1st bottle red:  Alvaro Castro 2016 ‘DAC’ Tinto, Dao DOC

For the wine snob:

This blend of Touriga Nacional (30%), Jaen (20%), Tinta Roriz, and Alfrocheiro (20%) originates from Dao, Portugal.  Grapes are harvested by hand in mid/late september. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats and is aged for 12 to 18 months in 2 to 3 year old French oak.  Case production of 5,000.

 

For the rest of us:

What a lovely blend.  This is a very rich and complex wine with both fruit and earth notes.  You will start off by noticing the dark ruby red color of the wine. Next you will taste crushed herbs with black pepper and dark fruit.  The mouthfeel is smooth and the finish is exceptionally long. Best served with meats, cheeses, and don’t forget to stock up on olives and mushrooms.  Enjoy!  


1st bottle white:  Villa Creek 2018 Rose, Paso Robles

For the wine snob:

This Rose blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah Saignée.  It originates from Paso Robles, California. Cris Cherry, owner and winemaker only produces small production high end wines.  While Village Creek is more known for their reds, their whites have more than started to make a name for themselves.     

 

For the rest of us:

#ROSEALLDAY.  Just in time for summer.  This Rose is the perfect shade of pink.  You will get a bushel of strawberries, a handful of melons, and spring flowers on the nose.  Try it with meats and cheeses and your favorite friends on the porch on the next beautiful day.

Enjoy!


2nd bottle red:  La Cartuja 2016 Priorat DOC

For the wine snob:  

70% Garnacha, 30% Mazuelo (Cariñena).  La Cartuja is a unique wine produced in the Priorat region, one of the most prestigious appellations in Spain.  The soils of the vineyard are composed of volcanic slate and sand, which impart the signature of Priorat’s terroir and distinctive mineral and graphite flavors.  When you taste a Priorat wine, you are not only tasting a grape but also a place.

 

For the rest of us: 

The Priorat region is a giant red flag for quality, so keep your eyes peeled for more, we absolutely love everything that we’ve tasted from there.  Brilliant ruby. Ripe dark berries. Juicy, round and open-knit; a peppery note adds lift and cut to warm blackberry, bitter cherry and licorice pastille flavors.  Best served with anything tomato sauce and friends! 


2nd bottle white:  Owen Roe 2016 ‘Sharecropper’s’ Chardonnay, Yakima Valley

For the wine snob:

This 100% Chardonnay originates from the Yakima Valley in Washington.  More specifically Outlook (91%) and Dubrul (9%) vineyards. This wine is aged for 5 months in neutral French oak barrels with partial malolactic fermentation (approximately 40%).

 

For the rest of us:

This wine is not your grandma’s Chardonnay!  It has bursts of stone fruits, apple and starfruit.  It has a nice mouthfeel with a velvety finish. Best served with traditional Crab Louie Salad topped with soft-boiled eggs and some crusty artisan bread for a perfect midday lunch.  Friends optional.


1st bottle reserve red:  Rombauer Vineyards 2016 Merlot, Napa Valley 

For the wine snob: 

This merlot is 83% merlot, 12% cabernet sauvignon and 5% petit verdot.  The grapes were carefully destemmed and optically sorted to ensure only perfect fruit made it into the wine.  About 25% of the wine was barrel fermented to provide a richer, more textured palate. The wine was gently basket pressed before being racked to French oak barrels for aging.  The Rombauer Merlot matured for 17 months in barrel.

 

For the rest of us: 

Aromas of fresh, ripe blueberry, ripe plum, and black currant intertwine with notes of cedar, vanilla and pie crust.  This wine is going to be a real treat! This medium-bodied Merlot is plush with flavors of plum, blueberry and fig upfront, leading to juicy red fruit on the midpalate.  Delicious now, its depth and structure provide long cellaring potential. Best served with Lamb off of the grill and friends.

 


1st bottle reserve white:  Domaine du Bagnol 2018 Rose, Cassis AOC

For the wine snob:

This certified organic Rose (Grenache (40%), Mourvèdre (35%), and Cinsault (25%)) originates from Provence, France.  More specifically in the Cassis AOC. Owned and operated by the Genovesi family, this wine has blossomed throughout the years through mildew-related challenges common to the region.  20% of the crop was lost this past year and 50% the year prior to weather related factors. This wine is direct pressed and aged in temperature controlled stainless steel on its lees.

   

For the rest of us:

#ROSEALLDAY.  Just in time for summer.  A crisp, focused wine with intense fruit.  Enjoy this wine’s zesty finish. It’s alive!  Best served with light fare or no food at all.  Oh and with friends!


2nd bottle reserve red: Brooks 2015 ‘Janus’ Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

For the wine snob:

This 100% Pinot Noir originates from Willamette Valley, Oregon.  

More specifically, it comes from Brooks Estate (52%), Temperance Hill (12%). Crannell (11%), Yamhill (4%). Big Cheese (3%), Deux Vert (2%), Muska (2%), Sunset Ridge (2%), Sunset View (2%), Sunny Mountain (7%), Rose-Weber (2%). And Toluca Lane (1%) vineyards.  This sine undergoes cross flow filtration and is aged in French oak for 18 months.

 

For the rest of us:

This is a complex delicious Pinot Noir.  Having been sourced from 13 vineyards, one might expect it to have a lot going on!  You will get a nice bouquet of cherry cola on the nose. See if you can pick up on the spice cake and pomegranate.  The finish is exquisite with firm tannins and a smooth round finish. Best served with duck breast with a pomegranate-citrus glaze and good friends.

and friends.