Perman Wine Selections Friday Feature – 8/6/10

Hello and Happy Friday!

I’m pleased to announce a very exciting and limited tasting here at the store featuring Oregon Pinot Noir producer Marcus Goodfellow of Matello.

On Tuesday, August 24th Marcus will pour several of his exciting new Pinot Noir releases from the stellar 2008 vintage. This will be a great way to learn more about the Matello wines and Pinot Noir in general.

Matello Wines tasting
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
7 pm – 9 pm
$35 per person
RSVP today to secure your space!

Only 14 seats at the table are available, so if you are an Oregon fanatic or looking to learn more make your reservation today!

I couldn’t leave you on a Friday without a great wine suggestion, and I’m very excited about today’s feature. This terrific value comes from the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. It is not too often you find a wine of this quality from the region for under $20. Spanish wine fans, I know you will really enjoy this!

Have a great weekend,
Craig

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2009 BODEGAS TÁBULA “DAMANA 5” RIBERA DEL DUERO

Tempranillo – the second most planted grape in Spain is #1 in the hearts of Spanish wine fans both at home and abroad. As many of you know, the styles of this grape vary a great deal depending on where it comes from.

For those that like a little plusher version of the grape varietal, Ribera del Duero should be the appellation you look to. Located south and west of it’s more famous brother Rioja, the Duero river runs through this appellation thus lending its name to the region.

There are several factors in the differences between Ribera del Duero and Rioja, but climate plays one of the biggest roles. Rioja doesn’t see the same severity of temperatures of Ribera. During the summer, the temperatures will rise in the day to the mid 90’s, and then dip into the 50’s at night. The effect on the wine is that of deeply colored, rich wines, with lively acidity to preserve them.

Bodegas Tábula is a relatively new, but exciting producer located on the western edge of the appellation in the village of Olivares de Duero. They own 22 hectares of vines, and all grapes used for the wines are estate grown. The majority of the vineyards are Tempranillo, although Cabernet and even Merlot do exist. The total production of the winery is around 90,000 bottles for the six wines produced.

“Damana 5” is the exceptional value of Bodegas Tábula. It is composed of 96% Tempranillo, with 4% Cabernet Sauvignon blended in. Hand harvested, sorted, destemmed, and cold macerated for 2 days. The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats before being aged for 5 months in American and French oak barrels.

Spice driven nose with hints at dark cherry and currant. Medium weight, with a very silky texture, it has excellent definition of fruit without being jammy. The finish is long and fresh, and makes you want to come back for another glass.

This is a real winner, and a must buy for the Spanish enthusiast and those that love Tempranillo! It is rare to find a wine of this quality and price in Ribera del Duero.

$18.99 BTL. / $227.88 CASE – ONLY 10 CASES BROUGHT INTO ILLINOIS

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