Wine Tasting 4/12

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On our next tasting we’ll try great wines from France, California, Spain and New Zealand that are clean, complex and refreshing but also all priced under $20.

Domaine Triennes is in Provence, northeast of Marseille and is a clay and limestone terroir of 1030 acres of vineyards located around 1400 above sea level, good at producing wines that are fresh and drinkable. The domaine was re-named Triennes in honor of the Triennia, bacchanalian feasts that happened every three years during Roman times.


“Great wines may come from anywhere, limited only by our imagination. We go where the best grapes are grown in order to maximize the natural characteristics of the varietal. While most of our wines could carry more specific appellations, we choose to focus less on advertising the locations and more on what we do (or don’t do) with them. The benefit is wines that are more consistent, balanced and complex. We don’t own any vineyards. This allows us to spend our money where it matters (on exceptional grapes and barrels, not mortgages.)” – Laely Heron

In the Waipara Valley of the North Island of New Zealand;  Martinborough is one of the original regions to put New Zealand Pinot on the map. The fruit for this wine was all hand harvested from vines aged up to 27 years, which are some of New Zealand’s oldest.


Bodegas Luzon is an estate located in the mountains of Jumilla, 220 miles SW of Madrid. The grapes for Altos de Luzon were hand selected from two unique vineyard’s; the Monastrell is harvested from 50 year old ungrafted vines in the Montesinos Vineyard, the Cabernet and Tempranillo grapes come from 20 year old vines in the Castillo de Luzon Vineyard.


Tobin James Cellars, located 8 miles east of Paso Robles on Highway 46, sits among 71 acres of vineyards and oak dotted hills. A magnificent setting for magnificent wines!



Tuesday April 12th, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings


Domaine Triennes Rosé, 2008

Cinsault dominated blend.

This blush wine is made from grapes pressed following only a very brief period of skin contact. It results in a rosé of a very light pink color. An aromatic nose of red fruits and candy is followed by a round, harmonious and seamless palate. This wine will seduce you by its freshness and elegance.

BTG $6.25                                          Retail $15.99           


Heron Sauvignon Blanc, 2009

Handcrafted from sustainably grown Napa Valley grapes. In Yountville (which is a little warmer than Carneros, and a little cooler than St. Helena), the acidity is great from these clay-loam soils and cool microclimates. To get to that fresh, fruit driven style; whole berry fruit went to press retaining better fruit character and less oxidation then a long cold fermentation – three weeks in stainless steel. No barrel aging. Refreshingly balanced in today’s world of high-alcohol wines.

BTG $6.00                                        Retail $14.99 


Martinborough Vineyards Russian Jack Pinot Noir, 2008

The 2008 Russian Jack Pinot Noir shows gorgeous chocolate and plum notes on the nose leading to a silky smooth tannins with layers of dark f… (more…)ruits coming through on the palate.

BTG $ 8.00                                         Retail $19.99


Bodegas Altos de Luzon, 2006

50% Monastrell, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 25% Tempranillo and was aged for 12 months in new French and American oak

This purple-colored wine offers a complex aromatic array of pain grille, scorched earth, blueberry, black cherry, and violets. This leads to a full-bodied wine with layers of savory fruit, spicy flavors, outstanding depth and structure, and a lengthy finish.

It will evolve for 2-3 years and be at its best from 2010 to 2018.”

90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 178 August, 2008

BTG $ 6.25                                         Retail $15.99


Tobin James Ballistic Zinfandel, 2008

Cherry aromas and flavors dominate the Tobin James Ballistic Zinfandel from Paso Robles. Chocolate, raspberry and cola or tea flavors can be detected as well. This is a pleasant light to medium bodied wine.

BTG $8.00                                        Retail $19.99

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