Greetings from Carpe Vino! Introducing a new and improved format to the Saturday Tastings! Once a month, we are going to feature a “Winery of the Month.” This weekend, stop by Carpe Vino to taste a lineup by heralded Amador Vintner, Jeff Runquist! We have been big supporters of these wines for years, and this years vintages are sure to please. As you know by now, Saturday tastings are limited to first come first served basis. (Please remember two person maximum per wine club membership.) You all know the drill by now, so here is what we are pouring:
Jeff Runquist “Z” Zinfandel 2011 (Amador)
Winery Tasting Notes: “The hues are bright garnet. The aroma is loaded with black raspberry, dark cherry and plum. Seventeen months in small barrels has contributed a bouquet of cocoa, hazelnut and dark chocolate. The flavors are soft and luscious, and feature succulent red currants and raspberry. The rich velvety texture, along with mature, well integrated tannins, is the reason I often refer to the ‘Z’ Zinfandel as my Pinot Noir of Zinfandels. This marriage of fruit, oak and soft round tannins produces a deeply flavored, yet imminently enjoyable Zinfandel.”
Jay’s Take: “One of the best Zinfandel’s from Amador. Hands Down! Gold Medal Winner at Amador County Fair; Bronze Medal Winner at California State Fair; Gold Medal Winner at New World International Wine Competition.”
Jeff Runquist “Damir Ranch” Petit Verdot 2011 (Stanislaus)
Winery Tasting Notes: “The 2011 Petit Verdot has a deep, almost inky, purple color. The hues are bright with a carmine edge. Aromatically this wine delivers exactly what I come to expect from Petit Verdot; black currants with the depth and density of cassis. There are notes of dust, flint, and blackberry. The bouquet offers hints of mocha and dark chocolate. On the pallet, juicy succulent flavors of fully ripened blue and black fruits transition seamlessly to a long finish full of deeply toasted oak flavors that linger. The tannins are soft, mature, and well integrated and contribute to the wine’s creamy silky texture.”
Jay’s Take: “Another fantastic edition to the Runquist lineup! The Damir Ranch Vineyard is an ideal location to grow Petit Verdot. Silver Medal at California State Fair, Double Gold at El Dorado County Fair, Riverside International, Best of Class, Gold Medal.”
Jeff Runquist “Salman Vineyard” Petite Sirah 2011 (Clarksburg)
Winery Tasting Notes: “The 2011 vintage has a deep purple color accompanied by bright garnet hues. The aromas feature ripe concentrated dark fruits; black currant, boysenberry and black raspberry. The bouquet is dominated by a sweet, creamy oak that has nuances of caramel, milk chocolate and vanilla. On the palate, round rich flavors of red and black fruits flow into those of mocha, chocolate and oak. The texture of the 2011 vintage is rich and creamy. We have gone to great lengths to keep the tannins in check and the result is a full satisfying finish. This is a Petite Sirah with a succulent and savory aftertaste which is one of its most defining features.”
Jay’s Take: “Considered to be one of the finest Petite Sirah’s in California. Eventhough the 2011 vintage was a tough year, Runquist still managed to make this PV a true gem. California State Fair Best of Class Silver Medal; Calaveras County Fair Double Gold Medal, New World International Wine Competition Gold Medal.”
Jeff Runquist “Cooper Vineyard” Barbera 2012 (Amador)
Winery Tasting Notes: “The 2012 Cooper Barbera has a purple color of moderate depth. The characteristically high acidity keeps the hues bright and youthful with a carmine edge. Aromatically this wine provides the briary raspberry and red currant scents we associate with Barbera. Just over a year in barrels provides a smoky hazelnut bouquet that carries with it a hint of caramel. The flavors are both rich and succulent. Juicy Barbera fruit; black cherry and blackberry, are married with a toasted oak creaminess transition to a lingering satisfying finish.”
Jay’s Take: “One of the most highly sought after wines of the Jeff Runquist Family of Wines. Cooper Vineyard Barbera continues to amaze, and this vintage continues the tradition.”
This Saturday’s bonus wine will be sure to please. A marvelous cabernet from star winemaker Aaron Pott, and renown vineyard manager, David Abreu. Not to mention it has a $15 per bottle discount! 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.
Also, if you can’t make Saturday’s tasting but 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. Hope to see you here!