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Wine List for Weekly Tasting
Rooiberg Winery, Chenin Blanc, 2018, South Africa
Art’s Pick: “White wines can either be too sweet for me or too weak for me. This chenin blanc finds the perfect balance of a slight feel and taste of fruits, but without becoming ‘syrupy’; yet there’s enough body to let you know its a fine wine.” With a delicate green golden appearance, this vintage promises a fresh array of wonderful fruit aromas. Papaya, melon and limes jostle for attention aside freshly sliced Granny Smith apples and touches of oak spice. Sourced as it was from an array of mature vineyards across the Western Cape, the wine is richly layered with golden ripe fruit and finely balanced texture. The well poised finish and persistent length are hall marks of this great grape.
Turtle Bay, “Marlborough” Sauvignon Blanc, 2016, New Zealand
Krista’s Pick: “Turtle Bay is a refreshing step back from the overly citric flavors normally associated with Marlborough sauvignon blanc. This wine has more of a tropical feel; like passion fruit. As soon as it is warm enough, this wine will certainly be a ‘patio favorite’!” A nicely dialed-in sauvignon that has evolved to deliver a handy array of texture and bright, direct fruit in a peach and light mango vein. Good balance. Really fresh.
Pratello, “Lugana” Trebbiano, 2017, Italy
Bob’s Pick: “There is more to white wine than chardonnay or sauvignon blanc! Trebbiano is my go-to wine to serve to red wine drinkers with cheese and crackers or lighter meals.” This Lugana is bright gold in color with brilliant reflections. On the nose, there is an intense, yet elegant, floral bouquet with hints of cedar and tropical fruit. On the palate, it is full and well-balanced. Stylish and rich, it will pair well with a wide range of dishes, especially fish, but it is superb as an aperitif.
Fitch Mountain Cellars, “Dry Creek Valley” Merlot, 2015, California
Chris’ Pick: “Merlot, when done properly, is a truly remarkable varietal. Fitch Mountain managed to capture some of the more complex characteristics one normally finds in wines of 2 or 3 times this price point. I enjoy Fitch Mountain by itself so I can let the wine express itself without any competition from food.” Dark garnet in color with a ruby edge. Dark fruit aromas of blackberry, plum, and black cherry, the toasty oak frames and adds depth. Leading into complex notes of cocoa, cassis, pepper, and cedar. Black fruit dominates the entry followed by plum and black cherry with a spicy, lifted mid-palate. A bit of peppery cassis leads the finish with some roasted coffee notes and supple yet firm tannins.
Bodegas Garzon, “Reserve” Tannat, 2016, Uruguay
Sue’s Pick: “When Garzon returned to Wine ConneXtion, the rest of the Staff was giddy it was back so I had to try it, and now I know why everyone has raved about it! There’s faint hint of smoke and roasted chocolate that drives your palate crazy, and it has a nice long finish.” Tannat is notable for its high tannin levels, raspberry aromas, and dark color. Originally from Southwestern France, tannat is not produced widely around the world, but is known as the “national grape” of Uruguay,
Cantine Catena, “Campania” Aglianico, 2014, Italy
Erica's Pick: "I love Italian red wine, so when we first brought in this aglianico, I couldn't wait to try it. Its deep and multi-layered and continuously finds new ways to express itself. " Ruby red in color with violet hues, this wine possesses a nose intensely rich in mature red and black fruit, with hints of spice. The palate expresses all of the wine's personality and structure, with great balance between tannins and smoothness, fruit and spice.