Friday Tasting: Mottura, Tascante, and Cristom – 8/11/17

Join us Friday, August 11th, 5-8pm, for a FREE wine tasting!

This week’s lineup feature two unique Italian wines and an Oregon Pinot Noir.

Sergio Mottura 2015 Orvieto DOC: The Mottura estate has been in the family since 1930, and is farmed 100% organically today. The 2015 Orvieto, a blend of 45% Procanico, 25% Verdello, 20% Grechetto, and 10% Repuccio, is golden in hue, dry, and crisp. It offers aromas of wild mint and fresh herbs, balanced by subtle melon notes. Pair this wine with garlicky linguine and grilled prawns.

Tascante Ghiaia Nera 2015 Nerello Mascalese: Tascante is located just to the north of the Mount Etna volcano of Sicily. Needless to say, this is volcanic soil. The primary red varietal grown here is Nerello Mascalese (wines coming from inside the Mount Etna appellation are called Etna Rosso). The 2015 Ghiaia Nera expresses its volcanic terroir, but is balanced by lively acidity and mellowed after being aged for a year in 600 Liter Slavonian oak barrels. Notes of unctuous flowers, thyme, and baking spice, with firm but polished tannins. Pair with pizza and simple pasta dishes.

Cristom 2015 Mt. Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir: The Cristom estate and winery are located in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA of the Willamette valley, Oregon. Their focus is primarily on sustainably grown single-vineyard Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, with two unique acres of Viognier and Syrah (the climate doesn’t allow for ripening every year, so these wines are rare). The Cristom 2015 Mt. Jefferson (the 10,501 foot mountain due east of their vineyards) Cuvée Pinot Noir is sourced from each of their estate vineyards, and expresses a rich diversity of place.  This wine offers aromas of bright red, and slightly opulent fruit. The palate offers notes of pomegranate, strawberries, and cherries, balanced by smooth, seamless tannins. Pair with grilled lamb chops or salmon smothered in caramelized shallots.

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