November 9, 2018 – Weekend Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Tastings and News / Thursday, November 8th, 2018
Join us this weekend for a fabulous tasting,
On Friday we will have open a white from Rioja Spain and 3 reds
a Nero D’Avola from Sicily, a french blend from Corbieres appellation and a big Chilean blend
On Saturday we will have open Honey Whiskey from the Catskills!!
Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm
See below for full information:

Burgo Viejo, Rioja Blanco (2017)

Grapes: Viura and Tempranillo Blanco
Geography; Rioja, Spain
Appellation: Rioja
Features: Organic

Originally started as a cooperative in the 1950’s Burgo Viejo now has sixteen families farming their vineyards. Since 2003, Gorka Etxebarria has been in charge of the winemaking.
The vineyards measure 200 hectares – 494 acres and spread throughout the municipality of Alfaro, La Rioja, Spain at the foothills of Yerga Mountain, on the banks of the fertile Ebro Valley. This area offers a huge diversity of soils and microclimates where the grape varietals, Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Garnacha, Carignan, Graciano and Viura grow to become Burgo Viejo wines.

Most of the vines are 30 years old. Some Garnacha are over 90 years old and a new organic vineyard dedicated to Graciano has been planted. They age their wines in both American and French oak.

60% Viura, and 40% Trempranillo Blanco, organically grown.

Vineyards are located in Alfaro. Manual harvest in 8 kilograms baskets. 100% destemmed. Light pressing of the grapes.
Fermentation at controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks. No Malolactic fermentation.
No Oak. Aged 3 months on the lees with frequent batonnage.
13.5% Alcohol
Cork closure

92pts, James Suckling “Some lifted poached-pear and lemon-peel aromas, as well as sweet perfume. the palate delivers a smooth and juicy array of melon and white-peach flavors. Bright, and crunchy and fresh.”


Castelmaure, Corbières Col des Vents (2014)

Grapes: Carignan, Grenache, and Syrah
Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Appellation: Corbières

S.C.V. Castelmaure was founded in the 1920’s and today consists of 65 members, of which 15 bring 85% of the production. The winery is located in the unofficial Corbières cru site of Durban (there are 11 unofficial Cru’s in Corbières), which will become soon an official Cru together with Boutenac and Alaric. The Serre mountain in the south protects the little plateau of Castelmaure from the off weather patterns of the Mediterranean sea. Patrick de Marien, the president of the cave, and Bernard Pueyo, the director, work in conjunction with Tardieu/Laurent in trying to produce wines of higher quality each year.
The AOC Corbières was created in 1985 and measures 23,000 hectares (56,810 acres). The appellation requires a minimum of two grapes in a wine blend.

The co-op farms 350 hectares (868 acres) around the tiny hamlet of Embres et Castelmaure. The 760 parcels are inspected and the characteristics recorded on computer. Each parcel is supervised individually by a technician who dedicates his time to this task. They have re-learned to prune, plough, check yields, sort, select, with a permanent focus on the respect of the environment. All the grapes are harvested by hand. In the cellar, vats hygiene, temperature control, ultramodern pressing contribute to a better expression of the terroir.
Castelmaure produces 90% red wine of which 80% is A.O.C. Corbières. The soil is made of schist, limestone, alluvial river wash and argilo-calcaire.

Grape Varietals: 50% Carignan, 35% Grenache, 15% Syrah. Classic vinification in temperature controlled vats. The wine is fined and slightly filtered before bottling. Alcohol 13.5%

Castelmaure coldesvents10 label

Poggio Anima, Sicilia Nero d’Avola Asmodeus (2017)

Grape: Nero d’Avola
Geography: Sicily, Italy
Appellation: Sicilia
Features: Organic

Calling its creations “weeknight wines” belies the pedigree, power and panache behind Poggio Anima. Poggio Anima is a collection of seven wines representing four regions typifying the cultural heartbeat of each area. Poggio Anima, translated as ‘Hill of Soul,’ personifies the individual vineyards cultivated for each bottle.

Poggio Anima is a joint venture between one of Tuscany’s rising stars, Riccardo Campinoti of Le Ragnaie in Montalcino and his U.S.A. importer Ronnie Sanders of Vine Street Imports. The idea is straightforward: to source great vineyards from existing relationships and produce a real wine that conveys a place and a grape.

Why the ancient pagan labels?

There is an everyday dichotomy between good and bad in the world. Looking for balance in all things (including wine) is a vital quest for many. The Eastern ideology of Yin Yang is the core of this ‘balance’ in the Poggio Anima concept. Fusing this Eastern belief with Western philosophy is apparent when you look at the contradiction of red and white (wines), good vs evil (demons vs angels) and modern ideas with old world winemaking practices (catchy, fun packaging with classic old world wine).

The white wines are named after religious archangels while the reds are named after fallen angels. Each wine was specifically named for the persona of the grape, region or style of the wine. Each wine hails from one variety, a single-vineyard and representing its indigenous place of origin.

This is real wine, from a real place, made by real people.

This is Poggio Anima.

Tasting notes:
Dark garnet. Notes of ripe plums, leather, garrigue and pepper on the nose, with ripe black cherry and a touch of candied berry on the palate.  Finishes with fruit sweetness and a licorice note with soft gripping tannins to hold it all together.

Anka, Valle del Maipo Red Blend (2012)

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Petit Verdot
Geography: Central Valley, Chile
Appellation: Valle del Maipo
Features: Organic
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 7% Carminere, 5%Syrah, 2% Petite Verdot. Aged 12 months in barrels (20% new). In the glass it displays a deep red color that recalls plums and strawberry aromas with a juicy texture supported by integrated tannins and a generous finish of wild berries, dried fruit, and sweet spice. Anka is a certified organic wine that comes from the Pargua winery and the producer of Domus Aurea. Winemaker Jean Pascal Lacaze believes that wine is only as good as the grapes from which it is made. At his Maipo Valley vineyard Lacaze grows the grapes sustainably and organically, uses the best fruit, ages the wine in individually selected barrels and blends the juice at just the right time. The label artwork was created by renowned Chilean artist Benjamin Lira, who took his inspiration from the word Pargua, meaning “full moon” in the Mapuche language.
Label anka 2011 cmyk 494x325


Catskill Provisions, New York Honey Whiskey

Located in a small corner of the Northwest Catskill Mountains, Catskill Provisions specializes in creating raw, all-natural handmade food products while subscribing to the philosophy that a thriving society makes use of the closest resources around it. Within Delaware and Sullivan County and surrounding areas, they source as many materials from local purveyors as they can while employing people from within our community.

They blazed their own trail to bring you this uniquely spicy, nutty rye whiskey infused with their honey from hives located across the Catskill Mountains. Their honey is added after aging in new American charred barrels – only as a balancing agent not to sweeten this complex whiskey.  Indulge in its’ smooth, rich flavor with hints of toffee, burnt orange and golden raisin. Winner of the Chairman’s Trophy with a 94 rating from the prestigious Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2017 and a Gold Medal at the 2017 SIP Awards.

Local Honey + Local Whiskey! What can beat that?