Tasting: Four Wines from Monsieur Touton

This week we have four great buys from Monsieur Touton:

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Les Lauzeraies Tavel Rose: A blend of 8 grapes (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault, Clairette, Picpoul and Bourboulenc), for a wine combining fruit, minerality and spice. A ruby color, a nose of berries and intense notes of minerality charm your taste buds.

La Craie Sancerre: Gooseberry, black currant, and pennyroyal in the nose of Collines’ Sancerre La Craie leads to a mineral broth-like, chalk suffused palate shot through with tart gooseberry and lime. Chalk and white pepper inform a pungently invigorating finish, although despite a sense of primary juiciness on the mid-palate.

Ugarte Cincuenta Rioja: Fresh, Blackberry, Black Currant, Full-bodied. 100% Tempranillo aged for 10 months in French oak. It offers up toasty tobacco, spice, blackberry, and black cherry aromas. On the palate it is elegant, savory, and stylish with layered flavors. Scored 90 points on Wine Advocate.

Odipus Old Vine Grenache: Red cherry color, with violet hints. Complex aroma with delicate, matured red and black fruit notes with spice and fine wood touches. Long aftertaste, sweet and very expressive taste in mouth with soft and elegant tannins and a very expressive terroir. Scored 91 points with Robert Parker.

 

Tasting wines are 15% off Friday and Saturday only.

Learn a little more about winemaker Greg Graziano

Are you coming to our wine dinner at Bridgeman’s restaurant on April 10th?  Why not learn a little about the featured winemaker Greg Graziano and his winery Graziano Wines?

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Greg Graziano is a third generation Mendocino County winemaker. In the mid 1970’s Greg attended the University of California-Davis to study viticulture and enology. When he was only twenty-two Greg became a founding partner and winemaker of Milano Winery in Hopland, California. While he was winemaker at La Crema in the mid 1980’s his wines were served at The White House and at the Moscow Summit. In 1988 Greg and his wife, Trudi, established their own winery. Under the name, Graziano Family of Wines, they now have four highly acclaimed brands: Domain Saint Gregory, Monte Volpe Vineyards, Graziano and Fattoria Enotria.

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Gregory Graziano’s grandfather, Vincenzo Graziano, and his wife Angela, immigrated to America and to eventuall find their way to Mendocino County where they started growing grapes and making wine. They first planted vineyards in Mendocino County in 1918. In the late 1920’s Vincenzo had to depend on selling grapes to home winemakers on the east coast and bootlegging wine to support his family.

In the 1940’s after Prohibition and the Depression, Vincenzo, along with other local grape growers, formed the Mendocino Vineyards Winery, which eventually was sold and merged into the historically significant Cresta Blanca Winery in the town of Ukiah.

Greg’s father, Joseph Graziano, later followed in his father’s footsteps and worked in the family vineyard operation.

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Like his family before him Gregory Graziano, Vincenzo’s grandson, now carries on the family winemaking tradition that his grandfather set the foundation for and that his father Joseph later handed down to Gregory. To this day he is still carrying on the family tradition.

 

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One of Graziano Wines Vineyards

 

Head over to http://www.grazianofamilyofwines.com for more information on Graziano Wines.

There are still tables left for the Local Vines and Gourmet wine dinner at Bridgeman’s in Hull with Greg Graziano.  Don’t miss out on this special experience, seating is very limited.  Call 781-925-6336 for reservations.

 

 

 

All photos courtesy of grazianofamilyofwines.com

 

Reserve your table for our wine dinner at Bridgeman’s!

 

 

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Local Vines and Gourmet, Bridgeman’s of Hull and Graziano Wines are excited to invite you to a very special wine dinner hosted by wine maker Greg Graziano.  Join us on Thursday, April 10th for an evening with Greg sampling some of his favorite wines along with a delicious menu prepared to bring out the best in each wine.  This is not an event you want to miss!  Seating is very limited and tickets will sell out so call for reservations today! Details below:

Bridgeman’s Restaurant

145 Nantasket Avenue, Hull, MA

Thursday, April 10 2014, 6:30 PM

$65 per person (does not include tax and gratuity)

For tickets call (781) 925-6336

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Tonight’s Free Tasting 5:30-7:30, Bordeaux and South Africa

Stop by the shop tonight for another great free wine tasting!  Tonight we’ll be tasting two wines, a Michael Lynch Merlot and a Graham Beck Chardonnay.

 

Michael Lynch Merlot:

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With a bold garnet red colour and a very fruity nose; Michel Lynch Red is very full-flavoured, chewy with plenty of volume, and round with firm ripe tannins.  Michel Lynch is made from the best terroirs in Bordeaux is the flagship of our range. It combines the richness of wines from the left bank of the Garonne  with the roundness of right bank wines to produce a wonderfully balanced expression of the best that the beautiful Bordeaux region can produce.

Graham Beck Chardonnay/Viognier:

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Two utterly delightful varieties come together seamlessly in a blend which is both creamy and refreshing. The fruit for this luscious blend of around 80% Chardonnay and 20% Viognier  A small percentage of both the Chardonnay and Viognier portions were fermented in staved stainless steel tanks to generate an added dimension of richness.  The wine has a full rich nose of peaches and apricots supported by fresh limes and floral notes, while the creamy entry explodes with tropical fruit leading to a long crisp elegant finish. Ideal as an aperitif or with smoked salmon, great with shellfish or enjoy al fresco.

 

As always, our tasting wines are 15% off Friday and Saturday only!

 

Free Tasting Tonight 5:30-7:30

Stop by the shop tonight for our weekly free wine tasting! Tonight we’ll be tasting two wines, La Forcine Muscadet and Clos de Torribas Tempranillo Crianza.

La Forcine Muscadet is made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, this is the absolutely perfect with shellfish wine. Notes of pineapple, peaches, honey, and lavender also make this a good quaffing wine. It offers crackling lime and sea salt notes – you can almost smell the ocean on the nose, The finish is brisk and tangy with good length. Muscadet is a natural aperitif that goes with a variety of dishes and pairs extremely well with fresh, briny oysters.

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Clos de Torribas Tempranillo Crianza has a brilliant dark red colour with touches of ochre. The oak stands out coupled with intense spice. If we swirl the wine in the glass, we get aromas which are typical of the Tempranillo grape variety as well as fruits of the forest. A gentle palate with moderate ageing. The oak is well balanced to maintain the wine’s freshness. Touches of cedar and oak. As the wine ages, smooth tannins come out in the retro nasal stage.

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As always, tasting wines will be 15% off Friday and Saturday only!