Peter was away this weekend visiting his sister’s family in Kansas, but that didn’t stop us from having our Friday Night Wine Down. It did, however, cause a slight delay in getting our report out. Emily Welch joined us for the pour and led us through some pretty interesting, and educating, wines. The two whites gave us a contrast between two different sauvignon blancs. The reds showcased the classic aromas and flavors of Marche, Italy and Napa, California. Peter returns to work on Thursday but won't be in the office until Friday. Brian and I are running the show until then. We have new bottles open in the store. Feel free to stop by today through Thursday to taste these. You can always call us at (203) 655-9045 to place an order. Or you can email me at

2011 Fleur de Coucou Touraine - $14 per bottle
This sauvignon blanc hails from Touraine, in the Loire Valley (France). Bright tropical and ripe pear fruit, framed by a dazzle of minerality and accented with a distinct earthy note. The right amount of zippy acidity leaves a clean finish. Try this with some goat cheese.
2012 Walnut Block Sauvignon Blanc - $13 per bottle
This sauvignon blanc is from Marlborough, New Zealand. (The north eastern tip of the South Island.) Intense aromas of tropical fruit accented with pungent floral notes. The fruit is upfront and juicy on the palate. Weighty and lingering on the finish.
2010 Valturio Olmo Marche Rosso - $25 per bottle
This is a 60/40 blend of sangiovese and montepulciano from Marche, Italy. Warm, red cherry fruit, black pepper spice and subtle floral notes. Hints of licorice along with plenty of acidity gives it a lift at the end. This medium-bodied wine would work great with outdoor barbeque.
2008 Banknote Wines "The Vault" - $30 per bottle
A blend of approximately equal thirds zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon and syrah. Sweet rhubarb, red berry, cherry, and something reminiscent of beef jerky. Sweet vanilla notes as well. Distinct dark berry and mocha coffee flavors. The tannins open up in the middle and continue to a lengthy finish. Similar “captivating” blends in the market aren’t this well priced

Coincidently, Peter asked me to remind you that his report on the Chateau Musar dinner is availble to read and he also just added new content to Notes From Our Sommelier. Enjoy the rest of the week and we hope to see you this Friday for another addition of Friday Night Wine Down.
Juan Vega