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Check out these tasting notes from Local Sommeliers

on Monday, 27 February 2012. Posted in Magazine, Eat This! February 2012, From the Cellar

vineyard-shutterstock 70084468-XLRGPop the cork and take flight. Wine flights often include a tasting of multiple wines. Enjoy this diverse sampling from some of the Low Country’s most trusted palates and wine connoisseurs. Whether you are new to tasting wine or looking to
enhance your understanding of specific regions, vintages or varietals — See, Swirl, Smell, Sip and Savor This! 

2009 Copain “Tous Ensemble”

Anderson Valley

Finicky, tempermental, and thin-skinned, Pinot Noir may not be easy to grow but it sure is easy to drink! Depending on the region of origin, flavors can range from sublime hints of red fruit and rose petals to head-spinning aromas of violets and earth. There are some incredible finds that offer great taste and balance without requiring you to sell your car for a great tasting bottle of vino. Copain's "Tous Ensemble" from Anderson County is one such gem. Notes of cherry and hints of herbs reinforced with great acidity make this food-friendly wine a thoughtful choice without over thinking it. Enjoy!

Manoli Davani
Avondale Wine & Cheese

DomaineDel Sol Picpoul

In the sandy coastal vineyards of southern France, Picpoul emerges as a star among grapes. A popular blending partner being Clairette, this crisp, citrus, easy drinking deliciousness is enjoyed from is origin, the Languedoc, and into the Rhone Valley. Producing pink, white and red grapes/wine, Picpoul graces Chateau de Beaucastel's and Chateau Mont-Redon's great Chateauneuf-du-Pape and refuses to stay in France alone. A great representation is Domaine Del Sol Picpoul. The nose is fruity with aromas of lime. On the palate, the wine is lively and fresh with notes of citrus. Great acidity and roundness.

Lauren Levine
Uncorked Wine Bar

2009 Kilka Malbec

Malbec made a big impression throughout 2011. Mainly used as a blending grape in Bordeaux and the Loir Valley of France, it was at the hands of the winemakers of Argentina that brought it to popularity in producing 100% Malbec wines. It is best described as a Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot lovechild with earthy spice. It's full body explodes with soft red fruits with a terrific combination of tannin and spice finish. It pairs perfectly with grilled meats, BBQ and hearty pasta dishes. The 2009 Kilka Malbec is balanced with plums, dark cherries, hints of vanilla and exotic spice-rich characters with a soft finish.

Anthony Pugh Wine A While / Vino Burgerz

Michael David Petite Petit

Petite Sirah; the name alone inspires imagery of an intensely colored, dark wine splashing into a glass. Give it a quick swirl and thick legs slide down into a bouquet that evokes dark berries, earth and even decadent chocolate. Smoky, sultry and mysteriously alluring, Petite Sirah has found fans across the globe and most certainly here in Charleston. Michael David Petite Petit offers a joyous explosion of color and fun, it is a substantial, dense, full-bodied, whopper style of wine loaded with pure black fruit and vanilla flavors that coat the palate.

Peter Demarest
Uncorked Wine Bar

Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos 2009

Believe it or not, Grenache or Garnacha (Spain) is the most widely planted grape in the world. It is the signature varietal of France's southern Rhone valley and has many outposts across the globe. The flavor profile typically shows red fruits (think strawberry and cherry), is light in color and offers a dash of white pepper spice. Low tannins and moderate acidity make Grenache perfect with grilled meats, sausages and highly spiced dishes. The Tres Picos Garnacha is terrific in that it takes all the delicious high note fruit tones and takes it to the next level of intensity. A modern take on the varietal but the versatility is still retained.

Jason Selby

2010 Turley Wine Cellars "Juvenille"

The Zinfandel that I chose as an excellent representation of what a Zinfandel should be is from Turley Wine Cellars, The 2010 "Juvenille" label. Turley has been on top of the Zinfandel world for quite some time. Being a very consistent and smart buy. The flavors are very enticing, with super rich notes of black raspberry, black currant, and the pleasant spice of cracked black pepper. Turley is a very well rounded full bodied Zinfandel.

Vinny Wedderspoon Accent of Wine

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