Texas Wine Tasting – Valley Mills Vineyards & Solaro Estate Winery

January 30th, 5pm – 8pm – East End Wines –

 Valley Mills

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

Solaro Estate Winery: 2012 Montepulciano – 40.97Tasting 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.

Free Tasting – Friday – January 23, 5p-8p

Chameleon Tasting – Italy – East End Wines – January 23, 5p-8p –

Chameleon

Colle Moro PPT Passerina – 14.57 – Passe Par Tout, Spumante Brut – 100% Passerina. Clear floral fragrance with pleasant citrus hints. Fresh and fruity. Dry palate of honeysuckle and yellow fruits; soft perlage and delicate finish. Complementing well any type of appetizer, white meats, fish plates and Parmesan cheese.

Colle Moro Cerasuolo 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.

Colle Moro Club Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2012 – 9.97 – A delicately fruited red wine from Abruzzo. New vintage. Spice and earth predominate on the nose (interesting, given that it is unoaked). Also getting big ripe fruit and warm finish. Modest tannins, low acidity, and red fruit on the palate. Great value. Bouquet: Delicately vinous, fruity with hints of ripe red fruit. Taste: Dry, rounded, tangy, and slightly tannic. Food matches: It matches white and red meat roasts, pasta with a meat sauce, steaks, hard cheeses.

Elisabetta Aulo 2009 – 17.97 – Sangiovese, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Dropped price. 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. The dark earth becomes more apparent on the second whiff, and the palate confirms. 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 – Mid-State – New World Reds

Mid-State

– Friday 1-16-15 – 5pm – 8pm – East End Wines

 

Laurier Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 – 18.97 – The lush bounty of Sonoma’s Alexander Valley and Los Carneros regions are beautifully represented in the wines of Laurier Vineyards. Observing the luxuriant color of this wine provides indications of how delicious it is. Plum, black cherry, cedar, and a hint of cinnamon charm the palate. The finish is soft and protracted with silky tannins and spicy flavors. This food friendly wine pairs well with roast duck with a Pinot Noir reduction sauce, and adds elegance to such dishes as chicken fried steak, a juicy cheeseburger, or pizza Margherita.

Medrano Malbec 2013 – 11.97 – 40 to 70 years old vines. 30% of wine was aged in used barrels during 6 months, the rest remained in vats. It displays an intense violet color. In the nose, outstanding red fruit aromas are combined with plum and violet notes as well as some toast and vanilla notes. In the mouth, it is a fruity wine with medium tannins as well as a juicy and balanced finish. With the ideal balance of fruit, oak and structure. Plum and blackberry fruit combined with toasty notes and sweet tannins.

Barnard Griffin Syrah 2012 – 15.97 – WE 87 – Streaks of citrus, berry and cracker are integrated with light berry flavors. This is a smooth, balanced, easy-drinking Syrah, with light hints of tea leaves. “Showing generous dark plum and supple black cher-ry fruit flavors that are in-tense and vibrant. Enticing accents of vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, orange zest and blueberry complete this exciting, youthful Syrah.” Rob Griffin. Generous dark plum and supple black cherry fruit flavors followed by accents of vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, orange zest and blueberry. This superbly balanced & crafted Syrah would be an excellent match for seared beef fillet or rack of lamb.

Camaraderie Syrah 2008 – 22.57 – While most Washington wineries are on the dry, east-side of the Cascade Mountains, the wet & rainy west-side is perfectly suited for making fine wine. The fruit for this wine, however, comes from prime Columbia Valley vineyards on the Wahluke Slope, not too far from Yakima and Walla Walla where some of the finest Syrah is grown. Pop a bottle and see why Washington Syrah can rival anything from California, Australia, or France. Flavor Profile: Medium-bodied, dry. 100% Clifton Vineyard fruit produces a Syrah of both power and elegance. Red and black fruit with touches of spice and blue flowers. A lovely finish with integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Pair with stews, slow braised meats, gyros, as well as sausages with beans.