Oregon Wine Class next Tuesday, from 6pm – 7:15 – We will have you register online, but pay at the door – $35, limited to 12 people, with food from Three Little Pigs –
July 21st – 6pm
Flat Creek Estate Quality Wine Import Program – Changed up the wines, adding the very special Giardino Fiano “Gaia” 2010 – Organic, Biodynamic, Natural…
Vallerosa Bonci Verdicchio Manciano 2012 – 13.57 – The grape has been grown in the Le Marche Adriatic region since the 1400s. This Verdicchio Dei Castelli de Jesi has DOC status, the more prominent of two Verdicchio appellations. It is straw yellow in color and has hints of anise and sage in the nose. With a medium yet delicate finish this wine is an excellent aperitif or seafood accompaniment. These are the wines that were packaged in the fish shaped bottles in the 60’s and 70’s. Pretty classic lemony zesty acid. Has some of the more lush pear and mineral of its more expensive sibling.
Giardino Fiano “Gaia” 2010 ● BD – 34.97 – From 90 year old vines. Hand-harvested. Long, cold maceration on the skins then manually pressed in an old, wooden press. Only indigenous yeasts are used. Fermented on the lees for three months. Aged in acacia and chestnut barrels, before being moved to old, 600L oak barrels to for a year long aging on the lees. Unfined and unfiltered.
Goes with: Bold cheeses, pork loin… can withstand a bit of spice. Golden and hazy in color with complex fruity and smoky aromas, this wine is best enjoyed with seafood, chicken and light pasta. Deep lemon color & some sediments from skin maceration & no filtering w/ lemon skin sharacter & touch of green mango, interesting textural elements that makes it a wine for food.
Schiavenza Dolcetto D’Alba 2012 ● BD – 13.97 – Originally thought by growers to be a competitor to Beaujolais Nouveau, the Dolcetto wines have proven much bigger than this. Made 100% from the Dolcetto grape (little sweet one in Italian) this dry red wine is deep garnet in color with a fruity nose and a pleasant yet strong finish. It pairs well with traditional Italian dishes such as pasta, pizza or white meat dishes. Black fruited, floral, straightforward. Named after the sharecroppers who used to work the vineyards. Farmed biodynamically, vinified in cement cisterns by sisters Enrica & Maura Allesandria.
Germano Langhe Nebbiolo 2012 – 23.97 – Made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes taken from 30 year old vines, this wine is first aged in stainless steel and then in the bottle. It has a ruby red color with a fruit and flower bouquet. This full bodied wine finishes very smooth with hints of tannin and astringency. It is an excellent pairing with red meat dishes. Rich and dark with nice herby undergrowth character. Just outside the Barolo zone (a few hundred yards north of Serralunga). Roses, tar, and earth, firm tannins, and very pretty dark cherry acidity.
Tasting Friday – 5p-8p July 10
Mary Ruth 2014 – 17.57 – 42% Orange Muscat, 32% Blanc du Bois, 23% Muscat Blanc. 1160 cases produced. Wonderfully expressive and delicate nose with white peach, coconut, acacia, honeysuckle and lightly ripened pineapple. The palate rushes in with a cocktail of fresh tropical fruits layered like ambrosia salad with clean lemon and key lime sweeping through at the finish. Bright and refreshing, perfect to pair with young, creamy cheeses.
Cinsault Rosé 2014 – 20.57 – A soft salmon hue shows subtle white floral aromas of acacia and honeysuckle that lead into a bright burst of clementine, candied white peach and tropical fruits on the palate. A spritz of lime juice and zest keep the palate bright as it eases to a finish of preserved citrus and dried apricot. Drink 2015 to 2016.
Skeleton Key 2013 – 26.57 – Proprietor’s Red Blend. Aglianico, Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah (from 3 vineyards), Cabernet Sauvignon, Ruby Cabernet, and Tannat. A rich garnet tint delivers aromas of baked plum, black cherry and pomegranate, lifted at the palate’s edges by lighter floral notes. Lush and nearly opulent with ripeness, its texture is expressive with moderately high tannins exhibiting flavors of roasted coffee and chocolate melting into a mocha-like finish.
Artist Blend 2013 – 34.97 – 73% Mourvèdre (Lost Draw Vineyard & La Pradera Vineyard). 22% Syrah (Kiepersol Vineyard & High Cross Vineyard). 5% Grenache (Salt Lick Vineyard). 660 cases produced. Aging – 16 months in French Oak & Eastern European Oak. 60% new oak, 40% used oak. Deep ruby and plum appearance with rich scents of fresh citrus, dark berries, herbs and mulling spices followed by a soft hint of eucalyptus. Excellent concentration of ripe forest berries with a lively lift lead to darker notes of anise and black tea tannins. Very intriguing in its depth of expression, it could benefit from decanting and should develop well through 2021.