18 Oct Best of Europe Sat. 10/20
Saturday, October 20
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
We’re very excited for this Saturday’s tasting! Sooooo many of our favorite things going on here. Burgundy, Priorat, and Tuscany….YUM! We start at 12 and go until 4 so don’t miss out!
2017 Scarpetta Friuliano “Frico,” Friuli DOC
On Sale $9.99
100% Friulano from the northeast corner of Italy, Friuli, home to some of Italy’s great dry, aromatic white wines! The nose hints at lime, white flowers, and fresh herbs. It’s bright, crisp, and juicy on entry, with a straightforward character to its lemony acidity and herbal flavors. Finishes with a bit more complexity than you’d expect for $10.
2016 Domaine Bachelet-Monnot, Bourgogne Blanc AOP (very limited!)
On Sale $36.99
The 2016 Bourgogne Blanc comes exclusively from Puligny-Montrachet….that’s correct, 100% Puligny fruit in this brilliant example of white Burgundy! Already it’s displaying a rich bouquet with aromas of honey and white peach. The palate is ripe, with flavors of peach and hazelnut and fabulous freshness. The long and complex finish is a bit youthfully tight and I think you’ll find this even more rewarding with a few years of age. Hands down, one of the best Bourgognes we’ve tasted to date.
2016 The Juice Asylum “Il Terzo Grado,” Tuscany IGT
On Sale $24.99
This delicious red is a project started in 2016 by Alessio Guidi at Avignonesi Winery. Alessio is a modern godfather in the “natural” wine world and a fanatic on all things quirky, interesting, and above all terroir-driven! Since so much time is spent on the selection of the grapes (sourced from biodynamic or organic vineyards at Avignonesi Winery), the idea is to use minimal intervention, co-fermentation, and different styles of ageing to allow the wine to speak of where it’s from rather than how it’s made. Rock solid stuff.
2015 Ricasoli “Brolio,” Chianti Classico DOCG
On Sale $18.99
The 2015 Chianti Classico Brolio is a very pretty, gracious wine with lovely fruit purity and terrific balance. Sweet raspberry and floral notes give the wine freshness and aromatic lift. Soft, open-knit and silky, the 2015 has much to offer. I would prefer to drink it sooner rather later. Dollops of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon complement the Sangiovese nicely.
90 Points, Antonio Galloni
2016 Bodegas La Cartuja, Priorat DOCa
On Sale $16.99
Here’s a good entry point to the wines of Priorat: A garnacha-based blend, this has touches of slate, but it’s mainly focused on fruity notes of blackberries and cherries. Earthiness links the fruit and the firm, sharp tannins, ending fresh, a window that opens out to the Catalan mountains.
92 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine
2006 R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva, Rioja DOCa (very limited)
On Sale $39.99
The red flagship 2006 Viña Tondonia Reserva was inspired by the vineyards of the Médoc but produced with local grapes, 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, which achieved 13% alcohol in 2006. It always matures in used American oak barriques for some six years. The oldest of all the reds I tasted, it was also the one with more freshness, which speaks to the quality of the vineyard.
95 points, The Wine Advocate