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2015 Mas de Daumas Gassac Rose Frizant

In Bubbly on February 13, 2017 at 12:26 pm

The husband and wife team of Guibert took a place of the humblest origins and made sparkling wine to rival some of the best of France.  Even though this is made in the Champagne method for sparkling wine, they can’t call it Champagne (which can only be from Champagne, France).  Hence they drop the title to Rose Frizant. But to many commentators, this tastes like the rarefied flavors of a Grand Cru Champagne:

The rose’s beautifully woven texture rests on a backbone of ripe fruit and mineral-driven flavors. Aromas of freshly picked strawberries, white peaches, and hints of tarragon and rosemary spring from the glass.  Its full-bodied texture is rich in fruit aromas yet compellingly dry, leaving mineral hints of the French countryside after a light rain.  The finish is crisp, refreshing, urging you to drink the next glass. Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2017 at 1:44 pm

Date: Thursday, February 16
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

By founding a Pinot vineyard in Willamette Valley in 1966, David “Papa Pinot” Lett was making a statement for the rest of the world to hear – that this valley was an ideal place for a cool-climate grape, capable of producing wines with finesse, longevity, and elegance.

A few pioneers followed David’s example and today, Willamette’s Pinot production is booming.  This tasting explores the valley’s history, its five subzones and how they affect the finished wines, and how winemaking styles interrelate with all of these factors.

2014 Morande Pionero Pinot Noir

In Pinot Noir on February 10, 2017 at 1:42 pm

Cellar Defender, here to protect us in our most debauched hour, to quench our thirst when we need it the least, here to fling up barriers so grandma (or spouse) doesn’t dig into the good stuff. That’s right, perfect for book club, the in-laws, third-bottles-in-a-night, 2:30 am, those returned collegiate children, what have you.  Cellar Defender, to the rescue!

The Pinot displays aromas of wild cherry, truffles, sous bois and touches of sweet tobacco leaf.  It has just enough earth to give it some gumption and power. Frankly, for those who like Burgundy, this is right up your alley.  Fruit, spice, minerals, and pretty darn tasty to boot.  It’s one of those wines that would be fun to serve blind to connoisseurs – it has great layers of flavor.

And on a serious note.  I wouldn’t sell you crap wine – after all, I probably am going to be partying with you at some point, and then I’d be forced to drink it.  So here is the real scoop:  This is solid, tasty Chilean wine.  This Pinot is fruity and fresh and floral and lively and fun.  Would I buy them myself?  Yeah, because my cellar needs to be defended most of all! Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

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