2.2-2.3 Wine Tasting
Join us this Saturday + Sunday, Fed. 2-3, for a complimentary wine tasting!
Tastings run from 11:30am to 5pm, and all bottles featured are 10% off.
Scroll down for tasting notes on this week’s lineup.
La Follette Chardonnay North Coast 2015
Retail: 24.95 | Sale $22.45
La Follette is a boutique Sonoma County winery intensely focused on crafting wines that offer benchmark expression of vineyard site and appellation. The vineyards here share a coastal trait: cool, foggy mornings, mild afternoons, and chilly evenings, characteristics that contribute to bright fruit and crisp acidity in the wine. An inviting bouquet of vanilla bean, biscuit, and lemon zest lead to a creamy entry that bursts into citrus and nectarine flavors mid-palate. The structure of the wine builds to a fine tension between minerality and acidity. Elegant and energetic, this North Coast Chardonnay is a harmonious blend of tank and barrel fermentations.
90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Mader Riesling Alsace Grand Cru 'Rosacker' 2016
Retail: $39.95 | Sale $35.95
This single vineyard Alsace Grand Cru Riesling is widely regarded as a “holy grail” Riesling site. Located in the village of Hunawihr and spanning 64 acres in total, it has been a cherished site for Riesling and Gewürztraminer since the 15th century. Vineyards such as Rosacker are transcendent patches of earth that make any discussion of old vines seem quaint: vines have lived long lives, and been reborn, many times over in places like this. This is a classically styled Alsace Grand Cru, starting out viscous and mouth-coating before a tsunami of refreshing acidity rushes in to cleanse the palate and drive the long, floral finish. Although its acid will surely preserve it for a good 10+ years, it is also a joyous glass of wine right now. It is quintessential Alsace, and at this price, an absolute steal.
Biutiful Cava Brut Rose NV
Retail: $13.95 | Sale: $12.55
This rose Cava is easily drinkable, food-friendly, and very affordable. Herbaceous notes welcome you into the glass. The palate is off-day with a silky finish that’s creamy and boasts wild-strawberry notes throughout. This Cava will definitely add a nice touch to your Valentine’s Day dinner, and don’t hesitate to grab another bottle while you’re at it.
90 points, Vinous Media
La Follette North Coast Pinot Noir 2015
Retail: $24.95 | Sale: $21.55
An exuberant bouquet of cherry, berry and cinnamon bark with a touch of forest earthiness welcome you into the glass. A silky palate offers wild strawberry notes, fresh acidity, and fine grain tannins. Juicy berry and brown spice re-emerge for a mouthwatering finish.
Overall, a complete and palate-pleasing rendition of coastal Pinot Noir.
100% Pinot Noir
90 points, Wine Advocate
Domaine du Pas de L'Escalette Les Petits Pas 2016
Retail: $19.95 | Sale $17.95
Petit Pas (little feet) pays homage to the sons of Julien Zernott and Delphine Rouseau, Julius and Gabriel, who were born at the beginning of their adventure in Languedoc. A firm, grainy, tannic texture is balanced by a refreshing acidity, with attractive aromas of violets, garrigue, strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry, followed by pepper and licorice on the palate.
50% Grenache | 30% Syrah | 20% Carignan
Finca La Mata 2016
Retail: $19.95 | Sale $17.95
Coming from 50 year old vines the fruit was hand harvested and sorted prior to destemming with a cooled pre-fermentation maceration which helped to attain a deep color and intense fruit aromas. Hints of incense and licorice, sappy black raspberry and blueberry flavors smoothly blend richness and vivacity and pick up a spicy nuance as the wine stretches out. Closes smooth, long and appealingly sweet, featuring sneaky tannins and an echo of ripe blue fruit.
Valravn Old Vine Zinfandel 2015
Retail: $18.95 | Sale $17.05
Lifted aromas of simmering berry sauce emanate from the glass. In the mouth, there is a cascade of blue and red fruits. Copious amounts of blueberry, cassis and blackberry compote, with the faintest hint of blood orange, linger around the perimeter of the core. The energetic and long finish presents a sense of freshness that invites further drinking. Perfect pizza wine!
90 Points Wilfred Wong of Wine
Clos Figueras ‘Forget Me Not’ Vermut
Retail: $35.95 | Sale $32.55
Forget Me Not is an artisan vermouth made in the style of Reus with a rigorous selection of the best red wines of Montsant infused with aromatic plants from the surrounding mountains. Enjoy this Vermut in a manhattan or simply add a twist of orange to bring out the beautiful aromatics and sip by the cozy fire with your loved one.
Cariñena | Garnacha