Wine Tasting 6/4/13

We hope your having a wonderful day!

Tuesday, June 4th 2013
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

2011 Antinori Villa Bianco 50% Tuscan Trebbiano and Malvasia, 35% Pinot Blanc and Pinot Grigio, 15% Rhine Riesling
Tuscany, Italy
Straw yellow in color, the wine is elegant and classy in its aromas, which recall pineapple and peach fruit and white flowers. Full and savory in flavor and with a good aromatic persistence.
BTG $6.00 Retail $13.99

2011 Cuvaison Chardonnay
Carneros, Napa, California
Explores the mineral driven side of Chardonnay with taut green apple, white peach , lime zest and kiwi fruit. Hints of ginger and
vanilla back the bright jasmine and orange blossom notes. What really drives the wine is the vibrant structure and terrific finish that
carry flavors for a long, satisfying finish
BTG $8.25 Retail $20.99

2011 Alexana Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Fresh and lithe, the 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is brimming with tea-scented strawberries and aromas of anise. Hints of vanilla and white pepper add depth to bright, juicy red fruit. Inviting and refreshing, the flavors linger easily on the long finish.
BTG $9.75 Retail $24.99

2008 Polkura Syrah
Colchagua Valley, Chile
Rock-solid, delivering nice, tightly wound grip that holds a core of blackberry, Black Mission fig, licorice snap and maduro tobacco in reserve. Rich but sleek, with a long, sweet finish full of earth and black fruit. 91Pts Wine Spectator Top 100 wine
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2010 Carne Humana
Napa, California
Offers appealingly charm, with cinnamon and cedar notes up front and brambly wild berry flavors at the core. The tannins are thick and bold. Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Charbono.
Retail $39.99

Wine Tasting 5/28/13

Tuesday, May 28th 2013
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

2011 Patient Cottat Sauvignon Blanc
Loire, France
Offers a light, crunchy feel, with lemon peel, thyme and tarragon notes, showing a flash of gooseberry on the finish.
BTG $5.50 Retail $11.99

2011 Terres Dorees Chardonnay
Beaujolais, Burgundy France
A bright yet luscious meld of melons, pineapple, lemon, and apple seems suffused with shrimp shell reduction and is laced with mouthwatering salinity that dares you to resist the next sip. The cut and invigoration will keep you on your toes yet remain allied to a subtle sense of creaminess; whilst a multiplicity of mineral shadings leaves you shaking your head. 91Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $6.50 Retail $15.99

2009 Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Merlot
Montefalco, Umbria, Italy
Silky tannins frame a core of expressive red fruit in the 2009 Montefalco Rosso. Flowers and spices add complexity on the supple finish. Caprai’s Montefalco Rosso is a more important wine than its modest price suggests. 90 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2009 Allamand H 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendoza, Argentina
Has a clean, pure bouquet of dark cherries, blackberry and raspberry leaf. The palate is well-balanced with sappy dark cherry and boysenberry fruit laced with licorice on the finish.
BTG $12.75 Retail $34.99

2010 Stewart Slingshot Cabernet
Napa, California
The aroma opens with hints of violet, raspberry and vanilla; blossoming into the subtle scents of cassis and plum. The palate fills with flavors of
dark fruit and clove with a mouth-feel of well-rounded, smooth tannins. Impressions of dark tobacco leaf and French oak subtly round out the elegant finish.
BTG $8.00 Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting 5/21/13

This Tuesday we are featuring highly rated wines from South Africa, Chile, Spain and Italy.
You won’t want to miss it!

Tuesday, May 21st 2013
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

2012 A A Badenhorst Family Wines Secateurs Chenin Blanc
South Africa
Has a light but pure bouquet with lemon peel, grapefruit and hints of wet wool. The palate is crisp and vibrant on the entry with touches of lanolin and litchi nuts. This is so well balanced – uncomplicated but delicious. Adi Badenhorst is the charismatic winemaker who alongside Eben Sadie has put Swartland on the map. Outspoken, opinionated and talented, his charisma rubs off upon the wines he creates. Moreover, they are available at extremely affordable prices and serve as a perfect introduction to the delights of Adi’s and Swartland’s wines. 92 Pts Wine advocate
BTG $6.25 Retail $14.99

2011 Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negra
Terra Alta, Spain
Another incredible value and full-throttle wine made from 100% Grenache, Herencia Altes’s vineyards are situated high on the hillside above the village of Batea, where grapes have been grown since the 15th century. This offering, from very old vines and aged completely in concrete, is a naked, unadulterated, unmanipulated effort with great minerality (from the chalky, limestone soils) and an intensity and richness (from the old vines) that are normally found in $50+ wines. This outstanding 2011 offers loads of kirsch, raspberry, licorice, garrigue and chalky minerality. Medium to full-bodied and dense. A killer value, it is a custom cuvee made for Eric Solomon by proprietor Nuria Altes.
91Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $5.50 Retail $11.99

2010 Bodegas Teso la Monja Almirez Tempranillo
Toro, Castilla Leon, Spain
Comes from a vineyard planted at an altitude of 2,300 feet. The wine was aged 12 months in mostly French oak (30% new). This fabulous, inky/purple-colored wine exhibits notes of violets, graphite, licorice, blackberries and cassis. Full-bodied and rich with silky tannins as well as abundant minerality, this super-rich, full-throttle 2010 can be enjoyed over the next decade. 94 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $11.00 Retail $28.99

2009 Vina Ventisquero Cabernet Sauvignon Grey Single Block Trinidad Vineyard
Maipo Valley , Chile
Includes 6% petit verdot. Full ruby. Intense, spice-accented aromas of cherry, blackcurrant, cured tobacco and rose oil, with suave vanilla and cracked pepper notes gaining strength with air. Juicy, penetrating red and dark berry flavors are complemented by notes of vanilla bean and licorice, with a spicy quality contributing back-end cut. Closes with very good energy and focus, leaving sweet cherry-cola and smoke notes behind. 91 points Stephen Tanzer
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2009 REMO FARINA Ripasso 65% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 5% Molinara, 10% other grapes
Veneto, Italy
A great red wine obtained by respecting pure tradition. The first fermenting process is carried out in autumn. At the beginning of spring it is then re-fermented (“ripassato”) with Amarone grape seeds soaked in wine. This process gives the wine form, personality, aromas and colour. Garnet ruby red, Intense and peppery with notes of leather, plum and cherry jam, liquorice and ginger, solid, vigorous and balanced.
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

Wine Tasting5/14/13

Don’t forget this Monday is chess and backgammon night. Bring your board, skill and thirst.
7 Pm
The Basketball game will be on as well!

Tuesday, May 14th 2013
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

2011 The Furst Pinot Blanc
Alsace, France
On the palate, it is well constructed with a light aftertaste that harmonizes beautifully with an honest acidity, making this a wonderful, easy drinking wine. Exhibits the classic pale golden color with a delicious nose of white flowers, pears and carnations. Pleasant finish filled with white fruit.
BTG $7.00 Retail $16.99

2011 Recuerdo Torrontes
La Rioja, Argentina
It has a very attractive bouquet that is well-defined, akin to a well-defined Viognier. There are notes of nectarine, orange-blossom and pear pith. The palate is crisp on the entry with a tang of fresh ginger that dovetails into notes of dried apricot, honeysuckle, passion fruit and dried herbs. This is a superb Torrontes, surfeit with vigor and personality. 90 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $7.75 Retail $18.99

2011 Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Light and appealing, with pretty currant and spice flavors, persisting nicely on the delicate finish. 89 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $10.75 Retail $27.99

2010 Bonfanti Familia Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
Dark ruby. This is an impressive fruit forward and complex Malbec from a 100+-year old vineyard in Perdriel. It offers aromas of black cherry and plum with notes of earthiness and minerals. Aged in used French oak for 12 months and a year in the bottle, it is rich and full in the mouth with excellent depth of flavor. It is also beautifully balanced with good acidity and firm tannins on the finish. Great value. 91+ Pts
BTG $8.25 Retail $20.99

2010 Jax Y3 Taureau Red Blend
North Coast, California
79% Merlot, Sonoma; 12% Cabernet Franc, Napa; 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa
This dark ruby, Bordeaux blend unveils aromas of dark cherry, cocoa, and a hint of anise. The Merlot (sourced from the Dry Creek Valley) provides a canvas for a balanced wine with soft fruit nuances and structured tannins. Balancing the Merlot beautifully, the earthy Cabernet Franc lends a savory characteristic with hints of anise while the Cabernet Sauvignon provides dark fruit and rich color.
BTG $9.75 Retail $24.99

Tuesday, May 7th 2013
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

2011 La Merika Chardonnay
Central Coast California
Medium body with light tannins and balanced by good acidity with a Juicy and full finish. Aromas of tropical fruit ,lemon spice and vanilla.
Flavors of pineapple, melon and toasty oak.
BTG $5.50 Retail $11.99

2011 Steele Shooting Star Sauvignon Blanc
Sonoma, California
Fresh, crisp wine with plenty of bright, lively fruit. It has notes of fig, melon, gooseberry and a hint of honey. On the palate, this “lip-smacking good” wine shows fresh grapefruit, gooseberry and tart lime, with a generous, crisp acidic finish.
BTG $6.25 Retail $14.99

2011 King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir
Light and fruity, with floral and red berry flavors dancing exuberantly, like a young Beaujolais. Finishes with polish.
88 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.75 Retail $18.99

2010 Salentein Malbec Reserve
Mendoza, Argentina
This juicy red offers a floral mix of raspberry, cassis and blackberry fruit notes, backed by bright acidity and a fine, minerally finish.
88 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.75 Retail $18.99

2010 Writer’s Block Zinfandel
Lake County, California
A medium to full bodied red wine showing its varietal characters of red fruit, spice, clove, herbal tea, and bramble with approachable aromatics that open quickly in glass. The aromatics are complex, and move from red fruit to green herb and some kind bramble, some toasted oak, to citrus transitions occur fairly quickly. A supple mouth-feel shows bright fruit flavor transitioning into an accentuated finish with bright acidity and some spice. Significant tannins on the finish, textually good and young, prolonged after-taste increasing as wine continues to breathe.
BTG $7.00 Retail $16.99