrenees. Clean, brambly. Sweet cherry, plum fruit. This delightful Spanish red offers spice & pepper notes on the nose, along with aromas of ripe berry, black cherry & currant, blueberries, all of which is reprised on the smooth, fruity palate, which is soft, generous and lightly spicy. The supple texture, ripe fruit & hints of pepper make this a great all-purpose red that will match a wide variety of menu items, though it is soft enough to be enjoyed by itself.

Bodegas Solar de Urbezo Dance del Mar 2011 – 12.57 – 50 Tempranillo, 50 Merlot. Cariñena, Aragon – Nose shows cherries and other red fruit, smoke, slight herbs and floral, licorice. Smooth on the palate with black pepper, green pepper, red fruit and floral notes. Pepper and red fruit on the finish. Medium acidity. Body and mouthfeel is excellent. Juicy, light, bright, some mineral backbone, cocoa, cherry. Great QPR, had almost disappeared, and then got a WS 90 in 2005, bounced back. Very fruity, with berries & dark cherries, soft & elegant tannins. Clean finish. Great with charcuterie like smoked terrines, game, red meats, roasts, and cheeses. A Robert Parker darling as well and still we like it (clocks in right at 14% alcohol).

Bodegas San Dionisio – Convento el Carmen Seleccion Jumilla 2006 – 13.57 – Dark ruby black color. Aromas of dried flowers, marinated tomatoes and cherries with a soft, medium dry sugar level, medium body and a tart blackberry, plum skin, and nut finish. A nice table wine. – From Tastings.com. Prolonged maceration in stainless before aging in European oak. Aromatic, meaty, pretty intense.