Free Tasting Friday – 2-10-2012 with Lerin Wines – 4pm-8pm

McKeown Cranberry Cider – 10.57 – From McIntosh apples from McKeown orchards in Rougemont, Canada, and cranberries from Quebec. Great climate for fruity & flavorful ciders – hand-picked, then pressed & fermented, with about 20-30% cranberry added. Apples form the core of the fruit on the palate, and the cranberry tightens it up a bit and adds brighter acidity without getting tart.

Fleur de CouCou Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – 14.57 – Tourraine, Loire, France – Classic, blended from sustainably farmed vineyards. Sauvignon Blanc from :natural » vignerons producing unsulphured wines. Ripe citrus fruit & a pretty mineral note. From Alpha Loire Domaines, a wine grower & merchant based in the main regions of the Loire from Pouilly-sur-Loire to Nantes. Carefully selected wine-making & aging sites.

Lobetia Viognier 2010 – 14.97 – Organic & naturally grown & made… Fruity citric nose with heady white floral magnolia / Tahitian scents. Balanced by good acidity, echoes the floral nose on the palate, with the addition of peaches & honeysuckle. Great with Asian foods, ginger, fish & shellfish.. From Domino de Punctum in the town of Las Pedroñeras (Castilla-La Mancha, Spain).

Resalte Crianza Ribera del Duero 05 – 37.57 – Old school Tempranillo, classic & complex. 94 WS – “Fresh and focused, this firm red delivers ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit, backed by espresso and licorice accents, finishing with alluring notes of sous-bois and mineral. Offers depth and drive. Drink now through 2016.” (August 31st, 2010). Spicy, with black berry & forest. Very earthy palate with coffee, brambly berry, cherry, cocoa, licorice. Tannins are fine / dusty and there are plenty of them. Rich. Wants to breathe a bit. Some toasty oak, brown sugar, and vanilla notes round out the finish.