January 15 Tasting

Dougal Reeves of Estelle Imports will be pouring selections from Italy, France, Oregon, Washington and Argentina.

Vallevo Trebbiano 2014 $7.99
Fresh and floral, this white is lightly creamy and well-balanced, offering subtle notes of white peach, stone and mandarin orange. Try this instead of a Pinot Grigio for a change!

Lobos Hills PGR Yakima Valley 2014 $16.99
“PGR is a blend of Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Riesling—those three varietals made famous in the Alsace and Rhineland. This happily complex nose wafts aromas of pineapple, peach, banana and lychee. The palate is soft yet structured, which makes for a perfectly robust food wine.” –Winemaker notes. 50% Pinot Gris, 40% Gewurztraminer, 10% Riesling

Vista Hills Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 $14.99
From high atop the Dundee Hills in the northern Willamette Valley, Oregon, John and Nancy McClintock are carefully crafting these amazing wines using entirely estate fruit from their sustainably farmed vineyards. This is an Oregon Pinot Noir through and through: dark and sensuous in texture, robust fruit and aromas and a nice balance of power and elegance. Initial flavors of deep, black cherry evolve into smoke, mocha and charcuterie-like fattiness. Goes with: Grilled salmon (especially with some sort of glaze), Filet Mignon.

Ca’ La Bionda Valpolicella 2014 $14.99
This wine is medium-bodied and fine, with ripe cherry fruit with just a touch of earth and spice. Perfumed, juicy, and vibrant; this Valpolicella is the perfect match for roasts, grilled meat, and hard cheeses.

Pascal Marthoret Syrah 2013 $12.99
Ripe and ready aromas of black plum, black currant, violets, black pepper, and licorice, a round mouth full of purple fruits with classic northern Rhone Syrah notes of iodine and tapenade, and firm, stony tannin.

Las Perdices Malbec Argentina 2014 $10.99
Intense purple red color. Complex berry aromas with delicate oak touches. Soft in mouth, balanced, plum and cherry notes. Ideal to serve with red meat, pasta, fish and white meat with spiced sauces.

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November 13 tasting at John’s Marketplace

Bonnie Jeuris of Grape X Wines will be pouring selections from France and California.

Champagne Moutard Grand Reserve $29.99
Tightly knit and pungent, offering floral overtones to the ripe apple, white raspberry, ground ginger and citruszest notes, all backed by minerally acidity. -Wine Spectator 90 pts

Les Pouches Saumur 2014 $9.99
Attractive, simply fruity Chenin Blanc, this is a wine for drinking now. It is full of nutty flavors and apple acidity, with just a touch of minerality to give the wine some tension.

Mas de la Garrigue 2013 $9.99
“From handpicked Grenache, Carignan and Syrah aged in cement tanks for an amazing sense of purity. Ripe, spicy and opulent on the nose. Super juicy with fine grained tannins carrying crunchy dark berry fruit. Impressive.” The Wine Buyer, 91 Points

Jean-Marie Arnoux Vacqueyras 2012 $18.99
“Saturated ruby A highly aromatic nose presents red and dark berry preserves, incense, lavender and anise, with a peppery nuance Adding lift Juicy black raspberry and boysenberry flavors deliver very good palate coverage, with zesty acidity giving the. ripe fruit lift and verve This rich, lively Vacqueyras finishes with Powerful thrust and lingering sappiness.. Range: 91-93 ” -Vinous / Antonio Galloni.

Michael Pozzan Annabella Cabernet 2012 $18.99
This classic Napa Valley Cab shows once again why this varietal has become synonymous with Napa Valley. The nose shows layer after layer of cassis, saddle leather, and dried leaves. The wine’s massive structure is complimented by flavors of pipe smoke, black cherry, and a lengthy finish of sweet vanilla oak. -winery notes

Gaudou Renaissance Cahors 2012 $18.99
Dark red in color with a purple sheen. A complex nose with lots of red and black fruit, plums, coffee, beautiful wood show through the quality vatgebruik and a spicy sophistication. The palate is fleshy with sultry black fruit, plum compote, nice acidity and a soft mouthfeel. A wine with great potential!

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Oct 30 Tasting at John’s Marketplace

Friday, October 30 our “Friday Tasting” 5:00 – 7:00 pm …always ends at 7 pm sharp! –$5.00 fee–

Joe Moura of Casa Bruno will be pouring selections from France, Italy, Spain and Oregon.

Andre Clouet Grand Reserve Champagne $34.99
The nose on this medium bodied Champagne has aromas of apples, pear, and marzipan. The palate shows more cream, pear and the nut element that was present in the nose come though quite a bit on the palate. D&M Tasting Notes
This réserve cuvée is made of 100% Pinot Noir. Initially showing a very fresh bouquet of high toned fruits with hints of hazelnuts and yeasty aromas, this cuvée yields to the highly structured red fruit notes on the palate that the area is famed for. Long lees aging, low dosage and Grand Cru Pinot Noir fruit combine for an opulent yet balanced Champagne. Importers Notes. Reg. $45.99, now $34.99!

Holloran Riesling Willamette Valley 2012 $16.99
Classic German kabinett style riesling.
Half the fruit is from the Eola amity hills site planted in 2001. The other half is from Le Pavillon planted in 1972.Non-irrigated. Biodynamic. All stainless steel. Sterile filtered.

Casa Benasal Garnacha Blend Valencia 2013 $9.99
The Spanish equivalent of a GSM blend: Monstrell, Syrah and Garnacha Tintorera.  Plum, blackberry, and blueberry on the nose, following through onto the palate.  A full-bodied winter wine; lots of fruit with a light dusting of tannins on the finish.

Lemelson Six Vineyards Pinot Noir 2013 $18.99
This case-worthy value clobbers more than a handful of higher-priced Pinots. Filled with dark cherry and plum, accented by anise and pepper, it’s a pure pleasure to drink, with right balance of silky and structured. Made from a blend of the winery’s six vineyards, this wines so over performs for the price. – Marcus, Northwest Wines

Andrew Rich Red Willow Merlot 2010 $13.99
Medium-deep red. Musky aromas of plum, milk chocolate, mocha, tobacco and spices: very merlot! Suave and smooth on the palate, showing a sexy restrained sweetness to the gently extracted flavors of currant, plum and mocha. This savory wine shows as much red as black fruits. Complex, inviting merlot with a fine dusting of sweet tannins and very good length.

Felsina Chianti 2012 $24.99
There are mushrooms on the nose of this Chianti Classico, but these soon give way to subtle, deep aromas of blackberry crumble with hints of mint and ivy. It soon fills up the mouth with beautifully dense fruit and fine tannins, nutty, woody undertones and long finish. Gorgeous now, but better in 2016. – James Suckling 93 Points

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October 23 tasting at John’s Marketplace

Friday, October 23 our “Friday Tasting” 5:00 – 7:00 pm …always ends at 7 pm sharp! –$5.00 fee–

Allison Blythe of Mitchell Wines will be pouring selections from Spain, Chile, Oregon and Washington.

Naveran Brut Vintage Cava $13.99
This wine is the least expensive vintage bubbly on the planet (taste it blind against a $40 non-vintage “big brand” Champagne). Made by the Naveran family since 1901. This bodega has a great tradition of crafting Cavas that are superb expressions of clean, bright, citrus-inflected aromas and flavors with the all-important tiny bubbles. -Ole Imports.

Milbrandt Pinot Grigio Columbia Valley 2013 $11.95
The 2013 Pinot Gris is crisp on the palate with lively flavors of white peach, a hint of cantaloupe giving way to a fleshy mid-palate with a clean, bright finish. Pairs perfectly with antipasti, summer salads, ripe white cheeses and simple seafood dishes such as steamed clams and oysters.

Stag Hollow Dolcetto Yamhill 2012 $22.99
Willamette Valley winemaker/grower Mark Huff’s 2 acres of Dolcetto were first planted in 1992, and he’s had growing success with this Italian variety. Aromas of plums, boysenberry and huckleberry cream include rustic notes of dried cherry and cedar with a whiff of sea air. There’s a bold purple fruit approach to the palate with more boysenberry and dried cherry along with red currant acidity. In the background, there’s a rub of thyme and tarragon, which is finished with a pleasing tug of chocolaty tannins. Enjoy with puttanesca or other tomato-based pasta. -Great Northwest Wine

La Antigua Rioja 2010 $16.99
“Indispensable as every night dinner wines,” our Tasting Panel and Stephen Tanzer fell in love with this 90 point rated, brilliant red. A blend of 50% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Syrah with big aromas of strawberries, cherries, with toasty/vanilla flavors and aromas from the oak, fruity and clean on the palate, it’s super quaffable any night of the week. -invino

Bodegas Barohonda Carro 2013 $10.99
Made with 50% of Monastrell grapes and 50% of Syrah, Tempranillo and Merlot grapes. Over 30 years old vineyards. The soils where the grapes are grown are made of limestone, sand and clay.
Strong cherry colour. Fresh in the nose with red berry scents. On the palate is pleasing, structured and with a great appearance.

Alpatagua Reserva Carmenere 2013 $14.99
The Apaltagua Reserva Carmenere is an intense wine, wild purple in color. From start to finish, the touches of tobacco, and red and black cherries intermingle, producing a great potency in the mouth. It possesses a generous body with smooth and friendly tannins. It is a well-rounded wine with a juicy and lingering finish.

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