Part 2 of Thursday’s tasting @vintryfinewines sponsored by @polanerselections. 2017 Arnot-Roberts Touriga Nacional Rosé Luchsinger Vineyard, notes of peaches, spice, & lemon - perfect Rosé for a hot, summer evening. Elegant, balanced single vineyard wine from one of California's most exciting small wineries. We had the opportunity to visit them last year in Healdsburg & it was a wonderful, informal tasting experience. They purchase grapes from a network of growers since they do not own any land & have a keen eye for ideal vineyard sources for the styles of wines they make.
2015 Alvaro Palacios Priorat Les Terrasses, notes of red fruit & cinnamon, food pairing is critical for this wine. Priorat is a small, dynamic wine region in Catalonia, north-eastern Spain, whose intense, full-bodied red wines have shot to fame in the past few decades. The classic Priorat wine is made from old-vine Garnacha and Cariñena, and has concentrated aromas of licorice, tar and brandied cherries. While originally conceived of as a value wine, Les Terrasses "Velles Vignes" has slowly evolved into the essence of what makes Priorat special. Drawing on 15+ years of study, Terrasses is sourced from many of the region's steepest and oldest vineyards-many of them north-facing to avoid the intense afternoon sun.
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