Next Wine Tasting
Friday, September 29th

From 4:00 to 7:00

In addition to prominent grapes like Zinfandel, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Petite Sirah, less well known grapes like Tannat and Lemberger make an appearance in the of wines of this month’s tasting.

We start off with the delicious Lujon Pinot Gris, grown in the Willamette Valley. Rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast, this great buy presents as complex with racy, textural and mineral driven flavors.  Fleshy apple and pear fruit are crisply defined and extended. The acids are front and center with incredible freshness to balance the finish.
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Next, we have the Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay crafted by the Wagner family, known for their Caymus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. “This bottling of Mer Soleil is from our Santa Barbara vineyard, just inland from the Pacific Ocean and a couple hours south of cooler Monterey County. The long, mild growing season along the central coast allows the grapes to reach a distinct level of maturity while maintaining natural acidity. The 2014 vintage has a rich, silky texture and brightness that reflects California’s sun-soaked days and fresh ocean breezes.” - Charlie Wagner, Winemaker.
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Alexander Valley Vineyards Temptation Zinfandel is a delightful blending of vineyards in the Alexander Valley, Suisun Valley and Dry Creek Valley. This purple hued wine is lighter in color than prior years with aromas of plum, strawberry, fruit leather, black cherry and apricot. There are ripe flavors of red cherry, blackberry, wild strawberry and cocoa powder. This mouth filling, medium bodied wine is a crowd pleaser with a structured, juicy fruit finish.
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Lemberger or Blaufränkisch is one of those grape varietals that flies under the radar, but actually has significant plantings in Southern Washington. Dr. Wolfe’s Family Red is a soft, fruity, full bodied Washington red blend that uses the dark fruit and spicy components of Lemberger in conjunction with Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, all grown in the Horse Heaven Hills appellation.
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From Peirano Estate in Lodi, we have their Illusion Red. This Zinfandel based blend rounds out with Merlot, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine exhibits a rich deep burgundy hue. The aromas are a compendium of delicate chocolate and cocoa, with black currants and plums. The palate explodes with rich mouth filling blackberries, black currants, plums and dark fruit. The long, seductive finish is filled with hints of black licorice and has firm, round, yet supple mouth filling tannins.
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The Tannat grape originates from France and is usually blended into wines to add depth of character. Upon crossing the ocean, people found it grows extremely well in Uruguay and Southern Brazil. The Macaw Tannat, from Brazil, is a smooth and intense wine with flavors of dark berries complemented by delicate spice and tannins. This younger expression of Tannat is approachable while retaining the intense components of the dark grape skins.
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We hope you can join us for this tasting and try some grapes you might not have tasted before.


Descriptions and Winery links for August's tasting.

La Cappuccina Soave
Opening with a fresh delicate floral nose, this wine, made from Garganega grapes, is well structured with subtle fruitiness. Faint tropical notes of citrus are backed backed by tingling minerality and an almondy aspect on the finish. Organic.
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Domaine Vetriccie Ile de Beauté
A bright expression of Vermentino (Vermentinu) from Corsica, this wine lays down fresh fennel, yellow apple and honeysuckle notes and moves into clean minerality that is rich and lively as it hits the palate, flowing with an ample and smooth mouthfeel. Everything zips through the finish in lockstep.

Pago Casa Gran Malvasia
This cheerful Spanish wine is made from organic Malvasia grapes gown in the Valencia region. Wisps of floral encompass lively, delicate notes of stone fruits into a clean juicy body with intonations of white flowers on the finish.
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Casa Santos Lima Lab Rosé
Castelão, Camarate, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, grown in the Lisbon region of Portugal, come together to make a rosé that is fresh, with a creamy undertone, showing white cherry and raspberry fruit. Aromatic flowers and detailed spice guide the fine tannins that accompany the clean finish.
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Señorio de la Antigua Mencia Finca Cabanela
Mencia grapes grown on 30-50 year old vines opens with alluring aromas of mature berry fruits. Structured and vibrant flavors of red fruits, black cherry, licorice, and fresh herb have focus and energy in this lively red balanced with bright acidity and light, firm tannins to support a polished texture.

Soos Creek Stampede Pass Cabernet Franc
This Cab Franc is another fine example of how well Bordeaux varietals grow in Washington’s Columbia Valley. The aromas of herb and black cherry are vibrant. Lithe and supple, playing mint and mineral flavors against ripe blackberry and structured oak notes that swirl through a polished finish, lingering harmoniously.
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