November 30, 2018 – Weekend Store Tasting!

Tastings and News / Thursday, November 29th, 2018
The Holidays are here and it’s time to celebrate!
Hanukkah! Holiday parties! Office parties, Secret santa!
We have loads of great wine to choose from and unique, local NY spirits for all occasions!
On Friday we will have open 4 wines,
#3 reds, a Spanish classic Rioja reserva, a Valpolicella Superiore, Italy and a Malbec from Salta, north of Argentina.
An a white blend from Galicia, Spain!!
On Saturday we will have a visit from Vanbrunt Stillhouse form Red Hooks Brooklyn.
They will show us their fabulous Bourbon and the distillery Winter limit edition campfire whiskey!!
Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm
See below for full information:

Vallisto, Cafayate Malbec (2013)

Grape: Malbec
Geography: Salta, Argentina
Appellation: Cafayate
Cafayate is a town located at the central zone of the Valles Calchaquíes in the province of Salta, Argentina. It sits 1,683 metres (5,522 ft) above mean sea level, at a distance of 189 kilometres (117 mi) from Salta City and 1,329 kilometres (826 mi) from Buenos Aires.
The grapes were hand picked in 20kg baskets When the fruit arrives at the winery we do a cluster selection in a sorting table rejecting leaves and dehydrated clusters. Once in the tank we do a cold soaking for 3 to 4 days between 8 and 10 c to get more fruit character. We inoculate with selected yeasts. During early stages of fermentation we pumpover 3 times a day the volume of the tank. Then, we only move the wine everyday to wet the hat, macerating for one or two weeks more. Finally we run-off the wine once all the good components were extracted from the skins. We naturally let the wine finish malolactic fermentation. Then, 50% free run wine is aged for 12 months, using 225 and 500 liter French barrels hand crafted with oak from the Allier forest with a very soft toast. The other 50% of the wine is aged in concrete vats, also for 12 months.
The vineyards grow on rich loamy soils with a deep rocky subsoil, on the Western slope of Mount Punta Alta, which protects them from excessive sun exposure. Standing at more than 1,900 metres above sea level, the vineyard benefits from the coolness afforded by high altitudes, even during heat waves.
Very elegant, but full of power and complexity. Spicy on the nose, with oaky notes and bitter chocolate, big black fruits and peppery in the mouth. Big and rich, but with a gentle acidity, with soft and opulent tannins.

Bodegas Lan, Rioja Reserva (2011)

Grapes: Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Mazuelo
Geography: Rioja, Spain
Appellation: Rioja
Elaborated with grapes coming from old vines located at Rioja Alta area. Fermentation of destemmed grapes in stainless steel tanks. Maceration for 15 days with continuous pumping over in order to achieve a good extraction of colour.
In American and French oak barrels for at least 12 months, followed by 24 months in bottle

Tasting notes

Brilliant ripe black cherry red colour with good depth. Fruity aromas with elegant notes of fine wood. Velvety in the mouth with a long finish

Zardini, Zardini Valpolicella Classico Superiore (2016)

Geography: Veneto, Italy
Appellation: Valpolicella
This Valpolicella comes from a classic blend of pink grape vines of the Veneto region, Corvina (which is found in the final cut with the highest percentage) Rondinella and Molinara. The land where the vines grow are predominantly red and brown, characterized by the presence of calcareous marl and basalt. In the vintage Pietro Zardini selects only the best grapes, and the must obtained after pressing the grapes ferments in steel, macerating on the skins for 15-20 days. The aging lasts 8-10 months in oak barrels, and then the wine is left to rest for a few months in steel.The Valpolicella Zardini is revealed to the eye with a ruby color. The range of aromas that surrounds the nose tells a fine progression of aromas of ripe fruit, enriched by more floral sensations and touches of officinal herbs. When tasted it has a light body tending to medium, with a wide and enveloping, agile sip, characterized by a perfect balance between taste and smell. A bottle to which Pietro Zardini is particularly attached, which is appreciated every day on the table in combination with different land recipes.

Bright ruby red color

Perfume Fruity and elegant, with hints of ripe red fruit, flowers and medicinal herbs

Taste Soft, lean, rich and fruity, with good balance


Blanquito, Rías Baixas (2017)

Geography: Spain
Appellation: Rías Baixas

On Saturday:

Brooklyn Whiskey – Van Brunt Stillhouse

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Van Brunt Stillhouse takes a time honored traditional approach to distilling.  Sourcing wheat, rye and corn directly from upstate New York farmers.  Making every spirit from scratch in the waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook in Brooklyn.  Their family of whiskeys give a nod to classic styles while remaining innovative, creating bold and flavorful spirits.

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 Van Brunt Stillhouse Bourbon Whiskey
is a wheated bourbon made with 65% organic NY state corn.   This American classic is carefully made with only the best ingredients.

Van Brunt Stillhouse Campfire Whiskey

Tasting Notes

This limited release from our friends in Brooklyn is perfectly suited for the season. Campfire is comprised of a blend of three straight whiskies aged in a variety of barrels. The smoked wheat whiskey, smoked corn and peated bourbons each contribute a different level of fire that combine for a more nuanced delivery of smoke character, balanced well by the barrel sugars. We’ll definitely be curling up next to this dram while it lasts.