Wine Tasting 6/7

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Next Tuesday’s line up includes a Rose from Argentina, a Chardonnay from  Sonoma; a Beaujolais as well as a Gigondas from the South of France and a Red Blend from Napa Valley; all great wines that represent their regions with high scores.


The Pulenta family has been involved in the Argentine viticulture for three generations. Their philosophy is a must: to achieve the best quality in their products, keeping an exclusive production and a permanent nature care. “Making a great wine is an act of generosity, always considering the person who will taste it. Our mission is to produce limited series of great wines, proudly made in Argentina”.


A select group of winemakers can be credited with revolutionizing modern day winemaking in California. They are the innovators who, some 20 years ago, brought Old World traditions back to a New World that had thrown in its lot with university scientists to make squeaky clean wines largely devoid of character. The goal of these new wave winemakers was to put terroir back into the bottle and create wines of unique distinction. David Ramey is widely acknowledged to be among the wine pioneers whose efforts helped raise the bar for all American winemakers and brought California to the forefront of the international wine world


Considered by many to be the benchmark producer in the appellation, Cayron produces a Gigondas of phenomenal richness and incredible longevity.  Their vines are on average 40+ years old with parcels up to 70 years old.  You’d be hard-pressed to find a more terroir-expressive wine anywhere in the Southern Rhone; bold, explosive, stunningly evocative garrigues flavors careen from the glass, blaring their stamp of origin like a neon sign. These are old-styled, powerful wines of enormous fruit amplitude and irresistible personality.  Furthermore, Cayron is among the most age-worthy of Gigondas, delicious upon release, but improving for well over a decade and holding strong for a long time thereafter.


The Domaine des Terres Dorées is located in Charnay, a village in the Southern Beaujolais just north of Lyons, in a beautiful area known as the “Region of Golden Stones.” Jean-Paul Brun is the owner and winemaker at this 40-acre family estate and has attracted the attention of the French and American press for the wonderfully fruity and delicate wines he produces..


“Once a year our winemaker collaborates with America’s best sommelier to blend the exclusive wines that will be served in their luxury restaurant destinations. Drawing on our premium Napa Valley Vineyards, Once produces these wines to be served exclusively in the dining rooms of, among others, Restaurant Daniel, Gotham Bar & Grill, Restaurant Jean Georges, Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, Eleven Madison Park, Veritas, Michael Mina and The Modern.”


Tuesday June 7th, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings


La Flor de Pulenta Wines Malbec Rosé,  2009

100% Malbec

Light and brilliant color, and an intense fresh and fruity aroma are the characteristics of this malbec rosé. Delicate on the palate, with quince jelly expressions, usual in malbec wines from alto agrelo. It offers a round, fresh and balanced finish

BTG $5.25                                       Retail $11.99 


Ramey Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2008

Expressive nose offers musky apple, pear, orange zest and smoky minerals. Dense and textured but quite dry and mineral-dominated, with very good purity and mouth-staining citrus and herbal flavors. Strong but harmonious acidity gives the refreshingly bitter finish impressive focus and cut.

91 Points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar May/June 2010

BTG $11.00                                         Retail $29.99 


Domaine du Cayron Gigondas, 2008

70% Grenache; 15% each Syrah and Cinsault and a drop of Mourvèdre for color

Full red. Perfumed bouquet of redcurrant, cherry, smoky minerals and flowers, with exotic spice notes in the background. Juicy, palate-staining red and dark fruit flavors are lifted by tangy acidity and complicated by succulent spices and candied lavender. The mineral quality repeats on the focused, pure, persistent finish.

90 Points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar January 2011

BTG $ 9.50                                      Retail $25.99


Domaine des Terres Dorées Beaujolais Cuvee I’Ancien, 2009

Very pretty cherry, ruby color light in shade. Immediate taste smacks of raspberry cherry & plum, along with a bit of smokiness. Good balance and minerality, medium finish, excellent.

BTG $ 6.00                                      Retail $15.99


Once Wines The Sorcerer, 2008

Sorcerer is a heady, spicy, blackberry-laden exotic blend of Cabernet, Grenache, Syrah, and Petit Verdot.  Inspired by the red blends of Southern France  but very Californian in fortitude, this is sure to be a new favorite with those who enjoy Prisoner and other big, bold blends.

BTG $11.00                                     Retail $29.99

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