Five for Friday
Friday, March 10th 2017 / 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Every Friday, to help you end the week on a high note, we pull together a tasting of five interesting bottles. Stop by and have a free taste before you head home for the weekend.
2011 Brooklyn Oenology Chardonnay (New York / Long Island / North Fork) $21.99 – This is serious stuff. If you told us it was from Pouilly-Fuissé and cost $40, we would never question it. Crafted in a Burgundian method, it exhibits a subtle creaminess matched with great acidity and structure. An exciting fusion of baked apple, dried pineapple, quince, and coconut with layered vanilla and hints of smoke and honey. Old-world touches of mineral, walnut, and bright acidity balance the richness.
2016 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Rubentis (Spain / País Vasco / Getariako Txakolina) $19.99 – Don't try to pronounce it, just try it. Incisive aromas of fresh red berries and tangerine pick up floral and mineral accents in the glass. Spicy, penetrating and nervy in character, offering powerful bitter cherry, red currant and orange zest flavors. Impressive intensity but comes off weightless and lithe, showing excellent finishing focus and floral-tinged finish.
2016 Maitia Aupa Pipeño (Chile / Maule Valley) $14.99 – Fresh and easy to drink, a blend of País with a very short maceration and some 30% Carignan. It's full of red berries, with great brightness and some balsamic and wild herb aromas, very young, fresh with unnoticeable tannins and really easy to drink. Robert Parker says, “this is a real bargain, a wine I want to have home for the summer.”
2015 Casarena Esencia 505 (Argentina / Mendoza) $13.99 – A blend of 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot. Bright, full red. Musky cranberry, bitter chocolate, mocha and espresso aromas. Juicy and penetrating, showing an enticing balance of sweetness and acidity. Cassis and chocolate flavors are complicated by a suggestion of exotic fruits. The energetic finish features fine-grained tannins and lingering dark fruits.
2014 Zorzal Malbec Terroir Unico (Argentina / Mendoza / Valle de Uco / Tupungato) $13.99 – Bright dark red with ruby highlights. Subdued but pure aromas of cherry, pepper, and thyme. Juicy, brisk and firm, with racy acidity and underlying minerality giving definition and lift to the rather cool middle palate. Musky red berry and menthol flavors carry nicely on the firm finish. Light and lively Malbec, and a very good value.