Wednesday Night Taste, March 9, 2016

Wednesday Night Taste, March 9, 2016

I’ve been sampling some very nice wines over the past several weeks. In doing so, I’ve been introduced to some new owners and National Sales Managers. With this being said, here are some of the wines tried. What do you think about these wines? Featured wines: 2014 Newsprint Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, Washington We brought some buttery oak to this Chardonnay party. For our debut vintage of Newsprint Chardonnay we used 50 percent new French oak. While that might sound like a heavy barrel regiment, all the wood is boiled prior to constructing the barrel to create what are called “water-bent barrels.” By using water-bent barrels we’re softening the impact of potential “oaky-ness,” while still giving structure and weight to the wine. This Chardonnay features notes of gorgeous golden delicious apple and yellow plum. This vintage is very focused and sleek.  ~Winemakers Notes 2013 McNab Ridge Pinotage, Mendocino County, California The bouquet is very fruit forward with aromas of raspberry, spice and dried rose petals. Lush, ripe essence of jammy blackberry, plum and chocolate enhance the concentrated fruit flavors. Well balanced and structured, the 2013 Pinotage has a rich midpalate that is followed by a lingering finish with just the right amount of soft tannins. 2012 McNab Ridge Reserve, Zinfandel, Mendocino County, California Dense and seductive with bright fruit and hints of mocha and toffee. The Berry Family’s Cononiah Vineyard is located on the Talmage Bench on the east side of the Ukiah Valley. These grapes were selected from their Cherry Block, planted in the early 1980’s. Classic Mendocino-style; luscious fruit and white peppery-spice. 2013 McNab Ridge Petite Sirah, Mendocino...Read More
Wednesday Night Taste, March 2, 2016

Wednesday Night Taste, March 2, 2016

Join us Wednesday evening for our weekly wine tasting. This weeks tasting features all Cabernet Franc.  Cabernet Franc shares many of the same phenolic and aroma compounds as Cabernet Sauvignon but with some noticeable differences. Cabernet Franc tends to be more lightly pigmented and produces wines with the same level of intensity and richness. Cabernet Franc tends to have a more pronounced perfume with notes of raspberries, blackcurrants, violets and graphite. It is often characterized by a green, vegetal strike that can range from leaves to green bell peppers. It has slightly less tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon and tends to produce a wine with a smoother mouthfeel. New World examples of Cabernet Franc tend to emphasize the fruit more and may delay harvesting the grapes to try to minimize the green leafy notes. In general, Cabernet Franc is very similar to Cabernet Sauvignon, but buds and ripens at least a week earlier. This trait allows the vine to thrive in slightly cooler climates than Cabernet Sauvignon, such as the Loire Valley. Featured Wines: 2014 Carmela Benegas Cabernet Franc Rose, Mendoza, Argentina Marked aromas of red fruits which highlights fresh cherries, strawberries and raspberries. Very good input – delicate, fresh, large volume in the middle of the mouth and precise balance between acidity, fruit and alcohol. Lingering finish with herbal notes characteristics of Cabernet Franc. NV Old Mason Cabernet Franc, Grand River Valley, Ohio Albeit soft and easy to drink his complex deep ruby colored wine that present a peppery bouquet giving way to a flavor that suggests hints of berry and black currants with a very nice oak finish. 2013...Read More
Wednesday Night Taste February 24, 2016

Wednesday Night Taste February 24, 2016

Join us Wednesday evening for our weekly wine tasting. We are featuring Jeff Runquist 2013 Tannat. I just received this wine and I could not wait to get it opened  and tasted. I must add that this wine will be another blow out from Runquist. Stop and have a taste. We have 36 bottles of this wine and it doesn’t look very promising that I can get more this year. Stay for dinner Wednesday night and enjoy our blackened basa fish sandwich with dill tartar sauce and steamed vegetables for $9 and add a side salad for $3 more. Featured Wines: 2013 Sodevo Ribolla Gialla, Venezia Giulia, Friuli, Italy Soft pressing, cold maceration in stainless steel tanks, five months on the lees. 10% of the wine is vinified in oak. Bright straw yellow in color with bright floral notes on the nose. The palate is packed with citrus fruits, full-bodied, long finish and well-balanced acidity. 2013 Tom Gore Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, California Dark red in color with aromas of currant and plum and wonderful hints of mocha and coffee on the palate. This wine is fruit forward with a supple mouthfeel and medium body. 2012 Sirius Bordeaux, Cabernet-Merlot, France Deeply-colored claret with aromas of blackberry and crushed mint. The palate is filled out nicely by a delicious melange of blackcurrant, bitter chocolate, cigar box and salty minerals  with obvious tannin and acidity. Big wine for the price. 2013 La Vigne en Veron ‘Chinon’, ACC, France Medium-bodied, dry. Red and black berry fruit topped off with herbs and pepper. Fresh balancing acidity on a soft finish. All the fruit for...Read More
Wednesday Evening Tasting, February 10, 2016

Wednesday Evening Tasting, February 10, 2016

Join us Wednesday evening for our weekly wine tasting. We are featuring to wineries this week, Runquist Wines and Rebel Coast Winery. These two California producers area producing big red wines with soft velvety tannins and lingering finishes at reasonable prices. Stop in for a taste or two along with dinner. The dinner special for Wednesday evening blackened grilled rainbow trout with stream vegetables and our exclusive house salad $16 Featured Wines: 2013 Rebel Coast Winery, Sunday Funday, White Blend, California Perfect balance between tropical fruit and acid. The fruit forward mouthfeel is velvety and thirst quenching. The acid gives it a medium body finish that lingers just long enough to give you hints of lime and green apple. 2013 Runquist 1448 red blend, California The 1448 Proprietary Red has deep thick color and one would expect form a wine that is predominately Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. The aromas feature smoky currants and concentrated black fruits. Mocha, caramel, and milk chocolate provide a sweet inviting bouquet. The flavors are big, rich and creamy. Dense ripe black fruits flow across a deeply toasted oak background. The time in small barrels contributes to the rich body and luscious mouth-feel. As with all the Jeff Runquist Wines the tannins are mature and well integrated leading to a smooth lingering finish. 2013 Rebel Coast Winery, Reckless Love, Red Blend, California A velvety front palate that seamlessly transitions into the soft tannins that only a true California Cabernet can possess. This medium bodied wine has note of dark cherry, ripe raspberry and an over-ripe cranberry all at the same time. The finish lingers just...Read More
Shiraz – Syrah Wine Dinner February 13, 2016

Shiraz – Syrah Wine Dinner February 13, 2016

Shiraz – Syrah Wine Dinner Saturday, February 13, 2016 beginning at 7pm Join us Saturday, February 13, 2016 for our first wine dinner of the year. Featuring twelve wines, six shiraz and six Syrah paired with a six course dinner beginning at 7pm. We will be serving two wines with each course. Join in the comparison of this grape and the wine making style between Australia and California. “Shiraz is synonymous with Syrah—both words refer to a type of red wine grape, and a wine made from that grape. Shiraz is the term of choice for most Australian winemakers (and producers who fashion their bottlings in the Australian spirit of rich, fruit-forward wines) while Syrah is traditionally French. It’s up to each producer which name they want to go with.” Winespectator Taste all twelve wines with dinner for $96 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 937-224-9463 or email brianlinnean@gmail.com to reserve your seat Limited seating available STARTER WINE AND APPETIZER 2006 Red Car ‘The Fight’ Syrah, Sonoma Coast, California and 2012 Two Hands ‘Bella’s Garden’ Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia Served with spiced nuts and cheese APPETIZER 2005 Schild Estate ‘Moorooroo’ Shiraz Limited Release Barossa Valley, Australia and 2006 Sanguis Novillero Proprietary Red Wine, California Served with spicy shrimp cocktail and remoulade sauce SOUP 2005 The Standish Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia and 2004 Heidi Barrett La Sirena Syrah, Barrett Vineyards, California Served with Flatlander Chili topped with Manchego cheese SALAD 2010 Flegenheimer Brothers Reserve Red Blend, McLaren Vale, Australia and 2004 Heidi Barrett Syrah, Santa Ynez, California Served with Roasted portabella mushroom topped Bleu cheese and chili-lime vinaigrette ENTRÉE...Read More
Wednesday Night Taste, January 20, 2016 beginning at 5:30pm

Wednesday Night Taste, January 20, 2016 beginning at 5:30pm

Snow or not, join us Wednesday evening for our weekly wine tasting. This weeks wine are all very nice value wines ranging from $12 to $25 dollars a bottle. Pair a wine from this weeks tasting with our dinner special of smoked pork chop and long grain rice served with steamed broccoli for $12. Featured Wines: 2013 Bertani Velante Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy Crisp acidity, golden apple and ripe pear flavors, strong finish given by the steel fermenting barrels 2013 Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera, Piemonte, Italy Dark plum color. Rich dark fruits, blackberry, plum, prune and pepper on the nose. Full body. Light tannin. Stone fruits, cranberry, white peppercorn. Nice Finish. 2012 Peirano Estate ‘Six Clone’ Merlot, Lodi, California Ripe and toasty red brims with aromas of black cherries, sweet raspberries, vanilla, and cocoa, while supple tannins leave a pleasing and lingering finish. 2011 Secco Bertani Verona, DDOC, Italy Dark ruby core, red to platinum rim. Aromas of dried herbs mixed with plum, cocoa powder, cherry cordial. Sour cherry palate, black tea and cherry pit. Dusty tannin profile with mid-palate grip and a generous coffee bean finish. 2013 Ridge ‘Three Valleys’ red blend, Sonoma, California Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouchet Garnet in color with aromas of cherry and raspberry fruits, wintergreen, savory herbs, barrel spice. Cherry fruit on entry along with lively acidity, medium bodied, and a smooth tannin texture, with a gravelly-clay mineral...Read More