Here we are: vested in October 2013. Yes, and we have some really fun tastings this week. YOU WANT SPARKLING! Yeah there’s sparking. But will you sparkle for sparkling? Shoulda known. Well, there’s still plenty of great red wine to taste, in fact, a near full slate of shops!!
No videos this week. Nothing new of value; worth of posting here; what? Who? They said what? Oh, okay, videos will be added with the Friday morning update. Sheesh!
Here’s your selection and check out the photo slide show… blasts from the past!
Remember, the Oregon way is wine with friends and take care of your friends, and never, drink wine alone; oh, well, okay alone is fine but don’t make a habit of it!
4525 SW Condor Avenue
Portland OR 97239 (Map)
So slow with their info… sigh
2901 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
Oct 11th: SPERI Valpolicella
Come meet special guest Lucca Speri from Speri Winery in the Veneto, an established estate that is part of the A list of producers like Allegrini, Masi, Zenato and Tedeschi, but new to the Portland marketplace.
Lucca will be pouring all of their current releases at this special event. $10 Main Flight fee, waived with the purchase of 2 bottles of Speri at the tasting.
1520 NE Alberta
Tues - Sat, 2 - 10
Friday, October 11th
CORSICA, France; $12
1515 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
Tel: (503) 287-2897
14th Anniversary Champagne & Sparkling Party!
14 years already? Oh jeez, better break out some bubbles... Aubry, Lemaire 100% Pinot Meunier, Loire, something pink and more. $15
3535 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, OR 97219; store phone: 503-244-2617.
Wine order hot-line voice mail: 503-203-3384
Email orders preferred: email@example.com
Friday, October 4 our "Friday Tasting" 5:00 - 7:00 pm ...always ends at 7 pm sharp! --$5.00 fee--
Patricia Ferreira-Davis of Palm Bay Imports will be pouring wines of Italy:
Ferrari Rose NV $14.99 (375ml)
Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir; 40% Chardonnay
A wine of pronounced finesse, with a distinct bouquet with the fresh fragrance of hawthorne flowers, red currants and wild strawberries. On the palate it is dry, clean and elegant, with a delicate finish of sweet almonds.
Ferrari was born over a century ago in 1902 through the efforts of Giulio Ferrari. After his studies in France, Ferrari returned to Trentino, Italy and planted Chardonnay, which no one had done before. Ferrari was convinced that through the combination of Trentino terroir, the innovative use of Chardonnay and the use of the traditional “metodo classico”, he could make world-class sparkling wines. By 1906, the awards started to roll in and Ferrari was well on its way to producing what would shortly become the most famous sparkling wine in all of Italy.
Mandrarossa Terretoriali Santanella 2010 $17.99
Grape Varieties: 70% Fiano, 10% Chenin Blanc, 10% Viognier
Delicate aromas of banana and smoky flint. The taste is complex and balanced with enticing notes of pineapple, tropical fruit and a finish of vanilla.
Located in the historic town of Menfi, in the southwest corner of this idyllic Mediterranean island, MandraRossa was guided into modern times by the “father” of contemporary Sicilian wine, Diego Planeta. Diego led the company for 38 years from 1973 to 2011. MandraRossa’s extensive investment in advanced winemaking technology combined with the expertise of a distinguished team of five full-time winemakers has resulted in an outstanding line of wines that capture the flavors, essence, and mystique of Sicily.
Planeta Cerasuolo Di Vittoria 2010 $21.99
Grape Varieties: 60% Nero d’Avola, 40% Frappato
Typical of wines produced in the Vittoria area. Fruity, reminiscent of red berries, strawberries, cherries, figs, ginger and fruit drops. Very distinctive, this is the wine that best highlights the characteristics of red sandy soil of the vineyard. The wine is supple, vibrant and wonderfully fresh, with a long finish.
Planeta is a Journey through Sicily.
And that journey begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate which the Planeta family has owned since the 1600s. Here on Italy’s most enchanting island, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. Subsequent years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Years of careful research paid off when the Planeta wines were met with immediate critical acclaim upon introduction in the U.S. in the late 1990s.
The trio subsequently traveled to Vittoria in southeastern Sicily in search of one of the most unmistakable wines, Cerasuolo di Vittoria D.O.C.G, currently the only D.O.C.G in Sicily. Here, they established the Planeta farmhouse at Dorilli, near land which belonged to the Planetas’ paternal grandmother. This delightful wine is named for its remarkable color as cerasuolo means "cherry red" in Italian. Made from two local grapes, the Frappato imparts ripe berry flavors and freshness, while the Nero d'Avola lends a supple tannic structure, richness and intensity.
Bottega Vinaia Pinot Noir 2009 $17.99
Wide aromatic spectrum exalts cherry, sour cherry, plum and tones of spices and tobacco. The taste is velvety, harmonious and well balanced with excellent structure. With age it evolves in roundness, fullness and complexity
Starting in the early 1990s, Anselmo Martini sought to explore the optimum potential of a handful of extraordinary vineyards in northern Italy’s Trentino region that, year after year, consistently produce the highest quality grapes. This select group of family-farmed vineyards is the source of Bottega Vinaia, an exceptional line of artisan wines that reflects the authentic qualities of the Trentino terroir. Thanks to Anselmo Martini’s passion and tireless drive, Bottega Vinaia has swiftly joined the ranks of Italy’s top-notch premium wine producers.
Located in the mountainous northeast of Italy. Grapes are grown in the dry and calcareous soils of the Valle dei Laghi (Valley of Lakes), near the village of Toblino.
Bertani Valpolicella Secco Ripasso 2009 $16.99
Delicate, characteristic of mature wine, with scents of spices and nuts on the nose. Dry, well balanced with a pleasing hint of bitterness in its lingering finish.
Located near Verona in the province of Veneto in northeast Italy, Casa Vinicola Bertani is one of the region’s most important and influential wine producers. Bertani produces a full spectrum of the classic wines of the Veneto and has enjoyed a reputation for quality from the start, in 1857. This traditional Ripasso is from prime estate vineyards in the heart of Verona’s Valpolicella Valpantena wine district. The wine undergoes an 11-day maceration in vats at a controlled temperature and with programmed remontage. In March it is re-fermented over Recioto Amarone skins, following the traditional Veronese technique called “Ripasso.” Aging: 75% of the wine ages in large Slavonian oak casks, 25% in French oak barriques, for approximately 18 months; it is refined in bottle for a minimum of 90 days.
Niro Montepulciano 2008 $15.99
Bouquet of red fruit, mulberry and sour cherry preserve aromas with notes of vanilla, cocoa, leather, licorice and black pepper. Rich and full-bodied on the palate, with long lingering taste and ripe, balanced tannins
Born in the Abruzzo, Niro represents the ancient winemaking traditions of a region where vines date back to the Roman Empire. Nestled between the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Apennines Mountains to the west, the areas of Vasto and Crecchio offer the perfect climate for highlighting all the exceptional characteristics of the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grape. In the making of Niro, only the best fruit in small lots is selected and vinified following traditional techniques sometimes overlooked by modern technology. Niro undergoes a long maceration on the skins to extract all the richness of the Montepulciano grape. The resulting wine is intense and deep in color, lending the wine its name - NIRO - which in many Italian dialects means BLACK.
Planeta Santa Ceceilia Nero D'Avola 2007 $39.99
Aromas of red fruit such as plums and berries mingle with notes of carob, pepper and fig preserve. Elegant with compact tannins. It fills the mouth with its balanced texture and distinctive and pleasurable tang.
Over the last few years the Planetas have become enchanted by another great district, Noto. They have purchased 60 hectares in the Contrada Buonivini, such a delightfully pure place that they wished to preserve it by building an ‘invisible winery’ which is completely underground. They make their flagship wine in Noto, where the soil content is of incredible lime, tufa and chalk. The Nero d’Avola variety has its origins in this land.
LINER & ELSEN, WINE MERCHANTS
2222 NW Quimby St.
(off 22nd Ave.)
Nada, not this week, next week
Mt Tabor Fine Wines
4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
“As I always say, this is one of my favorite features for wine tasting Friday’s. Maybe it’s just something in me but when I taste (drink preferably) these Rhone reds I generally get the sense that these are authentic, unfancy wines that are made with sweat and tears (can you say Mistral). They are not dressed up with a bunch of new wood and other additives and, as a region, are the most terroir driven wines that you will find. These are real wines, enjoyed with a great meal in good company……as it is meant to be. Of course there are exceptions, and there are many, but as a whole this region has held on to tradition. They almost went to the dark side under Parkerization but even the great critic couldn’t take this region down. When I select wines for the Rhone tastings the “real” wines are what I’m looking for and thank goodness there are plenty to choose from. If you read about any of the domaines here you’ll find family run wineries, dedicated to bringing you a taste of their small area to enjoy far away in the comforts of your own home or favorite wine shop. And that’s where you’ll find them this Friday, 4- 7:30.”
2011 La Chaussynette, Vin De France/ Orange $13
2011 Domaine La Roubine, Sablet/ Gigondas $18
2011 Domaine La Ferme Saint-Martin, Beaumes De Venise “Les Terres Jaunes”/ Suzette $21
2012 Laurent Combier, Crozes Hermitage/ Crozes Hermitage $25
2010 Domaine Oratoire St Martin, Cairanne “Cuvee Prestige”/ La Montagne $32
Premium Pour ($5)
2009 Domaine Pierre Andre, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape/ Courthezon $49
The Portland Bottle Shop
7960 SE 13TH Ave. Portland, OR 97202
October 11 - TBA
Portland Wine Merchants
1430 SE 35th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
2537 NW Upshur St
Portland, OR 97210
TEL 503 208 2061
Saturday, October 12th, 2013
In Portland – Friday Oct. 11th 5-8p
In Carlton - Saturday Oct. 12th 12-5p
Only 10% of Burgundy’s vineyard land is classified at the Premier Cru (1er Cru) level – this is the good stuff! With Grand Cru pricing now out of the reach of most wine drinkers – the top 1er Crus offer a sublime drinking experience that can frequently surpass the Grand Crus, often at a fraction of the price.
This is a flight you absolutely won’t want to miss: 2010 Chassagne-Montrachet en Remilly 1er Cru fromBuisson-Charles, 2011 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru from J-J Confuron, 2011 Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru from Thierry Violot-Guillemard, and the 2011 Pommard Epenots 1er Cru from Violot-Guillemard. Wow!
TEL 503 208 2061
2425 SE 35TH PLACE
Taste of Harvest
Friday October 11th 2013 6:00pm
1910 Main St
Forest Grove, Or
137 SE 28th Av
Portland, OR 97214
525 NW Saltzman Rd
503 643 5655
Tasting Newsome Harlow
4PM to 7 PM Oct 11th
3037 N. Williams A
503 619 1918
Wine Tasting Friday October 11th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in the Cellar Dwellers lounge
Meet Paula Foat of Seufert Winery, Tasting fee to sample 6 wines is $10.00. Wine Club members taste for FREE!
Not a member? We can help you with that when you come in
Here is what she will be pouring for us that evening:
2009 Seufert Pinot Noir Cuvee, $17.99
2009 Vine Idyl Vineyard Pinot Noir $29.99 “Camille’s favorite!”
2009 Zenith Vineyard Pinot Noir $29.99
2009 Syrah, Columbia Valley, WA. $33.99
2011 Bella, Dessert Wine $16.99
World Class Wines
269 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034
503.974.9841 October 11th
Hartford Family Winery