January 19, 2018

Tinnell’s Wine of the Month Club Tasting Notes for June!

Here are the tasting notes for the June selections for Tinnell’s Finer Foods Wine of the Month Club!  For more information on the Club please click HERE, give us a call or email our Beverage Manager, Adam Markham at adammarkham@live.com!

Bodegas Tapiz “Spirit of the Andes” Sparkling TorrontesTupungato, Mendoza, Argentina

To quote Bodegas Tapiz: “Going green never tasted so good!”

Spirit of the Andes Sparkling Torrontes

Spirit of the Andes Sparkling Torrontes

This delightful wine is produced in Las Uvas Organic Vineyard (high-altitude at 4,430’), in Tupungato, Mendoza.  The winery earned the GLOBAL G.A.P. (Global Partnership for Good Agricultural Practice) certification and was rewarded the Gold Medal for Sustainable Practices at the 2011 Best of Mendoza / Great Wine Capitals Awards.

 The winemaker, Fabian Valenzuela crafts this incredibly unique wine from 100% Torrontés Riojano using the Methode Champenoise.  The juice is initially fermented in stainless steel tanks.  Once in the bottle, yeasts are added to start the secondary fermentation where it is aged approximately 12 months sur lie or ‘on lees’ (the deposits of dead residual yeast) adding depth and creaminess to the texture.  After disgorgement just enough tirage is added to maintain an “extra brut” designation followed by immediate placement of the natural cork and wire muzzle.

This is a truly delightful and surprising sparkler with persistent and fresh bubbles.  Citrus and floral aromas are followed on the palate by more of the same accompanied by a pleasant acidity.  While this wine is technically bone dry, the aromatic qualities of Torrontés help to round out the palate.

 Alcohol: 12.8% ABV; Residual Sugar: 0.5%; Total Production: 560 cases

 Club price: $13.99 (Regular price: $15.99)

Manos Negras 2008 Pinot Noir – Nequen, Patagonia, Argentina (90 points:  Robert Parker, October, 2010)

Argentina and Chile’s winemaking regions stretch for one and a half thousand miles north to south along the Andes.  Each latitude possesses a unique terroir with singular combinations

Manos Negras Pinot Noir

Manos Negras Pinot Noir

of soil and temperature which are ideally suited for different varietals.  Manos Negras focuses on “latitude winemaking”.  With an average vineyard altitude of 1,500 feet and located at almost 39°S, vinification under these conditions has been described as “extreme winemaking”.  As they say at Manos Negras, “Real winemakers get their hands dirty.  Hands black with wine.  That’s what Manos Negras is all about.  Rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty.  That’s how we make these hand-crafted wines.”

Made with hand-picked grapes from a 100% sustainably-farmed vineyard in the municipality of Añelo in Neuquen Province, Argentina, the 2008 Manos Negras Pinot Noir is made from grapes sourced from selected lots within a twelve year old, fifty hectare vineyard.  After picking the grapes undergo a double manual sorting followed by a 6 day cold maceration and an 8 day fermentation (all with naturally-occurring indigenous yeasts) at a maximum temperature of 75°.  The result is then aged in 100% French oak, 20% of which is new.

 This extremely terroir-driven wine is a vivid reddish violet in color with touches of medium cherry red around the edges, it has a nose that gives a slight floral lift with a touch of earthy minerals (reflective of the clay and heaver iron laden soils) followed by bright red fruits, cinnamon and clove.  The palate plays upon Pinot Noir’s seductive elegance, featuring a soft suppleness to the texture.  Red fruits such as strawberry and cherry abound with surprising depth and length and, like the aromas, they are accompanied by spice.  All in all, this is an exceptional wine with a soft, supple texture that, with aeration, seems to really open up and broaden across the mid palate.  It should only continue to get better over the next couple of years.

Real winemakers get their hands dirty.  Hands black with wine.  That’s what Manos Negras is all about.  Rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty.  That’s how we make these hand-crafted wines.

Alcohol: 14.0% ABV; Residual Sugar: 0.24%; Total Production: 2000 cases

 Club price: $13.99 (Regular price: $15.99)

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