Monday, June 2, 2014

April 2014 CRU & Table Club Wines

Host & Toast Cru Club

This month is different…you get a choice!  Taste 3 wines, choose the 2 you like the best!

Heartland Director’s Cut Shiraz, Australia, 2012

The deep color gives a clue to the concentration of arom and flavors to follow.  Dark cherry and blackberry fruit dominate the nose with undercurrents of blck licorice and pepper.  The palate brings to mind a berry compote enriched by elusive hints of spice.

Jonata Todos Vineyard Blend, Santa Ynez Valley, CA, 2010

95 POINTS—Wine Advocate
Over 75% Syrah, it offers up knockout aromas and flavors, full-bodied richness and a seamless, layered profile that is hard to resist. Blackberry liqueur, caramelized beef, chocolate and flowers are just some of the nuances here. This pure, polished 2010 can be enjoyed now or cellared for a decade.

Domaine Weinbach Gew├╝rztraminer, Alsace, 2011

Bright yellow with aromas of rose, jasmine and spices.  Flavors of lime, tropical fruit, and vanilla on the palate. An insanely good wine for the summer, it will pair well with French cheese such as Muenster and Roquefort.

Host & Toast Table Club

Come in to taste all 4, and choose your 2 favorite!

Praidis Vermentino de Sardignia, Italy

Straw in color with a hint of honeysuckle on the nose, this light and lively white wine is perfect with seafood dishes or sipped on its own.

Chateau Pilet Bordeaux Blanc

Fruity wine with nice notes of citrus on the nose and the palate.  Easy to drink alone or pair with cheeses or fish.

Reguengos Tinto, Portugal

Powerful, condensed wine with dark fruits and solid tannins.  Rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast, will age well.

Gran Passione Riserva, Salice Salentino, Italy

The wine displays a dark ruby red color, and the nose shows deep black fruits like cherry, plum, and raspberry, supported by pretty floral notes like violet and notes of oak such as coffee and spice.  The palate is forward and fruity, but complex with leathery notes.