Friday Night Tasting 9/4/15

Friday Night Tasting 9/4/15

MSWS Downtown
5-7:30 pm




Douloufakis Femina Malvasia 2013 – $17.99
Tasting price – $16.19
(100% Malvasia; Crete, Greece)
“I haven’t seen many vintages of this yet, but it has quickly become one of the wines I look forward to as Greece’s summer sessions begin anew each year. This year’s version is expressive and elegant, with all that Malvasia flavor laced into the palate. Well structured, lively and pure, it seems to be in fine shape now. It also has the ability to hold nicely for a few years, although we should take that in stages. If it doesn’t project the pure power of some versions, the next day it was still glorious and persistent, with tension on the finish and some enlivening herbaceous hints.” – The Wine Advocate


Pazo Torrado Albariño 2013 – $15.99
Wine of the Week on sale for $10.96
(100% Albariño, Rias Baixas, Spain)
Pazo Torrado is located in the Rias Baixas wine region of Galiciais, in the Salnés Valley near the northern Atlantic coast of Spain. This smooth and balanced white is made from the Albariño grape (Al-bar-reen-yo,) and it has apple, peach, citrus and floral aromas, followed by an integrated palate of stone fruits and yellow citrus that’s shot through with a streak of minerals. “Pazo” is Galacian for manor house, but “Pazzo” is Italian for crazy. At first, we misread the name as saying that this was a crazy good deal, which it is, but it would also look great in your manor house.


Gueissard “Cuvee G” Rosé 2012 – $11.99
Tasting price – $10.79
(55% Syrah, 45% Cinsault; Côtes de Provence, France)
“Elegant peach color. Expressive; simultaneously powerful and elegant. On the nose, notes of white peaches and rose petals. The palate is round, fruity, and floral with power and persistence. A wine of great aromatic length.” – Vins de Provence


Lechthaler Pinot Noir 2013 – $16.99
Tasting price – $15.29
(100% Pinot Noir; Trentino, Italy)
“This cool climate Pinot Noir is true to place and grape with its red berry fruit, soft tannins and refreshing acidity. A combo of light strawberry-raspberry-cranberry-cherry are mixed with violet and a whiff of smoke in this medium weight, gentle red.
The commune of Rovere’ Della Luna in Trentino is nestled in the mountainous area about 20km north of Trento. The grapes for this wine were grown at an altitude of 750 feet, in mineral-rich soil that is typical for Trentino. The wine was fermented in stainless steel at a controlled temperature of 77°F; it saw skin maceration for ten days and malolactic fermentation for 60 days. Afterward the finished wine is aged for 12 months in small used oak barrels.”


Vega Tolosa “11 Pinos” Bobal 2012 – $12.99
Wine of the Week on sale for $9.96
(100% Bobal; Manchuela, Spain)
Due west of Valencia lies the wine region of Manchuela, home to the up and coming Bobal grape. Bobal derives its name from bovale, the Latin word for bull, because its grape clusters resemble a bull’s head. But what isn’t bull is that Bobal just might be the next big thing. Shiraz, Malbec, Garnacha – all fruit forward, low-acid wines that became superstars. Bobal more than fits that bill, plus its name is fun to say! The 11 Pinos Bobal is smooth and lush with blackberry and black cherry fruits and a soft, fruit-filled finish.


Nine Stones Shiraz 2012 – $15.99
Tasting price – $14.39
(100% Shiraz; McLaren Vale, Australia)
“From the highly acclaimed McLaren Vale. Notable for being one of Australia’s top maritime regions, with thin soils, limited water and warm summers which harnesses Shiraz’s natural vigor and produces intensely flavored fruit.” – The winery

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