Free Friday Tasting – 5pm – 8pm September 26th

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!

Free Bordeaux Tasting with DeVino –

Friday September 19th, 5pm-8pm –

Beausejour

Saint Lafayette Bordeaux Blanc 2012 – 13.97 – 50% Sauvignon Blanc 50% Sémillon. A long-time favorite – This soft, refreshing wine offers notes of lemon, lime, yellow apple & green apple. The makers of Saint Lafayette use not only Sauvignon Blanc, but also a splash of Sauvignon Gris in crafting their Sauvignon Blanc bottling. Also known as Sauvignon Rosé, the Sauvignon Gris grape has a more pinkish hue, & typically a higher sugar level. That extra sugar contributes lifted aromatics, as well as a richer & rounder feel to the wine. Because of its low yields, many vintners abandoned Sauvignon Gris — to the point that it almost became extinct. Notable “grassy” aroma, often with notes of apple & citrus fruits.

Baron de Luze Bordeaux Rouge 2010 – 14.57 – aged in oak. 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine shows in a deep ruby ​​red. On the nose a pleasant cherry scent with a bit of slightly spicy plum & black currant. On the palate, very soft tannins, powerful in the fruit & spice departments. Joining them will be a subtle touch of hazelnuts from the oak aging. The wine starts out very cleanly on the palate, evolving into a well-balanced mid-palate with ripe fruit & soft tannins. The pleasant, toasty aroma contributed by the oak is indicative of high-quality barrels. The tannins are still young & promise good ageing potential. Red-berry fruit flavors carry through discreetly into the well-balanced aftertaste.

Ch. Beausejour Fronsac 2010 – 17.57 – 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. A spiced & warm palate with cherry, chocolate & charred notes. Plush & creamy with ripe tannins & a bright finish. WE – 2012 – “92-94 Powerful, very juicy in style, with toasty new wood flavors mingling with the very ripe fruits. The wine has a bitter, extracted edge that will probably soften with further wood aging.” A warm, attractive bouquet with blackcurrant & blackberry aromas. Very round on the palate, with fine tannins. Beautiful grip as well as a long, fruity, spicy aftertaste.

Ch. Jourdan Bordeaux Rouge 2007 – 18.97 – 60% Cab Franc, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Attractive, concentrated bouquet of very ripe blackcurrant & cherry. Rich & well-structured on the palate. Long aftertaste with hints of very ripe black fruit. Nose: blackberry, blueberry, plum, oak, leather, toast, chocolate, very nice for nose. Taste: medium bodied, medium tannins, good acidity, blackberry, plum, chocolate, vanilla, great qpr. Flavors of blueberry, oak, smoke, & lots of earth. Sweet & fairly ripe, nicely balanced. Easy going yet therein lays the charm. With some sweet secondary tobacco notes on the finish.

Two more tastings – Monday! Tuesday!

Special Monday Tasting with David Mayfield – Pizzorno Wines –

Monday September 15th, 5p – 7p

Pizzorno Don Prospero Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – 14.57 – Canelones, Uruguay – Sustainable farming, Hand-harvested, single-vineyard. Beautiful pale-yellow color with a slight greenish hue. Intense aromas of fresh cut grass and Guava. The wine offers a perfect balance between acids and sugars which allows a wine to show wonderful fruit and mineral structure without being sweet or bitter. Lovely expression of cilantro and guava while balancing the flint and mineral stone. Long, deep finish.

Pizzorno Don Prospero Tannat – Malbec 2011 – 14.57 – Wildcherries, blackberries, undergrowth and wild red rose. This is a delicious wine with a dark black/purple – juicy nose of ripe red/black fruit, delicious palate of spicy black jammy fruit and a crisp finish filled with spice and black fruit. 8 months in oak… This had a tighter, serious nose.  In the mouth were ripe black fruit, ripe tannins and a structure more obvious than the acidity.  There were sweet spices then spicy tannins. The wine features an intense ruby red color with spicy aromas and flavors of vanilla bean, cassis and chocolate. The Malbec presents a forward fruity character while the Tannat provides a firm tannic structure. Rich texture with a long persistent finish.

Pizzorno Don Prospero Tannat 2012 – 14.57 – It`s an old technique that we began to use four years ago to elaborate a very fruity light red wine easy to drink in the year. We are the only Winery in Uruguay that elaborates this wine in a commercial way. Dark, deep ruby-black color. Lush, earthy aromas with hints of ripe fruit. Rich and full bodied, flavors of black fruits that linger long on the palate. Delicious now, this wine will continue to improve with bottle age.

Pizzorno Select Blend Reserva 2011 – 30.57 – Select small parcels of our best Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes were harvested by hand from the estate. Every bunch was hand checked on our sorting table to ensure only the best quality grapes are used for this Reserve Cuvee. Each variety was individually fermented and then aged in new French oak for 12 months. Only the best barrels are selected for this blend, 60 % Tannat, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot that is then aged a further 6 months in French oak to promote harmony. The wine is lightly pad filtered before bottling to preserve the maximum expression of our vineyard. Tasting Note – This wine is a deep purple color with ripe cassis and new leather aromas. Fresh flavors of raspberry and plum are supported by sweet vanilla and rich tannins.

Special Tuesday Tasting with New Vintage – Vinaceous – South Africa – Tuesday September 16th – 6pm – 8pm

Vinaceous Divine Light Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – 18.97 – Vinaceous has achieved this by choosing two Margaret River vineyard locations with different aspects for this 100% Sauvignon Blanc: the first is a cooler sub-region in southern Margaret River, which provides distinct aromatic and crisp acidity profile. The second location is in the warmer sub-region of Willyabrup, which lends more tropical fruit and roundness to the wine. With the blending of these two vineyards, Vinaceous achieves delicate aromatics and intense fruit flavors, texture and length with clean, refreshing acidity and again demonstrates Margaret River can produce outstanding true varietal Sauvignon Blanc. This was a favorite when we had it in the olden times through another distributor.

Vinaceous Red Right Hand Shiraz – Grenache – Tempranillo 2012 – 18.97 – The Red Right Hand is a classic rich McLaren Vale red blend. With heady ripe Shiraz fruit singing on the nose, savory Grenache and spicy Tempranillo jamming in the mouth, this is a powerful concert of a wine. Like the Nick Cave song it is rich but dark with many layers and textures. ‘This tasty WA blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Tempranillo shows red and dark berry fruit with some spice and licorice on the nose and palate, with soft tannins on the finish. Enjoy over the next few years with grilled steak or lamb cutlets or gourmet beef and lamb sausages. – 91 Points.’ – Courier Mail, Brisbane, 17 Jan 2014, by Mike Frost.

Vinaceous Snake Charmer Shiraz 2012 – 18.97 – Typical, intense, dark old vine McLaren Vale shiraz, carefully hand-picked, fermented in open-topped tanks, matured in quality French and American oak for 12 months. The result? Deep, dark ruby red in color, rich, heady, ripe fruit on the nose with a hint of that delicious, old fashioned Aussie shiraz ‘wet leather/old saddle’ aroma; and a fleshy, mouth-filling flavor or red and black fruit. Australian Shiraz that is deep and fruity without being overly hot, candied, or jammy. Still fully ripe, mind you, but not out of control. The staggering booze of some of the wines from hotter areas is the reason our Australian section is as small as it is, so we are very happy to have it.