Below please find notes from the January 9 wine tasting with Josh Underhill of Pine State. Our next tasting will be on February 13, 2020. Hope to see you there!
Jeio Prosecco Brut (Veneto, Italy)
Made from 100% Glera grapes grown on the steepest vineyard sites in Valdobbiadene, Veneto, this dry Prosecco is lively and fresh, with plenty of lemon peel, spiced pear, and frothy mineral notes. Medium-bodied and with satisfying length, Jeio takes Prosecco to another level at a fantastic price. $12.99
Alamos Torrontes 2017 (Salta, Argentina)
Torrontes is the only native grape varietal in Argentina, and the vineyards of Alamos are located in the extremely high altitude mountains (5,000 to 10,000 feet!) in the northwestern region of Salta. Intensely fragrant, with floral aromas of orange and jasmine blossom, this Torrontes is loaded with white peach and tropical fruits, gentle acidity, and a bright, clean finish. $11.99
Terredora Fiano di Avellino 2017 (Campania, Italy)
This highly expressive Fiano is made in a hands-off method: after a cold maceration and temperature controlled fermentation, the wine ages on the lees for a few months, allowing the development of flavor and texture. Pear, apricot, and apple are accented by white flowers and baking spices, leading to a body of considerable density, length, and texture. $19.99
Sella & Mosca Cannonau Riserva 2016 (Sardinia, Italy)
This 100 year old estate is one of the largest contiguous wine estates in Europe, and their Cannonau (the local strain of Grenache) has become an icon of Sardinian winemaking. After fermentation in stainless steel, it spends two years in large Slavonian oak barrels. Highly expressive black and red fruits join with a combination of earth and savory herbs on the medium to full bodied palate. $15.99
Sierra Cantabria Rioja Seleccion 2016 (Rioja, Spain)
Sierra Cantabria is located in Avala, the northern, Basque portion of Rioja, where the preference is for 100% Tempranillo Riojas, since Garnacha and Graciano do not ripen reliably this far north. The Seleccion is fermented for two weeks and ages for six months in stainless steel and six months in a mix of American and French oak. An outstanding entry-level Rioja, this wine presents an outstanding balance of fresh, crisp red fruits, fine-tuned acid, and firm but approachable tannin. $13.99
Catena Malbec 2016 (Mendoza, Argentina)
The fruit is sourced from three high-altitude estate vineyards, which are vinified separately. After a 16 day fermentation with wild yeasts, the wine is macerated for an additional 22 days to maximize extraction, and then aged in a variety of oak barrels for over a year. The resulting wine has a dark color and impressive weight and complexity for a wine at this level- an iconic wine from the most famous estate in Mendoza. $19.99
Pricing subject to change after this posting.
Our next wine tasting will take place on February 13, 2020 from 5–7pm.
Fall in love with wine all over again at our February monthly wine tasting. Invite your sweetheart, friend, partner, honey, date (as long as they’re 21+!) to our Valentine’s Day themed monthly tasting. Jim Laughren, author of “50 Ways to Love Wine More: Adventures in Wine Appreciation” will be in the kitchen signing his most recent book, light snacks will be available, and there will be some delicious wines to grab at your heartstrings. We hope to see you at this FREE event!