Free Tasting – IntWine and Sullivan Vineyards – Friday 3-14-14 – 4p-8p

SullivanFree Tasting Friday at East End Wines

Basserman Jordan Riesling Trocken QbA 2012 – 19.97 – Floral on the nose, then white tree fruit on the palate with bright green apples and pear. Balanced acids, refreshing. 5.8 grams of sugar, balanced by 7.5 grams of acid / L. Pfalz river valley. Entry level QbA. Light on its feet, leading to a more full than expected mid-palate and elegant finish. Spectacular for an entry level wine…

Mrs. Wigley Rose’ 2012 – 15.57 – Named after a neighboring cat that took up residence in an open top fermenter at the winery, and was then raised on Myponga Cheddar cheese. Nose – Fresh strawberry cream and cherry, raspberry, Palate – raspberry fruit. Cranberry juice crisp acid, light spice (cinnamon & white pepper). Rose water, watermelon, sweet red berry fruit. From the Wirra Wirra Vineyards people. Grenache. McLaren Vale, Australia. 2.4 g/L sugar versus TA (titratable acid) 7 g / L

Gavone Barbera D’asti 2012 – 11.57 –Bright red berry fruit in this Barbera, with lively acids. This one is unoaked (see price) and lets the fruit come through all nice and pretty. Minimal tannins, a versatile food wine, will drink well by itself, can take a chill, and has the acid to handle tomato based pasta dishes. Also wants to play with Sausage & Arugula pizza.

Arroba- Merlot 2009 – 14.57 – North Coast, Mendocino County – Rich, with extended barrel age. Nice layers and lengthy finish. $20 elsewhere. Plum, baking chocolate nose, Nice acid and spice balance in the finish. Great quality to price ratio at under $15. Tasty goodness.

Sullivan Vineyards Red Ink 2011 – 40.97 – Pre-Sale – Also estate – Cabernet / Merlot / Syrah. More supple entry, tightens up. Syrah makes it quite a bit lighter. Like it. “The bright and inviting fruit-focused aromas and rich juicy flavors take center stage, while subtle vanilla-oak nuances from barrel aging linger in the background.”

Sullivan Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2009 – 68.97 – Pre-Sale – Herb, mineral, plum, dust. Good. Scrubby, Cabernet drinkers’ Merlot. Estate. Oak / Chocolate / Spice. “A classic big Merlot from Rutherford that is fat and well balanced with flavors of chocolate, mocha and stone fruits. The finish lingers with berry and coffee notes.”

Sullivan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – 79.97 – Pre-Sale – Silky initial fruit, gets serious quickly. Tannins, a lot of wine. Cherry, juicy, acid, some alcohol heat. This is the last of the 2010. The 2010 vintage presents with deep black and purple hues.  Deeply concentrated with aromas of blueberries, cassis and plum combine with dark chocolate and classic Rutherford dust on the nose.  Full and rich with flavors of blueberry, blackberries and tobacco are ever present and intertwine with integrated notes of oak maturation.

Free Tasting with Republic – 03-07-14 – 4pm-8pm

A to ZA to Z Wineworks Pinot Gris 2012 – 16.57 – Has intense aromatics of lime blossom, nectarine, tangerine, melon, wet stone & guava that build into aromatics of nutmeg, bing cherries & kiwi. The palate is concentrated, ripe & succulent with wonderful lush fruit & mineral notes. The concentration is framed by ripe acidity that gives lift to the wine as it moves to the mid-palate. The flavors on the mid-palate echo the aromas with a deeper note of honey. I have always been a fan of how A to Z is able to get sucj nice cut and acid from grapes sourced from all over Oregon, from something like up to twenty wineries!

A to Z Wineworks Chardonnay 2012 – 16.57 – Shows all of the power of the 2012 vintage yet retains the bright steely edge that cool climate Oregon Chardonnay is known for. Aromas like kiwi, tangerine, white peach & quince are followed by deeper, richer aromas like honey, beeswax & melon. A juicy attack with great minerality leads to flavors that mirror the aromatics while yet more layers, like pear & toasted coconut, arise on the mid-palate. Long lingering note of clean wet stones. Round without being fat, tropical notes on the nose come without it being over-ripe, overly sweet, or overly boozy. Nice job.

A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir 2012 – 21.97 – Vibrant aromas of juicy berries, cherries, lavender & violets, evolving to clove, game, smoke & cherry tobacco. A succulent, focused attack has flavors of blue & red fruits, flowers & earth, then deepens with hints of mocha, gingerbread, green tea & cacao. A very ripe tannic structure is balanced by perfect acidity, giving shape & elegance to the concentration of lush fruit. This is the one that we have played with the most, and because of all of the sources, a great way to get a snapshot of Oregon Pinot Noir in a vintage…

Two Tastings Running Concurrently this Friday!

Mid-StateMid-State Wines – Domestic – Friday – March 7, 2014 – 4pm-8pm

Barnard Griffin Rosé 2012 – 13.57 – From Washington – Sangiovese based – Ripe strawberry, tangerine citrus on the nose. Bright acidity. Maraschino cherry & candied orange peel on the palate, lengthy. South-Central WA where the Yakima, Columbia, & Snake Rivers come together. Sangiovese grown specifically for the rose. Crisp & lean, with ample fruit. Highly lauded since the first vintage in 2002, winery founded 1983. We are still liking this a lot, & are looking forward to the 2013. #133 in our Top 200.

Laurier Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 – 18.97 – Cooler climate California fruit – Los Carneros – 6 months in American oak, +4% Shiraz. Soft, with lots of black cherry, strawberry & plum. Floral nose, with spice (clove) & vanilla from the oak. Ripe tannins, crisp acid on the finish. Pretty elegant CA Pinot Noir, making for a very versatile food wine. Used as a great example of affordable CA in our Pinot class.

Barnard Griffin Syrah 2011 – 15.97 – 90 Points Wine Enthusiast. “Though labeled simply Columbia Valley, this is a classic example of Wahluke Slope Syrah. Well-integrated layers of citrus, berry, roasted coffee beans, vanilla cookie & Graham cracker combine into a most accessible, yet complex wine. Editors’ Choice. ” Supple on the entry, showing harmonious flavors of plum & cherry accented by notes of orange, espresso & cedar. Finishes with velvety tannins. This superbly balanced & crafted Syrah would be an excellent match for seared beef fillet or rack of lamb.

Sheldrake Point Cabernet Franc 2011 – 18.97 – A bouquet of fresh cherry & cranberry with floral notes is followed by fresh red fruit in the mouth underscored by light oak notes & soft, ripe tannins. A layered bouquet of boysenberry & black pepper. This medium-bodied Cabernet Franc offers notes of ripe berries & dried cherries followed by a light spice. Soft tannins provide a smooth finish balancing the red fruit sweetness & black pepper spiciness. Great new NY Cab Franc, tasty.