Dionysus French Wine Tasting

 at East End Wines – June 20, 4p-8p



Domaine du Petit Coteau Vouvray Brut NV – 22.57 – Dry in style, freshly crisp with apple skin and lemon flavors. The wine has a touch of almonds to balance the intense fruity acidity. A bright apéritif wine. – Roger Voss. Very delicate and fresh nose, Harmonious on the palate with a nice acidity, A lot of volume and a very long finish typical of Vouvray’s best soils. The quality of a vintage sparkling Vouvray.

Domaine de Balandran ‘Les Mugues’ 2012 Blanc – 16.97 – Costières-de-Nîmes – Tasty, clean Viognier way in the background. Made from Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier, Rolle (Vermentino). No Malolactic fermentation. Medium weight. Nice texture. Juicy. Tasty. A former star of Vino Vino’s Turkey Fest. We like it too. USually aged about 4 months in stainless steel tanks. Dry, with balancing fresh acid. Lemony, with a hint of tropical ripeness.

Domaine de Balandran ‘Les Mugues’ 2013 Rosé – 15.57 – Costières-de-Nîmes –. Grenache – Placed second out of 25 in a big Dallas News tasting of the 2013 vintage. Fruit is all red with strawberries and brambly raspberry, watermelon without being sweet. Mineral, iron & blood, meaty quality – fresh & herbal. Stony, dusty mineral, and a little more sweet creaminess from ML or lees. Concentration without deeper color or tannins, balanced, medium-full body amongst our rosé picks.

Domaine de Balandran ‘Les Mugues’ 2010 Rouge – 16.97 – Costières-de-Nîmes – Usually Syrah – Grenache, 80 / 20. Tank, aged 10 months in concrete. Meatiness, without being super smoky / or stewed fruit. Medium-Full bodied, balanced acidity and lots of concentration here. Black fruit of cherry, blackberry, black plum, earth, herby garrigue character (the undergrowth / herbs that grow in the neighborhood). Very ripe. Black pepper. Dusty mineral on the finish. Good to grab 2010. 4 (strong buy) rating, on the cheap.

Tuesday June 17th, 5pm-7pm – Jose Pastor

 Special Tasting – East End Wines

Jose Pastor

Gilabert trepat Rosat brut nature-$14.57 – 80 Trepat / 20 Garnacha. Practicing Organic. Fresh, fine bubbles, citrus, mineral, medium bodied, elegant, concentrated, dry, and long. The native Trepat and Garnacha grapes used come from the Alt Penedes, where the highest elevation plots are located in the region. The wine is bottled without added sugar, or Brut Nature. Fermented in stainless steel vats; Base wine rests on the lees for 45 days; Secondary fermentation in the bottle, a la Methode Champenoise; Raised on the lees for 18 to 20 months before disgorgement.

Bengoetxe txacoli 2011-$20.57 – It was only in 2001 when the Etxeberria’s replanted their land with the native Hondarribi Zuri and Gros Manseng, called Iskirita Zuri Handia (say that 5 times!) in Basque. Organic from the beginning, certification came in 2007, the first producer in the Basque Country to do so.  It shows lush lemony fruit, hints of grains, a touch of petrol and chamomile. Fresh, mineral, savory, light to medium bodied, racy acidity, saline finish.

Gregory Perez Brezo Blanco 2012-$17.57 – 80 Godello, 20 Dona Blanca. Only native grapes and utilizing natural winemaking methods, such as fermenting all of wines with wild yeasts and working with very little sulfur during the winemaking process. Fresh, very mineral, waxy, Light to medium bodied, crisp acidity, rich texture, long and lingering finish.

Verasol Garnacha Tempranillo 2011-$13.57 – 60 Tempranillo, 40 Garnacha. Organic. – The fruit for this cuvée is sourced from around the town of Olite, a winemaking town in the Ribera Alta subzone of Navarra. Due to its limestone sub-soils, high elevation, and accompanying fluctuations between daytime and nighttime temperatures, this is an area known to produce excellent Tempranillo and Garnacha based wines. Fermented and raised in old concrete vats. Bottled unfiltered. Fresh, aromatic, fruity, dried herbs, medium to full-bodied, bright acidity, and a delicate finish.

Abel Mendoza Pedregoso 2012 -$19.97 – Practicing Organic. Fresh, red fruits, mineral, sauvage, and floral; Medium bodied, well-structured, earthy, round fruit, and pleasant grip. When we visited Abel we found out that not only is he a rigorous organic farmer, but he also vinifies in cement tanks by soil type in the carbonic maceration method called Vino Cosechero in Rioja. The soil here is very stony and thus the name Pedregoso. Fermented whole cluster with partial carbonic maceration in cement tanks; Raised in cement tanks for eight months.

Tasting with WineBow – Friday June 13, 2014

Tasting with WineBow – Friday June 13, 2014 – 4pm-8pm – East End Wines


Juve y Camps Cave Brut Nature Reserva de la Familia Cava 2008 – 16.57 – Aromas of mature white peach, toasted bread and green tea with hints of lemon citrus and apricots. Equally rich and broad on the palate, these flavors continue to unfold on the palate. A blend of classic Cava varieties blended with 10% Chardonnay, the 2008 Reserva de la Familia Brut Nature Gran Reserva has a tight, reticent nose with earthy minerally tones. The palate is nicely balanced on the citric entry that broadens across the palate to a pleasant, controlled, creamy finish with sufficient citric tension to urge another sip. Drink now. 89 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Issue # 200 – Apr 2012)

Tasca d’Almerita Leone 2011 – 18.97 – This wine has a bouquet of pink grapefruit, citrus flowers, white peach, and pineapple. There is great personality here – it is pleasantly soft, yet richly intense and crispy. “Tasca’s 2011 Leone d’Almerita wraps around the palate with juicy apricots, peaches, flowers and spices. This intriguing blend incorporates Catarratto, Pinot Bianco, Sauvignon Blanc and a dollop of Gewurztraminer. The aromatic varieties add an upper register that is highly appealing. I can’t say the Leone is identifiably Sicilian, but it is absolutely delicious, and easily one of the very best whites in what has proven to be an uneven vintage. This is a great showing from Tasca.” – 90 Points The Wine Advocate

Zardetto Raboso Rose NV – 15.57 – 100% Raboso Veronese, chosen for its impressive structure and great acidity, which makes it very food-friendly. Medium aromas of wild berry and red rose backed by crisp freshness and bright perlage. Elegant and expressive, it has fresh aromas of cherry and red currant. Zardetto makes a lush, cherry-flavored Vino Spumante from the rare Raboso Veronese grape. This is all about happy, fresh, intense fruit!

Tasca d’Almerita Lamuri Nero 2010 – 18.97 – Intense ruby-red in color, Lamuri offers lush aromas of blackberry, mulberry and cherry. On the palate, this wine is incredibly rich, with velvety tannins and a refreshing acidity. Recommended with Mediterranean fare, such as pasta, roasted lamb and barbecued kebabs or ribs.”Tasca’s 2010 Nero d’Avola Lamuri is flat-out gorgeous. Sweet floral and minty notes meld in a seamless core of deep, expressive red fruit in this impeccable, totally gracious wine. In 2010 the Lamuri impresses for its overall balance and pure class. This is one of the more refined, polished Nero d’Avolas readers will come across. It is also a fabulous value. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.” – 91 Points The Wine Advocate