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FIRST FRIDAY WINE TASTING - FREE!

Come taste 5 new wines with us - and enjoy sale pricing all month long while supplies last.

Zaumau Rioja Bianca 2018 - In over twenty years of doing this, this is maybe the third mono-varietal Tempranillo Blanco I’ve ever tried? It’s rare, and it commands your attention. An albino mutation of Spain’s famed Tempranillo grape, it is most often utilized as an incidental or blending grape. Here, 10 year old vines from sand/limestone/clay/gravel Rioja Baja soils at high altitude are organically harvested and fermented in stainless steel. It features really clean and enticing aromatics of apricot, orange blossom, honeysuckle, and cantaloupe. The palate is really sumptuous, with crisp malic acid keeping the wine’s creamy, full, lees-enhanced mouthfeel completely in check. There’s a very pleasant mineral thread running through the wine that culminates in a calmly persistent finish. This is an extremely clean, polished, and well-crafted contemporary Spanish white wine.

Day Vin de Days 2018 - There are so many great wines to drink this month and so many great grapes to explore, like steely & supple Pinot Blanc, light-hearted Muller-Thurgau, spicy-racy Riesling, pleasantly plump Pinot Gris, or aromatic Muscat. Tell ya what, let’s just taste them all at once! Winemaker Brianne Day sources fruit from six Willamette Valley vineyards: Fir Crest Vineyard and Anne Amie Estate in Yamhill Carlton, Twelve Oaks Vineyard, Le Beau Vineyard and Nemarniki Vineyard in Chehalem Mtns, and Momtazi Vineyard in McMinnville. The fruit was picked over a 3 week window starting with the Pinot Blanc on Sept. 25 and ending with Riesling on October 20th. Almost everything was pressed and fermented together in a large stainless closed top tank. It’s a pure expression of robust fruity melon, apple, peach, pineapple, lychee, grapefruit, white flowers, and lemon oil. If you’re not having fun while you drink this, you’re doing it wrong.

Brun L’Ancien Beaujolais 2018 - If you are hosting or attending Thanksgiving dinner and need to bring an appropriate bottle or more, look no further. L'Ancien comes from Jean Paul Brun's home village of Charnay in the southern Beaujolais. The vines range in age from 40 to 60 years old and are planted on slopes sporting the area's signature sandy clay-limestone soils, featuring the particular local "dorée" or "golden" limestone that is laden with iron. These older vines have always been farmed organically, harvested by hand, and yield small, thick-skinned Gamay berries. As for all Terres Dorées reds, the vinification is traditional Burgundian rather than the popular carbonic maceration in Beaujolais. The 2018 shows a bright deep red color. The aromas are high-toned and ripe with red currant, raspberry and wild strawberry, bright and floral. The palate shows lush, ripe berry fruits backed by citrusy refreshing acidity. The finish is long and sappy with bright red fruits and lip-smacking tartness.

Bodegas Langa PI-3.1415 Red 2016 - I’ve learned that Spain is nearly always worth exploring. A great many of you will have familiarity with Rioja, Rias Baixas, Ribera del Duero, but maybe not so much with Aragon. Bodegas Langa is doing fascinating work there. Moristel is a grape variety native to Aragon, which is grown mainly in the D.O. Somontano and Cariñena. It is also known by the aliases: Concejón, Juán Ibáñez, or Miguel de Arcos. These are vines that average nearly 100 years of age! This is another mono-varietal example that is very rare to see or taste. A very sleek wine, built for enjoyment. Ferrari red, with purplish tints. A big, fragrant nose of mature red, and black fruits, with hints of cocoa and tobacco. The wine behaves unctuously on the mouth - curvy and glyceric with sweet black cherry tannins. It is round and velvety, with a great tension between richness and subtlety.  

McNab Ranch Petite Sirah 2016 - Flying under many people’s radar is how good and satisfying some of these Petite Sirah wines are out of California. Relegated to trivia, Bogle, and winery mailing lists for most of my life - it has finally peeked its head out from behind the hype of California Cabernet Sauvignon and the ubiquitous shadow of oh-so-many bulk Syrahs to reveal it’s true value. McNab Ranch in Mendocino is one winery doing it quite well. In this vintage, they’ve left out the Syrah, given it to us straight, and let Petite Sirah shine alone. Big strapping tannins, fruity like blueberry pie, dark like Malabar espresso, boozy like tipsy plums. A rich, dense, structured wine, with big muscles, and a silky, luscious, dry finish. A tiny 500 case production, this wine sees 21 months in French and American oak barrels. So delicious, so very satisfying - grab it while it lasts.