Kim was ready for me.

R oger starting out the new year with new hours for the weekend tastings. The new hours for both Friday and Saturdays are from 5-7pm.  Same great wines and nibbles, just different times.
I stopped by around 5 Friday. The rain was coming down pretty good. Dodging the raindrops was worth it. The Attems Winery Pinot Grigio 2015 had a really nice body to it. Much more so than most Italian Pinot Grigios I’ve had. This isn’t the typical minerality that so many Italian wines have. This has mineral aspects aspects to it but are balanced with a nice creamy texture.
I really liked the Alicante Tarima . I bought a bottle to take home. A very nice spanish wine.
As usual John put out some nice nibbles that make his a great tasting.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463
When: Friday, January 6, 2017, 5-7PM. Saturday, January 7, 2016, 5 to 7 pm.
Cost: $12 (not bad considering the average price was $23.50)
Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):

  1. Attems Winery Pinot Grigio 2015
  2. The IL Bastardo 2015
  3. Alicante Tarima
  4. Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Tres Picos 2014
  5. Domaine Lafage Bastide ‘Miraflors’ Rouge 2013
  6. Sullivan Heart of the Vineyard Rutherford Napa Red 2014

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Here are the detailed wine notes that was provided by the Vineyard:
Attems Winery Pinot Grigio 2015 | Italy
Wine Spectator gave this a 92. “Sleek and minerally, this refreshing white is creamy in texture and balanced, with a pleasing mix of ripe apricot, pickled ginger, apple blossom and Thai basil notes. Drink now through 2020. 8,000 cases imported.”
Website Cost: $19.99
The IL Bastardo 2015 | Tuscany, Italy
90 Points. The winery is located in the Rufina area of Tuscany outside of Florence in the Sieve River Valley and considered the best area for Sangiovese grapes after the “Classico” Region. Our consulting winemaker, Paolo Masi macerates the skin in stainless steel for 10 days creating a brightly colored fruit forward wine. Dark Ruby red color , aromatic nose, with black berry and cherry aromas and flavors. On the palate it is medium bodied with good tannis and an overall Chianti like fruit finish. Cost: $9.99
Alicante Tarima | Spain
Wine Advocate 91. “Another terrific value is the Tarima (Non-organic) from Alicante and another 100% Mourvèdre cuvée, aged six months in French oak. This wine has terrific aromatics, broad, expansive flavors, about 15% natural alcohol and an expansive, heady mouthfeel. This is rich, dense and Provençal in its flavor components. Totally aged in used oak and stainless steel, the wine is a real sleeper and big-time winner in the values sweepstakes. Drink it over the next several years.” Robert M. Parker Jr. Cost: $11.99
Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Tres Picos 2014 | Campo de Borja, Spain
Wine Spectator 91. WS TOP 100 2016 Rank 39. Vinous Media 92. Wine Advocate 90″The outstanding 2014 Tres Picos (Garnacha) is 100% Grenache and comes from some of their oldest Grenache vineyards on the slopes of the Moncayo Mountains. Yields are less than two tons of fruit per acre and this wine was aged in neutral French oak and stainless-steel tanks for ten months prior to bottling. It’s a beautiful wine, with plenty of Southern Rhône-like black cherry liqueur, garrigue, pepper, licorice and spice. It is medium to full-bodied, lusty and heady. This is a beauty to drink over the next 2-3 years. Founded in 1958, this has been one of Jorge Ordoñez’ most consistently reliable producers of absolutely astonishing values from the province of Zaragoza. The appellation is Campo de Borja and this winery owns a whopping 3,706 acres of vineyards, of which 3,125 are planted to Grenache! The poor soils are dominated by the chalkiness, as this is close to the Moncayo mountain range that is nearly pure chalk. It is a continental climate and the vines are relatively young, having been planted 1981-1986. The winemaking is impressive and the values that emerge from here are mind-boggling.”
Website Cost: $17.99
Domaine Lafage Bastide ‘Miraflors’ Rouge 2013 | Vin de pays des Côtes Catalanes, France
Wine Advocate 92! “A steal from Lafage is the 2014 Bastide Miraflors, which is a Cotes du Roussillon, and a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache, with the Grenache aged in concrete tanks and the Syrah in 500-liter demi-muids. Lafage makes more expensive wines than this, but certainly excels with his value lineup. He has really hit a home run with this 10,000-case cuvee. It is deep, ruby/plum/purple, with fresh notes of blackcurrants, plums, Provencal herbs as well as licorice. Deep, medium to full-bodied, with amazing fruit, the purity, authenticity and Mediterranean upbringing of this wine are obvious. Quite deep, round and succulent, this wine should drink well for another several years. Drink 2015-2019.
Website Cost: $15.99
Sullivan Heart of the Vineyard Rutherford Napa Red 2014 |
The kicker is a huge Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that averages $114.99 and that is what it sells for at the Napa winery! Our Price will be $64.99! Rated 92 Points!
Cost: $64.99


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