Tasting Friday with MexCor Wines – May 16th

Tasting Friday with MexCor Wines – May 16th

Vina Requingua Puerto Viejo Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Valley, Chile 2012 – 9.57 – Hand picking, with double selection in vineyard, in the first week of March.Cool temperate climate with a Mediterranean rainfall regime, moderately warm summers (influence of the Andes) and very rainy winters. Shallow alluvial soils of sandy loam, brownish-gray, rocky; subsoil composed of boulders and rounded rocks in sandy matrix. Intense nose of gooseberry, fresh hay, asparagus and apple. Elegant with pleasant acidity and a long finish.

Brotherhood Pinot Noir New York 2010 – 14.97 – America’s Oldest Winery.This wine is light brick-red in color, has a nose of fresh berries and plums, with a hint of violets. It also displays bright fruit flavors of cranberry, cherry and black tea,which create a light to medium bodied wine with layered complexity staying true to form. Sourcing from a variety of growers, including our own Hudson Valley vineyard, helps Brotherhood achieve complexity in the wine, and the warm fermentation and gentle handling of the fruit preserves the delicate character of Pinot Noir. Barrel-aged for at least 6 months, it has a berry nose and a hint of vanilla-oak. Soft fruit flavors of strawberry, cherry and raspberry are complemented by a pronounced earthiness from wet leaves, mushroom and baking spice on the finish. Good acidity adds structure, and the wine, surprisingly, bears a faint resemblance to an AOC Bourgogne.

Uma Coleccion Shiraz 2013 – 9.97 – Grapes are gently crushed. Traditional fermentation and maceration, with selected yeasts. The process was carried out at a controlled temperature to preserve the wine’s color and aroma potential. Reminiscent notes of ripe blackberries, blackcurrants and plums, with delicate spicy notes. Smooth attack. Aroma notes are recognizable in the palate. Rich, concentrated and full-bodied. Ripe tannins and lingering finish.

Uma Coleccion Malbec 2013 – 11.97 – Grapes are gently crushed and traditionally fermented for 7 days, with daily pumping over. 30% of the wine is aged in American oak, while the remaining 70% is left evolving in epoxy-covered concrete pools. Both wines are blended in the pool. Concentrated notes of ripe plums, blackberries and blueberries. Smooth entry. Aroma notes are recognizable in the palate. Well-balanced wine with velvety tannins.

Friday Tasting – Friday May 9th, East End Wines – 4pm – 8pm

TexasFood – Chef Ross Burtwell – Texas Hill Country Cuisine – Flavors from the Cabernet Grill – Texas Wine Country Restaurant – 34.95 – Ross Burtwell is the owner and executive chef at the Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant in Fredericksburg, Texas and one of the chefs most associated with the growing Texas wine industry. “Texas Hill Country Cuisine: Flavors from the Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant,” highlights a number of the dishes that have helped Burtwell define Texas Hill Country Cuisine.

D. Russel Smith – Barcelona Blanco 2012 – 10.97 – Becker Winemaker for 13 years. Garnacha Blanca & Chardonnay. Tropical fruit, apple, stone fruit. Dry, with interesting aromatics. Montsant.

Duchman Vermentino 2011 – 14.57 – More aromatic from hot drought year. Lemon and flowers, tropical citrus, some mineral poking through. Smooth and ripe. Bingham Family Vineyards fruit.

D. Russel Smith – Barcelona Rosado 2012 – 10.97 – Garnacha, Tempranillo, Carignan, Syrah. Saignée method, orange skin, mineral, pretty color, light on its feet. Black cherry, supple fruit.

D. Russel Smith – Barcelona Tinto 2012 – Garnacha / Cariñena – 10.97 – Garnacha, Carignan. 25% American oak. Medium weight, dark plum, fresh cherry, smoky pepper. High altitude.

Cellar D. Russel Smith Samso 2012 – (Carignan) – 19.57 – 60 Samso, 40 Garnaxta (Garnacha, or Grenache) – Jammy blackberry, baking spice, rock. Old vines. Tasty. Sunny mountain fruit.

Duchman Tempranillo 2011 – 20.57 – Bayer Family Vineyards fruit, great concentration in a hot year. First vintage. A grape from Spain that does great here. Ample red fruit, juicy acid, smoky.

Duchman Aglianico 2010 – 17.57 – Spice and very ripe fruit over a dense tannin structure. Floral aromatics. Neutral oak, bright & juicy acids. From the High Plains. Earth and oak & cocoa.

Stone House – Claros Norton Reserve 2012 – 28.57 – Ripe, with nice spicy notes that make Norton famous, one of the only indigenous grapes that makes quality wine. Texas fruit.

Taste with Lerin Wines – Free – All Spanish

at East End Wines – Friday May 2 – 4pm – 8pm –

            Casa Del Aire Airen 2013 – 10.57 – Light, squeaky clean. Juicy stone fruit. Skin weight. White citrus / floral. Tasty Airen. Fringe Wine – “The nose was moderately aromatic with green apple, pear and lemony citrus fruits.  On the palate the wine was on the lighter side of medium with medium acidity.  There were flavors of lemon peel and lemons with pear and a bit of green apple.” Recently however, with careful handling and improved vinification, Airen has been used to create simple, refreshing, dry white wines of reasonable quality.

            Bohigas Blancs Xarel-lo 2012 – 11.97 – Perfect for those who would like to try an exotic refreshing white wine that has moderate alcohol. This Catalan producer Bohigas has farming roots dating back to 13th century. The methods are organic (not yet certified). This 2012 Bohigas Xarel-lo Blanc de Catalunya (100% Xarel-lo) displays floral and mineral notes, soft acidity with bright peach flavors and an elegant finish. Xarel-lo is one of the three grapes used to produce Cava, it usually adds a smoky minerality to a blend. Pairs well with seafood and lightly spicy dishes. Although best known as a sparkling wine grape, Xarel-lo is also used in dry table wines. These are produced mostly around the town of Alella, just a few miles north-east of Barcelona. These interesting wines are highly regarded for their bracing, lemon-like acidity and stone-fruit flavors. The still wines are very textural, often with slightly vegetal characteristics on the palate.

            Valleoscuro Rosado 2012 – 10.57 – PRIETO PICUDO: Indigenous grape variety from the Benavente Valleys. It is an easily identifiable grape from its small cone shaped clusters, & deep purple/blue coloring. It produces clean wines with nice red fruit & great freshness. Nose: Clean & strong aromas with predominance of red fruit, such as strawberry, with hints of peach & blue flowers. Mouth: Fresh palate of strawberry with hints of sweet violets. Some hint of carbonic, very characteristic of the variety, & a nicely combined acidity, which leads to a round & harmonic finish. Prieto Picudo is similar in style to Tempranillo, though a bit fresher and fruiter.

            Bodegas Bleda – Divus – Monastrell – Jumilla 2008 – 16.57 – 9 months aging in new French oak barrels, 95%, and 5% Monastrell Merlot. Aromas of ripe black fruit, cinnamon, toffee, toast, chocolate. Velvety. Very long and persistent aftertaste. Very balanced and structured, 14 ° alcohol. Most of the vineyard is planted with Monastrell grapes. Antonio Jose Bleda Jimenez: “Monastrell is most suited for Jumilla’s environment. The grapes require a warm climate to ripen and mature and are able to withstand drought conditions. Its fruity concentration, sugars and high level of tannins give our wines an elegant and characteristic personality”. Mourvèdre wines often have wild game and/or earthy notes to them, with soft red fruit flavors.