September 17th 2011  Wine Tasting

Today there's another Cava, remember the last tasting… two close-outs, and a vertical Cabernet tasting within the tasting, and a very special ale - sure is a lot of tasting going on…

 Dibon N.V. Cava, Brut Reserve, $11.99

Cava, a Spanish term meaning made in the traditional Champagne Method. Smooth and creamy best describes this bubbly, and the texture echoes other bottles costing more.

La Capra, 2009 Chardonnay, South Africa, $11.99 Close-Out $ 7.99

Fresh, dry, and clean; it shows red apples, citrus, and a wonderful, thick, smooth creaminess. All this is on the nose and it just reels you in as it all follows onto the palate. There's no oak, but the body is still full and may even appeal to red wine drinkers.  Sad to see this one go, enjoy while it lasts.

TIME TO GO VERTICAL!

The next three wines are all Cabernet Sauvignon, from different regions, soil types, and climates. You will find to greater or lesser degrees cassis, blackberries, black cherries, red cherries, some spice, oak, and chocolate. However, each wine will make its delivery in quite a different fashion,

 Castle Rock, 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $12.99

Washington state is known for its Bordeaux blends and varietals, this one is really full bodied, and oaky.

Castle Rock, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, $12.99

Full bodied and certainly the spiciest of the bunch.

Castle Rock, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County, $12.99

Elegant and smooth best defines this classic Napa Cab.

 Castle Rock, 2007 Petite Verdot, Monterey County, $14.99 Close-Out $10.99

Petite Verdot is never inexpensive, till now, and always so smooth for a big wine. Ripe red berry fruit pervades throughout with that classic coffee note always associated with this varietal. 

Stone Brewing Co., 15th Anniversary Ale, Escondidian Imperial Black IPA, $9.99

Uhhhh… yeah, well you're just going to have to taste this one, I'm a huge Stone fan; you either love Stone Brewing or not. Yes, this is a black IPA, that means it really is black, heavy, viscous, it uses 100 IBUs of hops, that happens to be a huge amount, it's 10.8%, most likely you won't like it - if you do there is no substitute. This is very limited, it will not last long, we will not have it for any length of time, I expect it to be gone in the next five business days, enjoy!

 As always thank you for your patronage,

 Bruce G. Davis

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