I feel like he has been scheduled behind the bar quite a bit lately, but even so I am always happy (and I think our tasters are) to see him here. Tim "Pink" Bockhold from Euro Fine Wines will be bringing us a few new wines. A couple of brand new wines from California, what I am sure will be a new Portuguese favorite, and a great everyday Garnacha that somehow, we have never had on the tasting before.
Enjoy a flight of all four wines for $5
2015 Osso Anna Chardonnay
Napa Valley, California; $17.99
A side project started by the Buoncristiani family in Napa. Their goal was to make a new Napa Valley Chardonnay that was a bit easier on the wallet. This one is still aged in all French oak with long term lees contact to develop a ton of richness on the palate. A fuller bodied style Chardonnay with aromas of lemon curd, butterscotch and baked apples. Creamy on the palate with notes of Meyer lemons, pineapples and spiced pears. - $1.50 Sample
2016 Bigode Red Blend
Lisboa, Portugal; $9.99
Part of the DFJ Vinhos portfolio started by winemaker Jose Neiva Correia. Now producing more than six million bottles annually, bringing other other amazing wines like Paxis and Portada. The Bigode is about equal parts of Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet, and Tinta Roriz. Just easy… It is a soft, very easy drinking red. Juicy red fruit flavors with just a touch of spice. - $1.00 Sample
2015 El Miracle Old Vine Garnacha
Valencia, Spain; $8.99
Produced by Vicente Gandia, founded in 1885, and currently the largest winery in Valencia. Currently being run by the fourth generation of the Gandia family, the winery focuses on traditional grape varietals, high quality, and great prices. They have received amazing accolades including Best Value Winery in Spain, Best Spanish Producer, and Wine and Spirits named then among the top 50 best wineries in the world. They now manage an underground cellar of more than 15,000 barrels and nearly 350 hectares of vineyards (~865acres). This wonderful little Garnacha is produced from vines averaging about 35 years in age. It undergoes a slow fermentation followed by aging in second use French oak casks. The nose is dominated by juicy red fruits with a touch of smoke and cedar. The palate is rich and smooth with flavors of ripe plums, black olive and a long berry-laden finish. - $1.00 Sample
2016 Dead Zed Red
Paso Robles, California; $19.99
Vineyard Squadron Wines (Makers of this wine) was formed by Navy Vets John Burke and Leon Tackitt. One had the wine sales background and the other the winery side. They then approached the design team from Church of Horror to create there first wine Dead Zed. A very Rhone influenced blend, which is not surprising coming from Paso Robles. 36% Grenache, 30% Zinfandel, 27% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre and 1% Viognier. You would think the small amount of white grapes(1%) would do nothing for the wine, but in fact it can play a big part in bolstering the aromatics.
“Wafts of smoke, chile and leather rise out of the glass from this earthy and bold wine. Toasted oak and savory notes lend themselves to the palate as well, where bacon and dark berry flavors add richness and weight.” - $1.50 Sample