“The Cellar” at Harbor View
July 25, 2019, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Summer of 2019’s BEST Barbecue Wines! Part Two
I started a series of tastings a couple of weeks ago themed around what I call summer’s “ordinary time” which, in my definition, is the period between July 4th and the start of the Great New York State Fair. It’s the time when we get to kick back and enjoy a few hot, sultry days; take a week of vacation and generally re-charge ourselves before school starts and our weekly work routines begin again. For me, it’s a chance to hang out on the deck and read a few books I’ve had on my list. During my “ordinary time,” I indulge my outdoor cooking and entertaining passion and enjoy wines that are perfect for summer quaffing.
Our first “BEST Barbecue Wines Tasting” two weeks ago was nuts! We had more people tasting with us that night than any other time this year and sold a lot of wine. Last week’s tasting of Guigal’s Southern Rhone wines was equally terrific, as those wines are built for summer enjoyment.
Thursday is our final tasting in the barbecue wines series that features some exciting new selections I believe you’ll also find fantastic! I reached back in time and found a new vintage of one of my preferred summer wine grapes: Verdejo. After that, we’re pouring one of my favorite dry Rosés year after year and follow up with two red wines, one a new Cellar Selection I found that you won’t believe!
So, as I’ve suggested many times before, take 10 minutes on your way home and stop by to see why I am so excited about with these new wines. Our tastings start at 4:30 p.m. each Thursday. Cin Cin! ~ Cellarmaster Dale
Bodegas Shaya Verdejo 2017 (Rueda DO, Spain)-90 points James Suckling; 88 Wine Spectator
I have been a huge fan of Verdejo, a white grape from Spain, that seems to shine as a single varietal there. It has terrific fruit, minerality and acidity, all qualities I seek out in an outstanding summer white wine. This vintage is superb and carries impressive ratings. The grapes used for Shaya Verdejo comes from 70-year-old vines planted on plots near Segovia. These are plots of very low yield, but very high quality. Fermented in stainless, 30% is aged four months in French Oak.
“On the nose, it displays toasty baking spices, nutmeg, spring flowers, marzipan, and pit fruits. A bit richer and more complex on the palate than the “regular” Cuvee, this vibrant wine could evolve for 1-2 years but is drinking well now.” ~Winery
“A ripe, peachy Verdejo with a full, creamy palate and just enough acidity to carry it through. Long, properly dry finish. Screw cap.” JS
“Pear, quince and candied orange notes mingle in this expressive white. A firm spine of acidity corrals the exuberant flavors. Heather and citrus peel accents linger. Drink now. 7,000 cases made.” WS
Tasting Bar Price: $9.99/bottle; Regular Price: $12.99
Les Lauzeraies Tavel Rosé 2018 (Tavel, Rhone Valley, France)-Commonly referred to as the “Rosé” of the Kings, King of the Roses,” this is heartier than most and a terrific wine for summer grilling.
A selection from a parcel of our Lauzes (limestone), Les Lauzerales is a blend of several unique grapes: Black Grenache (50%, softness and high aromatic potential) – Mourvèdre, old Carignans and Syrah (17%, color, spicy aromas and fullness) – Clairette (6%, floral aromas) – Picpoul and Bourboulenc (7%, flower aromas and liveliness) – Cinsault (20%, delicacy) – (15% and structure). Les Lauzeraies is completely different from any other rose and is more like a red wine with long macerations (48 hours). Tavel is a blend of free run juice (which gives fruit aromas, freshness and acidity), and pressing juice (which preserves its richness, structure and strength).
Enjoyable with a nourishing aperitif as well as a meal (better than white and red in succession), spicy Asian food, paellas and Provençal Cuisine, grilled white meats.
Tasting Bar Price: $10.99/bottle; Regular Price: $13.99
Bodegas Aleanna El Enemigo Cabernet Franc 2015 (Mendoza, Argentina)-93 points James Suckling, Wine Advocate
This winery is an offshoot of the Catena family who, in my opinion, is Argentina’s “first family” of winemaking. The El Enemigo Estate is owned by Alejandro Vigil & Adrianna Catena. Adrianna is Nicolas Catena’s youngest daughter. Cabernet Franc is a varietal that is special to her because she grew up drinking old world Bordeaux with her father. Alejandro has been the head winemaker at Catena since 2002 and holds the highest rating ever awarded by the Wine Advocate for a pure Cabernet Franc. This particular wine has garnered five 90+ ratings!
“Aromas of dark fruit with fresh herbs and tile. Perfumed. Medium-to-full body, juicy fruit and a flavorful finish.” JS
“The 2015 El Enemigo Cabernet Franc was produced with fruit from Gualtallary, from a specific 8.8-hectare plot of the Adrianna Vineyard. It fermented in two tries with a portion of full clusters. It has a beautiful nose with plenty of spices and herbs and some Pinot-like red fruit. The palate is harmonious and balanced, with very fine tannins and a velvety texture.” WS
Cellar Price: $22.99/bottle; (No additional discounts)
Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell (Silver Label) 2016 (Jumilla, Spain)-92 points Vinous; 91 Wine Advocate
Looking back at old tasting notes, I discovered that I have never ‘shown off’ this wine at a Cellar Tasting, which is crazy because I love it as an unbelievable barbecue wine!
“Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, lavender and vanilla are complemented by a smoky mineral overtone. Weighty yet energetic on the palate, offering appealingly sweet dark berry flavors along with suave floral pastille and spice cake nuances. Smooth and seamless in style, finishing with repeating spiciness, supple tannins and lingering florality.” V
“The 2016 Juan Gil (silver label) is pure Monastrell from old, non-irrigated vines that was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. They had to do a severe selection, as the year was quite challenging (but later 2018 was even a more difficult year); they discarded a lot of grapes, and they told me that they had never sold so much wine in bulk. That seems to have paid off, and the wine is quite harmonious and clean. It has some dusty tannins and an austere profile. The oak is very well integrated, folded into the fruit.” WA
Tasting Bar Price: $12.79/bottle; Regular Price: $15.99
You must be at least 21 years old to attend this FREE tasting event. Valid photo ID is required. Selections subject to change based upon distributor availability.