Grab Bag tasting with Favorite Brands

Free Tasting – Favorite Brands – East End Wines – Friday 9-4-2015 – 5pm-8pm

 Ela Label

Ela Vinho Verde 2013 – 7.57 – Portugal. Juicy, clean, Atlantic influence Minho province Vinho Verde on the cheap from Claudia Rodrigues. So good we keep it in even though the label looks like a tampon commercial. Refreshing green fruit with white floral notes, lightly spritzy. Inexpensive, low alcohol, Texas summer pool pounder. Arinto, Azal, Loureiro, Trajadura? Alvarinho? A mix of the usual suspects, not sure what is in there, and don’t care too much… This is very good stuff to have around in the summer.

Lake Chalice Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – 17.57 – New Zealand. More crisp, cooler vintage, intense. Tree fruit, lemon zest, tropical, classic Marlborough grapefruit. Medium body, nice and crisp, aromatics above with some varietal cut grass action happening. More ripe than Loire for comparison, but cooler 2012 is bringing a little pyrazine based jalepeno pepper on the nose and palate.

Poppy Chardonnay 2013 – 13.57 – Central Coast, CA. Youthful notes of lemon and honeysuckle are layered over ripe melon, nutmeg, and clove. The perception of sweetness is derived from fruit ripeness, aging on regularly stirred yeast lees in the presence of aged French Oak. Balance between barrel fermentation and stainless steel fermentation, partial malo, barrel aging and stainless steel aging. Some juicy acid, some softer, light creaminess, but not buttery, hint of oak, not clobbering. A crowd pleaser.

Easton Zinfandel Amador County 2012 – 17.57 – The 2012 has full black cherry and blackberry fruit aromas with a beautiful balance and a big, sumptuous, and juicy mouth feel. It also presents complex spicy aromas, with a nice creamy texture derived from the 10 months time it receives in, only, French oak barrels. – From the winery. From the very nice Bill Easton (and Jane O’Riordan) Blended from 25, 40, 60, and 80 year old vines, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Aged in new and aged French oak.

Free New Vintage Tasting with Joullian Vineyards

 East End Wines – August 28th – 5pm-8pm –


Joullian Vineyards Monterey Chardonnay 2013 – 24.97 Brilliant, pale green straw-gold color. Vibrant lime, Anjou pear and hazelnut nose. A juicy lime, green pear and Gravenstein apple entry expands into a broad citrus/apple mid-palate that finishes with a lingering mineral and roasted grain flavors of uncommon length and depth. Cellar thru 2020 at 55° F. All the wine was barrel fermented with multiple Burgundian yeast strains and we encouraged simultaneous malolactic fermentation to minimize one dimensional butterscotch-ml flavors and boost natural fruit, spice, texture and vineyards “terroir” characteristics. We use only tight grained French oak barrels from stave wood that is cured 3 years to reduce overt “oakiness” while enhancing bouquet fruit, typicity and mouth feel.

Joullian Vineyards Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2012 – 34.97 – Effusive lime zest, pippin apple, mace (nutmeg skin), hazelnut, warm stones (“caillou chaud”) and subtle, smoky oak perfume the nose. Fresh, rich, round pippin apple, Anjou pear, mace and crème brulee flavors expand into a bright, crisp, minerally and slightly smoky finish of uncommon length and verve. Middle-body, focus, age-ability and palate length justify Sleepy Hollow’s lofty reputation. So after enjoying our 2012’s youthful European-styled raciness, hold some back for three to five years to experience the elegant richness, length and staying power of wine from this unique vineyard.

Joullian Vineyards Carmel Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – 34.97 – Brilliant, dark purple with a cherry rim. Explosive cassis and blackberry nose with anise, truffle and cedar overtones. Supple, medium bodied wine with classic cassis, black fruit and anise flavors that persist into a beautifully balanced, almost “silky” cedar and truffle finish. The epitomy of an elegant and beguiling “claret.” 2011 was the “kitchen sink” of weather – rainy spring – temperate summer – alternating rain and heat during harvest…and the wine turned out gorgeous! We harvested 10 days apart to insure the sunny and shady sides of the vines even ripeness – then we fermented relatively cool to extend the length of fermentation time for the maximum color and flavor extraction while minimizing bitterness. The blend is high in Cabernet Sauvignon (88%) due to the extraordinary pure cassis aromas and flavors that did not need tempering with much Merlot or Cabernet Franc to obtain smoothness or complexity.

Joullian Vineyards Carmel Valley Zinfandel 2011 – 26.57 – Very dark garnet with pink rim. Floral, boysenberry, black cherry and anise spiced nose. A rich blackberry and tartarian cherry entry expands into a powerful and focused core of black fruit, truffle and licorice spice that finishes with refreshing acidity and sufficient tannins to maintain brightness, balance and length on the palate. Cellar through 2021- 2025 at 55°F. 2011 was the smallest crop in two decades, and the vines had plenty of foliage to nourish the scattered clusters. Selective pickings two weeks apart yielded fully ripe grapes with uncommonly rich color and tannins. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, our 2011 Zinfandel is a delicious combination of ripe black fruit, balanced acidity, silky tannins and nuanced complexity that will improve for a least a decade.

Free French Wine Tasting with Jon Gerber of Glazer’s

 – Friday 8-21, 5pm – 8pmBoisset

JC Boisset Les Urselines Chardonnay 2013 – 17.57 – Very fresh nose, notes of citrus and white fruits. Very well-balanced, good acidity, attractive now with a good finesse on the finish. Grapes from the Côte de Beaune (50%) for richness and from vineyards a little further south (the Mâconnais region) for minerality and freshness. Very long fermentation (up to 10 months!) using indigenous yeasts.

JC Boisset Les Urselines Pinot Noir 2013 – 18.97 – Fresh red fruits like redcurrant and raspberry, slightly spicy nose. Palate very smooth, good length. This wine has the noblest pedigree imaginable, coming as it does from the Côte de Nuits. Aged on the lees for 12 months with no racking using a proportion of 10% new French oak barrels that had been toasted at low temperatures for a long time for very delicate oaking. B

JCB Brut #21 – 17.97 – Wine Enthusiast – “Part of a range of wines created by Jean-Charles Boisset of Boisset Family Estates. This Cremant is crisply apple and lemon flavored, a bone-dry, textured wine that is destined for food. It finishes with elegant acidity. Boisset Family Estates.” 90 points. Jean-Charles’ philosophy of wine has been profoundly shaped by the wine region where he was born and raised: Burgundy’s famous Cote d’Or, which translates to the Gold Coast. No. 21 honors this connection and heritage, for 21 is the French government’s “Department” number for the Cote d’Or.

JCB Brut Rose # 69 – 23.57 – Number 69 is a seductively light and refreshing rosé. Vibrant aromas of raspberry and red currant evolve into aromatic jammy notes. This wine is tender in the mouth with crisp flavors. Jean-Charles was born in 1969, the year that mankind went to the moon. As such, 69 represents unlimited expression, freedom, creativity, intellectual revolution, artistry, and refinement. “Ripe, full-bodied sparkling rosé, with cherry fruit flavors. It is rich, softly textured, an attractive ready-to drink wine, great as an apéritif, finishing with acidity.” —Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast Magazine.