April 2017 Newsletter
April Tasting Events
Join us on Friday APRIL 28th, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
as we welcome
Karoline Walch of
E L E N A W A L C H
Wines from Italy’s Alto Adige Region
Discounts on all Walch wines during the tasting.
WINE TASTING EVERY SATURDAY 2:00pm-7:00pm
“Whatever we feel like opening”
April “SHORT SIPS” CLASS – A TWO PART CLASS
1) 30 minutes – WINE FAULTS and 2) The Wines of Spain’s Green Corner- Galicia & Bierzo
First we’ll discuss some common wine faults and how to identify them when opening your bottle. Then, we’ll taste through red wines from the principal D.O.s in the Northwest corner of Spain. This is a one hour educational program, limited to eight people and held in our fine wine room. Because the demand has been so great we are doing the class twice in April – FRIDAY & SATURDAY, APRIL7th and 8th from 5:30 to 6:30pm –– Due to the nature of the wines the class fee will be $5 per person and availability is on a first come first serve basis. (A great idea for your group as a prelude to dinner.)
The Last Saturday Wine School
This month: Who’s got the FUNK! Funky wines and why you should love them!
The last Saturday of each month changes from a “whatever we feel like drinking” tasting event to a mini wine school tasting. We’ll pick a topic, theme, etc. and taste with a purpose! The wines we taste will be offered as a package with a discount. This is very informal with no scheduled start or finish time. Come anytime you want between 2 and 6 pm on Saturday, April 29th. Each session will be about 10 minutes!
Rhone and White Burgundy on Sale!
2014 Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas, Rhone Valley, France
Outside of Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas is the leading appellation in the Southern Rhône. Created in 1971 and sitting at the base of the limestone cliffs known as the Dentelles de Montmirail the top cuvées easily rival that of any region in the Southern Rhône. Saint Cosme, a relatively large Rhone winery, is considered among the top 3 or 4 producers in the appellation.
“Brilliant ruby. Smoky cherry, boysenberry and potpourri scents show very good clarity and pick up a spicy quality with aeration. Intense red and blue fruit flavors are complicated by a floral pastille nuance. Finishes on a gently tannic note, delivering very good energy and spicy thrust. All of the Valbelle fruit was included in this bottling in.” (Vinous 5/16) Reg. price: $38.99/ On sale in April: $31.99 (while supplies last/ no further discounts)
2015 Domaine Delorme et Fils. AOC Pouilly-Fuissé “Sur la Roche”, Burgundy France
The vineyards are cultivated on slopes with a south-southeast exposure around the Rock of Vergisson, hence the name Sur la Roche which means “on the rock”. The juice comes from 40 year old Chardonnay vines and spends most of its ageing in stainless steel and only a short time in oak. The result is a golden yellow tone filled with crushed rock and overripe fruit tones on the nose. The palate is extremely vibrant with loads of citrus and lemon zest. This wine is rich and elegant from start to the clean finish.
Reg. price: $24.99 On sale in April: $19.99 (while supplies last/ no further discounts)
NEW ARRIVALS: 2005 Domaine Stéphane Ogier Cote Rotie , Rhone, France and ROSE!
Until 1980 Michel sold his entire crop of his well-situated 2½ hectare vineyard, on the vine, to Messrs Chapoutier and Guigal. Since 2000 his son Stèphane has had winemaking duties and the Ogier wines themselves are not the huge, structured beasts typical of some other Côte Rôtie producers. They tend more towards elegance with subtle tannins with the ability to age that is synonymous with the best Côte Rôtie.
“An incredible wine that I wish I had a case of is the 2005 Cote Rotie from the young Stephane Ogier. Exhibiting a head turning bouquet of smoked meats, spice, cassis and black olives, this beauty hits the palate with thrilling purity of fruit, full-bodied richness and a layered, seamless texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. While this is the base cuvee of the estate, it trumps the vast majority of wines in the vintage. Tasted March 2016” (WA 223) $124.99
2016 Rosé wines are starting to arrive!
Here is one to try: 2016 Château de Ségriès Tavel, France, Rhône, Southern Rhône
Situated around a slightly disheveled 16th century farmhouse and chapel this is what you imagine when you think of an old school French winery. We tasted the 16’s on site and the Tavel (an appellation that ONLY allows rosé) was a dense bundle of strawberry and red fruits on a fuller body. This is a great example of a fuller bodied Tavel and it’s only $17.99. Try it bone cold with roast chicken.
A PAIR OF “affordable” 2005 RED BURGUNDIES
The 2005 vintage in Burgundy is considered the best since 1978. It was a sensational vintage with plenty of structure, ripe & dense, yet pure & balanced. Here is a pair of well-priced 05’s that are ready to enjoy now.
2005 David Duband Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Gruenchers,- A rarely seen Premier Cru located just kitty corner below Bonnes Mares and usually associated with growers like Dujac and Thibault Liger. Here David Duband is producing lovely wines of charm and elegance. This vineyard is, and shows a bit of muscularity. This power is accompanied by classic Chambolle red fruit notes and lovely richness. Ready to drink now. $59.99
2005 Chauvenet-Chopin Nuits St. Georges Les Charmottes, - “Charmottes” is a plot of 50 acres in the northern part of Nuits Saint Georges and the vine age averages 60 years. This is a Pinot noir with some power, typical of this appellation, showing more earth than fruit. $69.99
|*2015 Carta Vieja Sauvignon Blanc, Chile||$ 5.99||$ 7.99||$60 ($5.00)|
|*2014 Squadra Bianco, Terre Siciliane, Italy||$ 7.99||$12.99||$84 ($7.00)|
|*2013 Herdade Monte da Ribeira Tinto "Varal", Alentejano, Portugal||$ 8.99||$13.99||$96 ($8.00)|
|*2014 Pignataro Negroamaro del Salento, Puglia, Italy||$ 8.99||$11.99||$96 ($8.00)|
|2012 Carving Board Red Wine, California )||$10.99||$13.99||$120 ($10.00|
|2015 Roucas Toumba Rouge “Pichot Roucas", Rhone, France||$11.99||$13.99||$132 ($11.00)|
|2015 Telmo Rodriguez Blanco "Basa", Rueda, Spain||$12.99||$15.99||$144 ($12.00)|
|2015 Leon Boesch Pinot Blanc "La Cabane", Alsace, France||$13.99||$16.99||$156 ($13.00)|
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