Thursday, December 8, 2016

BALLWIN's Friday night tastings continue

Friday - December 9th
Every Friday from 5-7. We will be tasting a featured winery/region.


2013 Walter Hansel Winery • Chardonnay Estate 
There are 1,260 cases of the 2013 Chardonnay Estate, a great bargain. At a retail price of $25 a bottle, it is hard to get more flavor and complexity in a Chardonnay than this cuvée possesses. Notes of poached pear, honeysuckle and white peach notes are offered in an elegant, medium-bodied, lively style. Like all of the Walter Hansel Chardonnays, it went through 100% malolactic fermentation, and was aged 10 months in 30-40% new French oak. Consume it over the next 5-6 years. 91 Parker $27.99

2013 Walter Hansel Winery Chardonnay Hansel Family Vineyard Cuvee Alyce 
Made from the Hyde and Hudson selections of the Old Wente clone blended with Clone 95. It sees 40% new oak, and comes across as the richest, most intense of the Hansel Chardonnays. Clean, pure, white peach, honeysuckle and crème brûlée notes are followed by a touch of brioche and subtle oak. This is a beautifully crafted, medium to full-bodied, rich, stunningly proportioned wine to enjoy over the next 7-8 years. 93 Parker $39.99

2012 Caymus • Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection
 - Dense blackish/purple color and creamy, sweet crème de cassis fruit, blackberries, a touch of graphite and vanilla, This exuberant, boisterous, in-your-face style of Cabernet Sauvignon is clearly a fruit bomb, so be warned. Full-bodied and opulent with stunning concentration and richness, the wine has no hard edges and is much in the Caymus style of terrific fruit intensity , voluptuous texture, and a stunning finish with plenty of glycerin, wood and spice. The alcohol on the label is listed at 14.8%, which seems about accurate. The Caymus Special Selection can be drunk now, or cellared for 20+ years. 96 Parker $148.98

2014 Caymus Cabernet Sauvigon – Although this wine has NOT been reviewed, It is still Caymus and it is still delicious! $64.98

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