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Weekly Wine Tasting Email – 06/05/14

We have some great warmer weather wines for you this weekend.  Tastings are 6-8PM and wines poured are 10% off.
Friday, Mike returns from Savio Soares Selections. He’ll be pouring some beautiful, old-world European wines:

Thiery-Weber Grüner Veltliner Kremser Sandgrube 2012 – From the sandy soils of the Kremser Sandgrube vineyard in the Kremstal region of Austria comes this lovely Gruner. This is a classy example of the grape with ripe apples and fine spices mingling with ripe fruit notes on the palate, leading up to a long peppery finish. Delicious as an aperitif, yet can be paired with hearty meat and pork dishes.

Pittnauer Pitti 2012 – Everything at the winery is done by hand and with care (not to mention biodynamic practices) by Gerhard Pittnauer and his wife Brigitte. The result is this blend of Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch done in a robust style. The nose displays ripe dark fruit, cocoa, and berry notes. Medium-bodied on the palate, with more dark fruits amidst light spices and brambly herbs.
António Lopes Ribeiro Douro Tinto 2011 – Next up we have a red blend from the rocky slopes surrounding the Douro river in Portugal. The blend can only be from this country; 60% Touriga-Franca, and 10% each Touriga-Nacional, Tinta-Barroca, Tinta-Roriz, and Sousão. Red fruits, earth, peppery spice, and plum notes abound in this rustic wine that is produced naturally. Complex yet fresh, this is the sort of bottle that is easy to drink often!
Erbaluna Barbera d’Alba Superiore “La Rosina” 2011 – The brothers of Erbaluna, Severino and Andrea Oberto, quietly make terroir-expressive wines in their historic home of La Morra, descendants of a long line of winemakers. In 1985, taking over from their father, they decided to retrieve the contact with the earth that seemed lost in the prior decades. Through them, the modern world has entered the winery, with stainless steel and the latest machinery as well as the sensitivity to nature, converting the vineyards to organically farmed plots. The wine is still made in the large foudre barrels (dating from 1915!). The classic (elegant and terroir-driven) meets the modern (youthful, exuberant, fresh fruits) to make drinkable, pleasure-filled Piedmont wines.  The vineyards face south, growing down the steep hills of clay and limestone with layers of ancient sandstone beneath. Why would the brothers change a thing? They admire the land that provides for them and understand the sacrifices made in the past from which they now benefit. They are a family winery, naturally and organically.  The “La Rosina” is made from 100% Barbera which is manually harvested by rigorous selection in late September. It is left to ferment naturally for eight to ten days in a tank with continuous pumping for four to six days. The wine is then moved to large oak barrels for six to eight months of ageing. The wine is finally bottled at the end of the summer, and then rested for two months before being sent free of the cellar.  This makes for a structured, fuller bodied Barbera with deep earthy notes.  It is a lovely wine. 
Saturday, Steve from the Little Wine Co. returns to pour some shop favorites:
Willow Crest Riesling 2010 – This beautiful, classic Riesling comes from the Yakima Valley in Washington.  It has a brilliant color of yellow straw with a slight green hue.  It has an explosive nose offering up aromas of peach blossom, candied orange peel, lemon sherbet, dried pineapple, vanilla flower and mineral.  The palate is seamless and round, yet light and elegant; great acidity makes this wine complete by balancing the 4% residual sugar.  Classic Riesling flavors of citrus oil, honey and green apple come to mind in this solid year-round white.
Blue Pirate Pinot Noir Oregon 2011 – This lovely Oregon style pinot has vibrant aromas of red and black raspberries, wild strawberries, bing cherries and floral violet aromas. It is soft and medium-weight on the palate, with dominant flavors of wild strawberry and raspberries echoing the aromatics. Very fine-grain tannin and persistent sweet fruit, along with nicely balancing acidity give the impression of plump fresh fruit on the mid-palate. The flavors continue to mirror the aromas, with the addition of a zesty citrus character, and persist through the nicely resolved, lingering finish.
Landi Lacrima di Morro d’Alba 2011 – Lastly from the Marche region in Italy comes this Lacrima; a rare grape that, when handled carefully in this Adriatic-influenced area , can produce an extremely aromatic, almost extroverted and floral red wine. This bottle is no different; featuring first and foremost the incredible lush aromatics which include lavender, rose petal, and berries. The palate is on the light-to-medium side, with a natural exuberance and vibrancy. The name of the grape means “tear” in Italian, referring to the fact that the skin is so thin that it typically weeps juice in tiny droplets once ripe. A must-have for the late Spring Summer months!
Be sure to stop by and sample these bottles while they’re open; they may be just the thing for your summer parties to come!
Tom & Rick