La Jolla Wine Tasting Selections for 9/13/13-9/14/13

This Friday we will visit South America and are going try wines from Chile and Argentina.  We will start with a couple whites from Argentina, a Torrontes, and a Chardonnay.  Our last wine from Argentina will be a Cabernet, before we move on to Chile.  From Chile we will sample a Syrah and a Carménère.  The Carménère is the highly regarded “Purple Angel,” which perennially lands scores in the mid nineties from major reviewers.

On Saturday we will head to the land down under.   We will begin with a nice New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc before our tour of Australia, however.  The Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2010 made the Wine Spectator top 100 wines of 2012, and we are fortunate to be able to try the last of the vintage.  In Australia we will try two wines from the well known Molly Dooker winery, as well as a big Shiraz from Marquis Philips before culminating with the Petit Syrah “The Howling Dog.”

Hope to see you all this weekend!

~ Jason Perry

Jonathan’s Market La Jolla Wine Tasting:

Friday, September 13th, 2013 – 4pm – 7pm
Saturday, September 14th, 2013 – 4pm – 7pm

7611 Fay Avenue
(between Kline St & Pearl St)
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858.459.2677
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Friday, September 13th, 2013 – 4pm – 7pm

Friday’s Selections: $20.00 per person

Featuring the wines of South America:

2012 Crios Argentinan Torrontes [Argentina] ($15.99)

  • “The 2012 Crios Torrontes comes from Cafayate in Salta, Altamira and La Rioja from 33-year-old vines. It has much more presence and vivacity than the Chardonnay, with scents of lime, peach and melon that are well-defined. The palate is well-balanced with a prickle of white pepper on the entry. It displays moderate length in the mouth, while the finish is crisp and taut. with notes of pear, bruised apple and dried orange peel. This is worth seeking out for the price. Drink now-2014.” Neal Martin – Wine Advocate – 88 Points!

2011 Catena Chardonnay [Argentina] ($19.99)

  • This vintage was also harvested 20 days earlier. It is a blend of three vineyards that are divided into lots at harvest. It is whole cluster pressed and aged for ten months in French oak. It demonstrates great clarity on the nose with scents of dried honey, linden, crushed stone and dried white flowers. The palate is well-balanced with crisp acidity and is a taut, focused Chardonnay with lively notes of tangerine and quince towards the finish. This is well-crafted and complex for its price point. Drink now-2016.” Neal Martin – Wine Advocate – 90 Points!

2006 Kaiken Ultra Cabernet [Argentina] ($24.99)

  • “The 2006 Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon was 80% aged in French oak for 12 months. More saturated than the “regular” bottling, this purple-colored wine has a nose of cedar, tobacco, black currant and blackberry. On the palate, this medium to full-bodied effort reveals some silky tannin, spicy, savory fruit, and excellent length. Drink it from 2010 to 2017.” Jay Miller Wine Advocate 88+Points

2005 Casa LaPostolle Syrah [Chile] ($29.99)

  • Dark, but pure and focused, with espresso-tinged tannins carrying the dark plum, briar, fig cake and bittersweet cocoa notes. Long, muscular finish is fine-grained and should cellar nicely.” Wine Spectator – 91 Points!

2010 Purple Angel Carmenere [Chile] ($74.99)

  • A dark, ambitious red, with ample toast and mocha to the macerated plum skin, dark cherry and grilled fig fruit that pumps out layers of humus, iron and olive paste before the fruit returns for an encore on the finish. Carmenère and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2020. 500 cases imported. NW  - Wine Spectator – 93 Points!

 All Wines 15% Off Friday Only!


Saturday, September 14th, 2013 – 4pm – 7pm

Saturday’s Selections: $20.00 per person

Featuring wines of Australia & New Zealand:

2010 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc ($24.99)

  • “A lip-smacking acidity is a nice background for the ripe mandarin orange, pomelo and lime flavors, with herb and almond skin notes on the finish. Drink now. 600 cases imported. NWWine Spectator – 87 Points!

2009 Molly Dooker “The Violinist” Verdelho ($29.99)

  • “The current Mollydooker collection begins with the one white wine, the medium straw-colored 2009 Verdelho The Violinist. It was partially barrel-fermented and aged on its lees in barrel and tank. It gives up fragrant aromas of toast, baked apple, mango, and other tropical aromas. Creamy textured, round, ripe, and concentrated, this long, tasty wine can be enjoyed over the next couple years.” Jay Miller – Wine Advocate – 90 Points!

2012 Molly Dooker “The Boxer” Shiraz ($29.99)

  • This wine has a massive array of flavors, and awesome intensity but the thing that really finishes the wine off is the creamy layers and smooth mouth feel. It’s so voluptuous. Peter and Andrew Sweet, multi layered fruit, chocolate, fresh plum – a complete flavor spectrum.

2007 Marquis Philips Shiraz ($44.99)

  • “The 2007 MP Shiraz 9 was aged for 18 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak barriques and hogsheads. Opaque purple-colored, it delivers an excellent nose of cigar box, spice notes, mineral, blueberry, and blackberry. Full-bodied and firm on the palate, it has excellent depth, enough structure to evolve for several years, and good integration of oak, tannin, and acidity. Drink it from 2010 to 2020.” Jay Miller – Wine Advocate – 91 Points!

2006 Massena “The Howling Dog” Petit Syrah ($54.99)

  • “The 2006 Howling Dog Petite Syrah spent 20 months in French oak hogsheads. Purple/black in color, it delivers an expressive nose of pure blackberry and licorice. Dense and structured on the palate, it has the full tannin characteristic of the grape as well as loads of spicy black fruit. It will require extended cellaring of at least 6-8 years to begin to open up but the balance is there for a very long life. Drink it from 2016 to 2046.” Jay Miller – Wine Advocate – 93 Points!

All Wines 15% Off Saturday Only!

Hope to see you all out this weekend!

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