Halloween Wine Tasting October 31


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  NOTE: Pat is making Special Halloween Truffles; wear a costume to the tasting and get a Free Truffle Treat!      

  Last weekend: It’s been a long time since we had a day like this. Gorgeous  day, the sort I was tempted to call “Indian Summer” but was informed it had to be longer than one day really to be called that. And as you know, it didn’t last, as Sunday the rains returned. Ah, but it was lovely: warm sun, cool breeze, even the blackberry leaves were in splendid colors.

 In the shop it was quiet at one. Quiet at two. Quiet at 3. Quiet at 3:45. Our eyes meet. We shrug. Well, we thought, haven’t experienced this for some long while…! Then just before four o’clock within the space of a few minutes, there were 10 or 11 guests, and the usual festivities ensued. Once again we narrowly avert Disaster!

Wines were a bit of a mixed bag. The Cremant was very interesting, with a fine-bubbled and frothy mousse and amazing acidity; load up and serve with anything edible! The Denis Gayte seemed young and undistinguished, might have to wait a while on that, though it did show a nice freshness. As promised the Marquis Philips Sarah’s blend was a bit of a Dark Fruit Bomb (works for me!), and the Termes was a bit brooding for most, needed even more air perhaps.

Again don’t forget to wear a costume (simple is fine, but no, sunglasses are not a “costume,” we do have some standards!).

This week’s wines:

Aveleda vinho verde (Portugal) $9
High acidity makes it refreshing, and a bit of spiciness tempers the melon, green apple and peach flavors.

Chandler Reach corella 06       Washington     WS 90pts     $18
Super Tuscan blend of 70% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot is definitely Italian in heritage. Bright, refined and beautifully focused, this is light on its feet, with guava, berry and a hint of pear as the silky texture carries the flavors through the long, vivid finish.

Terre Rouge Tête-à-Tête Syrah 02 California $16
A likable and out-of-the-ordinary blend, with aromas of cedar, plum and spice and zesty yet supple flavors of licorice, coffee and blackberry.

Robert Karl Cab Sauv 05      Washington      WE91pts      $23
Dense, deep and angular, this young Cabernet is a lot of wine, loaded with bright berry flavors mixing raspberry, strawberry and boysenberry. With great concentration and palate presence, this youthful wine shows grip and texture, as light pepper and spice flavors filter in, and the tannins add definition and power to the finish, which slowly opens into a light dusting of chocolate.

Wine Tasting

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