Spanish Wine Tasting with Lerin Wines

Spanish TastingFriday March 21 – 4p – 8p –

Urbina Rioja Blanco – Viura – 2011 – 14.57 – The wonderful 2011 Blanco is made from the Viura grape, & fermented & aged in stainless steel. The inviting nose of melon, apple, & pear is irresistible & leads you to a palate which is smooth-textured, flavorful & lively. Marvelous as an aperitif at the start of an evening’s entertaining – the concentrated flavors & zingy acidity will work wonders with a variety of seasonal canapés.

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.

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)

Aecovi Winery Alexandro Sherry PX .375 – 15.97 – The famous Alexandro Pedro Ximenez is a full and vigorous sherry with a very sweet taste. Enjoy the light aroma of raisins and the syrupy flavor of this dark, mahogany colored wine. Jerez de la Frontera. This natural sweet wine is made from sun-ripened Pedro Ximenez grapes aged by oxidation in oak butts through the “criaderas y soleras” system. Dark mahogany color, highly aromatic with notes of raisined and dried date and fig fruit. Sweet and silky on the palate with a balance between sweetness and vinosity. Excellent companion to desserts and blue cheeses (Stilton) – you can also pour it over ice cream.

Loire Valley Wine Class Tuesday 3-16

Loire

Loire Class I – March 18 – 9 people – $35

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Whites -

Marigny Neuf Ampelidae Sauvignon Blanc 2012 ● V – 14.97

Gueneau, Jerome Sancerre Le Clos Chartier 2012 – 20.57

(Sauvignon Blanc)

Petillant Naturel

Pascal Pibaleau Perlette Pet Nat ● NV – 20.57

(Grolleau)

Reds-

Marigny Neuf Ampelidae Pinot Noir 2011 ● V – 14.97

Pascal Pibaleau Gamay Nature NSA 2012 ● 16.97

Cousin-Leduc Pur Breton 2012 BD ● NSA – 20.97

(Cabernet Franc)

Served with food from Three Little Pigs, and an hour long discussion about the region, the wines, the winemakers, the grapes, the food pairings, the vintages, open question and answer…

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.