Wine Tasting 10/12

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What defines a boutique winery? We believe that you have to answer these questions first: Is it a small number of cases per year produced?.  Is it specialized in the wine world? And more important, Is the quality there? For next Tuesday’s tasting we found two wineries that meet that criteria. Established in 2008, the Rock Wall Wine Company is part of a burgeoning urban winemaking scene. Located in Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, the boutique winery produces ultra premium wines from multiple California growing regions; a small group of wine industry veterans, including consulting winemaker Kent Rosenblum and his daughter Shauna. The winery offers wine lovers one of the most unique experiences in the wine world. Grapes are sourced from all over California which creates a diverse winemaking environment, complete with different grape varieties, styles and regional flavor profiles. John Eppler’s interest in the wine industry began in 1974, while working in the Neiman Marcus Wine Cellars in his home town of Dallas, Texas. He went on to become a wine steward and sommelier in many fine restaurants in the area. John moved to California in 1986 where he produced his first vintage of Zinfandel, under the name “Zoom”, with grapes from St. Helena. In 2001, John started a new wine company under his own name, JRE-John Robert Eppler Wines, and continues to produce not only Zinfandel, but Syrah, Petitie Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and special blends as well. John’s mission is to produce wines that are rich, intense, and expressive of the soil and climate from which they grow.

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday October 12th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

ROCK STAR BLANC, 2007

60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Chardonnay 100%, California Appellation.

The 2007 Rock Star Blanc was crafted as a harmonious blend of two distinct varietals, the finished wine incorporates both, the crisp, herbal notes of Sauvignon Blanc in concert with the ripe, supple apple and vanilla medley of Chardonnay.

Silver Medal – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – 2010

BTG $ 6.00                             Retail $14.99

 

ROCK WALL MENDOCINO VIOGNIER, 2009

Greg Nelson and his family farm these grapes which are on a low yielding vertical trellis system   in Mendocino County

The wine is dry with tropical flavors of pineapple, guava and mango with a hint of honeysuckle and cherry blos­som on the back palate..

BTG $ 8.75                             Retail $22.99

 

ROCK STAR ROUGE, 2007

45% Syrah, 34% Temperanillo, 21% Cinsault.

This extraordinary blend of stellar wines has been crafted to showcase these particular varietals, each with unique origins in the Rhône and Provence regions of France, and Northern Spain, respectively. The finished wine is a perfect symphony of dark berry fruit, violets and anise, with a hint of peppery spice.

BTG $ 6.00                              Retail $14.99

 

JOHN ROBERT EPPLER TRADITION ZINFANDEL, 2008

86% Zinfandel (Old Vine Lodi), 14% Petite Syrah (Sonoma)

Dark and spicy, with aromas of peppery black cherry, raspberry, smoked bacon and rose petals. Bright and tangy on the palate with ripe berry and smoked licorice. Tanins are fine and racy to a long finish.

BTG $7.75                              Retail $19.99

 

JOHN ROBERT EPPLER CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 2007

91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 100 % Napa Valley.

Firm, ripe and accessable now, with blackberry, cherry and violet aromas. Full bodied, with ripe berry, espresso and cocoa, very full and rich in the palate, round and well structured. Chewy tannins to a long, silky finish.

BTG $ 10.00                                 Retail $27.99

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