Tasting Notes for the Sommelier Selections 6.01.14


Aurora Reserva Tannat Serra Guacha, Brazil 2010

  Black berry, black cherry fruit, soft tannins, note of herbs with some minerals and pepper on the finish.


Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Piedmont, Italy 2009

  Scents of roses, vanilla, roasted hazelnuts, licorice and spices. Pleasant touch of tar and oaky notes in perfect equilibrium. Full-bodied & elegant.


Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir California 2011

  Dark and rich, showing toasty mocha oak flavors, with a beam of wild berry, raspberry, cola, vanilla and spice.


Blackbird Vineyards Arise Merlot Blend Napa 2010

  Cherry, blackberry, tobacco, and vanilla. Upon entry, the soft mouth feel reveals flavors of black cherry, truffle, and subtle black olive with a long finish.


Cherry Pie Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir Carneros 2011

  Spicy red berry, cherry and plum notes. Smooth-textured and graceful, this ends with a dash of loamy earth and spice. Made by Jayson Woodbridge of Hundred Acre fame.


Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore 2007

  Rich and smoky in flavor, yet graceful in form, with supple tannins and muscle structuring the flavors of dried cherry, marjoram, date and smoke, followed by a long, chewy finish.


Faust Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2011

  Blackberry, black cherry, ripe raspberry and tea leaf. Impressive mouth feel and notes of cassis, dark chocolate and ripe berries. The layers continue to unfold throughout a long finish.


Flowers Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2011

  Dark berry fruit, black tea, and dried cranberry with earthy nuances of oregano, spice and sweet tobacco. Delivering flavors of ripe plum, fig, orange and licorice this wine is bold; yet, graceful on the palate with supple tannins and a lingering minerality on the finish.


Roots Run Deep Hypothesis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2010

  Blackberry and currant flavors, while preserving vital acidity and brisk tannins. Oak adds the perfect touch of smoky-wood sweetness.


Pahlmeyer Jayson Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2011

  Ripe cherries, and cracked pepper. The silky smooth entry evokes juicy red plums and rich Swiss chocolate; handsomely framed with notes of river stone, fennel and black tea, finishing with elegant, fine-grained tannins.


Juan Gil Silver Label Monastrell (Mourvèdre) Jumilla, Spain 2011

  Blackberry, cherry cola and smoked meat, with suave floral and spice qualities that gain strength with aeration. Juicy and nicely focused, with precise dark berry flavors and silken texture lingers on a long finish.


Leviathan Red Blend California 2010 (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc)

  Dark cherry, blueberry and blackberry exude from the glass. Brambly fruits combine with hints of chocolate, crème brûlée, cigar box, dried herbs and espresso.


Etude Lyric Pinot Noir Santa Barbara 2011

  Ripe cherry, raspberry and cranberry, showcases notes of baking spice and toasted almond enhanced by silky tannins.


The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel California 2011

  Aromas of dark berry fruit, blueberry pie, cardamom and baking spice backed by lively acidity. The texture is soft and velvety, with polished tannins. The finish is long with notes of chocolate, roasted coffee bean and vanilla spice.


Raymond Vineyards Primal Cut Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast 2011

  Aromas of cherry and red plum accented with notes of rhubarb and pepper; flavors of Bing cherry, raspberry, current and cocoa intermingle seamlessly and lead to a long, smooth finish.


Swanson La Ti Da Red Blend Napa 2011 (Merlot, Cabernet, Petit Verdot)

  A Bordeaux-style blend – an inky, complex wine with dense black cherry and blackberry flavors and a lingering finish. The wine was crafted by winemaker Chris Phelps, who perfected his craft at big name wineries such as Chateau Petrus, Dominus, and Caymus before taking over the reins at Swanson.



Argyle Brut Rose Willamette Valley, Oregon 2009 (blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay) 

Aromas of rose petals, strawberries, cherry blossoms, and just a hint of hay; complex and elegant palate of red berries with licorice, guava, and filo pastry, good acidity and a delicate mousse.


Hanzell Vineyards Sebella Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley 2012

  A Chablis style white made from younger vines, fermented in stainless steel and aged in neutral oak; crisp citrus, minerality, medium-bodied.


Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc South Africa 2011

  Nose of guava, lime zest and ripe pear braced by honeysuckle and orange blossoms; hint of spice on the finish.


King Estate Pinot Gris Oregon 2012

  Aromas of honeysuckle, apple, orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. It tastes like apricot, apple, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and peach; medium body.

Tasting Notes for New Wines by the Glass

2012 Nigl Gruner Veltliner Kremser Freiheit Kremstal, Austria “Nigl Kremser Freiheit is named for the village of Krems, on the banks of the Danube river, and the German word for Freedom – ‘Freiheit’ . This wine was sourced from 3 vineyards in Krems and is picked earlier than the  grapes in Senftenberg, where Martin Nigl’s other vineyards and winery are located. Raised in stainless steel and  bottled at night when the wine is cold,  to preserve freshness, Freiheit shows pear and lime peel notes as well as  floral and grassy components, with a clean mineral finish.”

NV De Conciliis Selim Spumante Brut, Campania “Crafted from Fiano Aglianico and Barbera , two grapes indigenous to Campania, this tank method Spumante has a refreshing nose of tropical and citrus fruits, peach and apple. Intense, unusual and beautifully balanced, Selim is a fitting tribute to its namesake, Miles Davis.”

2012 Archery Summit, Vireton, Willamette Valley, Oregon “On the nose are evocative aromas of citrusy lemon verbena, lime zest, apple blossom and rosemary. The palate shows notes of fresh pineapple, white peach, ambrosia apples and a confectionary spice reminiscent of white gumdrops. The palate is succulent and bright with a lively acidity and a mouthwatering quality that carries through to the finish which is long and clean and punctuated by a distinctive flinty minerality.”

2011 J.J. Christoffel, Ürziger Würzgarten, Kabinett Feinherb, Mosel “Vineyard on red slate named after a herb garden. Quite tropical fruit in character, with pineapple. Rich and intense on palate with balancing acidity. Mineral as well. Hardly notice the sugar.”

2009 Kilikanoon Shiraz Killermans Run South Australia “Old Mr Killerman was a hermit who lived alone in the wild bushland behind Kilikanoon’s cellar door. Trapping rabbits, growing fruits and vegetables, and as legend has it, making his own plonk in a galvanised iron leanto. He was known to winemaker Kevin Mitchell’s father and planted some of the finest vineyards. Killerman’s Run is built for earlier drinking and provides an entry point to the Kilikanoon range. Rich and powerful fruit with a persistence of palate weight, Killerman’s Run offers outstanding value to those seeking a solid Aussie Shiraz.

Originally formulated for the American market by one of South Australia’s premier wineries, Killerman’s Run has come to represent peerless value. Fruit is sourced from good vineyards in the Clare and Barossa Valleys, McLaren Vale, and exciting new winegrowing districts like Baroota on the Spencer Gulf. Exclusive access to over a thousand acres of superior, group owned sites ensures quality. Small batches are collated from a range of estate and independent vineyards, then vinified to traditional winemaking methods, followed by up to two years maturation in a selection of small French and American oak casks, before assembing and bottling without any filtration to retain integrity.

Deep brick red colour with youthful crimson hues. Intensely lifted aromas of ripe plum, dark cherries and sublimely focused French oak spice permeate the nose. Textural and persistent, a beautifully crafted palate, carrying over the ripe plum and dark cherry fruits from the nose, elegantly integrating the fine French oak char, balanced natural tannins and acidity resolve on the persistent finish.”