Wine Tasting 8/30/11

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The history of the ALBRECHT family as winegrowers can be traced back to 1425 with Romanu Albrecht, who settled in the town of Thann. The vineyards on clay-chalky soil are all in the Orschwihr commune, a large vine-growing area in Southern Alsace which has an early micro climate. Orschwihr is surrounded by two hills. One of them is the Pfingstberg, classified Grand Cru. Its reputation dates back to 1299. The Bollemberg is the second hill overlooking Orschwihr. It used to be a Celt cult place, then a roman one. It has a unique and special microclimate that enables rare and protected species of Mediterranean flora to grow. The subsoil is mostly limestone with some clay. It is perfect for Pinot Blanc, Pinot Auxerrois, Muscat and Gewurztraminer.

“Wine lovers have long made a pilgrimage to Grgich Hills Estate ever since Miljenko “Mike” Grgich’s Chardonnay beat the best of France at the famed 1976 Paris Tasting and Mike then joined with Austin Hills to open the family owned and operated winery.
Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, It’s an iconic winery that farms 366 acres naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides, and uses passion and art to handcraft food-friendly, balanced and elegant wines.”

Yealands Estates is based in the Awatere Valley, to the south east of Marlborough’s Wairau Plains. Their vineyard stretches from the foothills of the Seaward Kaikoura ranges, to the bluffs overlooking Cook Strait on the east coast of Marlborough.
Sustainability is at the core of everything done at Yealands Estate. From how the land is cared for, planted and nurtured, through the entire winemaking process; even packaging and distribution. Led by Peter Yealands, every member of the team is passionate about creating superlative wines with minimal impact on the environment.

Located at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in the far Northwest corner of the Rutherford appellation, the Flora Springs estate is in the heart of the Napa Valley. Founded in 1978, Flora Springs has been a family affair for over three decades. As both artisan winemakers and growers, the family is committed to the traditions of fine winemaking and responsible stewardship of its 650 acres of vineyard land for future generations to savor and uphold.

Through the success of his Prisoner label, Orin Swift Cellars owner/winemaker Dave Phinney has gained access to some of the best Zinfandel vineyards in the Northern California growing community. Dave recently decided he wanted to make a high quality Zinfandel and what he created did not fit the constraints of a single AVA. There are grapes from Sonoma, Napa, Amador, Mendocino, and Contra Costa counties.

Tuesday August 30th, 2011
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

Crémant d’Asace Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé, NV
Pinot Auxerrois and Pinot Blanc.
Crémant d’Alsace Brut Lucien Albrecht is only produced from the cuvée (only the first pressings from the press).
attractive sober color, flowery nose, fine and persistent head, very elegant and balanced mouth.
BTG $ 7.75 Retail $19.99

Grgich Hills Fume Blanc, 2008
Light gold in the glass with hints of chartreuse, this wine smells of tart unripe apples and citrus zest. In the mouth it is explosively zingy, with crackling acidity and bright pink grapefruit, lemon zest, and unripe apple flavors that linger in a nice finish. Dynamic and refreshing. One of the better examples of the form from Napa.
BTG $ 9.75 Retail $25.99
Yealands Pinot Noir, 2009
The Yealands Pinot Noir was sourced from two single vineyards located in the Wairau Valley and Central Otago. This Pinot Noir displays dark cherries and ripe plum flavors with spice and chocolate notes. Full bodied, with an elegant structure and a rich mouth feel.
BTG $ 6.50 Retail $15.99

Flora Springs Merlot, 2008
It is a soft, supple red wines ready to drink from the get go. The 2008 vintage shows full fruit characteristics of strawberry and cherry, with a hint of raspberry and spice. Rather than make you sweat for it, we’re going to make you twist for it!
BTG $ 7.75 Retail $19.99

Orin Swift Saldo Zinfandel, 2009
80% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Syrah, 8% Syrah, 3% Grenache
The 2009 Saldo bursts with aromas of ripe strawberry and black fruits with well integrated oak. The entry is mouth coating and leads into a mid palate with structure and good acidity. The finish is bright and long with soft tannins and subtle oak sweetness.
BTG $ 10.00 Retail $26.99

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