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