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Wines by Jennifer®

Week of January 22nd, 2019

White Wines

  • This Washington Riesling has a nice off-dry style with light sweetness and a crisp, clean finish. The two very old sites in the Yakima Valley add depth and complexity, while the cooler northern site lends freshness and minerality. Light straw color, the wine opens with honeysuckle, green apple and poached pear flavors and aromas, on a slightly sweet palate that follows through to a fresh, clean finish. This is a very versatile style suitable for a wide variety of foods and occasions.
  • This Napa Valley Chenin Blanc was blessed by an immaculate growing season. The wine has very complex and classic Chenin flavors of peaches, pears, citrus blossoms, honeysuckle, apple, lime and lemon. Crisp, clean and fruit forward, it is very refreshing, full and silky with a crisp finish. A zesty citrus character on the palate, with notes of peach, melon and floral blossoms. Try with the "Apple Raisin Bran Muffins" from our Wines by Jennifer® Cookbook!
  • The vintage displays all the characteristics Marlborough Sauvignon is famous for: intense grapefruit aromas with herbaceous undertones. Crisp, dry and refreshing, with a zippy lemon-lime finish. There are aromas of citrus and melon underscored by notes of fresh hay and bell pepper. Full-bodied and lively, with intense flavors of grapefruit and passion fruit set against a backbone of racy acidity. Outstanding with oysters, sushi, salads, fresh cheeses and a variety of light fare.

Red Wines

  • Unlike many Pinot Noirs grown in the Languedoc, this wine is not dominated by heaviness or an excessive over-ripeness. Scents of red and black berries are mixed with floral notes, together with hints of delicate wood and vanilla. On the palate, the wine is complex, rich, and long. The tannins are plump and well-integrated, making it a nice partner with charcuteries, white meat such as chicken with a cream sauce, and light cheeses.
  • This Cotes du Rhone rouge is both lively and profound, with texture, an explosive nose and great length in the mouth. Flavors are of dark red fruits, licorice root and cocoa within a structure of fine tannins. Perfectly balanced between the abundant fruit provided by well-tended Rhone varieties and the secondary aromas and flavors of garrigue, including wild thyme, lavender and an earthy minerality. Only 700 cases are made of this superb Grenache (70%), Mourvedre (20%), Cinsault and Carignan (10%) blend.
  • This is a fantastic, easy-going Bordeaux-style blend that shows bright red fruits, along with blackberry and leather in the expressive nose. Multi-layered flavors unfold as the four grapes in the blend show themselves: earthy Cabernet Franc, minerally Petite Verdot, deep black Merlot, and classic Cabernet Sauvignon. This medium-bodied Lake County red is very approachable, but finishes with plenty of dense tannins. This food-friendly wine is perfect with grilled meats, pastas, BBQ, and soft cheeses.

Appetizer of the Week

Crab Dip Served with Toasted Baguettes

Crab Dip Served with Toasted Baguettes - $10

For more specific information on these great wines, or to taste for yourself, stop by the Tasting Room at Wines by Jennifer this week. We look forward to seeing you!

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And Now Introducing:

Wines by Jennifer® Wine Flights!

($10 Club Members/$12 Guests)


The Wines by Jennifer® Wine Flights program was developed to allow introduction, exploration and comparison into specific wine styles, regions, varietals, wineries and winemakers. The Port Flight will consist of three 1-ounce pours, served in unison.

Featured Flight: Port Wines Paired with Askinosie Dark Chocolate


White Port, Douro, Portugal
White grapes are just as common as red in the Douro, with Gouveio, Malvasia Fina, Rabigato, Viosinho and Moscatel being some of the most popular. White Port production is much like that of red Port, with a key distinction being a shorter (or non-existent) maceration period for white Port. In both cases, the alcoholic fermentation is arrested by the introduction of a neutral grape spirit of about 77% alcohol-by-volume (ABV). The high alcohol kills off the yeast before it has had time to complete alcoholic fermentation, meaning before all the grapes’ sugars are fully converted into alcohol. This process is known as fortification, and results in a fortified wine that is high in both sugar and alcohol. White Port typically has somewhere between 16.5% and 20% alcohol by ABV.

Ruby Port, Cima Corgo Region, Douro, Portugal
The Douro region of northern Portugal is the home of Port. It is named for the Douro River, which flows east to west from the Spanish border to Oporto, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. Douro is divided into three sub-regions: from west to east, they are Baixo Corgo, Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. Although there are dozens of red grapes authorized in Port production, it really boils down to what are known as the “Fantastic Five”: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, and Tinto Cão. Ruby Port is the most extensively produced type of Port. After fermentation, it is stored in tanks of concrete or stainless steel to prevent oxidative aging and preserve its bright red color and full-bodied fruitiness. The wine is usually blended to match the style of the Port house to which it is to be sold.

10 Year Old Tawny Port, Douro, Portugal
Tawny Ports are wines aged in wooden barrels, exposing them to gradual oxidation and evaporation. Because of this oxidation, they gradually mellow to a golden-brown color. The exposure to oxygen imparts nutty flavors to the wine, which is blended to match the house style. There are two major types of Tawny: basic Tawny Port, which is a blend of several recent vintages with no specific age statement, and older-aged Tawnies marked as 10, 20, 30 or even 40 years old. Aged tawny Ports are sweet or medium-dry and typically consumed with desserts such as the “Microwave Apple Bread Pudding” from our Wines by Jennifer® Cookbook!

 

 


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