Posted by: Jacques | December 5, 2009

Wine List for This Sunday – December 6th

TABLE 1

Cucao Pedro Ximenez 08 (Chile) Pedro Ximenez is one of the oldest grape varieties in Chile.  This is a unique wine from the Elqui Valley that delivers freshness and fruitiness with a very well balanced acidity and fruit concentration.

Vigneau Chevreau Vouvray – Methode Trad Brut Sec (Loire) Since 1875, the Vigneau-Chevreau family has farmed the chalky soils of this 69-acre Vouvray domaine, planted entirely to Chenin Blanc. The late Jean-Michel Vigneau began steering the family domaine in an organic direction in the early ’90s and by 1999 Vigneau-Chevreau received its biodynamic certification.

Quintay Pinot Noir 07 (Chile) Cooled by the nearby Pacific Ocean, Pinot Noir in this area ripens evenly over Chile’s warm summer months.  This fruit driven, aromatically intense Pinot Noir was aged for 8 months in French Oak and was bottled unfiltered.

TABLE 2

Quintay Clava Sauv Blanc 08 (Chile) This Sauvignon Blanc is from Chile’s Casablanca Valley, just 20 km from the Pacific Ocean, just close enough to be influenced by its cool breezes.  Citrus notes and superb freshness.

Chono Elqui Syrah 07 (Chile) Intensive colour and a spicy nose with berries, black fruit and hints of tar. The structure is very well balanced with the softness of the tannins. Its intensive fruitiness is very well married with the oak.
Winemaking was in hands of Alvaro Espinoza and Juan Carlos Faundez.

Cucao Carmenere 05 (Chile) From the man is credited with identifying Carmenere Alvaro Espinoza brings us wine that is complex, intense, elegant, and unforgettable, one that expresses the best of Colchagua valley’s Carménère.

TABLE 3

Domaine Gerard Neumeyer – Pinot Blanc ‘La Tulipe’ 2007 (Alsace)

Gérard tends all of his parcels meticulously by hand using only natural

vine and soil treatments. Harvest is of course, also manual. From

vineyard to the cellar, gentle handling of the delicate white grapes is of

paramount importance.

Vigneau Chevreau Vouvray – Rougemont 2007 (Loire) Since 1875, the Vigneau-Chevreau family has farmed the chalky soils of this 69-acre Vouvray domaine, planted entirely to Chenin Blanc. The late Jean-Michel Vigneau began steering the family domaine in an organic direction in the early ’90s and by 1999 Vigneau-Chevreau received its biodynamic certification.

Chono Riesling 06 (Chile) Chono Riesling is a gorgeous white wine in a fruity, friendly style, with aromatics that remind of a New Zealand white but with the same racy intensity one would expect from a young, dry German Riesling.

Palin Chardonnay 08 (Chile) Clean and bright, this wine has an intense yet delicate pale greenish-yellow in color. Intense tropical fruit aromas blend with pear, pineapple, almonds, walnuts and ends with a nice, long finish.

Chono San Lorenzo 04 (Chile) 80% of the wine was kept in French oak barrels for 10 months which helped to underline the characteristics of soft ripe tannins, a great structure and a velvet finish.

The grapes were hand picked at several dates according to the ripening of the fruit. Cabernet sauvignon and Syrah were harvested during the two last weeks of April and the Carménère at the middle of May.

The wine is bottled unfiltered and was stored for three months before it was released.

TABLE 4

Arona Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (NZ) Softer, instantly approachable and with

more ripe fruit flavors to balance the traditional intensity of Marlborough Sauvignon

Blanc. The grapefruit nose opens to a full and fruity mouthful of passion fruit and pineapple.

Mouton Noir – ‘Code Noir’ Merlot 2006 (Washington) this is the latest project from former Per Se wine Director Andre Mack.  Code Noir is a merlot-based wine blended with malbec and petit verdot from Washington’s Rattlesnake Hills.

Celler la Bollidora – Calitja 2007 (Terra Alta) This wine is a blend of sauvignon blanc and garnatxa blanca.  Celler la Bollidora  are traditional viticultors, using only organic treatment of the vines.

Di Giovanna – Nerello Mascalese 2007 (Sicily) A noble version of Nerello Mascalese with a deep ruby-red color. Full, absorbing and remarkably persistent . Full, absorbing and remarkably persistent.  Big structure.Big structure. Persistent finish. Persistent finish.  Certified organicc

Ukiah Cellars – Cabernet Sauvignon  2005 (Mendocino) This wine is cabernet sauvignon from the northern Russian River, blended with small amounts of zinfandel , syrah and a hint of Viognier

Mendocino Farms – Red Vine Series 2004 (Mendocino)

Our 2004 Redvine Series consists of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petite Syrah, and 10% Syrah. Each vineyard block is hand-harvested. The Grapes were fermented, barrel-aged separately in select French oak for 14 months and then blended prior to bottling.

Valderiz – Valdehermoso Roble 2006 (Ribera del Duero) Single- vineyard bottling of Tempranillo clone Tinta del Pais.  This roble has been named “Terruno Hombre,” or man of the land.  55 year old vines deliver smaller yields of intensely flavorful juice.

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