Wine Tasting 4/19

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For next Tuesday we’ll be trying an unusual white wine from Sicily that was first produced 4000 years ago; a chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon from the American Riviera, Santa Barbara County; a red blend from  South West  France and a powerful malbec under the guidance of Paul Hobbs in Mendoza, Argentina. Cheers!


Tuesday April 19th, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings


Case Ibidini Insolia, 2009

100% Inzolia

These native Sicilian grapes were aged 4 months in stainless steel tanks, following 2-3 months ageing in bottle.

Its color is a deep yellow, with aromas of white flowers, citrus fruits and wild roses. It is refreshing and dry, with well-balanced acidity.

BTG $5.50                                          Retail $12.99           


Melville Chardonnay, 2008

This wine is loaded with exotic fruit nuances of honeydew, kumquat, star fruit and tangelo. Other citrus and earthy aromas drive towards

lemon tart, orange skin and lemon verbena. Wisps of cinnamon, _oral honey, graham cracker and hay also subtly shine. The mouth feel has grip and volume with hints of dried stone fruits, minerals and brine. It _finishes with delineation and focus energizing the palate.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Issue # 190

BTG $9.00                                        Retail $23.99 


Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rouge, 2008

Syrah (30%), Grenache (30%), Carignan (25%), Cinsault (15%) – 25 year old vines.

Deep, brilliant red complex aromas, with hints of red berries and spice. Opens soft and fruity with gentle tannins. Long and smooth with a touch rustic reflecting its terroir

BTG $ 5.00                                        Retail $9.99


Three Saints Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006

80% Cabernet Sauvignon , 18% Cabernet Franc , 2% Merlot

Extraordinarily complex aromas of pipe tobacco, sandalwood and wild briar brush are freshened by Santa Cruz blackberry and violet notes.

On the palate, the wine is firm, fresh and striking. Blackberry fruit is framed by fine-grained tannins and a cleansing finish.

BTG $ 7.75                                        Retail $19.99


Paul Hobbs Riglos Gran Corte, 2006

70% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 5%, Cabernet Franc.

This deeply colored wine is intensely fragrant, with aromas of blackberries, cassis, plum and whiffs of mocha, sage and discreet oak. These notes are repeated on the palate, which is both plush and elegant. The Cabernet Sauvignon provides structure and linearity, the Malbec brings in seductive heft and texture and the Cabernet Franc adds touches of complexity and spiciness, giving an overall impression of breadth without heaviness. The finish is long and exotic, lingering on notes of spice and black fruit.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Issue # 180

BTG $9.75                                        Retail $26.99

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