In our next tasting we’ll be trying the passion and craft of winemakers from Napa Valley, Central France, Tuscany and South Australia.
Randy Mason has been crafting outstanding wines for more than 30 years in the Napa Valley. Mason has long been recognized by the wine industry as being one of the best sauvignon blanc producers in the country. With the creation of their first Mason Sauvignon Blanc in l996, Mason began to develop his own Sauvignon Blanc house – by adding another sauvignon blanc label – Pomelo.
Caiden’s Vineyard’s Block Nine is a small production winery focused solely on Pinot Noir. Their niche: quality Pinot Noir at an affordable price. If you aren’t particular where your Pinot grapes come from, this non-AVA California Pinot Noir based in St. Helena, Napa Valley encompasses all of the bright red fruit and toasted oakiness one comes to expect from a California Pinot.
Pouilly-Fuissé is an appellation (AOC) for white wine in the Mâconnais sub region of Burgundy in central France, This Chardonnay is beautiful at a great price.
Fattoria Viticcio lies midway between the cities of Florence and Siena, in the heart of Chianti Classico region. Viticcio means “tendril” in English and is symbolic of the company’s cautious and steady growth, emulating the tendril continually grappling its way to new heights. A Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines.
The Zeepaard range of wines are fresh, contemporary in style and distinctly varietal in flavour designed for immediate enjoyment.
HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING
Tuesday April 5th, 2011
No charge for tastings
Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc, 2009
Pomelo is the name of a new and separate wine label made by Randy Mason (Mason Cellars). It is 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Inviting citrus, pineapple aroma that lingers seductively. A full, round, refreshing mouthful of grapefruit and figs. This wine is creamy and rich while being crisp and complex.
BTG $5.25 Retail $12.99
Michel DuTour La Roche Pouilly-Fuisse, 2009
This Pouilly-Fuisse is a barrel-fermented-and-aged 100% Chardonnay offering smooth pear and tropical fruit with a hint of banana, along with notes of vanilla, buttery oak, and a creamy richness. Although rich, it has plenty of acidity to keep it balanced and fresh. It is a classic Pouilly Fuisse at a value price.
BTG $6.50 Retail $16.99
Block 9 Cainden Vineyards Pinot Noir, 2009
The Block Nine Pinot Noir shows a deep, rich color. The aromas show generous bright fruit with a mix of strawberry, violets, dark cherry and hints of leather. Flavorful in the mouth with good body and a velvety texture, this wine shows wild strawberries and a hint of toasted French oak to complete its elegant finish.
BTG $ 6.00 Retail $14.99
Viticcio Chianti Classico, 2007
Viticcio’s 2007 Chianti Classico is a soft, joyous wine that captures the essence of this vintage in its generous dark fruit and accessible personality. Ideally the wine is best enjoyed on the young side, while the fruit is still plump.
BTG $ 8.50 Retail $21.99
Zeepard Shiraz, 2008
2008 vintage was as close to perfect as the Great Southern region of Australia had in many years. The days were warm and dry and the nights were cool offering optimum conditions for ripening grapes. The palate is medium bodied with intense plum and berry flavors. These are nicely combined with spicy white pepper and a touch of oak is evident.
BTG $5.00 Retail $10.99