Friday Tasting: California, Italy, Spain – 2/3/17

Join us Friday, February 3rd, 5-8pm, for a FREE wine tasting!

This Friday we have three wines from three different countries:

Captûre 2014 “Tradition” Sauvignon Blanc: Captûre’s motto is “Bordeaux Tradition. Frontier Spirit.” Meaning they have brought the traditional winemaking techniques of Bordeaux to northern California’s Mayacamas Mountain wine country. Established in 2008, Captûre sources fruit from remote high-elevation vineyards in Sonoma, Napa, and Lake counties. Their 2014 “Tradition” Sauvignon Blanc consists of 65% Lake County fruit and 35% Sonoma County fruit. This flagship wine undergoes stainless steel fermentation and 10 months of sur lie aging. It exudes notes of fresh grapefruit, mango, stone fruit, and green apple. Pair with seared Ahi tuna salad.

La Quercia 2012 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva: Winemaker Antonio Lamona is passionate about controlling the vigorous Montepulciano vines responsible for producing this wine. The 40-year-old vines are grown in the tradition Tendone or “tent” style, and are pruned way back to produce only two-thirds of a bottle per plant – very low yields indeed. The wine was aged for 12 months in 50hL Slavonian oak barrels, then for a further year in stainless steel before bottling. Rich, but not heavy, this very small production wine is rustic, brimming with black cherry, plum, and black pepper notes. Pair with pork chops covered in olive tapenade.

Bluegray 2013 Priorat D.O.Q. Blend: From the Juan Gil family comes this luscious red blend from Priorat D.O.Q. (Denominació d’Origen Qualificada) in the Catalonian region of Spain. It’s a relatively unconventional blend of 45% Garnacha (a.k.a. Grenache), 30% Mazuelo, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. It offers full, ripe black fruit and cherry aromas and flavors, along with pleasing herbal, mineral, and spicy notes. Pair with game meats or roast beef, and aged cheeses.

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