Free Italian Wine Tasting – Chameleon Wines

Italian Wine Tasting – THURSDAY May 29, 5pm – 8pm – Chameleon Wines, with wine expert Alex Pagano –Chameleon 5 Wines

Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo A.O.C.Cantina Colle Moro Montepulciano Rosé 2012 – 10.57 – Dry, cherry fruit, pretty… Lots of fruit and juicy acidity. Refreshing. Bright strawberry fruit and clean spice. 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. A fruity rosé that’s unoaked to emphasize the fresh, red, berried aromas. Dry and fresh and a great wine to pair with hors d’oeuvres–especially fish-based starters.

Piedmont – Stefano Farina Barbera d’Alba 2010 – 13.57 – Vinous aroma, very delicate. When slightly aged the wine acquires a mature and well balanced taste. The wine has graphite and cherries on the nose and palate, with some dusty flavors. Compared to Barbera d’Asti, Barbera D’Alba can be a more highly concentrated and structured wine. Thus it draws greater benefits from barrel treatment.

Abruzzo – Cantina Colle Moro Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2011 – 9.97 – Dark ruby color, this straightforward Italian red shows flavorful cherry fruit, good balance and a soft finish. Delicious everyday table red. A delicately fruited red wine from Abruzzo that goes well with pasta with meat sauce or hard, aged cheeses. Unoaked.

Piedmont – Stefano Farina Nebbiolo d’Alba 2010 – 16.97 – An earthy version of Piemonte’s premier grape. Flavors of raspberry, plum and red currant. A softer, more accessible incarnation. Light-bodied, cherry red ripe fruit with undertones of sage and mushroom. Pair it with pizza, mushroom risotto, or a plate of aged cheeses & fruit.

Tuscany – Elisabetta Aulo Rosso Toscana – Bolgheri – 2009 – 18.57 – Destemmed and pressed, then fermented in large wooden barrels for 15 days The scents, on first impact, are floral with agreeable scents of ripe fruits like blackberries and raspberries. On the palate there is an agreeable sensation of delicacy that seems to be nearly sweet. On the finish, the joviality of the wine expresses the well balanced and well-bodied acidity.

 

Free Tasting with Bandol Wines

 – Friday May 23 – 4pm – 8pm – Bandol

The terroir here is defined by coastal hills and a definitively Mediterranean climate. Red clay and sandstone soils dominate the vineyards here, and the slopes have been cut into terraces to accommodate the vineyards and reduce erosion. The cold, dry Mistral wind provides cooling influences during the sunny growing season, slowing ripening and ensuring that the grapes retain acidity. This wind also reduces disease pressure by drying vineyards after heavy rain.

            Dupuy du Lome La Matelote VDP Rosé NV – 13.57 – Half the fruit for this decadent little Rose comes from Bandol, the region famed for making some of the most amazing, and often most expensive Rose in France, and if the estate wanted to they could petition to get Bandol put on the label but seeing as they are just a tiny winery, and make another Rose that is 100% Bandol they just didn’t want to bother with the paperwork and headache. Here you have Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, the latter from Bandol which gives this wine just a kiss of that certain something, that herbal and wildness, that only Mourvedre from Bandol can give.

            Dupuy du Lome Bandol Rosé 2013 – Regular 23.57 (Average $27 online) – Special – 18.97 – A hand harvested blend of 70% Mourvedre with 20% Grenache and the balance Cinsault. Stainless tank fermentation. “This wine is magically colored to a perfect salmon hue; smells of summer peaches, green grasses, and strawberries with cream. In the mouth it is just as delightful with flavors of peach and cantaloupe surrounding a bright, dry, mineral acidity that is completely without bitterness. The wine finishes with a gorgeous, lengthy taste of honey and orange blossom. A most refreshing, delightful rosé.”

            Dupuy du Lome La Matelote VDP Rouge NV – 13.57 – Powerful, with spicy aromas. Biodynamic, lunar, planetary and zodiacal rhythms are taken into account for tillage, planting, sowing or harvesting. Nose – intense and complex blend of aromas of spices and tobacco. Palate – full, powerful and supported by ripe tannins.

            Domaine de La Laidiere 2007 Bandol Rouge – Regular – 29.57 – Special – 20.57 – An intense ruby color with purple reflections pretty, young black nose, ripe fruit, with hints of musk and blond tobacco, elegant and flattering texture on the palate with tannins still young but already coat and give it volume and length, a wine of character to keep … 70% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache, 20% Cinsault.Dark garnet color purple, pretty tannic in its youth, it gives its full extent after a few years of aging. Dense and balanced, it provides the structure just a great wine, great food worthy ambassador. Filet of wild boar in red wine, duck breast roasted with cranberries, stew, coq au vin, rabbit stew, prime rib.

Tasting Friday with MexCor Wines – May 16th

Tasting Friday with MexCor Wines – May 16th

Vina Requingua Puerto Viejo Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Valley, Chile 2012 – 9.57 – Hand picking, with double selection in vineyard, in the first week of March.Cool temperate climate with a Mediterranean rainfall regime, moderately warm summers (influence of the Andes) and very rainy winters. Shallow alluvial soils of sandy loam, brownish-gray, rocky; subsoil composed of boulders and rounded rocks in sandy matrix. Intense nose of gooseberry, fresh hay, asparagus and apple. Elegant with pleasant acidity and a long finish.

Brotherhood Pinot Noir New York 2010 – 14.97 – America’s Oldest Winery.This wine is light brick-red in color, has a nose of fresh berries and plums, with a hint of violets. It also displays bright fruit flavors of cranberry, cherry and black tea,which create a light to medium bodied wine with layered complexity staying true to form. Sourcing from a variety of growers, including our own Hudson Valley vineyard, helps Brotherhood achieve complexity in the wine, and the warm fermentation and gentle handling of the fruit preserves the delicate character of Pinot Noir. Barrel-aged for at least 6 months, it has a berry nose and a hint of vanilla-oak. Soft fruit flavors of strawberry, cherry and raspberry are complemented by a pronounced earthiness from wet leaves, mushroom and baking spice on the finish. Good acidity adds structure, and the wine, surprisingly, bears a faint resemblance to an AOC Bourgogne.

Uma Coleccion Shiraz 2013 – 9.97 – Grapes are gently crushed. Traditional fermentation and maceration, with selected yeasts. The process was carried out at a controlled temperature to preserve the wine’s color and aroma potential. Reminiscent notes of ripe blackberries, blackcurrants and plums, with delicate spicy notes. Smooth attack. Aroma notes are recognizable in the palate. Rich, concentrated and full-bodied. Ripe tannins and lingering finish.

Uma Coleccion Malbec 2013 – 11.97 – Grapes are gently crushed and traditionally fermented for 7 days, with daily pumping over. 30% of the wine is aged in American oak, while the remaining 70% is left evolving in epoxy-covered concrete pools. Both wines are blended in the pool. Concentrated notes of ripe plums, blackberries and blueberries. Smooth entry. Aroma notes are recognizable in the palate. Well-balanced wine with velvety tannins.