Alamosa Wine Cellars Tasting at East End Wines

 – April 11, 2014 – 4pm – 8pm – Winemaker Jim Johnson.

Warm Weather Varietals. Jim Johnson

2012 Graciano – 15.97 – Second drought year – small crop. Picked last week in August. More round and more ripe / herb note, frond / cocoa powder, less tobacco than 2010, more cigar box. Neutral. Cool to see 100% Graciano in this neck of the woods, done first in Australia by the Brown Brothers, we have a Vina Ijalba example from Rioja. Pretty stuff. Let’s see if it can really handle the “warm weather”. Cool varietal to have here.

2010 Syrah – 14.57 – 100%. Ripe / ample / red & darker fruited, light herb / pepper, juicy acid, small grain tannins. Pretty example. Like the juicy acid. From the home vineyard, classically peppery. Spice box, black plum fruit. Showing some nice echoes of the Rhone Valley. An old friend.

2010 Palette – 15.97 – Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault. Grown in a vineyard 3 miles away. Earthy nose, a bit more expansive / balanced. Complex. Drinking nicely. Really showing some Rhone influence here with a pretty brambly cuvee of the beloved Rhone varietals. Balance, some earthy tones underneath, light pepper. Ripe. Showing nicely.

2011 Texacaia – 14.57 – Sangiovese / Tannat / Petit Verdot – third iteration. Drought intensity. Scrubby. Tasty goodness. Cherry fruit from the Sangiovese and darker components and tannin from the Tannat & Petit Verdot. Smoky mineral, cherry pie, my mom’s raspberry jam from the farm. We have had success with this here, and at Headliners Club…

Case Imports Italian Wine Tasting

Italy Wine– Free at East End Wines 4-4-14, 4p-8p

Di Calla Orvieto 2011 – 17.57 – Umbria. Organic. Di Calla Orvieto tends to have a light nuttiness that is pleasing and unique. The mid palate is filled with floral and citrus notes that keep the overall profile fresh and deliciously vibrant. This is an ancient style of wine first produced in the middle ages around 1450 AD. Wine Spectator – “A simple white, with light lemon curd, crunchy apple and spice notes. Drink now. 200,000 cases made.”

Trevisiol Brut Cuvee Edoardo Sparkling NV – 20.57 – This Expressive Italian Chardonnay Sparker Is Not Dry, Not Sweet, But A Perfect Balance Of Both! Pale Yellow. Floral, citrus fruit. Harmonious, elegant and fresh fruit. Very well balanced.  Area of production: Valdobbiadene, Collalto. Appellation: Prosecco di Valdobbiadene DOC . Paolo Trevisiol – “The difference between himself and four previous generations? Paolo’s sole interest is in making a small amount of quality wine, as opposed to the large productions of the past; he still rotates every bottle of his top spumante by hand!”

Cantina Vallebelbo Barbaresco 2009 – 23.97 – Inexpensive Barbaresco. Grip, dusty, acid, drinks out of the bottle. Drying. Blackberry, bramble, smaller French casks? Very good deal. Nose – Characteristic, vanilla, ethereal, intense and pleasant Palate: Dry, full, velvety harmonious. “How do they do it? This is crazy. This is one of the best deals you will ever see on Barbaresco. I am stunned by how good this wine is for the money.” – Sam Hovland, Stunned Person.

Dessert – Cantina Vallebelbo San Maurizio Moscato d’Asti 2011 – 12.57 – Wine Enthusiast – Fresh, piquant and bright, this Moscato d’Asti opens with slightly green aromas of wild flower, cut grass, wild sage and dried hay. The wine is plush and creamy, with a long, sweet endnote that recalls honey, marzipan and peach.

Yes, we can host your private event

Private Events at East End Wines – Examples – Things we have done in the past year…

Bargain Summer Wines – $25 per person, 7 wines, 1 cider. $40 research & materials.

Bargain Tasting – Winter – $25 per person – 10 wines. $50 research & materials.

Big Six Tasting – Scalable / dependent on pour. $30 research & materials. As low as $10 per person with smaller, 1 oz tasting pour. Price does not include food. Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.

Regional – Burgundy Class – $40 per person. Six wines. $30 research & materials. Up to and including 1er Cru example.

Varietal – Cabernet Sauvignon Class – $30-$35 per person dependent on wines. Five wines. $25 research & materials. Up to and including “Super Second” style Bordeaux example.

Varietal – Chardonnay – Six wines. $40 per person. Up to and including 1er Cru Burgundy, Blanc de Blancs sparkling examples. $30 research & materials.

Holiday Pairings Class – Six wines. $30 per person. $30 research & materials.

Regional – Loire Valley – $35 per person. Six wines. $30 research & materials.

Regional – Piedmont – $40 per person. Six wines. $30 research & materials. Up to and including Barbaresco & Barolo examples.

Varietal – Pinot Noir Class – $35 per person. Six wines. $30 research & materials. Up to and including single vineyard California and village / 1er Cru Burgundy examples.

Popularity Contest – $35 per person. Nine wines. $45 research & materials. The most popular things at East End Wines.

Restaurant Wine Class – Six Wines. $35 per person. $30 research & materials. Like the big six wine class, with a concentration on wine in restaurants. Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.

Varietal – Riesling Class. Five to six wines. $30-$35 per person. $25-$30 research & materials.

Varietal – Sangiovese – $35-$40 per person. Five wines. $25 research & materials. Up to and including Super Tuscan and Brunello examples.

Varietal – Sauvignon Blanc. $30-$35 per person. Five wines. $25 research & materials. Up to and including a Sancerre example.

Varietal – Syrah. $35 per person. Five wines. $25 research & materials. Up to and including Northern Rhone & Single Vineyard Barossa examples.

Varietal – Tempranillo – $35 per person. Five wines. $25 research & materials. Up to and including Reserva Rioja & Cult Spanish examples.

Varietal – Zinfandel – $30-$35 per person. Five wines. $25 research & materials. Up to and including more expensive / polished example, dessert version.