February 21, 2020 – Friday Tasting!


Tastings / Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Join us this Friday to taste some interesting wines from Europe!
We will have open a Spanish white (Albariño from Galicia) and 3 reds: a juicy tempranillo from Castilla y León, a smooth and velvety Austrian Blaufränkisch, and a superb Saint-Julien from Bordeaux!

Tasting Time: 5:30 to 8:30pm

See below for full information:

Vinos Marinos, Rías Baixas El Neptuno Albariño (2017)

Grape: Albariño
Geography: Spain
Appellation: Rías Baixas
Features: Sustainable

THE LAND & FARMING
As a farm based project the land and vines are treated with great respect and farming is sustainable and as natural as possible. The 60 hectares farmed by these proud farmers is spread throughout the Condado do Tea subzone in Rias Baixas. Most of these micro-farms are near the banks of the Miño River Estuary and greatly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. Weather here is very special, with mild rainy winters and spring – but overall this is one of the driest zones of Rias Baixas with very healthy and balanced fruit. Soils are very poor in nutrients, with high acid content and well drained sandy-alluvial soils with slate and a lot of granite. Trellised in traditional Pergola system – high above the ground for max- imum air flow. These vines are hand-harvested into small aerated boxes and rushed to the winery early in the morning.

THE WINE
100% ALBARIÑO Harvested from Old vines grown in granite + slate soils and nurtured by salty marine breezes that wash through the Mino River Valley – Grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks after a soft pressing. This Albariño shows white flowers, peaches and a hint of sea water backed by a mineral backbone with a fresh lemon-lime finish. Only 400 cases produced in 2017. Alcohol 12.5%

FOOD
All shelfish and sea food + mild cheese

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El Jefe Grande, Castilla y León Tempranillo (2018)

Grape: Tempranillo
Geography: Castilla y León, Spain
Appellation: Castilla y León
Features: Sustainable

El Jefe [grande] is a one liter bottle of Tempranillo produced from a single estate in Castilla y Leon (Zamorra) just south of Toro. The family has been growing grapes in this region for three generations. They time their harvest and ferment in breathable cement takes to express the natural strength, sinewy agility, balance and fresh nature of Tempranillo of the area.

THE LAND & FARMING
Sourced from a single family estate in the northern table lands “La Meseta,” the elevated, high plains desert of Castilla y Leon. North of the ancient city of Salamanca and just south of the region of Toro. Trellised vines farmed in the south facing sloping vineyard located within a mountain bowl. Farmed naturally without any chemicals, but just enough water to keep the wine juicy.

THE WINE
100%Tempranillo. El Jefe (grande) is the Big Boss, we know who they are. So here’s to them: an honest and solid red wine- deep, fresh and flexible enough to handle most days.Fermented in traditional cement vats with no oak.

FOOD
Fish, Spicy FoodThe Nittnaus family has been in the town of Gols, in the Neusiedlersee wine region in Burgenland since 1684. The current Nittnaus estate was  established by Hans’ grandfather Johann Nittnaus in 1927, and was taken over by Anita & Hans in 1985. In a relatively short period of time, Nittnaus became a leading winery of the Neusiedlersee wine region and one of  the best wine producers of Austria. In 1990, Hans Nittnaus created the name “Pannobile” from the word “Pannonia” (a Roman word describing the terroir) to produce a terroir driven premium wine using primarily indigenous grapes. Since 1994, “Pannobile” is also a consortium of 9 winemakers in the town of Gols, each of whom create their own distinct “Pannobile” wine.

Burgenland is a flat, very warm region, in the east of Austria bordering HungaryContinental (“pannonian”), hot summer, cold winter, generally dry. The vineyards are located in the flat east side of the Neusiedlersee (Lake Neusiedl), which is warmer and has less rain and richer soil than the Leithaberg side.

THE WINE
Spontaneous fermentation, maceration time: 3 weeks in a stainless steel after pressing, malolactic, afterwards maturation in used 3000 barrels for 1 year, unfiltered. Ruby red, smooth and velvety, fruit forward, Pizza, Burgers. A Great Party Wine!

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Anita & Hans Nittnaus, Blaufränkisch Eastside (2017)

Grape: Blaufränkisch
Geography: Burgenland, Austria
Wine region: Neusiedlersee
Features: Organic

The Nittnaus family has been in the town of Gols, in the Neusiedlersee wine region in Burgenland since 1684. The current Nittnaus estate was  established by Hans’ grandfather Johann Nittnaus in 1927, and was taken over by Anita & Hans in 1985. In a relatively short period of time, Nittnaus became a leading winery of the Neusiedlersee wine region and one of  the best wine producers of Austria. In 1990, Hans Nittnaus created the name “Pannobile” from the word “Pannonia” (a Roman word describing the terroir) to produce a terroir driven premium wine using primarily indigenous grapes. Since 1994, “Pannobile” is also a consortium of 9 winemakers in the town of Gols, each of whom create their own distinct “Pannobile” wine.

Burgenland is a flat, very warm region, in the east of Austria bordering HungaryContinental (“pannonian”), hot summer, cold winter, generally dry. The vineyards are located in the flat east side of the Neusiedlersee (Lake Neusiedl), which is warmer and has less rain and richer soil than the Leithaberg side.

THE WINE
Spontaneous fermentation, maceration time: 3 weeks in a stainless steel after pressing, malolactic, afterwards maturation in used 3000 barrels for 1 year, unfiltered. Ruby red, smooth and velvety, fruit forward

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Château Gruaud-Larose, Sarget de Gruaud-Larose Saint-Julien (2016)

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Geography: Bordeaux, France
Appellation: Saint-Julien
Features: Organic

Gruaud Larose has always tried to give value to the role of man in the creation of its elixir;
both to his work and to the bond established with the vineyard. The vine stocks and the grapes are nothing without man, without these makers of crus, from the most modest to the most powerful.

The notion of terroir binds geology and climate together. The largest concentration of Grand Cru Wines is in the Medoc, an area which benefits from a microclimate that is particularly favourable for the expression of the vine. The soil, by nature, limits water retentivity and the summer period, very hot and dry from July to September, is determinant for good ripening, a good maturity and the satisfactory transfer between the root system and the grape. East and West winds dry the grapes to keep them from perishing. Every year the heavens play a decisive role in wine making. Their influence on the success of the wine is different each year; no terroir, man or technique can alter the part they play.

Ageing: 18 – 24 months in French, fine grain, oak barrels (80% new, the rest 1-2 years old).
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 69%, Merlot : 29%, Cabernet franc : 2%.
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it offers up expressive redcurrants and blackberry compote notes with hints of cassis, unsmoked cigars, dried herbs and rose hip tea. Medium-bodied, soft, very fresh and with exhilarating vibrancy, it has loads of mineral sparks on the finish.
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