California Tasting With Favorite Brands

CaliforniaFriday Tasting with Favorite Brands –  Friday, August 1 – 4pm – 8pm

Birichino Malvasia Bianca 2012 – 15.57 – Santa Cruz, California – The moment the flavor spectrum includes flowers, sweet citrus, and still a touch of mint, the night sky lights up over Gotham. We continue our practice of extended skin contact, dual stream pressing, and extremely cold fermentation. The most relevant detail for 2012, forgotten until the end here, is that we now draw on a favored block at the northern boundary of the vineyard: a rockier, chalkier terrain which yields a slightly more refined rendition of malvasia, though the telltale response to this wine’s perfume we hear at tastings remains, “Holy extended massive organoleptic eruption, Batman…”

Lioco No-Co Chardonnay 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.

Poppy Chardonnay 2012 – 12.57 – Santa Lucia Highlands, Central Coast – 2% Gewurztraminer.  Juicy lemon and honeysuckle, with a ripe melong component, hard spices like nutmeg & clove. A sweet note from the ripeness of fruit and richness from lees stirring in French oak. 1/3 cold, slow stainless steel fermentation, 1/3 small barrel with lees aging and malo-lactic fermentation, 1/3 stainless with French Oak, with lees stirring. Final blend is 80% aged on oak with 10% fermented in small barrels, 33% malo-lactic fermentation completed, and 20% stainless steel only. This has been a favorite since we opened the shop.

Easton Zinfandel Amador County 2012 – 17.57 – From the winery: “Our popularly priced Amador County Zinfandel comes from 40-60 year old head pruned vines. The finished wine 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 French oak barrels. It is consistently rated one of the top Zinfandels in its class and one of the best value Zins available. Although drinkable now, it gains complexity with bottle age. This wine’s release each Fall has become highly anticipated by many of our customers.”

Italian Bubbles & Organic French Rosés

Case Imports Tasting – Friday July 25th, 4pm- 8pm

Case Imports

Trevisiol Brut Cuvee Edoardo Sparkling – 20.57 – This Expressive Italian Chardonnay Sparker Is Not Dry, Not Sweet, But A Perfect Balance Of Both! Pale Yellow. Floral, citrus fruit. Harmonious, elegant and fresh fruit. Very well balanced.  Area of production: Valdobbiadene, Collalto. Appellation: Prosecco di Valdobbiadene DOC. Paolo Trevisiol – “The difference between himself and four previous generations? Paolo’s sole interest is in making a small amount of quality wine, as opposed to the large productions of the past; he still rotates every bottle of his top spumante by hand!”

Saveurs du Temps Rosé 2013 – 18.97 – Organic. 75% Grenache / 25% Syrah. Costières de Nimes – Located in the Southern Rhone, close to Provence, the Saveur du Temps estate was established in 1929. Translated, it means “flavor of the time” and we can’t imagine words more true this time of year. Lots of red berry and watermelon, this rose is crisp, dry, and certainly a bargain! Pretty, balanced and fruit-forward red, white and rose wines. This rose blend of Grenache and Syrah is produced by a union of small winegrowers dedicated to their vineyards located just west of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Fresh and lots of lush red berry aromas.

Grand Boise Cotes de Provence Rosé 2013 – 24.57 – Organic. 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 20% Syrah. Fermentation in stainless steel vat, aging in stainless steel vat and barrels. The wine is made from vines which are being converted to organic farming, under the control of the organic label “Qualité France”. Within the perspective of the most natural cultivation possible and respecting nature, no synthetic chemical is used. A robe with glints of violet. Good freshness and with plenty of breadth in the mouth, with subtle scents of red fruit. Grand Boise is a unique place in Provence dating back to 1610 when the vineyards were first planted and is located on a hill with beautiful views of the Ste Victoire Mountain. Now certified organic.

Dessert – Cantina Vallebelbo San Maurizio Moscato d’Asti 2011 – 12.97 – Wine Enthusiast – Fresh, piquant and bright, this Moscato d’Asti opens with slightly green aromas of wild flower, cut grass, wild sage and dried hay. The wine is plush and creamy, with a long, sweet endnote that recalls honey, marzipan and peach. 5.5% alcohol.

David Smith Tasting – Clasified Wines & Spirits – July 18th, 4pm – 8pm –

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Arindo Old Vine Verdejo 2012 – 10.57 – 90 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2013 – (20% of this wine was aged for four months in large French oak casks):  Green-tinged straw.  Highly perfumed aromas of fresh citrus and orchard fruits, with complicating notes of anise and chalky minerals.  Dense and powerful but light on its feet, offering vibrant lemon, pear and honeysuckle flavors and a touch of bitter herbs.  Closes with a subtle smoky quality and superb persistence, leaving tangy citrus zest notes behind.

Honoro Vera Organic Monastrell 2013 – 7.57 – “Monastrell from organic vineyards. This wine was produced under organic regulations established in the European Union as well as in the U.S. NOP certification. The vines are planted on chalky soils without irrigation and very low yields, with an annual rainfall below 12 inches. There is no room for chemical products or synthetic pesticides in our daily work. Honoro Vera exhibits great aromatic complexity, richness, and length, over-delivering in a big way. Drink over the next 4 years.” —winemaker

Cellars Can Blau – “Blau” 2012 – 13.57 – Brilliant ruby. Lively red berry and Asian spice aromas are deepened by notes of mocha and licorice. Taut and linear on entry, then fleshier in the middle, offering fresh raspberry and cherry compote flavors and a touch of succulent herbs. Shows very good energy and focus, finishing with lingering spiciness and a note of tangy berry skin. Blend: 50% Cariñena, 25% Syrah, 25% Garnacha. “Brilliant ruby. Lively red berry and Asian spice aromas are deepened by notes of mocha and licorice. Taut and linear on entry, then fleshier in the middle, offering fresh raspberry and cherry compote flavors and a touch of succulent herbs. Shows very good energy and focus, finishing with lingering spiciness and a note of tangy berry skin.” – 90 Points International Wine Cellar

Atteca Garnacha 2012 – 15.57 – 100% garnacha, aged for ten months in French oak; 15% alcohol): Glass-staining purple. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, licorice and cola. Juicy, minerally and sweet, with very good depth of flavor and slow-building smokiness. Finishes quite long, with fine-grained tannins and lingering spiciness. This wine is deep and rich.  Red fruited with morello cherry and red plum, but balanced with mint, orange peel, and sassafras.  The tannins are soft, the acid juice, and the finish is long and smoky.