La Jolla Wine Tasting Selections for 8/23/13-8/24/13

On Friday we have special guest Bill Flemming here to tell us about some great wines from Cornerstone Winery in Napa Valley. Cornerstone Cellars has been making exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley for just over 20 years now. For the last few years they have also been making wine under their Stepping Stone label. These wines are produced from fruit sourced in Napa as well as some other regions in California.  We will culminate the evening sampling the elegant Cornerstone Howell Mountain Cabernet which retails for $75.00

On Saturday we will be enjoying some great wines from the Pacific Northwest. We will begin with a couple whites from Oregon, a Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc.  The very highly regarded Domaine Serene Reserve pinot Noir will be the first red, and last Oregon wine of the evening.  We will move on to Washington to try a couple outstanding Cabernet’s.  One from Seven Hills winery and another from Woodward Canyon, which just received 94 Points from Wine Enthusiast.

I look forward to seeing you all here!

~ Jason Perry

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Jonathan’s Market La Jolla Wine Tasting:

Friday, August 23rd, 2013 – 4pm – 7pm
Saturday, August 24th, 2013 – 4pm – 7pm

7611 Fay Avenue
(between Kline St & Pearl St)
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858.459.2677
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Friday, August 23rd, 2013 – 4pm – 7pm

Friday’s Selections: $20.00 per person

Featuring the wines of Cornerstone Winery:

2012 Stepping Stone Rose ($19.99)

  • Summertime in a glass, this lovely pink has it all—focus, balance, crisp acidity and delicately rich fruit. Offers notes of raspberry, spice and smoky vanilla. Syrah. Drink now. 419 cases made. –TF - Wine Spectator – 90 Points!

2012 Stepping Stone Sauvignon Blanc ($19.99)

  • The sauvignon blanc musqué clone is responsible for some of the finest sauvignon blancs in California. Used by many wineries as a blending component, a few wineries are now using the musqué clone as if it were a distinct grape variety: sauvignon musqué.  Our 2012 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Cuvée Musqué represents a unique side of this increasingly popular and versatile sauvignon blanc sub-variety.

2010 Stepping Stone “Red Rocks” ($17.99)

  • This is a very tasty, appealing, and easy to drink red blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, and Syrah.  Blackberry and vanilla aromas leap with some intensity from the nose. Those aromas are augmented by bits of smoke and bacon. Lots of red and black fruit flavors are present from the first sip to the last one.. Willing and eager fruit flavors complemented by bits of spice continue through the finish which has decent length. This is a terrific little blend for the money and a fine example of a new world wine that is enthusiastic and loaded with fruit flavors but still even keeled.

2010 Cornerstone Cabernet Franc ($34.99)

  • With perfectly balanced fragrant aromatics of red berry fruit, sweet basil and tobacco leaf that are both alluring and complex, combined with well structured, fine grained, suave tannins, this wine has the right amount of ripe, integrated acidity which gives a lovely inner-mouth energy producing a very tactile, elegant wine with a velvety persistence.

2009 Cornerstone Howell Mtn. Cabernet ($74.99)

  • The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain reveals a dark flavor profile and quite a bit more muscle than the straight Napa Valley bottling. Smoke, tar, menthol, new leather and black fruit are some of the many nuances that emerge from this beautiful, powerful mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. The inclusion of 5% Merlot in the blend works quite nicely. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.” Antonio Galloni – Wine Advocate – 91 Points!


Saturday, August 24th, 2013 – 4pm – 7pm

Saturday’s Selections: $20.00 per person

Featuring wines of the Pacific Northwest

2010 The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Gris ($19.99)

  • The grapes used for this wine are from the original vines, planted almost 50 years ago by David Lett. Rich, sleek and textural, this thrilling effort sets a new standard for Oregon Pinot Gris. Grassy notes are married to lush citrus and apple fruit. The flavors go deep and long, the finish is immaculate and brings a palate-refreshing minerality. (8/ 2012) 93 points – Wine Enthusiast.  #7 – Top 100 Best Buys of 2012!

2012 The Four Graces Pinot Blanc ($24.99)

  • An explosion of aromas welcomes you; apricot, banana and lychee combine with notes of apple on the nose. An invitingly fresh tangerine flavor is followed by grapefruit and lime zest. There is a hint of minerality to the Pinot Blanc 2011 along with the usual bright acidity. This is a full bodied, balanced wine with an extremely long finish. Enjoy!

2008 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve ($64.99)

  • The 2008 Evenstad Reserve has a super-expressive nose of smoke, spice, mineral, incense, black cherry, and black raspberry. This leads to a medium-bodied, stuffed wine containing layers of ripe fruit, outstanding volume, vibrant acidity, and a lengthy, velvety finish. It will benefit from 2-3 years of additional bottle age and will offer prime drinking from 2012 to 2020.” Jay Miller - Wine Advocate 92 Points; Wine Spectator 93 Points; Wine Enthusiast 94 Points! Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012!

2010 Seven Hills Cabernet ($24.99)

  • Supple, focused and appealing for the floral, vaguely meaty overtones to the nicely detailed blackberry and dark plum fruit. Finishes with finesse. Drink now through 2016. 1,260 cases made. –HS – Wine Spectator 90 Points!

2010 Woodward Canyon Cabernet ($54.99)

  • “More refined and elegant, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series #19 is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot and was aged 20 months in 50% new French oak. Very classic on the nose, with plenty of black currant, tobacco leaf, chocolate, cedar and herbs, it is medium to full-bodied, seamless and perfectly balanced, with a light fresh texture that conceals underlying ripe tannin. Enjoy it over the coming 12-15 years. Drink now-2028.” Jeb DunnuckWine Advocate 94 Points!

Hope to see you all out this weekend!

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