08 Nov Double Tasting!!
Saturday, November 10
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
Join us for an amazing double tasting this weekend where we’ll welcome TWO special guest pourers: Our favorite importer Craig Baker will take us through his outstanding (and crazy affordable) Spanish selections, and Master Sommelier Gillian Ballance will be pouring a collection of goodies from Australia’s most famous winery, Grange!
Table 1: Craig Baker Spanish Selections
2017 Alonzo Lopez Rioja Blanco
On Sale $9.99
This richly-textured white Rioja has tons of tropical fruit and mineral, but with enough subtlety to make it very easy to finish the bottle. It’s a classic white from Rioja, and a steal at this price!
2017 Bodega Valdehermoso “Lagar del Rey” Verdejo, Rueda
On Sale $9.99
This Verdejo is rich and but light, with strong floral aromatics and wonderful notes of tropical fruits. Ripe orchard fruit comes through on the long, dry finish.
2013 Crapula “CR Gold,” Jumilla, Spain (Monastrell-Syrah)
On Sale $10.99
Powerful blackberry aromas are matched by creamy oak. This Monastrell-Syrah blend is a driller, with strong tannins and more than enough body weight. Oaky flavors of dark-berry fruits and black plums finish with vanilla and lactic notes. This is rock solid from head to toe.
92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
2014 La Encina Centenaria Monastrell, Alicante, Spain
On Sale $9.99
Another new red blend, at least for me, the 2014 La Encina Centenaria feels earthier, with more influence from Monastrell with aromas of tree bark and esparto grass, and elegant rusticity in the palate. It has good depth and balance. Quite classical in style, with vinification and upbringing in oak barrels for one year. A nice addition to the portfolio, with more contained ripeness than some of the more expensive wines. 15,000 bottles produced.
90 Points, The Wine Advocate
2012 La Veguilla Crianza, Ribera del Duero
On Sale $14.99
This blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in French oak for 22 months. It’s fresh and spicy on the palate, with great concentration and notes of red fruits and black licorice.
Table 2: Penfolds
2016 Penfolds Riesling “Bin 51,” Eden Valley
On Sale $35.99
Very strong floral character on the nose – typical of Eden Valley – with lemon blossom and white-rose perfumes; the aromas are engaging and ever so pretty. The palate, meanwhile, has a succulent, tangy and elegant feel to it. Fresh pear and apple flavors sing out in a chalky textural setting, the acidity is servile, and this holds pure and even, all the way to the balanced, lemon-citrus finish. Drink now or hold until 2022 for some smoother, aged character.
94 Points, James Suckling
2014 Penfolds Chardonnay “Bin 311,” Tumbarumba
On Sale $35.99
Another skilled execution of edgy, modern Australian chardonnay from the cool climate of Tumbarumba, this has a heap of powerful fruit in the lime and nectarine spectrum, boosted by some lees-derived creamy and savoury notes, delivering biscuity complexity. Flavors are all nicely integrated, stony and smooth, beautifully balanced. Drink now.
93 Points, James Suckling
2015 Penfolds Shiraz “Bin 28,” Kalimna
On Sale $27.99
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Shiraz Kalimna Bin 28 has nose of crushed black currants and blueberries with subtle notes of licorice, tar, roses and tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, opulent and densely packed with black fruits and savory layers, it has a solid frame of rounded tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing long.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate
2014 Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon “Bin 407,” South Australia
On Sale $61.99
The varietal stamp of cabernet is immediate with herbs, cassis, tomato paste and leafy nuances alongside blueberries and plenty of vanillin-scented oak spices. The palate’s quite luscious, really unfurling on entry with plenty of depth and fleshy presence in addition to a core of blue-fruit flavors. There’s also plenty of cassis complemented by riper notes and some olives and late mocha-flavored oak that comes into play through the finish. The tannins run the distance and frame this nicely. Approachable now, but best around 2020-2024. A blend of Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and Clare Valley that’s aged in a mix of 300-litre French and American oak barrels. This is the 25th release of this wine.
92 Points, James Suckling
Penfolds 20 Year Rare Tawny Port “The Grandfather,” Nuriootpa
On Sale $97.99
The 20 year old Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny is a pale tawny color with a touch of brick. On the nose it is a bit spirituous and shows notes of raisins and fruit cake, some hazelnut and crème brulée. The palate shows even more nuttiness and depth along with greater freshness and acidity, though it seems drier than the Father. It finishes very long almost like a sweet oloroso or amontillado.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate