There were some very good wines at this tasting and here are my favorites:
- Axios "Truth", Lindsey's Cuvee 2006: This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petit Verdot delivers deep dark fruit, vanilla and oak spice, smokey bacon aroma, and earth. $22.50
- Seven Hills Merlot 2006: A silky Merlot with great integrated tannins and acidity. Smooth fruits, nice body, and long finish. $25.99
- Finca Villacreces, Ribera del Duero, 2005: This big Spanish red has it all- dusty earth, oak, cherry, rich soil, and spice. A bit young, let it age. $47.50
- Brooks Riesling 2006: I love this producer (ENO has the Amycas blend). A rich dry white with slate, lime, apple, chestnut, and minerality. So refreshing. $19.99
- Chateau St. Cosme: There was a Côtes du Rhône ($18), Gigondas ($34), and Chateauneuf du Pape ($49), each better than the other. Cannot go wrong with any of these as each is worth more than the price.
- Gunn Estate Unoaked Chardonnay 2007: A great expression of what Chardonnay is without all the alteration- honeyed apples, pear, and chalk. Great ripe fruit. $18.99
- Buglioni Valpolicella Classico 2006: Light and fresh with great acidity and bitter dark fruit. $16
This was a great neighborhood event, as I met with lots of fellow south loop residents. We were able to talk about the goings-on, as well as our liking of Amy and the wine shop. Where is your neighborhood? Tell WCWG and promote your local wine shop!