David Smith Wine Tasting – Spain

at East End Wines – April 24th – 5pm – 8pm


Arindo Verdejo 2012 – 2013 – 13.57 – Rueda. Northwest of Madrid this region is made up of sandy gravel and lime rich alluvial soils. Verdejo takes well to these bearing lime and blossom on the nose and a chalky seashell mineral on its crisp, citric palate. Despite its jumpy acidity, this Verdejo’s full bodied structure and fleshy midpalate round it out nicely. Good thing for Sauvignon Blanc enthusiasts to branch out with, juicy white fruit that picks up some tropical notes along with more classic tree fruit of yellow apple and pear.

Laya Garnacha – Monastrell 2013 – 10.97 – Almansa, Old Vines. Deep red cherry in color. Elegant, fresh and complex nose that highlights ripe fruit and floral notes. Nice and fresh on the palate, well-balanced with sweet but still young tannins, a delicious mouthful sensation that lingers on the very long and smooth finish. Pretty big alcohol, deep color from Garnacha Tintorera, which has red flesh as well as red skins.

Atteca Garnacha 2012 – 12.97 – Atteca is deep cherry in color. It has intense aromas of red ripe fruit (ripe raspberry) which combine perfectly with the spicy notes of cacao, vanilla and licorice corresponding to a noble aging. It is very fresh and fruity in the mouth, with a notable ending where fruity and spicy aromas return. It is a magnificent expression of an elegant 100% Garnacha from Aragon. International Wine Cellar 90 – “Dark purple. Cassis and cherry compote on the nose, with complicating woodsmoke and dark chocolate qualities. Then brighter and livelier on the palate, offering dark berry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of anise.”

Can Blau Celler Can Blau Red 2013 – 17.57 – Montsant. The wine is a blend of Cariñena (Carignan), Syrah and Garnacha (Grenache). Wood smoke, spice box, incense, lavender, black cherry and plum aromas are followed by a mouth-filling, round, dense wine with outstanding grip and length. It over-delivers in a big way. Pair with rice, pasta, vegetables, stewed meats, sausage, pork, roast meat, red and/or white meat with sauces, grilled meat, and cheeses.

Bodegas Protos tasting with deVino

 at East End Wines – Friday, April 17, 5pm-8pm


Bodegas Protos Rueda Verdejo 2013 – 14.57 – Went from RNDC to Glazer’s to deVino… Clean. Mineral. Apple skin (green). Citrus / tropical fruits, white floral, herbal, especially fennel. Right next to Pesquera. Golden apple fruit. Balance between alcohol content and acidity. Maceration for an extended period, fermented at cooler temperature. Younger (less than 25 years old vines). Ages on lees for 3 months. Fresh. Lengthy finish, with light bitter mineral finish (good).

Bodegas Protos Ribera del Duero Cosecha 2012 – 18.97 – Nice grip, round black fruit. Dusty tannins. 14% alcohol. Younger vines used to go into the Roble, now they may be eliminating the Crianza so that this would get some of the older (25 years and older) vines. Hand-picked in 20 kg crates. Sorting table, then 15 days of skin contact and maceration. 6 months in American and French oak. Fresh fruit, sweet spice and creamy oak on the nose, red berries. Fruity and toasty with round tannins on the palate.

Bodegas Protos Ribera del Duero Reserva 2010 – 52.57 – Retail up around $50. Much more wood (reserva), scrubby. 2013 Winery of the Year WE or WS, can’t remember. Serious, age worthy. Dense & fresh fruit. Black fruits and toasty notes, spicy creamy oak, complex. Round tannins. Good acidity. Lengthy.

Free Tasting of Broc Cellars with Rootstock – 4-10-2015 5pm-8pm


Free Tasting of Broc Cellars with Rootstock –

WINERY: Broc Cellars wines are natural wines, meaning no inoculated yeast or bacteria are used. We do not add any powdered tannins/enzymes to our wines. A minimal dose of SO2 is added 4 weeks before bottling.

Broc Cellars White Zinfandel 2014 ● 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. The 2014 White Zin is unfined and lightly filtered. ALC: 11.5% alcohol. TOTAL PRODUCTION: 224 cases

Broc Cassia Grenache(s) Santa Barbera 2013 ● 29.57 – 2013 Cassia Grenache(s) Mendocino (297 cases): Technically speaking this is 100% Grenache Gris. As with many old vine vineyards it looks as though some of the vines have mutated into something closer to Grenache Noir than Gris. So we split the difference and labeled as 50/50 of each. Made in a rosé style, with less than 24 hours on the skins. Light in color but rich in texture. Fermented and aged in 1200L, 20 year-old, German casks. The grapes were sourced from a 100 year-old parcel in McDowell Valley originally called Gibson Ranch.

Broc Alexander Valley Carignan 2013 ● 26.57 – VINEYARD NOTES: Having saved a remarkable, exquisitely ancient vineyard from imminent Cabernetification, we continue to nurture its 130+ year old vines capturing a character unfound in mere 120-year-old vineyards. An original field-planted block, these Carignan plants are interspersed with Palomino (white variety from Jerez) and Alicante (a rare black-fruited vine that produces some of the darkest juice on the planet). Its decomposed sandy soils make it impossible for the vine-pest phylloxera to survive, leaving these some of the last remaining self-rooted vines in the state. WINEMAKER’S NOTES: The winemaking process is as unique as the vineyard itself, taking inspiration from centuries-old tradition while adding our own signature. Pitchforked from bin to tank, the berries remain intact and protected with a constant blanket of C02 until their native yeasts begin to ferment the grape sugars from the inside out. A slow mortification breaks down the color components in the skins infusing the juice inside the still-unbroken berries with a vibrant red hue. When fully dry, it is pressed in microlots and ushered into its neutral oak and concrete vessels for the final stages of development. Bottled after 10 months, the 2013 Carbonic Carignan extols the virtues of its pedigree. Amazing depth of flavor from these rugged, ancient vines is captured in the most transparent method we could devise. ALC: 12.8% alcohol TOTAL PRODUCTION: 850 cases.