Wine Tasting 10/31/17

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Tuesday October 31st 2017
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

NV Zonin Proseco
Veneto, Italy
Zonin Prosecco is a varietal wine made from the Glera grape, which is native to the Veneto region.
Very well-balanced and appealing, with the extremely delicate almond note that is typical of Prosecco.
BTG $6.00 Retail $10.99

2015 Tenshen White Blend
Central Coast, California
Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay.
This expressive white is aromatic and juicy, featuring a rich, ripe, fleshy core of apricot and peach flavors, with accents of vanilla bean, honeysuckle and melon. A spicy note lingers on the long finish. 92 Pts Wine Spectator Top 100: 2016, Rank: 31
\BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2015 Achaval Ferrer “AF” Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
Deep, bright violet color. Aromas of ripe red raspberries, plums, blackberries and black currents. Silky and unctuous mouth feel. Medium intensity with a persistent palate. This wine has soft tannins and a lovely acidity to highlight its youth.
BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2014 Robert Hall Cabernet
Paso Robles, California
The intense dark ruby red color of the Cabernet Sauvignon is reflective of this full-bodied, flavorful wine. The core of black currant and hints of cedar and spice along with cocoa aromas echoed by rich persistent flavors of plush ripe fruit, dark chocolate and anise are all supported by balanced rich velvety tannins.
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2014 Hill Family “Origin Red Blend
Napa Valley, California
83.4% Merlot, 16.6% Malbec
Caramel and berry nose, improves with time to include mocha and currant. Palate really balanced and smooth, with bright cherry fruit, dark roses, and a silky plum finish. 93 pts SK
BTG $12.00 Retail $32.99

94 pt Malbec (over 30% off)

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Stunning 94-point Malbec
On Sale
(first come)

TeHo’s “Zaha” Malbec a perfect picture of what Malbec strives to be…

• Was $40.00
• Sale $26.99!!!

“Zaha” Malbec
Altamira, Mendoza, Argentina 2013
The 2013 Zaha Malbec is co-fermented with a little Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, all of them from an Altamira vineyard called Toko, which in Huarpe means stone. It has notes of blackberries, violets, damsons, scorched earth and some licorice. It’s powerful and fleshy, with very fine tannins, great balance and freshness. A structured and layered Malbec that is still a baby and that should develop more complexity with time in bottle. 600 cases.
Robert Parker
94 points

What is all the fuss about?

Malbec has come a long way. I remember when the first bottles started to trickle into the U.S. with the word “Malbec” written on the label. People didn’t know if it was a grape or a region or someone’s name but when they tried the wine they were delighted at the deep dark color and matching intensity. I used to say “Malbec tastes purple” not really knowing exactly what that meant. At the time, the wines were mostly homogeneously dark and fruity, priced well below their domestic counterparts and went well with beef. But as Argentina has defined it’s voice more clearly with this distinctive grape my appreciation for the complexity of this variety has grown. However, there is one place in Argentina within the large “Mendoza” appellation that produces truly singular, beautifully aromatic, definitive wines…Altamira.

4,000 feet high, the Altamira vineyard represents a cool microclimate and has become synonymous with world-class Malbecs. The soils of Paraje Altamira are very diverse, with patches of sandy, rocky and silty soils dispersed throughout the vineyard. At the moment of harvest, each soil profile imparts distinct aromatic and flavor profiles to the Malbec fruit – floral notes in the sandy patches, stony minerality in the rocky areas, and dark fruits in the silty soils. Concentrated, opulent blackberry, plum fruits and violet floral notes complimented by a sea breeze freshness, fine gentle tannins and velvety texture. Zaha Malbec 2013 is round, full-bodied and very well balanced; a delightful Malbec. Only 600 cases are produced annually by this micro-winery and the results are breathtaking.

Wine Tasting 10/17/17

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Wine Tasting 10/10/17

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Tuesday October 10th 2017
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc
Marlbourough, New Zealand
Distinctly Marlborough, this Sauvignon Blanc exudes vibrant ripe citrus notes, crunchy greens and hints of tropical guava on the nose. The palate is refined and elegant with superb natural fruit weight providing a juicy core of layered fruit, entwined with a salty textural acidity, vibrant citrus pith and a moreish dry chalky finish. 89 pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.00 Retail $14.99

2014 Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay
Santa Barbara, California
Golden and sun-kissed, the 2014 vintage opens up with the fresh, tropical scents of pineapple and citrus blossom, balanced by the smooth character of vanilla. White peach comes through on the palate, which has a vibrant acidity balanced by the natural character of fully ripe fruit. Medium to full-bodied, this wine has a finish that is lengthy but never heavy, its mix of oak, butter and fruit characteristics blending seamlessly and leaving a harmonious, lingering impression. 90 Pts Vinous
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2015 Elouan Pinot Noir
This 2015 Elouan Pinot Noir has greater depth and intensity than what is typical of Oregon Pinot Noir. Rich, ruby in color. Ripe cranberry, a touch of spice and fresh Bing cherry create an inviting bouquet with a subtle earthiness. The flavor profile shows red plum, bright cherry, minerality and dusty earth with a hint of sweet tobacco. The rustic layers of flavor are complemented by vanilla, spice and soft, refined tannins.
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2014 Prisoner Wine Co “Cuttings” Cabernet
Napa Valley, California
80% Cabernet Sauvignon; 20% Blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Zinfandel
Cuttings combines the deep, intense flavor of Cabernet Sauvignon with the structure and richness of Petite Sirah and Syrah. A small amount of Zinfandel adds a nice layer of complexity and spiciness. Deliciously smooth with flavors of blueberry, dark cherry, and cocoa. Aromas of fresh roasted coffee, black currant, vanilla bean, brown spice, and wild berries. 91+ Robert Parker
Retail $39.99

2015 Prisoner Wine Co ” Saldo” Zinfandel
Dry Creek, Lodi, and Amador, California
Dark ruby color with bold aromas of black licorice, black pepper, cherry, and baking spice. The entry is rich, full, and scintillating. The palate is mouthwatering and smooth with a hint of chocolate. The finish is voluptuous with soft, velvety tannins. 90Pts Robert Parker
BTG $10.75 Retail $27.99