East End Wines, Vino Vero – 11-15-13 – 4p-8p
Balnea Rueda Verdejo 2012 – 11.57 – Balnea’s vineyards are located in La Seca, in the south of Valladolid, (Spain), on a high altitude 2,400 foot plateau, where the soil’s low fertility and scarcity of rain combine to produce low yields but highly concentrated grapes. A smooth, friendly style of Verdejo with green fruit aromas and flavors highlighted by apple and melon. Toss in some lime, peach, minerality, nice acidity and a smooth finish. Balnea makes only Estate wine. At 6 Ton/ Ha the yields are below the usual in the appellation.
Terra Rosa Malbec 2011 – 14.57 – Our ancient vineyards lie high on the slopes of the Andes in the Luján and Valle de Uco regions of Mendoza and produce deep and dark, spicy and aromatic wines that are full with ripe, juicy, black fruit flavors, and inviting, complex textures. SUSTAINABLY FARMED. Dark violet, full-bodied wine w/notes of dark plum + smoke.
Tierra Divina Malbec 2011 – 17.57 – Deep in the heart of the Valle de Uco lie two remarkable vineyards. Both sustain ancient and low-yielding vines on the high, rocky plains of the Andes, far south in Mendoza. One yields black fruit of great concentration and depth; the other is more graceful and supple. Both are SUSTAINABLY FARMED to ensure purity of aroma and intensity of flavor. Together they create Tierra Divina, a delicious , exotic, and deeply complex Malbec. Very dark; deeply fruited with ripe, dense plum and cassis fruit; complex and fragrant and exotic, with a beautiful long finish.
La Ardilla Moscato de Valencia 2011 – 12.57 – “The Squirrel” – We’ll finish with a lightly fizzy, sweet white wine that is somewhat reminiscent of a Moscato d’Asti. This delightful little wine is just simply delicious and would make a great finishing wine for a dinner party.
– 5pm-7pm – Chateau du Seuil – East End Wines, 11-11-13
Domaine du Seuil (Cadillac Premières Côtes de Bordeaux) 2010 Rouge – 17.97 – The red wines are made from approximately 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot & 5% Cabernet Franc. The red grapes are also hand & machine picked, these are left to ferment on their skins for 15 days under temperature controlled conditions in stainless steel tanks & then some of the wine is aged in oak. Oak aged wine is re blended prior to bottling to add greater complexity to the wine. The Premiere Cote red wine is fruity with soft integrated tannins giving a long fine aftertaste. Emphasis is upon ripe fruit at harvest time & consequently the bouquet is strong & full of character with a deep, intense color that takes on a brick-red tinge with age. The wines are ready for drinking immediately but will store for at least 5-8 years.
Château du Seuil Grave Blanc 2011 – 26.57 – Château du Seuil Graves white wine is a blend of approximately 70% of the Semillon variety & 30% Sauvignon Blanc, The Semillon is partially fermented in new French oak barrels using the OXOLINE system & bottled 6-9 months after the harvest. It is a wine that will develop interesting flavors with bottle age & will keep for up to 10 years. The wine is of an appealing golden color, has a fresh aromatic bouquet, is full & fruity with a long aftertaste.
Château du Seuil Grave Rouge 2009 – 26.57 – The Château du Seuil Graves red wine is made from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot & 5% Cabernet Franc. The different varieties are fermented individually in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures, then pressed & passed into barrels to undertake malolactic fermentation. The resulting wines are fruity, well balanced with integrated oak flavors & firm round tannins. Additionally, in recent years the wine has developed the peppery characteristics of a classic Graves red. The finished wine is aged in oak for up to 18 month prior to bottling. It is pleasing on the palate, fresh & has a complex aftertaste. Delicious to drink now but can be stored for up to 10 years.
Château du Seuil Heritage du Seuil – Graves Appellation 2009 – 51.97 – The wine remains in these modified barrels to undergo Malolactic fermentation; the finished wine is then aged in a further set of new French oak barrels for 18-20 months. The wine is crafted with 100% new French oak reflecting the depth, concentration & power of the fruit. The use of two fresh oak barrels adds considerable complexity to the oak flavors & tannins that are nevertheless well integrated into wine due in part to the early exposure to oak. The deep purple color also reflects the concentrated nature of the wine. The wine is unfiltered when bottled & is probably best put down for a further 3-4 years.
Château du Seuil – Cérons Appellation – Dessert White 2011 – 500 ml – 26.57 – The Cérons appellation is the original appellation of the village Cérons. It is a sweet wine appellation for a unique style of late harvest botrytis wine. The proximity to the river Garonne coupled with small tributaries of the Ciron River allow for the early morning autumn mists. These mists allow botrytis cinerea to flourish concentrating the flavors & sugars of the grapes. The grapes are handpicked & only those with sufficient concentration are chosen. Harvesting can take several weeks as pickers move through the vineyard up to three or four times. Typically the Chateau du Seuil Cérons sweet wine has a level of acidity that leaves the palate clean & dry & is a fresher style.
– East End Wines – 11-08-2013 – 4pm-8pm
Guilhem Gacogne 2009 – 9.97 – Vin de Pays de Gascogne: is a zesty & lively white wine with a nose of white fruits & a clean, crisp finish. The assemblage is mostly Colombard with Gros Manseng & a little Ugni Blanc added for freshness & delicacy. Imported the grape variety Gros Manseng from the neighboring appellation of Jurançon to balance Gascogne’s traditional varietals: Ugni Blanc & Colombard. Through Alain Lalanne’s intuition for the potential of each grape & expert blending, his wines are delicately crafted & precise.
Moulin-à-Vent Domaine des Burdelines 2009 – 13.57 – Cru Beaujolais (Gamay). This vineyard of 12 hectares is located on an airy plateau where the rock is pure granite full of mineral elements & especially manganese. The rock is close to the ground so the roots can extract many oligo (trace) elements that will add complexity & structure to this “climat”. The grapes are dense & composed of small berries that bring a high skin/juice ratio. This allows a good extraction of the color, the tannins & the aromas. The maceration process lasts 15 days, with pumping over. The wine matures partially in wooden oaks & partially in wooden barrels to soften the tannins.
Lavernette Beaujolais Villages 2011 – 15.57 – Beaujolais Villages (Gamay) – Fresh & juicy with bright red fruit (sour cherry with a bit of strawberry & maybe a hint of raspberry). Finishes with a good burst of acidity. The taste of apple pie & cherry tart melded into one with strawberry rhubarb flavours to top it off. This Beaujolais-Villages has the enchanting fragrance of ripe red fruits from the orchard & briar.
Coupe Roses Bastide Minervois 2011 – 14.57 – There are no additives to the wine & minimal intervention in the winemaking process. The 2011 Chateau Coupe Roses Minervois La Bastide is a blend of predominantly Carignan & Grenache with a tad of Syrah. Pours a deep ruby color in the glass with aromas of must & rich berries. The palate is earthy & there are layers of tar, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, & black pepper with floral nuances. Somewhat reminiscent of a Bordeaux…dirty & delicious!