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Last Friday of the Month Wine Tasting
4 PM to 8 PM
5 Wines for $25 per person
A. Margaine Brut Rosé
92 Points Robert Parker: "Clean veins of chalky minerality support the fruit in the NV Brut Rose. A vibrant, intensely perfumed wine, the Rose impresses for its energy, cut and focus. This is far from an easygoing wine, rather it is a Rose that demands to be served at the dinner table. Sweet floral notes add lift, but this remains a distinctly focused Rose all about tension and pure drive. Margaine’s Rose is 78% Chardonnay, 11% Pinot Noir and 11% still Pinot, all from the 2009 vintage."
"Arnaud Margaine took over this six and a half hectare estate from his father Bernard in 1989 and is the fourth generation of his family to work these vineyards in the Mogntagne de Reims. The estate was founded in the 1920s and was expanded by Bernard in the 1950s. In 1977 Bernard joined the Special Club and Arnaud has continued his father’s commitment to high quality champagnes and continues to improve his raw materials in the vineyard." Importer
Champagne de Sousa Cuvée 3-A Grand Cru Extra-Brut
"Avize, Aÿ, and Ambonnay are the only three villages in Champagne classified as Grand Cru whose name begins with an "A". This explains how this cuvée got its name, but what makes it unique is its composition of 50% Chardonnay from Avize blended with 50% Pinot Noir from Aÿ and Ambonnay. Two varietals, three Grands Crus that each lend their own personality to the cuvée.
Pale gold in colour tinged with copper highlights, this champagne boasts intense, fine bubbles. It is dense and full, a sign of great richness, and leaves lovely legs along the side of the glass. The nose is flattering, with typical notes of Chardonnay such as lemon, pineapple, and especially mango, heightened by butteriness from its oak barrel ageing. Aromas of red berries such as blackcurrant and raspberry, typical of Pinot Noir, can also be detected, along with scents of liquorice." Producer
Jacquesson Cuvée 737 Extra-Brut
"Unlike most houses, Jacquesson do not seek to produce a consistent house style in their non-vintage Champagnes, preferring instead to show the character of each vintage. The profile therefore changes over time, and depending on which vintage is the main one in the blend, a specific numbered cuvée is attributed. Each cuvée is unique, although the wines are usually characterised by elegance and minerality. They also tend to be good food companions and age well.
Jacquesson was established in 1798 in the town of Dizy to the north of Epernay. It is still an independently run house, and has been in the careful hands of the Chiquet brothers – Jean-Hervé and Laurent - since 1974. The brothers are advocates of zéro dosage, or minimal addition of sugar at the disgorging stage, resulting in extra-dry Champagnes." Importer
2011 Sea Smoke "Sea Spray" Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wine
"The nuanced nose expresses cranberries, lavender, fresh bread and lemon curd. The wine enters the palate with energetic freshness and finishes with delightful length.
Hand harvested in late August of 2011, the Pinot Noir for this methode champenoise sparkling wine is the result of a careful cluster selection from Sea Smoke’s estate vineyard. Following six months of sur lie aging in barrel, the wine was bottle aged an additional 16 months en tirage prior to disgorging. The wine was finished with no dosage, to preserve its finesse." Producer
2004 Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut
91 points: International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow. Pungent redcurrant, pear skin and anise aromas, along with notes of smoky minerals and chamomile. Sappy poached pear and buttered toast flavors are braced by zesty blood orange and ginger, picking up a honeysuckle nuance with air. Shows impressive clarity and punch on the finish, which features dusty mineral and cherry pit qualities.”
Located in Bouzy, in the historic heart of the Champagne Pierre Paillard has its Grand Cru classified vineyards since 1935.
2010 Samsara Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills AVA, Santa Barbara County
Wine Advocate #196 Aug 2011 (Antonio Galloni)
Grapes sourced from Melville, Turner, Kessler-Haak, and Rita’s Crown Vineyards “The 2010 Pinot Noir emerges from the glass with gorgeous radiant red fruit, flowers and sweet spices in an engaging, supple style that is impossible to resist. It possesses gorgeous mid-palate fleshiness and a clean, understated finish. Floral notes waft from the glass on the finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.
Chad Melville manages the vineyards for his family’s Melville estate and makes the Samsara wines in a small rented facility in Lompoc. The wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts, aged in French oak (0-25% new) and bottled with no fining or filtration. The wines see fairly high percentage of whole clusters ranging from 50-100%. These are gorgeous, pure wines from an inspired, young producer whose career will be fascinating to follow.”
Samsara is a Sanskrit word meaning the eternal cycle of life. The world we live in now. One of passion, oneness and harmony. This idea is key to the philosophy of Chad and Mary Melville’s Samsara wines. Chad and Mary produce limited releases of Pinot Noir and Syrah from micro-sites within carefully selected vineyards.
They truly believe that they are winegrowers, not winemakers - that is, that all of the important work is done in the vineyard and there is little handling or manipulation once the fruit reaches the winery. That includes the use of whole clusters in their fermentations, which lends a spiciness to the wines that Chad and Mary particularly like. "Stems help to absorb the overt fruitiness of wines. To us, too many California wines are simply about fruit and lack the complexity that we hope to impart to our wines.” From the Winery
Sunday thru Friday, during normal business hours
• $15/ Flight of 3 wines/$10 with purchase of any wine
Saturday, 12pm to 5pm
• $15/5 wines/$10 with purchase of any wine
Craftsman Brewing Co. beer available on tap for $5
We have elegant gift-box presentations to complement any of our wines and are always eager to hand-select, wrap, and ship wine gifts to your friends and clients within your parameters and budget.
Cepage Laguiole Gift Box $54.99
Chateau Laguiole $109.99
Black Horn/Green Stamina wood/Red Stamina wood