19 Sep BIG Misa Tasting: France, Italy, & Lebanon!
Saturday, September 21
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
We have an AMAZING tasting this Saturday featuring wines from France, Italy, and Lebanon! Special guest Craig Baker will be pouring a series of delightful wines from Burgundy, Cote Rotie, and Chateauneuf du Pape. And Nagi Saikali will be sampling wines from his family’s Lebanon winery Ixsir, along with some exciting new Italian wines that will be arriving later this fall.
2017 Domaine des Granges Macon-Villages
On Sale $14.99
100% juice from the village of Chaintre. Lemon and lime aromas with a strong mineral note. This shows the cooler side of the vintage with a pretty dried flower aroma. Loads classic limestone character is there. The mouth is elegant crisp with tart apple and pear flavors. 50+ year old vines. No wood at all.
2016 Les Hauts de Milly “Bougros,” Grand Cru Chablis AOP
On Sale $64.99
All in wood, 3-8 year old barrels but no new oak. The Grand Cru of Bougros enjoys full Southern exposure (like Le Clos) and produces a powerful Chablis wine. A huge nose of ripe yellow candied orchard fruits, smoke & earth. The mouth is pure muscle with apricot, tart candied lemon, hints of oak spice, straw and incredible mineral flavors. The finish is spicy and clean that lasts for more than 3 minutes!
2016 Gerard Seguin Bourgogne “Cuvee Gerard”
On Sale $24.99
All elevage in used french oak. All fruit from vineyards in Gevery-Chambertin. More of a savory, soy/shiitake thin going on in the nose. Dark spices and some black fruits come through with air. This has so much going on for a drink now burg…wow. I should note Gerard says this can easily go 10 years in the cellar.
2017 Domaine Jeannot “Vieilles Vignes,” Maranges AOP
On Sale $22.99
From a plot of 70 year old vines with all elevage in wood, 25% new French oak. The nose opens immediately with raspberry jam and a pretty sappy, spicy note as well. Has a great mineral note adding to the nose. Lean and mean with the calcaire shining. Shows a cooler side of Pinot flavors that are very true to Burgundy. I love this.
2016 Domaine de Rosiers Cote Rotie “Besset”
On Sale $64.99
Made from 100% Syrah, this spicy, violet-perfumed wine offers bold black cassis and cherry flavors marked by anise, cacao and iron. It’s lavish and silky in texture but pertly balanced. The long finish is marked by fine, penetrating tannins. It drinks beautifully now but will continue to improve through 2030 and hold further.
94 Points, The Wine Enthusiast
2017 Maison la Berthaude “Tradition,” Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOP
On Sale $24.99
Essentially the same as the Galets de la Berthaude from Roger Perrin, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape is an 80-20 blend of Grenache and Syrah that aged only in tank. It’s my favorite of his cuvées this year, with ample weight and power, notes of red and black fruit and a rich, velvety feel that ends silky and long.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate
Ixsir Winery from Lebanon
2016 Ixsir “Altitudes” Blanc, Batroun District
On Sale $12.99
This blend of a Lebanese indigenous grape and two noble southern varieties presents an elegant swirl of golden glittering robes. Breathing an exquisite bouquet of floral aromas with hints of Muscat and notes of grapefruit, this floral and fruity blend translates into a balanced and sharp palate hinted with spicy undertones. A soft touch of acidity gives the wine a pleasant freshness.
2018 Ixsir Grande Reserve Rose, Batroun District, Lebanon
On Sale $17.99
A pale colored robe announces a delicate Rosé.
Its fragrant and floral bouquet is a prelude to a bold yet subtle mouthfeel, pure and tantalizing, with hints of red fruit. A lingering taste sustained by a firm acidity gives this Rosé a lively finish.
2014 Ixsir “Altitudes” Rouge, Batroun District
On Sale $14.99
With a black cherry color and garnet reflections, this wine unleashes fresh aromas that vary between red and black fruits, with a touch of oak. Its unique blending gives the wine a supple and delicate character where blackcurrant and blackberry merge.
NV Bellussi Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Italy
Aromas of apple, delicate white flowers and a whiff of chopped herbs lead the way. The round palate offers creamed pear, yellow peach and candied lemon drop alongside firm acidity and a creamy mousse.
The Wine Enthusiast
2017 Cantine Sant’ Agata “‘Na Vota,” Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato
Characterized by great harmony and balance, it displays an intriguing, refined bouquet, filled with mysterious promise. Warm and appealing, it makes a superb aperitif and pairs well with a wide range of dishes. The bouquet releases fragrant notes of violets, rose petals, fresh hay, and vanilla. Fine alcoholic warmth on the palate leads into a well-scented, near-endless finish. Enjoy it either in its youth or after considerable cellaring.
2015 Nittardi “Ad Astra,” Maremma, Toscana
Fascinating spice and chili character with the blackcurrant fruit. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Made from sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah. Drink or hold.
94 Points, James Suckling
2014 Belpoggio Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
This Brunello is amazing at such a humble price! Lots of red berries, leather, and herbal aromas meld together well, with baking spice and pepper on the finish. This wine benefits from decanting while young, and will be even better after 2+ years of cellar aging.
2012 San Michele Amarone della Valpolicella
This offers a pleasing mix of savory and sweet in a balanced, medium-bodied frame. Light tannins firm plumped cherry and date notes while hints of dried sage, spice and smoke linger on the fresh finish. Drink now through 2024. 3,000 cases made, 100 cases imported.
90 Points, The Wine Spectator