Free Tasting – Friday – January 23, 5p-8p

Chameleon Tasting – Italy – East End Wines – January 23, 5p-8p –

Chameleon

Colle Moro PPT Passerina – 14.57 – Passe Par Tout, Spumante Brut – 100% Passerina. Clear floral fragrance with pleasant citrus hints. Fresh and fruity. Dry palate of honeysuckle and yellow fruits; soft perlage and delicate finish. Complementing well any type of appetizer, white meats, fish plates and Parmesan cheese.

Colle Moro Cerasuolo 2012 – 10.57 – Dry, cherry fruit, pretty… Lots of fruit and juicy acidity. Refreshing. Bright strawberry fruit and clean spice. A style of wine that we love, from the hills of Guastameroli di Frisa, founded in 1961. Great clean fruit, dusty & light tannins/ tangy, pie cherry, red fruited, minerality coming through. A fruity rosé that’s unoaked to emphasize the fresh, red, berried aromas. Dry and fresh and a great wine to pair with hors d’oeuvres–especially fish-based starters.

Colle Moro Club Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2012 – 9.97 – A delicately fruited red wine from Abruzzo. New vintage. Spice and earth predominate on the nose (interesting, given that it is unoaked). Also getting big ripe fruit and warm finish. Modest tannins, low acidity, and red fruit on the palate. Great value. Bouquet: Delicately vinous, fruity with hints of ripe red fruit. Taste: Dry, rounded, tangy, and slightly tannic. Food matches: It matches white and red meat roasts, pasta with a meat sauce, steaks, hard cheeses.

Elisabetta Aulo 2009 – 17.97 – Sangiovese, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Dropped price. Destemmed and pressed, then fermented in large wooden barrels for 15 days The scents, on first impact, are floral with agreeable scents of ripe fruits like blackberries and raspberries. The dark earth becomes more apparent on the second whiff, and the palate confirms. On the palate there is an agreeable sensation of delicacy that seems to be nearly sweet. On the finish, the joviality of the wine expresses the well balanced and well-bodied acidity.

Free Tasting – Mid-State – New World Reds

Mid-State

– Friday 1-16-15 – 5pm – 8pm – East End Wines

 

Laurier Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 – 18.97 – The lush bounty of Sonoma’s Alexander Valley and Los Carneros regions are beautifully represented in the wines of Laurier Vineyards. Observing the luxuriant color of this wine provides indications of how delicious it is. Plum, black cherry, cedar, and a hint of cinnamon charm the palate. The finish is soft and protracted with silky tannins and spicy flavors. This food friendly wine pairs well with roast duck with a Pinot Noir reduction sauce, and adds elegance to such dishes as chicken fried steak, a juicy cheeseburger, or pizza Margherita.

Medrano Malbec 2013 – 11.97 – 40 to 70 years old vines. 30% of wine was aged in used barrels during 6 months, the rest remained in vats. It displays an intense violet color. In the nose, outstanding red fruit aromas are combined with plum and violet notes as well as some toast and vanilla notes. In the mouth, it is a fruity wine with medium tannins as well as a juicy and balanced finish. With the ideal balance of fruit, oak and structure. Plum and blackberry fruit combined with toasty notes and sweet tannins.

Barnard Griffin Syrah 2012 – 15.97 – WE 87 – Streaks of citrus, berry and cracker are integrated with light berry flavors. This is a smooth, balanced, easy-drinking Syrah, with light hints of tea leaves. “Showing generous dark plum and supple black cher-ry fruit flavors that are in-tense and vibrant. Enticing accents of vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, orange zest and blueberry complete this exciting, youthful Syrah.” Rob Griffin. Generous dark plum and supple black cherry fruit flavors followed by accents of vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, orange zest and blueberry. This superbly balanced & crafted Syrah would be an excellent match for seared beef fillet or rack of lamb.

Camaraderie Syrah 2008 – 22.57 – While most Washington wineries are on the dry, east-side of the Cascade Mountains, the wet & rainy west-side is perfectly suited for making fine wine. The fruit for this wine, however, comes from prime Columbia Valley vineyards on the Wahluke Slope, not too far from Yakima and Walla Walla where some of the finest Syrah is grown. Pop a bottle and see why Washington Syrah can rival anything from California, Australia, or France. Flavor Profile: Medium-bodied, dry. 100% Clifton Vineyard fruit produces a Syrah of both power and elegance. Red and black fruit with touches of spice and blue flowers. A lovely finish with integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Pair with stews, slow braised meats, gyros, as well as sausages with beans.

Jenna Noble – January 9th – Italy! 5p-8p

San SanoFree Friday Tasting – Jenna Noble – January 9th, 5pm – 8pm – East End Wines

Monte del Fra Bardolino 2012 (Corvina / Rondinella / Sangiovese) – 14.57 – Monte del Fra “Hill of Monks” produces wines that are clean, fresh and fruit driven. The taste is noticeably Italian being stylish, perfumed and elegant. On the palate it’s medium bodied with moderately intense sour cherry  fruit supported by greenish vegetal acidity and by fairly light tannins that flow into a moderately sweet cherry laced finish with green tannic underpinning.

Elio Filippino Barbera d’Alba “Nuela” 2012 – 14.57 – Intense fragrance with hints of ripe fruit. Full, balanced, with a touch of wood on the finish. This is the wine for family dinners. It is excellent with local “bagna cauda” (mixed vegetables with a dip of garlic, oil and anchovies) and meat dishes such as “bollito” (boiled meat and vegetables), it is also a good companion for fully ripe cheeses. The grapes are pressed and the stalks removed: the resulting must ferments at a controlled temperature for 5-7 days. After racking, the new wine is put in stainless steel vats to preserve its fresh fruit characters and then in Slavonian oak barrels until spring. Finally it is bottled, ready for the table.

Maravalle Tenuta Vitalonga Sangiovese Umbria IGT 2012 – 12.97 – This Sangiovese is a young, fruity wine aged in stainless steel vats. This wine smells of red fruits, green herbs, pepper and cinnamon. These are typical characteristics of this grape variety. The Sangiovese is surprisingly fresh, balanced and elegant. The sweet and balanced tannins are the distinguishing features. We love this Sangiovese as a perfect aperitif. Bottom of Form

Castello San Sano Chianti Classico 2011 – 21.57 – 90 Sangiovese, 10 Canaiolo. Manual selection of the best old vineyards of Sangiovese and Canaiolo company. Maceration without stalks is performed at a temperature of 28 ° C for 10-12 days. Malolactic fermentation in cement, followed by a maturing part in barrels of 5 hl, for a minimum period of 15 months. Blend of wines in cement tanks. Bottling filtration with very wide and then in bottle for at least 12 months. This is a great winery, and Jenna helped get me a great tasting there. Hopper and Rowan Hovland got in trouble with the tasting room attendant for wanting to climb the olive trees.