There’s a really cool thing happening over some upcoming weekends at Liquor Direct. The tastings will be "hosted" by your local wine bloggers. This weekend you can drink wines chosen by myself and Tim of CheapWineRatings.com. Oct 10 and 11 you can try wines from Mike at The Naked Vine and Jonathon of BestDrinkEver.net.
I’ll be at the Covington location from 4-8 pm on Friday and at the Ft Thomas location from 2-6 pm on Saturday. Tim is at the opposite location from me. Tim is organized and is presenting value wines from Southern France, including a couple whites and a few Côtes du Rhône reds. I am not one to pick a theme, so it’s more of "Michelle’s Favorite Wines of the Moment." Yeah, I know, but I really tried to span a wide spectrum of wines. Did I mention the tastings are FREE? Come join us!
If you haven’t been to Liquor Direct, this is a great chance to pop by either (or both) locations. I often tell people it’s the best-kept secret in the city – especially the Covington store. If you come to Covington, it looks like a dive on the outside. Inside, however, is a treasure trove of wines at amazing prices with an incredibly knowledgeable staff, all very willing to help you out or recommend a wine. The Ft Thomas store has a much classier appearance with the same helpful staff and selection. Oddly, the Covington store is my favorite.
Here are a few notes on the wines I finally settled on presenting. Remember, these are just some of my favorite wines at the moment. I figure if you have my tasting notes ahead of time, you might understand a little bit of where I’m coming from. Enjoy, and we hope to see you at both locations on Friday and/or Saturday!
Tasting notes after the jump.
Leitz Dragonstone Riesling (Germany): Last year we attended a
couple trade tastings in which I had the opportunity to meet young
Johannes Leitz. I loved him, which translates into loving his wines.
Meeting a winemaker tends to have that effect on me. I actually prefer
his Magdalenenkreuz Spätlese, but I think the Dragonstone is a little
more approachable for your entry-level wine drinker. Here are some of
my original notes:
…named after an ancient dragon-claw shaped stone, no sweetness, tastes
like it has a clarity if that makes sense, hand harvested, gravelly
soil, minerals, steepest region other than Mosel.
Abacela Rosado (Oregon): I originally reviewed this back in May, but it stuck with me. It was our Easter wine, recommended by Kevin at Liquor Direct. Here are my original tasting notes:
This rosé is the sort of rosé that even people who won’t drink pink
would enjoy. Kevin (my husband) is proof enough of that. Often stating that he
"hasn’t found his inner pink," this rosé is one that he enjoys. As
it should be, the Abacela Rosado is a dry rosé, made of 93% Tempranillo
and 7% grenache. It’s loaded with strawberry, cranberry, and some
citrus. This rosé is immensely food friendly. We first had it with
Easter dinner, then our second bottle last week we drank without food.
It complemented the ham at Easter but can stand on its own without a
problem. As far as rosés go, this one has some heft ,thanks in part to
its nice dry finish. Don’t expect this to be flabby, sugary, or
reminiscent of Kool-Aid like some rosés can be.
Deirberg Pinot Noir (California – Central Coast):
This one is new to me. I’ve met the National Rep, and admittedly, he
sold me on the wine. I also had the wine at the Gourmet Sensation event
a few weeks ago. However, I’ve yet to spend some quality time with this
wine. For me, I want to get to know this wine at the tasting through
you and through a few sips I might have on my own. I know that the
winemaker, Nick de Luca, takes a slightly different approach to making
this wine, pumping over rathern than punching down the fermenting
juice. I remember a lot of berries in this wine and a little bit of
forest. I suspect it will age well. I can’t wait to see if I was
imagining all of this and to see what everyone else thinks of the wine.
Le Roc des Anges Vielle Vignes (Rousillon, France): We just
had this wine at the Krystal Pepper Scholarship wine tasting, which
reminded me that I’d purchased a bottle a year earlier. We cracked it
open last night. It’s a wonderful French wine, with all the earth (or
dirt as Kevin calls it) that I just love. It’s tannic, but not overly
so, and it nicely complimented the steak we had for dinner. Here are
some of my tasting notes from the recent event:
There are two really interesting things about this wine:
the winemaker is a rather intrepid young woman, Marjorie Gallet, and the wine is grown
on the side of a mountain, through a black rock called schiste. The
thin soil on the hillside lets the roots of the plant dig straight down
into those minerals in the rock. This wine is 85% carignan and 15%
syrah. I love the earthiness of this wine.
Volver Tempranillo (Spain): I don’t put much stock in ratings
(thus the Happy Face scale), but for those of you who do, this scored a
Wine Advocate 90 back in February. This is a fantastically affordable
wine with cherry and cassis, along with some traces of vanilla. It’s
low on tannins, which can be nice, and is an easy to drink wine that
still maintains some complexity. My thanks to Andrew at Oceanaire for
introducing me to the Volver.
Garnacha del Fuego (Spain): Kevin and I found this wine
through a recommendation from Mark at Cutting Edge Selections. He was
right. We first reviewed it for a Wine Blogging Wednesday event
that we hosted back in July 2007, so we reviewed a different vintage.
However, it’s another wine that has stuck with me, both for the taste
and the outstanding value. Here are our original tasting notes:
There are a lot of bright raspberry notes. My initial reaction was that
it is a very dry wine. But as I relaxed with the wine, I noticed a lot
of cinnamon and chocolate. Inhaling over the wine, it’s almost fiery
and a little ticklish. Overall it’s a bold and fruit-forward wine with
a light finish.
Mark had also sent on his thoughts on the wine at the time:
very old vine (60 to 80 years old) Grenache from the Calatayud region. The old
vines only yielded 2 tons per hectare (a hectare is 2.2 tons per acre).
So, you have a wine retailing for $9 per bottle made from yields of less that
one ton per acre The wine is bursting with bright, concentrated Raspberry
flavors along with surprising structure. We just got in 350 cases and
they sold out in 2 days. My next shipment of 500 cases will be spoken for
well before it arrives.
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