Case Imports – Friday – September 5th – 5pm – 8pm

 – East End Wines

Spanish Wine Tasting

Bodegas del Aguila Seis Circles White 2012 – 11.97 down to 9.97 – 90% Viura / 10% Chardonnay – Tangy, with melon and apple. High altitude vineyards due south of the Pyrenees. D.O. Cariñena (Northern Spain). Low (11.5%) alcohol, juicy acid. Dry & sunny days, cool evenings, slate soils. Citrus, pineapple, Viura floral notes. Great aperitif and pair with lighter preparations of white meats, fishes, and Asian goodies.

Cuatro Rayas Nave Sur Rueda Verdejo 2013 – 11.97 – Castilla y León – Agrícola Castellana is the maker of this Nave Sur Rueda, a wine white with the Rueda DO is made with Verdejo and Viura. Floral, with citrus accents, light honeysuckle note and apple. The nose is powerful and very fruity. The palate is fresh, balanced, and has sweet fruit character while finishing quite dry. Pairing: Fish and seafood. Fresh, mineral, sweet citrus, price is right.

San Dionisio Tinto – BIB 3L – 18.97 – Aromas of black fruit, herbs, vanilla and spices. A tasty, fresh palate with good acidity and a pleasant floral sensation. Soft and fruity on the palate with fine balance between tannins and anthocyanins (the water soluble skin pigments), emphasizing clean and bright red cherry on maroon iridescent ruby on the edges of the glass. A favorite bargain -18.97 for 4 bottles worth of wine.

Bodegas del Aguila Seis Circles Red 2010 – 13.97 down to 11.97 down to 9.97 – Tasty & good. Clean, brambly. Sweet cherry, plum fruit. This delightful Spanish red offers spice & pepper notes on the nose, along with aromas of ripe berry, black cherry & currant, blueberries, all of which comes together on the smooth, fruity palate, which is soft, generous and lightly spicy. The supple texture, ripe fruit & hints of pepper make this a great all-purpose red that will match a wide variety of menu items, though it is soft enough to be enjoyed by itself.

Friday Tasting with Dan Redman – August 29th – 5pm-8pm –

Redman

Laetitia Brut Cuvee NV – 20.57 – 53% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay & 17% Pinot Blanc.Gala apple, streams of bubbles and soft melon notes. Lemon chiffon and pear framed by freshly baked challah bread come forward on second approach of the Laetitia house sparkling wine, great for pairing with pork with an apple-celery root slaw or the winemaker’s favorite: potato chips. Very nice brut. Crisp and dry with strong notes of apple. Very enjoyable. Don’t forget fried chicken or popcorn.

Luna Pinot Grigio 2012 – 10.57 – Aromas of pear, guava, green apple, white peach, jasmine & honeysuckle carry the nose. Hints of Asian spice & green apple pastries fill the mouth and full-bodied texture carry through a delicious lemony finish. Edible Arts – “Refreshing and balanced. Luna’s Pinot Grigio manages to get the fruit/acid balance just right. This wine vibrates with racy acidity but provides plenty of charm and definition on the nose with pear notes and hints of apple giving way to a generous floral fragrance. Light in body, the mineral core on the palate turns to lemon on the tart finish.” A favorite of old, this is a lot of wine for the money.

Lunatic Red 2012 – 13.97 – Overflowing with flavors of blueberry and black berry. This wine has great density, richness, and complexity, owing to the fact that potent components are blended to magnify their individual contribution. You will taste notes of cedar spice from barrel aged Syrah and lush tannins from Cabernet Sauvignon. Sangiovese lends a burst of black fruits to give a long, enticing finish of blackberry jam. Pretty big and lush, with big & ripe fruity flavors to play with.;

Luna Merlot 2010 – 16.97 – Aromas of dried plum and blackberry with the smoky spice of toasted vanilla fill the glass. The flavor follows; warm and mouth filling, kept in balance with fine grained tannins from both fruit and barrel. This long finish reflects the subtlety and elegance of Merlot as a varietal. 20.99 @ HEB. Extended natural fermentations, often not complete until months later in the barrel. This wine was aged entirely in European oak for 20 months and bottled in October, 2011.