Tastings

  • Valdo Prosecco Tasting w/ 2017 Tempier Rosé Release on 7/20

    Friday the 20th at 4pm
    I started the morning off by meeting with Steve, Katie and Metteo Bolla. Today was a Prosecco morning with Valdo and although I had other plans for Friday...Valdo took those plans and squashed them!!! We are tasting Prosecco people!!

    So here it is...

    Valdo Numero Uno Cuvee Extra Dry - Straw-yellow color with fruity aromas, floral notes and green apple; lively and harmonious taste finishing with a light, pleasant sweetness. Excellent as an aperitif, or mixed into brunch and dinner cocktails. Also, pairs well with dishes such as pasta or chicken.

    Valdo Brut Prosecco DOC - Straw yellow color, with a fine perlage, and crisp fruity pallate are the distinguishing features of Valdo’s Brut Prosecco DOC. Well-balanced structure, matched with aromatic fruity fragrance make it the perfect pairing with starters and particulary with delicately flavoured dishes such as seafood. Excellent as aperitif due to its distinctive characteristic of being “easy to drink”, best served in a flute glass at a temperature of between 43-46°F to bring out its perfumes and flavours. Versatility and freshness are its strengths.

    Valdo Numer Uno Rosé Brut - Elegant rose petal pink color with floral and raspberry aromas. On the palate, the bubbles are extra fine bursting with fresh berry flavors and a long, smooth finish. Ideal as an aperitif, or paired with fish, shellfish, pasta and berry desserts.

    Also...we have a rosé release from Tempier so you might want to be here for that as well. Very limited!!!
  • Wines of Elisabetta Foradori on 7/21

    Saturday the 21st from 3-7pm
    How can one try to describe the wines of Elisabetta? It’s easy to say that, in this case, the grape does not fall far from the vine or the hand that cultivated it. Foradori - immediately striking, gracefully elegant, discerningly tasteful, soberly serious while at the same time wry and playful, and above all always generous and sincere. Wait, is that Elisabetta or her wines? In fact, it could easily be used to describe one or the other.

    For the first time in Bothell's history we will be tasting the wines from Elisabetta Foradori. We normally carry one of her wines but I figured...let's roll the whole lineup out on a hot summer day.

    Here they are...

    2016 Foradori Manzoni Bianco - Manzoni Bianco is a cross between Riesling and Pinot Blanc, and grapes are sourced from the Fontanasanta vineyards. This has delicate white flower and stone fruit notes with the Pinot Blanc bringing texture and creaminess. Focused and precise with honey on the finish. Serve cool but not cold.

    2016 Foradori Morei - 100% Teroldego. As with all Foradori wines: certified-biodynamic farming; hand harvest; fermentation with indigenous yeasts; minimal sulfur use (not until racking and bottling). Like all of the estate's reds, the fruit for Morei comes from the Campo Rotaliano plateau, a broad, flat, sunny, well-drained expanse of limestone-and-granite-rich vineyards tucked up at high altitude in the shadow of the Dolomites. The vines for Morei--which means "dark" in local dialect--average 30 years old, are wire-trained and come from a 2.5-hectare parcel of stonier soils.

    Like the other single-site Teroldego, Sgarzon, the Morei spends 8 months on its skins in clay amphorae, untouched until blending and resting in cement before bottling. Compared to the sandier-soiled Sgarzon, Morei tends to have a darker, denser, more brooding character with chewier tannins and a stronger mineral finish. Interestingly, because of the effect of aging in clay, Morei, like its sister bottling Sgarzon, is ready and released before the more traditionally aged Foradori Teroldego.

    2016 Foradori Pinot Grigio 'Fuoripista' - Pinot Grigio "Fuoripista" is a very expressive wine, vinified in terracotta jars on the skins. Rosé gold, engaging macerated hints due to the longer stay on the skins, from savory finish and tannins that closes the drink. Wine made from Traditional Agriculture and Winemaking

    2015 Foradori Teroldego - Funny how the Teroldego is supposed to be Elisabetta’s “basic” wine but after seeing a few more months in barrel, this is nothing less than perfection and mind-blowing juice. No need to decant, just pop and pour.

    2015 Foradori Granato - 100% Teroldego. As with all Foradori wines: certified-biodynamic farming; hand harvest; fermentation with indigenous yeasts; minimal sulfur use (not until racking and bottling). Like all of the estate's reds, the fruit for Granato comes from the Campo Rotaliano plateau, a broad, flat, sunny, well-drained expanse of limestone-and-granite-rich vineyards tucked up at high altitude in the shadow of the Dolomites. That said, several things stand out about Granato. It was Foradori's first riserva-level Teroldego, first bottled by Elisabetta in 1986 and continuously since then. It comes from the original estate vines, all still pergola-trained, the oldest going back to 1938 and the youngest to 1956 (a parcel totalling 4 hectares). And lastly, it is the most traditional of the special Teroldego bottlings, not amphora-aged like Morei or Sgarzon, but rather in large oak foudres for 15-18 months; notably, it began as a somewhat internationally-styled wine, aged in French barrique, including some new, but the last vintage to be touched by barrique was 2008. Granato means "garnet" in Italian and is also a reference to the pomegranate or melograno, that fruit having Mediterranean origins like the first grape vines brought to Italy millenia ago; Elisabetta prizes its self-contained beauty, charm and balance, characteristics she associates with her Granato bottling.
  • Poggio La Noce Tasting in Bothell on 7/13

    I'm sitting here on vacation overlooking the Yakima River but in my head I'm thinking...damn those Poggio La Noce wines are gonna be showing like a beast on Friday. I'm also thinking...what should room service bring up for breakfast? Let's see...what goes with Champagne?

    Poggio La Noce...

    2016 Poggio La Noce Baja - The name Bàja is derived from the legend of Bajos, compagnon of Ulysses, who is said to have died and be buried right there in the village of Baia. We chose to make a Falanghina from a very special vineyard situated atop a promontory overlooking the sea right above the fishing village of Baia (NA) within the Campi Flegrei appellation. The combination of the vines sitting right above the sea and the volcanic soil, give this wine deep minerality and huge savouriness in the mouth.

    2013 Poggio La Noce Gigetto - Gigetto, a 95% Sangiovese blend, provides surprising immediacy, while still offering plenty to the nose and palate, thus making it an enjoyable easy to drink wine. In the future it will all be produced from our newest vineyard "Le Civette" with the traditional Tuscan mix of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino.

    2013 Poggio La Noce Gigino - 100% Sangiovese wine, originates from the part of the vineyard which is particularly rocky and demanding, conditions ideal for the making of an elegant and balanced Sangiovese wine. The vineyard is named "Vigna I Tulipani" for the hundreds of wild tulips which grow throughout the vineyard in early spring every year.

    2012 Poggio La Noce Giglio Rosso - Produced from the oldest Sangiovese vines planted in 2000, it is a Sangiovese blend with a small percentage of Colorino. The wine is complex and elegant, with deep colors and lively fruits, persistent acidity and finish, guaranteeing it to be age-worthy.

    And we'll be sampling the Poggio La Noce Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This stuff is so awesome it will make you cry!
  • Burgundy w/ William Woodruff of Chloe Wines on 7/14

    Pierre-Francois of Capitain-Gagnerot w/ William Woodruff
    Chloe Wines has been importing wines into the Seattle area since 1997 and the whole time, William Woodruff has been leading the charge. Then we recently found out that William was inducted into the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. Very few Americans are inducted into this 84 year old membership of Burgundy lovers. William...we have our own member only a few miles away from the shop. We are beyond proud of all his success and so glad and honored to be able to carry the wines he imports.

    Here's what William and Katie from Unique will be pouring for us.

    Domaine du Prieurè
    2015 Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru "Les Lavieres"�
    2014 Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru "Hautes Jarrons"
    2009 Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru "Les Charnières"

    Capitain-Gagnerot
    2015 Vosne-Romanée "Aux Raviolles"

    Domaine Poisot
    2008 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru "En Caradeux"

    As you can see...we are talking a serious tasting!

    Oh and Parents...please bring your kids in when you taste. I love having our baby around when tasting wines. I let her smell them and I get to see what she likes. Maybe they'll ask questions? Maybe the'll smile and you'll see a side of them that will open memories to come in the future.

    Santo
  • July Rosé Action on Friday the 6th

    People....It's July and that means...we are in the middle of Summer now. Where did the time go? In the past!

    We are talking some serious rosé action people...

    Amble + Chase Rosé in a can

    2017 Domaine de La Citadelle Le Chataignier Rosé

    2017 Domaine Sorin Cotes de Provence Rosé

    2017 Ame du Vin Cotes de Provence Rosé

    2017 Lafage Miraflors Rosé
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