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Weather Alert from weather.com: Dangerous Arctic Blast!

Temperatures dropping below freezing around 6pm tonight and into the teens tonight.  Don’t be caught wishing you had picked-up some warming reds tonight!

Supplies needed tonight: Reds, reds and more reds.  Oh yeah and don’t forget the firewood, comfy clothes and good book.IMG_3752

Stop by and check-out the 2 amazing reds introduced during last night’s Wine Club Wine Tasting that’ll help keep you warm.  

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Robin K Pinot Noir

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The cold weather is coming and what’s better to warm you up than a delicious glass of red wine! William Knuttel’s Robin K Pinot Noir is a delicious and affordable red from the Sonoma Coast that we know you’re going to love.

The Wine:  A well-delineated nose has fragrant scents of black cherry and dark fruits, and hints of violets, plum and vanilla spice. The wine’s structure is built around a lively mouthfeel and an elegant mid palate, and ripe, focused tannins balance fine acidity in a bold and concentrated finish. The wine is delicate enough to pair with seafood and lighter dishes, but hearty enough for roasted meats and more substantial fare.

Vineyards: The Robin K. Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is built on a base of fruit from the Rued Vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley appellation, augmented with smaller blocks from Sonoma Coast.  The 2012 vintage was quite temperate throughout the growing season, and conditions were dry through late October and Pinot Noir achieved full ripeness and concentration. The Rued Vineyard, in particular, showed dark black cherry color immediately upon crushing, and after fermentation the aromas and flavors of the new wine verified its intensity.

Winemaking:  This 100% pure Pinot Noir was produced entirely with traditional Burgundian processing techniques. Hand-harvested clusters were gently de-stemmed, leaving whole berries intact. The fruit was cold soaked for 5 days, and fermentations utilized Burgundian yeast strains at low inoculation rates to extend the fermentations as long as possible. Extraction was gently carried out with pumpovers to maximize fruitiness.  After two weeks total on the skins, the new wines were drained, pressed, and racked to French oak. Spontaneous malolactic fermentations finished by early spring, and the wine aged for 15 months in 35% new oak. No fining was utilized.

Tasting Notes:  This deeply scented Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir displays aromas of dried cherries, raspberry, pomegranate, and cinnamon.  Fresh fruit bursts on the palate, adding notes of black plum, red cherry and vanilla. The balance is seamless from entry to finish and invites a host of food pairings, from vegetable dishes to roasted meats to spicier fare.

An Evening of Art & Wine in Avondale Estates

Please join us this Friday, December 12th, at The Little Wine Shop as we welcome your talented neighbors to our beautiful loft for a local artists market.

Enjoy a glass of wine while perusing the works of Wendy Tonsils, Lylia Giraldo, Sylvia Kay, and Sara Castro.  You’ll also find the handy work of K Body Creations and Felted Hearts.

The holidays are coming up quickly and shopping is better with a glass of wine, so drop by between 5 – 9 to finish your shopping and mingle.

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