25 Jul Kysela Imports Tasting
Saturday, July 27
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
We are keeping the importer tasting drum rolling along this Saturday with the wines of Master Sommelier Fran Kysela! His right hand man Mike Kostrady will be our guide through this brilliant portfolio. Importers have the often the overlooked, yet incredibly crucial role of selecting what wines make it into the U.S. and into our state. Kysela is a name to know, bringing us some of our top picks from many regions of the world.
“Fran Kysela, who is unquestionably one of the top specialty importers in the US as well as an incredible taster. Originally from Cleveland OH, Fran cut his teeth working as the national sales manager form Kermit Lynch, followed by a stint at Weygandt-Metzler in Pennsylvania. He received the Master Sommelier award from the British Court of Master Sommeliers in 1989.”
NV Hugl Sekt Sparkling Gruner Veltliner, Austria
On Sale $26.99
This little gem was found on a recent trip to the east coast to sample through Fran Kysela’s portfolio. The first thing to take note of is that this region of Austria lies on the same latitude as Champagne and the climate is quite similar. Additionally, this is made in the “Champagne method” and is a stellar example of how great Gruner being done in a sparkling style can really be! Pale golden color with a glint of green. Yellow fruit aromas, dry with a soft, juicy structure and a pleasing streak of minerality. Notes of crisp apple and pear.
2018 Palacio De Fefinanes Albarino, Rías Biaxas
On Sale $24.99
Fresh fruit aromas of apricot and peach slices with notes of lemon and green apple. Pretty notes of honey and wet nutmeg, and the mouth is round, clean, and pleasant with baked apple, honey, and lemon. This is a classic Albariño which is good young, but actually improves over two to three years and remains quite drinkable for up to five years.
91 Points, Wine & Spirits
2018 Domaine de la Croix Senaillet, Mâcon-Davaye AOP
On Sale $22.99
This gorgeous wine is one we’re really excited about. The grapes are grown in mineral-rich soil near an old quarry and the wine is fermented in older oak. Tons of honey, citrus, and vanilla aromas lead to a rich and powerful palate and a long, silky finish. This is an outstanding producer who is producing hands-down some of the best wines coming out of Mâcon. If you love great white Burgundy, pay attention to the wines of Croix Senaillet.
2018 Mas Redonne, Bandol Rosé
On Sale $29.99
A terrific Rosé from one of our favorite rosé regions on earth, Bandol! The 2018 rosé from Mas Redonne sports a pale, onion skin pink color. It offers light, deliciously quaffable aromas of white peach and ripe tangerine. Classically a medium-bodied style with clean, crunchy red fruits and just a hint of fresh herb on the palate.
2018 Domaine de la Mordoree Rosé “La Dame Rousse,” Cotes du Rhône AOP
On Sale $19.99
The 2018 Domaine de la Mordorée is a blend of the traditional varieties of the Cotes du Rhone: 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 10% Carignan and 5% Mourvedre. It displays a deep rose petal/salmon color and has a rich mouth feels of spicy red berry fruit and garrigue. On the palate it reveals good concentration of flavor and acidity and has a long fruity finish.
90 points, IWR
2018 Domaine de la Mordoree Rosé “La Dame Rousse,” Tavel AOP
On Sale $26.99
Medium pink rose. Made from 40 year old vines cultivated biodynamically, this is classic Tavel with alluring scents of red cherry skin and ripe, sun-drenched raspberry. A crisp attack introduces the medium weight palate with lovely, fresh dark red plum and berries complemented by spice and savory notes. Finishes very long. A blend of 60% Grenache, 10% Cinsuat, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 5% Clairette, and 5% Bourboulenc. Consistently one of our favorite Tavels.
91 points, IWR
2015 Domaine de la Mordoree “La Reine des Bois,” Lirac AOP
On Sale $36.99
The 2015 Lirac La Reine des Bois continues this estate’s mastery of the appellation, combining hints of vanilla with black cherry fruit in a full-bodied, richly textured and tannic wine. The blend is 40% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 30% Mourvèdre, with up to 15% being aged in barriques. Longtime readers will be happy to know that the 2010 (still youthful) and the 2006 (nearing maturity) are drinking well. Based on that, expect this vintage to drink well through at least 2030.
93 points, The Wine Advocate
2015 Domaine de la Mordorée “La Dame Voyageuse,” Châteauneuf-du-Pape
On Sale $59.99
Savory smoked nut, spice and leather complexities juxtapose bright blackberry and cherry fruit in this luscious red. It’s rounded and supple on the palate yet freshly composed-not at all brooding or hot. The finish is long and peppery, accentuated by firm, enveloping tannins. Sure to improve through 2030 and hold even further.
93 points, The Wine Enthusiast