Wine of the Week [December 8th - December 14th]

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, take it personally when people say they don’t like Riesling, we here at The Goat would like to foster your love for the drink by offering wine every week that we will showcase here in the blog, and have available for tasting on Fridays from 6~7 p.m.

The selections that we will be pouring for the tasting this week have one defining feature in common.  “Defining” might be a stretch, but both are definitely outside of what would be considered a “current vintage.”  Aged wine has always been something fascinating to me from the start.  Everyone is enamored with old bottles.  Expectedly so given the many years that properly kept wine can remain viable, and the many dangers that any attempt at preserving wine will face.  What excites me, however, being a certified wine geek and all, is the evolution of the juice itself over time.  How the bright, fresh character of Chenin Blanc can evolve into the rich, nutty deliciousness of something like Clos Rougeard’s “Breze,” or the way the tannic grip of a young Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo can completely transform into a velvety, plush mouthfeel when given enough time is amazing!

The Formigar Chardonnay from Colterenzio is an example of the ”better with time” philosophy.  Concentrated, tropical melon and citrus peel with a luscious mouthfeel, clinging to a long, mouthwatering finish!  $26 Retail

 

 

 

 

 

The Solar de Randez Rioja Reserva is what 12 years of oak and bottle age do to Tempranillo.  Matured, fully integrated tannin tempered fruit and delicate aromatics define this gorgeous wine! $28/Retail

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you Friday!!!