Winestone's Saturday Tasting - "Spring Cleaning"
April 14, 2018, 12pm - 5pm
It is inevitable that after "Spring Arrivals" (last week's tasting theme) must come "Spring Cleaning". It is time to make room on our shelves for many new items, and we are offering some great buys on a handful of special items. Please, join us this Saturday from 12pm - 5pm and stock up on delicious bubbly from Burgundy, classic Riesling from a top German producer, a refreshing white blend from Australia and a pair of juicy reds just begging for outdoor grilling.
The already very attractive prices on these items are being discounted 20% this weekend while supplies last!
NV Guy Amiot & Fils Crémant De Bourgogne; Bourgogne, France
40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% old vine Aligoté (12% abv)
$25, $20 with discount
Domaine Guy Amiot has been making wine in Chassagne-Montrachet since 1920. This sparkling white wine made from a classic blend of three grapes was farmed from the famed areas of both Chassagne-Montrachet and Cote de Beaune. Made in the ‘méthode traditionelle’ (which means the same method used to make Champagne), the wine has aged 18 months in bottle. Wine lovers will recognize the chardonnay and pinot noir varietals from Champagne, while Aligoté is a blending grape more specific to Burgundy. Aligoté adds acidity and structure to the blend, as the winemakers say, “aligoté gives it ‘nerve.’” In the glass, this sparkler is shiny yellow-gold with fine satin sparkles. On the nose, you will find ripe fruit and white flowers. On the palate, the wine is delicate, light and round. Enjoy with shellfish or lean fish.
2017 Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon; Margaret River, Australia
61% Sauvignon Blanc and 39% Semillon (12% abv)
$13, $10.40 with discount
Margaret River, a remote and beautiful coastal area, is that up-and-coming wine producing region in the very south-west of Australia. Here Cape Mentelle produces a wine from a classic Bordeaux blanc blend. Down to the gravelly soil and proximity to the ocean, prospective wine-makers knew in 1967 that the region was perfect for growing Bordeaux varietals. Cape Mentelle, established in 1970, is one the ‘founding-five’ Margaret River producers. This dry white blend is white gold with silvery hues in the glass. On the nose is a pleasant salinity, earthy unctuousness, yellow peach, lemon zest, and just a dash of white pepper. On the palate, the wine features citrus and melon flavors layered over a base of minerality, with a long zesty finish. Enjoy with a mixed seafood platter, or a shrimp risotto.
2013 Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Kabinett; Mosel, Germany
100% Riesling (7.5% abv)
$14, $11.20 with discount
From the steep slate soil slopes of the Mosel River come the great Rieslings from Dr. Loosen! The producer conferred the new designation “Grosses Gewächs (GG)” on the Bernkasteler Lay site in 2014. GG means great growths in German, meaning they believe a special wine comes from this vineyard, and for you this means this 2013 Riesling represents a great value. At 7.5% abv this white wine is halb-trocken, or, off-dry. It confers flavors of honeydew and caramel, along with just a kiss of sweet stone fruit. The fruit extraction here is balanced by a high-octane acidity and a pure finish. Riesling’s high acidity makes it a perfect food wine, and the Bernkasteler Lay would go well with lemon chicken or even a creamy carbonara.
2015 Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon,;Maipo Valley, Chile
100% Cabernet Sauvignon (14.5% abv)
$17, $13.60 with discount
Marques de Casa Concha recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. The venerable Chilean producer’s approach is to source fruit from the optimal growing region in Chile for their wines. The grapes for the Cabernet Sauvignon hail from the Puente Alto Vineyard, which is part of the well-known larger Maipo Valley, in the foothills of the Andes. The soil is alluvial and gravelly (like Bordeaux), poor in nutrients (good for growing wine grapes). Unlike Bordeaux the climate is semi-arid Mediterranean, resulting in a fruit-extracted concentrated wine, aged 16 months in French Oak. Deep red in the glass, on the nose are lush cherry, black currant, blackberry, and a touch of tar and smoke. On the palate, you will find a firm structure, smooth tannins, and a lengthy finish. Enjoy with braised short ribs or leg of lamb.
2013 Antares Malbec; Napa Valley, California.
100% Malbec (13.8% abv)
$13, $10.40 with discount
Antares vineyard established in 1988, part of Bronco Wine Group, has named itself after a bright red star in the Scorpion. They produce a range of red wines from California grapes, and this Malbec originates in Napa Valley. This wine has seen oak aging. In the glass, this Malbec looks as it should- dark red ruby- almost black. The full powerful bouquet is notable for blackcurrant, leather, black raspberry, and black pepper. On the palate, peppery and flavors continue in the midst of firm and well integrated tannins. Enjoy with BBQ pork, grilled flank steak, or lasagna.