“When there is plenty of wine, sorrow and worry take wing.” – Ovid, “The Art of Love” (c. A.D. 8)
Barrel- Aged Red Wines –
During this event we will taste three barrel-aged wines from three different regions. We'll taste how oak can change the flavor, texture, tannins, and body of a wine. Some of the most expensive wines are oak-aged in some way. The barrels are most commonly made from European or American oak.
You get different notes depending on the age of the barrel. New barrels with a light toast will give lots of vanilla and caramel notes, while a darker toast will give smokey, roasted aromas. Also, if the barrels are new when the wine is put into them, the wine will seep deeper into the pores of the barrel and the resulting wine will have more oak flavors. It is interesting to compare and contrast these three different wines to feel the smooth texture and flavor imparted from the oak. Oak can be a really nice way to smooth out the tannins, add another tannic layer, or serve to make the wine taste more intense.
During this event we'll try selections of wine from three different regions. The first wine is from our own backyard – Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. It is 100% Agliano, aged for 28 months in 100% French Oak. Our second wine is from Mendoza, Argentina and is 100% Malbec that was aged for six months in French oak barrrels. Finally, our third wine is from Ribero del Duero, Spain. Its a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged for 14 months in both French and American oak. I know we’ll enjoy each of these!
Everyone will receive notes about the background of the wine's varietal/grape and region. Each of us contributes $27.00 to the shared cost of wines, plus you pay for your own dinner order.
Seghesio Family Vineyards has been part of the history and fabric of Sonoma County since 1895 – a testament to the indomitable will of two Italian immigrants, their family, and their determination to persevere against incredible odds. Through five generations, our stewardship of the land and craftsmanship of our wines has paid tribute to those who came before us.
Seghesio Family Vineyards continues to specialize in benchmark Zinfandels and Italian varietals made from estate-owned and farmed vineyards, including those Edoardo and Angela first planted in 1895.
The company philosophy is strongly embedded in tradition and terroir, from the scrupulous tending of the vineyards, through to the ageing of the wines in large oak casks.
Laureano Gomez was inspired to set up his own small shop in the Uco Valley after over two decades as a winemaker for two of Mendoza's top wineries – Trapiche and Salentine. While at Trapiche, he was one of the winemakers to develop ‘Iscay,' the first ‘cult wine' to be produced in Argentina.
When Laureano decided to produce his own wines, he converted the garage just off of the family home into a winery, naming it ‘Bodega Garage.' While the winery is now located in a small building, built by his son, Ary, Laureano has remained true to his small production,
family run roots. The new winery still sits next to the family home and Laureano's wife and five children are all involved. Only 1,700 cases of hand-labeled bottles are produced each year.
The winery’s history goes back more than two hundred years to the town of La Horra in the heart of the Ribera del Duero region.
In 1777 Abundio Balbás, the pioneer, began to use his own grapes to produce red wine for local consumption, which he transported and distributed in wineskins known as odres, which he made himself. The family continued to make and sell wineskins until the arrival of glass bottles.
The name of Balbás has been linked to wine for six generations and, today, it’s Abundio’s great-great-grandson, Juan José Balbás, who runs the company and is a key figure in the Ribera del Duero D.O. In fact, Bodegas Balbás was one of the pioneering wineries that helped to set up the appellation in 1982, which covers more than 300 wineries today. Juan José Balbás was president of the D.O. Regulatory Council from 1996 to 2000.