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Wines by Jennifer®

Week of May 21st, 2019

 

White & Rosé Wines

  • Fruit is sourced from vineyards that lie in one of Sicily's finest wine zones. The blend is Chardonnay and Inzolia, one of the island's signature white grapes traditionally known as an ingredient in the fortified Marsala wines. This crisp, dry wine is deep straw-yellow in color, with rich floral and fruity notes and a faint hint of almonds. Vibrant acidity balances out the alcoholic warmth commonly found in Sicilian wines.

  • This Albarino is produced by the largest cooperative in Rías-Baixas, and is named for the hill on which it is located. Fruit comes from a small selection of vineyard plots in the Salnes sub-zone of Rias-Baixas, an area producing grapes with pit-fruit character, richness, and bracing minerality. Bright greenish-yellow color with golden highlights, the wine has a uniquely fruity aroma highlighting hints of ripe apples, apricots, and peach.
  • The château is located in the foothills of the Luberon mountain, at the heart of a 35-acre park that includes 25 acres of vines, olive trees, ancient pine, oak and plane trees. This dry Provencal rosé is juicy and floral, with fresh acidity and ripe cherry flavors. Good concentration and a leafy, stony fresh finish make for a wonderful pairing with the “Roasted Garlic” recipe from our Wines by Jennifer® Cookbook.

Red Wines

  • Cebreros is a high-elevation appellation in the Castilla y Leon province of Spain. This Garnacha is produced from old vines cultivated at more than 900m above sea level. Naturally elaborated respecting the essence of the terroir, the wine is vivid ruby color, with lively red and dark berry aromas. Supple and seamless in texture, it develops a juicy black raspberry character on the lengthy, well balanced finish.
  • Located in the northern part of Sonoma County, Alexander Valley is one of the county’s warmer districts. This lush and explosive Petite Sirah is full of ripe summer strawberries, blackberries and dried currants. Marked by pervasive flavors of cedar and sweet, charred oak, this ripe, meaty wine is practically a meal in the glass.
  • This producer has long been one of Lodi’s finest. Aromas of ripe plum, cacao, and smoky oak dance with subtle earthy and floral notes. The palate is greeted with bright and vibrant flavors of blackberry, anise and exotic spices. Supple tannins and superb balance lend structure to this full-bodied Syrah with a long, lingering finish. Pair with grilled meats or mushroom risotto.

Appetizer of the Week

Avocado Tomato Salad

Avocado Tomato Salad - $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: Zinfandels

Primitivo and Zinfandel are both clones of the Croatian grape Crljenak. Though genetic equals, they produce very distinctive wines. The Zin is much more fruit-forward, while the Primitivo is leaner and more rustic.

Zinfandel is lighter in color than both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but moderate tannins and high acidity make it taste bold. Most Zinfandel wines also have higher alcohol levels ranging from about 14 – 17% ABV.

We frequently see the phrase “Old Vine” associated with Zins. Though there is no set rule or law, the consensus is vines around 50 years old can be tagged as “Old Vines.” Also known as Ancient Vines, Gnarly Vines, Old Timer Vines, Old World Vines or Old Twisted Vines, they are typically in decline, producing less and less fruit. Clusters are fewer, with smaller berry size yielding more intense sugars, color and flavor.

Zinfandel works well with barbecue and lamb, while the more rustic Primitivo works naturally well with Italian meat-based entrees served with traditional red sauce. And, don’t forget the best pairing of all – Belle Toffee’s Roasted Hazelnut Espresso Toffee in Dark Chocolate, available here at Wines by Jennifer®!

 

  • From Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot, this Primativo is deep ruby red, with intense aromas of ripe red fruit, cherry, mulberry, blueberry, vanilla and herbs. Bold and long, with enjoyable tannins, pair this with red meats, roasts, and aged cheeses.
  • Paso Robles is arguably one of America’s premier Zin-growing regions. Dark berry and spicy aromas lead to a palate rich with jammy, ripe plum and blackberry flavors bolstered by a touch of black pepper. Sweet, toasted oak offers a plush mouthfeel and a long, velvety finish.
  • Fruit is from a blend of 16 different blocks of Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel vineyards with an average age of 87 years. With berries and spice on the nose, dark, sweet fruit fills the palate with just a hint of black pepper. This wine has a long, lingering finish and the potential to age.

 


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