Wine Tasting 3/15

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Our next tasting will have 5 highly aclaimed wines from European Cellars ; owned and operated by Eric Solomon. An authority in the world of enology, a Master of Wine, James Beard Award winner, Wine Personality of the year. His peers in the wine world are always excited and eager to taste the wines that he discovers or produces.

“As an importer, we wish all our wines to speak distinctly of “a place” –
that their expression is one of that particular locale,
un obscured by winemaking interventions (but sometimes enhanced by them?).

We respect the historical –
both what preceded and what will inevitably follow –
embracing and championing indigenous varieties and
the land upon which they are grown and nurtured.”

Eric Solomon



Tuesday March 15th, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings


Pazo de Señoráns Albariño, 2009

100 % albariño from Rias Baixas..

Complex ripe fruit aromas with Golden Delicious apple notes, a range of citrus fruits and a spicy and floral hint.. A lovely mouth-feel from start to finish: firm, seamless and well-structured it shows great harmony; pleasant , fleshy and a refreshing acidity. A full, clean finish, with powerful, lingering varietal flavors.

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

BTG $9.50                                          Retail $24.99           


Novellum Chardonnay, 2009

100 % Chardonnay from Rousillon, Languedoc, France.

Novellum is a custom cuvee of Chardonnay made by and for Eric Solomon. It comes from 25 year-old vines on ocean-viewing schist and chalk. It delivers lovely apple, pineapple, clover and herbal aromatics. It has a juicy, fresh fruit cast and creamy texture from the working of its lees in tank. It finishes with a balance of fruit, flower, herb and mineral.

BTG $ 5.75                                       Retail $13.99 


Bodegas Alto Almanzora Este Tinto, 2008

47 % Monastrel, 23% Tempranillo, 12% Syrah, 6% Garnacha, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot from Lucar, Almeria, Spain.

Aged for 6 months in French and American oak. Purple-colored, it reveals a lightly roasted bouquet of black cherry and blueberry, underbrush, spice box, and violets. Supple, sweetly-fruited, and forward, this tasty, friendly effort has no hard edges.

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

BTG $5.25                                       Retail $11.99         


Château Puech-Haut Prestige Rouge, 2009

“From a bio-dynamically farmed estate, this 2009 is a blend of 55% Grenache (from 60- to 75-year-old vines) and 45% Syrah (from 40-year-old vines), all planted in limestone soils, and aged completely in concrete tanks. This remarkable offering is a naked expression of the vivid terroir and excellent fruit found in this region. The incredible aromatics consist of forest floor, spring flowers, sweet black currants, raspberries, licorice, and incense. With a pure, velvety, seamless, full-bodied texture and a finish that lasts 30+ seconds, this wine possesses a stunning integration of acidity, tannin, and alcohol, suggesting this 2009 will age nicely for 3-5 years, possibly as long as a decade. However, it will be hard to resist given its current performance. Bravo!”

                                                                                                          -Robert Parker-          93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #190, August 2010    

BTG $ 9.00                                         Retail $22.99


Black Slate Porrera Priorat, 2008

60% Garnacha, 40 % Carinena

Black Slate comes from the high-altitude village of Porrera, Priorat. The Black Slate Porrera is rich, dusty and deep, with concentrated dark fruit. Black Slate is a full-bodied wine, with herbal notes of thyme and sage, and dry blueberry and black licorice notes. It’s velvety, well integrated, and balanced. delicious silkiness is persistently found in the long finish.

90 Points Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellars, December 2010

BTG $ 9.50                                     Retail $24.99                

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