Superstar Standouts from the Extraordinary Tasting

Superstar Standouts from the Extraordinary Tasting

Last Wednesday a select group of tasters reviewed the 66 wines we presented at the Extraordinary Tasting. For those of you who missed the event (due to the snow?),we have some of the best sellers to report. 

Eberle Full Boar Red - $18.50

Many of you remember this as a Wine Club wine back in 2015. The current version is a medium bodied wine, with juicy fruit flavors of cherry and blackberry,supple tannins and a hint of cola. Like the earlier version, this one is approachable for everyday drinking and built well enough to lay down. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and complexity for a wine at this price point. Full Boar Red pairs well with braised and barbecued meats as well as pizza and pasta. That makes it a good candidate for summer fare. 

Eberle Chardonnay - $21

Also from Eberle is their Paso Robles Chardonnay. This wine is fresh in every way making it one of the most exciting vintages of Eberle Estate Chardonnay to date. This wine is vibrant in color like newly cut straw with aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple, creamy lemon with a hint of sweet toasty oak. We had lots of great comments on this wine not only for its taste but the versatile style. Eberle’s Estate Chardonnay makes a perfect accompaniment for a wide range of dishes from Chicken Piccata to creamy pasta dishes. Or if you like fresh fish, try it with grilled salmon or sole sautéed in a lemon herb butter sauce. 

 2014 Bodegas Palacios Remondo La Montesa - $21.50

The 2013 vintage of the La Montesa got 91 points from Wine Spectator and landed at #51 on top 100. The 2014 was reviewed in February and got 92 points from Wine Advocate. I can see why; the palate shows great balance, and the overall effect ofthe higher percentage of Garnacha in the 2014 is a more elegant, streamlined wine thatis very tasty with great freshness. It drinks like a wine more expensive than the sticker price suggests.

La Spinetta Barbera di Asti - $27.50

One wine that our staff had pegged for a winner is the La Spinetta Barbera di Asti. We got that right as evidenced by the tasters who included it on their order forms.In the glass it is ruby red with purple reflections. It is extremely perfumed with violet,blackberry, blueberry and wet earth aromas. The palate is backed by full body, firm, silky tannins and an attractive acid-fruit balance on the finish. This is an ultra-fine Barbera that combines richness with finesse and is suitable for drinking now. 

Sean Minor Nicole Marie Red - $19.95

We always rock the wines from Sean Minor and this year the standout was the Sean Minor Nicole Marie Red. The Napa Valley Nicole Marie Blend is deep ruby in color and displays aromas of ripe dark fruit, brown sugar, molasses and vanilla. On the palate, it is big, rich and spicy, offering flavors of dark cherry, plum, cassis and black pepper that integrate with hints of oak spices, coating the palate. The round soft tannins and sweet oak balance lead to a long and lingering finish. 

Yamhill Pinot Blanc - $17.95

Yamhill Valley Vineyards is one of the Wine Gallery’s best Oregon producers. We try not to play favorites, but if we had a favorite white wine from Oregon, Pinot Blanc would be it. Before it was commercially recognized, Yamhill Valley Vineyards were growing Pinot Blanc and learning how to make it the way I like. It has rich, full flavor, minerality, hints of melon and stone fruit with a creamy, supple texture that is just delicious. Pair with smoked cheeses, a nice poached halibut, or summer grilled chicken. Atlanta area wine critic and gourmand Everett Babcock thinks Pinot Blanc is best with oysters.