Wine Tasting Thursday! 

Wine Tasting Thursday!

Aloha Grapes Gang –

 I hope that all of you had a wonderful Mother’s Day filled with fun and laughter.

 We have a great line-up of wines for your taste this Thursday: Protocolo’s rosado (blush wine) and Decoy’s rose -- both are excellent for these glorious warm days.  Honoro Vera’s Organic Monastrell that’s got big flavors for half the price.  And Emporium’s Appasimento Rosso Salento that rock’s with cherry flavors, and Robert Hall’s Merlot – big, round and so pretty.

 Looking forward to seeing you this Thursday – Randy

Wine Tasting Roses –

Dominio de Eguren, Protocolo Rosado,  Castilla, Spain ($10 per bottle) –

Wow, wonderful flavors and nose of strawberries, ripe raspberries and citrus fruit and spice.  Light, refreshing and what a great price!  A winner for these warm days.

Decoy Rose, CA ($16 per bottle) –

A product of Duckhorn vineyards, their Decoy rose is composed of Syrah, Vermentino, Carignan and Pinot Noir.  The wine shows strawberries, red berries, a touch of tangerine and melon flavors with a crisp, light frame.  Mid-palate shows nice weight for a rose.  Simply a great wine!


Wine Tasting Reds –

 Emporium, Appasimento Rosso Salento-Puglia, Italy ($17 per bottle) –

This is an exceptional rosso (red) done in the appasimento method where a portion of the grapes are retained and slightly dried in order to have more concentrated flavor.  The wine is made from the Primitivo and Negroamaro grape varietals.  It shows nice balance with plum, cherry and spice flavors.  I love the acidity on its finish that makes it a superb food wine.

Bodegas Juan Gil, Honoro Vera Organic Monastrell, Jumilla, Spain ($11 per bottle) –

Juan Gil got it right for this vintage.  Great flavors of rich plums, spice and a note of leather on the finish.  Made from 100% Monastrell grapes.  People may know the Monastrell grape as Motaro (Australia and US) or Mouvedre (French).  Well balanced, the wine is perfect for Sunday afternoon BBQs.

Robert Hall Vineyards, Merlot, Paso Robles, CA ($19 per bottle) –

When I tasted this Merlot I couldn’t help to think of The Mountain in the Game of Thrones.  Big, huge, imposing, but a pink tutu underneath the armor (this is before Season 8, Episode 5!).  Hall’s Merlot shows refined balance, velvety ripe black fruit with soft tannins on the finish.  Great job showing off this noble grape.

Randy Nunokawa