This weeks tasting will feature fine wines from California, France and New Zealand. Which will you want to try?
Manu Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand) A brilliant and vibrant wine, pale straw in color with slight green hues at its edge. This is so succulent and tasty with lime, stonefruit and herbaceous flavors. The palate is powerfully flavored and fruity showing refreshing acidity and excellent mid palate weight. The flavors flow to a dry finish with great length. $13.99
Empire Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Ca) A seamless Cabernet from beginning to end. Gentle, dark berry fruit opens up to supple texture and a moderately long finish. A well-crafted, balanced, full-bodied Napa Valley Cabernet. $19.99
le Versant Grenache Rose’ (France) Pale pink color. A delicate sweet nose, deliciously scented. Notes of red fruits like strawberry and raspberry combine with more floral aromas like Java apple or orange blossom. The mouth is sweet and tasty. The aromas linger pleasantly on the palate. $14.99
Steve bird Pinot Nior “Big Barrel’ (New Zealand) refers to Steve’s use of a unique roll fermentation method in big, 1000 litre French oak fudres. This results in very gentle extraction of color and tannins from the grapes and to this wine’s magnificent texture. The picturesque hillside site in Marlborough’s Omaka Valley where the grapes for this wine were grown is truly a hidden gem; a tiny block, but just right for a family operation like Steve Bird wines. Here it has produced a genuinely impressive pinot noir with earthy, spicy notes in support of the rich, dark-fruit aromas. On the palate it is deeply flavored and lushly textured with supple, silky tannins. This is a superb partner for crispy duck breast. $24.99