“The Cellar” at Harbor View
March 21, 2019, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Four exceptional NEW wines from Tri-Vin Imports!
Welcome, Brett Weise
This week’s guest presenter, Brett Weise, from Tri-Vin Imports is well known in central New York’s wine world because of the events, classes and tastings he presents and the incredible values his company imports time and again. As substantial as that is, I particularly appreciate Brett’s product knowledge and the way passes that knowledge on to the customer as each wine is poured.
For this week’s FREE Thursday Cellar Tasting, he brings us four new wines that are highly rated and value priced. Tri-Vin Imports is well known for its portfolio of Portuguese and Spanish producers which “over deliver” time and time again, without “breaking the bank.” Tonight’s lineup includes the NEW 2018 vintage of last year’s favorite dry rosé and three 90-point-rated reds that are splendid with stews, soups or whatever you’re cooking on your grill. And with the weather finally breaking, you know you want to get outdoors and get cooking… ~Cellarmaster Dale
JP Azeitão Rosé of Syrah 2018 Portugal (Peninsula de Setúbal) –
Last year’s vintage of this rich, tasty Rosé made from 85% Syrah and 15% other native varieties was a huge hit with our customers! While most may have tried it initially based on the price, the result was repeat sales week after week all summer long. Why? Because it’s delicious!
“With a pale pink color, JP Azeitão Rosé presents floral aromas of roses and wildflowers. On the palate, the aromatic sensations are intense supplemented with good acidity, producing a wine with a full, fresh finish with brisk minerality. The wine has dark cherry and berry flavors perfect for summer.” ~Winery
Tasting Bar Price: $6.99/bottle; Regular Price: $8.99
Señorío De La Antigua, Mencía Finca Cabanela 2012 (Bierzo, Spain) – 90 points Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator – When we tasted this delightful red, we knew we had to bring this wine into The Cellar! Made from Mencia, this outrageously delicious offering is one of the very best wine values we have tasted from Spain in years. It is perfect to grab by the case and for just about any occasion. For many of you, we see this as the bottle you open on a Monday or Tuesday night when you want a glass of something really good and not pricey.
“Ripe blackberry, plum and prune aromas are smoky and generous. A lush but fresh and balanced palate rests comfortably on a bed of firm tannins. Ripe blackberry, blueberry and prune flavors end long and earthy, with chewy tannins and balsamic complexity. Drink through 2022.” WE
“Black cherry, licorice, fresh herb and smoky flavors have focus and energy in this lively red. Bright acidity and light, firm tannins support a polished texture. Balanced. Drink now through 2019…” WS
Tasting Bar Price: $8.99/bottle; Regular Price: $10.99
Vinos de Arganza “Encanto” Mencía 2011 (Bierzo, Spain) – 90 points #36 TOP 100 Best Buys 2015 Wine Enthusiast – As if one Spanish Mencía wasn’t enough, we’ve brought you two for tonight’s tasting! And this one comes complete with a TOP 100 designation to boot!
Once fermented, the wine is aged for four months in a combination of French and American Oak, resulting in a wine showing ripe fruit, spices and aromas.
“This fresh, pure value red cranks out raspberry and boysenberry aromas in front of a crisp, tight palate. Ripe, quick-hitting flavors of red-berry fruits and toasty smoke finish zesty, with a lasting note of pie cherry. *BEST BUY*” WE
Tasting Bar Price: $9.99/bottle; Regular Price: $12.99
Bodegas Olarra Cerro Anon Reserva Rioja 2010 (Rioja, Spain) – 92 points Wine Spectator *Smart Buy*; 89 points Vinous – And to round out the night, we have a terrific Tempranillo based blend from the sensational 2010 vintage, thought by many to be the finest vintage of the past decade. Tempranillo dominates this complex and balanced red. With aromas of dusty dark cherry, blood orange, and cedar, it has great structure, a medium body, soft mouthfeel and a lingering, satisfying finish. Cerro Anon is the oldest label that Bodegas Olarra produces and contains mostly Tempranillo, filled out with Graciano, Garnacha and Mazuelo. Aged for 20 months in oak barrels, the wine is released from the winery ready to drink, though still able to evolve more as it ages in the bottle.
“This plump red delivers harmonious flavors of plum, dried cherry, licorice, dried herb and spice, with light, firm tannins and orange peel acidity. Stays lively and graceful through the spicy finish. Drink now through 2022…” WS
“Opaque ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented blackberry and cherry on the highly perfumed nose and in the mouth. Smooth, sweet Rioja with an attractive blend of richness and energy. The tangy, focused finish features gripping tannins and lingering floral character.” V
Tasting Bar Price: $14.69/bottle; Regular Price: $18.99
Wines subject to change based upon distributor availability. You must be at least 21 years old to attend all Harbor View tasting events and classes. Valid photo ID is required.