Wine Tasting, Friday 2/2 at 5-7:30 pm
di Lenardo, Chardonnay Friuli 2016 – $13.99,
Wine of the Week Price – $10.96,
(100% Chardonnay; Friuli, Italy)
When we tasted Massimo’s amazing Chardonnay, we were smitten. Lush, plush, smooth, juicy and full of flavor it has just enough acidity to keep it lively and refreshing. The Italian judges of Gambero Rosso agree, they awarded it Due Bicchieri (Two Glasses), Italy’s second highest wine award. For a $13 wine! (The average cost of Due Bicchieri wines is about $30.) Massimo used the aromatic Musque clone of Chardonnay which resulted in this stunning wine golden in color with aromas of mango, yellow apple, and tropical fruits.
Barboursville, Sauvignon Blanc Virginia 2016 – $21.99, Tasting Price – $19.79
(100% Sauvignon Blanc; Albemarle Co., Virginia)
“We celebrate an entirely new generation of this wine at our estate, planted in sites prepared specifically for its three clonal varieties, selected in New Zealand for their adaptability to our warm growing conditions. Fermentation and aging in stainless steel, with extended contact with the lees, capture the vibrant aromas and refreshing palate of Sauvignon Blanc with firm body and lively food friendliness.
A vivacious effusion of citrusy freshness, joined by classic herbal notes and traces of lush kiwi, as the wine settles into a pleasantly long finish.” (winery notes)
Mas des Bressades, Costieres de Nimes Rose 2016 – $13.99, On Sale at $9.96
(50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Cinsault; Rhone Valley, France)
Mas des Bressades is considered by many as the top estate in Costières de Nîmes, located 35 miles southwest of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, on the western side of the Rhône. It is run by Cyril Marès and his lovely wife Natalie Blanc, who owns the adjacent estate, Mas Carlot. This beautiful Rosé is made by saignée of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. Cyril Marès limits yields of these varietals and harvests the fruit specifically to produce rosé wine. This savvy approach assures the delicate color and powerful perfumes found in the Mas des Bressades Rosé. This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Cinsault and is vinified completely in tank. It always shows extraordinary bright fruit and spice in the nose with intense neon strawberry color.
Finca del Castillo, Tempranillo 2016 – $7.99, Tasting Price – $7.19
(100% Tempranillo; La Mancha, Spain)
From the La Mancha region of central Spain, land of windmills, Don Quixote, and Manchego cheese gallops this astonishing bargain red. Made from dry-farmed thirty-year-old Tempranillo vines, it shows intense dark color, blackberry and black cherry fruits, with a smooth plump palate full of ripe black fruits. Salud!
Lionel Osmin, Comte Tolosan Rouge “Pied de Perdrix” 2014 – $11.99, Tasting Price – $10.79
(100% Partridge Foot, aka Malbec; Compté-Tolosan, France)
Although this wine is 100% Partridge Foot, there’s nothing fowl about it. Partridge Foot, or Pied de Perdrix as they call it in France, is a cousin of Malbec that has long been forgotten. Or maybe it’s just Malbec under a different name. Either way it’s a fabulous red wine. Juicy, a little bit chewy, tasting like a friendlier Cahors or a more interesting version of a Malbec from Argentina. But the best thing about this wine is we finally get to see what happens when the Osmins meet the Partridges. C’mon, Get Happy!
Glenelly Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch “The Glass Collection” 2014 – $20.99, Wine of the Week – $13.96
(100% Cabernet Sauvignon; Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Glenelly Estate lies in the Idas Valley in the heart of Stellenbosch, South Africa’s premier wine region, on the southern slopes of the iconic Simonsberg Mountain. It is the home of May de Lencquesaing, previous owner of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, a classified Second Growth in Pauillac, Bordeaux. Her dream is an ambitious project to achieve the perfect balance of French style and South African terroir. Darkly-colored, it entices with an intense nose of cassis, currants, smoky oak and herbal notes. It’s just shy of full bodied, with saturated black fruits on the palate. The oak is pleasingly subtle. It finishes with excellent length, and the ripe tannins are smooth but firm, nicely supporting the fruit.