Loire Valley Wine Class Tuesday 3-16

Loire

Loire Class I – March 18 – 9 people – $35

3 spots left -

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Whites -

Marigny Neuf Ampelidae Sauvignon Blanc 2012 ● V – 14.97

Gueneau, Jerome Sancerre Le Clos Chartier 2012 – 20.57

(Sauvignon Blanc)

Petillant Naturel

Pascal Pibaleau Perlette Pet Nat ● NV – 20.57

(Grolleau)

Reds-

Marigny Neuf Ampelidae Pinot Noir 2011 ● V – 14.97

Pascal Pibaleau Gamay Nature NSA 2012 ● 16.97

Cousin-Leduc Pur Breton 2012 BD ● NSA – 20.97

(Cabernet Franc)

Served with food from Three Little Pigs, and an hour long discussion about the region, the wines, the winemakers, the grapes, the food pairings, the vintages, open question and answer…

Free Tasting – IntWine and Sullivan Vineyards – Friday 3-14-14 – 4p-8p

SullivanFree Tasting Friday at East End Wines

Basserman Jordan Riesling Trocken QbA 2012 – 19.97 – Floral on the nose, then white tree fruit on the palate with bright green apples and pear. Balanced acids, refreshing. 5.8 grams of sugar, balanced by 7.5 grams of acid / L. Pfalz river valley. Entry level QbA. Light on its feet, leading to a more full than expected mid-palate and elegant finish. Spectacular for an entry level wine…

Mrs. Wigley Rose’ 2012 – 15.57 – Named after a neighboring cat that took up residence in an open top fermenter at the winery, and was then raised on Myponga Cheddar cheese. Nose – Fresh strawberry cream and cherry, raspberry, Palate – raspberry fruit. Cranberry juice crisp acid, light spice (cinnamon & white pepper). Rose water, watermelon, sweet red berry fruit. From the Wirra Wirra Vineyards people. Grenache. McLaren Vale, Australia. 2.4 g/L sugar versus TA (titratable acid) 7 g / L

Gavone Barbera D’asti 2012 – 11.57 –Bright red berry fruit in this Barbera, with lively acids. This one is unoaked (see price) and lets the fruit come through all nice and pretty. Minimal tannins, a versatile food wine, will drink well by itself, can take a chill, and has the acid to handle tomato based pasta dishes. Also wants to play with Sausage & Arugula pizza.

Arroba- Merlot 2009 – 14.57 – North Coast, Mendocino County – Rich, with extended barrel age. Nice layers and lengthy finish. $20 elsewhere. Plum, baking chocolate nose, Nice acid and spice balance in the finish. Great quality to price ratio at under $15. Tasty goodness.

Sullivan Vineyards Red Ink 2011 – 40.97 – Pre-Sale – Also estate – Cabernet / Merlot / Syrah. More supple entry, tightens up. Syrah makes it quite a bit lighter. Like it. “The bright and inviting fruit-focused aromas and rich juicy flavors take center stage, while subtle vanilla-oak nuances from barrel aging linger in the background.”

Sullivan Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2009 – 68.97 – Pre-Sale – Herb, mineral, plum, dust. Good. Scrubby, Cabernet drinkers’ Merlot. Estate. Oak / Chocolate / Spice. “A classic big Merlot from Rutherford that is fat and well balanced with flavors of chocolate, mocha and stone fruits. The finish lingers with berry and coffee notes.”

Sullivan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – 79.97 – Pre-Sale – Silky initial fruit, gets serious quickly. Tannins, a lot of wine. Cherry, juicy, acid, some alcohol heat. This is the last of the 2010. The 2010 vintage presents with deep black and purple hues.  Deeply concentrated with aromas of blueberries, cassis and plum combine with dark chocolate and classic Rutherford dust on the nose.  Full and rich with flavors of blueberry, blackberries and tobacco are ever present and intertwine with integrated notes of oak maturation.

Free Tasting with Republic – 03-07-14 – 4pm-8pm

A to ZA to Z Wineworks Pinot Gris 2012 – 16.57 – Has intense aromatics of lime blossom, nectarine, tangerine, melon, wet stone & guava that build into aromatics of nutmeg, bing cherries & kiwi. The palate is concentrated, ripe & succulent with wonderful lush fruit & mineral notes. The concentration is framed by ripe acidity that gives lift to the wine as it moves to the mid-palate. The flavors on the mid-palate echo the aromas with a deeper note of honey. I have always been a fan of how A to Z is able to get sucj nice cut and acid from grapes sourced from all over Oregon, from something like up to twenty wineries!

A to Z Wineworks Chardonnay 2012 – 16.57 – Shows all of the power of the 2012 vintage yet retains the bright steely edge that cool climate Oregon Chardonnay is known for. Aromas like kiwi, tangerine, white peach & quince are followed by deeper, richer aromas like honey, beeswax & melon. A juicy attack with great minerality leads to flavors that mirror the aromatics while yet more layers, like pear & toasted coconut, arise on the mid-palate. Long lingering note of clean wet stones. Round without being fat, tropical notes on the nose come without it being over-ripe, overly sweet, or overly boozy. Nice job.

A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir 2012 – 21.97 – Vibrant aromas of juicy berries, cherries, lavender & violets, evolving to clove, game, smoke & cherry tobacco. A succulent, focused attack has flavors of blue & red fruits, flowers & earth, then deepens with hints of mocha, gingerbread, green tea & cacao. A very ripe tannic structure is balanced by perfect acidity, giving shape & elegance to the concentration of lush fruit. This is the one that we have played with the most, and because of all of the sources, a great way to get a snapshot of Oregon Pinot Noir in a vintage…