Thursday, June 14, 2018

-This Week's Tastings-
Thursday, June 14th-Old World Wines!
Friday, June 15th-New World Wines! 


This Thursday We Welcome 
Nate From Steep Hill 
Pouring Wines From Spain, Italy & France

Attis Albarino Xion 2016 
When it comes to light, refreshing summer whites, this Albarino from Spain's Rías Baixas is a no brainer. The area has a cool, coastal climate making it ideal for Albarino, the region's most popular grape. This bottle from Attis is clean and fresh delivering a creamy palate of white fruit, a touch of citrus and solid minerality.

Fontefico Pecorino Superiore 2016 
Fontefico was established in 1996 by Nicola and Emanuele Altieri. Starting with 15 hectares of vines, the two brothers began to experiment on different vineyards of the estate using micro-vinifications. After ten years of research and attempts, they decided to think smaller. Today, using only 5 of their 15 hectares, they make only five wines, totaling 15,000 bottles per year. This quality driven approach has made them one southern Italy's top organic boutique wineries. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, the Fontefico Pecorino Superiore is expressive and savory with solid citrus notes. Pairs will with seafood, risotto and, not surprisingly, Pecorino cheese. 

Caractère Unique, Saint-Chinian Blanc 2016 
Saint-Chinian is an appellation in southern France's Languedoc-Roussillon region. The Saint-Chinian received its AOC title in 1982 specifically for red and rosé. It wasn't until 2005 that white wines were introduced to the region. This bottle is made from Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, two typical grapes from the region, and Vermentino, an atypical grape for the area. As the name implies, this bottle is indeed unique revealing apple, pear and tropical notes with hints of citrus. Simply put, this is a delicious wine! 

A 10% discount applies to these wines 
when purchased during the tasting.

This Friday We Welcome 
Michael From Regal
Pouring Wines From California & New Zealand

Folk Machine Gamay Noir Rosé 2017 
This tasting features two wines from the Hobo Wine Co who, in their words, "believe in minimal processing as a goal but modern winemaking as an option". First up is their Gamay Rosé. This is only the second vintage of their Rosé but they have already produced a bottle that stands out as one of our favorite Rosé's of the season. The grapes are taken directly to press and receive minimal skin contact. Then natural and cool fermentation brings out the freshness. It's light and vibrant with flavors of red fruit and candied watermelon. This is a limited release Rosé so make sure to stock up before it's gone for the season. 

Arona, Sauvignon Blanc 2016 
Consumers seem to have a love/hate relationship with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The grape that put New Zealand on the map is also a bit of a curse as many producers began to make wines that were generic and formulaic. The New Zealand style of intense, ripe fruit and herbaceousness, along with mouth puckering acidity is adored by some but loathed by others. But just like all varietals, good and bad examples can be found so we're always excited to discover a bottle like Arona. It has notes of passion fruit and lemon with just a hint of jalapeno which carries on through the finish. It's mouthwatering with great fruit and should please those who enjoy the style but is restrained enough for those who don't like the "in your face" aspect of the varietal. 

Folk Machine Parts & Labor 2016 
Hobo was founded by Kenny Likipakong who is also the winemaker for their Parts & Labor label. Our second wine from the winery is a blend of Barbera, Carignan, Grenache and Syrah. It's juicy and delicious! This is not a wine you sit and ponder, just drink and enjoy. Try it with a slight chill! 

A 10% discount applies to these wines 
when purchased during the tasting.

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High West Distillery

Located in adventurous Park City Utah, a 19th century mining town, some 40 minuets from Salt Lake City is the  High West Distillery, producers of craft spirits with quality ingredients and a personal touch. As I write this short piece I am enjoying a dram of their  American Prairie™ Bourbon, one of their core products. High West uses sourced whiskeys, and their own distillation is in a traditional copper pot still.

A relatively young distillery, founded in 2006 by David and Jane Perkins, High West has the distinction of being the first legal distillery in Utah since 1870. Their choice of location and name (High West) was deliberate and focused because of their dedication to preserving and promoting the American West.

Here at Windsor Wine Merchants we carry several of High West's products which have received numerous accolades and awards. We have 2 of their core spirits: American Prairie™ Bourbon and Double Rye. From High West's limited edition collection we have Bourye, a unique blend of bourbon and rye whiskeys, and Yippee Ki-Yay a blend of straight rye whiskeys. Here is a short description of each of the spirits.

American Prairie™ Bourbon 

American Prairie™ Bourbon is a complex blend of straight bourbons producing an aromatic whiskey that helps preserve the West. High West donates 10% of its after-tax profits to the American Prairie Reserve. This is an award winning, straight Bourbon Whiskey:75% corn, 21% rye, 4% barley malt and other components that are a secret. We get a scent of caramel and sweet vanilla, a taste that is rich and earthy with well balanced  flavors of candy corn, honey nougat and sweet corn bread biscuits and a finish of vanilla, with a hint of caramel.  A truly delightful experience. 

Double Rye

Double Rye, "the Spiciest Rye Whiskey in the World!" in High West's own words. The name is basically from the fact that this is a combination of two different rye whiskeys. One young, at 2 years old combined with a 7 year old more mature rye. The finished product is a combination that not only is a fine mixing whiskey but a whiskey that stands on its own as a sipper.  Double Rye gives us tastes of Rye spices up front, then menthol, mint, eucalyptus, herbal tea with wildflower honey and all spice, and a finish of cinnamon and mint, gradually sweetening through the finish, with a hint of anise. 


Bourye, our first selection from High West's limited edition collection is a unique and premium blend of rich bourbon and rye whiskeys, making for a premier sipping whiskey and one of the distiller's all-time favorites. I have inquired as to the ration of bourbon and rye, to no avail because the ratio is a tightly held secret. The blend is straight bourbon and rye whiskeys aged a minimum of 10 years, in new charred white American oak barrels. We get a long & rich finish with flavors of , roasted pecan, molasses, leather. A truly unique experience. 

Yippee Ki-Yay

Lastly we have Yippee Ki-Yay which came about because one day, just for fun, the distillers put some rye whiskey into barrels originally used to age wine. When they mixed the 'vermouth-ed' and the 'syrah-ed' they discovered an all-natural, not disgustingly sweet whiskey for the rest of us. As the distiller's tasted their fun experiment, there was only one expression that emphasized what was happening in their mouths " Yippee Ki-Yay!!!"  A real expression of joy popular with cowboys in the 19th century Western United States.  A blend of sourced straight rye whiskeys aged from 2 to 16 years,  Aged in new, charred, white American oak barrels and finished in French oak barrels that previously contained vermouth and Syrah wine. We get a delightful finish of spiced red berry jam, black licorice, and muddled spearmint.  A limited edition. 

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