Friday Neighborhood Wine Tasting – Dec 3

Our Neighborhood “Last Friday of the Month” Wine Tasting is taking place on Friday, December 3rd, in TASTE Restaurant. (confusing! We know! We traditionally have our public wine tastings on the actual “Last Friday of the Month” however with this particular tasting falling on the Friday after Thanksgiving, we decided to move it to the following week and give everyone a little vacation!) Swing by anytime between 5-6:30pm and experience a very unique wine tasting as we will feature two classic Spanish varietals, Albarino and Tempranillo, side by side exposing the unique terrior of New World and Old World wines. Sit back and enjoy a fun and interactive evening of wine tasting with us!

For a $10 tasting fee, our guests will receive 2  glasses of wine, detailed information and discussions on the wines tasted, a small savory bite from TASTE Restaurant after each flight as well as a  sweet bite upon leaving the tasting.

In addition to the tasting, guests will also have the opportunity to purchase some of our finest small production wine at a special retail price. Should guests be interested in joining us for dinner, we would honor the purchase any of the featured wines at the reduced retail purchase price and waive any corkage fee.

What:  TASTE’s “Last Friday of the Month” Neighborhood Wine Tasting

When: December 3rd    |   5:00-6:30pm

Where: TASTE Restaurant   |   1300 1st Avenue

December’s Wine Tasting Notes

Burgans    |   Albariño   |  2009  |  Rias-Baixas, Spain $14 (special retail price) / $22 reg

 

Tucked away in the far Northwest Corner of Spain lies the Rias-Baixas region.  Part of the Galicia Wine area it is a sharp contrast to what image most people have of Spain; hot and dry.  This is a land of cool emerald hills with a huge Celtic influence.  The ‘Galician’s’ even have their own language, a combination of Spanish and Portuguese called ‘Gallego’.  The Rias-Baixas area has heavy rainfall, mild temptures and high humidity.  Perfect for the production of the regions most well known wine, Albariño.  This cooler climate allows for the acids to develop in balance producing a crisp, clean flavor profile.  The Burgans Albariño represents this style.

Grape Varietal:  100 % Albarino

Tasting Note:   A floral heavy nose, with gravel and a touch of lees.   The palate brings out the fruit, slight peach pit, hazelnut, and a minerality of stone.  A touch of sweetness is cleaned by beautiful crisp tight acid.  Fermented in 100 % Stainless Steel.

Winemaker’s Note:   This wine is made at the famous Bodgega Martin Codax by Luciano Almoedo

 

Abacela   |   Albariño   |  2009  |  Umpqua Valley AVA $17 (special retail price) / $28 reg

 

A very unique varietal for the Northwest wine industry. One of a few producers of this wine in the Northwest Abacela has found a perfect location in which to grow this grape.  A cool north facing hillside with moderating winds keeps the fruit from ripening to quickly and keeps the acid in balance.  The Estate grown fruit allows for the close monitoring of the fruit by winemaker Andrew Wenzl.  The winery is know for producing wines of Iberian Peninsula, both Spanish and Portuguese.

 

Grape Varietal:  100 % Albariño

Tasting Note:   A big nose of apricot, peach, almond and stone.  The mouth brings out a citrus note, melon, golden delicious apple, stone fruit, spinach, and gravel.   The finish ties it altogether with a tight clean acid.  A very easy drinker.

Winemaker’s Note:   The winery makes a Verjus, a non alcoholic juice used in cooking and dressings.

 

Cantiga   |   Crianza    |  2007  |  Rioja, Spain $14 (special retail price) / $22 reg

 

The Rioja wine growing region of Spain dates back to when Romans controlled Spain.  It was the Romans who introduced grape growing to the area and still to this day ancient sites of roman wineries exist.  The real improvements to Rioja’s viticulture began in the 1780’s when the need to prolong wine for transportation.  This is when the large French influence came about.  Helped in fact with a devastating phylloxera outbreak in Bordeaux during the same period the French came to the region seeking vines.  The area is divided by the Ebro River and bounded by high mountain ranges on either side. This is epicenter of Spanish Tempranillo.

 

Grape Varietal:  100 % Tempranillo

Tasting Note:   A nose that is filled with ripe red fruit, dark cherries, cherry syrup, plum, and a slight violet note.  The nose hides the complexity of the wine on the palate.  Aged for 15 months in Oak the mouth feel is elegant and balanced.  The red fruit is there with a slight blackberry coming through, complex tannins with a slight pepper finish.  Great structure for such a young wine.

Winemaker’s Note:   ‘Crianza’ is a destination that requires the wine to be aged to 3 years, at least 1 year in oak and at least 1 year in the bottle.

 

Camaraderie   |   Tempranillo   |  2007  |  Yakima Valley AVA $24 (special retail price) / $39 reg

Out of Port Angeles Washington Camaraderie Cellars is a winery that is know for producing rich Bordeaux blends since 1992.  A story that is quite familiar in Washington Wine the winery started as a garage project,  producing 200 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon in the first vintage.  Growing into a production of nearly 4,000 cases but still keeping that feeling of a very small production winery.  With most of there fruit coming from Red Mountain AVA for the Bordeaux varietals this fruit is sourced out of the Yakima Valley.  Winemaker Don Corson styles his Tempranillo in a traditional old world style with a Washington twist.  That twist being the extracted fruit.  Deep and rich but still restrained more then most Northwest Tempranillo.

Grape Varietal:  100% Tempranillo

Tasting Note:   The aromas of mint, plum, dark fruit and dusty herbs fill the nostrils.  The palate is a rich dark fruit, blackberries, blueberry, dark cherry, the mid palate is filled with flint, and sage.  The finish is bright clean acid as a Tempranillo should have.  Will age nicely but is ready to drink.

Winemaker’s Note:   The only non Bordeaux varietal produced by the winery

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