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Weekend Wine Tastings

Note: Today’s newsletter erroneously had next Friday’s wine tasting as tonight’s tasting. Our apologies for the error.

 

New Arrivals with Nick Martinelle of The Wine Trust
Friday, October 11th, 5 to 8pm

Featured Wines

2016 Chateau Birot, Blanc de Birot, Bordeaux, France
Regularly $16.99, Tasting Price $14.44
Situated in the beautiful hills of Cadillac on the right bank of the Garonne River, near the legendary properties of Chateau D’Yquem and Chateau Climens, Chateau de Birot is a renowned 90 acre estate dating to the late 18th century. Less than 1,000 cases were produced of this gorgeous blend – 61% Sauvignon Blanc, 39% Semillon. The Sauv Blanc shines through in the crisp, mineral, lemongrass thing and the Semillon brings on the smooth… a lot like soul train.

2017 Van Ardi, White Blend, Aragatsotn, Armenia
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
Armenian-American Varuzhan Mouradian founded Van Ardi in 2008 in the historic wine making Aragatsotn region. Dry and sunny, this area near Mount Ararat was once one of the premier wine making regions in the Soviet Union. This very unique wine is made from a blend of traditional Armenian varietals, planted in volcanic soils. Mskhali adds structure and acidity to the fresh fruit flavors provided by the Kangun and Rkatsitelli. Melon, orange blossom and pear on the nose, with apple, peach, pear and hints of lemon on the palate. The finish is smooth and crisp.

2017 Van Ardi, Red Blend, Aragatsotn, Armenia
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
Like the white wine from Van Aardi, the red is comprised of traditional Armenian varietals also grown on volcanic soils. Each varietal is vinified separately and aged for six months in a mix of 50% stainless steel and 50% French and 2nd use Armenian oak, then blended. The Areni grapes provide bright red fruit, the Khaket acidity, and the Haghtanak adds color, perfume and black fruit elements.

2016 Monte Santoccio, Valpolicella Ripasso, Veneto, Italy
Regularly $28.99, Tasting Price $24.64
Co-owner and winemaker Nicola Ferrari and his wife and co-owner Laura Ardiri started this very small winery over ten years ago. Nicola was making wine at the cult-like property Quintarelli beforehand where he learned the fine art of not just winemaking but picking out the best plots of land that grow the best native Valpolicella varieties. 40% Corvina, 30% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, 10% Molinara were pressed and macerated for 15 days followed by a second fermentation with Amarone skins for almost 20 days. It is clean and refreshing with a complex aroma of plum and cherries, and will pair excellently with risottos, Parmiggiano Reggiano and braised meats.

2016 Bodegas Penafiel, Mironia Crianza, Ribera del Duero, Spain
Regularly $26.99, Tasting Price $22.94
A relative newcomer to the burgeoning northern Spanish wine scene, Mironia’s property is located within the famed “golden mile” of Ribera del Duero where some of the hottest names like Vega Sicilia, Alion, and Pingus reside. 85% Tinta Fina (Tempranillo), 15% Merlot. The “crianza” regiments are the same as Rioja; a minimum of two years in oak and bottle. This wine is much more powerful than Rioja though with a very full body and rich tannins.

 

Cotes du Rhone Wine Seminar with Peter Dorfman
Saturday, October 12th, 4 to 7pm

Featured Wines

2018 Domaine la Cabotte, Cotes du Rhone Blanc “Colline”, Rhone France
Regularly $16.99, Tasting Price $14.44
This wine is truly an exceptional value from a biodynamic producer in the Rhone valley. This is a dry wine, with a nose that expresses aromas of summer fruits like white peach and apricot. In the mouth it is crisp and tight with a subtle saline note that expresses a beautiful minerality, with a rich, long, airy finish.

2018 Domaine la Cabotte, Cotes du Rhone Rouge “Colline”, Rhone, France
Regularly $16.99, Tasting Price $14.44
Plenty of spice and earth are coated with sweet fruit. Blackberries and raspberries are in abundance, with some pepper. In the mouth it is rich and unctuous. Bright fruit with good acidity balance out this dark red wine. Bottled unfiltered for us to preserve everything that nature offered. Now fully certified in biodynamic farming, the results are already noticeable in this wine.

2018 Domaine de Chateaumar, Cotes du Rhone “Cuvee Vincent”, Rhone, France
Regularly $16.99, Tasting Price $14.44
Cuvee Vincent is made from 100% Syrah that derives from 50+ year old vines growing on two parcels bordering Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  A rich and complex wine with aromas of dark fruits blackberries, blueberries, and dark spices. Sultry black pepper and black cherry fruit appear on the palate, swirling with earthy notes.

2016 Chateau Pegau, Cotes du Rhone Rouge “Maclura”, Rhone, France
Regularly $18.99, Tasting Price $15.99
A pronounced nose of earthy/barnyard notes underscore a pleasing bouquet of blackberry and plum aromas. It’s an opulent, slightly warming wine with a plummy, voluminous mouthfeel that’s vibrantly balanced by fresh acidity. The finish is moderately long, lingering on hints of sun-dried thyme, lavender and grippy tannins.

 

Scorchingly Delicious Wine Tasting with Dee King of Cafe Europa
Friday, October 18th, 5 to 8pm

Featured Wines

2018 Benvenuti, Istarska Malvazija, Motovun, Croatia
Regularly $16.99, Tasting Price $14.44
Made from Istraian Malvazija, an indigenous varietal found on Istrian Peninsula of Croatia. Persistent aromas of citrus, honey, blossom, grass, tropical and salty. On the palate solid but fresh, nicely rounded with a great minerality and pureness with a nice aftertaste with flavors of citrus, flowers and tropical fruit and saltiness.

2017 Domaine Fichet, Macon-Ige “Chateau London”, Burgundy, France
Regularly $22.99, Tasting Price $19.54
100% Chardonnay from one of the oldest and most reputable terroir in all of Mâcon. A rich yet balanced style, with aromas and flavors of honey, ripe fruits, touch of citrus and mouth-watering minerality.

2016 Musella, Valpolicella Superiore, Veneto, Italy
Regularly $21.99, Tasting Price $18.69
A finer style Valpolicella that combines richness and elegance along with stunning complexity. Freshness and integrity of fruit give character to this medium bodied wine, pleasant and with an elegant dried flowers aftertaste. Demeter certified biodynamic!

2017 Grochau, Pinot Noir “Commuter Cuvee”, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
This wine is all about the bright fresh purity of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir! A nose of cherries, lavender and violet. Bright and juicy on the palate with tart cherry, cola, baking spices and earth. Lingering finish with good acidity

2017 Anne Pichon, Grenache “Sauvage”, Cotes du Ventoux, France
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
This 100% Grenache Noir is made with biodynamic methods and aged in neutral oak. Reveals all the lively, spicy and cooked fruit aromas that come from small berries perfectly matured and dried on the sunny and windy fall days in Provence. This is a full-bodied Rhone Valley wine combining complexity and richness in the taste with smooth and gentle tannins.

 

Fine Wines of Patricia Green Cellars
Tickets $20 (can be applied to purchase of any bottles being tasted)
Thursday, October 24th, 6 to 8pm

Patricia Green Cellars is located in the Ribbon Ridge Appellation of the Willamette Valley on a 52-acre estate purchased in 2000 by longtime friends Patty Green and Jim Anderson. Known for focusing on vineyard designated and clonal selections of Pinot Noir, they work with the best quality sites to make wines that reflect the diverse soils and micro-climates of the Willamette.

2018 Estate Old Vine Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge
Regularly $41.99, Tasting Price $35.69
This wine is sourced from their estate vineyard that has plantings going back to 1984. The site is unusual as the top has a 360 degree view of the valley as it’s planted on top of the property on marine sedimentary soil. Initially the wine shows a deep, lurid red. Sexy red berry liqueur, incense and Asian spice aromas are complemented by subtle cola and candied rose notes. Silky, smooth and penetrating on the palate, offering concentrated raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors. The wine is seamless and densely packed yet lively as well, finishing with strong red fruit thrust and velvety tannins that arrive late.

2018 Balcombe Vineyard, Dundee Hills
Regularly $41.99, Tasting Price $35.69
Ever since its first bottling in 2000, this wine has been about how the texture and the flavor co-mingle to deliver the experience that is this wine. Planted in 1990, this volcanic rich soil over delivers. This is consistently floral on the nose and highly perfumed with mineral- and spice-tinged aromas of ripe red berries, cherry cola and incense.  The Balcombe vineyard offers sweet raspberry liqueur, cherry, spicecake and rose pastille flavors with a touch of white pepper. The wine finishes silky, spicy and very long, displaying outstanding clarity and harmonious tannins.

2017 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Wadensvil Clone Pinot
Regularly $41.99, Tasting Price $35.69
The terrific thing about the Freedom Hill Pinot Noirs is that they all show the inherent deeper, bolder, more structured character that the site is well known for while also showing a violet-y aromatic note to add a level of delicacy to the wines. The Wadensvil clone loves marine soil and it definitely benefits from anything that will add a floral note to it already floral nature.  Among no fewer than five Freedom Hill cuvées from Patricia Green in 2017, this pokes out just a bit richer and fuller than the others, with brambly black cherry fruit and savory herbs. The tannins taste of black tea, and as the wine takes a deep dive down the palate, streaks of cola bring additional highlights.

2017 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Pommard 115 Clone Pinot
Regularly $49.99, Tasting Price $42.49
This has a strong, black-fruited tone to it with a range of flavors and spices mingling in for complexity. This bottling has always emphasized the ability of whole cluster fementation to shine with fruit from this vineyard. The wine is blended from a mix of whole cluster as well as de-stemmed fruit with no new oak used whatsoever. This mix deftly mixes the more fruit forward aspects of lower whole cluster usage with the aromatic and complexity inherent to higher whole cluster ferments.  Deeply structured, revealing an appealing savory, earthy edge, offering expressive raspberry and dark plum flavors, accented by rose petal, tarragon and black tea hints.

 

Natural Wines with James of Olmstead Wines
Friday, October 25th, 5 to 8pm

Featured Wines

2018 Domaine la Grange Tiphaine, “Trinqu’ames” Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine, France
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99

2018 Christina, Gruner Veltliner, Niederösterreich, Austria
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99

2018 Populis, “Wabi-Sabi” red blend, Mendocino, California
Regularly $22.99, Tasting Price $19.54

2017 Christina, St. Laurent, Niederösterreich, Austria
Regularly $22.99, Tasting Price $19.54

2017 Chateau Tire Pe, “Tire Pe Diem”, Bordeaux, France
Regularly $16.99, Tasting Price $14.44

 

Pinot Noir Tasting with John Mooradian
Saturday, October 26th, 4 to 7pm

Featured Wines

2017 Laberinto, Pinot Noir, Maule Valley, Chile
Regularly $22.99, Tasting Price $19.49

2014 August Cellars, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Regularly $17.99, Tasting Price $15.29

2017 Anthill Farms, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California
Regularly $32.99, Tasting Price $27.99

2017 Vignerons Associe, Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France
Regularly $17.99, Tasting Price $15.29

2017 Shelter Winery, Pinot Noir, Baden, Germany
Regularly $17.99, Tasting Price $15.29