Monthly Archives: November 2010

Turkey Day Wines Free Friday Nov. 19th 7-9pm

Join us for a free tasting Friday Night from 7-9 of wines for the Holiday Table:

Arnaud Ente Aligote 2007– With its lovely, pure Aligoté nose, this is a racy and exciting wine. Old vines and meticulous work in both the vineyard and the cellar are responsible for the high level of quality. Bright lemon and pungent lemon zest mingle with chalky, saline minerality in this Aligote from 70 year old vines. This is tart, but ultra-refreshing and invigorating.

JJ Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinet Riesling 2008– Wurzgarten means “spice garden,” to give you an idea of what to expect here. Christoffel is one of Mosel’s great producers, and doesn’t disappoint here. Smell and taste thyme, fresh lemon/lime, red currants, sassafrass and lots of classic Mosel slate. OFF-DRY.

Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rotenberg 2008 -This Pinot Gris has some weight to it, but seems lighter for the clean-cut acidity that defines the wine. Hints of licorice and white pepper spice up the white peach and lemon zest flavors, with smoke and brine on the finish Indice 1 $47btl

Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Nouveau 2010– This is how Nouveau is supposed to be, but very very very rarely is! This new wine naturally settled in the cave as the winter chill circulated through open windows for months, then it was bottled unfined, unfiltered, and unsulfured and shipped by plane in mid-November. The wine was made with natural yeasts only and was not chaptalized. You are getting wine in its most natural state possible. You don’t want to know what most people do to stabilize their Nouveau. But this Domaine doesn’t worry, because their wine is drunk up so quickly. Besides, the Dupeubles know what they are doing; their family has been making wine here since 1512

Domaine Lapierre Morgon 2008 

This incredibly natural, velvety Beaujolais made of 100% Gamay is perhaps the purest expression of this region’s wines we have ever tasted. Made by a father and son team, Domaine Lapierre Morgon is made from meticulously hand harvested grapes, with gentle and natural winemaking methods, and oak aging in Burgundy barrels from Domaine Prieure-Roch in Vosne Romanee. 3rd generation farmer Marcel Lapierre had been farming with biodynamic methods for close to 30 years and eschewing full carbonic maceration. With his tragic passing earlier this month at the age of 60, his son Mathieu will take full charge of the winemaking and continue his father’s legacy, hopefully for many, many vintages to come…

Elyse Petite Sirah, Napa Valley 2007– is deep plum colored with exotic aromas of clove, espresso, violets, cola and blackberry compote. On the palate big flavors of strawberries, wild plums, cinnamon, blackberry, blueberry and hints of coffee and spice lead to a broad mouthfeel with smooth, yet firm tannins. This wine is loaded with big fruit and spice flavors, has fine texture, great structure and a strong backbone making it a great candidate for ageing.  Go ahead and order that 22 ounce Porterhouse! Or bring out the wild game, lamb shank or some strong cheeses. Use your imagination, this wine is versatile!

Neyers Zinfandel Pato Ranch Contra Coasta County 2008– When this vineyard was being planted, William Jennings Bryan was being nominated as the Democratic candidate for president. Now, more than 110 years later, the vines are still producing a small crop. The wine we make from it has been hailed as one of the most respected bottlings of Zinfandel to come out of the state. We’re aware that many winemakers would succeed with the fruit from this unique vineyard; we feel fortunate to be the temporary beneficiaries of a rare treasure. We refrigerate the grapes as they are harvested, meticulously inspect every cluster twice before crushing it, and do a skin contact maceration for 45-60 days before the tank is drained and pressed. The finished wine is then aged in 60-gallon French oak barrels for 10 months before our customary unfiltered bottling

Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel, Sonoma County 2007– Beautiful nose of crushed rose petals and red raspberry. Flavors of ripe black cherry, raspberry and spiced fruit with tones of French oak. Finishes with a lush velvety mouthfeel. Although Old Vine is often loosely interpreted in the wine industry, Seghesio’s benchmark is fifty years. The average age of the vines producing this wine nears 90 years!

Robert Biale Zinfandel “Black Chicken” Napa 2008-Another in a line of big, bruiser, powerful yet gloriously drinkable Zins from Robert Biale. This blackish purple wine shows currant, blackberry, dried fruit, molasses, berry jam and vanilla flavors on its luscious mid-palate. Supple, young tannins emerge on the rich and jammy finish. 91 points Wine Spectator: “Dense yet sleek, with blackberry and cracked pepper aromas and complex, layered flavors of plum, licorice and roasted sage, finishing with firm, loamy tannins