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 NJ Wine Event

HOLIDAY WALK AROUND WINE TASTING

 NJ Wine Event

Friday, November 22nd
7:00pm- 8:30pm
$75 per person
(tax and gratuity not included)
Tis the season! We are hosting a walk around tasting that showcases 16 "must have" wines for the holidays. Nicholas chose these wines with your holiday entertaining in mind, showcasing crowd pleasing varietals that complement holiday meals and cocktail events.  Fifty dollars of the $75 fee goes towards your first wine purchase.
Lightly passed hors d’ oeuvres will be served.
RESERVE: 732.345.9977 (phone reservations only)

Tasting Wines

Domaine Gasnier Cravantine NV
The estate of Domaine Gasnier is comprised of 25 hectares, all within the commune of Cravant-les-Coteaux. The Gasniers employ biodynamic techniques in farming, no pesticides or herbicides. The Cravantine is a distinctive sparkling wine made from carefully grown Cabernet Franc grapes. The bubbles are the result of the traditional, labor-intensive méthode champenoise. Appealing strawberry and mineral scents are encased in a firm structure with a dry and spicy quality in the palate. Great aperitif for the holiday season.
Diego Bolognani Pinot Grigio 2018
The Bolognani estate in the spectacular Dolomites of Trentino was founded in 1952 . This Alpine high-elevation region is perfect to allow Pinot Grigio to develop a great balance of fruit, spice and mineralogy through a long growing season. Winemaker and proprietor Diego Bolognani’s wine has a beautiful balance of white flowers, nuts, citrus, and stony notes, with an utter purity of fruit and a long, refined finish. Perfect choice for a holiday party white.
Domaine Reverdy-Cadet Sancerre Blanc 2018
The tiny hamlet of Verdigny is in the heart of Sancerre. Young Claude of Domaine Reverdy-Cadet is a 4th generation winemaker lucky enough to be working with old Sauvignon vines rooted in the mineral limestone soils called caillotes. The resulting wines are fresh, vibrant Sancerres, brimming with tension. The 2018 has a green-tinged straw color with intense citrus and anise on the nose, plus a strong chalky tone. It is absolutely electric on the palate, with great vibrancy to the flavors of lime, pink grapefruit and blood orange. The finish is long and stony.
Benoni Chardonnay Petit Grains San Luis Obispo 2018
The 2018 vintage was superb in San Luis Obispo, one of California’ emerging sources for world-class Chardonnay. The Benoni vineyards produce tiny berries, packed with flavor, their thick skins allowing for aromatic complexity and length generally only found in wine twice the price. The 2018 Petit Grains offers the perfect combo of green apple, hazelnut and mineral freshness. Just a dynamite bottle of American Chard, priced to drink every day.
Weingut Ratzenberger Riesling Kabinett Feinherb Bacharacher 2017
This is fruity Rhein Riesling of sumptuous fruit flavors (tangerine, peaches, ruby red grapefruit), stern acidity, and classic mineral and spicy flavors imparted by the steep slopes of the Bachrach. The vineyard, its soil comprised entirely of black Devon slate, has an incredible capacity to produce powerful, mineral-laden and long-lived Riesling. Pair with roasted turkey, sausages and salmon. Drink now-2026!
Gianni Doglia Barbera d’Asti 2018
Finding great value in the shadow of Italy’s two great wine growing areas, Barolo and Barbaresco, requires getting off the beaten path. One of my favorite places to look for great Tuesday nighters are the sandy, limestone-laden hills of Asti. Although it is better known for the Moscato, Barbera should be its calling card because in very few places of the world does it thrive like it does here. Gianni Doglia naturally farms a tiny estate in the picturesque hamlet of Castagnole Lanze. His Barbera is the product of 50 year old vines, vinfied without oak to preserve its incredible fruit. Black in color to the core, bright and wonderfully aromatic, this is food-friendly red wine that can double just as well all on its own. Great choice for a house red
Domaine Eric Desvignes Givry Rouge 2017
Nestled amidst the rock-strewn, rugged hills of Givry, lies the 11 hectare estate of Eric Desvignes. The combination of old vines, low yields and organic farming creates incredible aromatic complexity and a lush texture generally found only in wines with much greater price tags. The Givry Villages 2017 is the bulk of the red wine production at Desvignes. It is is the product of 45 year old vines, rooted in rocky, steep hillside vineyards. Vinified entirely in oak, this is juicy, crunchy Pinot Noir with a lip-smacking mineral finish that makes it absolutely perfect at any table. Pair with grilled salmon, roasted poultry and mushroom dishes.
Trousse Chemise Pinot Noir Hyland Vineyard 2018
In the sixth year of her project, Trousses Chemises, winemaker, Anne Sery, has made a range of truly spectacular Pinots. The Hyland Vineyard wine is the product of a high elevation vineyard smack dab in the middle of the Van Duzel Corridor, the only gap in Oregon’s Coastal Range. This gap allows the cold air of the Pacific to flow eastward into the Willamette Valley, greatly moderating summer heat. These vineyards were in the very best position to take advantage of 2018’s warm, dry days because at night, the high elevation of Van Duzel breezes kept things cool. Anne’s 2018 Hyland Pinot is bright with a terrific, freshly crushed fruit quality. The finish is long and mineral making me think this is a wine that will do well in a proper cellar. If you can’t resist the fruit, and it is hard, believe me, pair with roasted salmon or poultry.
Fattoria Zerbina Sangiovese Superiore Romagna Ceregio 2017
Cristina Geminiani’s estate Fattoria Zerbina, named for the southerly wind that blows through this valley, is located 50 km southeast of Bologna, halfway to the Adriatic. Her 29 hectare are farmed without the use of chemicals on a classic mix of iron-rich clay and limestone. Her pizza wine, Ceregio, is a brilliant ruby color, with racy, black cherry fruit flavors. Firm acidity makes the wine long on the palate and just about perfect with any type of simple cuisine on any Tuesday night. Great house red
Corzano e Paterno IGT Sangiovese Il Tre Borri 2016
In 2016, a cool, late ripening vintage, winemaker and proprietor, Joschi Goldschimdt made one of his greatest wines, the IGT Sangiovese Il Tre Borri. Joschi’s top wine is 100% Sangiovese, the very best selection that the estate grew in ’16. The nose is high-toned and elegant, with notes of red-fruits, with a touch of earth, sweet tobacco and spice. The mid palate is concentrated, loaded with vibrant, wild-berry fruitiness and a lush, supple mouthfeel. The finish is long with fine-grained tannins. This wine is young, absolutely packed; be sure to decant and drink in a big glass because there is a unique layer of refinement that gradually comes with air. When you get there, whoa, the wine is stunning. Think Tignanello at half the price! The perfect gift for the discriminating Italian wine collector. Drink this Tuscan masterpiece now-2030
Cerbaia Brunello di Montalcino 2014
Cerbaia is a tiny estate, just 12 acres. The vines were planted in the ‘70s on northeast facing parcels, rooted in the famous Montosoli calcareous soil. Elena Pellagrini’s time at the estate has just begun and she picked a expressive, elegant vintage for her debut. The high elevation and mineral soil produce naturally tiny, thick skinned berries, perfect for making concentrated, structured wine yet with an aromatic complexity and finesse of tannin that usually reserved for wines at a much greater price. Elena’s 2014 Brunello is fine and aromatic which just builds with air. The wine is dark, powerfully concentrated yet finishes fresh and kind stony, making it both fantastic at the table now and a great candidate for long aging. Perfect complement to a holiday dinner of prime rib.
Stolpman Syrah Estate Ballard Canyon 2017
"The 2017 Syrah Estate Grown is absolutely gorgeous. Fresh, floral and wonderfully perfumed, the Estate expresses all the best vintage had to offer. Sweet floral, spice and dried herbs are beautifully laced into a core of dark Syrah. Not only is the Estate a terrific example of the year, it also captures the interplay of rich fruit and more savory notes that is so typical of the best Ballard Canyon Syrahs. The 2017 is simply compelling. That’s all there is to it." 93 Points Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Xavier Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme 2016
"The striking 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme is 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre and the rest minor varieties (there’s no Syrah). Aged in a mix of foudres, demi-muids, barriques and concrete tanks, it shows hints of mocha and toast on the nose, but the blackberry and red plum fruit is mouthwatering and fresh, richly concentrated and spicy. Full-bodied, it manages to be ripe, silky and concentrated, while remaining crisp on the lengthy finish. Tasted twice, with consistent notes." 95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Fabre-Montmayou Cabernet Franc Reserva 2017
"Hervé Joyaux Fabre buys the grapes for this impressive Cabernet Franc from a vineyard that he farms himself at 1,100 metres. Combining oaked and unoaked portions, it’s a bright, perfumed, appealingly textured red with subtle wood spice and an undertone of green herbs. 2020-24" 93 Points, Tim Atkins Master of Wine, The 2019 Argentina Report
Sueno Profundo Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2017
Ry Richards refined his hand crafting complex, vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon under the tutelage of Phil Titus at Chappellet Vineyards. At Sueno Profundo, Ry’s new brand, the goal was the same…crafting lush Cabernet with fine tannin that speak to its place of origin. The Napa Valley cuveé comes from two early-ripening vineyards on the south eastern side of the valley. Well-drained soil is key here, roots dig deep in poor soil, bringing terrific minerality and freshness up to the grapes. The result is a knock-out $35 Cabernet, loaded with fresh, juicy black fruit, perfect with grilled beef or with just a hunk of cheese. 500 cases produced.

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