This Saturday from 12noon to 4pm, stop by Carpe Vino, and taste the much anticipated wines from Heidi Barrett. As you know from the email earlier this week, and going forward, the tasting format will be slightly different. Because of the wines being offered have a retail value of $320, we are assessing a nominal tasting fee of $10-per-person. However, the good news is that we will waive the tasting charge when you purchase six or more bottles of the featured wine of any combination. We have every expectation that our Wine Club Members will understand why we are doing this. However, when the wines are more modestly priced, the tastings will be complimentary for Wine Club Members only…and we’ll let you know up front in a weekly email previewing the line-up. So, enough with the formalities, and here is this weeks amazing lineup from La Sirena!
2012 La Sirena “Moscato Azul” Muscat Canelli (Napa Valley)
Winery Tasting Notes:
“Our unique white wine made from Muscat Canelli – (it’s NOT a dessert wine!) in our signature blue bottle. Floral and tropical aromas and flavors in a crisp yet perfumed dry style. Simply delicious!”
Jay’s Take: “When Heidi’s daughter, Remi, stopped by CV last week to show us these La Sirena Wines, we were absolutely impressed! This Muscat Canelli is perfect for the hot summer days ahead, and we think you’ll agree.”
2011 “Pirate TreasuRed” by La Sirena Red Wine (Napa Valley)
Winery Tasting Notes:
“Pirate TreasuRed returns for its 5th swashbuckling vintage, the 2011. There’s no reason you can’t have a bit of fun with high quality wine and, trust me, we did! I make wine from a number of different varieties each year to be able to have more blending options. (It’s a bit like adding more colors to your palette if you are an artist.) The first year I worked on this wine (07) the result was not what I expected, but something even better. The blend I came up with was so delicious that an entirely new wine was born. Because the original blend used seven varietals, the ‘treasure of the seven seas’ idea was a natural and so was the Pirate name. Each year the blend percentages change slightly depending on the vintage but the 2011 once again has seven varietals; Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Grenache, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Sirah. As you can imagine, it’s a pretty big, black, raucous blend, completely mouth filling and bold, yet made with finesse. It’s actually a serious wine but with fun packaging.”
Jay’s Take: “Only 300 cases were produced of this awesome red blend, and they are packaged in handy six packs. The description above fits it perfectly, and it definitely will be worth it’s booty.”
2010 La Sirena “Le Barrettage” Red Wine (Napa Valley)
“Wine Advocate” Tasting Notes: 91 POINTS
“The two most serious wines include the 2010 Le Barrettage, which is combination of Heidi?s last name and The Rhone Valley Hermitage. Made primarily from Syrah, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of blackberries, licorice, spring flowers and camphor, good balance and richness, and a heady finish. It should drink well for 7-8 years.”
Jay’s Take: “Robert Parker gave this a score of 91, but I think he was being a little too stiff. This was definitely one of my favorites, but with this lineup, it’s a toss up. This wine is made up of almost entirely Syrah, and from the first sip, it will have you hooked!”
2010 La Sirena Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
“Wine Advocate” Tasting Notes: 93 Points
“Heidi Barrett has always done marvelous work with Cabernet Sauvignon, and this opaque purple-colored, rich 2010 displays classic notes of smoky creme de cassis intermixed with hints of wood smoke and spice, impressive purity and texture, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. It is built for 10-20 years of aging.”
“Wine Spectator” Tasting Notes: 91 Points
“Very tight and tannic, with an underlying charm imparting a measure of finesse and refinement that bodes well for the future. Ends on a graceful note. Best from 2015 through 2025.”
Jay’s Take: “Oh man! What’s not to like about this beautiful Cabernet! Who would not be enticed by a mermaid if she came bearing this enchanting wine.”
We’ve generated quite a following with our Saturday series of Wine Club tastings. But, if you can’t make Saturday’s tasting and want to purchase some of these wines…feel free to use our online order site and enter “JayJ” in the Order Notes Section to make sure you receive the best discounts available.
If you have any questions…feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience by replying to this email or calling me at 530-823-0320 x105.