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.