End of Summer Wines with Greg & Metro Cellars

September 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22202

Do you have that end of summer feeling? Not ready to head back to school and give into the cooler weather? Come out tonight and join Greg for a few great wines that may help you ease into the last few days of summer. We’ve got everything from fun and funky French and Nordic-influenced Pinot to a slice of Châteaunuef-du-Pape in Yakima Valley and a classic Italian! Come out tonight and grab a bottle for this weekend’s wonderful weather …

The Wines:

  • Forty Ounce Muscadet 2016: This Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie comes from vines that are on average 30 years old and are primarily situated on gneiss rock, which gives the wine its fruitiness. A small part is situated on Amphibolite, which helps to contribute a citrus note and a fresh crisp acidity. It is grown under sustainable farming practices and made by hand using traditional vinification methods. This is a wine that is seriously fun to drink, whether you are just hanging out with friends, sharing it over some oysters, or carrying it to the park for a picnic! 100% Melon de Bourgogne
  • Tranche Pink Pape 2016: This a blend of three traditional Châteaunuef-du-Pape varieties—47% Grenache, 27% Counoise and 26% Cinsault—all grown on our Blackrock Estate Vineyard on the eastern edge of the Yakima Valley AVA. The individual blocks were hand harvested in early September and pressed while the clusters were still cold. A gentle and rapid press cycle helped to avoid excessive extraction from the skins, yielding a juice pale pink in color with delicate flavors and aromas. Fermentation was carried out at low temperatures in concrete and stainless steel tanks. After three months of maturation on lees, individual components were racked and blended to create a pure and vibrant rosé. Delicate aromas of rose petal, peach, melon, and lemon peel are followed on the palate by very light berries with stone fruit, fresh citrus, and a nice minerality. Acidity provides structure and leads to a long, mouthwatering finish. A great wine for crabcakes or sushi!
  • Stangeland Vineyards Pinot Noir Eola Cuvee 2014: Stangeland was planted by the Miller family in 1978 on a unique southern exposure in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA at a 350 foot elevation northwest of Salem. This hilltop location, rich soil, and cool climate viticultural region of Oregon combine to create an ideal growing environment. The 2014 Eola Cuvee was sourced from three small vineyards all within 7 miles of Stangeland. They were harvested between September 15 and 26 and fermented separately. It is a blend of four Pinot Noir clones: Pommard, Wadenswil, Dijon 115 & 828 and was bottled on 2 September 2015. Larry Miller’s wines are distinctive and beautifully-crafted. This, his basic Willamette Valley bottling, has slipped quietly multiple times into Seattle tastings of premium-tier Pinot – among names like Archery Summit, Penner-Ashe, and Beaux Freres – and nobody has ever questioned it. This is serious, artisan Oregon Pinot! Enjoy it with hard cheese, lamb, duck, or game birds.
  • Poggio Anima “Samael” Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC 2015: Samael is better known as the “Angel of Death” and it is believed that he is both good and evil because he does the work of God but desires man to do evil. In the Jewish tradition, Samael is also viewed as a seducer. The correlation here is that Montepulciano can be a very alluring and seductive grape that lends itself to pleasurable drinking. That said, often time Montepulciano is simple, thin and insipid. It is both good and bad. This is 100% Montepulciano, from a single vineyard in Chieti located less than half a mile from the Adriatic Sea. The grapes were handpicked and fermented in stainless steel tanks with frequent pumpovers to soften tannins. Don’t be fooled though as this is not some simple, light Montepulciano. Ripe plum and blackberry aromas great you from the glass with darker chocolate and spice joining those notes on the palate. This is easy to drink and quite enjoyable but with enough structure to cellar for a couple of years. Pair this with any classic Italian dish while you celebrate the end of summer.end of summer
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