Spanish Wine Tasting with Lerin Wines – Friday – August 8 – 5pm – 8pm

Tasting Spanish WinesSee above – Wine Tasting will now start at 5pm -

Bodega Coviñas Enterizo Cava Brut – 10.57 – Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Parellada. Cataluña, Spain. Straw yellow with greenish hues and lively, small bead bubbles with slow release, persistent. Exotic notes on the nose with hints of tropical fruit white, floral background with pastry, clean and good intensity. Fresh and fruity on the palate, mild and fresh, balanced acidity, fully integrated bubble, touches of pear and apple.

Vina Almirante Pionero Maccerato Albarino 2012 – 18.97 – Rias Baixas, Galicia – New vintage of an old favorite for us. Soft white floral scents like jasmine and honeysuckle, bolstered by notes of herbs, grapefruit and lime zest. Pretty softened palate driven by green tree fruit, with touches of softer citrus – like lemon curd; lengthy, with with an herbal / grassy lift at the finish. Always complex and showing ample structure. Some apple and more tropical, almost pineapple fruit round it out.

Valleoscuro Rosado 2012 – 10.57 – PRIETO PICUDO: Indigenous grape variety from the Benavente Valleys. It is an easily identifiable grape from its small cone shaped clusters, & deep purple/blue coloring. It produces clean wines with nice red fruit & great freshness. Nose: Clean & strong aromas with predominance of red fruit, such as strawberry, with hints of peach & blue flowers. Mouth: Fresh palate of strawberry with hints of sweet violets. Some hint of carbonic, very characteristic of the variety, & a nicely combined acidity, which leads to a round & harmonic finish. Prieto Picudo is similar in style to Tempranillo, though a bit fresher and fruiter.

Grupo Gurpegui Muga Berceo Crianza 200818.97 – Dark in color with a mild nose and some oak. On the mid pallet the wine displays some mild fruit, some chocolate, but this wine lives in the medium length finish where the wine displays some firm tannins, some lovely dryness and a bit of acidity. This is a lovely big Tempranillo but softens with food. – The 2008 Vina Berceo Crianza has a rich, dark plum and boysenberry-scented bouquet with touches of spice and clove. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, lithe tannins. It displays very good balance on the natural, refined, earthy finish, which demonstrates great persistency. This is a lovely Crianza to savor. Drink now-2017. Score – 90. (Neal Martin, erobertparker.com, Aug. 2012)

California Tasting With Favorite Brands

CaliforniaFriday Tasting with Favorite Brands –  Friday, August 1 – 4pm – 8pm

Birichino Malvasia Bianca 2012 – 15.57 – Santa Cruz, California – The moment the flavor spectrum includes flowers, sweet citrus, and still a touch of mint, the night sky lights up over Gotham. We continue our practice of extended skin contact, dual stream pressing, and extremely cold fermentation. The most relevant detail for 2012, forgotten until the end here, is that we now draw on a favored block at the northern boundary of the vineyard: a rockier, chalkier terrain which yields a slightly more refined rendition of malvasia, though the telltale response to this wine’s perfume we hear at tastings remains, “Holy extended massive organoleptic eruption, Batman…”

Lioco No-Co Chardonnay 2011 – 15.57 – From the proprietors of Sonoma’s Lioco winery, NoCo is an abreviation for “North Coast” and features wines grown in the “other” AVAs surrounding Sonoma County. This Chardonnay was fermented in 100% stainless steel on wild yeasts and was allowed to complete a slow, natural malolactic fermentation on its lees in the tank over the course of six months. Aromas of pear, citrus, and wet stone introduce a minerally palate of lemon zest and peach pit. The cool 2011 vintage is well on display in this aromatic and nervy Chardonnay.

Poppy Chardonnay 2012 – 12.57 – Santa Lucia Highlands, Central Coast – 2% Gewurztraminer.  Juicy lemon and honeysuckle, with a ripe melong component, hard spices like nutmeg & clove. A sweet note from the ripeness of fruit and richness from lees stirring in French oak. 1/3 cold, slow stainless steel fermentation, 1/3 small barrel with lees aging and malo-lactic fermentation, 1/3 stainless with French Oak, with lees stirring. Final blend is 80% aged on oak with 10% fermented in small barrels, 33% malo-lactic fermentation completed, and 20% stainless steel only. This has been a favorite since we opened the shop.

Easton Zinfandel Amador County 2012 – 17.57 – From the winery: “Our popularly priced Amador County Zinfandel comes from 40-60 year old head pruned vines. The finished wine has full black cherry and blackberry fruit aromas with a beautiful balance and a big, sumptuous, and juicy mouth feel. It also presents complex spicy aromas, with a nice creamy texture derived from the 10 months time it receives in French oak barrels. It is consistently rated one of the top Zinfandels in its class and one of the best value Zins available. Although drinkable now, it gains complexity with bottle age. This wine’s release each Fall has become highly anticipated by many of our customers.”

Italian Bubbles & Organic French Rosés

Case Imports Tasting – Friday July 25th, 4pm- 8pm

Case Imports

Trevisiol Brut Cuvee Edoardo Sparkling – 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!”

Saveurs du Temps Rosé 2013 – 18.97 – Organic. 75% Grenache / 25% Syrah. Costières de Nimes – Located in the Southern Rhone, close to Provence, the Saveur du Temps estate was established in 1929. Translated, it means “flavor of the time” and we can’t imagine words more true this time of year. Lots of red berry and watermelon, this rose is crisp, dry, and certainly a bargain! Pretty, balanced and fruit-forward red, white and rose wines. This rose blend of Grenache and Syrah is produced by a union of small winegrowers dedicated to their vineyards located just west of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Fresh and lots of lush red berry aromas.

Grand Boise Cotes de Provence Rosé 2013 – 24.57 – Organic. 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 20% Syrah. Fermentation in stainless steel vat, aging in stainless steel vat and barrels. The wine is made from vines which are being converted to organic farming, under the control of the organic label “Qualité France”. Within the perspective of the most natural cultivation possible and respecting nature, no synthetic chemical is used. A robe with glints of violet. Good freshness and with plenty of breadth in the mouth, with subtle scents of red fruit. Grand Boise is a unique place in Provence dating back to 1610 when the vineyards were first planted and is located on a hill with beautiful views of the Ste Victoire Mountain. Now certified organic.

Dessert – Cantina Vallebelbo San Maurizio Moscato d’Asti 2011 – 12.97 – 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. 5.5% alcohol.