WINE TASTING ROOM-Completo's
UPDATED AS OF November 26, 2013
JOHN ANTHONY 2010 Napa CABERNET
John Anthony (Truchard)
makes a rather nicely elegant Napa Cabernet...
VIETTI 2012 ARNEIS $2.40/taste
The latest vintage of Arneis from Vietti is another benchmark
Dry, no oak and perfect for holiday season starter courses.
PONSOT 2012 RULLY "Monpalais" $2.50/taste
Jean Baptiste Ponsot makes a reference point Rully Blanc...
Chardonnay...nice toasty notes...dry...stony...and inexpensive for
this quality of White Burgundy.
GREEN & RED 2011 Chiles Mill
Winemaker Jay Heminway is an old-timer and he makes beautifully
balanced Zinfandel from the Chiles Mill Vineyard in Napa.
There's an intriguing spice note here...
2011 Napa CABERNET $3.50/taste
Honig routinely produces a stylish Cabernet at a sensible price.
Dark fruit and nice wood...as usual.
FORAGER 2012 Sonoma PINOT NOIR $2.20/taste
From three vineyard sites in Sonoma, The Forager is a marvelous,
Pinot Noir with classic aromas and flavors...
POLIZIANO VINO NOBILE di MONTEPULCIANO $2.80/taste
We're fans of Poliziano's Vino Nobile, a Sangiovese straddling the
in terms of its character on the nose and palate.
Mildly cedary, too.
PATZ & HALL Sonoma CHARDONNAY $3/taste
Patz & Hall is a specialist with respect to Chardonnay and Pinot
Their entry-level Chardonnay is a beauty and we sale-price it at
GRAYWACKE 2011 NZ SAUVIGNON BLANC $2.00/taste
Kevin Judd was the winemaker at New Zealand's famed Cloudy Bay for 25
Now he's launching his own brand and it's exceptional!
EASKOOT Marin County PINOT NOIR $4/taste
From a small vineyard site in Marin County we have a nice, elegant,
light red with a good Pinot nose and classic flavors...smooth, too.
HANS WIRSCHING SCHEUREBE Kabinett Trocken $2.70/taste
We describe this as "Riesling meets Sauvignon." The
aromas are floral and
mildly citrusy and Wirsching produces a great example of Scheurebe.
DOMAINE MARC ROY GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN $7/taste
Old vines in Gevrey Chambertin...much older than the winemaker!
But Alexandrine Roy produces a beautifully elegant Burgundy, her
wine capturing a dark cherry/pomegranate-like fruit with a touch of
"forest-floor." Delicious and complex!
BORSAO'S "GARNACHA" 2012 SPANISH RED 70-Cents
Garnacha made along the lines of a Beaujolais, though this vintage is
bigger than normal.
Lots of creamy, toasty oak and a mildly buttery tone to this
JJ PRUM 2007 WEHLENER
SONNENUHR Kabinett RIESLING $3/taste
We just received some 'library' bottles from JJ Prum...their
great 2007 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling...fantastic balance...very 'fine' and
HONIG 2012 Napa SAUVIGNON BLANC $1.40/taste
Delightful Napa Sauvignon...well-priced, nicely citrusy white wine.
KISTLER Sonoma CHARDONNAY $6/taste
These guys do it right...come taste for yourself.
TALLEY 2011 Arroyo Grande CHARDONNAY $2.60/taste
We tell people if they don't like this wine, they shouldn't be
WINES OPEN TODAY:
CHATEAU HAUT-MAYNE 2008 SAUTERNES $3.80
You're not alone...nobody knows this fine little domaine...
JM da FONSECA 20 YEAR SETUBAL (Moscatel) $6/1 ounce pour
Hugely famous in Portugal and around Europe, they're a mystery to most
wine consumers in the US. Remarkable wine, though.
SEPPELTSFIELD 10 YEAR PARA "PORT" $4.00/taste
A legendary sweet wine producer in Australia, this is a marvelous dessert
along the lines of a Colheita Port.
SMITH WOODHOUSE 2001 LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO $3/taste
Savvy wine buyers know this brand from the Symington Family (Graham's, Warres,
for its killer LBV Port...If you have taste for hundred buck bottles of Vintage
Port and are
on a budget, check out this delicious Porto!
LA MAGENDIA Jurançon $3.60/taste
From master winemaker Jean Bernard Larrieu comes this stellar sweet wine
balanced by laser-sharp acidity.
CARMES DE RIEUSSEC 2005 SAUTERNES $3.50/taste
A second wine from the famous Chateau Rieussec, this is nicely honeyed and
BARBADILLO 30 YEAR AMONTILLADO SHERRY $5/taste
When we pour a taste of this stellar Sherry, its perfume permeates the entire
and very fine with an after-taste which lingers for a very long time.
NIEPOORT 1988 COLHEITA PORTO $5/1 ounce Pour
Dirk Niepoort is a leading light in Portugal and he makes some top Colheita
(single vintage tawny) Ports. Here's a nicely aged bottling...old,
but not too old and not too young...