With Greg Willis – of Ensemble Beverages, through Favorite Brands
Three Little Pigs opens at 5pm. $7 corkage to open any 750ml bottle.
Lenz Moser Gruner Veltliner 2012 – 1L – 11.57 – Small quantity but excellent quality. Weather performance & harvest conditions 2012: Similar to 2011: little rain, long dry periods, healthy grapes. Problem: Late Frost in Lower Austria in May 2012. Caused shortfall in this region Early start of harvest (30th August). Characteristic of the wine: Nice acidity & good ripeness, Well-balanced and full-flavored. Cooler nights in September brought impressive white wine qualities. Peppery, spicy with a nice fruit. Light, fine spicy notes with fruity hints. Lively, pleasant finish. Fresh, spicy style with delicate peppery notes. Lovely body with dry aftertaste.
Lioco Chard – NoCo 2011 – 15.57 – From the proprietors of Sonoma’s Lioco winery, NoCo is an abreviation for “North Coast” and features wines grown in the “other” AVAs surrounding Sonoma County. This Chardonnay was fermented in 100% stainless steel on wild yeasts and was allowed to complete a slow, natural malolactic fermentation on its lees in the tank over the course of six months. Aromas of pear, citrus, and wet stone introduce a minerally palate of lemon zest and peach pit. The cool 2011 vintage is well on display in this aromatic and nervy Chardonnay.
Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – 19.97 – The Sauvignon Blanc pushes the boundaries of the typical New Zealand flavor profile. By highlighting decadent tropical flavors, toning down the grassiness and bringing a creamy mid-palate all the way through to a crisp finish with bright minerality, we have set a new precedence for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Clean, healthy, and ripe Sauvignon Blanc was harvested at the beginning of the second week of April, which was a little earlier than average. The wine was fermented with a variety of neutral and aromatic yeasts. Separate components were aged on lees for 6 months prior to blending and bottling.
Coupe Roses Bastide 2011 – 14.57 – There are no additives to the wine & minimal intervention in the winemaking process. The 2011 Chateau Coupe Roses Minervois La Bastide is a blend of predominantly Carignan & Grenache with a tad of Syrah. Pours a deep ruby color in the glass with aromas of must & rich berries. The palate is earthy & there are layers of tar, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, & black pepper with floral nuances. Somewhat reminiscent of a Bordeaux…earthy & delicious!