Highlights from our store tasting “hurricane eve” Saturday August 27, 2011

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La Chablisienne Chablis Fourchaume Premier Cru 2009 $24.99
I know only from the the notes that this classy Chablis sees some wood but it is so integrated into the fine filligree of flavors that it becomes one of many threads in this wonderful tapestry. From the few Chablis’s of varying pedigrees I’ve had I gather that the quotidian variety can be functional and at times shrill without saying much but the really good ones whisper to you this wonderful imagery. This is near its drinking zenith and hits all the right notes of ripe tree fruit like peach, some citrus zest and a little limestone in the finish. It’s also an amazing price for a premier cru this good from this vintage. 
Caliterra Cabernet Sauvignon Tributo Single Vineyard Colchagua 2008 $15.99 This single vineyard cab from this well know South American winery was very impressive, especially for $15.99. It had the structure and profile of a young classified growth Pauillac with a lot of life ahead of it. Definitely needs to be decanted. It shows lots of concentration in the color, nose and palate with lush berry flavors, hints of herb and new wood and a little dusting of stone and graphite. As would be said of a good claret it has “good attack”.
Oliverhill Shiraz Red Silk 2009 $21.99
This winery imported by “Southern Starz” produces big, in-your-face Shiraz with extreme concentration and extract. This one is intense and vibrant, quite young and tannic as well but just bursting at the seams with fresh, crisp blackberry and raspberry flavors. A few years of bottle age will bring out some great subtle flavors of herb, olive and spice lurking under that cloak of new fruit. A real powerhouse.

Amazing Summer White Wine Sale: It’s Easy as A B C

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Anthing But Chardonnay

Top rated summer whites, 20-30% discount, it’s a no-brainer!

Highlights from the Palmer Vineyards Tasting Sat Aug 20, 2011

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Usually at a tasting there are a few standouts, but last Saturday the whole range of Palmer wines were excellent. Here are a few thoughts (of mine) on a few of the wines.

Palmer Brut Special Reserve NV Sale $16.99 regular price $19.99
This was a delicious Blanc de Blanc (all Chard) with some nice green apples and just a hint of cookies in the nose, soft and round on the palate, fairly Brut
on the dryness scale. This is a great value in methode Champensoise bubbly -Rich

Palmer Albarino 2010 500mL SOLD OUT
I hate to mention the one that got away but this was a special treat and the the few bottles we were allocated (of a total production of 25 cases of 500ml bottles)
were snatched up by one Iberophillic Palmer fan. Still I have to mention it. It is from young vines so I was surprised it had the mouthfilling depth and complexity you associate with mature vines. This variety shows a lot of promise and I suspect that having the cooler Atlantic driven climate, somewhat similar to Rias Baxias the Albariño may find a home here on Long Island. It was very good, to give you a point of reference, to me it has the ripe aromatics and roundness of Viongier with the
focus, minerality and gout de petrol of Riesling.

Palmer Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 $23.99
“This Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a wide spectrum of aromas and flavors ranging from red fruit, to coffee, to chocolate with earthy characteristics of mushrooms and hints of leather. Soft and supple on the palate this wine is ready to drink now but will age gracefully over the next five years…” -The Winery
The current vintage on some of Palmer’s reds are still 2007, but not for long, we have the Merlot and Cab Sauv in the shop. This wine was really delightful from the first pour. I expected more attack on the palate from a good cool climate Cab in a good vintage but this one had nicely resolved tannins and a lot of finesse and elegance. The usual lament is that the good reds from Long Island get drunk to young and its rare to find old vintages because production is so small. Well this one has plenty of time left in the bottle but is very pretty to drink at present.

Surferwine.com/au : Aus-some Aussie Wines matched to Aus-some Aussie Waves

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A Sharp Crisp Tube at “Pondy” A  Sharp crisp white from Eden Valley

Surferwine is a hilarious site by Aussie surfers who drink wine and work in the wine biz. They do reviews comparing the “feel” of different waves with and match them to wines with a similar “feel”. Its very lighthearted and the Oz slang alone is worth it, anyone know what “piss smacking” means in Oz? check it out, laugh and cry that those breaks are so far away.

A Big Wave at Bells Beach A Big Shiraz…

Here’s a match up they made between this heavy wave and a big Shiraz from Torbreck

Don’t forget: “The wine reviews are simply designed to prompt discussion amongst wine enthusiasts, of legal age adults in a responsible manner and in an appropriate dry land environment.”

New from Valdeorras: 2010 Bodegas Avanthia Rosé only 80 cases for the U.S.

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About Avanthia Rosé

This is an extremely rare rosé made from a rare red grape variety indigenous to Galicia in NW Spain called Mencia. These grapes cling to nearly perpendicular slate hillsides in the Valdeorras region of Galicia. Mencia makes a profound red and is considered by Spanish wine journalist and vigneron Victor de la Serna to be one of Spain’s four greatest red varieties. Anyway this is the pink version, so we have an essentially fun wine made from dense, dark old vines Mencia, the only rosé of its kind I know of and only 80 cases for the US in its first incarnation.

2010 Bodega Avanthia Rosé I love it, it blows me away. It has the huge mouthfeel and juiciness of some kind of Ocean spray cranberry cocktail. Some may find it a tad sweet but it is phenomenal with food. And as with most rosés the hotter the weather the more you like them so grab a bottle to toast the waning warmth of summer.

Saturday’s Free Wine Tasting: Palmer Vineyards with Ken Cerola

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Stop by Saturday and taste with Ken Cerola of Palmer Vineyards on Long Island’s North Fork. Ken has been involved in every aspect of Palmer’s family run operation for over a decade and is very passionate about his vocation. Being as young as he is he probably grew up at Palmer. Anyway he’s very knowledgeable and passionate about his wines so stop by, taste 5 delicious wines and get a little background story on the winery. We pour from 3 to 6pm every week.

Ken Cerola has been at Palmer since 2000 and has worked inside sales, outside sales, harvesting, winemaking, the tasting room etc… At these small family owned wineries everyone does everything, they have to.

My Faves from our August 13th Tasting: A Midsummer Night’s Dram

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As always Ted Clark brought us some great wines plus  “extra credit” wines (kept under the table) for the more advanced students. My favorites on the table were the Dandelion Vineyards Riesling and the Some Young Punks Passion has Red Lips Shiraz Cabernet. I won’t tell you what was under the table.

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Dandelion Vineyards Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling 2010 Take a sip and close your eyes.
like Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine, being from very old vines dry farmed vines it shows lots of mineral characteristics as well as a complex of various fruit and spice qualities, a highly evocative wine with many layers to it. Bone dry, zippy with a long finish excellent for seafood

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No trailer trash here. Some Young Punks Passion Has Red Lips 2010 I love this sexy Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend from South Australia, big dark and juicy with Lana Turner’s body and smoldering eyes.

Attention Trophy Hunters: Just Arrived

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This is some big game.  The rare and elusive Pahlmeyer Red 2007 (best in a decade accoring to Parker) is here. We have one six pack alloted to us.

Pahlmeyer Red 2007
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Weekly Special:Byron Chardonnay 90pts and Best Price in America & Byron Pinot 96 pts and ONLY Price in America!

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More Byron Chard Info…

Don’t miss this special.We’re offering a fully barrel fermented, full malo, 2008 Byron Santa Maria Chardonnay  by a producer (Byron)  that specializes in great Chard (and Pinot). It rated 90 points from Parker (“outstanding”) and 92 from Steve Heimoff (“very rich”). Its  drinking great now and the pricing is unbelievable. We list it at 20% off our shelf price for a limited time, but we bought at the end of the vintage when the price came down to move out the 2008. Check the web and find plenty of stores priced in the $20-$30 range! We are less than half the price of some of the other guys.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

More Byron Pinot Info…

On the red side we are offering a very limited amount of the 2008 Byron Pinot Noir Nielson Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley This wine received
an awesome 96 points from Steve Heimoff at Wine Enthusiast! Half of it is already sold which is not surprising with the rating and the price we are offering. It also helps that we are the only store on line selling it all,according to google shopping and winesearcher.com. Don’t mis this one either.

New Addition to 20% off Summer Red Burg Sale: The Wine is Arriving Tuesday August 16

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Domaine Faiveley Bourgogne Rouge 2008 is at the best price ever! Actually the best price in America according to winesearcher.com at only $12.79 it is an affordable, quotidian Red Burg at 40% off the release price and
20% our everyday shelf price. Grab it while you can.

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