Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The new Carlisle releases are in!

Carlisle Winery

Twice a year we get some fantastic, highly allocated wine from producer-extraordinaire, Mike Officer. There is very little to go around and he has a rabid following. Here is what Robert Parker has said about him “... dedicated to serious winemaking from old vineyard sites...” and “... these are all big, but incredibly well-balanced, fresh wines. Officer is not afraid to push ripeness to the edge, but, remarkably, the wines are never over the top, revealing tremendous textures, aromatics, and ripeness. He has become one of the top three or four Zinfandel producers in northern California, and also demonstrates a sure hand with Syrah and some of the old field blends planted by Italian immigrants over a century ago.”

2007 Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Papera Ranch Russian River $39.99
(93 Points: International Wine Cellar) Glass-staining purple. A compelling bouquet of black raspberry, blueberry, sandalwood incense and potpourri is strikingly pure and expansive. Deep, energetic red and dark berry flavors manage to be both powerful and graceful, with silky tannins providing structure and back-end grip. I wouldn't hesitate to drink this sexy wine now but I'd bet it will reward another four or five years of patience.

2006 Carlisle Syrah Bennett Valley Cardiac Hill $42.99
(94 Points: International Wine Cellar) Deep ruby. Captivating aromas of red- and blackcurrant, smoked meat, olive and minerals remind me of a serious Cote-Rotie. Rich black raspberry and cassis flavors are complicated by cracked pepper, olive and candied violet, with silky tannins lending support and focus. The floral qualities gain strength on the finish, which is strikingly focused and very long. For this wine's quality, the price is a steal.

If you have yet to try one, well, we got 'em.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Beaujolais Nouveau 2009!

Thursday, November 19th!
From 5:00Pm to Close

Each year, wine lovers wait with anticipation for the latest vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau. We invite you to participate in one of the world's yearly rituals. Come celebrate the new vintage and enjoy some French-inspired bites.

$10.00 per person

Rosso Wine Shop
3459 1/2 N Verdugo Road
Glendale, CA 91208
P: (818) 330-9130

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Supper Club (cinque)

The theme: wines of Northeast Italy – Friuli and Veneto

Menu a la Michael Ruiz

Vini da Friuli e Veneto, buonissimo

The new set up

Thanks to everyone! Another great night.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Kosta Browne-- 'nuf said

We get our allocation of the prized single vineyard Kosta Browne Pinot Noir the week of November 9th. The 2007 releases look to be "through the roof." First come first serve. Call if interested 818-330-9130.

2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Koplen Vineyard
96 Points: Wine Spectator
This has a wonderful purity of flavor, with rich, expansive layers of fruit, built around ripe plum, black cherry, wild berry, raspberry and blackberry, fanning out beautifully, with a long, lingering finish that keeps repeating the fruit themes. Drink now through 2014. 867 cases made.

2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Kanzler Vineyard
95 Points: Wine Spectator
Not as dense as previous vintages, but this wins extra points for its balance and delicacy, with complex mineral, fresh earth, boysenberry, wild berry and raspberry fruit that gains depth and richness without gaining weight. Drink now through 2015. 803 cases made.

2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Keefer Ranch
95 Points: Wine Spectator
Beautifully crafted, smooth and fleshy, with tightly focused plum, black cherry and raspberry fruit that's pure and delicious. Full-bodied, long and persistent. Drink now through 2014. 698 cases made.

2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Amber Ridge Vineyard
94 Points: Wine Spectator
Combines rich, ripe plum and blackberry fruit with firm sage, mineral and cedar notes. Full-bodied and deeply concentrated, ending with mineral and anise. Drink now through 2014. 727 cases made.

2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Garys' Vineyard
94 Points: Wine Spectator
Pure, ripe plum, blackberry, wild berry and raspberry fruit is complex and concentrated, well-structured and balanced. Ends with a long, spicy, minerally finish. Drink now through 2014. 436 cases made.

2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Rosella's Vineyard
93 Points: Wine Spectator
Intense, with subtle aromas that are more complex on the palate. Well-balanced, smooth, rich and layered, with dried currant, herb, spice and mineral notes, firming up on the finish, where the tannins are more evident. Drink now through 2012. 247 cases made.