Winestone's Saturday Tasting, June 24, 2017, 12pm - 5pm
2015 Groiss Grüner Veltliner, $13
Where: Lower Austria
Grape(s): 100% Grüner Veltliner
Weingut Groiss is located in Lower Austria in the winegrowing area called Wagram. It is a terrain of hilly terraces formed by sandy soil called "loess" that was blown and deposited alongside the Danube River thousands of years ago. Grüner Veltliner loves these pure loess soils, and Herbert Groiss' passion is for the classic style of Grüner Veltliner - dry, fruity and spicy. The wine is lively with aromas of citrus and white peach flavors. On the palate, the body is light to medium, crisp and clean with notes of tart apple, lime, and peaches that bring on a bright acidity. Did we mention it's a LITER BOTTLE - BONUS! This wine will go great with your BBQ'ed appetizers, sides and salads.
2015 Austerity Chardonnay, $18
Where: Arroyo Seco, California, USA
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Arroyo Seco literally translates to "Dry Riverbed," but this small appellation in the center of Monterey County's Salinas Valley is an oasis of viticulture. Famous for growing Chardonnay grapes full of tropical fruit and refreshing acidity, Arroyo Seco's mix of gravelly and sandy loam soils develop the wine's complexity. The warm midday sun reflects off large river stones, absorbing heat during the day and radiating that heat in the evening, preventing the vines from freezing during frigid nights. Afternoons bring cool winds from Monterey Bay, refreshing the vines, intensifying the fruit flavors and allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. This creamy layered Chardonnay features aromas of crème brulée, golden apples, and toasted marshmallows. The palate reveals tropical fruit and pineapple flavors complemented by a velvety texture that is rich with a buttery finish. Pair with grilled halibut with minted sweet pea purée or grilled corn with lime and cojita cheese.
2016 Domaine les Hautes Cances Côtes du Rhône Villages Rosé, $18
Where: Rhône Valley, France
Grape(s): Blend of Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache and Carignan
Faced with the choice of either selling or taking over the care of her vineyard inheritance, Anne-Marie Astart felt that she could not forsake the hard work of her ancestors. She and her husband, Jean-Marie, left their careers in medicine and psychiatry to create Domaine Les Hautes Cances in what is now the Rhône Cru village of Cairanne. Their rosé has been a perennial favorite here at Winestone. It's no surprise because Anne-Marie and Jean-Marie don't make their rosé from leftovers or inferior plots as some winemakers do. They reserve a special parcel of old-vine vineyard just for this wine. Aromas of fresh cherry and raspberry are further enhanced on the palate by minerality and a firm body that can hold up to many foods like grilled swordfish, salmon or pork.
2009 Château Capron Grand Vin De Bordeaux, $18
Where: Blaye - Côtes de Bordeaux, France
Grape(s): 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
There are four sub-regions in Bordeaux which banded together to call themselves the "Côtes de Bordeaux". The wines from these lesser-known regions represent classic Bordeaux style at great value. One of these regions, Blaye - Côtes de Bordeaux, lies on the right bank of the Gironde Estuary not far from the Atlantic coast. The soils are very varied which allows Blaye to grow all of the traditional Bordeaux grape varieties - even a little Malbec. This impressive wine is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. We were able to purchase it with some bottle age already so you don't have to worry about aging it in your cellar. It is balanced and rich with dark fruit aromas, hints of pepper, toasty notes and a very soft yet well-structured mouth feel. A real pleasure to drink! This would go amazingly with a ribeye steak, grilled asparagus, or Portobello mushroom.
2014 Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache, $20
Where: Barossa, South Australia
Grape(s): 100% Grenache
Erika tasted this wine at a recent Australian wine event, and she was pleasantly surprised by both its intensity and elegance. How can a wine from the Barossa Valley in Australia be both of these things? Well, Grenache is a thin skinned grape which doesn't produce a lot of tannin, but it certainly can create hearty flavors when grown under the right conditions. This wine comes from old bush vines (i.e. not trained along wires) some of which are over 100 years old. These vines produce only a few bunches of grapes, but those grapes are loaded with flavor. This wine fills the glass with aromas of baked cherry, strawberry, white pepper, baking spice, and hints of eucalyptus. The aromas carry over to the palate and are delivered with a surprisingly light body and smooth texture. This is exactly the red wine you need for a Summer cookout. The bold flavors can stand up to spice rubs and sauces while not exhausting the palate on a hot day.
2014 Fabre Montmayou Reserva Cabernet Franc, $17
Where: Mendoza, Argentina
Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Franc
Hervé Joyaux Fabre, owner and director of Fabre Montmayou, was born in Bordeaux, France to a family of wine negociants. In the 1990's, Fabre arrived in Argentina looking for vineyard and winery investment opportunities. He was most impressed by the potential of the Mendoza region. He purchased old Malbec vineyards in Mendoza and then expanded to the Patagonia region. Fabre combines his knowledge of Bordeaux with the terroir of Argentina to produce stunning wines. This elegant Cabernet Franc has aromas of dark red fruits with a touch of mint. The palate is fresh and well structured, with a long finish. This wine calls for Lamb kabobs, Souvlaki and, of course, Argentine Asado.