2014 Montinore Estate Pinot Gris

Brilliant straw-gold color. Cantaloupe, lemon curd, salty caramel and honey with hints of asparagus and white flowers on the fragrant nose. Scents transition to the rich palate with chalky minerals and lime acidity joining in.  Finishes dry but juicy with melon, honey and minerals remaining strong.  Fascinating Pinot Gris. This is the kind of complex wine you get when you let nature do the work.  Complex, rich, clean and moutwateringly delicious.  Montinore Estate is a Biodynamic and Organic Certified Estate winery in the Willamette Valley; Forest Grove, Oregon.

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2011 McKinley Springs Viognier Horse Heaven Hills

Bright gold color. Apricot, almond, faint white peach and a hint of spice on the waxy  nose.  This is all about texture, not fruitiness. Opulent, waxy (think olive oil) almond and spice notes with a lime/tangerine acidity following through to the dry, palate-coating finish.  Minerals and white peach linger. This wine is worth it just for the mouthfeel; incredibly suave and distinct. Not a flabby Viognier by any means.

McKinley Springs supplies 25 noted Washington wineries with grapes, including Andrew Rich, Northstar, Syncline, Hogue and Columbia Crest. Obviously they keep the best for themselves.

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2012 Chapelle-St-Arnoux Croze-Hermitage

Smoky, meaty, black cherry, blackberry, rhubarb, cherry skin and a little sweaty sock funk on the nose.  Crushed black cherry, orange zest, spice and thyme on the palate with clean mineral and beef blood notes leading into the dry, savory, meaty finish. Syrah has always been one of my favorite red varietals and this one delivers.

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Winesmith Holiday Tasting & Buying Event – Wednesday Nov 18th, 6-8pm

This is it: the big holiday wine tasting. We will be tasting 20+ of my favorite wines of the year. All wine in the store, not just the tasting wines, will be 10% off. Buy a case (any 12+ bottles) and get 15% off. Dan of Eat This! will be providing us with his world famous charcuterie board and other delectable bites. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of. Two hours, twenty wines and the whole store on sale. You must attend the tasting to receive the discounts, and you must be 21 to attend. Email stpetewinesmith@gmail.com indicating how many tickets you would like and I will email you an invoice through Square. It’s super easy and convenient. You can also stop by the store for tickets or call 727-826-0791.

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2011 Domaine De La Chanteleuserie Bourgueil

Funky, tangy and rustic nose with it’s black and blue fruits and minerals. This has presence on the palate, commanding your attention with serious structure and finesse. Blueberry and blackberry flavors play second seat to the minerals and orange-laced acidity. Finishes very dry with tangy acids and rustic earth and mineral notes. 100% Cabernet Franc. $19.99

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What a crowd!

Wow! What a great crowd at last Wednesdays CASA benefit wine tasting. We raised over $1,000 to help victims of domestic violence. Thanks everyone who attended, CASA and Dan of Eat This! for the beautiful and tasty charcuterie.

If you’d like to be notified of future wine tastings please email me at stpetewinesmith@gmail.com and I will put you on the list. You can also “Subscribe” to events on the Winesmith Facebook page. (Just “liking” the page won’t do. You have to SUBSCRIBE.) 😉

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Benefit Wine Tasting for CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) Wednesday October 14th, 6-8pm

Wednesday October 14th, 6-8pm

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CASA provides domestic violence services, shelter and transitional housing to families living in Pinellas County. They have been providing lifesaving services to surviviors of domestic violence and their children since 1977. Recent awards include the 2014 Good ‘Burger Award from the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and 2014 Best Nonprofit in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Crisis Resources” category.

Please join us Wednesday, October 14th from 6-8pm for a special evening of wine in benefit for CASA St. Pete. We will be tasting 15 of my newest, favorite wines in the store. Dan from Eat This! will be providing his always tasty fare to nibble on. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of with all proceeds benefiting CASA St. Pete. Saying you are going on Facebook does not reserve your spot. Email stpetewinesmith@gmail.com indicating how many tickets you would like and I will email you an invoice through Square. It’s super easy and convenient. You can also stop by the store for tickets or call 727-826-0791. Must be 21 to attend.

2014 Raphaël Sallet Macon-Uchizy Les Maranches

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Yellow apple, pear, white peach, brisk lemon/lime and chalky mineral scents are enticing. Clean and fresh on the palate; mineral driven with hints of fresh cream joining the scent flavors. Finishes dry with vanilla bean, crisp citrus and chalky minerals lingering. Beautiful, balanced Chardonnay; can’t beat it for $15.

The commune (or village) of Uchizy produces only Chardonnay from its east facing slopes under the Macon appellation in Burgundy, France.

2014 Don Manuel Villafañe Legado Malbec

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Blackberry, black cherry, plum, black pepper with whifs of volcanic ash, smoke, damp black earth and mushrooms on the nose. This excites me. Juicy crushed black fruits lead to the scent flavors on the palate. Finishes dry and toasty with black tea and crisp minerals joining the black fruits. This is damn tasty Malbec. The fruit is not over-ripe which allows the underlying complexity to shine. A deliciously complex experience for $14.99.

2013 Montinore Estate Pinot Noir “Red Cap”

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Bright raspberry, cherry, rose petals, hints of cherry skin and savory earth and mineral scents on the inviting nose. The purity and balance in this wine are incredible. Brisk up front, fleshing out with raspberry, cranberry and cherry flavors. Finishes dry with lingering mouthwatering red fruits and minerals. I tasted a freshly opened bottle. I imagine this wine would develop more flavor complexity if decanted.

Montinore Estate is a Demeter Certified Biodynamic® and Stellar Certified Organic estate that lies at the northern end of the Willamette Valley. The first time I tasted their Pinot Gris blind I thought it was French. Their wines are pure, clean and beautiful with a sense of place the French refer to as “terroir”. All this and affordable too; the Borealis white is $16.99, the Pinot Noir is $21.99.