Friday Wine Tasting 7.21.17

End your week on a high note by joining us for our free wine tasting: today from 3-7 pm. Here’s what we’ll be pouring:

RIVAROSÉ BRUT
This beautiful sparkling rosé from Provence, France offers an amiable nose of cherry, raspberry and strawberry. The palate is clean and delicate with a fine, mouth-filling mousse and persistent flavors of red berries and a hint of spice.

A.P. VIN KANZLER VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
A renowned producer of small batch Pinot Noir, A.P. Vin sources this wine exclusively from the Kanzler Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast. Graceful and lively, this bottle offers notes of rich dried red fruits, delicate flowers and damp forest floor. Silky and supple with moderate body and fine tannins, this wine will continue to age gracefully for the next several years.

FREAKSHOW RED
One of acclaimed Michael David Winery’s big hits, this Lodi blend pairs the wild, untamed muscle of Syrah with the refined, polished structure of Petite Sirah. Aromas of baked berry cobble, espresso and roasted nuts rise aggressively from the glass. The palate is full bodied and velvety with rich flavors of jam, toffee, dark chocolate and warm tobacco on the finish. A big, gregarious wine and an excellent value.

MICHAEL DAVID PETITE PETITE
A blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot, offering a joyous explosion of color and fun! It is a substantial, dense, full-bodied, whopper style of wine loaded with pure black fruit and vanilla flavors that coat the palate. It reveals remarkable richness with a finish that is slightly dry and seems to linger.

Friday Wine Tasting 7.14.17

Come by and cool off with some free wine! Here’s what we’ll be pouring today from 3-7 pm.

LA CAPRANERA FIANO
The Fiano grape is thought to be indigenous to Campania, Italy and is known for concentrated fruit and intense aromatics. The clay and chalk soils of the vineyards lend a clean mineral crispness to the wine, enhancing the attractive notes of white flowers, ripe pear and apricot. Chill this down for an excellent and refreshing sunny day wine.

GEORGES DEBOEUF BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES
Beaujolais-Villages takes its name from the 38 villages from which it can source its fruit and can be an approachable introduction to the more prestigious Cru Beaujolais. Produced by one of the most recognizable names in Beaujolais, this wine offers bright cherry and blackberry flavors with smooth, easy tannins. Incredibly versatile with food pairings, this wine can be served room temperature or slightly chilled.

DONATELLA CINELLI ROSSO DI MONTALCINO
Rosso di Montalcino is made of 100% Sangiovese (same grape as in Chianti). This deep ruby red wine spends one year in oak barrels imparting plentiful tannins, spice and complexity. Cherry, cranberry and bright pomegranate fruit is bolstered by a bright acidity and dusty lingering finish.

CLOS DE LOS SIETE
Clos de Los Siete is an Argentinian project of acclaimed Bordeaux producer Michel Rolland. Predominantly composed of Malbec, this is an inky, deep, dark and complex wine. The nose is pure and alluring offering fresh, juice fruit notes. The palate is full and fleshy with round tannins, vibrant acidity and generous fruit flavors enhanced by a lingering, dominant profile of baking spice.

 

Friday Wine Tasting 7.7.17

We hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July. Come by and join us for a free wine tasting, today from 3-7 pm. Hope to see you there!

BARLOW SAUVIGNON BLANC
This Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is crisp, clean and complex. The nose is pure fruit and sunshine with aromas of grapefruit, melon, lime zest and mandarin orange. The palate is a pleasant balance of refreshing crispness and round richness. The fruit profile continues on the palate with tropical fruit notes and lemon grass with a flinty minerality leading to cleansing finish.

WATERMILL CABERNET FRANC
Cabernet Franc is an excellent summer red wine. It tends to be leaner and lighter bodied than it’s relative Cabernet Sauvignon, while still providing great fruit and balanced structure. This Oregon example offers an earthy nose of smoke, leather and hints of lavender. The palate is dark and complex with ripe black cherry and plum fruits evolving into a finish of cocoa, spice and espresso.

WATERMILL MERLOT
This Merlot is round, plush and thoroughly satisfying. Thick but gentle tannins are balanced by a lively acidity, keeping the wine feeling decedent but not too heavy. Blackberry and fig preserves create a feeling of warmth and richness, showing a complex evolution into a finish of toasted almonds, dark cherry and cocoa powder.

WATERMILL CHANCES R RED
This is a Bordeaux style blend, meaning it is some makeup of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. It opens with a bold and friendly nose of dark cherry, vanilla and cloves. The palate is rich and round with smooth tannins and ripe flavors of plum, raspberry and dark chocolate.

Friday Wine Tasting 6.30.17

Toast June good-bye with our free wine tasting from 3-7 pm. Here’s what we’ll be pouring!

MIRAVAL ROSÉ
This pure example of Provence rosé is a delicate pink color with bright red fruit aromas. The palate is clean and refreshing with tart berry flavors and hints of floral and mineral notes. The finish is light and refreshing with ample acidity.

HALL SAUVIGNON BLANC
A powerhouse Napa winery, Hall may be best known for its Cabernet. But don’t discount its Sauvignon Blanc. A gorgeous yellow-green, this wine looks like bottled summer morning sunshine. A bold nose offers lemon zest, green melon and alluring hints of jasmine. The palate continues the tropical fruit profile, adding a sharp edged acidity that is balanced by a creamy softness from time spent on lees. Open this to enjoy with anything from salads to seafood or simply for a chat with a good friend.

MARTIN RAY PINOT NOIR
This wine is an excellent representation of a classic Sonoma Pinot Noir. The nose is rich and intense with notes of black cherry, elderberry and dried rose petals. The palate is lush and juicy with flavors of cherry cola and dark earth undertones. French oak aging adds underlying hints of vanilla and toffee. Delicious and quaffable!

KLINKER BRICK WINERY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Lodi may be a Central Coast area best known for its Zinfandel, but talented wine makers are now putting out concentrated, balanced examples of Cabernet Sauvignon. After spending over a year in French oak, this wine offers a bold nose of cherry pie and chai tea. The palate is full and lush with layers of complex flavors like cherry, black currant and leather.

Friday Wine Tasting 6.23.17

Come cool off from the heat with a free wine tasting, TODAY from 3-7 pm. We’ve got the wines you need to get you through this summer!

LE PROVENÇAL ROSÉ
Summer is a time made from drinking rosé and some of the best rosés come from the Provence region of France. A glorious salmon pink, this Grenache blend smells of white flowers and bright red berries. The palate is light, but soft and round, showing flavors of fresh apples, strawberry candy and a cleansing minerality. Drink this!

ESPORÃO V VERDELHO
This Portuguese grape is most closely associated with Madeira, but can also be used to produce racy, crisp white wines. Opening with a delicate citrus nose, this wine offers bright flavors of melon and stone fruit, ripening as the wine warms.

SAN FELICE CHIANTI CLASSICO
Chianti Classico wines come from a small, specialized area within the greater Chianti region. A vibrant red with a bouquet of red berries, dried violets and dusty earth. The palate is lively and acidic with tart cherry flavors, baking spice and fine, gritty tannins.

DOMAINE DU TAUCH FITOU
A Carignan blend from Fitou in France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region, this dark inky wine is burly and bold while keeping a lively, medium-weight body. The palate is a pleasant melange of juicy, ripe purple fruits and wild berries balanced by earth notes of tobacco and dried herbs.

Friday Wine Tasting 6.16.17

Don’t forget to come by for our free wine tasting, TODAY from 3-7 pm.

CMS SAUVIGNON BLANC
Predominantly Sauvignon Blanc with small amounts of Chardonnay and Marsanne added for body and richness, this Columbia Valley wine offers a beautiful tropical fruit profile with a playful and lively texture, clean acidity and a hint of green herbs on the finish.

SCOTT PINOT NOIR
Scott consistently produces rich, elegant Pinot Noir. This wine from the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County is made from low yield vineyards; a method thought to better express the delicate characteristics and terroir influences that make Pinot Noir such an enchanting and often frustrating grape. Medium bodied with bright acidity, the palate is full of sweet and spicy flavors like cherry pie, ginger, honey, toasted almonds and vanilla.

HEDGES FAMILY ESTATE RED MOUNTAIN
This Washington State red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot offering dense color, firm tannins and plentiful, bracing acidity. Bright flavors of cherries and currants partner with rich earthy notes of leather, dried herbs and sweet cedar. Drinkable now, this is a wine that will benefit from aging, where its more robust characteristics will soften and evolve.

CATENA MALBEC
Bodega Catena Zapata is one of the most respected wineries in Argentina. Their Catena line of wines are single varietal blends from throughout their top tier vineyards. Showing excellent balance and complexity, this is a wine ready for immediate consumption, yet also fully equipped for decades of aging. This wine is deeply colored with intoxicating aromas of red and purple fruits and a soft, velvety palate with fine tannins. Juicy flavors of blueberries and blackberries mingle with notes of warm spice and leather into a long lingering finish.

Friday Wine Tasting 6.9.17

We have an all California lineup this week. Come taste some delicious wines from the Golden State! Today from 3-7 pm!

THE 75 WINE CO. SAUVIGNON BLANC
Sourcing the fruit from throughout the state of allows winemakers to compose a complex, intense and balanced wine. A true reflection of Sauvignon Blanc, this wine offers a concentrated nose of honeydew and lemon curd. The palate is equally rich with peach cobbler and candied citrus peel finishing with a refreshing acidity and clean wet stone minerality.

A.P. VIN KANZLER VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
A renowned producer of small batch Pinot Noir, A.P. Vin sources this wine exclusively from the Kanzler Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast. Graceful and lively, this bottle offers notes of rich dried red fruits, delicate flowers and damp forest floor. Silky and supple with moderate body and fine tannins, this wine will continue to age gracefully for the next several years.

CULT CABERNET SAUVIGNON
This is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet presenting a soft, dense mouth-feel, well integrated tannins and a long, lingering finish. The nose is bold with fragrances of black and purple fruits and hints of oak spice. Juicy, jammy fruit continues on the palate along with hints of leather and tobacco creating a complex experience that begs for roasted red meat.

VALRAVN OLD VINE ZINFANDEL
A small batch project by the people behind Banshee Wines, these dry farmed vines ranging in age from 50-105, produce concentrated, intense fruit. Rich and complex, hints of mocha, violets and licorice wrap around a core of pure wile strawberry, raspberry and blackberry fruit. A fresh acidity and peppery finish keep this wine feeling lively and refreshing.

Friday Wine Tasting 5.26.17

Come join us before you begin you Memorial Day celebrations! Here’s what we’ll be pouring from 3-7 pm.

RIO DO CACHACA LIME &
RIO DO CACHACA PASSION
Cachaca, often called Brazilian rum, is the third fastest growing spirit category. Distilled directly from fresh pressed Brazilian sugar cane juice, cachaca is used in the national cocktail of Brazil, the Caipirinha- a refreshing blend of cachaca, limes, sugar and ice. These flavored versions offer an exciting twist

ROSSO DI CA’MOMI
This is a proprietary red blend of grapes sourced from throughout Napa Valley. The nose is bold with caramel and fig aromas, along with notes of coffee and chocolate. Lush and medium bodied on the palate, ripe red fruit flavors mingle nicely with cedar and coffee notes. Powerful grip and balanced acidity carry you into a pleasing and long finish.

PORTLANDIA PINOT NOIR
This Oregon Pinot Noir sourced from the Willamette and Rogue Valleys, is a youthful, lively example of the grape. The nose is bright with red cherry and hints of pipe tobacco. The palate is vibrantly acidic and spicy, with red berry and plum notes and a clean underlying minerality.

Friday Wine Tasting 5.19.17

Here’s this week’s wine tasting line up. Come by for a taste!

KLINKER BRICK BRICKS & ROSES
This classic Rhone style blend rose is a brilliant salmon hue with a bright nose of citrus and white flowers. Dry, but fruity, this wine offers a pleasant palate of ripe strawberries, watermelon and grapefruit. This wine finishes light with a vibrant acidity making it a refreshing companion on any warm sunny day.

DOG POINT SAUVIGNON BLANC
New Zealand has become synonymous with great Sauvignon Blanc. A bright yellow/green, this wine offers classic Sauvignon Blanc aromas of lemon and grapefruit with hints of a smokey, flinty minerality. Typically a high acid grape, this wine does an excellent job of balancing that bracing acidity with juicy fruit flavors. Pure citrus notes mingle with hints of elderflower that linger refreshingly on the palate.

KLINKER BRICK OLD VINE ZINFANDEL
Klinker Brick classifies any vine over the age of 50 as “old vine”, but this Zinfandel comes from vineyards that average 85 years in age. Dark, sweet berries and warm spice dominate the nose leading into a full, juicy palate of plum, blackberry and a hint of black pepper.

NORTON PRIVADA
This Argentinian blend of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is a deep, inky wine. The depth of color mirrors the depth of aroma and flavor yet to come. The nose is rich and cloying with candied grape and pomegranate aromas. The palate is thick and almost syrupy in its richness. Jammy blackberry and baked plum are bolstered by chewy tannins and a bold, lingering finish.