I want to start off the year by thanking all of you for your continued support and enthusiasm for our business. You all are in our hearts during these difficult times, thank you.
For all you Bronco and Elway fans this bottle of wine will help you with the winter blues without any playoffs for the Bronco’s. This wine is made in collaboration with consulting wine maker Rob Mondavi Jr. and John Elway’s 7 Cellar’s. The 2017 Elway Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry with hints of dark chocolate and sweet oak. The palate holds bold notes of dark fruits and hints of spiciness, balanced by fresh acidity and lush tannins. This can be enjoyed with a prime rib or filet mignon.
How about something with a bit more class and punch! This is a different type of treat it is a Madeira. A what? Here is a quick story. The island of Madeira has been home to one of the world’s most distinctive and widely drank fortified wines for centuries. Several hundred years ago the island of Madeira was a key port off the coast of Africa and also proved to be a region great for planting vineyards. So the Portuguese planted grape varietals such as Malvasia and Sercial. These hand-harvest grapes and fortified to an abv of 18-20%. The fortification was a process to allow the wine differing in styles and bring out different flavors by adding brandy or cognac.
Now specifically the Broadbent Single Cask Sercial Madeira 1997. This baby gets better with age and the year of 1997 is no lie. Sercial is smooth with subtle flavors of nuts, especially hazelnuts and almonds, orange peel and exotic spice. The wine has very gentle overtones of wood and a nice sweetness for a Sercial. Very high acidity while showing a great fruity style. Incredibly long and dry finish.
As the season changes from fall to winter and the leaves begin to disappear into the neighbor’s lawn we can be thankful for all the wonderful things this world has given us. Although these times have been difficult we are stronger and we will survive.
Here are couple of facts about the Brooklyn Blue Door and No.14. They are both Junmai meaning these sakes made with nothing other than rice, water, yeast and koji. The rice is milled or polished at a minimum of 40% are the preferred service temperature is room temperature or chilled.
Brooklyn Blue Door is bright and fruit forward without being sweet. It’s like jelly beans and wild flowers, honeydew melon and juicy ruby grapefruit.
Brooklyn No.14 is incredibly aromatic, fruit forward and clean Sake with notes of white flowers, ripe apple and tropical fruit. Keep refrigerated and enjoy with all light, fresh foods.
La Colombera Derthona, Timorasso 2018
I cannot believe I am doing this again because it is just that awesome. It’s back and even better than ever. Just a refresher course for this varietal. This grape was nearly extinct during the 1970’s but has come back and made a strong resurgence. Timorasso is the grape variety that best represents the hills around Tortona (Dertona is the old name for city), as this white grape was born here. It can be considered as a noble or ancient variety, which has similar characteristics to a Chenin Blanc or Savennieres and has the tendency to botrytize (noble rot) which can give the wine a slight mandarin note to accompany the full, minerally, fleshy flavors. This wine is structured and elegant, capable of aging for a surprisingly long time in bottle.
This opens with a fruity peach fragrance, acacia and earthy rose bud blossoms that is accentuated by a scent of honey. As this wine matures in three or four years the hidden minerality will begin to appear on the nose and palate for wonderfully surprising change. Hold on to your britches, we have a limited availability (less than 24 bottles) of this wine but if you had the chance of tasting last year this baby is even bigger with just a touch less acid than the 2017. Therefore, I can hardly wait to lay another two bottles down and drinking them in the coming years.
This surprising cool-climate Syrah is coming from the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is incredibly reminiscent of Cote Rotie in its wild and savory nature with tart dark fruits and florals of lavender and lilac. Organic and minimal-intervention with only 6 barrels made.
Pair with roasted leg of lamb and root vegetables seasoned with rosemary.
The Mencia grape originally hails from Galicia in Spain, but we have stumbled upon this super cool and rare expression from the Columbia Gorge! This bottling is very structured with tight tannins. But is all about purity of fruit with crushed blueberry & marionberry, violets, & cracked black pepper.
Grilled venison tenderloin with blackberry sauce would mirror this Mencia beautifully.