October 14, 2010

October Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

Friday, 3:30-7:30

October 15th, 2010

10% off on all wine tasting wines! Remember, you get 10% off any sale prices….and A LOT of these wines are on sale!

New World

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Karia" Chardonnay 2007 (California) Reg. $34.99, Sale $29.99 – This is a wonderful combination of aromas and flavors – white peaches, almonds, white flowers, apples, vanilla cream and honey. This has a nice toasty note to the finish. 100% Chardonnay. 35% goes through malolactic fermentation. 8.5 months “sur lies” aging in French oak barrels (23% new).

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Artemis" Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (California) Reg. $54.99, Sale $45.99 – This is a ripe, rich young wine with aromas and flavors of blackberries, toast, anise, leather, dark earth, vanilla and more. This is still young and will benefit from aging. The tannins are mouth-coating. Made from almost exclusively Cabernet Sauvignon (92%) and a little Merlot (8%). Aged 18 months in French oak (33% new). Blend of grapes from the Arcadia, FAY and S.L.V. vineyards. Wine Enthusiast, 90 points.

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "FAY" Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (California) Reg. $94.99, Sale $79.99 – “An iron fist in a velvet glove.” This has the bright cherry aromas and flavors that are the signature of this vineyard. You’ll also notice red plums, forest floor, sandalwood and more in the aromas. Flavors of spices, caramel, red and black cherries, plums and more. This is where Stag’s Leap started! Aged 18 months in French oak barrels (80% new). 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Food pairing – duck breast with a cherry sauce or dishes with black olives.

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "S.L.V." Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (California) Reg. $124.99, Sale $103.99 – This has dark fruit aromas and flavors (blackberries, dark plums). Also, cassis, earth, caramel and vanilla. The tannins can be described as being like raw silk – slightly nubby, yet still smooth. Long, long finish. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged 24 months in French oak (88% new).

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Cask 23" Cabernet Sauvignon (California) Reg. $194.99, Sale $149.99 – we AREN’T tasting Cask 23. I wanted to let you know that both the 2006 and 2007 vintages are available and on sale. Take 10% off the sale price and it’s $134.99. That’s a savings of $60!

Old World

The Sparkling:

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne (France) Reg. $39.99, Sale $34.99 – This is a delicious Champagne and the best value at this price….less than $32 for Champagne is a steal! This has delicate bubbles (I like my bubbles small). Aromas and flavors of pears, apples, almonds and hazelnuts. Blend of 20% Chardonnay (elegance and delicacy), 40% Pinot Meunier (fruitiness) and 40% Pinot Noir (roundness and structure). 91 points, Roberet Parker, Wine Advocate

The Whites:

Villa Antinori Toscana Bianco 2009 (Italy) Reg. $14.99, Sale $12.99 - Italian whites are so wonderful with food! It’s crisp, clean and a great price! Aromas of roses, grass and tropical fruit. Flavors of melons, tropical fruit, apples and pears. Crisp acidity at the finish. Blend of 70% Trebbiano and Malvasia and 30% Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Grigio. Stainless steel fermentation. Antinori has been making wine since 1385. This is only 12% alcohol, so it is great for a party. Food pairing – grilled fish or chicken, lighter dishes, salads.

Santa Cristina Campogrande Orvieto 2009 (Italy) $13.99 – This is a classic Orvieto from the region’s best growing area for these grapes. This is tangy, zesty and fresh. Refreshing wine. Aromas and flavors of melons and lemon/lime citrus. Blend of 40% Procanico, 40% Grechetto, 15% Verdello and 5% Drupeggio & Malvasia.

The Reds:

Tormaresca Nèprica 2008 (Puglia, Italy) $12.99 -Great drinking wine for everyday! This is smooth, rich and loaded with flavor! This packs aromas and flavors of plums, raspberries, black cherries and cola. It has hints of licorice and pepper. Long finish! Puglia is the “heel” of the boot, so we are in the extreme southern part of Italy. Tormaresca means “tower by the sea.” 40% Negroamaro, 30% Primitivo and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Food pairing – spicy pasta dishes. Wine Enthusiast, 90 points, “Best Buy”

Villa Antinori Toscana Rosso IGT 2005 (Tuscany, Italy) Reg. $25.99, Sale $19.99 – This is a rich, soft, smooth red with wonderful red berry flavors and aromas. Aromas of vanilla, toast and more. For decades this was a Chianti Classico, but in 2001, the winery wanted to change the wine to a “Super Tuscan” so that the grapes could come from the best possible growing sources. Each varietal in the blend is grown in the terroir best suited to it: Sangiovese in Chianti Classico and Montalcino, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Bolgheri, and Syrah in Cortona. Blend of 55% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 5% Syrah. Some of the wine is aged in French, American and Hungarian oak barriques for a year. The wine is then bottle aged for 8 months before release.

Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo $21.99 (Apuglia, Italy) $21.99 – This is a beautiful, full-bodied red from Southern Italy. This is bold and packed with fruit – blackberries, plums, black cherries. Great length at the finish! 100% Primitivo aged in French and Hungarian oak barriques for 12 months. Aged another 10 months in the bottle before release. 89 points, Roberet Parker, Wine Advocate

Pèppoli Chianti Classico 2007 (Tuscany, Italy) Reg. $29.99, Sale $26.99 – This is a wonderful, “modern style” Chianti Classico from a great vintage! Aromas of red berries, red cherries, vanilla and dark chocolate. Full-bodied with soft tannins. Lots of red berries and cherries in the flavors. 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot and Syrah. 90% of the wine is aged in large Slovenian oak casks and 10% in American oak barrels for 9 months. This is a “drink now” Chianti Classico. Wine Spectator, 90 points

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