Thursday & Friday Wine Tastings: January 4th & 5th
January 3, 2018
Join us Thursday, January 4th, 5-7pm, and Friday, January 5th, 5-8pm, for FREE wine tastings!
Cuvaison 2014 Estate Chardonnay, Carneros: Round with pleasing aromas of honeysuckle, orange blossom, peach, and lime peel. Stone fruit, citrus, and some minerality on the palate. Pair with chicken salad.
Swanson Vineyards 2010 Merlot, Oakville: Soft, appealing, and approachable. Cherry, sandalwood, red currant, and herbal notes. Some Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon blended in for added structure. Pair with classic barbecue.
Petra 2012 “Ebo” Toscana Rosso: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 10% Sangiovese. Aromas of black currant, graphite, and meat. Dark chocolate, blackberries, and dried cherries on the palate. Pair with grilled or braised meats.
Cambria 2015 Viognier, Santa Maria Valley: The Jackson family has sustainably farmed Cambria’s Santa Maria estate for 30 years. Having grown up among these vines, Katie and Julia Jackson continue the business and the tradition of caring for the land responsibly. Their 2015 Viognier comes from the Tepusquet Vineyard, and offers aromas and flavors of sweet lime and grapefruit, with crunchy minerality, and a certain salinity, finishing bright and clean. Pair with shrimp scampi.
Bluegray 2014 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.
Bodegas Juan Gil 2014 Jumilla : Another from the Juan Gil family, this time from the Jumilla appellation of the Murcia region in southern Spain. This wine is 100% Monastrell (a.k.a. Mourvèdre) aged for a full year in French oak barrels. The grapes are sourced from old, low-yielding vineyards in the appellation. It shows explosive aromas of ripe currant, red berries, and smoke. It has a juicy, concentrated mouthfeel, with fine silken tannins, and a long persistent finish. Pair with barbecued steaks or ribs, roasted vegetables, and hard cheeses.
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