Trust Your Importer: Rare Wine Company

Hello, Wine Sippers,

In our continuing efforts to remind people to turn the bottle around and see what’s on the other label, we’re continuing with our Trust Your Importer series for this month’s wine tasting.  Our guest this month will be Noel Patterson, who’ll be sharing the wines of the Rare Wine Company, importers of a host of European wines. Whites, reds and even a dessert wine grace the tasting this month, along with our customary snacks. If you’d like to join us this Sunday, October 27th at 3:30 for the tasting, give us a call to hold a spot, and bring thirty dollars plus tax and gratuity as well as an appetite for good wine and tasty snacks.  You can call us at 326-9363.

Turst Your Importer- Rare Wine Co.

2011 Domaine Huet “Le Mont” Vouvray Sec                                                                      $34.00

A gorgeous wine with lovely flavors of lime, mint and lychee nut. Medium-bodied with good viscosity and nice richness and concentration. Very ripe and tangy and finishes very satisfying with green mineral notes. Really amazing quality for the price.

2009 Királyudvar Furmint Sec, Tokaji                                                                                           $22.00

This is the fourth vintage of Furmint sec from the historic Királyudvar (Kee-RYE-oohd-var) estate, which dates to the 11th century and supplied wine to the Hapsburg court. The bouquet of flowers and citrus jumps right out of the glass. Its intensity, lively acidity and minerality make the 2009 a terrific wine with food.

2010 Olivares “Altos de la Hoya” Monastrell, Jumilla                                                               $12.00

Made exclusively from old, ungrafted vines. Deep ruby color. Ripe, powerful scents of red and dark fruits, minerals and spices. Finishes fresh and long, with a repeating dark fruit note.  The heat-loving Monastrell is known as Mourvèdre in France’s Rhone valley. Jumilla records show that Monastrell was used at least as early as the 15th century. Like the Rhone, Jumilla gets extremely hot during the summer days, but because of the 1,500 foot elevation, nights are very cool. This allows the grapes to become physiologically ripe, yet maintain their acidity.

2010 Antidoto Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero                                                              $24.00

French winemaker Bertrand Sourdais makes Antidoto as an antidote to his background in the family’s Chinon vineyard in the Loire Valley, but it’s also an antidote to the often heavy-handed wines of Ribera del Duero. With its low price and elegance, Antidoto promises to quickly make its mark as the bargain among serious Ribera del Duero offerings. And Bertrand’s launching of the wine could not have been better timed, taking advantage of two great vintages in 2009 and 2010.

2010 Domaine de Pallus “Les Pensées de Pallus” Cabernet Franc, Chinon                            $24.00

Dark and intense purple red with elegant notes of blackberry and sweet spice on the nose, this Barbera is full and supple with warm, lingering red fruits on the palate.

NV Rare Wine Company “New York Malmsey,” Madeira                                                        $54.00

Unfolds slowly in the glass, gradually revealing layers of depth and flavor. Coffee, toffee and date notes emerge, followed by earthy, almost truffley flavors. Powerful and assertive on the long finish.

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