Friday Tasting: Giesen, Davies, and Tikal – 9/15/17
September 14, 2017
Join us Friday, September 15th, 5-8pm, for a FREE wine tasting!
Giesen “The August 1888” 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough: This wine is a tribute to founding brothers Theo, Alex, and Marcel Giesen’s grandfather. It was he that influenced his grandsons to start a winery in New Zealand, which, at the time was an unusual concept. The brothers Giesen meant for this wine to push the boundaries of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and dispel the stereotype that it is only super fruity tropical juice. They experimented in the winery, using different yeast strains and oak regimes on separate parcels of Sauvignon Blanc fruit. The inaugural 2010 vintage sold extremely well, so they continued to produce the August. The 2012 vintage shows pure, lifted fruit, with spicy and savory nuances, interlaced with multidimensional minerality, acidity, and phenolic structure. This wine only grows more layers as it ages in the bottle or opens up in the glass. Pair with seared skin-on salmon, drizzled with a remoulade sauce.
Davies 2014 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir: The Davies originally planted their estate vineyards with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, intending to produce Méthode Champenoise sparkling wines. Today, while the Schramsbergs (who own Davies) still produce excellent North Coast sparkling wines, the Davies focus on Bordeaux-style reds from hillside vineyards in Napa, as well as vineyard and appellation designated Pinot Noir from the Anderson Valley. Their 2014 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is opulent with polished texture, and is ready to drink in its youth. Red cherry, cinnamon, and cedar aromas abound, with a layered palate, and fine tannins. Pair with lamb skewers and grilled vegetables.
Tikal 2014 “Patriota,” Mendoza: Tikal is a product of Ernesto Catena’s artistic passion and respect for nature. Their estate vineyards are certified biodynamic and organic. This blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Bonarda comes from hand-harvested grapes grown in the Uco Valley and Northern Mendoza at about 3,200 feet elevation. Most of the vines are 75 years old and well-adapted to the soil. The nose explodes with bright cherry notes, leading to a fairly full body with notes of cherry, raspberry, and cocoa, followed by baking spices and smooth tannins in the finish. Pair with smoked or grilled meats, or meat-topped pizza.
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