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.

TWO Tastings this weekend – Friday & Saturday!

Portugese Wines from Virtuoso Esporao / Monte Velho–

Friday September 12th – 5pm – 8pm –

Alandra – White 2013 – 8.57 – Antão Vaz, Perrum, Arinto. Excellent year for white wines in this region. Cooler than average spring and summer temperatures resulted in wines with intensity, freshness and balance. Soil Type: Granite/schist rock with clay/loam soil. Average age of vines: 16 years. Destemming, must chilling, pneumatic pressing, cold settling, fermentation temperature control with selected yeast inoculation in stainless steel tanks, centrifuging, fining, cold stabilisation and filtration. Nose – Floral, fruit. Palate – Youthful palate, clean, fresh, well balanced.

Monte Velho White 2013 – 11.57 – Antão Vaz, Roupeiro, Perrum. The 2013 viticultural year was characterized by a cool and wet spring followed by a dry summer with large diurnal temperatures, making for good maturation conditions and sound healthy grapes. Soil Type: Clay/loam structure, granite/schist origin. Average age of vines: 16 years. Destemmed, must chilled, membrane pressed, cold settled, fermented in stainless steel tanks with temperature control, centrifuged off gross lees, fining, cold stabilized and early bottling. Nose – Fresh white stone fruits with citric notes. Palate – Firm, intense and well balanced palate, persistent aromatic fruit with a long finish.

Monte Velho Red 2013 – 11.57 – Aragonês, Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional, Syrah. Excellent year for red wines in this region. Soil Type: Granite/schist base, clay/loam soil.
Average age of vines: 15 years. Destemming, crushing, fermentation in stainless steel tanks with temperature control, membrane pressing, controlled malolactic fermentation, ageing in stainless steel tanks and american oak barrels for 6 months prior to blending and bottling. “Aroma: Berry fruit aromas with some complex subtle toasty notes. Palate: Elegant palate with good depth of fruit and a fine tannic structure.” – Winemakers David Baverstock and Luís Patrão.

Quinta Murcas Assobio 2011 – 14.57 – Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca. Damp, stormy weather during the Spring period resulted in a lower than average grape production. A mild summer with cool nights resulted in grapes of very high quality. Hand picking and bunch selection, detemming, crushing, fermentation with temperature control (24- 27oC), membrane pressing.
Maturation: Around 20% of the blend was aged for 6 months in French and
American oak barrels. Nose – Spicy red berry fruits. Palate – Elegant palate showing youthful fruit, fine tannins with good balancing acidity on the finish.

Special Saturday Wine Tasting with Favorite – Lake Chalice –

Saturday September 13, 3p – 6p TIME CHANGED

Lake Chalice Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc – Cracklin’ Savie NV – 15.97 – An intense bouquet with aromas of passion fruit and blackcurrant.  A crisp, medium bodied on the palate, wine bursting with classical varietal flavors of passion fruit, blackcurrant and gooseberry, with a hint of sparkle. This is intensely acidic and awesome – lightly sparkling, pet nat like carbonation, but this adds to the perception of the intense acidity. “This is an unusual wine, which is why I like it. It’s a New Zealand sauvignon blanc, with the characteristic grassy flavors, and it has a mild spritz from carbonation. Surprise your friends with this to open your summer patio parties.” – Dave McIntyre, The Washington Post. “Made of 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc with just 7 g/l of residual sugar, this is a lightly effervescent sparkler bottled under a crown cap. It’s fresh tasting with a creamy palate and off dry but not cloying. Aromas and flavors evoke grapefruit and passion fruit. This is a fun wine, for parties and to serve with spicy appetizers.” – International Wine Review Blog

Lake Chalice Sauvignon Blanc 2011 – 17.57 – “Tropical notes of pineapple, guava and even a hint of coconut water are refreshing and juicy, following through on the long finish. Drink now. 12,000 cases made.” (88 WS). “This is another easy drinking wine from Lake Chalice. It has good varietal character with notes of passion fruit and citrus and just a touch of herbaceousness to add interest. For a Sauvignon Blanc, the wine is rich and soft with the acidity of the variety kicking in on the finish. No one will mistake this for a top flight Sancerre, but it’s very, very pleasant drinking.” – International Wine Review Blog

Lake Chalice Riesling 2009 – 17.57 – “In some ways, this is the most innovative of the Lake Chalice wines. While it has a very high 27 g/l residual sugar, it has excellent balancing acidity, enough so that it finishes with just a hint of sweetness. With just 10% alcohol and pleasing light spice and stonefruit flavors, this is a great wine to pair with spicy food.  Grapes come from the stony Falcon Vineyard.” – International Wine Review Blog

Case Imports – Friday – September 5th – 5pm – 8pm

 – East End Wines

Spanish Wine Tasting

Bodegas del Aguila Seis Circles White 2012 – 11.97 down to 9.97 – 90% Viura / 10% Chardonnay – Tangy, with melon and apple. High altitude vineyards due south of the Pyrenees. D.O. Cariñena (Northern Spain). Low (11.5%) alcohol, juicy acid. Dry & sunny days, cool evenings, slate soils. Citrus, pineapple, Viura floral notes. Great aperitif and pair with lighter preparations of white meats, fishes, and Asian goodies.

Cuatro Rayas Nave Sur Rueda Verdejo 2013 – 11.97 – Castilla y León – Agrícola Castellana is the maker of this Nave Sur Rueda, a wine white with the Rueda DO is made with Verdejo and Viura. Floral, with citrus accents, light honeysuckle note and apple. The nose is powerful and very fruity. The palate is fresh, balanced, and has sweet fruit character while finishing quite dry. Pairing: Fish and seafood. Fresh, mineral, sweet citrus, price is right.

San Dionisio Tinto – BIB 3L – 18.97 – Aromas of black fruit, herbs, vanilla and spices. A tasty, fresh palate with good acidity and a pleasant floral sensation. Soft and fruity on the palate with fine balance between tannins and anthocyanins (the water soluble skin pigments), emphasizing clean and bright red cherry on maroon iridescent ruby on the edges of the glass. A favorite bargain -18.97 for 4 bottles worth of wine.

Bodegas del Aguila Seis Circles Red 2010 – 13.97 down to 11.97 down to 9.97 – Tasty & good. Clean, brambly. Sweet cherry, plum fruit. This delightful Spanish red offers spice & pepper notes on the nose, along with aromas of ripe berry, black cherry & currant, blueberries, all of which comes together on the smooth, fruity palate, which is soft, generous and lightly spicy. The supple texture, ripe fruit & hints of pepper make this a great all-purpose red that will match a wide variety of menu items, though it is soft enough to be enjoyed by itself.