Special Tuesday Night Tasting, December 18 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fabulous Champagnes and Sparkling Wines for the Holidays
No registration is necessary for this FREE tasting!
“The Cellar” at Harbor View
December 13, 2018, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cellar Selection Wines That Are Sure to Please!
With two tastings to go before Christmas, we decided to ramp things up a bit this week in The Cellar! Every wine at this week’s FREE TASTING is a Cellar Selection, which means they are outstanding and sure to please; and most of them have never been featured at a Thursday evening Cellar Tasting. As with all of the wines in The Cellar, this week’s selections will make delightful gifts for your wine loving friends and family and draw “oohs and aahs” when served with your holiday dinner. Last, but not least, these are totally affordable and drink way above their price point. Here’s what we’re tasting…
Drovers Pinot Noir 2015 United States (Willamette Valley, Oregon)
Drover’s Pinot Noir actually has a local connection most people don’t know about. The wine is named for the Drover’s Inn, which was located in the town of Pompey off Route 92. It is now a private residence owned by the proprietor of Encore Wine Imports headquartered here in Syracuse. The wine is vinified by Illahe Vineyards (a favorite winery of ours visited a few years ago), from certified organic estate fruit.
This is classic Willamette Valley Pinot Noir at a great price point. Crafted from 100% Pinot Noir, Drovers Pinot Noir displays lovely aromas of strawberry, tamarind and blackberry, accented by subtle notes of tobacco leaf, chocolate and earth. The medium bodied, fruit-forward palate offers balanced acidity and fine tannins with supple and generous aromas of confectionary cherry, cassis and spice. Hints of cedar and sandalwood linger through the long, structured finish. ~ Winery
Cellar Price: $18.99/bottle (No additional discounts)
Salcheto, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015 Italy (Montepulciano, Tuscany) – 94 points Wine Spectator
To be frank with you, I initially bought this wine due in part to the eye-popping 94 point score it received from Wine Spectator. Contrary to popular belief, Wine Spectator is not in the habit of awarding such a high score unless it is especially deserved. BUT, this past week the rep who handles the wine had it in her bag to taste. I was truly amazed!
Salcheto is one of the finest Vino Nobile di Montepulcianos of the vintage. Fragrant ripe cherry, fresh picked plum, balsamic notes, cedar and a dash of mint. It is a pure Sangiovese with a touch of earth and fresh tobacco leaf. Lush fruit jumps from the glass. The wine has incredible richness while retaining its acidity, energy and minerality. An added bonus? The wine is certified organic and incorporates biodynamic farming practices. Buy a case and enjoy over the next decade.
“Aromas of green tomato and tomato leaf segue into plum and cherry flavors in this concentrated red. Leather, iron and sanguine notes chime in as this cruises to a lingering aftertaste. Shows terrific intensity and balance.” WS
Cellar Price: $21.99/bottle (No additional discounts)
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Côtes-du-Rhône ‘Mon Coeur’ 2016 France (Saint-Joseph, Rhône Valley) – 91 points Vinous – Josh Reynolds
Originally presented at one of our French wine classes earlier this fall, this Côtes-du-Rhône simply blew people away! We sold virtually three cases at that class and the rest in the ensuing period immediately after. It is hard to describe what an exceptional value this wine is. I hope you find it as fantastic as everyone else has thus far!!
“Jean-Louis makes these négociant wines to showcase what he believes to be the potential that these appellations can achieve with which he works. The Côtes du Rhône ‘Mon Coeur’ is a blend of four distinct terroir located in and around Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Though the blend varies year to year, it is roughly 50% Syrah and 50% Grenache. Vine age is between 20-60 years.” ~ Winery
“Lurid ruby. Ripe cherries and red berry liqueur on the deeply perfumed, spice-tinged nose. Shows impressive power and breadth on the palate, offering rich black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors complicated by hints of lavender and peppery spices. The smooth, gently tannic finish delivers solid punch and repeating red berry and floral notes.” V
Cellar Price: $18.99 (No additional discounts)
Chateau Larose-Trintaudon Haut- Médoc Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux Rouge 2012 France (Bordeaux) – 91 points Wine Enthusiast For those who have never had a Bordeaux Rouge, this is a singular wine to taste for the first time. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, the wine has exceptional fruit quality, richness and depth not usually found in a Cru Beaujolais at this price point. If you serve beef at Christmas, this is a wine that you should certainly consider. Open a little and let breath to get the best effect. It’ll be terrific!
“One of the largest estates in the Médoc, this misses being in Pauillac by being-literally-on the wrong side of the rail tracks. Regardless, the location ultimately gives the wine depth and richness. It’s ripe, dark, dense and very structured, showing the new wood that will integrate. Drink from 2018.” WE
Cellar Price: $19.99 (No additional discounts)
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