Free Tasting with Chameleon, deVino – 02-21-14 – 4pm-8pm

Campos de Estrellas Brut Nature NV – 13.57 – 15 months ageing on the lees. Finally, the bottles are disgorged to remove the yeasts and the bottled is topped up with the same wine, with no sugar being added. In the Brut Nature, the acidity is more to the fore and the yeastiness from the ageing is more outstanding. This is a new favorite, pure and bright with zero dosage = super dry.

Cantina Colle Moro Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Montepulciano Rosé 2012 –  9.97 – Dry, cherry fruit, pretty… Lots of fruit and juicy acidity. Refreshing. Bright strawberry fruit and clean spice. This wine is brand new for the tasting, and a style of wine that we love, from the hills of Guastameroli di Frisa, founded in 1961. Great clean fruit, dusty & light tannins/ tangy, pie cherry, red fruited, minerality coming through.

Marrenon Grande Toque Red, 2010 – 13.57 – 80 Syrah / 20 Grenache Noir – Nice ruby red color. Red fruits and floral aromas. Structured and rich wine, which means a well ripe substance, long on the palate. This wine ideally accompanies meat, game and cheese, especially lamb brochette with fried aubergines (the dreaded eggplant). Great amount of Syrah for the southern Rhone, showing killer Syrah fruit for half the money of the Northern Rhone.

Vina Ijalba, Livor Tempranillo, Rioja 2011 – 11.97 – ● – Cherry, juicy, softer, easier Tempranillo. Good to bring back. From the Rioja Alta sub-region of La Rioja. Fresh & tasty juice, clean aromas, with ripe red berry fruit & a bit of fennel frond, creamy. Dry, with round tannins and ripe fruit. (with 10% Mazuelo). This has been a big hit in the shop. We really like the balance at the low $. Up front fruit, softer, round, ripe. Juicy, Temranillo acidity shining through. Organic.

Ch. Gillet AOC 2010 – 11.97 – Red – is an unoaked merlot-dominated blend from Bordeaux. Some licorice on the nose, smooth. It’s also very dry with flavors of tobacco, pepper and some red fruits. It has a restrained nose of plum with a little hint of a cherry edge. On the palate it is dry, savory and classic ‘luncheon claret’; it is on the lean, perhaps even austere side and needs food, but it has elegance and medium-bodied refinement with a hint of graphite that is very Bordeaux.


Special Saturday German Wine Tasting

XII - with Traubenhaus – 4pm until the wines are gone –This will be a pre-sell event to taste, then order.

2011 Treverer Riesling Trocken Staatliche Weinbaudomäne Trier (Mosel) – 20.97 – 54 hA. 6g / L sugar. 5.6 g acid / L. Tasty, clean, Mosel mineral. Weight. Length. “State’s Winery in Trier”. Very bright Riesling with citrus tones. Clean, lemon flesh, pear & characteristic Mosel mineral & spice tones. This is one very light & refreshing Riesling with brilliant acidity.

2012 Bopparder Hamm Feuerlay – S – Riesling Trocken Matthias Müller (Mittelrhein) – 31.57 – Floral, apple blossom, zip, super mineral, clean. A winner. Elegant. Juicy. Awesome. 300 bottles produced. Very special. Perfectly arranged with broad fruit, harmony & minerality. Grand Riesling, very expressive of its origin in specific vineyard tract called the Bopparder Hamm Feuerlay.

2012 Avelsbacher Hammerstein Riesling Hochgewächs Halbtrocken Staatliche Weinbaudomäne Trier (Mosel) – 21.97 – Spritz / bright acid. Balances out Halbtrocken. Tree fruit, some sugar, nice. Grown on the specific vineyard tract called Avelsbacher Hammerstein with vines as old as 40 years. Fruity peach tones & balanced acidity. Try it with roast pork, hard cheeses, or mildly spicy Asian dishes. A great medium dry Riesling from the oldest wine culture in Germany, the ancient Roman city of Trier. ​

2012 Avelsbacher Hammerstein Riesling Süss Staatliche Weinbaudomäne Trier (Mosel) – 20.97 – Mosel nose, Prussian state winery, light on its feet. Like it. Apple, juicy goodness. Made from grapes grown on the specific vineyard tract called Avelsbacher Hammerstein with vines as old as 40 years. It is sweet & full of Mosel character with balanced acidity underlying the profound sweet fruitiness on the nose & palate. A great sweet Mosel riesling!

2012 Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) Rosé Trocken Nauerth-Gnägy (Pfalz) – 21.97 – Modern label. Spritz, wild strawberry. 4.5 g sugar / L. Very good. This dry rosé has profound fruit tones of fresh blackberry & red currant with a lively refreshing character. It is made from Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) grapes ripened in the warm southern Pfalz climate. It is a great wine for outdoor enjoyment & to impress friends thanks to its unique & refreshing character.

2010 Rheingau Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) Trocken – Hans Bausch (Rheingau) – 21.97 – Cherry, red apple skin, raspberry? Cassis / smoke thing. Mineral. Nice. Take it. ​This lightweight Spätburgunder is a clear pale garnet in appearance. It has clean dark berry fruit tones joined by sweet ripe orange flesh, mild acidity, mineral & finishes with light oak spice.

2011 XII Trauben Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) Winzergenossenschaft Mayschoss-Altenahr (Ahr) – 56.57 – Earth, cherry skin. Pretty nose. Excellent. Complex, expansive, pretty, juicy. What good German Pinot Noir is about. 4+. Pretty. ​​Called “XII Trauben” which means “12 grapes.” The grapes were harvested at an extreme ripeness of 99 degrees öchsle which enables this wine’s luxurious mouth feel. Slate & clay soil give it a distinct character of elegant minerality to accompany its profound fruit. It was partially fermented in new oak barrels & matured in new barriques to develop its blissful medium-low tannin character throughout its entire long finish. It has the fruit of figs, prunes, & dark fruit, spices of pepper & cinnamon & even delicate animal tones to substantiate its award as the first place dry Pinot Noir for the Ahr valley in 2013. This is a super Spätburgunder.

Tasting Friday – Valentimes!

  – Pink Bubblies & Funky Fresh Gamay Nature – 4p-8p

Pascal PibaleauCote Mas Estate Cremant Brut Rose NV – 15.57 – Ranked #6 of our top 200. Down from 18.57 – Bright strawberry fruit, cool as well. One year lees contact. Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir. Dropped the cost – (we pass the savings to you – both of the sparkling wines would have been over $20) – all estate fruit. Juicy, rhubarb, nice length on the finish. Strawberry dominates with nice tangy acids. Good juice, here to stay for a bit. Obviously incredibly popular, but a go-to for a reason.

Graham Beck Rose NV – 16.97 – Ranked #45 of our top 200. Raspberry and cherry on the nose – red fruit flavors carry through on the palate. One of the best bottles of bubbles for the money that we have. Light chalky mineral and herb. From Robertson (where the limestone is) & Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa. Pinot Noir & Chardonnay. Amazing that a wine this delicate & fine is coming out of such a hot climate. Matured on the lees for 36 mo. Crazy good, amazing price (we just lowered it) and a go-to pick. This often springs to mind as one of our best bubblies under $20.

Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Sorbara Premium Vecchia Modena NV – 13.57 – Ranked #11 of our top 200. Manual picking of the best grapes. Fresh ripe strawberry & raspberry nose, rhubarb, citrus zest. Dry, with the great blend of tangy acid and lightly bitter mineral. Citrus & herb palate – balanced & refreshing. Lighter in color. Enough acid to work as an aperitif with cheese & charcuterie, or pair with fatty white meats, or poached eggs. Lengthy & fine mousse. Sorbara is the lighter style of Lambrusco, Grasparossa in the heartier style. (60 sub-varietals). Brunch dominator.

Pascal Pibaleau Gamay Nature NSA 2012 – 16.97 – Ranked #1 of our top 200. Demeter certified estate in Azay-le-Rideau.  Originated in 1886 when his great-grandfather purchased 3ha, the estate now totals 15ha under vine, including 1.7ha of Gamay vines that were planted to soils of clay with flint in 1964.  Certified biodynamic since 2011. Typically used for rosé wines in Anjou and Saumur, Gamay is often blended with Cab Franc, Grolleau and Pineau D’Aunis in Touraine, where Pascal employs carbonic maceration– the preferred method of fermentation for Gamay in Beaujolais.  Bottled at 11.6% alcohol. Fresh on the nose, with cherry blossom aromas and tart red fruit, there are mid-palate hints here of crushed granite and clay.  With cascading acidity that lifts the lean fruit to its finish, the Pascal Pibaleau Gamay is perfect when chilled for most any late summer/early fall pairing. We are big cheerleaders for this wine. We really love it.