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Weekend Wine Tastings

Old World vs. New World Wines Smackdown with Nick Martinelle
Friday, January 24th, 5 to 8pm

Featured Wines

2016 Domaine Agapé, Pinot Gris “Expression”, Alsace, France
Regularly $18.99, Tasting Price $15.99
Domaine Agapé was founded over a decade ago by 4th generation winemaker Vincent Sipp. The domaine comprises about 10 ha. Spread across Alsace’s top vineyard sites, including over three ha. of Grand Crus. Sipp’s winemaking philosophy emphasizes sustainable, organic methods in the vineyard. All estate grown, this wine – some Grand Cru fruit thrown in for good measure – is full bodied as is typical for Alsace PG but has lovely crisp acidity.

2018 Rotation Cellars, Chardonnay, Lodi, California
Regularly $11.99, Tasting Price $9.99
100% Chardonnay. The brand new Rotation Chardonnay, has NO OAK whatsoever, but still goes through the ML (ask me what that means) to make it nice and creamy. Tropical fruits, typical of Chardonnay emerge, like pineapple and papaya, but we’ve got some great citrus acidity in there to make this one of the best values you’ll find for California Chardonnay.

2016 Big Flower, Cabernet Franc, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
Ginny Povall, native of Framingham MA, moved to Stellenbosch over 12 years ago to retire and by chance, ended up being a winemaker! Entirely self-taught, with the help of some her lovely neighbors, her operation is comprised of organically grown Bordeaux varietals planted on her farm in the Devon Valley. She employs yeast fermentation in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year barrels, so as not to make it “oaky” and so it can express its dark berry and graphite flavors.

2015 Château de Birot, Côtes de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
Regularly $16.99, Tasting Price $14.44
Sitting on the banks of the Gironde river, Chateau Birot is a small estate that goes back to the 18th century. The classic Bordeaux terroir of clay and limestone with interspersed gravel outcroppings provides the raw materials for a classic and concentrated right bank blend that punches well above its weight. 87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is full-bodied, with a flavor profile dominated by black fruits, plum and velvety tannins and a classic Right Bank nose with hints of sweet tobacco.

2017 Rotation Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, California
Regularly $11.99, Tasting Price $9.99
This Cab with beautiful ripe red and black currants on the nose and a touch of smoke, the eight months in new French oak add a touch of vanilla and silkiness to the fruit forward palate. The Petite Sirah adds a bit of black pepper and black tea backbone to the structure of the wine; a beautiful example of prime 2017 fruit. Put this wine into your regular “Rotation” .

 

 

Austrian All Stars with John Mooradian
Saturday, January 25th, 4 to 7pm

Featured Wines

2018 Weingut Bründlmayer, Grüner Veltliner, Kamptal, Austria
Regularly $26.99, Tasting Price $22.94
Some of the most geologically diverse terroirs in Europe are here, in the heart of the Kamptal. These rocky, terraced vineyards are not the steep, jagged terraces of the Kremstal or the Wachau; these are larger wider terraces, each creating its own micro climate. For this wine, Brundlmayer combines fruit from higher altitudes for minerality and aromatic intensity, with fruit from lower altitude terraces for ripeness and body. The resulting wine shows citrus fruit, green walnut, and elder flowers with quite pronounced body and structure.

2016 Weingut Bernhard Ott, Gemischter Satz, Niederösterreich, Austria
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
Literally “mixed bag or set”, it is a mixture of several grape varieties, but not from different vineyards. In Ott’s blend he takes Neuberger and Welschriesling and ferments them on the skins, blending them with a co-picked and co-fermented blend of Chardonnay, Weissburgunder, Grüner Veltliner, Roter Veltliner and Riesling. The resulting wine offers subtle notes of ripe yellow pear on the nose of this wine. The palate adds citrus freshness and lovely notions of apple and russet pear. The ripe freshness of Amalfi lemons that tingles on the finish makes you long for more.

2016 Weingut Heinrich, Blaufränkisch, Burgenland, Austria
Regularly $17.99, Tasting Price $15.29
The overarching principal that guides the winemaking philosophy at Weingut Heinrich is “Authentic wines for unprejudiced palates”.  This manifests in their willingness to engage in more non-interventionist winemaking and conversion of the entire estate to biodynamic practice almost 15 years ago. Wines that show a sense of place regardless of grape/cuvee/price are a hallmark of Heinrich’s wines. The grapes for this wine are hand-harvested and then fermented/macerated in older barrel before aging in neutral barrel for 18 months. Fresh, light and plenty lively, this wine displays red berry fruits with subtle floral and peppery notes.

2018 Winzer Krems, Blauer Zweigelt “Sandgrube 13”, Kamptal, Austria
Regularly $14.99, Tasting Price $12.69
Just a short drive west from Austria’s capital of Vienna is the small picturesque town of Krems, situated in the Danube valley. With a winemaking history that traces back to the 11th century, the Sandgrube sub-region has a long pedigree of making delightfully satisfying and complex wines. Made from 100% Blauer Zweigelt and produced without any oak aging, this wine shows a beautiful, deep purple color with a nose of plums, violets, bramble fruits and fresh cherry. On the palate the wine is dry and medium-bodied with black fruits and a fresh acidity.