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 Clos Cibonne “Cru Classé” Côtes de Provence Rose Tibouren, France $26.99
Clos Cibonne's classic rosé is a food-pairing dream for the flavors of Provence as well as more exotic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. Not your typical pink quaffer, this more serious rose gets its beautiful coppery orange color from aging on the lees under fleurette for one year in 100-year-old foudres. It is complex and full of flavors, with aromas of orange peel and spicy notes.
Tasting notes: On the palate, the wine is fresh and vibrant with fruit tones and savory notes. It complements traditional Provencal dishes such as red mullet fillet or tomato bouillabaisse as well dishes seasoned with saffron and curries. 100% Tibouren.
2014 Berger Grüner Veltliner, Austria $15.99
The perfect picnic wine! Grüner veltliner can range from crisp and light-bodied to rich and full-bodied, with aromas and flavors of lemon and grapefruit, flowers and herbs. Perhaps its most distinctive feature is a peppery spiciness. Good examples can also have a minerality. 100% Gruner Veltliner.
Tasting notes: “The white wines grow on steep loess terraces which characterize the landscape of the eastern part of the Kremstal. These terraces store heat during the day and reflect it onto the vines at night producing wines with unique fruity, fresh and bright flavors. Fresh and expressive, with citrus, floral and mineral flavors that linger in the mouth. It practically invites you to have a second glass.” (Eric Asimov, The New York Times)
2013 RPM El Dorado County Gamay Noir, Sierra Foothills, California. $30.99
RPM (Roberts, Parr, Meyers) was conceived in 2010 and is a collaboration between Nathan Roberts, and Duncan Arnot Meyers of Arnot-Roberts and Rajat Parr of Michael Mina and Sandhi Wines. The goal of rpm is to produce world class Gamay Noir from the granitic soils of California’s Sierra Foothills. 100% Gamay.
93 points Antonio Galloni: "Rose petals, mint, savory herbs and punchy red fruit jump from the glass in RPM's 2013 Gamay Noir. Racy and exuberant, with gorgeous fruit, the 2013 hits all the right notes. As always, the Gamay Noir is floral, lifted and savory, with pulsating acidity that helps make it a fabulous wine for the table." (Vinous Media, 01/2015)
2013 Justin Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, California $24.99
100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, CA.
Tasting notes: “This is a classic cabernet with moderate plus blackcurrant and cherry fruit and baking spice flavors on the entry. Sweet tobacco and savory herbal notes arrive on the mid palate, along with beautifully balanced tannins that provide a structure that supports the wine through its perfectly balanced, clean finish. It would be hard to find a better go-to red wine to go with a wide range of red wine leaning foods like steak, lasagna or a wood fired pizza.” (Winery)
2012 Montepeloso “A Quo”, Tuscany, Italy $22.99
30% Montepulciano, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, 10% Marselan and 10% Alicante Bouschet.
Tasting Notes: The 2012 A Quo is insanely beautiful. It boasts gorgeous, well delineated aromatics and tons of energy. The vibrancy of the fruit is impossible not to admire. Red plums, raspberries, berries and graphite give the wine a cool intensity and minerality that are striking. Layers of fruit build to the vinous yet structured finish. This is a great wine that captures the full personality of the 2012 vintage in Tuscany.
Last Friday of the Month Wine Tasting
MAISON LOUIS JADOT
4 PM to 8 PM
5 Wines for $25 per person
Join us for a very exciting Last Friday Tasting featuring the great Burgundy powerhouse, Maison Louis Jadot. We will be pouring a selection of reds and whites that best exemplify both the character of the 2012 vintage in Burgundy and the Jadot house style. Not only does Jadot own some of the best parcels in the Cote D'or, but Jadot's long-standing relationships with the top growers keep them first in line for the finest selections for the negociant business. This was crucial in a vintage like 2012, which saw more than a quarter reduction in yields. Despite many challenges in 2012, Jadot did not miss a beat and their offering of elegant, site-driven Burgundies really captures the charming character of the vintage.
Whether you are looking for something youthful and vibrant to enjoy in the near term or a more serious wine for long-term aging, we've got you covered. These excellent 2012s--perfumed, concentrated whites and reds with great color, richness and density--will make great additions to any cellar.
2012 LOUIS JADOT LADOIX "LE CLOU D'ORGE" ($40.99)
100% Chardonnay from the Ladoix AOC in the the Cote de Beaune, neighboring Grand Cru vineyards of Corton-Charlemagne.
Producer Notes: "This vineyard is located on a soft slope with a nice exposure. The soil is stony and not very deep. The vineyard is about twenty years old and has been cultivated by Maison Louis Jadot since 2007. This Ladoix white is aged in French oak barrels during 14 months. This particular wine is full of fruit flesh giving a nice impression. Moreover it has a nice acidity. It is very harmonious. It matches shellfish tartar, terrines and goat cheese. This white Ladoix will be able to keep 4 to 6 years if all the conditions of temperature ans storage are respected."
According to Stephen Tanzer: "Bright yellow. Sexy leesy complexity to the fresh aromas of soft citrus fruits and nutmeg. Nicely concentrated and sweet, conveying a white-soil minerality. The suave finish features a firm edge of acidity and lingering notes of lemon and chalk." (09/2014, Vinous Media)
2012 JADOT PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 1ER CRU "LES REFERTS" ($94.99)
100% Chardonnay from the Premier Cru Les Referts vineyard in Puligny-Montrachet, in upper half of Puligny's slope from Meursault to Chassagne in the Cote de Beaune.
Producer Notes: "The Referts' vineyards, next to "Les Combettes, benefits from the same soil. Maison Louis Jadot practices traditional oak vinification to yield a full-flavoured yet graceful wine of exceptional balance and breed, with complex, distinctive aromas typical of Puligny. The Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts" is rich, less tight than "les Combetes" with various smells of fruit. This great white wine is destined to honour haute cuisine : shellfish cooked in a court-bouillon, creamed and poached fish, poultry liver pâtés, ripe cheeses like Munster and mature Comté. This wine will age 10 to 15 years."
90-92 points Robert Parker: "The 2012 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts has a poised, mineral nose that displays good intensity at this early stage. The palate is nicely balanced with a fine line of acidity, hints of tangerine and spice, leading to a nicely composed, vibrant finish. This is a mild mannered but well-crafted Puligny." (NM, 12/2013)
2012 2012 JADOT CHATEAU DE JACQUES MORGON ($25.99)
100% Gamay from the slopes over the village of Villié Morgon, facing south to south-east in Morgon, one of the ten cru villages in Beaujolais.
Producer Notes: "The production area of Morgon is about 1 100 hectares (2 750 acres) on a granite and schist soil. Maison Jadot bought this vineyard in 2001. It is situated on the slopes over the village of Villié Morgon, facing South to South-East. It covers 87.5 acres on the Morgon appellation. This wine is vinified in vats for 12 to 20 days. Since the 2001 vintage, we produce different "cuvées" from the different Clos : Côte du Py, Bellevue and Les Charmes. They are then aged in oak barrels before bottling. With a deep sherry colour, with walnut and little red fruits aromas, this wine has silky tannins that will help it to age. It will be a perfect partner for charcuteries, Italian foods, red and white meats when young. With age, it will be perfect with game game meat. This is best consumed young but will also be able to age 5-10 years in perfect conditions of temperature and humidity."
90 points Robert Parker: "The 2012 Morgon is raised in one and two-year-old oak barrels for 10 months. On the nose, it has slightly blacker fruit than the Fleurie, with a subtle marine influence developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a lithe and tensile entry. The acidity is nicely judged and there is a gentle grip on the pastille-like finish. Drink now-2021." (NM, 06/2014)
2012 JADOT VOLNAY 1ER CRU "LES SANTENOTS" ($85.99)
100% Pinot Noir from the Premier Cru Les Santenots vineyard in Volnay, on south-easterly exposed slopes in the centre of the Côte de Beaune bordered by Pommard to the northeast, Monthélie to the west and Meursault to the south.
Producer Notes: "The soil is extremely thin, chalky, high in calcium and yield the lightest most delicate wines. The strip below, where most of the Premiers Crus are located, is much lower in chalk with a thin iron rich layer covering a strong subsoil. The Les Santenots vineyards are situated on a chalky and stony red soil, on a gentle slope. The fermentation takes place in tank for 3-4 weeks, after which they are aged in barrel for 12-15 months before being bottled. Structured, round in the mouth with elegant tannins, it is a charming wine developing red berries and spices aromas evolving to truffles, undergrowth, animals notes. Very silky in the mouth, it is usually qualified as a feminine wine. This wine will be perfect with fine dishes like roasted meats or richer red meat when ageing as well as mellow cheeses like Brie, Chaource, Reblochon. It will age for 8-12 years or even more in great vintages, in good conditions of temperature and humidity."
(91) points Stephen Tanzer: "(just one-third of a normal crop; picked with potential alcohol in the low 13s): Bright dark red. Very ripe aromas of black cherry and chocolate. Sweet and highly concentrated, with an almost glyceral texture to its licorice, spice and chocolate flavors. Finishes with huge, broad tannins and excellent length. Just this side of over the top." (01/2014)
2012 JADOT GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN 1ER CRU "LES CAZETIERS" ($132.99)
100% Pinot Noir from Les Cazetiers, one of the best Premier Cru vineyards in the commune of Gevrey-Chambertin in the Cote de Nuits, located on the easterly exposed slope at nearly the same altitude of the Chambertin Grand Cru vineyards and bordering the Clos Saint Jacques.
Producer Notes: "The Les Cazetiers vineyard is situated on that easterly exposed slope, nearly at the same altitude of the Chambertin Grand Cru vineyards, and bordering the Clos Saint Jacques. It is considered to be one of the best Premiers Crus. This wine is fermented in vats for 3-4 weeks and aged 15 months in oak barrels before bottling. Louis Jadot produces a robust wine with exceptional depth, vigorous red fruit flavours and aromatic bouquet that is structured for longevity. This powerful wine will perfectly match with simmered dishes like Boeuf Bourguignon and strong cheeses. This wine will certainly improve up to 15 to 20 years if kept in good conditions of temperature and humidity."
92-94 points Robert Parker: "The 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers represents a step up from the Petite-Chapelle, with far more complexity and definition, expressive blueberry and raspberry scents intermingling with fine mineralite. The palate is linear from start to finish, but very focused with superb tension, hints of mushroom and black tea aligning with the black fruits on the long finish. Excellent." (NM, 12/2013)
92-94 points Antonio Galloni: "Layers of blue/purple fruit, violets, spices, menthol and new leather blossom in the 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers. Today, the 2012 is expressive and beautiful, with exceptional balance and a total sense of class. The Cazetiers is going to be virtually impossible to resist young, but it also has more than enough depth to develop nicely in bottle for many years." (01/2014)
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.
2006 LA RIOJA ALTA "VINA ARANA" RESERVA RIOJA, SPAIN, $28.99 (Regular Retail $31.99)
If you are a fan of traditional Riojas with class and breeding, La Rioja Alta's 2006 "Vina Arana" has all that and more for a very competitive price. It is comprised of a blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo, aged in American oak. The Tempranillo was aged 36 months in barrels averaging four years of age, while the Mazuelo was aged separately in younger barrels to preserve freshness and authenticity of this distinctive grape variety. The 2006 vintage was very good in Rioja, with warm summer days tempered by a cool nights at the end of August keeping fruit fresh. Only the best fruit at optimum ripeness is selected for this production, and the wines are handled with great care during the extended aging process. La Rioja Alta makes all their own barrels on site, further ensuring the highest quality results.
92 points Robert Parker: "The 2006 Viña Arana Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo with 5% Mazuelo (aka Cariñena) fermented with natural yeasts and had a slow malolactic fermentation of 56 days after which the wine was put in barrel in July 2007 where they matured for three years being racked every six months before they were bottled in December 2010. It feels like a ripe red, with notes of forest floor, dark cherries, spices and hints of leather, hung game, smoke and toasted notes. The palate is lush, and polished, with a velvety texture and moderate acidity. It is ready to be enjoyed now and able to stand the test of time. And all that at a very good price. La Rioja Alta celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2015...The quality is as good as ever...Great Rioja, as traditional as it gets, in good quantity and moderate (and often plain great) prices." (LG, 04/2015)
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