Tasting with WineBow – Friday June 13, 2014

Tasting with WineBow – Friday June 13, 2014 – 4pm-8pm – East End Wines

 Winebow

Juve y Camps Cave Brut Nature Reserva de la Familia Cava 2008 – 16.57 – Aromas of mature white peach, toasted bread and green tea with hints of lemon citrus and apricots. Equally rich and broad on the palate, these flavors continue to unfold on the palate. A blend of classic Cava varieties blended with 10% Chardonnay, the 2008 Reserva de la Familia Brut Nature Gran Reserva has a tight, reticent nose with earthy minerally tones. The palate is nicely balanced on the citric entry that broadens across the palate to a pleasant, controlled, creamy finish with sufficient citric tension to urge another sip. Drink now. 89 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Issue # 200 – Apr 2012)

Tasca d’Almerita Leone 2011 – 18.97 – This wine has a bouquet of pink grapefruit, citrus flowers, white peach, and pineapple. There is great personality here – it is pleasantly soft, yet richly intense and crispy. “Tasca’s 2011 Leone d’Almerita wraps around the palate with juicy apricots, peaches, flowers and spices. This intriguing blend incorporates Catarratto, Pinot Bianco, Sauvignon Blanc and a dollop of Gewurztraminer. The aromatic varieties add an upper register that is highly appealing. I can’t say the Leone is identifiably Sicilian, but it is absolutely delicious, and easily one of the very best whites in what has proven to be an uneven vintage. This is a great showing from Tasca.” – 90 Points The Wine Advocate

Zardetto Raboso Rose NV – 15.57 – 100% Raboso Veronese, chosen for its impressive structure and great acidity, which makes it very food-friendly. Medium aromas of wild berry and red rose backed by crisp freshness and bright perlage. Elegant and expressive, it has fresh aromas of cherry and red currant. Zardetto makes a lush, cherry-flavored Vino Spumante from the rare Raboso Veronese grape. This is all about happy, fresh, intense fruit!

Tasca d’Almerita Lamuri Nero 2010 – 18.97 – Intense ruby-red in color, Lamuri offers lush aromas of blackberry, mulberry and cherry. On the palate, this wine is incredibly rich, with velvety tannins and a refreshing acidity. Recommended with Mediterranean fare, such as pasta, roasted lamb and barbecued kebabs or ribs.”Tasca’s 2010 Nero d’Avola Lamuri is flat-out gorgeous. Sweet floral and minty notes meld in a seamless core of deep, expressive red fruit in this impeccable, totally gracious wine. In 2010 the Lamuri impresses for its overall balance and pure class. This is one of the more refined, polished Nero d’Avolas readers will come across. It is also a fabulous value. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.” – 91 Points The Wine Advocate

Free Tasting Friday with Vine Imports –

Chile & Spain – June 6, 4pm – 8pm

Lomas del Valle Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – 13.57 – Casablanca, Chile. Sourced from Loma Larga vineyards, Lomas del Valle wines are oak-free, having a generous fruit expression, freshness and great natural acidity; this wines represents the commitment of Loma Larga with its terroir. The interest in wine in the Diaz family goes back to the nineteenth century.

Damana Verdejo 2009 – 13.57 – Peñín Guide 2011 rating – Tasting notes: Color: bright straw. Nose: fresh, fresh fruit, white flowers, expressive, varietal. Palate: flavorful, fruity, good acidity, balanced – Score: 91. Located at Olivares de Duero there are 22Hs. of vineyards with all the natural and technical elements which are necessary to produce modern quality wines trying to find nice expression of the terroir.

Lomas del Valle Pinot Noir 2011 – 13.57 – Dark red wine with a young, modest nose. Medium bodied delicious wine. Carried by its fruit and making quite a big number out of it. Very pleasant. Fresh, juicy cherry, soft spice, impressive balance. This amiable Pinot Noir hails from the seaward slopes of the Casablanca Valley, where the cool climate adds lean length to the ripe grapes. A touch of oak adds some moderate, gingerbread spice, but the fresh, friendly fruit is the main attraction here. A nice value Pinot Noir for lighter fare. Serving Suggestion: Classic hors d’oeuvres: bacon-wrapped scallops, tiny quiche, Caprese crostini, Spanakopita, little risotto cakes.

Bodegas Tabula Damana 5 Ribera del Duero 2010 – 15.97 – Deep red cherry in color, the nose is crammed with fresh red fruits counter balanced with spicy hints derived from brief ageing in barrel. On the palate there is a wealth of fresh, lively berry fruit flavors leading to a sumptuous yet elegant finish. Spain’s answer to Malbec, Ribera del Duero is bold and fruity, dark and delicious. Damana 5 so named as it is aged for 5 months in oak.

Cape Classics South African Wines – FRIDAY

 at East End Wines – Friday May 30 – 4pm – 8pm – Cape Classics

Indaba Chenin Blanc 2012 – 8.97 – Sold out at 11.99 elsewhere. Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s most widely planted varietal and the Cape’s signature white. This fresh, vibrant version offers succulent flavors of tropical fruit, melon and pear, backed by bright citrus flavors and a touch of honey. Lively peppery notes and an underlying mineral character shine through on the finish. “Pale greenish yellow. Citrus and mint aromas accented by flowers and pepper. Round and slightly sweet (five grams per liter r.s.), but with sound acidity giving shape to the flavors of melon, honey and green pepper. A touch of oak adds complexity. This crowd-pleasing, aggressively priced chenin should be flexible at the dinner table.” – 88 Points International Wine Cellar

DMZ Cab Rose Western Cape 2013 – 11.57 – Demorgenzon. Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep salmon pink developing onion skin tones. Cherries and strawberry nose, followed by crispy summer fruit salad palate. The balance is perfect ending dry and crisp enticing you to take another sip! International Wine Cellar 89- ” Orange-pink color. Pungent, high-pitched aromas of pomegranate, strawberry and flowers. Wonderfully intense rose, with an impression of mineral cut and strong acidity giving grip and lift to the bracing palate. Just over five grams of residual sugar are eaten up by very high acidity. The palate-cleansing finish is dusty, fairly dry and long. An amazing value in pink wine. “

Excelsior Cabernet 2011 – 8.97 – This luscious, crowd pleasing Cabernet – consistently named a Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy” – delivers serious bang for the buck! It’s packed with juicy flavors of blackcurrant, dark berries and plum, with notes of dark chocolate and spice. On the nose – spiced plum, dusty earth, and some menthol.  It was medium-bodied, with moderate tannins.  Alcohol is at 14.5%; acidity was good.  On first pour – dark fruits (blackberry and black currant), wood, and menthol with a lingering plum on the finish.

Thelema Mountain Red 2009 – 14.57 – 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Shiraz, 14% Grenache, 14% Petit Verdot. Mountain Red offers Thelema pedigree at a fraction of the price. Generous dark berry, currant and plum flavors combine with notes of earth, black pepper and spice. This approachable, crowd pleasing red displays soft, supple tannins. 2009 was an outstanding vintage — one of the best the Cape has e ver seen, with idyllic warm, dry conditions during ripening. Berries were slightly smaller than usual, which translated into wines of intense, concentrated flavors.