Please join us for this tasting event… May 29th 2015

May 28, 2015 by

Please join us for this tasting event… May 29th 2015

Willm Riesling & Gewurztraminer

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Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc

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Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon

Maison Willm

In 1896 the Willm family founded the Willm Estate in Barr, at the foot of the majestic Kirchberg de Barr Grand Cru vineyard.                 Owner of the famous Clos Gaensbroennel, the vineyard famed for producing one of the world’s best Gewurztraminer wines, Maison Willm has always been concerned with revealing the best of its terroirs and sharing its exceptional wines with the whole world.         Thanks to the adventurous founder Emile WILLM, the Estate’s wines were the first from Alsace to be exported to the United States in the early 1930s, after prohibition laws were lifted.                                 Faithful partners to the grandest tables and all types of world Gastronomy, our wines cleverly blend freshness, minerality and elegance; they are synonymous with tradition, terroir, Purity and refinement.

Reserve Wines

The winemaking of our premium range focuses on the varietal character and the fruit. The grapes are harvested at good maturity and pressed in pneumatic presses. The pressing is fractured and takes 4 hours in total.

We separate      Head (Cuvée)  0 – 0,6 Bars

Heart (Taille) 0,6 – 1,2 Bars

Tail end of Press (Rebèche) 1,2 – 2 Bars

The juice is decanted in order to begin the winemaking with a clean and clear must. We inoculate with selected neutral yeasts to start the alcoholic fermentation. The fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel vats (64° Fahrenheit / 18°Celsius) and takes between 4 to 6 weeks. It is followed by a maturing on the fine lees for another 2 to 3 months. The wines are then racked, cold stabilized and go through a light filter (Kieselguhr). The wine is then finished and stays in tempered tank until the bottling. The wines are generally bottled between 8 and 10 month following the harvest.

Willim Reserve Gewurtztramer 2013

The Gewurztraminer varietal is pink with white fruit and juice. It produces powerful wines with exuberant fruit character. The bouquet is intense and develops rich aromas of exotic fruit (passion, pineapple, litchi), flowers (roses) and spices (pepper, cinnamon).
Varietal :   Gewurztraminer 100%
Appellation : AOC Alsace
Vintage : 2013
Alcohol :   13 %
Residual Sugar :   21.8 g/L

Total Acidity_H2SO4 : 3.53 g/L

Food matches

Aperitif ; oriental and Asian cuisine (Thai, Chinese, Moroccan and Indian); Roast  meat combined with exotic fruits ; spiced salads ; fruit pies and crumbles ; blue cheeses. 48° – 53° Fahrenheit
Tasting notes
Golden yellow hints. Nice aromatic intensity and exotic fruits.

Light, round, well-balanced, good persistence, finishing on spicy notes.
Every Day Price 15.99

Tasting Price 13.99

Kelly’s Club Price 12.99

Willm Reserve Riesling 2013

The Riesling is the King of Alsace and among the world’s greatest grapes. The juice is white and the wines are dry, racy with great definition of the fruit. Grown on mineral soils, it expresses floral and mineral character offering great ageing potential. In Alsace, Riesling acquires distinctive concentration perfectly balanced by the acidity. It is one of the best wines to dine with.

Willm Riesling Réserve 2013

Varietal : Riesling 100%
Appellation : AOC Alsace
Vintage : 2013
Alcohol :   11.65 %
Residual Sugar :   1.8 g/L

Total Acidity_H2SO4 : 3.9 g/L

Food Matches

Crustaceans and shellfish ; fresh, smoked, grilled or en terrine fish, sushi’s, sashimi’s ; white meats or poultry in cream sauce ;  sauerkraut ; goat cheeses.  48° – 53° Fahrenheit

Tasting  notes

Pale, yellow with golden hints. Nice aromatic intensity, citrus and white flowers notes. Straight forward, fresh, good acidity, good persistence, citrus notes.

Every Day Price 14.99

Tasting Price 12.99

Kelly’s Club Price 11.99

 

Villa Maria New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Fruit for this wine was sourced from vineyards across the Marlborough region in the Wairau and Awatere valleys spanning a range of different meso-climates. Careful attention was paid to vine health and cropping levels to give the vine the best chance to optimize the season and develop strong, clean flavors. This intense Sauvignon Blanc is alive with a myriad of flavors dominated by gooseberry, passion fruit, fresh citrus, melon and herbaceous aromas. the wine has an enticing palate with a juicy flavor profile, purity and concentration, finishing crisp and clean with an interwoven thread of acidity.


Every Day Price 12.99

Tasting Price 11.99

Kelly’s Club Price 10.99

Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon

The vineyards in Horse Heaven Hills are the source and inspiration behind the H3 wines. The hills have been home to the Columbia Crest winery for more than two decades, and it is this heritage, combined with innovative winemaking and vineyard knowledge, that allow our winemaker to create wines that capture the unique terroir of the region.

GROWING SEASON

Spring temperatures in Eastern Washington started off relatively cool but rose quickly, and the region soon settled in to a more typical weather pattern. Summer was predictably warm though without any prolonged excessive heat events, with temperatures rarely breaking 100° Fahrenheit. Late summer and early fall brought on slightly cooler daytime highs and a significant diurnal shift, a pattern that continued well into October. A few sporadic rain showers in mid-to-late October were quickly dissipated by persistent winds and had no effect on the harvest. Overall the 2012 harvest was outstanding; the red wines are flavorful and rich with ripe tannins.

VINEYARDS

The Horse Heaven Hills vineyards are located east of the Cascade Mountain range. Up to 14,000 feet high, the mountains effectively block eastward-moving wet weather systems from the Pacific Ocean. The terrain consists of south-facing slopes that provide excellent sun exposure for grape ripening, and good air drainage which protects the vineyards during the winter months. Well-drained, sandy soils have low fertility and low water-holding capacity, allowing precise control of vine growth patterns. Strong wind patterns, which are unique to Horse Heaven Hills, reduce canopy size and density, create better sun exposure, and contribute to even ripening by moderating temperature extremes.

VINIFICATION

Grapes were crushed at 20% whole-berry to retain fruit quality. Fermentation lasted 6-10 days on the skins to extract optimal fruit and structural components. Various yeasts were used to maintain fruit flavors and complexity. Malolactic fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks and oak barrels. Blending occurred shortly after malolactic fermentation. The wine was barrel aged in 40% new and 60% older French oak for 18 months. The wine was racked three times during the 18-month barrel aging period.

TASTING NOTES

“This bold Cabernet opens with flavors of black cherries and blackberries with a touch of currants and vanilla, complemented by earth and mineral notes. Deep berry flavors lead to a soft tannin cocoa finish.”  Juan Muñoz Oca, Winemaker

 

Every Day Price 13.99

Tasting Price 12.99

Kelly’s Club Price 11.99

This weeks growler fills:

Tall Tails Some Beach Blonde Ale

-Blonde Ale brewed with Kolsch yeast

4.8% abv (Parsonsburg, MD)

 

Sly Fox Imperial IPA

– DIPA 8.4% abv (Pottstown, PA
Bluepoint Rastafa Rye Ale

-Rye Ale 7.5% abv (Long Island NY)

 

Terrapin Guano Loco Chili Pepper Brownie Ale

-Porter brewed with Chilis and Chocolate

8.6%abv (Georgia)
Duclaw Dirty Filthy Soul Chocolate Rye Porter

-Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter

7.7%abv (Maryland)

 

Troegs Dreamweaver

-Wheat Beer 4.8% abv (Pennsylvania)

We will refill our own growlers or those from any other store

Date: 
Friday May 29th 2015
Time: 
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
 
Address: 
4882 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City MD 21043

 

Attention fans of craft whiskey!

 

Some rare and delicious items are now in stock.

Breckenridge Bourbon from Colorado

Stagg Jr. from Kentucky

Buffalo Trace from Kentucky

High West Rye 2 from Utah

Clyde May’s Whiskey from Kentucky

Colorado Gold Bourbon and Rye

Redemption Straight Rye from Indiana

Tin Cup Whiskey from Colorado

Hudson (5 types) from New York

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