All the wines today will pack a punch of flavor, body, and intensity. We focus in on the big flavors of Spain, Italy and France, and one big WA red. The whites are racy and vibrant. And the reds are big and lush. But they all pack a significant wallop to the palate. Come and try these wonderful wines, but be warned… they bite back!!
Try them @ Humble Vine - Sat. February 2nd 4pm-until the bottles are empty!
Bacaro, Grillo, Sicily Italy $13
Firm acidity frames a palate of mineral with grapefruit, peaches, nectarines, white flowers, green apple, in this light-bodied, balanced white. Lemonade balance with HIGH acid and lush fruit. Dry.
Morilleau, Gros Plant, Pays Nantais (E. Loire) France $14
Light, and bright, with an elegant vivacity and fruitiness shining through. Wines aged on lees (yeast) and are rounder and suppler. Almost “creamy”. Lees aging also gives “Gros Plant du Pays Nantais” a distinctively crisp, vibrant character.
Evidia Cochina, Albarino, Rias Baixas Spain $24
This is a superb Albarino! It showcases singular minerality and style only achieved by thoughtful winemaking. Aromas of stone fruit, white roses, citrus and saline nuances. Medium-bodied, lots of vibrancy with notes of dried herbs, mineral, and salinity. Excellent finish that persist for a while. So complex. SO COOL!!!!!!
Cochina Del Pino, Barbera D’Asti, Piedmont Italy $25
This estate may have a long history in the region but it’s only since 1997 that production moved from the local co-op to in house, today run by fourth-generation Renato Vacca. This Barbera is vibrant and juicy with great finesse and focus of rich, peppery black cherry, and integrated oak. I want a fireplace and a book with this one….
Cellar de Capçanes, Garnatxes – Slate, Montsant Spain, $23
If you thought terroir was much over-hyped, think again. Capcanes have produced four Garnacha wines from vines grown in 4 distinctly different types of soil. This one comes from SLATE rich soil which gives the wine a truly robust character and structure, with some dark, baked red fruit aromas as a result of its hotter, lower-altitude location. One of my favorite wines on the shelf.
Finn Hill, “Merveille”, Columbia Valley Washington, $30
A graduate of WSU Enology program. Small farm. BIG wines!! Powerful wine. Dried herb, purple flower, vanilla, baking spice, black licorice and barrel spice aromas lead to ripe dark fruit flavors in this wine. Generous barrel accents run throughout while tannins bring a touch of dryness. HOLY COW THAT’S BIG!