Wine Tasting

Presented by: Pinnacle Imports, Inc.

January 16, 2015

WINE                                                                                                 

Campuget Blanc, France                                                                                                        Its color is a golden-yellow-green. It exhales fine scents of flowers and white-fleshed fruits. Its characteristic is a well-balanced structure, beginning with a round and fruity taste of peach and apricot and ending on a fresh and persistent note of citrus fruits. Its best aromatic expression is immediately reached in the first year and it continues for two-to-three years. Roussanne (60%), Grenache Blanc (30%), Marsanne (10%)

Perraud Macon Villages, France                                                                                               Zip and zest and a deliriously saturated mouthful of pure citrus and white fruit—this lively, diamond-cut white Burgundy is for us not only an amazing value in white Burgundy but also it is a stunning example of how character-driven and and cut whites from 2010 are. This is a great year for white Burgundy! The noble herbal notes of Puligny come through clear on the clean and crisp nose; ripe lemons and crushed stones blend with lime zest. The mouth is ripe yet balanced, with lots of lift and mineral definition—suggestions of tarragon butter, white pepper and more lime zest invigorate and cleanse the palate. A nutty, savory and sea-salt lined finish is delectable. All tank made; and always a great value.

Block 9 Pinot Noir, California                                                                                                      The 2013 Block Nine Pinot is beautifully long and rich in ripe cherry and berry flavors. The aromas exhibit generous bright fruit with a mix of strawberry, violets, plum, tea, and a hint of clove. Flavorful and silky in the mouth with good body, this wine is seductive showing wild cherries and a hint of sandalwood to complete its complex finish. The 2013 growing season was generous is length and consistent temperatures. Flavors were strong at harvest and we think 2013 will prove to be a terrific vintage.

Tikves Vranec,  Macedonia                                                                                              Hand-crafted with passion and patience, Tikveš wines are emblematic of Macedonia’s ancient tradition of winemaking. Located in the heart of Macedonia’s wine country, their wines reflect over 120 years of a culture that celebrates the entire wine experience – from growth, to harvest to fermentation to the most significant part, enjoyment with family and friends. Tikveš is the oldest winery in Macedonia; it began in 1885. The wine possesses gorgeous fruit, medium to full body, supple tannins and outstanding purity as well as length.

Clos Du Caillou Cotes du Rhone “Bousquet des Garrigues”                                                       The 2012 Côtes du Rhône Bouquet des Garrigues tastes like a mini Châteuneuf with its big minerality, darker fruits and crushed flowers, full-bodied richness and superb texture. It’s a knockout Côtes du Rhône that should represent a superb value. Buy it by the case and drink bottles over the coming 5-7 years. 90 WA

Port   Dow’s LBV 2008                                                      Liquid gorgeous! Accessible far earlier than vintage port. Dow's is owned by the famous Symington family, the vice regals of port otherwise known as Symington Family Estates. Perfect as a dessert on its own or with Black Forest cake. Dow’s LBV is a full rich Port with spicy ripe fruit flavours and an elegant aromatic nose. Well rounded on the palate and has the traditional Dow’s drier finish which makes it one of the finest LBV Ports available. These wines come from the same vineyards that, in a year when a Vintage is "declared", produce Vintage Port. However, as they are bottled between the fourth and sixth year after the harvest, they mature more quickly and are ready to drink much sooner.

Port food pairings: Roquefort, Cheddar, Stilton cheese, dark chocolate-themed desserts, crème brûlée, variety of nuts