December 27, 2019 – Last tasting of the Year!


Tastings / Friday, December 27th, 2019

Come celebrate the last Friday tasting of the year with us!

We will open very nice 4 wines: 2 different Sparklings: a Crémant de Limoux Rosé and a Champagne from France,  plus 2 reds; an Italian blend and a Rhône Valley blend from Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation in France!

Tasting Time: 6:00 to 9:00pm
Thank you for all your support this year!
Happy 2020!!
See below for full information:

Luna Argenta, Negroamaro Primitivo Puglia (2018)

Category: Wine – Still – Red
Grapes: 80% Negroamaro, 20% Primitivo
Geography: Puglia, Italy

Notes: Appassimento method, Intensely Fruity. Smooth, Juicy, mouthful of fruity flavors of cherry, black plum, licorice, dry fig and spices. Very dark purple red in color. Slightly hot, with alcohol content of 14.5%. Soft tannins. The Puglia region’s indigenous varietals, Negroamaro and Primitivo (believed to be the origin of Zinfandel) are used, with 20% of going through the Passito method, in which grapes are hung on vines to raisin. Slightly sweet, smooth, Juicy, mouthful of fruity flavors of cherry, black plum, licorice, dry fig and spices. Very dark purple red in color. Slightly hot, with alcohol content of 14.5%. Soft tannins. The Puglia region’s indigenous varietals, Negroamaro and Primitivo (believed to be the origin of Zinfandel) are used, with 20% of grapes going through the Passito method, in which grapes are hung on vines to raisin. Food pairing: aperitif, charcuterie, red meat, game, aged-cheese.

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Château Mont Thabor, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (2016)

Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre
Geography: Rhône Valley, France
Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Château Mont Thabor was built in the 17th century, deriving it’s name from one of the most famous mountains of Galilee, Israel (widely mentioned in sacred writings for it’s strategic and religious importance). In 1881 Fritz Stehlin bought the estate, continued the established wine making but improved conditions and quality of the wines. In 1940, Luc Stehlin succeeded his great uncle Fritz and continued to improve the viticulture and viniculture practices at the Chateau integrating the utilization of horses in the vineyards. Since 1977 to present day, Daniel Stehlin has followed in the steps of his father Luc, producing some of the most elegant yet powerful wines of the region. He cultivates these unfiltered, rich yet pure red wines from 4 hectares in Chateauneuf du Pape and six hectares in Côtes du Rhône.
WINEMAKER
Daniel Stehelin
APPELLATION
Côtes du Rhône
AREA UNDER VINES
6 hectares (Côtes du Rhône)
4 hectares (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
TERROIR
Mediterranean climate. Grenache parcel: soil is mixed clay and sand covered with many large stones. Syrah parcel: red clay soil with pebbles and sand in the subsoil. Altitude is 90 meters. Yield is 30 hl/ha.
GRAPE VARIETIES
80% Grenache
15% Syrah
5% Mourvèdre/Cinsault
VINIFICATION :
Fermented for 4 weeks in concrete tanks. Not destemmed. Two-thirds of the wine is aged for 12 months in 225-liter oak barrels. The remaining one-third is aged in tank. The wine is then bottled unfiltered after 12 months.
PRODUCTION:
10,000 bottles
TASTING NOTES :
A ruby purple wine with aromas of red fruits and spices. A spicy wine, rich and warm, with grilled notes and flavors of garrigue The presence of Grenache gives the wine a smooth texture that gracefully flows over the palate.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS :
A fine accompaniment for red meat, game meat, casseroles and hearty fare.B082a5ff20c170cd3758e

Champagne Pol Gardere, Champagne Brut (NV)

Grapes: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay
Geography: Champagne, France
Appellation: Champagne
WINEMAKER
Ludes & Rilly La Montagne
APPELLATION
Chigny-Les-Roses
AREA UNDER VINES
7 hectares
DOSAGE
10g/l
GRAPE VARIETIES
45% Pinot Noir
50% Pinot Meunier
5% Chardonnay
VINIFICATION :
Both the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations were under strict temperature control. The final marriage of the wines was very lightly filtered to preserve the character of the wine. Champagne aged in cellar 18 to 24 months.
TASTING NOTES :
This medium-bodied sparkler offers notes of white flowers, yellow apple, lemon curd, and butter cookies.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS :
This champagne is a magnificent apéritif and should be offered at a temperature of 6-8°C. It may best be kept for 1-2 years away from direct light at a temperature of (10-15°C). Works well as an apéritif or alongside sushi.24eb2ec01ccb8240b38e1

Antech, Crémant de Limoux Rosé Émotion (2017)

Grapes: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Mauzac, and Pinot Noir
Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Appellation: Crémant de Limoux

Fifth generation winemakers, Roger and Georges Antech, inherited the ancient craft of making Blanquette, the original French bubbly that pre-dates Dom Pérignon’s “discovery” of Champagne by over 150 years. The family’s property lies on gentle slopes that bask in the Mediterranean sunlight. Old vines, yields < 50Hl/ha, and sustainable agricultural methods for this outstanding sparkling wine.

WINE ESTATE
Fifth generation winemakers, Roger and Georges Antech, inherited the ancient craft of making Blanquette, the original French bubbly that pre-dates Dom Prignons discovery of Champagne by over 150 years. The familys property lies on gentle slopes that bask in the Mediterranean sunlight. Old vines, yields < 50Hl/ha, and sustainable agricultural methods for this outstanding sparkling wine.

SOIL
Limestone and gravel, with shallow subsoil to better stress the vines.

GRAPE VARIETY
70% Chardonnay18% Chenin 10% Mauzac2% Pinot noir

VINIFICATION
Sustainable agriculture, Hand-harvested grapes-Traditional mthode champenoise, 2nd fermentation in bottle-Aged on the lees for a minimum of 15 months before disgorgement

FOOD PAIRING
Aperitifs and desserts

TASTING NOTES
Shiny pink color, red fruit and spring flowers nose.Elegant and refreshing fruits in mouth, to be paired with your aperitifs and desserts.

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