Monday, October 22, 2012

The Tasting Room with Tom Leykis at Rosso

For this edition of the Tasting Room with Tom Leykis we taped at Rosso Wine Shop. Gary and Tom came by and we dialed up some good vino to go along with the SaltButterPork Snax (that we offer along with our weekend wine flights).

We talked about the wines, pairing with food, the wine business and the benefits of patronizing local shops like ours.

You can listen here: Tasting With Tom Leykis 
There is also a Podcast through iTunes. Look for the Tasting Room with Tom Leykis and the 10-20-2012 air date.

Food: salami assortment (sopresatta, saucisson sec, chorizo, finocchiona)

NV Barbolini Lambrusco $14.99 Italy
Not your parent's Riunite! This is an excellent dry sparkler from the Castelvetro region, in Emilia-Romagna. Produced traditionally and with minimal intervention, this is a seriously good drink. Rich and lush, a light fizz (frizzante) and low in alcohol, it's a perfect wine for salumi or your finest prosciutto.

2009 Foradori Teroldego Rotaliano $23.99 Italy
(90 Points: Wine Adovcate) "The 2009 Teroldego Rotaliano is a big wine with huge fruit that largely masks much of the wildness that is typically present in this indigenous red grape. There is no shortage of intensity and sheer personality here." (limited supply)

Food: pork n beans/maple/molasses/sage/ancho

2009 Dominique Mugneret Nuits-St-Georges Les Fleurieres $64.99 France
An impressive vineyard (just down the slope from premier cru "Pruliers") that blends sand and gravel for a Burgundy of lush structure and racy flavor. Background notes of wood spice, earth and a subtle sauvage note add nuance to the dark berry fruit aromas that introduce delicious, supple and mouth coating flavors that possess a bit more acid spine on the racy and mineral finish. (highly allocated)

2010 Testarossa Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard $59.99 California
(95 Points: Wine Advocate) "Another highlight is the 2010 Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard, which simply explodes from the glass with huge, dark red fruit. This is one of the richer wines in the lineup, but everything is in the right place. Spices, menthol, pine and dark red cherries flesh out in this radiant Pinot. This is easily one of the most distinctive Pinots being made in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The Pinot was grafted onto existing Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot vines, which may explain some of the wine's uniqueness." (highly allocated)

Food: lamb merguez sausage/harissa/tomato marmalade/frites (Parisian street food style

2009 Domaine Alary Cairanne Vieilles Vignes $20.99 France
(90 Points: Wine Advocate) "This blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 10% Carignan was cropped at a low 36 hectoliters per hectare and aged in tank until it was bottled without filtration. Copious notes of damp earth, truffles, garrigue, licorice, black cherries and black currants jump from the glass. 50-year old vines."

2007 Terrebrune Bandol Rouge $33.99 France
Organically farmed fruit. Hand harvested. 100% de-stemmed. Indigenous yeasts. Fermented in underground, temperature-controlled, gravity-fed cuves. Unfined and unfiltered. A pure wine. Meaty aromas, with chiseled flavors of dark plum, mineral and dried raspberry. The supple finish lingers with white pepper and truffle. Distinctive, balanced and full of character. Mourvèdre at its best.

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