In addition to our special event tastings, we feature Beer Tastings most Thursdays and Wine Tastings most Fridays; both complimentary. We think it's always better if you can TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!
Wine Tasting Notes
Friday, May 20th 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm
Lakewood Vineyards Bubbly Candeo 2021, Finger Lakes New York – Featured in upcoming Washington Post. Carbonated White Wine, Candeo (Latin for sparkle) is lightly fruity, off dry, crisp, bubbly and refreshing. Click link for Lakewood’s video description… https://youtu.be/CqsQjK3aiAM
Tiroliro Vinho Verde 2020, Minho Provence Portugal – A touch dry, but fruity and refreshing. Lively citrus acidity as well as sliced apple crispness. The wine has the lightest prickle on the tongue, leaving a bright aftertaste. 92 Points Wine & Spirits. “Crisp and luscious pear and lemon flavors. Crystalline mineral clarity, offering pure Vinho Verde pleasure.”
Croix d’Or Chardonnay, Languedoc France – Bright gold yellow with straw-yellow tints. Fresh on the palate, its melon, pear, fig and crisp citrus flavors are deliciously rich yet refreshing. It has a good balance of sweetness and acidity, with a long, clean, and fresh finish.
Independent Tempranillo 2020, Bajo Aragon Spain – Washington Post Top Wine of the Year 2021 100% Tempranillo. Made with organic grapes, this red wine has clean and fruity aromas of strawberry and blackberries. In the mouth, it presents itself extraordinarily gentle. Full bodied and with an excellent balance between the tannic and acidic sensations. The aftertaste is fresh, pleasant and long lasting.
Casa Santos Lima OMG Tinto Red 2018, Lisboa Portugal – With a beautiful dark color, OMG is a very aromatic wine with fragrant notes of red fruits and liquorice. In the mouth, it is rich and flavorsome with notes of ripe fruits, chocolate, and spices from the aging in oak barrels. With a nice complexity and smooth tannins, the wine offers a persistent and pleasant aftertaste.
Friday, May 13th 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm
Murphy Goode The Fumé Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast CA – 100% Sauvignon Blanc. It’s all about the fruit spectrum from citrus flavors through the tropical. Look for notes of tangerine, peach, pear, melon, and pineapple all brought together in a focused manner. This is the perfect wine to enjoy poolside.
Diatom Chardonnay 2021, Los Alamos Valley, Santa Barbara County CA – 100% Chardonnay. Fermentation at very low temperatures in small stainless-steel tanks for eight weeks, coupled with inhibited malo-lactic and short hose transit ensure precision and focus. Aromas of lemon, citrus blossom, and wet sand. Flavors of saline and white peach. The trexture is precise and balanced.
WillaKenzie Estate 2020 Rose, Yamhill-Carlton, an AVA in Northern Willamette Valley, Oregon – 98.5% Pinot Noir – brings fruit and balance, 1.5% Chardonnay – offers citrus blossom and energy. Grapes were intentionally picked to maintain acidity, balance, and purity of fruit. Notes of passion fruit, citrus blossom, guava, and watermelon rind carry through to a palate that is energetic, lively, and well balanced.
Honoro Vera Organic Monastrell 2020, D.O. Jumilla Spain – 100% Monastrell. The wine was produced under organic regulations established in the European Union norm as well as in the U.S.-NOP certification. There are no chemical products or synthetic pesticides used in production. The vines are planted on chalky soils without irrigation, and with an annual rainfall below 300 mm, the result is very low yields. Cherry red wine with a medium-high layer. On the nose, attractive oral aromas stand out with hints of ripe fruit and a balsamic background. It is balanced and fresh on the palate, lively and tasty with adequate acidity and noble tannins of ripe fruit. A seriously good value, especially in the organic category.
Fortress Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, North Coast CA – 93 Points Wine Enthusiast. 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Malbec. 11 months in primarily French oak; 20% new barrels. Sourcing: Alexander Valley AVA, Pine Mountain-Cloverdale AVA, Mendocino Ridge AVA, Napa Valley AVA. “Intense color with a dark ruby center and garnet edges. Aromas of black currant to blackberry with a bit of mocha and a li of sweet vanilla. The palate is fruit-forward with dark lush blackberry, blueberry, and black cherry flavors, followed by a great mid-palate with chewy tannins and hints of cocoa on the finish. Overall, the wine has great balance and is approachable enough to drink young as well as the structure and tannins to age gracefully.” – SUSAN LUEKER, WINEMAKER
Friday, May 6th 2022 4pm-7pm
Henri Bourgeois - Petit Bourgeois 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley France – 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Remarkably aromatic with pleasant flower and fruit fragrances. On the palate it reveals a freshness and vivacity that is pure and clean. Citrus, apple and gooseberry aromas with hints of passion fruit are found in this lively and bright wine. Here is an excellent aperitif that is also outstanding with fish, seafood and certain white meats. Enjoy Petit Bourgeois with a halibut steak in lemon butter, a kingfish carpaccio, some grilled white fish or goat cheese.
Lavendette 2021 Rose, Provence France – The name Lavendette means "Young Lavender" in French, in the region of Provence vineyards and lavender fields grow side by side. This rose is produced from traditional regional grapes, including Syrah, a red grape variety, which gives the wine its structure, its color, and its aromas of red berries, with a scent of violets. The vineyards of this winery are planted mainly on very dry slopes of Jean Giono in Provence. Wine production in the Alpes de Haute Provence takes place between Durance to Verdon where grows lavanders. Lavendette Rose is a pale pink color. Possesses an elegant nose reminiscent of fresh berries. This wine is supple and fresh on the palate, with a good level of acidity. A perfect accompaniment to quiches, pissaladieres, and crudites.
Philippe le Hardi Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes 2019, Burgundy France – One of Burgundy’s largest wine Domain’s. Its vineyards are split between the Côte d’Or and Côte Chalonnaise. The diversity of its ‘climats’ results in a rich palette of wines with distinctive styles that reflect the subtleties of the Burgundy varietals. Made from vineyards chosen for their south-eastern exposure and their location in the middle of the hillside to obtain optimal maturity and a lot of complexity. The soils are rich in red clays with a marked presence of limestone. This composition gives the wine a lot of power and depth. 100% Pinot Noir. This open and fruity Old Vine Pinot Noir shows red fruits, balanced acidity, and soft texture. The ripe red fruits are complex and layered with a crisp, juicy aftertaste.
Ammunition Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, Sonoma County CA – Dark garnet velvet in color and texture. Featuring rich dark fruits with notes of black cherry, blueberry, and spice, this full-bodied Cabernet showcases complex tannins and finishes with savory pepper spice and black currant from the Petit Verdot. Pairs extremely well with all red meats and game.
Piper Sonoma Brut Rose NV, Sonoma CA – 90 Points Wine Enthusiast. Piper Sonoma was founded in 1980 by the Marquis d’Aulan family, direct descendants of the Piper family form the Champagne region of France. Recognizing Sonoma as a great growing region for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and believing in its terroir, the family’s vision was to produce world-class sparkling wines in the New World, using old-world winemaking techniques. Nearly forty years later, the Piper Sonoma winemaking team continues to realize that vision and hand crafts premium sparkling wines under the guidance of long-time winemaker Keith Hock. 2% Aged Reserve Blend, 53% Chardonnay. 6% Pinot Blanc. 39% Pinot Noir. Brilliant and bright pink in color, the wine shows aromas of freshly picked cranberry and red fruits, tangerine and guava. The palate is bursting with red fruits and citrus, with a zippy acidity and a long finish.
Wednesday, April 13th 2022 4pm-7pm
Unorthodox Wines by Backsberg
Father and son team Michael and Simon Back operate one of the oldest and most reputed wineries in the Simonsberg area. While the estate's history dates back to 1916 when it became the first winery in South Africa to open a public tasting room, Backsberg has recently become internationally acclaimed for its efforts to make environmentally sustainable wines. Their Unorthodox kosher range celebrates the Lithuanian Jewish roots of the Back family. Made under the auspices of the Cape Town Beth Din and the OU of the United States, these wines are Mevushal and Kosher for Passover.
Sauvignon Blanc – 100% Sauvignon Blanc. With forthcoming grassy and tropical fruit flavors, this unwooded Sauvignon Blanc exhibits a well-rounded, fruity midpalate with crisp acidity. The perfect partner to a wide array of dishes including fresh herb salads, fish and chicken.
Chenin Blanc – 100% Chenin Blanc. Light Straw Color. Tropical pineapple, hard candy, passion fruit flavors on the nose. Crisp acidity, smooth tasting and well balanced.
Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon – 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep and brilliant ruby red, one can expect notes of red fruit and cassis with a hint of vanilla. A full-bodied and sumptuous wooded red wine. The perfect complement to a wide range of dishes, in particular red meat, stews and chicken.
Terra Vega Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile – 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is a testament to fine Chilean wine making with its berry aromas, red fruit flavors, and soft tannins. The wine is ready to drink now, and pairs well with veal, pasta dishes, and tomato based dishes.
Cantina Gabriele Dolcemente Red, Italy – Semi-Sweet wine has an intense purple color, fresh floral aromas with notes of berry and cherry, very smooth tannins, and a lovely sweetness on the palate makes you want to enjoy this wine at room temperature or slightly chilled. It combines perfectly with first courses, meats, and medium-aged cheeses.
Friday, April 8th 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm
Underwood Rosé Bubbles by Union Wine Company, Oregon – A sparkling wine with a lush taste and slight blush. Tastes of watermelon Juice, raspberry, hydrangea. Whether you are planning a garden party or a backyard BBQ, this Rosé Bubbles will add an element of taste to every gathering. This wine is vegan and gluten-free.
Portlandia Pinot Gris, Oregon – 91 Points Wine Enthusiast (Editors' Choice). A warm, dry summer brought early September ripening to this 2020 Oregon Pinot Gris harvest. The result was balanced sugars and acidity. After fermentation, the wine rested on its lees in 100% stainless steel. Taste: Bright aromas of citrus zest and lemon meringue with crisp, mouthwatering acidity. Incredible minerality and a smooth finish, the citrus and tropical fruit flavors continue to linger on the palate for several minutes. Pairs perfectly with Pacific Northwest oysters and seafood.
Lobster Reef Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough New Zealand – Brand Story - Rock Lobster! If anyone in the area can remember, these brightly colored crustaceans have made the Marlborough coastline home. The team at Lobster Reef thought their quirky nature perfectly reflected what Lobster Reef wines are all about. The Lobster Reef winemaking team works closely with some of Marlborough’s finest growers to ensure that only the very best fruit is selected for their wines. They pick their fruit at optimum ripeness, which is why their Sauvignon Blanc is smoother, gentler, and less acidic than others. This wine is what reflects the premium regional style that has made Marlborough world famous. Tasting Note: Fresh, crisp and fragrant with lots of rich tropical fruit flavors. Enjoy it now, well chilled with some lobster!
The Big Red Monster, Paso Robles CA – 90 Points Wine Enthusiast. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Petite Sirah, 6% Petit Verdot. Oak: 30% 1-year-old French, 70% Neutral. Vinification: All the fruit was gently destemmed and crushed, then inoculated. Each fermentation was pumped over twice daily. Extended maceration for bigger extraction upward of 28 days. This savage beast, clocking in at 15% ABV, shows aromas of black currant and cedar. The palate is robust, big, and bold, full of berry flavors, cracked spice, and oak, finishing with a powerful tannin. LABEL ART: Saint George slaying the dragon (Antonio Tempesta etching, 1564, birth year of Shakespeare and Galileo)
Bogle Vineyards Essential Red, California – This compelling blend of Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah has created a memorable and delicious wine. Aged in American oak barrels for 12 months, Essential Red is easy to drink, but impossible to forget.
Friday, April 1st 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm
La Crema Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Sonoma County California – 96% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Semillon. Oak: 48% neutral, 52% stainless steel. “Aromas of apricot, GOLDEN KIWI, and mango are followed by flavors of ruby grapefruit, NECTARINE, and Gala apple. The 2020 vintage presents VIBRANT acidity and a lingering finish. ” -Craig McCallister, Winemaker.
Carmel Road Chardonnay 2020, Monterey County CA – 100% Chardonnay. Aging: 81% stainless steel, 19% neutral oak. “Lively aromas of white peach and Asian pear. Bright acidity, minerality, fresh and vibrant on the palate with layers of citrus. Texture and richness leading to a round and complex finish.” -Kris Kato, Winemaker.
Carmel Road Pinot Noir 2019, Central Coast; Monterey & Santa Barbara County CA – 100% Pinot Noir. Barrel Aging: 9 months, 15% new French Oak. “Sourced primarily from Monterey and Santa Barbara County, expressing aromas of red cherries, strawberries and hints of baking spice. Lush and juicy berry flavors on the palate layered with notes of black tea. Well balanced acidity, richness and texture. Silky tannins lead to a long finish.” -Kris Kato, Winemaker.
Tenuta Di Arceno 2019, Chianti Classico Italy – 93points James Suckling. 85% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot. Aging: French oak, 10 months. “Very pretty Chianti Classico with a medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. It’s medium to full-bodied with integrated tannins and a long, linear finish. Cool and well crafted. Drink or hold.”
Carmel Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, California – 76% Cabernet, 15% Merlot, 5% Syrah, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Barrel Aging: French and American oak. “Vibrant black cherry aromas with layers of vanilla bean and toasted oak. Rich and dense on the palate with flavors of blackberry, spice, and subtle hints of cocoa.” -Kris Kato, Winemaker.
Previous Week's Wine Tasting Notes below...
Thursday, December 23rd 2021 4:00pm-7:00pm - CANCELED
Les Tourelles de la Cree Montagny Premier Cru, Burgundy, France 2018 – Crafted by the venerable Chateau de la Cree estate, Les Tourelles de la Cree offers clean, pure expressions of Burgundian terroir, ideal for everyday drinking. The Montagny Premier Cru comes from 100% Chardonnay fruit grown in the limestone-rich soils that make Montagny the most highly regarded region in Burgundy’s Cote Chalonnaise. Fresh and youthful with expressive notes of melon, white flowers, and linen. The palate is electric with layers of stone fruit and white peach. The mouthwatering mineral-driven finish is long and persistent. A beautiful Premier Cru Chardonnay from the Côte Chalonnaise region of Burgundy!
Laluca Prosecco DOC, Treviso, Italy – 92pts Ultimate Wine Challenge. The nose is instantly defined and distinctive, offering up bold orchard fruits, crisp pears, and lemon curd, all of which come together in a rich, creamy off-dry style that is extremely appealing. There is a deft touch of minerality, playing nicely against the subtle sweetness of the wine. The finish shows excellent length and fine overall balance. Serve chilled as an aperitif. Available in Rose. A portion of sales for each bottle of Laluca in December goes to Toys for Tots!!!
Primarius Pinot Noir Reserve, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2019 – Aromatics are of wild dark fruits, blackberries, fresh tobacco leaf and a touch of savory oak. The palate is equally dark with rich, velvety tannins complemented by the Valley's signature natural acidity. This is a Pinot Noir with structure and balance.
Garzon Tannat Reserva, Garzon, Uruguay 2019 – 91points James Suckling. A juicy, full-bodied wine. Rich purple in color with very fresh aromas reminiscent of red and black fruits such as plums and raspberries, with a delicate spicy nose. In the mouth, it presents a strong personality. Its mature tannins and minerality transform it into a wine with great soil identity. Roasted game meats are the ideal pairing for this Tannat. The most traditional combination is slowly cooked leg of lamb flavored with sage, mint, garlic and olive oil. It also pairs beautifully with blue cheese and toasted walnuts.
Peju Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California 2019 – This wine has notes of deep, dark blackberry and plum with hints of vanilla, tobacco and spice. It has a smooth supple entry with a rich, round mid-palate that is elegant in style finishing with soft lingering tannins. Extended maceration on the skins. 100% estate fruit.
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