Nothing better than the gift of wine, unless the wine comes with additional items you pick based on the themes of savory and sweet gourmet, chocolate, or the refined and elegant, all packed in a beautiful wooden crate. Brothers-in-law Mark Aselstine and Matt Krause of Uncorked Ventures go treasure-hunting in California, Oregon and Washington wine country to bring you the very best wines that few people have ever heard of. Mark (@WineClubGuy) and I connected on Twitter, and after bantering back and forth for a long time, he sent me a few bottles to try out.
Cinque Insieme ("Five Together") 2011 Dry Creek Valley Grenache: transparent garnet with ruby highlights; shy on the nose: a bit of cassis, earth, herbal notes; cassis, blackberry, red berry and dusty dark plum flavors; luscious mouthfeel, beautiful balance, with a slight tannic finish promising at least a few years of drinking pleasure; 15.24% ABV; cork closure; 300 bottles produced; SRP $24 (no longer available through winery).
VinRoc Wine Caves 2009 Napa Valley Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon: Deep purple-black in color, totally opaque; tar, smoke, licorice and black fruit aromas; black cherry cola, dark fruit, currant, mocha, spice and licorice flavors; luscious mouthfeel with a mineral and spice finish;14.5% ABV; cork closure; SRP $98. This wine is all about muscular character, sense of place, ageability, and in your face power, tons of depth and richness, tannins that are mellow enough for drinking now, but integrated enough to make this a wine that will reward patience in the cellar. With apologies to Queen and a fully intended pun, this wine will Roc you.VinRoc takes its name from the rock strewn mountain vineyard and rock hewn wine cave.
These two wines are great examples of what treasure-hunting will do, when executed with passion. While totally different in feel and price, both are well-made examples of their respective genres. Uncorked Ventures should be a wine club that you are inspired to try out.
These wines were provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.
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