January 30th, 5pm – 8pm – East End Wines –
Valley Mills Vineyards: 2012 Vermentino – 21.97 – Tasting notes: Crisp, dry, single vineyard white wine from the High Plains AVA. Notes of lemon and pineapple on the nose. This wine has all the Vermentino hallmarks of bright acidity, citrus leaf aromas and mineral notes with a clean and refreshing finish.
Valley Mills Vineyards: 2011 G.S.L. – 24.57 – Tasting Notes: Grenache 10%, Syrah 58%, Lenoir 32%. Estate grown excepting the Lenoir. Strong aroma of clove as well as some cinnamon and leather. Red raspberries and vanilla on the palate. The aromas are of chocolate, dark caramel, toast and hints of spice. There is a rich, dark fruit palate of plums, blackberry and dark cherry with a hint of sage on the finish. Pairs well with pork tenderloin…
Solaro Estate Winery: 2012 Montepulciano – 40.97 – Tasting Notes: Estate grown, single vineyard. Aged in American oak. Bourbon and caramel on the nose, very light-bodied, raspberry and rhubarb on the finish. Wine Trail Traveler – translucent ruby color with a dark pink hue that offered floral, cherry and raspberry notes. The wine had medium tannins and medium-body with high acidity. The wine was 12% alcohol and retails for $44.
Solaro Estate Winery: 2012 Cabernet Franc / Merlot – 29.57 – Tasting Notes: Aged in French oak barrels for 24 months. High Plains fruit. Plum and prune flavors are prominent. Pairs nicely with a grilled steak.