Double Tasting w/ Wilson Daniels & Calluna!

18 Apr Double Tasting w/ Wilson Daniels & Calluna!

Saturday, April 20
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space

It’s DOUBLE TASTING time! Since we’re all going to be relaxing on Sunday we thought it was appropriate to host a grand tasting event on Saturday! Table One will highlight the portfolio of Wilson Daniels, the importers who bring us Domaine Romanee Conti and Domaine Leflaive. What many don’t know is that Wilson Daniels also has killer portfolios from California, Chablis, New Zealand, and Italy!

2014 Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs
On Sale $36.99
A crisp texture and rather full body carry subtle spice and lean dry fruit flavors in this nicely reserved and complex wine. Apple skin, lemon zest and hints of toasted almond carry the palate and linger on the finish.
93 Points, The Wine Enthusiast

2016 Arnaldo Caprai Grecante Grechetto
On Sale $18.99
A dense white with a lightly chewy texture and lots of dried apple and pear character. Full body. Flavorful and beautiful. Tangy acidity at the end. Drink now.
91 Points, James Suckling

2017 Domaine Laroche Chablis “Saint Martin”
On Sale $32.99
Gentle aromas of lemon and apple pick up a stony element as this white builds on the palate. Rich, yet backed by a vibrant structure, ending with a lemon note and a chalky feel on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 2,000 cases imported.
90 Points, The Wine Spectator

2017 Kumeu River Village Chardonnay, New Zealand
On Sale $19.99
A generous array of ripe pears and poached peaches with a ripe and forward feel. This has a lot of flavor. Nicely resolved at the finish. Drink now. Screw cap.
90 Points, James Suckling

2015 Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso
On Sale $19.99
Ripe plums, dried lavender, basil, tar, licorice and hot stones show here on the nose. Medium to full body, fresh acidity, round yet tight tannins and a fruity finish. Drink now.
92 Points, James Suckling

2016 Volpaia Chianti Classico
On Sale $21.99
Aromas of cherries, dried strawberries and red plums. Medium to full body, round and ripe tannins and a nice, fresh finish. Drink now.
92 Points, James Suckling

2016 RouteStock Cabernet Sauvignon “Route 29,” Napa
On Sale $19.99
The aromas of this wine are very classic Napa Valley, seducing you with notes of dark black fruit, cedar, bay laurel, cocoa and dusty plum. The pallet is expansive throughout with mouth-watering flavors of black plum, mushroom, chocolate, savory hints of bay leaf and fine sweet Napa Valley fruit. The wine fills the mouth with richness, fruit, a bright acidity and just enough natural grape and oak tannin to lengthen the wine into a great lingering aftertaste. The use of four Bordeaux varietals adds to the complexity, depth and interest of this finely crafted Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Importer’s Notes

Saturday Tasting Part 2:
Calluna

At table two, we’re highlighting excellent wines from Calluna Vineyards! This winery in the tiny and very desirable Chalk Hill AVA specializes in Bordeaux blends (since the winemaker cut his teeth making wine in Bordeaux!). Chalk Hill is a special place for making wine, named for its white-colored soils that actually aren’t chalky but contain a lot of volcanic ash and sand. The soil creates an environment where the vines must struggle, creating a small quantity of high quality fruit. It’s a bonus that we’ll have the chance to sample different vintages of the same wines to see the affect of a particular year’s weather, along with the affect of aging, on the finished wines.

2018 Calluna Estate Blanc, Chalk Hill
On Sale $34.99
This is a wine of bright acidity, moderate alcohol and great depth of flavor. These varietals complement each other as the rounder and honey-like tones of the Semillon are a counterpoint to the citrus, mineral and brighter tones of the Sauvignon Blanc. The barrel fermentation and barrel aging further harmonize the wine, giving us a graceful wine which belongs at the table and will potentially age for many years.
Winery Notes

2015 Calluna Vineyards Cuvee, Chalk Hill
On Sale $24.99
A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the 2015 Calluna Vineyards Cuvée is medium to deep garnet-purple colored and offers notes of warm plums, mulberries and wild blueberries with wafts of underbrush, Provence herbs and rose hip tea. Medium-bodied, the palate has an understated, savory character, with a firm backbone of grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing with very good persistence. 1,160 cases produced.
91 Points, The Wine Advocate

2011 Calluna Vineyards Cuvee, Chalk Hill
On Sale $33.99
This is among the finest Bordeaux blends at its price point, from estate-grown fruit, and consisting of a majority Merlot. A dusty, oaky nose gives way to soft fleshy black fruit, cedar and black pepper, offering length and breadth with ease.
90 Points, Wine Enthusiast

2014 Calluna Estate Cuvee, Chalk Hill
On Sale $69.99
A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec, the 2014 Calluna Estate offers a deep ruby/purple color to go with a brilliant bouquet of blueberries, plums, Asian spice, and cedar. It also picks up classic tobacco and cigar notes with time in the glass. It’s medium-bodied, nicely concentrated, and balanced, with fine tannin. Give bottles a few years and it should keep for 15+ years.
93 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

2012 Calluna Estate Cuvee, Chalk Hill
On Sale $69.99
The 2012 Calluna Estate from Chalk Hill is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec. An elegant and beautiful wine with a deep ruby/purple color, Bordeaux-like minerality, crème de cassis, licorice, earth and spice. The tannins are sweet, the wine medium to full-bodied, complex and supple. This is a beauty that should drink well for 15-20 years. Impressive.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate