DECEMBER 16, 2019 JACK TIPPLE’S HOLIDAY WINE TASTINGS EXTRAVAGANZA
Join us on Monday, December 16 from 7-9pm for Jack’s Annual Holiday Wine Tasting Extravaganza! We will be pouring Eleven mouth-watering selections from some of our most prestigious producers with great hors d’oeuveres from Fehrenbachers Artisan Sausage-a truly special evening.
Admission is $75 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.
Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee 2014
By nose, raspberry, mandarin orange peel and nutmeg. In the mouth stone fruit, pink grapefruit, Tahitian lime, blood orange, raspberry with a gentle mouthfeel. A food friendly wine that works with most styles, sauces and preparations. Pairs well with full flavored fish, pork chops, and chicken. Also try with crispy kale and stir fried vegetables. All you really need is dark, bittersweet chocolate!
95 Point Wine Enthusiast: A blend of 72% Pinot Noir and 28% Chardonnay, this is a stunning vintage of the perennially impressive sparkler. Nutty and earthy, it sings in strawberry, wet stone and rose petal. The palate offers a lively mousse and persistent acidity, making it vibrant and easy to enjoy.
93 Point Wine & Spirits: This fresh vintage of Iron Horse’s Wedding Cuvée is coral pink, like an English garden rose, a pretty wine with structure and depth to it. The pink continues into strawberry flavors and brisk pink-grapefruit acidity, all of it finely integrated through its time on the lees. It’s clean and fragrant, a lovely pinot noir–based sparkling wine ready for spring.
92 Point Wine Spectator: Alluring strawberry and watermelon aromas slowly open to polished and sleek ginger snap, roasted nut and blood orange flavors that glide on a long finish. Drink now.
Voirin-Jumel NV Blanc de Noirs Premier Cru Brut Pinot Noir
Winemaker’s Notes: This rich wine is full in the mouth, with a creamy mousse feel that brings out the ripe fruits, zesty acidity and a lightly tannic structure. The wine is well balanced with acidity coming through at the end.
Kumeu Rivere, Mates Charddonay 2015
Winemaker Notes: The Mate’s Vineyard is usually the most reserved and unyielding when young and this is even more so with the 2015 vintage. The nose is extremely closed, just giving hints of the golden queen peach and mineral notes that they expect from Mate’s Vineyard. On the palate however, the flavor is very concentrated and distinctly richer than the other 2015 wines, but maintaining a perfect balance and freshness that sets this wine apart and makes it wonderful. This is a wine of immense concentration that will be very long lived.
98 Points James Suckling: Really seductive nose of candied lemons, honeysuckle and vanilla, then stunning concentration and elegance on the medium to full palate, the finish very ripe and polished. Delicious now, but with a great future ahead of it.
94 Points Wine Enthusiast: Yields were down in 2015, but intensity is up, giving this medium-bodied, silky wine the potential to drink well through at least 2025. Hickory smoke outlines white peach before ending in a long flurry of lime zest.
90 Points Wine & Spirits: Michael Brajkovich, MW, makes this from his family’s original vineyard north of Auckland, which his father, Maté, replanted in 1990. The mix of clay over sandstone retains enough moisture that he doesn’t need to irrigate the vines. He ferments the wine in barrels without added yeasts, and, while oak dominates the flavors at this early moment, there’s a fascinating seashell note underneath, along with broad strokes of ginger and lemon zest. It’s focused and taut, needing several years to evolve.
Domaine Serene R Rose
Winemaker Notes: “R” Rose is a unique, proprietary blend that offers the exotic complexity one might find in a Bandol Rose. The intriguing aroma profile offers notes of citrus blossom, fresh strawberries and passion fruit. In the mouth, the wine enters with fresh acidity and carries through to a rich, creamy mid palate and zesty finish.
91 Point Wine Enthusiast: This rosé is multivintage and multivarietal, differentiated by the lot number (this current release is IX), which is indicated on the cork just below the capsule. The IX is principally 2016 Pinot Noir, blended with some 2015 Chardonnay. It shows impressive density, with rhubarb, strawberry and maraschino cherry flavors, along with excellent texture, depth and length.
Ken Wright Cellars Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
Winemaker’s Notes: 2012 through 2016 was a string of exceptionally warm years. In these years, we produced a ripe, very lush style of Pinot noir. Wines that are quickly agreeable. 2017 was a throwback to the classic vintages we have experienced over 30 plus years in the Willamette Valley. Bud break (first green tissue) happened at the time we normally expect. Bloom (flowering of each individual grape) was also when we normally expect this phenomenon, mid-June. This summer, we experienced one of the longest dry periods in our history through July and August. No precipitation for 56 days. When we first checked sugar levels they were abnormally high. The sugar level was not in sync with the physiological ripeness of the fruit. Seeds were green, and the fruit was pulpy. We thankfully received over an inch of rain mid-September which lowered the sugar and brought it in line with the natural acid of the fruit. From that point forward the fruit matured with great balance at a graceful pace. We had surprisingly cool mornings throughout harvest, which helped protect the integrity of the fruit. With more whole berries, the resulting wines had beautiful high-toned aromatics. The whole berries also helped to slow down fermentation allowing for greater extraction of aroma and flavor. This is a year that reminds me of 1988, which aged so effortlessly (and is still amazing), though this year has more power and concentration.
92 Points Wilfred Wong: he 2017 Ken Wright Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir defines the grape variety well. TASTING NOTES: This wine is perky and bright. Its aromas and flavors of active red fruits should pair it well with slow-cooked lamb shanks.
Ken Wright Cellars Bryce Vineyards Pinot Noir 2017
Winemaker’s Notes: Floral and spice focused. Dark brambly fruit with black cherry and cracked pepper & earthy based notes.
93 Points Wine Spectator: Dynamic yet brooding, with deeply layered blueberry and pomegranate flavors that meld with dusky spice and savory accents, building tension toward well-buffed tannins. Drink now through 2028.
92 Point Wilfred Wong: COMMENTARY: The 2017 Ken Wright Bryce Vineyard Pinot Noir is perfect for the most fastidious lovers of this grape variety. TASTING NOTES: This wine, though quite dense, is beautiful on the palate and an attractive bite on the palate. It should be a superb match with pan-seared Loch Duart salmon.
Big Basin Homestead Red Blend 2014
Winemaker Notes: The 2014 Homestead is comprised of 35% Mourvedre, 27% Grenache, 19% Carignane, 16% Syrah & 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. This unique blend offers a wine that is both compelling and ponderable. All of our small lot fermentations see the same love and attention. It is our overriding goal to produce wines that are true to the great vineyard sites we work with. Homestead delivers on this goal at a supreme value.
Aromatic with great body, balance and finish, this is a wine that reveals the exceptional vineyards behind it. The wine possesses a beautiful dark red/purple color with an exuberant nose of black and red raspberries, red currants, crushed rocks and hints of crushed flowers and anise. Bright and expressive on the palate with a melange of red and black fruit, mouth coating tannins and a nice long finish. The moderate alcohol level and good acidity make this a great food wine and one that is likely to age exceptionally well, however, it is very approachable.
92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: The juicy, red fruited, spicy, meaty and leather-scented 2014 Homestead (35% Mourvedre, 27% Grenache, 19% Carignan and the rest Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon) is medium to full-bodied, nicely textured, balanced and loaded with character. It’s beautiful already, but has the density and balance to evolve through 2024.
Alberto Orte ‘Atlantida’ Tintilla 2014
Winemaker’s Notes: Atlantida is a dry red wine made in Cadiz, most famous for the fortified sherry wines of Jerez. Made from the nearly extinct Tintilla grape variety, which is an ancient varietal most similar to Tinta Miuda from Portugal, and also likened to the more famous Graciano of Rioja. These Tintilla grapes are grown in a single vineyard of one hectare (2.47 acres) called Pago de Bilbaina. The soil is pure white chalk called albariza. Harvest is done by hand at night to obtain utmost freshness. The grapes are then brought to the winery where they are fermented in oak vats with 90% whole cluster fermentation and 10% de-stemmed. They endure two daily rackings and two pump-overs during the course of a 28-day maceration. Next, the grapes are pressed and the juice is passed to 500 liters of 1-2 year-old French oak, where it spends one year. Finally, it is transferred to 3-4 year-old 225 liter barrels for 16 months, where it rests before bottling.
Burgess Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Winemker’s Notes: The 2014 growing season was marked by kind weather, a few curveballs and an abundant crop. The winter was one of the driest on record, but heavy rains before bud break gave the vines a well timed drink. The dry winter produced berries smaller in size, but more concentrated with flavors, and an earlier than normal harvest showed immediate promise of high quality. Gorgeous black fruit, gravel, violets, black cherry, anise, juicy palate with nice stucture and velvety tannins along with chocolate flavors. Finishes with very elegant bittersweet tannins.
Honig Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Winemaker Notes: Bright blackberry, red plum, and raspberry fruit with notes of cranberry, black tea, spice, and coriander seed. Luscious and balanced, with toasty oak and a long finish.
92 Points James Suckling: The blueberry and dark-chocolate aromas are very attractive and follow through to a full body, round and juicy tannins and a hazelnut aftertaste. Needs a year or two to soften the tannins, but already very attractive.
95 Points Wilfred Wong: COMMENTARY: The 2016 Honig is an excellent example of top-tier Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and comes that is quite affordable. TASTING NOTES: This wine is sturdy and built. Its aromas and flavors of blackcurrants and anise should pair it well with a roasted pork loin roast.