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This weekend we’re gearing up for Independence Day with an All-American Wine Tasting! We’re also serving some fantastic beer on tap, including beer flights. If you want to know first when new beers are tapped, sign up to get Texts for Taps! I’ve included a short list of what’s on tap below the wine tasting notes!
This Friday we’re pouring All-American wines from 4-7 pm. We’re starting with the flag-labeled Charles & Charles Rose and Cabernet/Syrah blends, and going from there. We’ll be pouring these wines Saturday too, from 12-7 pm. Check out all the wines we are opening up below. Glass pours are available, or taste them all for only $10! If you’ve never been to a wine tasting with us before, check out our What is Wine Tasting Like? page.
We’ll start by sharing the C&C American Flag wines, and then the rest.
Charles and Charles Syrah Rosé 2011
(Columbia Valley, Washington)
You can still be a Bad @ss and drink Rosé.
This is the slogan for this wine, direct from Washington famous wine maker Charles Smith of K Vintners and Charles Smith wines, partnering with Charles Bieler of Three Thieves and Bieler Pere et Fils. If you buy a case of 12 bottles, not only do Club Members get the best price possible, you get a Bumper Sticker with the slogan on it!
Charles and Charles Red Blend
(Wahluke Slope, Washington)
2010 was a cooler and longer growing season in Washington State than normal, but the Wahluke Slope AVA where all are our fruit was sustainably farmed is like the mailman – always delivers no matter the vintage. The blend remains the same with 51% cabernet sauvignon and 49% syrah. Whereas the syrah dominated the 2009 bottling, the cabernet sauvignon takes more of a lead with the 2010 which makes sense given the season. The wine is still loaded with black fruit lead by currants, violets and blackberry with rich, toasty mocha aromas – all of which carry through to the palate. The wine is a bit more silky and luscious on the mid palate than the 09. A portion of the syrah was whole cluster fermented which adds to the dark brambly flavors. After blending, the wine was aged in french oak for a short period to round and soften the mid palate and add some toasty aromas.
Steele Writers Block Cabernet Franc
(Lake County, California)
The blending philosophy for Writer’s Block wines is simply to make wine that pleases both a general palate and that of a more discerning taster. Many blending trials were made in the process of attaining the final product. The percentage of Cabernet Franc (80%) in this wine lends an intrinsically varietal base. From this point, Syrah (12%), Merlot (6%), and Zinfandel (2%) each help to enhance the Cabernet Franc’s varietal qualities, while also playfully departing from them through the influence of their individual profiles. The winemaker’s intention here is that the Syrah, Merlot, and Zinfandel add a specific complexity of aromatic and flavor components that have made this a wine to be enjoyed by a broad spectrum of wine lovers. This blend highlights the ripeness and body of California fruit, creating a wine with a long finish and a rich, viscous mouthfeel.
Guenoc North Coast Victorian Claret
(Lake County, California)
“Claret” (say: Clare Et) is a term used primarily in Britain to describe a blended Bordeaux wine.
This wine pours an deep crimson color. Right as you open it, the nose doesn’t give away much, but hides its pleasant fruit and floral aromas for the one who waits. Let it decant for 15-30 minutes to really get it to open up. This is a consistently delicious wine that doesn’t cost too much, with black cherry and jammy flavors to start, and expressive fruit with some earthy leather notes in the middle palette. The well managed tannins lead to a smooth lingering finish.
Four Vines Petite Sirah
(Paso Robles, California)
Pop the cork and be instantly greeted by the scent of black cherry, nutmeg and vanilla before the glass even meets your lips. Enjoy the smooth, surprisingly velvety tannins that only the hills of Paso Robles can deliver, while flavors of rich, deep fruit and toasty, caramelized creme brulee envelop your palate like the most luxurious (faux) fur throw
The finish goes on for miles (ok, for minutes) with smoky char and BBQ notes with undercurrents of decadent, juicy boysenberries and nutty toffee that linger in the depths of this black as night Paso Petite. Food Pairing: Braised Prime Rib, Roast Duck, & Pot Roast.
100% Petite Sirah
Right now, these are the beers on tap: