Michael was pouring at the red table

A fter two days of cold blustery March winds it was a beautiful evening only made better with a stop at Wine World’s Third Thursday Tasting. The evening started off with a François Millet Sancerre Rosé which is a nice darker Rosé. Andrew Benjamin was describing this as a nice balanced Rosé that has had time to settle down and “soften up.” He said that so many wines from Provence are young and fresh when released but if you wait a bit the pinot based Rosés later in the season have a chance to lose a bit of that fruit forward aspect and settle down and be more balanced. I agree. This was nice little Rosé that had a nice medium mouthfeel (more so than most Rosés) and had nice structure.
The Banfi Le Rime Pinot Grigio 2016 was light and fresh, the La Crema Monterey Chardonnay was a nice chardonnay waiting for summer to begin.
Before I could make it to the red table I bumped into Andy who said he favorite of the night was the Fattoria di Lucignano Colli Fiorentini Chianti saying he bought 3 bottles. His next was the François Millet Sancerre Rosé .
So the Chiati was the first on the red table. Nice medium-bodied wine. Fruit upfront but balanced by the minerality that so many Italian wines have. Begs for a nice plate of spaghetti buried with meatballs.
The Montana Crianza had that mineral edge that many Spanish wines have. It was begging for a steak. Last, but not least was the Alias Pinot Noir. This was a very transparent wine “you can read the paper through it,” said Michael. He was right. This is one of the lightest looking Pinots I think I’ve ever had but boy does the looks fool you. It had more body than the color indicated. Nice fruit without pushing beyond the typical Pinot. Tastes fresh and young. It was a 2015 but I suspect it was just released. Nice tasting overall.
On the cheese table they had Manchego (Spanish Sheep’s Milk), Beechers’ Flagship Handmade Cheese and Extra Aged Gouda.
Next up for Wine World is a California Family Owned Vineyard Tasting Seminar on March 23rd. This one sounds interesting.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

When: Thursday, March 15, 2018, 5 to 8 pm
Cost: $5, with $2 rebate on the purchase of 1 bottle of the featured wines.
Here are the wines presented (click to see more):

  1. François Millet Sancerre Rosé 2016
  2. Banfi Le Rime Pinot Grigio 2016
  3. La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2016
  4. Fattoria di Lucignano Colli Fiorentini Chianti 2015
  5. Montana Crianza 2015
  6. Alias Pinot Noir 2015

Manchego (Spanish Sheep's Milk), Beechers' Flagship Handmade Cheese and Extra Aged Gouda
Manchego (Spanish Sheep’s Milk), Beechers’ Flagship Handmade Cheese and Extra Aged Gouda

Here are the detailed wine notes:
François Millet Sancerre Rosé 2016 | Loire, France
The Millet family’s history in Sancerre dates back to the 1930s. This Pinot Noir-based wine, the most serious of the rosés that the family produces, is a ripe strawberry-flavored wine with a tangy, bitter-cherry edge. Produced in tiny quantities, François rosé Sancerre offers a shiny, salmon pink colour and aromas of wild strawberries and spring blossom. The texture on the palate is very moreish, with an almost strawberries-and-cream quality. Fruit flavours are very much to the fore here with a luscious finish. Paëlla, minestrone, bouillabaisse, summer salads, barbecue.

Banfi Le Rime Pinot Grigio 2016 | Tuscany, Italy
Pale straw in color, the wine offers impressive rich, ripe fruit aromas that hint of pear and white flowers. The wine is well balanced with an unusually lively acidity. Le Rime takes its name from the lines that form on the sloping vineyard floor as water washes down the hillside, much as the ebb tide leaves its mark on the sandy beach. This Pinot Grigio catches that fresh minerality inherent to the terrain of southern Tuscany. The exclusive use of free-run juice at fermentation, followed by cool temperature fermentation and early bottling, makes the wine brilliant, vibrant, and appealingly fresh. A splendid aperitif and a delightful complement to antipasto, pasta, and light meals. Website
La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2016 | Monterey, California
On the nose, the 2016 La Crema Monterey Chardonnay shows Meyer lemon, passionfruit, grilled pineapple and pie crust. On the palate, nectarine, papaya and crisp lemon-tangerine notes are complemented by a touch of spice, complex minerality. Balanced acidity lingers on a long finish. Quickly-seared flounder accented with a toss of al dente bean sprouts, Dungeness crab or pan-sautéed petrale sole, Manchego Cheese. Website
Fattoria di Lucignano Colli Fiorentini Chianti 2015 | Tuscany, Italy
Medium intensity ruby red. The nose on this wine is intense, overflowing with fruity aromas of black cherry and violets. Soft and medium bodied on the palate it balances rather present tannins with moderate acidity. An ideal accompaniment to pasta dishes, medium aged cheese.
Montana Crianza 2015 | Rioja, Spain
97% Tempranillo and 3% Graciano. Spice and leather complement the deep blackberry fruit and ferrous minerality of Rioja’s red soils. Mouth-filling yet fresh, with the structure for improving in the bottle for a number of years. Roasted chicken breast stuffed with peppers, caramelized onions, and goat cheese, served next to a kabob of grilled potatoes, Herb encrusted New York Strip Steak, Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Website
Alias Pinot Noir 2015 | California
100% Pinot Noir Dusty ruby color. Mild aromas of cherry, roasted pepper, and putty with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk blood orange and whole nuts finish with papery tannins and light oak. A carefree table wine. A rather impressive wine for the price. Sourcing from mostly the Mendecino region as well as Sonoma. This wine offers ripe and pretty pinot fruit with great balance and freshness. This is a perfect wine to enjoy on its own, and can also pair with any chicken or pork dish, and just about anything else. Website


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