Friday, February 15
our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp!
Dani McQueen of American Northwest Wines will be pouring selections from Italy, Portugal, Spain, Argentina and Washington.
Scarpetta Venezia-Giulia Pinot Grigio 2016 $14.99
Scarpetta Pinot Grigio showcases some of the best sites in Friuli-Venezia Giulia for this aromatic varietal — starting with the light, gravely soils of the Grave region. This gives it a crisp, clean minerality. Additionally, 30% of our Pinot Grigio is planted on "Ponca" soil in the Colli Orientali on steep hillsides. The combination of the Grave and Colli Orientali let us produce a wine which has body, bright acidity, and great minerality.
Casal Garcia Vinho Verde 2017 $8.99
This wine is all bright, clean fruit and acidity. It's just off dry, with a slight spritz and a lively texture.
Santo Cristo Garnacha 2016 $8.99
Made from old vine Grenache grown on the cool upland plateau of Campo de Borja, between Rioja and Catalonia, the 'Seleccion' is specially selected to emphasize bright, ripe fruit and cool, perfumed aromatics, without any oak influence. There is also a notable mineral complexity imbued by the red rocky soils of the region. Given the underlying old vine richness of this cuvee, pricing is a real steal. -winemaker notes
Privada Syrah Mendoza 2016 $8.99
Aromas of plum on the nose and jammy cherry and raspberry notes on the palate. Finishes smooth and solid for the most part, with a pretty good mouthfeel. A good everyday wine.
Cune Rioja Crianza 2015 $12.99
Garnet color with violet notes. In the nose it is surprisingly aromatic especially emphasized the red fruits and licorice in balance with the aromas from the American barrel which reminds us of vanilla and cocoa with some caramel. Its smooth entry into the mouth takes you to a round step with a long fruity retro-tail. It is a pleasant fresh and perfect companion wine for all the dishes of the Mediterranean diet.
Blend: 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha tinta and Mazuelo. -winemaker notes
Barons Petit Barone Red Columbia Valley 2011 $17.99
Petit Barone changes the blend signficantly from vintage to vintage. Here it's a Bordeaux-style mix of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 17% Cab Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, aged two years in half new French and American barrels. The oak comes through with strong flavors of licorice, espresso and char, along with some fairly stiff, chalky tannins. But there is generous fruit—black cherry and cassis—and the wine delivers a lot of big, powerful flavor for the modest tariff. -Wine Enthusiast