Discovery Wines at the Tahoe Pourhouse

Today’s article discusses our business segment that we call “Discovery Wines” which are wines by the glass and available in bottles to take home. While the keg wines on tap are comprised of popular brands and well-known varietals, our Discovery wines will take you on a journey to flavors and aromas that are waiting for you to discover.

 Keenan Merlot

Keenan Merlot

One of the wines we are considering is a 2013 Keenan Napa Valley Merlot.  Here is what Wine.com says about the 2013 Keenan, “High in the Mayacamas Range, at an elevation of 1,700 feet above the Napa Valley floor, are Spring Mountain and the Robert Keenan Winery and vineyards. Peter Conradi in the late 19th century planted 100 acres of terraced vineyard in Zinfandel and Syrah grapes. The Conradi Winery operated until Prohibition when the vineyards and winery fell out of use. In 1974, Robert Keenan purchased 180 acres of forest on the defunct Conradi Winery site. No vines remained”, but Robert was certain the mountain top vineyards would be perfect for an estate winery. The winery was made operational just in time for the harvest of 1977. From that time on, Keenan has earned a great reputation for producing wines of intense character and renowned acclaim.

It is the richness of the soils that makes the hillside perfect for an estate winery, and are, in great measure, responsible for the dramatic intensity of the fruit associated with the ultra-premium wines produced at Robert Keenan Winery. A new solar power system will supply all of the winery's power needs and wines will carry the "Solar Powered and Sustainably Farmed" phrase on the label.

An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Keenan Napa Valley Merlot’s subtle tannins make it perfect for early drinking and allow it to pair with a wide range of foods. Merlot is known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry, and raspberry. Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

 Rombauer Chardonnay

Rombauer Chardonnay

Our next possible selection is 2016 Rombauer Chardonnay. It may not need to be “discovered” by a group of local wine drinkers who wish to remain unnamed, it is a big, tasty wine. Those who have not tried it will discover its enticing aromas of vanilla, melon and mango are layered with apricot, crème brûlée, butter and a slight minerality. Those scents are echoed as flavors on the creamy, rich palate, along with peach, pie crust and baking spices. The long, smooth finish is marked by mouthwatering acidity (Rombauer Winery). And it also pairs excellently with full flavored and pungent foods.

Rombauer Vineyards was founded in 1982 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer and sits on a tree covered knoll with caves that extend for over a mile into the hillside. The caves provide a constant temperature and humidity which result in optimum conditions for aging wines.

The joy of wine is something that's important to Rombauer. Whether you are a collector of fine wines or like to have wine with food, wine is something that truly should be enjoyed. Their emphasis on the joy of wine comes from the heritage of the Rombauer family. Koerner's ancestors made wine in the famous Rheingau region in Germany and his great aunt, Irma Rombauer, wrote the book The Joy of Cooking.

 Morgan Pino Noir

Morgan Pino Noir

Our next Discovery Selection is Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2015. This special wine demonstrates the power and finesse of Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. It displays aromas of forest floor, sweet spice, raspberry, and bacon fat. Flavors of dark cherry are complemented by notes of toasted oak and candied strawberry. Perfectly poised fruit/acid balance make this wine incredibly food-versatile. It is a wonderful accompaniment to roast chicken and grilled salmon, as well as almost any duck, beef or lamb preparation.

Brilliant red. Zesty, spice-accented red berries and fresh flowers on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Juicy and tightly focused; a hint of allspice appears as the wine opens up. Closes on a clean, spicy note, offering energetic cut and silky tannins that sneak in slowly. These fruit-driven, generous, accessible wines

The Lee family started Morgan in 1982. Located in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey, the winery receives grapes from the family's organic vineyard, the Double L Vineyard, and a few select neighbors. The Double L is densely planted with 11 clones of Pinot Noir with rows oriented north-south for optimal sun exposure and interception of the cool breezes from the Monterey bay. This cool low yielding area is becoming known as the "Cote d'Or of California" and produces wonderful Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Morgan also produces Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah from the various microclimates of Monterey. (Wine.com 2017)

Are you ready for a glass of one of these? I am! Come on down to the POURHOUSE in a little bit and get yourself a glass.

Now its your turn… what are your favorite wines? What do you enjoy eating with wine? Do you have a favorite selection that we should put on the wine wall?

Let us know, we want to please you and satisfy your cravings so let us know what you want in your TAHOE POURHOUSE!

--Mark