Friday Night Tasting 10/2/15

Friday Night Tasting 10/2/15

MSWS Downtown
5-7:30 pm


Montevento Malvasia di Puglia 2014 – $9.99
Wine of the Week on sale for $7.96
(100% Malvasia ; Puglia, Italy)
The ancient Greek grape Malvasia was once so popular that wine shops in the Venetian Republic were called malvasie. Today it’s found in countries like France and Portugal (where it’s called Malmsey and is used in Maderia), but Italy is where Malvasia has really put down roots. Along with Trebbiano, it’s the main ingredient in a bunch of dry whites, like Frascati and Est! Est!! Est!!!, and sweet wines like Vin Santo. Although Malvasia is grown across the breadth of Italy, from Sicily to the Piedmont to Friuli, this aromatic dry white is from Puglia, the heel of the boot. Delicate aromas of pear, melon, and citrus announce a palate of soft fresh fruit.


Avancia Cuveé De O 2013 – $14.99
Tasting price – $13.49
(100% Godello; Galicia, Spain)
“The 2012 Avancia Godello comes from vines planted in 1975 at nearly 1,500 feet above sea level. Barrel-fermented and aged in large French ovals for seven months, it is slightly richer as well as more textured and fuller-bodied, but it retains beautiful, delicate pear, apricot and caramelized citrus-like fruit in addition to an unmistakable minerality. It, too, should drink well for several years. ” – The Wine Advocate


Inama Vin Soave 2014 – $15.99
Tasting price – $14.39
(100% Garganega; Soave, Italy)
“Founded in 1960 by Giuseppe Inama, this 74 acre estate is located in Monte Foscarino, the heart of the Soave Classico region in Italy. Each vineyard imparts a unique element to the blend; the volcanic soil of Classico lends floral aromas and minerality, and the soils found in Colli Berici contribute depth and structure. In 1992, Giuseppe handed the reins to his son Stefano who carries on his father’s legacy of minimalist intervention in the vineyards and in the cellar. The grapes are hand-picked and briefly macerated on their skins. After a gentle pressing, the musts are naturally cold settled. In order to preserve the aromas and varietal flavors, the wines are bottled with minimal fining or filtration. “We are organic in the way we grow wines, but don’t declare it”, says Stefano. “It is not a marketing tool: the quality of the wine is the marketing tool.’” – Vintage Cellar


Château Pesquié Terrasses Red 2013 – $15.99
Tasting price – $14.39
(70% Grenache, 30% Syrah; Ventoux, France)
“In the same mold and an awesome value year in and year out, the 2012 Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee des Terrasses is a blend of 70% Grenache (60-year-old vines) and 30% Syrah (30+-year-old vines) that was aged two-thirds in concrete (and some in stainless steel) and one-third in older oak. Made from a blend of different terroirs on the estate (and basically declassified Quintessence) and coming from hillside vineyards lying between 840-930 feet in elevation, it offers up a gorgeously pure, supple and seamless profile with kirsch and berry-styled fruit, licorice and spring flower-like qualities all emerging from the glass. Elegant, forward and delicious, it gains in stature in the glass, is ridiculously textured from such an inexpensive wine, and has sweet tannin emerging on the finish.” – The Wine Advocate


Stobi Vranec 2012 – $13.99
Tasting price – $12.59
(100% Vranec; Tikves, Macedonia)
“This wine is made from the indigenous Macedonian grape variety Vranec in the heart of the Tikves wine region. The name Vranec means wild black horse, and signifies strength and power. To control this power, the wine is vinified in stainless steel and aged in French oak casks. Intense ruby-red in color, complex aromas of plum and sour cherries complement undertones of herbs and spices. On the palate the wine is soft and elegant with noble tannins and a full body. Pairs this wine with roast pork , veal, and aged cheeses” – The Winery


Campos de Luz Garnacha 2014 – $9.99
Wine of the Week on sale for $7.96
(100% Garnacha; Cariñena, Spain)
Robust and joyful Spanish reds like this are setting the wine world on fire! Garnacha, called Grenache in France, is the main grape in Cotes-du-Rhone reds, but even though the French claim it as theirs, Garnacha originated in Spain. One famous wine writer now calls the grape Garnacha, after calling it Grenache her whole life. From 60 year-old vines in the Cariñena region, the Campos de Luz Garnacha has inviting aromas of spicy red fruits and black pepper that are echoed in the mouth-filling flavors.

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