Tastings

  • 5/26 San Felice & Campogiovanni winemaker Leonardo Bellaccini in the shop!

     

    Friday the 26th at 4pm

    Right before a holiday weekend I give you San Felice, producer of great Chianti Classico & Campogiovanni...maker of very fine Brunelo di Montalcino all in one shop...in Bothell!

    That's right. For the first time in Bothell's history Leonardo Bellaccini will be at the shop tasting us on both San Felice and Campogiovani at one tasting! This might be the tasting of the month if not year. Here's what we are thinking...

    San Felice

    2016 Rosado "Perolla"
    2008 "Belcaro" Vin Santo de Chianti Classico 
    2014 Contrada di San Felice Toscana IGT
    2014 Chianti Classico 
    2012 "Il Grigio" Chianti Classico Riserva
    2011 "Vigorello" IGT

    Campogiovanni

    2014 Rosso di Montalcino 
    2011 Brunello di Montalcino 
    2010 "Il Quercione" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 

    We will also have special pricing on some large format bottles of both San Felice and Campogiovanni.

    Oh plus...you'll be tasting some seriously bad-ass wine!!
  • 5/20 The 2016 Rosé Action Part III

    5/20 Rosé Action
    3-7pm
    So I have the third collection of 2016 rosé that came in last week. These wines are more of the "popular" wines that a lot of you are looking for. Not the Bandol but some more of your daily drinkers and above. There will be a fifth rosé from Domaine de Fonsainte, the Gris de Gris rosé that has become something of a cult-rosé in the last few years. So much that I was only give three cases this year. Funny when you can get more Tempier rosé than a $15 rosé!

    Here's the show...

    2016 Bleu de Mer Rosé
    2016 Chateau Thivin Beaujolais Villages Rosé
    2016 Charles Joguet Chinon Rosé (2 of 10 cases brought in)
    2016 Domaine de Fonsainte Grid de Gris Rosé
    2016 Domaine Santa Giuletta Rosé (Cosrica)
  • 5/19 Alta Alella of Spain w/ Special Guest

    Alta Alella of Spain
    4-7pm
    I have another special guest producer, & Owen (importer) for you on Friday!!! Alta Alella of Spain will be in the house with a special someone from the winery and...Owen will be here. Owen has been quiet lately as he's been working on a screenplay that will win some people over.

    The wines they'll be pouring on Friday are:

    Cava Privat Laeita - Pale yellow with golden reflections. White fruit aromas with a floral aftertaste, notes of red fruit and almond. Unctuous, dry and slightly fruity. Fine bubbles with an elegant palate. Well-structured Cava without losing freshness. Tasty and with a lingering aftertaste.

    Dolc Mataro - Intense cherry-coloured wine with violet reflects and sticky legs. Aromas of candied fruits, plums, dry figs and blackberries with subtle notes of Italian cherry tomatoes, orange peel and Japanese green tea. Creamy and tasty, remembering the aromas of candied black fruit with an original balance of tannic sensations, acidity and sweetness.

    Merla - Cherry color. Good aromatic intensity which highlights flavors of fruit (blackberry) and liquorice with subtle notes of well integrated ageing in oak. Its acidity makes it a fresh wine. Smooth and persistent tannins that gives a pleasant and persistent taste on the palate.

    2016 Pansa Blanca
    2016 Garnatxa
    2013 Rose Brut

    Now that I've given you a little taste of what to expect...you might want to get down to the shop from 4-7 this Friday, and taste the wines from this amazing little producer.
  • 5/13 Older Bordeaux Tasting

    Saturday the 13th from 1pm till 4pm
    ****Please note the tasting time change!!! We will be tasting from 1pm to 4pm and will be closing the shop at 5pm so I can take Mrs. RCW to a Los Lobos concert for Mothers Day****

    It's time we take a look at some older Bordeaux and see how they've stood up over time. Now rather than tasting wines from the 70s and 60s we'll focus on wines that most of us can actually afford. I'll let the snooty people worry about Chateau Lafine and Margaux.

    This tasting will focus on wines pre-2008 and below. Why? Well cause these are the wines that we can still get lots of and they are now coming directly from the Chateau so I know they've been well taken care of.

    2002 Chateau Lanessan Haut-Medoc $26 - Garnet red and inviting and a constant overachiever in the Haut-Médoc, the Château Lanessan is classic left bank Bordeaux. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot with the rest of the blend made up of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Silky and voluptuous, this well balanced wine has soft acidity balanced out by its earthiness and flavors of cherry and currant. Perfect for any cut of roasted beef, game an even poultry.

    2004 Chateau Grand Corbin Manuel Saint-Emilion Grand Cru $30 - As one customer who just bought a case and ad me send it out to NY said..."it's simply drinking perfect right now and we can't get enough of it."

    2005 Chateau Aney Haut-Medoc 375ml $20 - A serious Haut-Médoc, this wine exhibits surprising depth and ripeness, great color, medium body, and a deep, rich finish. It is not complex, but it is mouth-filling and very satisfying.

    2008 Chateau D'Agassac Haut-Medoc $30 - Château d’Agassac, the chateau’s first wine, is made from the estate’s oldest vines and best deep gravel terroirs. It is the archetype of the modern Médoc, structured and powerful whilst also well-balanced and fruity, displaying tannins with no aggressive astringency. Made for cellaring, it will also delight lovers of middle-aged wines seeking fruit, substance and balance. It is one of the most highly regarded and award-winning wines in the Haut-Médoc region.

    I might even have a little something older for you all...have to ask the wife first though.
  • 5/12 Domaine de Rimauresq 2016 Rosé Release

    Friday the 12th at 4pm till 7pm
    It is time for another rosé but this time it's from a producer most of you have never tasted or never heard of. Domaine de Rimauresq is one of eighteen Cru Classé estates in Provence that make three different rosé that all amazing!

    2016 Domaine de Rimauresq Cuvée R Cru Classé Rosé

    2016 Domaine de Rimauresq Cru Classé Rosé

    2016 Domaine de Rimauresq, Côtes de Provence Rosé Petit Rimauresq

    And just beacuse I don't think three wines consist of a tasting I'll throw in a 4th rosé. The current vintage of Clos Cibonne is 2015. Again like the Rimauresq wines this producer is also has Cru Classé status for all their wines. Clos Cibonne is also a pretty rare rosé in that we only get a few cases in the state per year and I've got one!

    Friday is supposed to be thunder and lightning...good, Rain City Wines will bring the sunshine with these wines.
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