Wine Tasting 9/20

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Don’t forget Beer and Rum Tasting
Friday 9/16 from 7 to 9 PM

For our next wine tasting we’ll be sampling wines from Austria, New Zealand, Southern France, North Western Spain and Napa Valley; the wines reflect tradition terroir and excellence, don’t miss it.

The Huber family has wine growing roots dating back more than 220 years. Today the winery in Reichersdorf is in its 10th generation and is run by Markus Huber. His outstanding ability to manage the winery with sensitivity and consistency, both in the vineyards and the cellars, has ensured that in a very short space of time he has established Huber wines as an internationally acclaimed leading producer of the region Traisental.

Michael Seresin was born in Wellington, New Zealand, but left in the 1960s. He settled in Italy, where he was captivated by Italian food and wine culture, and began his career as a cinematographer. Over time Michael’s interest in wine developed into a passion. In the early 1990s after investigating opportunities to start a winery in Italy. After visiting Marlborough, and falling in love with the Marlborough Sounds, Michael decided to purchase a home there, followed by the purchase of some land in the Wairau Valley, which became Seresin’s Home vineyard. ‘Offspring’ in Maori, MOMO reflects its heritage as part of the Seresin Estate family – wines grown naturally to express the season and land from which they come. MOMO wines are made using grapes from Seresin’s three biodynamic vineyards and, for some wines, grapes are also selected from a dedicated grower’s vineyard which is in conversion to organics.

Roman artifacts found on the domain – like the bronze coin bearing the head of Marcus Agrippa (c. 25AD) that adorns our Centurion wine – attest to Fontsainte’s ancient origins: a Roman officer created the domain around a thermal spring. The name Fontsainte (‘the saint’s fount’) comes from the nearby 12th century Hermitage of Saint-Siméon, who became the patron saint of Boutenac. Two chateaux’s dominated the landscape in the middle ages: Fort Haut and Fort Bas. Only the latter remains today – it’s now the headquarters of the Corbières’ winegrowers syndicate.

At the foot of the way of Santiago de Compostela (North Western Spain), stands a stately mansion of the eighteenth century in large rooms and high ceilings. Its foundations have always known the art of winemaking and the soils are perfect for the Mencia grape. Four tracks of a bear found in a magnificent vineyard of the highest areas of Bierzo, inspired the name of this wine. Four locations: Otero, Hornija, Valtuille Corullón and form four geographic references that define the character of its people and the peculiar way of cultivating their vineyards.

Follow Napa Valley’s Route 29 north to Calistoga, and then keep going just 2 1/2 more miles. You’ll arrive at the pinnacle of the Napa Valley – the northernmost wedge where the Vaca mountain range meets the Mayacamas range. Here you will also find Bennett Lane Winery, sitting snugly at the edge of its own well-maintained Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. Owners Randy and Lisa Lynch purchased the property only seven years ago, but Bennett Lane is already making a splash in wine country with its lush textured Cabernet Sauvignon and a no-nonsense red wine varietal blend called Maximus, composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. The winery has garnered an incredible twenty-two 90+ Point Scores from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Robert Parker in just 7 vintages.

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

Weingut Huber Hugo Gruner Veltliner, 2009
Delicate fresh green apple fruity aromas; displaying flavors of lemon; lime and peaches; solid fruit core; rich in finesse; with a beautiful length and mineral tones.
BTG $ 5.75 Retail $13.99

MOMO Sauvignon Blanc, 2009
The 2009 MOMO Sauvignon Blanc is made from a blend of fruit from vineyards located on the plains of the Wairau Valley of Marlborough Pale in color, with a light green hue, an intense bouquet with aromas of tropical fruit, citrus and a hint of minerality followed by a palate that is textural and rich with ripe tropical fruit and grapefruit. The finish is crisp and dry.
BTG $ 6.25 Retail $15.99
Domaine Fontsainte Corbières, 2009
60% Carignan; 30% Grenache Noir; 10% Syrah
A sustained and very brilliant ruby color with beautiful violet tints; generous nose with notes of fresh red and black fruits, next, the richness develops with notes of cacao powder and a delicate touch of liquorice. Round and concentrated attack with a balanced structure in the mouth, the tannins are delicate and the acidity luscious. Everything showcases the fruit, which follows up with a long finish.
BTG $ 6.25 Retail $15.99

Cuatro Pasos Mencia, 2009
The 2009 Cuatro Pasos is 100% Mencia sourced from 70 to 80 year old vines in pure slate at the highest elevation of the Bierzo DO (North Western Spain). Deep crimson-colored, it displays an enticing nose of lightly roasted red fruits, graphite, crème de cassis, and red licorice. Dense, super-ripe, and exceptionally concentrated, this mouth-filling effort is a remarkable bargain in savory red wine.
90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate issue# 195 June, 2011
BTG $ 6.25 Retail $15.99

Bennett Lane Maximus, 2006
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Syrah and 5% Malbec
The wine opens with buoyant aromas of blackberry, violets and chocolate covered cherries. On the palate, the wine displays flavors of dark berries, mocha and caramelized cherries. With elegant, velvety tannins, the wine has a long fruit driven finish and pairs well with practically everything.
BTG $ 10.50 Retail $27.99

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