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.”

Potential Classes

ClassesPlease vote for classes that you would like by sending me an email with your top three picks to sam@eastendwinesatx.com. At the start of next week I will use the responses to choose the next few regional / non-varietal class themes. Next week on Tuesday the 5th we will have a Cabernet Sauvignon Class for $35 – watch for the Constant Contact email -

Australia Tour

Austria

Beach Wines

Bubbles

California Class

Central Otago

Champagne

Chile

Cote de Beaune

Cote de Nuits

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Holiday Wine Buying

Italy Into

Italy North to South

Junk Food Wine Tasting

Mosel, Germany

Most Important Grapes & Regions

Napa versus Bordeaux

Natural – Organic – Biodynamic

New School California

Obscure Grapes

Old School California

Orange Wines

Order in a Restaurant

Oregon

Pizza and Wine

Port and Chocolate

Rioja versus Ribera del Duero

Rose’

Sicily

Somm Faves

South Africa

Spain and Portugal Classic Wines

Starting a Collection

Taste Like a Sommelier

Tuscany

Washington

Wine Pairing

Women Winemakers

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.