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Wine Tasting

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Date: Fri, Oct 19, 2012
Time: 6:30pm
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Wine Tasting
Ancient Vines, Ancient Wines
Friday, October 19
6:30 p.m.
$22++ per person
Complimentary for Connoisseur Club Members

Young vines can careen from vintage to vintage, but old vines are steady. You can also harvest your grapes earlier in certain climates, because old-vine grapes often achieve riper tannins sooner. The deep roots of old vines are their greatest asset. In a rainy harvest, a young vine’s shallow root system sucks up surface water, bloating the grapes and diluting the juice. Yet old vines are often surprisingly unaffected, as their deeper roots are untouched by a passing rainstorm. And in drought conditions those same deep roots can tap into water reserves in the subsoil unreachable by younger vines. As the wine ages and the bright fruitiness of youth diminishes, you get a sense of a more layered complexity in old vines. This element of maturity in the wine is often essential to deciphering the impact of old vines. Join us in exploring great, old wines! 

The Varietals:
Great wines are produced in unique places. Alta Vista’s 516 acres of estate vineyards are situated in the best terroirs of Mendoza and Salta, at 3,200 feet above sea level. Half the wine is aged for 12 months in 80% French and 20% American oak barrels, and 4 months in bottle. The wine has ripe, red fruit aromas and spicy notes, with round, soft tannins and a lively mouthfeel. This wine pairs well with grilled pork tenderloin, lamb and veal with fresh herbs.

A red wine with an intense, violet-ruby colour. The bouquet is fruity with strong plum, cherry, and mulberry notes. The aroma also has a vegetable edge of ripe red pepper, and the flavour is complex, with jams, spinach, and chocolate. Barrel aging lends this wine pleasant smoky and toast notes, bringing out its spices; texture is soft, with rounded tannins and medium body.

Vitiano Bianco was born from one of Falesco's many experimental vineyards that was planted with the University of Viterbo's help. The grapes (50% Vermentino and 50% Verdicchio) thrive in the sedimentary clay soils around the Marciliano estate. Harvested in late September, the two varieties are crushed and vinified separately, then blended together to create an excellent wine of unparalleled value. Delicate straw in color, aromas of citrus fruits and herbs complement undertones of Anjou pears and Meyer limes. On the palate, its refreshing acidity and light body make this a fresh and balanced wine. Pair this wine with shellfish, velouté sauces, summer casseroles, and garden vegetables.

This emerald green, amphora-shaped bottle has become a symbol of Italian wine over the years. Titulus—meaning very simply "title" in Latin—remains Fazi Battaglia's most popular wine and can be credited with having made wines from Le Marche famous around the world. This 100% Verdicchio is crafted from fruit grown in a large estate vineyard that is subdivided into 12 distinct parcels based on their elevations and expositions, allowing Fazi Battaglia to create a complex yet balanced wine. Pale straw in color with faint jade hues, Titulus has an intense bouquet of peaches and apples with a hint of roses. On the palate the wine is clean, with refreshing acidity and a hint of bitter almond in the finish so typical of the Verdicchio grape.

Harvested from 20 acres of vineyard in the Fragagnano section of the commune of Manduria, located approximately 250 feet above sea level in Puglia in Southern Italy. Vines are planted at a density of 4,000 per acre where younger vineyards are concerned and 1,400 per acre in older vineyards featuring mature 20-year-old vines. Manduria is acknowledged to produce the finest quality Primitivo grapes in Italy. Soil in this area is of medium composition, deep and calcareous, with a substantial presence of clay. Deep ruby red with violet reflections. Complex, powerful, spicy hints of clove and black pepper with woodsy undertones; suggestions of wild cherry and prune Soft, consistent, with an excellent balance of acidity and tannins; velvety smooth; closes with lingering sensations of cocoa and coffee Serve with red meats, richly flavored pastas and risottos, casseroles, stews and a wide range of hard and semi-hard cheeses.

The story of the Deaver Vineyard starts in the 1800s during the California Gold Rush. Italian immigrants brought Zinfandel cuttings from the East Coast and planted vineyards in the Sierra Foothills. As vines mature they produce less but more concentrated fruit. The dry farmed vine’s roots continue to grow deeper into the soil as years pass and pull water and nutrients from multiple soil layers. The 2007 Terra d’Oro Deaver Vineyard Zinfandel is a Grandfather among Zinfandels. The wine has a classic Amador blend of spices including allspice, cardamom and clove that fills out an intense spice rack. The flavors of ripe plum make this wine a rich Zinfandel from a historic vineyard and pairs well with grilled flank steak and fresh homemade salsa.