Our Annual Thanksgiving Tasting is this Saturday. Details below but first...
Friday, November 16, 5-7 pm
Piattelli Reserve Torrontés (Cafayate) This Torrontés bursts with tropical aromas of pineapple, peach and orange blossom. Aromatic notes resonate in the mouth with fresh apricot and lychee and a hint of orange zest. Acidity is well-balanced in the mouth with a citrusy medium finish. Argentina
Mastroberardino 'Mastro' Aglianico IGT Made from 100% Aglianico grapes, this wine is vinified in stainless steel and a few months in wood. Fruitful aromas of strawberry, cherry and blackberries. On the palate, the wine has a soft, texture and medium body with flavors of strawberry and cherry.
Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera d'Asti This opens with black-skinned berry, clove and cooking spice aromas. The straightforward palate shows ripe black cherry, black plum and white pepper notes alongside smooth tannins.
Annual Thanksgiving Tasting This Saturday, November 17, 3-5 pm Gobble gobble–lots of wines to sample! Tickets Here
Featured wines and liqueurs:
Red Car Rosé of Pinot Noir Light shade of pale melon-pink, this stunning rosé is made from Pinot Noir grapes this great wine begins with aromas of rose petals, red cherry and suggestions of red raspberry. “The 2017 Red Car Rosé of Pinot Noir is beautifully conceived for exquisite dining experiences.” Wilfred Wong
Brooks Pinot Noir Runaway Red Willamette Valley ”Bouquet of amarena cherry, strawberry compote, cinnamon bark, Comice pear, maple wood, and molasses. Palate has pomegranate, gingerbread, blood orange, breakfast tea, Lebanese spices, and Medjool. Focused with depth of fruit, vibrant acidity and an uplifting finish.” Winemaker’s Notes
Castello di Torre in Pietra Roma Rosso Certified organic blend of 50% Montepulciano, 35% Cesanese and 15% Sangiovese. On the nose sweet scents of red fruit, ripe sour cherries, warm and enveloping notes in perfect balance with the fruity and elegant palate. Lazio, Italy
Bodegas Moraza Rioja Tempranillo Bodegas Moraza has been in the Moraza family for six generations, but it was when Janire Moraza convinced her father and uncle to convert their 18 hectares of land to organic farming techniques that things got truly interesting. The wines of Bodegas Moraza are a must-try if you want to experience a truly original Rioja in the traditional, natural style. Balsamic aromas, peppermint and black fruits. Red fruits with soft tannins and good acidity. Elegant and ripe.
Castellucci Miano Sicilia Nero d'Avola Castellucci practices sustainable agriculture. No herbicides, no pesticides, and no machinery in the vineyard. All hand-selected and hand-picked grapes. Only the healthiest grapes make it to the cellar. Flavors of mature dark fruit, delicate oak, round tannins jam-packed with mouth-watering berries and a silky texture. Sicily, Italy
Domaine Rouge-Bleu Côtes du Rhône Villages Mistral One of our absolute favorite CDR and a stop during our May, 2020 Rhone Valley customer trip! Blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre & Roussanne. Deep garnet with black fruits and warm spice aromas. A full-bodied beauty here with flavors of cherry and blackberry evolving towards roasted coffee notes. Well-structured tannins give an elegant finish.
Loon Liquor Lac Coeur Coffee Liqueur Loon Liquors Lac Coeur Coffee Liqueur is made from their base of grain vodka. It is blended with local cold brewed coffee and flavored with vanilla, cocoa, molasses, and sugar. Organic and a fantastic stocking stuffer!
Loon Liquor Lac Coeur Cinnamon Liqueur A wheat and barley vodka-based liqueur infusing both sweet and cassia cinnamon, as well as a Serrano and habanero pepper. “Lac Coeur” directly translates to “Lake Heart”. Their liqueurs have about half of the sugar of typical liqueurs. Organic and a fantastic stocking stuffer!
Art of Earth Prosecco Frizzante DOC 100% Glera, 100% organic. Intense notes of pear with acacia flowers. Notes of green apple and discreet floral undertones. Refreshing and lively finish with exquisite perlage. Keeping it natural in the vineyard and the cellar extracts the best from nature in a respectful, sustainable way. But, that’s not where the story ends – even the packaging is eco-friendly. The light-weight glass bottle with screw cap is recyclable and cork tree-friendly. Veneto, Italy
Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling This semi-sweet wine opens with luscious aromatics of citrus, stonefruit and honeysuckle. The mouthfeel is juicy with bright acidity that activates the palate and displays flavors of peach, tangerine, pear and nectar. The finish is wonderfully persistent with a balance of sweetness and refreshing crispness.
Balletto Theresa’s Unoaked Chardonnay Focused and intense with rolling tropical and bright fruit aromas that are offset with darker ripe apple and slightly earthly tones. It’s mouthwatering with an electric vein of acidity running through the wine and into its long finish.
Balletto Pinot Noir Always a lovely example of RRV Pinot Noir. Forest-floor earthliness, dark, savory spice and a slight touch of bright red fruit combine with a silky palate that lingers over its poised, age-worthy structure. Then, there’s the crisp acidity that keeps the wine lively and intertwines gracefully with the structure. So serious, yet balanced and approachable.
Mazzocco Zinfandel "Brambly flavors of blackberry, boysenberry and raspberry with a drop of spice greet the nose while the palate is loaded with dark berry fruit, cherry cola, and a smidge of pepper. This Zinfandel's core is framed with ripe tannins, accented with toasted almonds and cacao." Winemaker's Notes
Eufloria Artist White This is an aromatic blend inspired by the great blends of the noble four Alsatian varietals–Pinot Gris, Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Riesling from Washington, fermented cold in stainless steel to retain the truest characteristics and the freshness of each varietal. Aromas of jasmine, honeysuckle and citrus blossom. Citrus, white peach and great minerality on the palate.
Paul Dolan Chardonnay Mendocino County Sourced from the low-lying valleys surrounding the Russian River, an area renowned for producing rich and focused wines, Paul Dolan Vineyards Chardonnay is an exquisitely balanced wine with flavors of ripe pear, crisp apple and a creamy vanilla-spice.
Gundlach Bundschu Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Aromas of warm berries, dried rose petals, and baking spices on the nose. While on the palate juicy flavors of black cherry, fleshy black plum & strawberries with cream are infused with complex layers of brown spice, forest floor, and slate. Round and polished mouthfeel, with ripe, supple tannins drawing the creamy texture through a long, elegant finish.
Tamarack Cellars Balancing Act Cabernet Sauvignon The nose on the Balancing Act Cabernet Sauvignon leads with bright red and purple fruit with hints of leather, pencil shavings and lingering black peppercorn notes. On the palate, tart cherry leads the way, followed by flavors of savory roasted meat and creamy mocha, finishing with smooth, graceful tannins. Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red An exquisite blend of so many beautiful varietals–too long to include on list. Deceptively sweet aromas of strawberries, raspberries and rose petals. The flavors are dark, rich, lusciously mouthwatering, with cherries, boysenberries, tart plum skins, hints of leather, sweet pipe tobacco, and coffee beans. The tannins are firm, but not a bit edgy and the finish lingers with just a touch of anise. A truly lovely vintage.
St. Supéry Moscato Estate Napa Valley Beautiful in colors of pale yellow with golden hues, this sweet wine has aromas of mandarin and orange flower blossoms that are complemented by honeysuckle, apricot and tropical fruits. On the palate, there is a nice balance of sweetness and acidity with ripe apricot and mandarin orange zest on the finish.
Just announced class! Michael David Winery Seated & Guided Tasting Duffy Ohama is back for this seated & guided tasting–a very fun night not to be missed! Thursday, November 29, 6:30-8 pm, $10 (free for members)
Classe di vino del sud Italia Southern Italian Wine Class Thursday, December 6, 6:30-8 pm free for wine club members* / $20 non-wine club members Featuring LLS Portfolio Expert Nikki Erpelding
Walk on the wild side and taste volcanic wines from Southern Italy and both Islands
Featured wines include Librandi, Mastroberardino, Tasca d'Almerita, Argiolas and Botromagno Limited seating Tickets Here *free for wine club members, rsvp here
Save the Date Santa Baby Annual Christmas Tasting Event Saturday, December 15, 3-5 pm, $15* *free for wine club members