Wine Tasting Thursday! 

Aloha Grapes Gang –

Do we have a great tasting for you this Thursday!  All red wines (sorry white wine drinkers), we taste the new vintages of Allegrini’s Pallazzo della Torre and Cesari’s “Mara” Valpolicella Ripasso and stack them up against Napa’s Uppercut Cabernet Sauvigon and Central Coast’s Tally Vineyards Bishop’s Peak “Elevation.”  Yes, I know that some of you will find this tasting unfair because of the disparity of winemaking styles and terrior, but, hey, you need to expand your horizons and experience differences!

Looking forward to seeing you this Thursday – Randy 

Wine Tasting Reds –

Allegrini Palazzo della Torre, Fumane-Verona, Italy ($20 per bottle) –

A Veroness wine made from the Corvina and Rondinella grape varietals, the wine goes through the ripasso (repass) method were a portion of the picked grapes are partially dried, then crushed and added in January to the already fermenting “fresh” wine which was done in September.  A second fermentation occurs that produces a wine with more concentration and depth, not to mention a rounder mouthfeel.  Year-in year-out Allegrini produces a stellar wine using this technique.  Mushroom based risotto is ideal with this wine.

Cesari “Mara” Valpolicella Ripasso Superior, Verona, Italy ($18 per bottle) –

Named after the winery’s matriarch, Mara Cesari, the wine is comprised of the classic Valpolicella blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grape varietals.  Using the ripasso method that was described above, it differs from the Allegrini Palazzo della Torre wine in that the Mara uses the pomace of their Amarone wine that was completed in January.  The second fermentation normally takes in additional 15-18 days.

Uppercut, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma, CA ($18 per bottle) –

The wine making philosophy of Uppercut is to produce a great Napa wine at an affordable price.  Their success comes from sourcing out their grapes from premier sites in Rutherford, Calistoga and St Helena in Napa Valley.  Uppercut shows wonderful blackberries, plums, black currants with soft tannins and Cab spice, herbs and dry cocoa on the finish.  Big and almost brash in style, the wine would pair well with a steak.

Tally Vineyards, Bishop’s Peak “Elevation,” Central Coast, CA ($24 per bottle) –

This is one of the most undervalued wines I’ve tasted.  Produced by the Tally family under their Bishop’s Peak label, Elevation is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Malbec from their Santa Margarita Vineyard.  Flavors of ripe blackberries, plums and cherries are balance with earth, garden herbs, soft oak and tannins on an extended finish.  Expressive, generous and graceful come to mind when you sip this glorious wine.  Would add to any BBQ for sure!  Elevation does best with two hours of air time.  Enjoy!

Randy Nunokawa