Free Spanish Wine Tasting with Case Imports

 – Friday 15th – 5pm – 8pm –East End Wines – 1209 Rosewood Avenue.

Case Imports May

Bodega Edetària Vinya d’Irto Garnatxa Blanca 2012 – 14.57 – Catlunya, Tarragona, Terra Alta: Fine and elegant aroma with distinct fruit and floral notes and hints of citric. Fresh and silky, with a soft and persistent end. Three months on the lees (spent yeast from fermentation) gives it a great creamy texture. We brought in a big chunk to drive down the price. It used to be $3 more.

Bodegas Aguiuncho Mar de Ons Albarino 2012 – 18.57 – – The difference in diurnal and nocturnal temperatures, buffeted by sea breezes slows maturation, maintains acidity and especially increases aromas. The salinity of the water increases the sugars. These vineyards produce excellent quality grapes, rich in tones. The aromas are fruity and floral, fine and distinguished. The nose has good intensity: aromatic herbs such as bay, mint, light notes of aniseed and balsamic vinegar; with apple and citrus fruit notes; a mineral base of slate.

Bodegas Solar de UrbezoDance del Mar 2011 – 12.57 – 50 Tempranillo, 50 Merlot. Cariñena, Aragon – Nose shows cherries and other red fruit, smoke, slight herbs and floral, licorice. Smooth on the palate with black pepper, green pepper, red fruit and floral notes. Pepper and red fruit on the finish. Medium acidity. Body and mouthfeel is excellent. Juicy, light, bright, some mineral backbone, cocoa, cherry. Great QPR, had almost disappeared, and then got a WS 90 in 2005, bounced back. Very fruity, with berries & dark cherries, soft & elegant tannins. Clean finish. Great with charcuterie like smoked terrines, game, red meats, roasts, and cheeses. A Robert Parker darling as well and still we like it (clocks in right at 14% alcohol).

Convent Carmen Seleccion Jumilla 2006 – 13.57 – Deep and dark wine from Southern Spain. Dried floral, tomato leaf, and cherry on the nose, goes into black fruit like blackberry and plum on the palate, light nuttiness at the close. Savory, rich. Syrah, Merlot, and Monastrell (Mourvedre). Prolonged maceration in stainless before aging in European oak. Aromatic, meaty, pretty intense.

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Atlas Cumbres Torrontes 2014 – 12.97 – (Cafayate – Salta) – Stainless steel tank fermentation with temperatures under 64 degrees. No Malolactic, no contact with wood. Good value. Peach, white floral – honeysuckle, bracing mineral focuses fruit. Fresh on the palate, nice and light.

Atlas Cumbres Malbec 2013 – 12.97 – Lujan de Cuyo. Planted 1906, 1930, 1995, 2007. High altitude. Hoping to get by Friday – Bright, fresh, clean. Like the acid. Tangy. 30% in oak, for only 3-5 months, drinks like a Joven, Brambly blackberry. Good deal. Jam and berries, persistent finish.

Henry LaGarde Malbec 2013 – 17.57 – Hoping to get by Friday – Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza. Planted 1906, 1930, 1995. More depth, more everything. 10 months 80% French, 20% American oak, 50% new. Like the depth and more tarry concentration. 13.9%. Full without being overdone. Ripe red fruit. Soft vanilla, chocolate, smoke on the nose. Balanced, ripe tannins.

Henry LaGarde Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – 17.57 – Substitute for Malbec – Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza. Planted 1992, 1993, 1998, 2003. Light on its feet, with some light herbal without being pyrazine heavy. 6 months at least in bottle before release. Same oak regimen as other reds in the same line, 50% sees oak barrels for 8-10 months, 80% French, 20% American. Good stuff. Can outclass some other offerings at this price point. Black fruits, spices, tobacco, mint on the nose. Structured and lengthy.

Henry LaGarde Guarda Blend 2012 – 25.57 – (Malbec 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%, Merlot 20%, Syrah 10%). Good deal, well blended, round, pretty. Like the Syrah spice. Planted 1906, 1992, 1993, and 1998. Higher altitude. 100% of the wine is aged in oak, 12 months in French barrels. Complex nose, ripe red fruit. Spice, tobacco, smoke. Palate brings well-integrated tannins, smooth structure.

Rosé Wines from Tuesday’s Class –

2014 Broc White Zinfandel – 24.97 – Harvested well below 21 Brix, but with wonderful flavor. Not for the “White Zin” purists out there, this wine is fermented dry, producing a Rose wine with pepper, watermelon, and tangy raspberry/strawberry. Fermented cool with no malolactic. Best served with only a slight chill.

Blend: 100% Zinfandel. Not your mother’s sticky-sweet White Zinfandel! Tangerine, peach, and a hint of white pepper flavors, plus enough ripeness to convert sweet wine drinkers to dry rose.

Chris Brockway managed to transform the oft scoffed at White Zinfandel into a super elegant, dry rosé. The fruit for this cuvée comes from two vineyards in the Russian River and Sonoma Valleys.

Yes, you read that correctly – White Zinfandel. Chris Brockway is taking back White Zin and it’s completely unlike anything else you’ve ever had. Dry, clean, crisp acidity combine with ripe watermelon fruit in this outstanding rosé.

2014 A to Z Rosé of Pinot Noir – 13.57 – The 2014 A to Z Oregon Rosé leads with aromas of strawberries, tangerine, watermelon and grenadine with hints of thyme and hibiscus then opens to reveal plum, apricot and more strawberry notes. Clean, balanced and approachable with generous fruit, the crisp and juicy A to Z Rosé integrates excellent texture with firm acidity finishing long and pretty.

2014 Teutonic Wine Company Rosé of Pinot Noir – 23.57 – Cool wine. Fresh, zippy a nice lees component giving texture, some savory, wild Pinot notes…just a tiny dash of RS to balance the whole thing out. Very quaffable and super affordable.

Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.

2014 Domaine Houchart Provencal Rosé – 15.57 – A blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Soft pink robe. The nose is fresh, with strawberry and red berry notes, followed by delicate aromas of yellow peach and grapefruit. Fresh and delicious, with a fine attack, it is well balanced and long in the mouth. Easy to drink, it pairs well with tartes flambées, salads, and Asian dishes. Also a fine accompaniment to goat cheese with Provencal herbs and bacon. The direct press method is used with 90% of the grapes, while the remaining 10% undergo cold maceration. Varieties are pre-blended before fermentation for greater complexity. Temperature is maintained at 64°F to preserve the wine’s fruitiness and freshness. Tanks are monitored three times a day to test the evolution of the flavors. The estate contains clay and limestone soils with rough textures formed from the decomposition of the mother rock from the surrounding Sainte-Victoire mountain.

2014 Mulderbosch Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon – 13.57 – Vinified from Cabernet Sauvignon, this rose is vibrant and ripe with layered aromas of strawberry, red cherry, and raspberry with a hint of rose petal. The palate is similarly fruit-forward with flavors of strawberry, pomegranate, and passion fruit. Enjoy with Thai food, crab cakes, fruit-glazed pork chops, and fresh fruit.

The 2014 Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch comes from vines specifically used for rosé production and undergoes a cool fermentation and early bottling. It has a simple but clean red cherry and wet stone bouquet. The palate is crisp on the entry with red cherry and strawberry notes segueing into a brisk and vibrant finish. Fine.

2014 Domaine Pere Caboche Petit Caboche Rosé – 15.97 – We can observe a splendid pale rose color, between coral and raspberry, supported with purple highlights. The nose presents pleasant candy aromas and hints of grenadine. It’s very powerful and fresh. The mouth is creamy and sweet, with a nice tangy support, tinted with redcurrant and fresh raspberry. A very nice and pleasurable rosé, which can be enjoyed either as an aperitif, or alongside a summer meal. 70% Grenache, 30% Carignan

This delicious rose is blended from typical Cotes du Rhone varietals (Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah). Medium-bodied with fresh crisp strawberry and raspberry flavors. Refreshing acidity with a hint of lemon and a touch of spice in the finish. This fine estate, which dates from the mid 17th century, owns and farms some superb properties producing Cotes du Rhone as well as their heavenly Chateauneuf.