Wine Tasting 11/2

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This Tuesday we’re going old world, with a stop in Portugal, Spain & 3 places in France

Mark Ollivier Pepiere is one of the most consistently outstanding sources of Muscadet and as such a purveyor of some of the wine world’s most outstanding values, not to mention a grower constantly striving to reach new levels of excellence. Jean Brun made his reputation in Beaujolais by taking a vocal position on quality and crafting exemplary wines. Chalk clay soils in the south of Beaujolais distinguish not only the eponymous appellation but also explain the prevalence of Chardonnay, and of which Brun’s is not only the best, but one I rate among the world’s handful of consistently finest Chardonnay values. Bernard Baudry is one of the newer stars of the Loire Valley. We’ll be trying his Chinon (Cabernet Franc) If anyone embodies the promise and spirit of “The New Spain,” it is 43-year-old Alvaro Palacios. His L’Ermita is widely considered to be the one of most Spain’s most important wines. Alvaro studied enology in Bordeaux, while working under Jean-Pierre Moueix at Ch. Pétrus. Vesuvio is set in the prime wine growing area of the demarcated Port region, the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, the limits of which were set in 1756. Quinta do Vesuvio is the most spectacular Quinta in the Douro valley. Located in the wild and serenely beautiful eastern reaches of the Upper Douro valley, It stands alone both in terms of remoteness and sheer grandeur.

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday November 2nd, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

DOMAINE DE LA PÉPIÈRE MUSCADET SUR LIE, 2009

A very pale wine, with a lovely mineral tinge on the nose. It is fresh and pure, loaded with elements of volcanic rock, sea salt and aromatic thyme. The palate continues in a similar vein, lively and acidic at first, with a fatter midpalate. Good style, open and fresh, rather straightforward.

BTG $ 5.25                             Retail $12.99

 

DOMAINE DES TERRES DOREES CHARDONNAY, 2009

The Terre Dorees 2009 Beaujolais Chardonnay Classic – Brun’s regular Beaujolais blanc bottling, but which is now prominently labeled -classic- – is full of pure, ripe melon and apple; soft and rich; finishes simply but with sappy, juicy profusion.

BTG $ 6.00                             Retail $15.99

 

DOMAINE BERNARD BAUDRY CHINON LES GRANGES, 2008

The Baudry 2008 Chinon is from young vines (10-15 years old) planted on alluvial soil and gravel near the riverbed. When the Vienne river floods in some springs, Baudry may be found pruning the vines from a boat. This is a wine that is supple and fruity with smoky cherry fruit and is meant to drink young. It mingles tart mulberry with invigorating salinity and pungent herbs on a spare yet polished and persistently juicy palate. This shows a lot of length and refinement.

BTG $ 6.50                              Retail $16.99

 

ALVARO PALACIOS CAMINS DEL PRIORAT, 2007

30% Garnacha, 60% Cariñena, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah

Deep crimson-colored, it offers up a captivating nose of mineral, lavender, underbrush, and black cherry. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it has excellent concentration, plenty of sweet fruit, a forward personality, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It is a sensational value and a great introduction to the DO of Priorat.

91 Points, Robert Parker’s  Wine Advocate #188, April 2010

BTG $9.25                              Retail $24.99

 

QUINTA DO VESUVIO POMBAL DE VESUVIO DOURO, 2007

Touriga Franca (60%), Touriga Nacional (30%) and Tinta Amarela, aged for 10 months in French oak

It’s a complex wine that hits the tongue smoothly with a rich dark-fruit flavor that’s followed quickly with a lovely spicy finish. It has a clean mouthfeel. Medium finish promoted by the lusciousness of the fruit rather than the acidity. Hard to resist this wine at this stage yet it still has a good life ahead of it.

BTG $ 10.00                                 Retail $27.99

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