Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Stop by the store and sample a couple of perfect Thanksgiving wines! Friday, November 11th, 4-7pm
With one of our biggest tastings taking place on Saturday, November 12th from 2-5pm (click here to read about that), we’re going to keep Friday’s free wine tasting really simple. That doesn’t mean we’re pouring mediocre wines though! Far from it, we’re pouring a couple of highly rated rock stars. We’ll start with top white wine from Michel Gassier, one of our favorite producers in the Southern Rhone. It drinks like a top flight white Chateauneuf du Pape but costs a fraction of the price. We’re also pouring our new Wine of the Week selection, the 2012 Raptor Ridge Reserve Pinot Noir. This is the last vintage of this wine that this Oregon producer made, and they went out with a bang! 92 points from Vinous Media and this is definitely a richer, fuller, more flamboyant style of Pinot Noir. You’re going to love it! Stop by, taste, learn, and save big on all of the featured tasting wines. Can’t make it by, but want to place an order? Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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1. 2013 Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Blanc “Lou Coucardie” (Southern Rhone, France) – This exotic, full bodied blend of 45% Viognier, 30% Roussanne and 25% Grenache Blanc is sensational. From old, organically farmed vineyards, the wine is raised in new and once used used large French oak barrels. “Big, ripe and layered, with lots of honeyed apricot, ripe peach and butter citrus all soaring from the glass, it’s full-bodied, balanced and unctuously textured, yet never seems heavy or cumbersome in the least. It deserves a classy meal (anything with a cream sauce would be terrific) and should evolve nicely for 2-3 years (although there’s no need to delay gratification).” – Jeb Dunnuck – The Wine Advocate – 92 points
2. 2012 Raptor Ridge Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – We’ve been raving about the quality of the 2014 Oregon Pinot Noirs, but don’t forget that 2012 was also a very high quality vintage and it shows in this wine. The additional bottle age on this one has allowed all of the elements to come together in this wine. Raptor Ridge is know for producing bigger, riper Pinot Noirs and that’s what you get here. Jammy cherry, plum and dark raspberry notes are framed nicely by toasty oak and more complex nuances of black tea and Asian spices. This one would be perfect for this year’s Thanksgiving meal.