April 12, 2019 – Weekend Tasting!


Tastings / Friday, April 12th, 2019

Join us this week, we will have open 4 wines on Friday, a rosé from Tavel appellation (Rhone Valley, France), a Macon-Village white from Burgundy (France) and 2 reds, an Italian  Valpolicella ripasso + an Argentinian organic Malbec!
On Saturday, we will have Still The One Distillery from Westchester, showing their fantastic Rye whiskey!
Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm
See below for full information:

Friday:

Les Lauzeraies, Tavel (2018)

Category: Wine – Still – Rosé
Geography: Rhône Valley, France
Appellation: Tavel

The Tavel Appelation: “Rosés from the Southern Rhône offer a marked contrast to their cousins from Provence. Typically deeper in color and fuller in body, Rhône rosés, led by the Tavel appellation, offer the stuffing to match with grilled summer fare while still keeping a refreshing personality.

Wine notes: “Eye : bright rosé wine – ruby red colour with topaz tints. Aromas : mineral – red fruits (raspberry and cherry). Mouth : powerful – flinty – long spicy finish.”

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Domaine Talmard, Mâcon Chardonnay (2018)

Grape: Chardonnay
Geography: Burgundy, France
Appellation: Mâcon

Founded in 1971, the original estate of brothers Paul and Philibert Talmard comprised about 100 acres overlapping two communes, Uchizy and Chardonnay, two of the higher-quality named villages within the Mâconnais. Although they sold their wine initially to the co-op, the brothers started to domaine bottle and export in 1978. Shortly after the turn of the millennium, the brothers divided their domain in order to prepare for the future for their sons. Philibert and his son Gerald built a new cellar next to the original one, completely modern and efficient, all stainless, designed for producing one wine. Their 50 acres of vineyards lie predominantly within the commune of Chardonnay – thought to be the geographical origin of the variety – and thus are entitled to use the AOC “Mâcon-Chardonnay.”

Their wine is the essence of pure, crystalline, varietal Chardonnay, un-marked by any oak, exhibiting all the subtle minerality and invigorating acidity that makes these wines such perfect partners with cuisines of all sorts. The wine is now bottled with a Stelvin closure to protect and enhance its freshness and character.

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Finca Decero Winery, Malbec Remolinos Vineyard Agrelo (2017)

Grape: Malbec
Geography: Mendoza, Argentina
Appellation: Agrelo

Finca Decero has become recognized not only for having one of the highest quality vineyards in all of Mendoza, but also for catapulting into an elite group of the most highly regarded producers in Argentina. The wines all come from the single Finca Decero vineyard, and the winery’s focus is entirely quality focused – the varietal Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignons they produce can easily be compared to wines selling for twice the price. These are serious wines that moreover showcase the best of Argentina: a beautiful mix of purity and elegance.

Decero, meaning ‘from scratch’, was born of a bare patch of land and a family’s love affair with wine. Winemaking in Thomas Schmidheiny’s family goes back to his grandparents in Switzerland and, just as Napa had inspired his mother Adda in the 1970s, so too did the Agrelo sub-appellation in Mendoza capture the heart and mind of Thomas when traveling over the Andes into Argentina 20 years later. In Agrelo, perhaps now considered the source of Argentina’s finest red wines, Thomas instinctively knew that he had found the place to continue the family legacy and to handcraft wines whose allure would lie in being true to their origin. Once a desolate piece of land in the foothills of the Andes, absent of everything but shrubs, Finca Decero is now a one-of-a-kind vineyard where each vine is nurtured by hand and the winemaking is without compromise.

The estate has followed an ‘amano’, or ‘by hand’, approach that is sensitive to natural differences, sustainable, and human. Their philosophy is to tread lightly in an environment they have come to know intimately, almost inch-by-inch, and allow the unique natural attributes of the Remolinos vineyard and of Agrelo to shine through in the wines. The vineyard at the estate is named “Remolinos” after the tiny whirlwinds in the area that thread their way along the vines, keeping the grapes dry and in perfect condition. The 110 hectare estate was planted in 2000 to Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot (unusual for Argentine producers) and Tannat. All the Decero wines come from this single vineyard, all from hand-picked fruit.
Estate Malbec was harvested from a low-yielding parcel and fermented in small, wide stainless steel tanks at different temperatures. The aromatic berries were fermented at slightly lower temperatures than its more concentrated counterpart and the must macerated for a total of 25-30 days. Ninety percent of the wine was gently basket pressed into French oak (30% new) and 10% into tank.

Blended after maturing for 14 months, the wine presents intense notes of red fruit and violet. Medium-bodied tannins carry touches of oak through on velvety long finish

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Zeni Wines, Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Marogne (2016)

Grape: Corvina
Geography: Veneto, Italy
Appellation: Valpolicella Superiore

Zeni Winery is a family-run winery that started its activity far back in the 1870s. The whole Zeni family has been fully and enthusiastically dedicated to the production of premium quality wines for 5 generations, and this is further testified by the grated care devoted to every single stage of the long wine production process from the growing of the vine to the harvest, to vinification, finishing, bottling and marketing of the wines.
Set inside the Winery, the Wine Museum, realized by the owner Gaetano Zeni, was meant to offer evidence of the ancient winemaking culture the Zeni family is committed to for generations.

Colour: deep ruby red. Bouquet: vinous, full-bodied, with hints of black cherry and well-ripened fruit. Palate: rounded, velvety, full-bodied and lingering. Serving suggestions: wine to be best enjoyed within 4 years from bottling, served at a temperature of 17-19°C.

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Saturday:

Still The One Distillery, No 4 Westchester Rye

Category: Spirit – Whiskey – Rye
Geography: New York, United States

The nose is a light floral with some spice. The taste starts with sweet vanilla and caramel notes, transitions to cinnamon and floral rye flavors and gives a long spicy, but not overwhelming, rye finish. We think it’s delicious and think you will too.