Jack Tipple’s Holiday Wine Tasting Extravaganza!-Monday, December 17, 2018 @ 7pm
Join us on Monday, December 17 from 7-9pm for Jack’s Annual Holiday Wine Tasting Extravaganza! We will be pouring thirteen mouth-watering selections from some of our most prestigious producers with great hors d’oeuvres from Fehrenbacher’s Artisan Sausages & Cured Meats-a truly special evening.
Admission is $85 per person and must be made in advance at Tipple’s or by phone (352-672-6303). Space is very limited so sign up soon! Sorry, no refunds or cancellations, please make sure you can attend before signing up! You will be consuming delicious wines, please arrange for a safe ride home.
In addition to the featured wines, your admission includes a Riedel Wine glass.
The Featured Wines
Bollinger Special Cuvee
Winemaker’s Notes: A golden color, distinctive of black grape varieties. Very fine bubbles. On the nose, it has a beautiful aromatic complexity, ripe fruit and spicy aromas, with hints of roasted apples, apple compote and peaches. On the palate, there is a subtle combination of structure, length and vivacity. The bubbles are like velvet. Flavors of pear, brioche and spicy aromas, notes of fresh walnut.
93 Points Wine Spectator: Lovely aromas and flavors of ripe black cherry and currant fruit, graphite, toast and candied Meyer lemon zest are set in this racy Champagne, with a refined, finely detailed mousse. The mouthwatering finish is long and spicy.
92 Points James Suckling: Looking the part with a keenly struck trade-off between freshness and complexity, there’s plenty of pinot-derived red fruit on the nose, as well as biscuity, mellow, sweet spices and fragrance. The palate takes a similar path, with some grilled cashews and citrus, too. Nicely crafted texture, with cherry and peach fruits.
92 Points Wine Enthusiast: The classic Bollinger non-vintage is, as always, rich and firmly structured. With the roundness that comes from aging the wines in wood before blending, it has a ripe, smooth edge. Underneath, the texture is solid, with hints of apple and pear and mature acidity.
92 Points Robert Parker: Bollinger’s NV Brut Special Cuvée is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier, and the grapes are mostly (more than 85%) sourced in Grand Cru and Premier Cru villages. The majority of the Special Cuvée is reserve wines, part of which have been aged in magnums for five to 15 years. The disgorgement I tasted in May 2018 displays an intense golden-citrus color and has a refreshing, concentrated bouquet of citrus fruits, sweet cherries, ripe apples, white flowers, toast, walnuts, ripe apricots and peaches, with just a touch of brioche. On the palate, this is an intense, very elegant and refined cuvée with a very long, refreshing, intense, aromatic and salty finish. This is an excellent Champagne with a beautiful chalky texture in the aftertaste.
91 Points Wine & Spirits: A blend of current vintage stock with reserve wines aged in magnums, Bollinger’s Special Cuvee is consistently one of the top multi-vintage blends from Champagne. Made from selected base wines vinified in old oak casks, it has a round, smoky intensity along with a formidable balance of power and richness. Flavors of red currants and savory, rooty notes contrast hints of flowers in a lasting finish.
Larmandier Bernier Rose
Winemaker’s Notes: Dark pink. A deeply pitched, intensely fragrant bouquet evokes dried red berries, cherry pit, allspice and floral oils, with a bright note of blood orange adding vibrancy. Shows a darker character on the palate, offering sappy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors enlivened by a mineral quality. This precise, fine-grained Champagne finishes with excellent clarity and cut and toasty persistence.
91 Points Wine Enthusiast: As it indicates, this is a rosé made from the natural color of the skins rather than blending in red wine. It’s rich, as much a wine as a Champagne, with even a touch of tannin. Dry, with plenty of acidity to finish.
2016 Stags’ Leap Winery Chardonnay
Winemakers Notes: The inviting bouquet expresses aromas of creamy lemon meringue, tropical pineapple, delicate elderflower and hints of raw almond nuttiness which fill the glass and pique your interest in this crisp Chardonnay. On the palate, you’ll find a classic refreshing Chardonnay with a vibrancy of tropical fruit notes that transition into lemon curd and meringue while also maintaining a roundness in texture that is balanced (hinting at the delicate battonage lees stirring during the winemaking process). With well-integrated vanilla oak notes, subtle almond undertones, and a flinty minerality on the finish, this wine is full, rich and bright, yet generous in style and maintains freshness due to its acidity, which creates a Chardonnay of lovely complexity and depth.
2015 Maison de Montille Chablis 1er Cru
Winemaker’s Notes: Maison de Montille wines are known for their great aromatic purity. They always favor balance and elegance over power and extraction. The wines are classic expressions of Burgundy, of their appellations in general and of their specific terroirs in particular. The farming methods used contribute to this individual style, and their winemaking methods aim to avoid excessive outside influences in order to bring out the equilibrium that can be found naturally in Burgundian terroir.
2010 Cayuse God Only Knows
Winemaker’s Notes: Intensely fruity on the nose, with spicy flavors that follow and expand across the palate. This has excellent grip and depth, along with balancing acidity and structure. Plum, kirsch and concentrated cherry flavors pop out. It’s a wine of refined power.
94 Points Wine Enthusiast: Intensely fruity on the nose, with spicy flavors that follow and expand across the palate. This has excellent grip and depth, along with balancing acidity and structure. Plum, kirsch and concentrated cherry flavors pop out. It’s a wine of refined power.
93+ Points Robert Parker: The almost all Grenache 2010 God Only Knows (named as such because the full blend is unknown, or so we’re told) is a complex, elegant version of this wine, with a Rayas-like perfume of kirsch, white pepper, stem, herbes de Provence and a gamey meatiness that comes out with air. Medium to full-bodied, silky and seamless on the palate, with juicy acidity, polished tannin and a light, clean texture, it lacks the back-end concentration of a top vintage, yet possesses brilliant purity and balance. It will benefit from short-term cellaring and impress for upwards of a decade.
93 Points Stephen Tanzer: Good medium red. Knockout aromas of musky raspberry, black olive, smoke, leather and brown sugar, lifted by an ineffable floral topnote. All silky texture and perfume in the mouth, showing brisk peppery lift to the flavors of raspberry and gunflint. The long, building finish boasts very suave tannins and lovely retention of fresh fruit. This wine reminded me of a Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Domaine de Marcoux.
91 Points Wine Spectator: Supple, silky and expressive, offering black and green olive accents to the lively rose-infused rhubarb flavors. This has grace and charm.
2013 Conterno Barbera d’Alba Francia
95 Points Vinous: Utterly magnificent in the glass, 2013 Barbera d’Alba Francia presents a rich, almost demi-glace like texture that envelops the palate. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, hard candy, rose petal and wild flowers all flesh out effortlessly. The 2013 has the energy of a cool, late-ripening vintage, but with striking inner sweetness and depth. Elegant, restrained and sophisticated, the 2013 is another real gem from Roberto Conterno. This is just about as majestic as Barbera gets.
2011 Peter Michael Les Pavots
Winemaker’s Notes: Black with a ruby red hue and crimson reflection on the rim, the 2011 Les Pavots reveals an intense bouquet of strawberry, black truffle oil, vanilla bean, blueberry and blackberry, with nuances of black currant liquor, cedar, cacao, cigar box, black tea, graphite, a stylish ‘garrigue’ touch, forest floor and cloves. Extremely full-bodied, this wine offers a potpourri feeling with the same rich, ripe fruit impressions on the palate with black truffle, tobacco, grey and white pepper notes. The mouth feel is dense and round, with a mineral background and ample elegant tannins, which leads to a long finish. The 2011 Les Pavots will benefit from another year of cellaring and will age gracefully for two decades.
94 Points James Suckling: This a 2011 with impressive structure and finesse. Black truffle and blackcurrants. Pine needles. Aromatic. Full body with fine tannins and fresh, clean finish. Sleekness and finesse. Excellent length. It really grows on you. Wonderful texture. They produce a tiny amount and reduce the crop.
92 Points Robert Parker: The 2011 Les Pavots (3,086 cases) is composed of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. Its chocolaty fudge-like notes intermixed with espresso roast, black and red currants, smoky barbecue and underbrush are followed by a deep, rich, full-bodied, outstanding red wine that should drink well for 10-15 years.
92 Points Stephen Tanzer: Opaque ruby. Smoky, deeply pitched aromas of cassis, blueberry and dark chocolate, with a hint of truffle adding a musky, earthy nuance. In a substantial style for the vintage, offering sweet dark fruit preserve flavors and a touch of candied licorice. Tangy acidity adds lift to the round, gently tannic, persistent finish, with the blue fruit note echoing.
91 Points Wine Spectator: Notably complex, with pure, ripe currant and blackberry fruit that’s dense, focused and firmly tannic, ending with a burst of espresso, cherry rhubarb and black licorice flavors and firm, dry tannins. Shows more grace and refinement than most 2011s.
2015 Ramey Claret
Winemaker’s Notes: This soft, easy-drinking Cabernet is a good introduction to the vintage, and while it will improve over the course of three to eight years, it is not a wine intended for long-term cellaring.
90 Points Robert Parker: The medium garnet-purple colored 2015 Claret has a fantastic combination of red and black fruits—black raspberries, black plums, redcurrants and black cherries—with suggestions of cigar box and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, chewy structure and a great core of crunchy fruit, finishing long and earthy.
2013 Morlet En Famille Pinot Noir
95+ Points Robert Parker: There are 230 cases of the 2013 Pinot Noir En Famille. This wine displays notes of fresh saddle leather, loads of black cherry liqueur, and with the vineyard’s exposition full south, it shows wonderful ripeness and richness, with oodles of kirsch, spice and some background forest floor and earth. It is a full-bodied beauty to drink over the next 10-15 years.
94 Vinous: Bright red cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, blood orange and star anise give the 2013 Pinot Noir En Famille its expressive aromatic signatures, but it is the wine’s energy and tension that stand out. This is a more linear style than some of the Pinots in the lineup.
2015 Orin Swift Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker’s Notes: Deep and luring aromas of raspberry and ripe cherry are intermingled with accents of star anise, five spice, and freshly steeped black tea. The entry is smooth with a combination of cassis and blackberry with a satiating suppleness. Ultra-round and soft, the wine finishes with reverberating length.
91 Points Robert Parker: Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon (mainly Cabernet Sauvignon with splashes of Merlot and Malbec) opens with notions of crushed red currants, blackberries and mulberries with touches of Indian spices, sandalwood and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a wonderfully spicy undercurrent with loads of red and black fruits and a chewy frame, finishing long and perfumed.
2011 Guarachi Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker’s Notes: A complex and layered expression of deliciously dark fruit intermingled with currant and raw cacao. Blackberry and cherry collide with hints of cola and espresso.
2011 Warre’s Vintage Porto
Winemaker’s Notes: Warre’s 2011 Vintage Port shows the deep opaque purple color of youth and is layered with aromas of sweet blackberry fruit and typically perfumed floral hints of rockrose and fresh violets. On the palate the wine has great finesse and balance, with traces of minerality running through the silky tannic backbone, leading to a long velvety finish.
97 Points Wine & Spirits: Old vine mixed plantings make up 40 percent of the blend, lending it the kind of confermented complexity that makes this compellingly drinkable, delicious right now, as it will be for at least the next 20 or 30 years. Its graceful, reserved finish lasts with drive, a blend of green olive, blueberry skin, purple and blackberry flavors layered over the scent of roses, esteva, black pepper and the wild Duoro scrub. If you’re looking to fall in love with Port, you could start here.
96 Points James Suckling: Extremely floral and fruity with hints of lilacs and crushed fruit. Full body with refined tannins integrated with a solid core of fruit, and a rich, round texture. This is lightly sweet and follows through to a long, long finish. 3,000 cases produced of this mechanically trodden wine. Try in 2022.
96 Points Wine Spectator: Offers seamless flavors of kirsch, chocolate, dark plum and allspice, fresh and elegant, with a towering structure and intense red berry accents. Unctuous and long on the finish, showing loads of grip. Best from 2030 through 2060.
96 Points Wine Enthusiast: A dark, black-fruited wine, with the fruit hanging off the hard tannins. The wine is dark and concentrated, the fruit expressing itself as fragrant black currants. This dry wine is very firm and destined for a serious, long-term future.
93-95 Points Robert Parker: The Warre’s Vintage was picked beginning on September 18 at Quinta da Cavindha, with fruit also sourced from Quinta do Retiro and Quinta da Telhada. It is a blend of 37% Touriga Nacional, 23% Tinta Franca and 40% mixture of old vines. There is a lovely sea spray note on the 2011 Warre’s that emerges after ten minutes in the glass. It is nicely defined with a tangible mineral component. The palate is very well-balanced with fine tannins, very well-judged acidity and a languorous feel, as if everything is in place and it does not want to show off. This is a lovely, refined 2011 – one of the most elegant 2011s. This is a classic Warre’s.