For our next Tuesday we’ll be tasting 3 wines from California plus a Riesling from Germany and a Malbec from Argentina:
Cambria’s Katherine’s Vineyard is planted in shallow, porous, exceptionally well-draining soils that restrict vine vigor, forcing the vine to focus on fruit development in a unique climatic and geological conditions of the Santa Maria Bench in Santa Barbara County.
The Grans-Fassian winery founded in 1624, is situated next to the bend in the river Moselle between Leiwen and Trittenheim, one of Germany’s most beautiful landscapes. Here wines are produced with uncompromising measures, as only is done along the Moselle: an intensive fruit of fine elegance with not too much alcohol but also – as known from Auslese and Eiswein – high quality wines of an overpowering fullness and sensational richness. Mr. Grans has been named “Winemaker of the year” and won both the Riesling Trophy and the overall White Wine Trophy at the 1997 International Wine Challenge in London.
Naturally defined by the three mountain peaks that envelop it , Bennett Valley existed for many years in quiet obscurity, It wasn’t until 1977 with the founding of Matanzas Creek Winery that the area’s winemaking potential was once again unearthed. But Matanzas Creek didn’t just breathe new life into the area, it helped revolutionize the entire industry and, in the process, put Bennett Valley back on the map.
The grapes of the Piattelli’s Premium Malbec 2010 come from Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, at a height of 3,084 feet above sea level. The high altitude, combined with the deep loam soils, warm climate, large diurnal temperature changes, and scarce rainfall, help develop the wines strong tannins and deeply concentrated fruit. The vines are flood irrigated with melted snow from the Andes Mountain Range.
Authentically Californian in spirit, Archipel expresses the greatness of the ancient Mayacamas Mountain soils in a truly contemporary wine style. The fruit for Archipel comes from the Mayacamas Mountain range that stretches from the southern tip of Napa Valley to the northern end of Alexander Valley in Sonoma. Elevations rise from 750 to 2,400 feet where the vines receive ample sunshine and benefit from the rocky, well-drained soils, producing small, concentrated berries. The resultant wines are deeply colored with distinctive flavors and rich concentration.
HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING
Tuesday August 16th, 2011
No charge for tastings
Cambria Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay, 2008
This Chardonnay has aromas of fresh pineapple, white peach, pear, and green apple. The same fruit characters are on the palate and are accentuated by a bright, balanced acidity and subtle oak spice. The finish is lingering, clean and crisp.
BTG $ 6.25 Retail $15.99
Weingut Grans Fassian VDP Riesling, 2009
Both the grape musts and young wines have intensive aromas of ripe pear or peach; some are reminiscent of black currant or elderberry blossoms; and others, of apricot. The mineral tones and concentrated fruit of this vintage are the result of another long period of vegetation and dry, sunny autumn weather.
BTG $ 7.00 Retail $17.99
Matanzas Creek Bennett Valley Merlot, 2006
In the nose you will pick up notes of ripe cherry and plum gracefully developing into cassis and vanilla spice with subsequent swirls in the glass. Flavors of clove and coffee coupled with white pepper contribute to this wines exceptional balance.
BTG $ 9.50 Retail $24.99
Piattelli Premium Malbec, 2009
100 % Malbec
The color and flavors in this wine remind you of fresh, sweet purple plums – velvety layers of flavor are full and lasting typical of an Argentine Malbec.
BTG $ 7.75 Retail $19.99
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot.
89% Sonoma County, 11% Napa County.
Bright ruby. Wild, musky aromas of plum, smoked meat and nutty oak. Sweet, juicy and old school, with complexity and notes of coffee, meat and green pepper currently dominating underlying fruit. Finishes with dusty, slightly drying tannins.
BTG $ 11.00 Retail $29.99