Wine Tasting – Jack’s January 2016 Picks

Join us on Monday, January 25th from 7pm – 8pm as we taste through Jack’s January 2016 wine picks.

Admission is $20 per person and must be made in advance at Tipple’s or by phone (352-672-6303). Sorry, no refunds or cancellations, please make sure you can attend before signing up!

In addition to the featured wines, your admission includes a Riedel wine glass that is yours to keep and light snacks (cheese, crackers, vegetables, etc.)

The Featured Wines

2014 Yealands Peter Yealands Pinot Noir – New Zealand
91 Points Wine Spectator – “Plush and supple, with a juicy quality to the plum, raspberry and wild strawberry flavors. Fresh earth, cedar and spicy black licorice notes sneak in on the finish, along with a dried rose petal accent. Drink now through 2025.”

2014 Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc – California
90 Points Wine Spectator – “Graceful, with fragrant orange blossom, ruby grapefruit and white peach flavors that are fresh and lively, set on a light, lithe body. Appealing lime zest and passion fruit accents show on the long finish.

2013 Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon – California – Napa Valley
Winemaker’s Notes – “The Allomi Vineyard is relatively young, and it has one thing that Cabernet Sauvignon surely loves: some heat, and a long, lingering growing season that allows fruit to ripen slowly on the vine, gaining complexity and layers of flavor. There’s a hint of floral aromas on the nose, with vanilla, oak spice and even a touch of pepper. Full bodied red fruit flavors typical for Cabernet are joined by notes of currant and blackberry with moderate, well-integrated tannins with wonderful balance and a soft, round, almost lush mouthfeel. Distinctive accents from American oak complete the profile, surely one of Napa’s great treasures from Pope Valley.”

Michelle Brut – Washington – Columbia Valley
89 Points Wine Spectator – “Fresh and inviting, lithe and reticent, with pretty pear and spice flavors that finish with finesse.”

2013 Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon – Washington – Columbia Valley
91 Points Wine Spectator – “Supple, focused and distinctive for its core of ripe plum, currant, sage and floral flavors, which mingle effectively and harmoniously on the long, expressive finish. The tannins are nicely shaped. Drink now through 2020.”

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 63 – California
88 Points Wine Advocate
– “Their great value pick, which has essentially underwritten the winery’s success for many years, is their non-vintage Old Vine, and in this case, the NV Old Vine Red Lot 63, the sixty-third rendition of this lovely blend. Dominated by Zinfandel, but also containing Syrah and Petite Sirah, it’s always meant as a boisterous, exuberant Mediterranean-style red, the likes of which are easy to find in parts of Spain, Southern Italy and Southern France. The oak is pushed back to a minimum, and the NV Lot 63 includes wine from four vintages: 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, which makes these blends about two years of age. It’s an amazing value and has been in every rendition. Deep ruby in color, with notes of pepper, grilled or roasted herbs, steak tartare and briary, delicious black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, the wine is well-made, medium-bodied, supple and luscious. They produced about 60,000 cases, so availability is terrific and the wine capable of lasting 4-5 years, if not longer. But that’s not the point – it’s meant to be drunk upon release.”

2014 The Chook Shiraz Viognier – Australia – McLaren Vale
Winemaker’s Notes – “The seamless integration of Shiraz co-fermented with Viognier, generates a seductive nose of apricots, spice and ripe berries. The palate is smooth and full of rich flavor, perfect for a long lingering finish of delightfully soft Shiraz fruit, but not without the punch.”

2011 Bodegas Oro Blueray Priorat – Spain – Priorat
Winemaker Notes
– “Firm and focused, this red makes an impression through energy rather than weight. Cherry, black olive, licorice and garrigue flavors mingle on a lithe frame, with well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity. Offers a fresh, spicy finish.”

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