Wine Tasting 5/24




The five wines for our next tasting are from Spain, Italy and California.


Gramona, based in the heart of the Penedes, Spain creates flavors and aromas. Combining the essence of the Mediterranean and beneath the eternal gaze of the Montserrat mountain range, the family transforms the most precious single element, the grape, into cavas and wines of great character.


The Azienda agricola Stefano Massone is a splendid property of 18 hectares of vineyards situated in the municipality of Capriata d’Orba, in the vicinity of Gavi. These vineyards are located in the Cortese doc zone, which allows for the production of the wine Gavi Vigneto Masera. Within the municipality of Gavi is the smaller Boschino vineyard which lends its name to the special cru of Gavi di Gavi doc. The winery is a modern structure conceived of specifically for the vinification of these white wines. All of the stages of production for both the grapes and the wines are personally controlled by Stefano Massone.


Greg La Follette is one of California’s most accomplished winemakers, La Follette has delved far more deeply than most into the science behind the art of winemaking and his fascination with old world winemaking techniques. In 2001 he founded Tandem wines to produce small-lot Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. He has also consulted on vineyard and winery projects around the world, including the new UC Davis teaching winery.  In 2009, Greg met Pete Kight – Proprietor of Quivira Vineyards & Winery in Dry Creek Valley – and saw an opportunity to partner, enabling him to have more time to focus on winemaking. Tandem was renamed La Follette, and Greg continued on as Winemaker of the new winery.

The Trentadues were among the very first to plant new vines in Sonoma County since the days of Prohibition. In the summer of 1999, Miro (Miroslav) Tcholakov was hired to be the Winemaker at Trentadue Winery;  The wines from his first Vintage as winemaker at Trentadue, received unbelievable quantity of accolades from the professional wine press, including The Sweepstakes winning Zinfandel from the West Coast Wine Competition. During the following vintages Miro’s list of accomplishments continues to grow with a consistent 90 and above high scores from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and from The Wine Spectator.

Casa Castillo in the region of Jumilla is a property that has been producing wine since 1874. This tradition continued with a winery built by a French company in 1910 when phylloxera forced them out of their vineyards in France. Jumilla is one of the few places in Spain that has successfully resisted the infestation of phylloxera, hence making it an ideal place for this new winery. Like many Rhone wine merchants, they were interested in Monastrell (Mourvedre) based wine and this is 100% Mourvedre. The Roch family acquired the property in 1941. Julia Roch and her grandson, Jose Maria Vicente, have been recovering the artisanal origins of this estate, making significant strides in the integrity and quality of winemaking. The Mourvedre grape likes warmer climates, but has tight bunches so enjoys the cool winds commonly found in areas where it grows best.


Tuesday May 24th, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings


Gramona Gessamí, 2010

40%Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Muscat de Alexandria, 15% Muscat de Frontignan, 5% Gewürztraminer

Aromatic burst. Like a walk in the spring, this wine reminds one of the coolness of fresh air, a bouquet of white flowers, (roses, jasmine), fennel, apricots and forest… all wrapped in a sweet atmosphere full of freshness, with a subtle mineral glow and an enveloping infusions of a citric breeze.

BTG $7.25                                        Retail $18.99 


Stefano Massone Gavi D.O.C., 2010

100 % Cortese di Gavi

An ample grape variety, rich with perfumes and delicate aromas. It is characterized by an intense and delicate floral bouquet, a pleasingly dry taste with fruity nuances such as peach, pineapple and other exotic fruits.

BTG $5.50                                         Retail $12.99 


La Follete Pinot Noir, 2009

This is an elegant, sophisticated Pinot Noir whose long hang-time raspberry, cherry and persimmon fruit flavors are highlighted by crisp, cool-climate acidity. The wine feels racy and stimulating in the mouth.

BTG $ 9.00                                      Retail $22.99


Trentadue Winery La Storia Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009

Alexander Valley Estate, Ripe sweet cherry and plums, developed aromas of leather, licorice and hints of cocoa powder and molasses. With more aeration additional aromas of vanilla, brown sugar and slight earthiness complete this beautifully complex wine. Bottom of Form


BTG $ 9.50                                      Retail $24.99


Casa Castillo Monastrel, 2009

100% Monastrel (Mourvedre)

Deep ruby. Fresh red and dark berries on the nose, with complicating notes of cracked pepper, black tea and crushed violet. Lively and precise on the palate, offering sweet red and black currant flavors and a touch of candied licorice. Silky tannins add shape and grip to the long, sweet, spicy finish.

BTG $5.75                                     Retail $13.99

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