Happy Birthday to our country, Feastlings.
This month, Mike Galkin joins us from Action Wine with six American wines in tow, from either coast- Independent American wines for American Independence Day. You may well pour some of these for your cookout, assuming you have the gumption to brave the outdoors next weekend. This weekend, however, you won’t even need to cook out. You can just show up at Feast on Sunday the 28th at 3:30, and for only $30 plus tax and gratuity, you’ll get to taste all six wines, plus we’ll pair food with each one, and what’s more, you’ll get a discount on whatever sings its siren’s song to you. If you’d like to join us, please give us a call at 326-9363, as web and email reservations won’t do the trick.
Independent American wines for American Independence Day
2013 Salmon Run Chardonnay, Finger Lakes, New York $12.00
Dr. Konstantin Frank ignited the “Vinifera Revolution”, a movement that forever changed the course of wine growing in the Finger Lakes and the United States. Located on Keuka lake in the Finger Lakes region, Dr. Konstantin Frank Wines features some of the oldest vinifera vines in the United States and continues to produce wines of distinction and quality. The fruit is gently pressed as soon as it gets to the winery. The juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures to preserve the more delicate flavors. Minimal winemaking intervention and no oak influence make a vibrant easy drinking fruit-driven style. This wine is filled with fresh fruits, dominant of apple, pear, honey and apple; supported by stone fruits notes. The light fruitiness is well balanced by a refreshing acidity and a soft mouth feel, making an easy-drinking style to enjoy with or without food.
2014 Left Coast Cellars ‘White’ Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon $20.00
Left Coast Cellars utilizes a variety of sustainable, organic and earth friendly farming practices. Left Coast is one of 14 wineries to complete Oregon Environmental Council’s Carbon Neutral Challenge, and one of 6 to undergo an independent audit to achieve a goal of complete carbon neutrality. Made from freerun juice of Dijon, Pommard and Wädenswil Pinot Noir grapes. Aged 5 months in stainless steel.
Very pale pink, with just a hint of color. The nose is all white flowers and stone fruits. Sweetish flesh on the entry slowly reveals acids, white fruits and spice. Vibrant, clean and refreshing.
2011 Alysian Pinot Noir, Russian River,California $30.00
Gary Farrell sold his very successful “namesake” brand in 2004 with ambitions of “returning to his roots” as a true artisan producer of extremely limited production Pinot Noir wines. Our appellation designate wines are carefully crafted blends from our very finest vineyard properties. Through clonal and geographic diversity, we combine nuances from multiple vineyard cuvees, creating levels of intrigue and complexity not typically obtainable from single vineyard sources. 100% French oak. 40% new (Francois Freres, Rousseau), 60% one and two years old. 10 months in barrel.
Utilizing fruit from Allen, Rochioli, Floodgate, Hallberg and Singler, we have crafted a wine that is wildly appealing from its intoxicating deep, dark berry and lavender aromas through the exotic, rich flavors enriched by a sprinkling of sandalwood, clove and black pepper. Wonderful integrated tannins compliment its structure which is mouth-filling and firm. The wildly appealing finish is balanced, refreshing, succulent and long.
2012 B Wise Vineyards ‘Wisdom, Moon Mountain, Sonoma Valley, California $21.00
Our little mountainside (Moon Mountain) is pretty special – boasting the same latitude, southwest facing slopes and proximity to the the bay that you’ll find in Napa Valley’s best appellations. In fact, B Wise and our neighbors at Monte Rosso Vineyard are two of the only sites in Sonoma Valley truly suitable for growing and ripening exceptional Cabernet and red Bordeaux varieties. Estate grown. 30% Zinfandel, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, & 20% Syrah. Aged for 14 – 18 months in used French oak. Aged for 14 – 18 months in used French oak. Bright and brambly red raspberry & black cherry with black pepper, sweet vanilla and mocha. Soft and chocolately in the mouth with a lively fruit filled finish. Touches of spice and mineral linger on the palate.
2010 Novelty Hill ‘Royal Slope’ Red, Columbia Valley, Washington $21.00
Novelty Hill’s family-owned estate vineyard, Stillwater Creek, is the primary source (two-thirds) of this delicious blend. Planted on a south-facing hillside on the Royal Slope of the Frenchman Hills, Stillwater Creek is one of the steepest sites in the Columbia Valley, up to 22% in many parts of the vineyard. 37% Merlot; 23% Syrah; 18% Cabernet Sauvignon; 10% Sangiovese; 5% Petit Verdot; 4% Cabernet Franc; 3% Grenache. Aged 21 months in half new, half used oak barrels; 65% French oak, 35% American oak barrels.
A medium-bodied wine with delicious layers of inviting fresh blackberry, ripe plum and a hint of clove woven around a black cherry core that coats the palate and echoes across a finish that lasts.
2011 Ballentine Vineyards “Fig Tree Vineyard” Petite Sirah, Napa Valley $25.00
Planted on our Fig Tree Vineyard located at the northeast edge of the St. Helena appellation, the Petite Sirah grapes are located at the eastern most edge, and are dutifully guarded by two staunch old fig trees. 100% Petite Sirah.
This Petite Sirah balances the jammy blueberry and boysenberry fruit classic of the variety, with the floral elements and accented by a very mild caramel macchiato. The palate of the wine is immense. The palate of the wine is immense. Flavors of cherry and boysenberry throughout with mild vanilla undertones.