Wine Tasting 3/26/19

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Tuesday March 26th 2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Dourum Tons White Blend

Douro Valley, Portugal

This white blend seems to contain nearly every white grape planted in the Douro. It’s the terroir talking here, with a strong minerality, a tight texture.

 White blossom notes linger over the crisp peach and lemon-lime flavors of this crisp, pretty white, with spice and mineral details dovetailing on the finish

89 Pts Wine Spectator,  Best Buy Wine Enthusiast

BTG $6.50  Retail $11.99

2017 Gramona Gessami

Penedes, Spain

What strikes many as an usual blend is fairly common in Penedes – aromatic whites made from a blend of “northern” and indigenous varieties. In the case of Gessami, it is a blend of the native Muscat (both Frontignan and d’Alexandrie are grown by Gramona), and the non-native but heat tolerant Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. Well over half of the blend is Sauvignon Blanc, which provides both the body and acidity ,both varieties of Muscat are used in addition to a small proportion of Gewürztraminer to boost the aromatics. Such a floral and alluring wine is fittingly named Gessami, which in English means Jasmine. 4.1 Vivino

BTG $ 8.75    Retail $20.99

2016 Dourum Tons Red Blend

Douro, Portugal

Tons is ruby red in color with violet tones. The nose is dominated by aromas of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and prunes, blending beautifully with spicy secondary aromas from barrel aging. Well-balanced acidity, soft and ripe tannins, and a persistent finish result in an elegant wine. 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast

BTG $6.50 Retail $11.99

2015  Volver Tarima Hill Monastrell

Valencia, Spain

This red shows grace and depth. Black cherry, plum, mineral and smoke flavors mingle harmoniously over well-integrated tannins, while lively acidity keeps this focused. Not showy, but all the pieces fit together. Balanced, in the modern style.

92 Pts Wine Spectator 2017 Top 100 #17, 93Pts Jeb Dunnock

BTG $10.75    Retail 27.99

2010 Carlos Serres Gran Reserva

Rioja, Spain

85%Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo

Bright red and garnet with a rim turning to brick showing its extended aging in barrel and bottle. Complex aromas from its development and aging, mature ripe black fruit, and vanilla and cinnamon spice, with a deep mineral core. Velvety smooth, harmonious with a fresh finish. 93 Pts Wine Enthusiast

BTG $10.50 Retail $26.99

Wine Tasting 3/19/19

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on March 14, 2019 No Comments yet



Tuesday March 19th 2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Librandi Val di Neto White Critone

Calabria, Italy

Chardonnay with Sauvignon Blanc

Fresh and floral, with lime blossom, kiwifruit, peach and blood orange sorbet flavors, this medium-bodied white is backed by vibrant acidity and lingers with spice and graphite accents.  90 Pts Wine Spectator Top 100: 2018, Rank: 81

BTG $7.25   Retail $15.99

2015 ColleMassari Montecucco Rosso Rigoleto ORGANIC

Montecucco, Italy

70% Sangiovese, 15% Ciliegiolo and 15% Montepulciano that sees a minimal part aged in oak barrels. Most of the wine goes into stainless steel tanks instead and is stored at reduced temperatures to lock in that distinct aromatic verve. The wine is redolent of wild cherry and raspberry with light touches of moist earth and toasted nut at the back. 90 Pts James Suckling

BTG $ 7.25     Retail $15.99

2016 Ferzo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Abruzzo, Italy

Deep purple with ruby reflections, this is Montepulciano d’Abruzzo at its most loveable.  A perfect balance between bright sour cherry and wild berries with hints of pepper and spice, all held together by elegant tannins and palate-cleansing acidity. 91 Pts TC

BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2015 Vietti Nebbiolo Langhe Perbacco

Piedmont, Italy

White pepper, cherry, tea, juniper and tobacco flavors dissolve into a swath of tannins that leave a grip on the finish. Though elegant, this feels more like a Barolo in profile and structure. 92 Pts Wine Spectator

BTG $10.75     Retail 27.99

2016 Grattamacco Super Tuscan

Tuscany, Italy

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Sangiovese

Black currant, black cherry, graphite, cedar and olive flavors are the hallmarks of this red. Though lean and sinewy, this is saturated, leaving a palate-staining finish.

93 Pts Wine Spectator

BTG $14.00 Retail $37.99

Wine Tasting3/12/19

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on March 7, 2019 No Comments yet


Tuesday March 12th 2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 WillaKenzie Pinot Gris

Willamette Valley, Oregon

This pale colored Gris begins with aromas of Bartlett pear, starfruit and a touch of lemon zest. With bright, lip smacking acidity, the wine unveils lovely Pazzaz apple, shortbread and lemon cream flavors. This is just an awesome value out of the Willamette Valley. 90 Pts International wine report

BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2016 Flowers Chardonnay

Sonoma Coast, California

The 2016 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) is a gorgeous appellation level wine. Intensely perfumed, with tons of sheer class, the 2016 has so much to offer. The tropical fruit, mint and floral notes are pliant and open in this creamy, polished Chardonnay from Flowers. This is a terrific introduction to the vintage.

91 Pts Robert Parker, 92 Pts Vinous

Retail $39.99

2016 Macrostie Pinot Noir

A meticulous blend from several cool coastal vineyards including the Estate’s Thale’s Vineyard and Manzana Vineyard (Dutton Ranch) in the Russian River Valley, Goldrock Ridge in the far Sonoma coast, and Steve MacRostie’s own Wildcat Mountain straddling Carneros and the

Petaluma Gap all contribute delicious and complex layers to the blend. Lively acidity, soft tannin, floral notes and warm baking spices add beguiling complexity to the interplay of juicy Bing cherry and luxurious blue fruits. Pairs wonderfully with a range of foods from aged cheeses to salmon to sweet/spicy barbecue.

90 Pts James Suckling

BTG $10.75 Retail $27.99

2016 Trefethen Merlot

Napa Valley, California

A deep ruby red color introduces a wine with layered aromas of black cherry, blackberry and baking spice. The palate opens with juicy red fruit, clove, and toasty oak. This Merlot is beautifully balanced with soft tannins and a luscious finish. 93 Pts Wine Enthusiast

BTG $10.00      Retail 24.99

2016 Leviathan Red Blend

From winemaker Andy Erickson, the 2016 Leviathan is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Merlot aged in 25% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with exuberant black cherries, black raspberries and blackcurrants with hints of pencil shavings, black pepper, tobacco and forest floor plus a waft of tapenade. Full, firm and grainy, with gorgeous mid-palate generosity and packed with layers of black fruit and savory sparks, it has a rock-solid frame of ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long. Approachable now yet structured to cellar, this seriously affordable, serious California blend should age 15-20 years or more.  Rating: 94+ Robert Parker

BTG $12.00 Retail $32.99