April 5, 2019 – Weekend Tasting!


Tastings / Friday, April 5th, 2019

We begin April with two interesting tastings.
On Friday we will have 3 wines to taste, a crisp white Gruner from Austria (1 Liter bottle), a rosé blend from Argentina a (also a 1 Liter bottle) and a full-bodied red blend from Spain!
On Saturday we will have a visit from the local New State Sunshine Whiskey!

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm
See below for full description:

Friday

Hugl Weine, Weine Grüner Veltliner (2018)

Category: Wine – Still – White
Grape: Grüner Veltliner
Geography: Austria
This young, family-run winery is located in the northeast of Austria in an area called Ketzelsdorf-Poysdorf. Owners Sylvia (née Wimmer) and Martin Hugl both grew up in family wineries. In 2013, they combined the two estates and their considerable winemaking knowledge and introduced their first vintage together. Weingut Hugl’s vineyards are located within a 2 km (1.2 mi) radius around the town of Poysdor in prime south- and south-west-facing hillsides. While vineyards are planted close to each other, the soils range from light and sandy to medium loam to deep-seated loess and loam. This soil diversity and favorable growing conditions help produce a broad range of grape varietals. The focus is high quality Grüner Veltliner, the most widely planted white grape in Austria. A Zweigelt Rosé is a recent new addition to their production and has become an instant hit. With the reds, Zweigelt is the most important wine, classically produced in large oak casks, fruity and medium-bodied in style.
100% Grüner Veltliner
No Oak, Stelvin closure.
This is is an intense and concentrated wine offering pleasant citrus and grapefruit aromas, exotic tropical fruits with a hint of freshly ground white pepper. Medium-bodied dry wine with a firm mineral backbone, crisp acidity on the finish.A0f566ddd2f31e69550e4

Bodegas Funckenhausen, Dry Rosé (2017)

Category: Wine – Still – Rosé
Geography: Mendoza, Argentina
Appellation: San Rafael
Argentina is home to many German immigrants including the Funcke family who arrived to Mendoza in the late 1800s. In honor of his maternal ancestors, Kurt Heinlein founded the Funckenhausen Vineyards in the San Rafael appellation of South Mendoza. The region is located at the foothills of the Andes mountains (elevation 2700 feet) near the banks of the Diamante river where they grow distinctive Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bonarda. Funckenhausen is a family owned winery that seeks to honor Kurt and Alejandro’s German ancestry while establishing an Argentine tradition of winemaking for future generations.
Jimena Lopez has been making wine since high school and in 2002 won her first gold medal. Her viticulture education and travels cover new and old world properties and techniques. She leads the wine making team to help focus on Mr. Heinlein’s vision of producing superior wines that represent the region. Lopez is part of a rising group of talented female winemakers of South America

75% Malbec/20% Cabernet Sauvignon/5% Cabernet Franc. The gently pressed juice contacts the skins only for a few hours for color & aroma and is immediately sent to steel tanks where it undergoes fermentation for about 12 days, never seeing oak. In the glass it is a light salmon color and on the nose there are pleasant aromas of red berries and white flower. The wine is crisp & complex with a lingering finish.

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Perelada, Empordà 5 Finques Reserva (2015)

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Grenache
Geography: Catalonia, Spain
Appellation: Empordà

Perelada has been producing wines since the fourteenth century. The castle and its estates has been owned by the Mateu family since 1923. Its founder Miguel Mateu passed away in 1972 and left his son-in-law Arturo Suque at the helm.

Empordà is a small area with a variety of soils found in few other locations: slate slopes, sandy plains, fluvial sediment, clay-silt, gravel… This diversity of soils allows us to grow grapes with an enormous range of nuances and to produce complex wines full of character Like 5 Finques.
Varietals: Garnatxa (26%), Cabernet Sauvignon (24%), Merlot (21%), Syrah (16%), Samsó (9%), Monastrell (3%), Cabernet Franc (1%).
Ageing: 18 months in Bordeaux barrels, 50% fine American oak and 50% Allier French oak. Then bottled.
Tasting note: Deep cherry red colour. Its aroma reminds of red fruits, spices, with some balsamic notes and a toasted background. In the mouth it is fresh, well-structured and balanced. Its tannins are present but well integrated. This is a wine with a great personality and a long after-taste.

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SATURDAY:

Sunshine Reserve

Sunshine Reserve has been specifically crafted to be a hybrid between a Bourbon and a Single Pot Still Irish Whisky in terms of flavor. As a result, it has the dominant caramel and vanilla flavors of a Bourbon, but instead of having Bourbon’s heavier oak and smoke flavor, it has the soft smoothness and light fruit notes of an Irish Whisky.

Key Features:

– Aged primarily with toasted oak instead of the more traditional charred oak. This gives it lighter, brighter vanilla flavors like marzipan or creme-brule and reduces the heavy oak and smoke flavors typical of Bourbons.

– Aged at a lower proof than almost any other American Whiskey on the market (around 110 proof), which gives it a softer, sweeter flavor that has less spice and dark wood to it than other Whiskeys that are aged at a higher proof.

– Hand crafted in upstate New York using grains sourced through partnerships with small local farms.

– Unique, four grain recipe is primarily based on Oats, which give the Whiskeyits signature floral softness. The remaining 3 grains, Rye, Spelt, and Malted Barley, provide the Whiskey with mild cinnamon spice and maltiness that balance the Oats perfectly and create its wonderful complexity.

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