Friday, March 23, 2012

2012 Bordeaux Day!!!


Bordeaux Day 2012

Saturday, March 24th

Here is the line-up:

2011 Chateau Barat Bordeaux Blanc

2005 Chateau La Tour Cordouan Medoc

2009 Chateau Picampeau Lussac-St-Emilion

2008 Chateau Macquin Montagne St-Emilion

2010 Chateau Laures Entre deux Mers

2007 Chateau Bolaire Bordeaux Superieur

2008 Chateau D'Aiguillhe-Querre Cotes de Castillon

2009 Chateau Lanessan Haut-Medoc

2005 Chateau La Gurgue Margaux

2009 Chateau Lalande Listrac-Medoc

2009 Moulin de La Lagune Haut-Medoc

2009 Chateau Taillefer Pomerol

2009 Chateau de France Pessac-Leognan

2009 Chateau La Jaubertie Bergerac Blanc

2009 Chateau Petit Courret Bordeaux

2009 Chateau L'Argilius du Roi Saint-Estephe

2009 Chateau du Glana Saint-Julien

2009 Chateau Siaurac Lalande-de-Pomerol

2009 Roc Castillon

2009 Chateau du Seuil Graves Blanc

2006 Chateau du Seuil Graves Rouge

2009 Chateau du Seuil Cerons 500ml

2010 Chateau Graville Lacoste Graves Blanc

2009 Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin St-Georges-St-Emilion

2009 Chateau Picque Caillou Pessac-Leognan

2009 Chateau Romieu-Lacoste Sauternes 375ml


Friday, March 16, 2012

New Arrivals with "Weekend" George


A Smattering Of New Arrivals with
the One and Only

Weekend George

Saturday, February 11th


Here they are:

Barwick Estate Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon '10
Western Australia's take on the Bordeaux Blanc blend is full of gooseberry and green bean character. Partial barrel fermentation adds bottom and complexity. Very cool stuff.

Inama Soave Vigneti di Foscarino '09
Soave achieves new heights with this producer. You'll be tasting single-vineyard Soave with considerable lees contact. 12.5% alc. This is not your grandmother's Soave Bolla!

Vignerons de St-Tropez Rosé Cuvee Cep d'Or '11
We've had quite a run with this Cotes de Provence rosé over the years. It's a favorite in our annual rosé mishmash, and we are premiering 2011 rosés with this fresh release.

Brassfield Estate Pinot Noir '10
David Ramey strikes again, this time with a beautiful and affordable Pinot from a single vineyard in California's High Valley AVA, in eastern Lake County. Very seductive.

Massoferrato Rosso Impruneta '09
Sangiovese from Tuscany doesn't often taste this dynamite for less than twenty bucks. This is where it pays off to search deep into the wine market. Tiny importer, quality juice.

Robert Oatley Tempranillo '09
The sub-appellation of King Valley in Southern Australia's Victoria region is home to grape varieties that you would not expect. How about a bold and beautiful Tempranillo?


Friday, March 9, 2012

Welcome to South Africa!


Welcome to South Africa!
Saturday, March 10th

Here is the line-up

2009 Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blance

2010 Fleur du Cap Chardonnay

2010 Two Oceans Cabernet-Merlot

2010 Nederburg Pinotage

2010 Nederburg Special Late Harvest

2010 Ken Forrester Petit Chenin

2009 Buitenverwachting Chardonnay

2011 Mulderbosch Rosé

2008 Thelema Mountain Red

2009 Glenelly Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 Mulderbosch Faithful Hound

2010 Flouret Chenin Blanc Fynbos

2007 Flouret Stellenbosch Red Blend Uqamata

2011 Mooiplaas Langtafel White

2010 Mooiplaas Langtafel Red

2008 Mooiplaas Pinotage


Friday, March 2, 2012

Chile vs. Argentina!


Chile vs Argentina
Saturday, March 3rd

Two of the hottest categories in the wine world go head to head for South American dominance!

Here is the line-up

Casas Patronales Sauvignon Blanc '10

Goulart Torrontes '10

Yauquen Chardonnay '09

Casas Patronales Cabernet '10

Ruca Malen Petit Verdot Reserva '09

Los Nevados Cabernet Sauvignon '09

Durigutti Bonarda '08

Casa Marguery Malbec '10

Cucao Cabernet Sauvignon '10

Quintay Syrah Clava '10

Chono Carmenere '10

Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc ’11

Errazuriz Chardonnay Wild Ferment ’10

Finca Decero Malbec ’09

Aresti Sauvignon Blanc Equilibrio '10

Aresti Cabernet Sauvignon Equilibrio '08

Mont Gras Cabernet/Syrah Reserva '07

Maquis Carmenere '09

Notro Bonarda/Sangiovese ‘10

Cabrini Cabernet Sauvignon '09

Cuvelier Los Andes Coleccion '08

Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Vin '07

Finca Las Nubes Torrontes '11

Hermanos Malbec/Tannat '10

BenMarco Malbec '09

Tacuil 33 De Dalvos '10


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Yup....We're tasting wine again....

A Smattering Of New Arrivals with
the One and Only

Weekend George

Saturday, February 11th


Here they are:

Bleecker Chardonnay NV
This delicious, unoaked California Chard is the result of an accident. The vintner accidentally blended ’09 and ’10 together in tank. Still a great wine, but with a sharply discounted price.

La Casalte Rosso di Montepulciano ‘08
Tuscan Sangiovese with a softness, and an appetizing, rustic feel. When you taste this wine, countless meal ideas will flood your mind.

Prazo de Roriz ‘07
Producer Sao Joao da Pesqueira works in a traditional manner in Portugal’s Douro. This red blend of 5 indigenous varieties tastes the way Douro used to.

Masia Carreras ‘04
Producer Marti Fabra Carreras in the Spanish D.O. of Emporda, located far in the north of Catalonia, makes a striking and modern blend of Tempranillo with 5 French varieties.

Bucklin Zinfandel Old Hill Ranch Bambino ‘09
Sonoma’s Old Hill Ranch is one of California’s oldest vineyard sites. The current Zinfandel vines are 11 years old, and this 645 case-production shows what they are capable of.

Red Heads Studio Yard Dog ‘09
Progressive growers like this one are getting away from Shiraz in Southeastern Australia, and are crafting rockin’ new wines like this blend of mostly Petit Verdot plus Cabernet and Merlot.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Washington State Day!!!


Washington State Day
A Suburban Tasting Event
February 4, 2012

Here is the Line-up:

2010 Waterbrook Melange Blanc

2010 Washington Hills Late Harvest Riesling

2008 Magnificent Wine Co Syrah

2008 Pendulum Red

2008 Waterbrook Merlot Reserve

2006 Camaraderie Cabernet Franc

2009 Bergevin Lane Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 Camaraderie Grace

NV Barnard Griffin Cabernet/Merlot

2010 Independent Producers Merlot

2007 Long Shadows Nine Hats

NV Barnard Griffin Syrah Port

2010 Kung Fu Girl Riesling

2010 Charles and Charles Cabernet/Syrah

2009 Chateau Smith Wines Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 K Vintners The Creator Cabernet/Syrah

2010 Claar Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

2008 Roza Ridge Roadside Market Red

2008 Hyatt Zinfandel Zillah Gorilla

2008 Roza Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Andrew Rich Mesalliance

2008 Soos Creek Ciel du Cheval Vineyard


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Another Tuesday Night!


No Messin’ Around: A night out with Suburban’s wine buyers.

Last Tuesday evening, Lance treated George, Jason and me to a quiet dinner and some incredibly good wines at Dish in Mahopac, NY. As we slurped on potato and leek soup with truffle oil, and devoured duck liver pate, escargots, Venison Bolognese, and strip steak, we also enjoyed and assessed some wicked juice. Here’s what we discovered about them:

2000 Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets
This wine was easy to assess: Corked! Would have been a beauty.

1989 Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St Jacques
We were so disappointed by the Ramonet, we went straight to the top. The breed of this wine is something I only experience twice a year or so. It started off with primary cherry fruit aromas, reminding, believe it or not, of top flight California Pinot. As it decanted, notes of mint, pine forest, juniper berries, and wood smoke emerged. The texture was super velvety, and ripe acid held the whole package together. This Burg is simply surreal and very palate spoiling. A holder.

1989 Chateau Montrose, St-Estephe
Different animal, similar pedigree. This is the way Cabernet is supposed to be. It smelled like Crème de Cassis, graphite, and 1,000 sharpened pencils! It was so much drier than any new world Cab, with a satisfying bitterness in the youthful tannins. The palate grew more complex as the wine opened, and the structure was ever present. Seemed so young….I would have called it as a 2000.

2001 Rafanelli Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek
Here we were in Sonoma, and quite evidently. The Raff had also stayed quite youthful after a decade. It was fat in aroma, with juicy currants, tobacco and clay. The palate was at once sweet and savory, with prominent licorice notes. The oak was no longer in the picture, rendering this very interesting. Drink now.

2005 Dunham Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
Washington State hangs in there! Opened up very slowly. This was certainly more about its fruit and oak for now, showing chocolate, raspberry jell, ripe red fruit, and proper acidity. If you have one, give it time to put on weight and gain complexity.

Thank you, gang, for the treats!
-Michael K