Lots of variety, tons of unique wines within nearly all of the wine shops offering tastings this week, the first Friday of October; HARVEST TIME!
Quickly to our video selections, this week a message to the Oregon wine industry: Paso Robles is wiping the floor up with you. Oh, “we’re Oregon” and don’t need wild, creative fun marketing. Right… and Pigs grow the best Pinot Gris.
Here’s a sampling of the Paso Robles web presence… and the image will last long after the wine of focus cease to be available.
Well, let’s hope someone gets a creative tick over there, and the indigenous Oregon wine industry can muster up something that is about the entire industry, not on each winery. Lots of future “important” wineries are out there and they need something more than a PBS documentary-like history piece, but speaks to the huge population of sometimes and no-times future wine consumers. They just want to be asked.
Well, okay then. So, let’s all go taste some wine! Grab some friends, and make sure one is serious about being your driver, a safe driver.
Here are this week’s choices.
4525 SW Condor Avenue
Portland OR 97239 (Map)
Montepulciano, Abruzzo or Tuscany?!?!
Drop by today Friday, October 4, 3:30 - 6:30 to be educated, satiated and sedated on the marvels of Montepulciano
Montepulciano 101: Whether it be Abruzzo or Toscana, the red wines of these regions are extremely exciting but are two totally different beasts. When the word "Montepulciano" is first, like the first two wines below, it is the name of the grape and is from the Abruzzo region which lies east of Rome on the Adriatic coast. You can also find it in Le Marches and Northern Puglia along the Adriatic, but the grape isn't listed on these wines. When the word "Montepulciano" appears last in the title of the wine as with the third and fourth wines on the page, it is from the Southern Tuscan village of Montepulciano (Noble Wine of Montepulciano) and whose primary grape is required to be Sangiovese. No matter where the word is positioned on the label, the bottom line is that these wines represent excellent quality/price rapport and are worthy of your attention.
2007 FRATELLI BARBA MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO "VIGNAFRANCA"
$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE
There are "pizza" Montepulciano D'Abruzzo wines for 10 bucks then there is serious stuff like Fratelli Barba and the Cataldi Madonna version which follows. Fratelli Barba is the operation of brothers Vincenzo, Giovanni and Domenico Barba and they treat their wines the same way any good Barolo or Brunello producer would treat their offerings. Fratelli Barba makes several Montepulciano wines and the Vignafranca is one their top cuvees.
Soulful, harmonious and chock full of lively strawberry/blueberry fruit, supple tannins, graphite and underlying saline. Mouth-filling, dry and delivering a combination of spice and earth, this engaging food-friendly number will work with just about any tomato-based or spicy Italian-sausage dish.
2011 CATALDI MADONNA MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO
$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE
One of the real leaders and innovators of Abruzzo, Luigi Cataldi Madonna marries tradition with innovation and produces wines that are seriously upscale for the region yet won't cause one to break the bank in order to enjoy a bottle.
At the same time being both smooth and potent, this satisfying red reveals notes of black plum, ripe cherry, espresso bean, licorice and lavender which fold into a texture that is fleshy, vibrant and above all, very Italian with its tanginess. This is over-delivering upscale Montepulciano with a savory long finish that will pair well with aged pecorino, grilled lamb or penne Bolognese.
2009 TALOSA VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO
$21.99 BTL./$263.88 CASE
Founded in 1972, Talosa was one of the early producers bent on exploiting Montepulciano's famed land to make top-quality wines and having just tasted earlier this week, I really think this may well be one of this Southern Tuscany's finest deals. A neo-classical producer, for vintage 2009 Talosa has fashioned up a delicious, hearty red that is both accessible and very true to both its soil and Prugnolo Gentile (Montepulciano's clone of Sangiovese) character.
Violet, nutmeg and dark chocolate surround black raspberry and roasted plum notes as a sturdy mouth-filling combination of wild spice, earth and vanilla flavors blitz the palate in a seductive way from front to back and allow for immediate gratification. An excellent value, if you wish to cellar some, no problem to do so through 2019.
2009 BOSCARELLI VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO
$29.99 BTL./$359.88 CASE
While Talosa is one of the fine deals of the area, when it comes to Boscarelli and this wine, we step it up with something from not only one of the pillars of Montepulciano but one of the most important estates in all of Tuscany. Sampled on this last week, all I wrote on my notes was "simply wow"! As usual the De Ferrari family scored with their remarkable red that is best described as Sangiovese-Sensory-Overload and we think you're gonna like it!
The 2009 Boscarelli is a classic beauty that woos you in from the first waft of violet, lush cherry, raspberry and sweet roasted Tuscan herbs. Texturally, it's all about elegance and balance with intense depth, alluring spice from the earth and a gentle use of oak all which tastefully frame the bountiful core of fruit. Finally, on the finish, these qualities all come together as the depth and expansion of flavor lingers on the palate. Opening one now with a hearty meal wouldn't be a crime but this delicious Tuscan treat will continue to develop for another 10-12 more years.
2901 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS
All Friday Night tastings run from 4pm to 7pm. Main Flight Fee is waived for cork club members present at the Friday tastings (limit 2 per account). Bonus pours are extra. We pour until our bottles are empty so come early for the best chance to taste everything:
Oct 4th: New Chocolates + Zinfandel by the glass
ethereal chocolate moldWith a fresh batch of new artisan chocolatiers on the shelf, it's time for a chocolate tasting. And what bold and full-bodied red holds up to the intensity of bittersweet decadence? Zinfandel perhaps. So we'll pour our just-released ALBERTA Rosso along with sampling out a dozen new chocolate arrivals from Oregon Bark, Ethereal Confections, Raaka, Chuao and more. Chocolates are free to taste. Wine offered by the 3oz taste or 5oz glass for a fee. (A complimentary taste will be offered to all cork club members)
1520 NE Alberta
Tues - Sat, 2 - 10
Friday, October 4th
Oregon Pinot Noir; $12
1515 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
Tel: (503) 287-2897
3535 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, OR 97219; store phone: 503-244-2617.
Wine order hot-line voice mail: 503-203-3384
Email orders preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, October 4 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--
Mark Retz of Independent Wine Co. will be pouring selections from Washington and Argentina:
Mil Piedras wines are made with estate-grown fruit from our single vineyard located in one of the most prestigious wine regions of Argentina, Valle de Uco. Benvenuto de la Serna, maker of Mil Piedras, is a small family winery owned by Silvio Benvenuto (Italian immigrant) whose mission statement is to “make 100% estate and 100% handcrafted wines. Winemaker - Angel Mendoza. Formerly with Michel Rolland at Trapiche for 20 years.
Mil Piedras 2012 Viognier $9.99
Stainless steel fermentations and no oak. Pale green in color, with shades of yellow. Aromatic honeysuckle and peach on the nose. Fresh and crisp palate, with tastes of tart green apple.
Mil Piedras 2009 Sangiovese: 100% Sangiovese $9.99
5 months French and American oak. Medium bodied, fruity, lightly oaked and well balanced wine with a long finish. Tastes of plum, baked cherry, toast, and spicy oak.
Mil Piedras 2011 Malbec $9.99
5 months French and American oak. Supple in texture, full bodied and very fruity in style with blackberry, plum, toast, and cassis aromas/flavors.
Idilico: Javier Alfonso was born and raised in the vineyards of Spain's Ribera del Duero. Javier has imported select Spanish clones and planted them in the Yakima Valley.
Idilico 2010 Garnacha $19.99
Aromas of tart cherry, strawberry jam with hints of moist rock and some citrus notes. Full bodied with luscious mouthfeel and a lingering finish. Fermented in small lots. 12 months French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. 240 cases produced.
Idilico 2010 Tempranillo $19.99
Dark fruits, herbs and soy followed by a long and smooth finish. Aged in French oak for 12 months, bottled unfined and unfiltered. 120 cases produced.
Bowlus Hills 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon $23.99
Loaded with black currant, dark cherry fruit, firm tannins, tobacco, cedar and exotic spice. Second label for Zerba Cellars. 100% Cab. 100% Estate/Walla Walla grapes.
Zerba 2009 Wild Z. $19.99
40% Merlot, 30% Syrah, 28% Cab, 2% Petit Verdot. 100% Walla Walla/Estate fruit. Complex currant, blackberry, earth and exotic spice, firm tannins and balanced oak.
LINER & ELSEN, WINE MERCHANTS
2222 NW Quimby St.
(off 22nd Ave.)
Oct. 4 A tasting of superb wines from Argentina.
Mt Tabor Fine Wines
4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
October 4th: Iberian Reds; Spain & Portugal ($15)
A tasting of traditional reds from Spain and lush, modern wines from Portugal including the regions of Rioja, Ribera Del Duero, the Duoro and more
The Portland Bottle Shop
7960 SE 13TH Ave. Portland, OR 97202
October 4 - Bergstrom
Portland Wine Merchants
1430 SE 35th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
2537 NW Upshur St
Portland, OR 97210
TEL 503 208 2061
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
In Portland - Friday Oct. 4th – 5-8p
In Carlton – Saturday Oct. 5th 12-5p
Less than 10% of all Champagne is vintage Champagne – which means all the grapes came from only one year’s harvest, and the resulting wines are pure expressions of that one individual growing season. Vintage Champagnes are normally only produced in exceptional years, and the producers reserve their best grapes for the wines headed for the vintage bottlings.
This weekend we’ll be pouring a flight of exceptional vintage bubblies from two of Champagnes’s top small growers – Marc Chauvet and Forget-Chemin – both of whom are members of Champagne’s ultra-exclusive “Special Club”- a peer-reviewed best-of-the-best of grower Champagne. And of course we’ll have our top-rated Oregon Pinots on hand as well. Tasting fee is $20, refunded with any 3-bottle purchase of the featured Champagnes.
TEL 503 208 2061
2425 SE 35TH PLACE
Taste of Harvest
Friday October 4th 2013 6:00pm
1910 Main St
Forest Grove, Or
137 SE 28th Av
Portland, OR 97214
Oct. 4th, 2013
Tonight obviously is a great time to visit what with the renowned importer Peter Wasserman making a visit (remember: 5-7. FREE. 13 awesome French wines. Be here!). Equally important is tomorrow’s amazing tasting of great Spanish reds. Now I know I’ve said things like this before, and I promise each time I mean it, but this Friday may be, top to bottom, out strongest lineup of Spanish wines yet. Really! I am super excited for this grouping. Three or four of the wines will be featured in next week’s VINO E-Special if that tells you anything. The first five are simply superb examples and incredible wines for their very reasonable prices. But if you want to take the very big next step out bonus pours below are out of this world. Crazy good, simply world class, and topping out at $37 a pop remarkable buys that I would put up against any wines costing two to three times as much! Take that over-priced wines of the world!! If ever there was a good time to be at VINO two nights in a row, this is that time….
-2011 EL CORTIJILLO Tempranillo (La Mancha) $9.95
-2011 PORIMITIVO QUILES Monastrell “Cono 4″ (Alicante) $12.95…Yes! I LOVE this wine. Most excited about this bottling and most definitely in next week’s missive. A great drinking Spanish red. And “Primitivo” is the guy’s name, not the grape. Just to avoid confusion.
-2011 JOC Negre Garnacha-Syrah-Cab Franc (Emporda) $17.95
-2011 LOSADA Bierzo Mencia “El Pajaro” (Bierzo) $17.95…took 2nd place and “Best Value” Bierzo in a recent NYT tasting panel report covering thirty wines from this region. Deserves it, too!
-2004 ONTANON Rioja Reserva (Rioja) $20.95…91 pts-Wine Spectator
And then greatness ensues….
Bonus #1-2002 CELLERS UNIO Priorat “Vitis 60″ (Priorat) $26.95…how this absurdly great 12 year old Priorat is still around at this ridiculous price I have no idea. Tasted it again yesterday and it still kills!
Bonus #2-2004 LA RIOJA ALTA Rioja Reserva “Viña Araña” (Rioja)$36.95…92 pts-Wine Advocate
Bonus #3-2004 LA RIOJA ALTA Rioja Reserva “Viña Ardanza” (Rioja)$36.95…94 pts-=Wine Spectator; 93 pts-Wine Advocate
Yes, those last three wines are that good. More than “that good” actually! So if you value your quality of life and need restorative therapy for the political insanity, please make time between 4:30-8:00 tomorrow evening. Ten dollars will get you the first five, and make sure you bring a bit more to indulge in the bonus selections. So worth it!
525 NW Saltzman Rd
503 643 5655
Fri, Oct 4, 4 – 7 PM
Tasting Tyrus Evan
3037 N. Williams A
503 619 1918
Grand Opening Wednesday October 9th from 6:00 – 9:00
introducing our new champagne cocktails alongside an impressive wines list,
beer and cider on tap and a special menu for that night only
Stay tuned for more details
Wayne bought a 64 inch PPD, High Def, clear image T.V.
AND ordered the NFL Sports package so come watch some football with us
We also got a new pool table for the Cellar Dwellers Lounge
Go Big or Go Home, Right?
World Class Wines
269 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034
October 4th Willamette Valley Vineyards with Derrick Bangs