Last year I became the wine manager at John’s Marketplace, Portland Oregon.
“Our estate’s flagship red is considerably Old World in style, reminiscent of Cabernet Franc coming from the Loire Valley of France. Consistent warm days and cool nights throughout veraison allow us to fully ripen our fruit without elevated sugars and jam-type/cooked flavors and aromas. Moist earth, raspberry coulis and dark chocolate mingle with licorice spice and pepper aromatically. Silky smooth with super-integrated tannins and a persistent finish, there is a depth and concentration on the palate highlighting flavors of red berry fruits and brown spice.”- washingtonwine.org
The best Cabernet Franc from Washington for only $12.99!
In stock at John’s Marketplace, Portland, OR
My favorite Rioja in the last few months…
“This has all the classic red fruit flavors and aromas with a touch of smoky oak, pepper and nutmeg – in short classic Rioja (well at least what I’d call Rioja anyway!) This will continue to develop for a little time yet – but for now is perfectly drinkable and would be ideal with a nice leg of lamb.” Madwine.com
$13.99 at John’s Marketplace, Portland, OR
Rose - Atavus Vineyard
The Rose is made from 100% Pinot Noir. The fruit was picked at a low brix level and gently pressed to create a refreshingly crisp wine that is also low in alcohol. The juice was fermented in neutral French Oak barrels and aged briefly for six months. The resulting wine is vibrant with a light salmon-colored hue as a result of minimal skin contact. Grown at 1700′ elevation, making it the highest vineyards in Washington. $19.99
Marcillac wines are made predominantly from the rustic local grape variety Fer Servadou. The Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Franc and Merlot are also permitted in very small quantities to temper Fer Servadou’s tannic nature, along with the rarely seen Prunelard Noir. The typical Marcillac wine is spicy and aromatic, and responds well to barrel maturation. $12.99
The cuvee Croix d’Azal is produced entirely from Braucol, the name used in Gaillac for the Fer grape. It is a wonderful expression of this grape variety with all of its typical spiciness and woodsy floral aromas. The word “braucol” derives from the root “brau” which in girondin patois signifies taureau, the bull. The Croix d’Azal is no raging bull but one who lives peacefully in the pasture content to smell the flowers. $12.99
The favorite at our latest tasting at John’s Marketplace!
A White Graves (Bordeaux) is a most distinct white with no other region coming close to this style and taste. From Bordeaux, this delicious white is made from approx. 70% Sauvignon, and 25% Semillon and 5% Muscadelle. Flowery, honey impressions define the aromatics, dry with slight honey and stony, mineral qualities best describe the taste. A perfect compliment to fish and seafood.
Outstanding Value for this Type of Wine
$12.99 at John’s Market, Portland, OR
This is one of the best Rioja’s I’ve tasted lately. It has all the earth and black cherry leather spice that makes this Rioja so good!
About the Winery Zuazo Gaston:
Located in the little village of Oyón (Alava), Bodegas Zuazo Gaston is a family winery managed by Prudencio Zuazo Gaston, where artisan quality wines are produced using family-owned vineyards and state-of-the-art facilities.
Their vineyards encompass 50 hectares of calcereous clay soil where they cultivate Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano grape varieties. The vines are an average age of 30 years, and are located about 450 meters above sea level, taking advantage of a good orientation and long, sunny days. Yields are controoled to about 4,000 kilograms/hectare.
Zuazo Gaston only produces red wines. Their total production is limited to 200,000 bottles per year, thus allowing an optimal quality level for each wine produced.