Mission Wines featured in the Sunset Magazine!
Peter Fish writes: "Chris Meeske was a sommelier at posh Patina when he heard about a little wine shop for sale in South Pasadena. Eleven years later, his Mission Wines is one of the best-regarded stores in Greater L.A. 'I've tried to create a shop that's like a good restaurant wine list,' Meeske says. That means an interesting selection at a range of prices, from $15 Riojas to $40 Oregon Pinots to collector-worthy French Cabs. Mission's also known for its convivial daily tastings, where for $15 you get to sample three wines (five on Saturday)."
Super Saturday Afternoon Wine Tasting
12 Noon - 5 pm
Wine Tasting $15.00
$10.00 with purchase of any wine in the shop
2013 Louis Métaireau “Petit Mouton” Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie, Loire Valley, France $14.99
“Made from thirty year old vines, Grand Mouton's second wine is very fresh, but also fairly soft. It has the musky character typical of old vines grown on siliceous rock and pairs beautifully with starters, fish pâté, and goat's cheese. (Producer)
Our estates are located in the heart of the Nantes vineyard region, in three well-known communes between the Sèvre and Maine rivers. All grapes are hand harvested and after spending the winter on its lees, each vat is tasted blind and a decision is made as to which cuvee it will become. Bottling takes place in the spring according to the age-old sur lie method. In the spring after the vintage, the wine is drawn off from its lees with as little handling as possible, and no filtration. In keeping with this tradition, a part of the wine is bottled by natural gravity flow.” (Winemaker)
2014 Domaine Les Aphillanthes Côtes du Rhône Rosé, France $15.99
This rosé is primarily Grenache with Cinsault, Counoise and Mourvedre. Fragrant aromas of red fruit, rose petals and spice with its full and fruity palate and bright acidity balances out into a long, smooth finish.
Northwest of Gigondas in the Rhône valley, Domaine Les Aphillanthes is run by Daniel Boulle and his wife Hélène. Danieltook over the estate in 1987 and began growing grapes that were sold to cooperatives until 1999 when he realized that he could actually produce his own wines. In 2000 he and Helene built a new winery andimplemented biodynamic principles in the vineyards in 2002 more as a method to treat his son's eczema using natural products than for winemaking principals but his efforts have benefitted his family and the vineyard. The wines are made with the least amount of human intervention in order to let them fully express the quality of the terroir. As a result the wines have been well received by professionals for several years.
2013 H Wines Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Oregon $23.99
“Intense darkly fruited aromatics, broad, spicy and complex in the nose. The palate lives up to what the nose promises; seamless, rich, gorgeous.
After earning a degree in viticulture and enology at UC Davis, Eric Hamacher set forth to gain extensive winemaking knowledge and to date, has worked more than 24 vintages at numerous wineries around the world. After producing wine for esteemed wineries such as Mondavi, Chalone and Etude, he realized his heart was in Oregon and followed pursuit to travel North and create the perfect Pinot Noir.” (Winemaker)
2013 Owen Roe “Sinister Hand” Columbia Valley Rhône Blend, Washington $24.99
This crowd pleaser is dominated by Grenache and includes Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre. The nose is rich with blackberry, plum jam and dried blueberry with a hint of white pepper. The story behind the name “Sinister Hand” is about an Irish rival cutting off his own hand and throwing it ashore during a rowing competition in order to cleverly be the first to touch and claim a prized parcel of land.
2012 Maldonado Napa Valley Proprietary Red, California $32.99
A proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, this new vintage of Maldonado has lush flavors of ripe red fruits, cherry, blueberry and cassis with a hint of spice that finishes with an opulent richness and smooth tannins.
“Forty-four years ago, Lupe Maldonado moved to California from Atacheo, a small farming community in Michoacan, Mexico. Lupe spent many years working in vineyards throughout Napa Valley and eventually settled down in the small town of St Helena. In 1971 Lupe was working for Sterling Vineyards when Peter Newton offered Lupe the opportunity to join him in the creation of a new winery in the Spring Mountain District of St. Helena... With Newton, Lupe found a home where he proudly dedicated all his energy for over thirty years. His son Hugo succeeded him in 1999."
Last Friday of the Month Wine Tasting
SILVER OAK AND TWOMEY CELLARS
4 PM to 8 PM
5 Wines for $25 per person
We are thrilled to welcome Michele Butler from Silver Oak Winery for a very special Last Friday tasting! As you may have read in James Laube's piece in the latest edition of Wine Spectator, "New Looks For Old Names", many improvements have been made recently at Silver Oak and its sister winery, Twomey Cellars, with positive results. The wines are better than ever.
At Silver Oak, major changes have been made in both viticultural and production practices, starting with the construction of an entirely new winery in 2008. A complete overhaul of the barrels soon followed and old equipment replaced with new. They brought in their own master cooper in 2009, asserting complete control of their barrel supply (2010 Napa is the inaugural vintage to be aged in the new barrels), and tweaked harvesting strategies to improve the quality of yields. The total effect of these improvements is an offering of cleaner, more balanced wines with refined tannins, more seamlessly integrated oak, and greater concentration. You can really taste the difference in the 2010 Cabernets.
Meanwhile at Silver Oak's sister winery, Twomey Cellars, the hiring of famed Bordeaux oenology consultant Jean-Claude Berrout of Chateau Petrus has brought new energy and enthusiasm to the the entire team at both wineries. Greater attention is being paid to farming practices, resulting in notable improvements in grape quality across the board.
Don't miss this exciting opportunity to taste the latest Twomey releases and the excellent Silver Oak 2010s with a pro from the winery!
2013 TWOMEY CALIFORNIA SAUVIGNON BLANC, NAPA AND SONOMA COUNTIES ($23.99)
100% Sauvignon Blanc, 52% Napa County and 48% Sonoma County, from sustainably farmed vineyards.
Winemaker's Notes: "Our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is a multifaceted wine that combines the best elements of our four estate vineyards. It has a light straw yellow color and an enticing nose of kaffir lime, pear, Elderberry, crystalized ginger and wet slate. The full palate is highlighted by a sweet attack which is deftly balanced by fresh, vibrant acidity and a purity of fruit. This layered, complex, well-knit wine has an extremely long finish with echoes of citrus, stone fruit and minerality."
2013 TWOMEY RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR ($44.99)
100% Pinot Noir from sustainably farmed vineyards in the Russian River Valley, aged for 12 months sur lie in 37% new French Burgundy oak barrels.
Winemaker's Notes: "Our 2013 Russian River Pinot Noir is a well-structured expression of classic Russian River Valley fruit. It has a dark red-rose color and a nose that displays succulent fruit, violets, strawberry jam and a hint of rosemary. The wine has a fruit-sweet attack and a voluptuous mouth-feel with echoes of berry fruit and cola on the palate and a long finish with a touch of grip. This is a wine with great detail and complexity."
2010 TWOMEY NAPA VALLEY MERLOT ($54.99)
96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc from the Soda Canyon Vineyard aged for 13 months in 36% new, 36% once-used and 28% older French oak barrels.
Winemaker's Notes: "Our 2010 Soda Canyon Vineyard Merlot is a vivacious wine that displays ideal ripeness from a uniquely cool California vintage. It has a dark garnet color and a complex nose of cherry liqueur, dark chocolate, pipe tobacco, lavender, cloves and hazelnut. On the palate, it has a velvety mouthfeel, a full body, beautiful acid balance and a long, juicy finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2027. Grapes for Twomey Merlot come exclusively from our Soda Canyon Ranch in southeastern Napa Valley."
2010 SILVER OAK ALEXANDER VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON ($65.99)
100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, aged for approximately 24 months in 50% new and 50% once-used American oak barrels followed by 15 months in bottle.
Winemaker's Notes: "Our 2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a vibrant, elegant expression of this classic appellation from a cooler vintage. It has a deep garnet color and an enticing nose of cassis liqueur, blueberry coulis, tobacco, tarragon and roasting coffee. The seamless palate starts with a berry-laden attack, follows with a full-bodied mid-palate, and ends with a long, savory finish with fine-grained, well-integrated tannins. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2031."
According to Wine Spectator: "Aromas of vanilla, mocha, dill and anise impart complex scents, while the flavors fold over to the palate, joining taut dark berry and cherry notes, supported by firm, tight tannins." (10/2014)
2010 SILVER OAK NAPA VALLEY ($109.99)
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc from select Napa Valley lots, aged for approximately 24 months in 100% new American oak barrels followed by 20 months in bottle.
92 points Wine Spectator: "Shows a good touch of bottle age and a notably oaky presence, marked by dill, vanilla bean and coconut notes wrapped around a rich, authoritative, full-bodied core of dark berry, licorice, dusty, loamy earth and espresso." (06/2015)
Winemaker's Notes: "Our 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a seamless wine that expresses bright, fresh fruit characters from an unusually cool California vintage. It has a vibrant, ruby color and a complex nose of boysenberries, blueberries, sage, licorice and roasted chicory. It has a luscious mouthfeel with notes of fresh fruit and carnation flowers on the palate. It has fine-grained tannins and a velvety texture that leads to a long, fruit-filled finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2031."
No reservations required.
Tastings sold on first-come basis and capacity is limited. Arrive promptly to ensure your spot.
A limited selection of wines featured in the tasting will be available for purchase at 10% discount during the event.
2011 Villa Creek "Damas Noir" Paso Robles Mourvedre, CA, $39.99 (Regular Retail $49.99)
Located eight miles west of Paso Robles, Villa Creek is one of the Central Coast's best kept secrets for elegant, terroir-driven wines. They farm organically, in keeping with the principles of Biodynamics, and source from sustainably farmed and/or organically certified vineyards for their non-estate wines. Winemaker Chris Cherry believes in traditional French winemaking techniques such as whole cluster fermentation and the use of neutral oak to bring forth the highest expression of varietal and terroir in the wines. To quote critic Antonio Galloni, "Villa Creek doesn't get as much attention as some of the higher-profile properties in town, but the wines are as good as anything coming out of Paso Robles these days. Readers who haven't tasted these wines in a few years are missing out."
Just in time for your Memorial Day barbecues and picnics, we have a special offering of Villa Creek's "Damas Noir", inspired by the great wines of Bandol in Provence, France. Composed of 100% Mourvedre, the 2011 comes from two vineyards, the certified organic Luna Matta vineyard and the sustainably farmed Denner Vineyard. Both vineyards rest above a bed of limestone, essential for growing Mourvedre with perfect phenolic ripeness along with structure and balanced acidity. A cooler vintage in 2011 resulted in low yields of perfumed,structured fruit. Ideally matched with grilled meats and rustic fare, this is a truly elegant expression of Mourvedre from California's Central Coast. Highly recommended!
93+ points Robert Parker: "100% Mourvedre, the 2011 Damas Noir exhibits classic varietal typicity in its dark, purple fruits, iron, beef blood, white pepper and leather-driven bouquet. Not losing a beat on the palate either, it gives up a full-bodied, rich, angular and chewy feel, with good concentration, ripe, yet edgy tannin and a great finish. Give it another year and enjoy it through 2026. Winemaker Cris Cherry continues to push the whole cluster and savory style in his wines, while not losing the core of fruit that the region is known for. These new releases all have rich, tannic profiles that benefit from air, and will be even better in another year or two." (JD, 08/2014)
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*Our supply is limited; bottles sold on first-come basis. Special pricing valid through 5/25/15 or while supplies last. Shipping for online orders will be applied when order is confirmed. No further discounts apply.
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