This Wednesday night wine tasting features five wines of great quality for the value. The Tarima is a lovely Spanish monastrell for only $9 a bottle while the Klingenfus pinot noir is a nice easy drinking fruit forward Alsace wine at only $15 a bottle. The Klingenfus has been a very consistent wine over the past 6 years in price and quality. This pinot noir is one of our go to wines when looking for this varietal in a mid teen priced bottle. Stop in this Wednesday evening and sample a taste of one or all of these wines.
2011 Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
Aromas of lemon grass, lime peel and elderflower, with background notes of white currant and red pepper. Medium-bodied wine with flavors of currant, gooseberry and citrus flavors, and a dry mineral finish.
2010 Robert Klingenfus Pinot Noir, Alsace, France
100% Pinot Noir. Raspberry and redcurrant aromas come out. Some secondary aromas like pepper and other spicy aromas appear at the end.
2012 Tarima Monastrell, Alicante, Spain
“Bright purple. Powerful aromas of blueberry, blackberry, violet and Indian spices. Displays vibrant flavors of smoky dark berries, bitter cherry and candied flowers, with a peppery overtone. The sweet, fruit-driven finish repeats the smoky note and hangs on tenaciously. Tanzer. 90 PTS.”
2011 Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma, California
85% cabernet sauvignon. Rich, aromatic dark fruits and baking spices delight the nose, yielding fresh plum and blackberry fruit, violet, dried fig, vanilla bean and Chinese Five-Spice. The wine is juicy with the plum and blackberry flavors prominent, layered with smoky and sappy maple wood, roasted almonds and hazelnuts, finishing long with fine, firm tannins. (wine makers notes)
2009 Artesa ‘Elements’ Meritage, Napa Valley, California
A blend of varietals and vineyard sites with a variety of soils, clones and rootstocks bring enormous complexity to this wine. On the nose, cassis, dark cherry, plum and blackberry mingle with notes of white pepper, sage, cinnamon, cedar and dark chocolate. Fresh, juicy fruit flavors coat the palate, with sweet spices skirting the edges. A streak of bright acidity lifts the mid palate while fine tannins create weight and a smooth, silky texture. A dazzling, multi-dimensional Napa Valley red.
|2011 Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand||$ 2.75||$ 7.00||$ 25.00|
|2010 Robert Klingenfus Pinot Noir, Alsace, France||$ 1.75||$ 4.50||$ 15.00|
|2012 Tarima Monastrell, Alicante, Spain||$ 1.25||$ 3.00||$ 9.00|
|2011 Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma, California||$ 1.75||$ 4.00||$ 13.00|
|2009 Artesa ‘Elements’ Meritage, Napa Valley, California||$ 2.50||$ 6.25||$ 22.00|