Wine Tasting 2/19/13

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This Tuesday we have a special guest! Matt Cline
Perhaps the best kept secret in California winemaking is the Contra Costa appellation. This area east of the San Francisco Bay area boasts some of the world’s oldest vines as well as some the most concentrated and powerful wines in California. It is a special place that makes a special kind of wine. The Three Winery was established by someone who is an expert on the region, Matt Cline. His family has been there over 100 years and his grandparents were part of the huddled masses that began planting grapes. However, they are perhaps best known for their contribution to the world of plumbing when they invented the system for what is today known as the hot tub, the first model bearing the family’s name, Jaccuzzi. His brother remains the owner of the larger commercial winery, Cline Cellars in the same region but Matt opted to stay small and concentrate on hand crafted cuvees sourced from some of the oldest vines on the planet Earth.

Tuesday, February19th, 2013
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

2011THREE WINERY Zinfandel Contra Costa
It is a blend of 77% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, 4% Carignane, and 2% Alicante Bouschet. All the grapes in this blend come from vineyard blocks with extremely sandy-loam soils called Delhi loam. At less than 20 years of age, these younger vine Zinfandel grapes show the typical raspberry to blackberry fruit so dominate in the older vines in the area validating this Contra Costa appellation. The “field blend” contingent of this wine adds structure, color, cherry and black fruit flavors. There is a deep concentration of ripe black cherries and spice with a minerality (earthy berry) sneaking through. The mouth-feel is rich and balanced with a lingering peppery finish.
BTG $6.75 Retail $16.99

2009 Three Winery Zinfandel Old Vine
This wine is a blend of 77% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 4% Carignane, 1% Mataro, and 2% Alicante Bouschet.
With an average age of vines over 100 years of which all are still being dry-farmed, there is a concentration of ripe blackberries and spice with a minerality (dusty berry) sneaking through. The Petite Sirah adds to this a firm tannin backbone along with boysenberries and pepper while the Carignane adds a pronounced fleshy mouth feel along with dark cherries and coffee notes. Our Mataro comes from vines that are now over 120 years old and add spice elements, violets, and complex phenolic structures that enhance the overall mouth feel and age ability of this wine.
BTG $7.50 Retail $18.99

2011 Three Winery Petite Sirah Contra Costa
Explosive aromas of blueberry preserves and sweet herbs. This Petite Sirah is ultra-concentrated and packed with blueberry flavors and firm tannins.
BTG $7.50 Retail $18.99

2010 Three Winery Old Vine Red Blend
A blend of 26% Zinfandel, 25% Petite Sirah, 25% Mataro, 20% Carignane, 3% Alicante Bouschet and 1% Black Malvoisie
The color is purple/black. The aromatic hold a luscious gumbo of blackberries, raspberries, violets and sweet herbs. The taste is rich, dense and chewy, packed with crushed black and red fruits, with a mouthfeel that is extravagantly lush and opulent.
BTG $7.50 Retail $18.99

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