Wine Tasting August 14 ’10

Last Saturday was a CRAZY day, a GREAT day shall we say, in that we had a LOT of visitors, including a lot of first-timers (okay we need a catchy name for first-timers…winning name gets a free tasting…we know Mary Beth will come up with a bunch, what about the rest of you??? R U gonna let her walk away with it AGAIN? Where’s yer competitive Spirit?

From a, you know, commercial wine shop point of view, it was a great crowd because several people bought a case of wine, including two who cleaned out our stock of Legoe Bay. Honestly, I think Karl and Suzie have given so much of it away the last few years (for our distant readers, Legoe Bay is Lummi Island’s only resident winery, which we wholeheartedly support!) that the locals tend to devalue it. I taste a LOT of wine, and every one of their wines has a terrific QPR (quality/price ratio)…you get a lot of wine for your money. So it tickles me to sell a bunch!

All the wines showed well last weekend, and all were great buys. The Castelnoble is a little simple but delivers a lot of flavor; the Mt Baker chardonnay still delivered nice flavor but the lovely floral aromatics seem to have faded a bit; the Rosa de Oro zin was Luscious, and the Atalaya, from two vintages, showed two appealing faces. The ’06 was deep, dark, and pruney, while the ’07 was much brighter, not quite so  overtly seductive, but still definitely alluring.

Lots of pictures, lots of nice folks, including an inadvertent T-shirt Design Contest. Blake’s had BOTH sides with great art, but Brian and Sam are showing some awesome art as well!

All in all, a pretty Sweet Day! Pix speak for themselves…

This week’s tasting:

Nefarious Stones Throw Riesling ’09 Washington $15
Aromas reminiscent of tangerine and with lively notes of honeysuckle, lemon zest, and grapefruit wrapped up in a vibrantly bright, off-dry package.

De Tarczal Marzemino 06 (Italy)  $14
A rare grape, marzemino is a relative of Barbera, with lots of bright, fully ripened fruit, with crisp acidity and ripe tannins.(and is the Secret Ingredient in our Fabulous Screaming Seagull Chili!)

Peirano Estates The Immortal Zin ’08 California $10
Hand selected from 113-year-old vines; deceptively subtle aromas of this wine combine red and black cherry, mineral, earthy rhubarb and slightly spicy red fruit; palate is wrapped in velvety layers of sweet red cherry, strawberry, cocoa and juicy red fruit leading to a lengthy, almost breathless finish.

Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Riserva ’09 Argentina $20 WS91
A dark, lush style, with a dense core of plum sauce and crushed blackberry fruit laid over velvety tannins. The long, toast- and black licorice–filled finish carries some heft, but stays nicely balanced.

Wine Tasting

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