Winestone's Saturday Tasting - "January Sale"
January 20, 2018, 12pm - 5pm
Patrick’s been cleaning up his office. Erika’s been tidying up the store. This weekend, we’ll be clearing out some inventory with a special January Sale tasting. The following wines will be discounted by 20% this Saturday and Sunday while supplies last. We will be pouring samples of these wines on Saturday from 12pm to 5pm. The sale prices listed below include the 20% discount.
2016 Cantina Santa Maria La Palma “Aragosta” Vermentino di Sardegna, Sale Price $9.60
Where: Sardegna, western Italy
Grape(s): 100% Vermentino
Sardegna (aka Sardinia) is an island off the western coast of Italy, situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Despite its location, Sardinia doesn’t have a large fishing industry, so the basic elements of the traditional diet include meats, grains and vegetables. It’s ironic that, given Sardinia’s traditional cuisine, they produce a wine named “Aragosta” (translation: lobster or crayfish) that is so perfect for seafood. This Vermentino wine shows bright, fresh aromas of ripe apple and peach. The palate is nervy, with a hint of spritz that gently lifts the fruit over a backbone of almond skin and minerals. The finish is dry and lingering. Try this wine with fresh oysters, fried calamari or Aragosta.
2016 Idlewild “The Bee – Flora and Fauna White”, Sale Price $13.60
Where: North Coast, California, western USA
Grape(s): 54% Muscat Canelli, 42% Arneis, 5% Cortese
Red blends from California have been a hot trend in the past few years, but, the interesting white blends that we see from California are becoming more and more frequent. This white blend from Idlewild caught Patrick’s attention right away. The explosive aromatics of Muscat Canelli fill the glass, but, upon tasting the wine, the balance of the Arneis shows in the wine’s structural bones. The wine is highlighted by accents of honey, wildflowers, wet stones, salty air, jasmine, and orange blossoms. The mouth feel is lean on the front with just a touch of oiliness and richness through the mid-palate and then racy and driving through the finish. Pair with aromatic dishes like Thai curries, Indian Biryani and washed rind cheeses.
2013 Ronchi Barbaresco, Sale Price $21.60
Where: Barbaresco, Piemonte, northwestern Italy
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
It’s rare to find a bottle labeled “Barbaresco” for less than $40. When we do find one that exhibits the powerful elegance that we would expect from Barbaresco, it’s an easy decision to add it to our shelves. To be called “Barbaresco”, Nebbiolo grapes must come from a specific area to the east of the town of Alba. The wine must be aged a minimum of 2 years with 1 year minimum aging in oak barrels. The 2013 Ronchi Barbaresco is an attention grabbing wine with generous black fruit flavors supported by framework of firm, velvety tannins. Notes of herbs, leather, dried flowers and exotic spices are dispersed throughout the nose and palate of this wine. It calls for meaty and savory food pairings like mushroom tart, steak tartare or Beef Wellington.
2011 Antonelli Montefalco Rosso, Sale Price $14.40
Where: Umbria, central Italy
Grape(s): 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Montepulciano
Montefalco is a city not far from Perugia in the central Italian region of Umbria. It is home to the grape variety “Sagrantino” which is one of the most tannic grape varieties in the world. Traditionally used to make sweet “passito” wines (which we also sell from this producer), modern winemakers now make dry wines from Sagrantino. In this case, it is being used to boost the color, depth and structure of a blend which is based on Sangiovese. Vibrant and savory, this combination of Sangiovese, Sagrantino and Montepulciano delivers flavors of succulent black cherry, dark plum, pepper, herb and mocha. It's well balanced with fresh acidity and firm but velvety tannins. This Montefalco Rosso partners well with rich Bolognese sauce, braised lamb and aged Parmigiano cheese.
2014 Château Tournefeuille Lalande de Pomerol, Sale Price $20.00
Where: Lalande de Pomerol, Right Bank Bordeaux, southwestern France
Grape(s): 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc
Château Tournefeuille is a small estate perched on top of a hill with a view over the Pomerol plateau in the Right Bank area of Bordeaux. Neighboring Petrus and Cheval Blanc, Tournefeuille benefits from an exceptional terroir of gravel and blue clay soils which produces a magnificent wine similar in quality to its prestigious neighbors. The estate is currently run by the dynamic Emeric Petit, who can trace his family’s winegrowing roots back to 1700s. This wine delights the nose with an intense, complex nose of plums, spices, vanilla and toast. On the palate, the texture is round and broad with excellent structure. It is an ideal match for pan seared pork chops, roasted duck breast or turkey dinner.