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Super Saturday Afternoon Wine Tasting
12 Noon - 5 PM
Wine Tasting $15.00
$10.00 with purchase of any wine in the shop
2011 Heron Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino County, California
Vineyards: Hopland (75%) & Yountville (25%)
“Hopland is home to ideal Sauvignon Blanc growing conditions, where warm daytime temperatures give way to unusually cool nights – a combination that allows Sauvignon Blanc to achieve maximum ripeness while retaining varietal character and great acidity. Yountville, which is a little warmer than Carneros and a little cooler than St. Helena has great drainage with clay-loam soils. This cool microclimate is known for vibrant fruit and balanced acidity. This unoaked Sauvignon Blanc is handcrafted from a combination of organically and sustainably grown Mendocino County and Napa Valley grapes. Crisp, clean, vibrant citrus notes with layers of passion fruit and minerality lead to a long, refreshing finish.” From the Winery
2012 La Bastide Blanche Rose, Bandol, France
Mourvèdre, Cinsault, and Grenache
In the early '70s Michel and Louis Bronzo (the latter on the board of the INAO) acquired the property of the Bastide Blanche, with an eye to producing from appellation Bandol wines the equal of more famous appellations like Chateauneuf. Their painstaking efforts were rewarded in 1993 when vintage conditions created the benchmark year to put Bandol in general and Bastide-Blanche, in particular, on the map of top producers in France. They have various cuvees, depending on the vintage, but always about 75% Mourvedre as a minimum, up to 100% Mourvedre for the Cuvee Fontanieu from a parcel of that name near the Mediterranean. Also, common each year to their success are their very low yields, never more than 34 or 35 hl/ha, and simply impeccable cellar conditions and attention. This shows in the pure, well-delineated fruit, that has become a hallmark of Bastide-Blanche. They also make a delightful Rose, from predominantly Mourvedre, with Grenache and Cinsault.
2012 Picnic Wine Company “Blue Plate” Grenache, California
Some of you may remember the days of the "blue plate special" at diners across the country. The ideal was simple; a great meal doesn't have to cost a great deal. This fantastic Grenache from Picnic Wine Company comes from two amazing vineyards: Linden Hills in Lodi and the Duarte-Georgetown property in the Sierra Foothills. Our take on California Grenache focuses on the “pretty” aspects of the grape. The wine features a bright cherry - red color and aromas of kirsch, strawberry, raspberry, and violet. Light - bodied on the tongue, the boisterous fruit - character engages the senses in a playful way. The harmony of red flavors decrescendos into a soft, dry finish. A far cry from some of the dark, brooding, and powerful California Grenaches, this wine celebrates a lighter style and is well - suited for any wine - drinking occasion.
2008 Sierra Cantabria Crianza, Rioja, Spain
“Another impressive effort is their 100% Tempranillo, the 2008 Crianza. From a more challenging vintage, this unfined/unfiltered cuvee spent 14 months in French and American oak. Its deep ruby/plum color is followed by notes of cedar wood, crushed chalk, black currants, cherries and hints of herbs and underbrush. This supple-textured, medium-bodied, deliciously fruity, deep red should drink well for 4-6 years. One of my favorite wineries in Rioja, Sierra Cantabria is owned by the Eguren family (who also own the Dominio de Eguren estate).” --Robert Parker
2011 Amancaya Gran Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina
70% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
“The success of the first vintages of Caro encouraged DBR (Lafite) and the Catena family to create another premium wine, this time a Malbec dominated cuvée that would nevertheless be a balance between the Bordeaux and Argentine styles. To celebrate its Andean origin, the wine was named Amancaya after the mountain flower which grows in the Andes. Located in the heart of the Mendoza region, the winery at Bodegas Caro is also at the center of the Caro project. The grapes come from the vineyards of Vistalba, La Consulta, Agrelo, Tupungato and Tunuyan (which are all over 30 years old and situated on an altitude between 800 and 1400 m). The meticulous selection takes place in the vineyards of the Catena family as well as in the vineyards of producers with the greatest terroir of Mendoza. This wine exhibits deep crimson color. The nose presents aromas of red and black fruit, with redcurrants and plums, and a little mint and cedar. The bouquet fills out with notes of vanilla, spices and mocha from the French oak. On the palate, the tannic texture is pleasant and well balanced. The tannins are refined and gentle. There is a pleasant sensation of softness in the mouth.” –From the Winemaker.
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