Tasting Friday with Global Wines and Sammelier Services Coffee – 5pm – 8pm

Sammelier LogoWine – Gilles Louvet Bulles d’O Blanquette de Limoux – 23.57 – 90 % Mauzac – 10 % Chardonnay. This wine expertly represents the Terroir and the aromatic and mineral complexity of a local grape variety: the Mauzac. Racy with a sophisticated vinosity. Indicative of the Terroir of the Haute Vallée, its maturity is expressed through characters of honey from acacia trees. Well structured in mouth yet unctuous. The resulting wine is fresh and elegant with menthol notes. Blanquette de Limoux is considered to be the first sparkling white wine produced in France, created long before the Champagne region became world renowned for its sparkling wine.The name “Blanquette de Limoux” comes from the clear color of the Mauzac grape, also known as Blanquette in the Limoux language.

Wine – Giles Louvet Languedoc Rouge 2009 – 15.57 – Syrah (50%), Grenache (30%) and Carignan (20%). This blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan is typical of the classic wines of the South of France. This AOC Languedoc wine has a lovely, deep ruby red color and delicious ripe red and caramelized dark fruits on the nose. On the palate, the initial supple attack transitions into a silky finish with spicy and fragrant aromas.

Wine – Domaine St. Felix des Toureilles St. Chinian 2009 – 15.57 – SYRAH 55% – GRENACHE 35% – MOURVEDRE 10%. Deep, red color with hints of terracotta. Powerful on the nose, marked by cooked strawberry, blackcurrant and wild herbs. The first impression is supple and subtle, growing into a full and well-structured expression on the palate and ending with a long aromatic finish dominated by notes of dark figs, blackberries and spices.

Coffee – 529 Blend – Light-Medium Roast, Balanced Brightness, Medium Body – 13.57 for a 12 oz. bag – Tasting Note – Floral, Caramel, Spice from the Blue Mountain, Arusha, Kent, Lemon, Caramel, Tobacco from the Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai. Why we chose it for a wine shop – A noticeable brightness from acid, floral notes like those from hops and aromatic white wines, lemon like Chardonnay or Semillon, caramel like beer malt and Oregon oak, reminiscent of spicy tones brought by various wine grape varietals and oak influence from the aging of wine in cask, especially Oregon and Allier, France, which can also add smoky tones. Tobacco notes are also readily sensed in many Cabernet Sauvignons and Sangiovese.

Coffee – East End Blend – Medium-Dark Roast, Mild-Balanced Brightness, Medium-Full Body. 13.57 for a 12 oz. bag – Tasting Notes: Brown Sugar, Oak, Spice from the Caturra, Catui, Typica, Cacao Nibs, Cane Sugar, Orange Peel from the Bourbon varietals. Why we chose it for a wine shop – Tempranillo acts as a great frame for oak, as does Chardonnay, and the popularity of these varieties prove that people like it. Spice comes from oak, Nevers, France, Merlot has a spice cake note, Syrah / Shiraz, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Malbec, Petite Verdot, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris, Picpoul. This has a darker, more oaky feel, for people who like more full-bodied wines with some oak aging providing more structure.

 

Pontotoc Tasting – East End Wines

Friday August 15 – 5pm – 8pm Pontotoc

2012 Pontotoc Valley Spring25.57 – Mourvedre – We have our chilled Valley Spring, perfect for this warm August day. Bouquet: grapefruit, floral, lychee, cream. Taste: medium body, rhubarb, grapefruit, strawberry, dried fig, a little sour cherry, nice mouthwatering acid. Sweet & ripe brambly fruit on the nose, more sweet, more dry on the palate. Nice acid & light dusty tannins on the finish. Some figgy overtones, but balanced and carried by acid.

2012 Pontotoc Spy Rock – 25.57 – Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet, Mourvedre, Tempranillo. Bouquet: sweet red cherry, cream, toasted oak, porty. Taste: medium body, red cherry, tasted oak, cream, soft tannins. Nose jumps out a little less, more subtle. Pretty expansive on the palate / nice cherry fruit from the Cabernet Sauvignon, with tangy acid, yet brighter Alicante Bouschet.

2012 Pontotoc Smoothing Iron Mountain30.57 – 75% Estate Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon (Doss, picked early, 5-6 mo. oak), 5% Alicante Bouschet (Carlton Turner). Pie cherry flavors from Cab, dusty tannins from Tempranillo, juicy, lengthy. Fruit forward vintage. Mason County, Texas. Bouquet – red currant, cherry, raspberry, cream, spice. Palate – cherry, red currant, clove, cream, spice, walnut.

2012 Pontotoc Estate Tempranillo30.57 – 100% Esatate Tempranillo. More American oak, 5-6 months. Different yeasts, oak vs. tank – Classic cherry, tart plum. Clean. Mason County, Texas. Bouquet – red currant, raspberry, spice, pepper, bergamot, dust, vanilla. Palate – raspberry cream, resin, white pepper, vanilla, drying tannin.