Wilyabrup vs Napa Tasting

$20.00 per person
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12:00 pm Saturday,
March 23, 2019 - March 23, 2019


PWS Bank Street


This weekend we will hold a face off tasting between two of the new worlds most important regions for Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends: Wilyabrup and the sub-regional AVAs of the Napa Valley. From the Napa we will focus on the sub regions of Calistoga, Rutherford, Howell Mountain and Stags Leap sub-regional AVAs. The selection from the Napa are some of the oldest and most revered Cabernets of the region.

This is a fascinating tasting which brings together some of the most prestigious AVAs of the Napa and Wilyabrup. Many of the producers in Wilyabrup argue the wines are distinct and this is the ideal area for Cabernet Sauvignon production in Margaret River. This tasting features some of the leading lights of Margaret River and includes the award winning Vasse Felix Tom Cullity Cabernet Blend.

Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Blind Corner Wilyabrup Bernard 2017
Cullen Cabernet Merlot 2017
Cullen Diana Madeline 2017
Vasse Felix Premier Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Vasse Felix Tom Cullity Cabernet Malbec 2013
Woodlands Clementine Cabernet Merlot Petit Verdot 2015
Woodlands Margaret Cabernets 2016

Napa Valley Mountains
Forman Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (Saint Helena)
White Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Stags Leap)
Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (Calistoga)
Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (Howell Mountain)

As if that’s not enough THERE’ STILL MORE!!!

Infomercial jokes aside, we will also have Scott Wasely pouring a new sherry project from Jerez in the POD. These wines are fascinating and representative of a new and re-invigorated fortified wine industry in Spain. The new sherry / not-sherry project Callejuela and their Palominos.

Pepe y Paco, producers of incredible Palominos from el Marco de Jerez, some fortified and some not, variously with or without flor.

Their father, Francisco Blanco Martínez, ‘el Blanquito’ founded the business in 1980. Originally, he worked as an almacenista de mosto – he farmed his vineyards and made base wine, which was then sold to bottling houses, who fortified it to become sobretablas ready to enter their soleras.

In 1997, Blanquito’s operation was consolidated in a cellar atop the slope of Pago el Hornillo on the estuary (Trebujena) side of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Nowadays, Francisco’s sons Pepe and Paco Blanco run the project, with 28 hectares of own vines across four pagos: in Sanlúcar de Barrameda they have holdings in Pagos Callejuela and el Hornillo; while in Jerez they own parts of Pagos Macharnudo and Añina. Ramiro Ibáñez provides advisory assistance. They hold 700 botas in their bodega, about 500 of which are ageing biologically.

Callejuela became a brand in 1998 and entered the Manzanilla market in 2005, but its current face only hit the market in 2015. Callejuela is an incredibly dynamic producer, producing table wines (some with, some without flor), fortified Finos labelled as Manzanilla, and other sherry styles. Some are aged dynamically, others statically. Terroir of origin (Pago location) is as important as is that of the bodega (where the wines are yeasted and aged). The emphasis on the land results in simply better fruit – they pick at 12.5-13% potential alcohol compared to a regional norm of 10.5 (based on the bent assumption that fortification is the fix!).

This is a truly facinating tasting, but it needs to be experienced to be understood. We will have importer Scott Wasley pouring and explaining the wines in the POD this weekend.

Wines on Tasting
Callejuela Blanco de Hornillos 2017
Callejuela Hacienda de Doña Francisca Pago de Callejuela 2017
Callejuela Las Mercedes’ Pago de Anina 2017
Callejuela La Choza’ Pago Macharnudo 2017
Callejuela Manzanilla de Pago Callejuela 2014
Callejuela Anina Manzanilla 2014
Callejuela Macharnudo Manzanilla 2014

Please note due to the cost of the wines this tasting is $20 refundable on purchases of $100 or more from the wines on tasting.

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