wine tasting October 3, 4-7

Bogle Phantom 

The wait is over…Phantom has reappeared for the season.  Bogle’s tantalizing apparition of rich berry and relentless spice returns to tease wine lovers.  Full of flavor, concentration and intensity, this mysterious wine will haunt you well after the last sip is gone. A spectra of rubies sparkles in the glass, awaiting with its first impression.  Bright red cherry fruit and black pepper tempt you to take that sip, with hints of brawny juniper, rich blackberry and boysenberry in the background.  Succulent in mouth feel, the wine showcases its versatile grape varietals: Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre.  Aged for over 24 months in 1 and 2 year old American oak tomes of spicy vanilla and toasted coconut moderate the firm tannins and create a focused and intense finish.  Enjoy this passionate and commanding red wine, yet another vintage impossible to ignore.  This is a seasonal wine so it’s meant to be enjoyed in the fall with hearty, filling meals. Pot roast would be the perfect complement.

Altadonna Italia Nero D’Avola: Winemaking:

Native to Sicily, the thick skinned Nero d’Avola enjoys the volcanic soil and intensity of the sunlight that floods the island allowing it to fully ripen. Altadonna Nero d’Avola is full bodied in style with ripe cherry and plum flavors interlaced with notes of spices. It is lush and smooth through the lengthy finish. Refined for one year in stainless steel following vinification.

Wimmer Gruner Veltliner 

Fine aromatic nose with elegant fruit, fresh-squeezed lime and crunchy apple, subtle minerality, delicately juicy with a firm acid structure, fresh and radiant, long, well-balanced finish, appealing and lively. Full bodied with a snappy finish of sea salt and pepper.” The young family owned and run winery is situated in the northern part of Austria known as the Weinviertel, in the wine city of Poysdorf. The wine-growing tradition goes back to 1724. Their aim is to produce fruity, elegant wines, rich in finesse that reflect and express the terroir of the Weinviertel area. They take pride in using only the best grapes combined with experience, know-how and dedication. Deep loess and clayey soil, carefully chosen areas, plenty of sunshine and a sustainable viticulture are the ingredients of their fruity, lively white wines. Wine #9 in The Wine Enthusiast TOP 100