1st bottle red:  Corvidae 2017 ‘Lenore’ Syrah, Columbia Valley

For the wine snob

100% Syrah from Columbia Valley with a small amount of new French oak . The Lenore Syrah is aromatic with rich, sweet berry notes of blueberry, boysenberry, red currant and plum. The mouthwatering acidity is nicely balanced with firm tannins and layers of bright bramble fruit. As this wine coats the palate, underlying hints of vanilla bean, peppercorn and sweet tobacco shine through.  A robust finish includes chocolate and raspberry.

For the rest of us:

Produced by Owen Roe who has been producing top tier wines since 1999 in Washington State.  This is classic big, bold, dark fruit, delicious syrah.  Enjoy the Lenore Syrah with barbecued ribs, a hearty lamb stew or your favorite burger.


1st bottle white: Domaine du Haut Bourg 2018 Muscadet Cote de Grandlieu Sur Lie AOC

For the wine Snob:

Grapes are sourced from 30 to 60-year-old vines, vineyards are planted densely with 7,000 vines per hectare. This wine is sourced from multiple parcels with varied exposure. From harvest to vinification to bottling, all is handled at the Haut du Bourg estate. The grapes are traditionally vinified. They must settle for 48 hours and ferments with indigenous yeast at a controlled temperature to accentuate aromas and balance. The wine is vinified and aged on its lees, resulting in just the right amount of effervescence to accentuate the wines’ vibrant fruit expression.

For the rest of us:

This wine is slightly green with golden reflections. Floral aromas are balanced with notes of lemon and citrus. On the palette, the wine is rich and well balanced.


2nd bottle red: Benanti 2016 Etna Rosso DOC

For the wine snob:

The fruit is sourced from a selection of grapes from vineyards located on the northern, south-eastern and south-western slopes of Mount Etna. The vines are trained with free standing bush (“alberello”) and spurred cordon systems. Their ages range between 10 to 60 years. Grapes are manually harvested during October and softly pressed. Fermentation occurs at a controlled temperature in stainless steel vats with a 20-day long maceration using patented selected indigenous yeasts. About 80% of the wine then matures in stainless steel tanks while about 20% matures in used French oak barriques for 8-10 months.

For the rest of us:

A medium-bodied red, with a crisp tannis, bright raspberry and strawberry fruit, revealing some spice and dried herb notes. Bright and elegant. Drink now through 2024.


2nd bottle white: Benanti 2016 Etna Bianco DOC

For the wine snob:

This 100% Carricante wine is sourced from vineyards located on the eastern and southern slopes of Mount Etna. Carricante needs sunlight and ventilation, so the best is planted on the east side of Mt. Etna near the town of Milo. The vines range from 20 to 60 years old. They are a mixture of alberello trained (free standing bush) and spurred cordon trained. Harvest is done manually. Fermentation occurs for about 15 days at a controlled temperature in stainless steel vats using patented indigenous yeast. Maturation occurs in stainless steel tanks.

For the rest of us:

Delicate and mildly fruity with hints of ripe apple. The wine is dry on the palate. It has a slight minerality with pleasant acidity. Ideal by itself for any occasion the Benanti Etna Bianco will also go nicely with light seafood dishes.


1st bottle reserve red: Flora Springs 2016 Merlot, Napa Valley

For the wine snob:

100% Merlot,  Aged for 15 months in small French and American oak barrels, this wine is made to drink now with the structure to carry through 2023.  This is an unctuous, mouth-filling wine with ripe tannins and just the right amount of acidity to keep it fresh and focused.

For the rest of us: 

The owners of Flora Springs are the third largest land owner in Napa.  That is right, they are also grower, selling fruit all across Napa to a laundry list of of the best wineries.  They hold on to about 30% of the best fruit from what they grow for themselves, which is exactly what we have here.  This wine is easily one of the best pound for pound values to ever pass through Nirvana.  Black cherry and blueberry flavors with notes of dark chocolate. Hints of lavender and leather add complexity along with a brown spice character from the French oak barrels.

 


1st bottle reserve white: Champagne Vadin-Plateau NV ‘Renaissance’ Extra Brut, Champagne 1er Cru AOC

For the wine snob:

Renaissance is a limited blanc de noirs from Vadin-Plateau’s vineyards in the premier cru village Cumières. The vineyards are farmed organically. The grapes ferment with native yeast in stainless steel and then mature for two years on the lees. Malolactic fermentation occurs. The dosage is three grams per liter. This cuvee consists of 80% vintage 2014 and 20% vintage 2013. The wine is neither fined nor filtered.

For the rest of us:

This champagne is complex and dynamic showing aromas and flavors of minerals, yellow fruits and spice. It is fresh yet soft on the palate. It exhibits outstanding and impressive quality.


2nd bottle reserve red: Robert Foley 2016 Griffin’ Red Blend

For the wine snob:

The Griffin 2016 is sourced from vineyards in the valley floor and mountain AVAs. The grapes were manually harvested in late September and early October 2016. Fermented for ten days and then aged in French oak barrels, this wine was bottled in May 2018.

For the rest of us:

The Griffin.  This is easily one of Nirvana’s all time favorite wines.  Year after year this guy is big, bold and beautiful.  If you were nice enough to share this one, you could take it anywhere!  The nose shows ripe black berry fruit with a floral hint. The wine is rich on the palate. Beautiful acidity and gentle tannins linger on a long finish.