Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Memorial Day sure seems early this year. While a lot of folks head out of town for the holiday weekend, plenty of others (like yours truly) hang around and get together with friends and family to celebrate the beginning of summer with lots of food, beverage and fun. At the Wine Cellar we specialize in the beverage part, with a great selection of wines and craft beers on hand to help make your holiday weekend get-togethers just a bit more special. So be sure to stop by this week before the weekend gets rolling and stock up. I think this week’s wine tasting selections would all be great Memorial Day Weekend options – come in and give them a try!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
St. Supéry 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley) $19.99
This is crisp and fragrant, with tangy grapefruit, sweet lime, gooseberry and orange blossom on the nose. There’s plenty of depth and dimensions to the flavors as well, with citrus, passionfruit and guava tones. The result is a bright, racy white wine that finishes fresh and clean.
Chalone Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir (Monterey County) $14.99
Fragrant aromas of lavender, black cherry and a touch of cedar introduce this approachable and very user-friendly Pinot Noir. Ripe, juicy dark fruit flavors emerge on the palate, picking up raspberry and spice notes. The mouthfeel is soft and silky from start to finish.
Delas 2012 Côtes du Rhône Saint-Esprit (Rhone Valley, France) $12.99
Saint-Esprit is made with Syrah and Grenache grapes sourced from a small village in the southern Rhone. The vineyard’s southern exposure on steep, granitic hillsides provides a perfect growing environment. It’s a fresh and savory Rhone red, with rich fruit accented by spice notes.
Graziano 2011 Zinfandel (Mendocino County) $16.99
This Mendocino Zin offers fresh aromas of dark cherry, boysenberry, plum and spice, with a touch of toast. Flavors of black plum and red cherry and a subtle earthiness combine to give this full-bodied wine a delicious varietal character.
Emevé 2013 Armonía de Tintos (Valle de Guadelupe, Mexico) $24.99
Armonia de Tintos, or “Harmony of Reds” is a Baja cuvée of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah. The wine offers rich, intense aromas of cassis and strawberry on the nose and follows with a palate of ripe dark fruits, mocha and toasty oak.
Hearst Ranch Winery 2011 The Pergola Petite Sirah (Paso Robles) $26.99
This Petite is smooth, rich and polished, with layers of blackberry, blueberry and plum fruit. Lush and super-saturated, it literally coats the palate, with floral and spice elements adding to its abundantly ripe black fruit flavors. It’s a big and bold, yet silky-smooth mouthful of red.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Hahn Winery 2013 GSM (Monterey County) $14.99
A “GSM” is the standard term in the wine biz for a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre crafted in the style of the great Chateauneuf-du-Pape reds of France’s southern Rhone. This one, from cool Monterey County, has a great mix of dark fruit flavors and a spicy, peppery complexity.
Unparalleled 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Coast) $16.99
This Cabernet opens with a spicy blackberry bouquet, edged with hints of spearmint and oak toast. It’s a lush, smooth and balanced red in the mouth, with an abundance of ripe dark fruit supported by smooth, soft tannins.
Miraflores 2012 Reserve Zinfandel (El Dorado County) $44.99
To produce the very first Reserve bottling of Zinfandel in a decade of vintages at Miraflores Winery, the finest grapes of the vintage were carefully selected and vinted separately in order to create a wine that easily stands among the finest Zins produced anywhere in California.
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