Thursday’s tasting offers a selection of wines from around the world that embody the best of the melding of old and new. From an off-dry Vignoles (typically a French varietal) made locally in the Finger Lakes to a Chateauneuf-du-Pape inspired blend from California by way of a steely Chablis and a Pinot that spans the old and new world by remaining ripe and juicy while showing restraint and respecting the terroir from whence it came. Join friend of the shop, John M. for this exceptional opportunity to taste your way around the world.
Keuka Lake Vineyards Vignoles ($17.99): Sun-kissed pineapple and tart mango entice on the nose of this unusually refined off-dry Vignoles. It’s lusciously ripe on the palate, bursting with yellow cherry and tangerine flavors, but streaked by racy lemon acidity. The finish elegantly lingers on a dried sage note.
Domaine Paul Nicolle Chablis Vielle Vignes ($24.99): This classic Chablis is both fresh and vibrant, but also rich on the mid-palate. This vintage is full of ripe apricot, citrus blossom, and green apple on the nose that leads into a palate that is full with a bit of salty minerality and a clean, precise and focused finish.
Le P’tit Paysan P’tit Pape ($25.99): This blend marries the Old World with the New, offering boldly floral aromas of raspberry and red clay that open to complex and sleekly focused flavors of smoky strawberry, cracked pepper beef and herb. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre are the primary grapes in this inventive and irreverent blend.
Grochau Cellars Commuter’s Cuvée ($21.99): John & Kerri Grochau’s Commuter’s Cuvée Pinot Noir is just as fun and zippy as its label suggests, and that’s precisely what we love about this easy drinking wine. It is lively, fresh, and bright; revealing strawberry & cherry preserves, a hint of baking spices, and a silky mouthfeel that leads to some subtle vanilla.