Wednesday, December 19, 2018 – Tasting with Svetlana

 

Thierry Véron Cave de la Bouquette Sancerre, Loire Valley 2016 $27.99

Soft with a warm, tropical fruit character, full of freshness and vivacity. Perfect to accompany oysters, shellfish, and other seafood. Delicious with foie gras and with goat cheese. 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
Food Pairings: Meaty fish such as salmon, mackerel, swordfish, monkfish and tuna

Eira Dos Mouros White, Ribeiro, Spain 2016 $18.99 

Fresh, vivid, and bright on the palate, with notes of exotic fruits and a beautiful minerality. Lovely purity of fruit; a touch of spiciness in the finish. 100% Treixadura.
Food Pairing: Shellfish, crab, lobster.

Larchago Izarbe Gran Reserva, Rioja, Spain 2005 $59.99 

92 points Wine Enthusiast. Lightly smoked, minerally berry aromas are leathery and ripe, but perfectly healthy. The palate feels entirely in sync, with fine tannins and lasting acidity. Layered, earthy plum and berry flavors are spicy and show notes of vanilla and tobacco prior to a smooth finish. Drink through 2022. 100% Tempranillo.
Food Pairings: Roasted lamb, venison, smoked meats

Foley Pinot Noir 2014, Santa Maria Hills, California, $32.99 

Aromatics of juicy cherry cola, raspberry sorbet, and faint notes of black pepper awaken your senses. The aromas are accented by flavors of red cranberry, soft oak and vanilla bean with angular tannin and a bright acidity. Notes of toasted graham cracker, sweet cigar, and black tea come through on the finish. This 2014 embodies the classic, yet distinctive attributes for which Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is known.
Food Pairing: Pair this wine with rare fillet steak and carpaccio.

The Seeker Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 2015 $17.99 

Aromas of ripe blackberry and blueberry with a touch of vanilla; flavors are loaded with juicy currant, blackberry, and spice wrapped around a velvety texture.
Food Pairings: Stewed and braised meats, grilled vegetables

Sans Liege “The Prophetess XIV/XV” Santa Barbara County, CA $49.99 

The 2014/2015 vintage delivers scents of boysenberry, cobbler, clover oil, smoked meats, and plum preserves. A velvety mouth-feel of anise liquor and elderberries 100% Syrah. 8 barrels produced.
Food Pairings: Roasted leg of lamb, barbequed spare ribs and chicken, burgers, hard cheeses such as Gouda

Viera de Sousa 10 Years White Port, Portugal $47.99

A very elegant White Port wine with a high aromatic complexity elaborated with different lots of old White Port of great quality, aged in casks for more than 10 years.
Food Pairings: Manchego cheese with dried fruits