“The Cellar” at Harbor View
FREE Thursday Tasting
September 20, 2018, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
New Fall Favorites!
Who doesn’t love Fall in central New York? Cooler temps and lower humidity, football, apple picking, leaves changing color and comfort food dishes! While the old Cellarmaster loves each season for what it brings in terms of change, Fall is still his favorite.
For many, the change in seasons also brings a change in the wines we drink and foods paired with them. And while the trend is steadfastly moving away from cooking at home, the Cellarmaster relishes Sundays in the kitchen and trying new recipes and new wines.
This week’s four featured selections that should fit the bill and hopefully, end up in your cellar as well! Here’s what we’re tasting…
Rutherford Ranch Napa Sauvignon Blanc 2017 California
90 points Wine Enthusiast
We recently tasted several wines from Rutherford Ranch and were duly impressed! This Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc really caught our attention with its gorgeous fruit flavors and its very reasonable price.
“This white is beautifully lush and delicious-a light bright explosion of fresh peach and grapefruit dipped in Tahitian vanilla.” WEThis wine can be enjoyed as a delightful aperitif but is especially delicious with Dover Sole with a light cream sauce or your favorite sushi.
Tasting Bar Price: $12.79/bottle; Regular Price: $15.99
Les Lauzeraies Tavel Rosé 2017 France
88 points Wine Spectator and Wine & Spirits
Commonly referred to as the “Rose‘ of the Kings, King of the Roses”, we love this heartier Rosé blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Cinsault and 10% Mourvedre that’s perfect for Fall dining and enjoyment.
“A plump, ripe version, with bold cherry and strawberry fruit laced with hints of blood orange and tobacco. Shows nice weight through the finish. Drink now. 7,000 cases made.” WS
“This lives up to its deep red color in its fruit flavors. It’s ripe yet savory, balanced by a stony note and cherry-pit nuttiness. Pour it with a steak salad.” W&S
Tasting Bar Price: $10.99/bottle; Regular Price: $13.99
Xavier Vignon 100% Côtes du Rhône 2015 France
90 points Wine Advocate
The truth of the matter is that the Cellarmaster LOVES wines from Xavier Vignon! The winemaker is simply a rock star when it comes to wines from the southern Rhone Valley. If you’re looking for quality at a modest price from a 100-point winemaker, and you’re a lover of the biggest, richest reds from the Southern Rhône, Xavier Vignon’s 2015 Côtes du Rhône “100%” is one of the most alluring reds – period. Trust us!
“The 2015 Cotes du Rhone 100% packs a metaphorical ton of super-ripe fruit into its effusive aromas. Black cherries are joined by more savory notes of dark chocolate, leather and spice on the palate, which is full-bodied yet supported by softly dusty tannins. There’s just a trace of warmth on the silky-textured finish.
Enjoy this lush beauty’s ample charms over the next few years.” WA
Tasting Bar Price: $12.99/bottle; Regular Price: $16.99
Les Carrelets Bordeaux Rouge 2015 France
If you have never had a red Bordeaux, this delicious entry-level selection is a very good example of 2015’s ripe vintage. Made from a traditional blend of 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc., it was aged in stainless which preserved the grapes’ fresh fruit flavors. This is an easy-to-drink Bordeaux that will pair well with a variety of red meat dishes.
“Bold and fruit-forward, with enticing aromas of raspberry, currant and vanilla. An ideal Bordeaux to take you through a variety of dishes.”
Tasting Bar Price: $8.99/bottle; Regular Price: $11.99