In June Stellina premiered our “Under The Stars” wine tasting series, pouring a group of wines chosen specifically for their affinity to grilled foods. Guests relaxed under our grape vines and nibbled on Grilled Scallops with Grapefruit Sauce and Grilled Lamb Burgers with Mint while enjoying five different wines.

The good news is that we’ll be doing it again on Monday July 7th at 6:30.  Our grape canopy is considerably thicker now, making it the perfect place to sit on a summer evening. This time the focus will be on the cool-climate wines from America’s Northwest.

The Northwest’s winemakers emerged out from California’s shadow several decades ago when their Pinot Noirs were acclaimed worldwide in head-to-head tastings with France’s finest red Burgundies. Since then they’ve gone on to score points with every other grape variety, including high-quality blends of red grapes. Two of the best known will be compared in this tasting: the Syrah-dominated blend of Horse Heaven Hills versus the Bordeaux-like styling of Col Solare.

Small tasting plates of grilled appetizers will again be served with these wines. And a professional expert will provide information and insight into each bottling.

The tastings are $30 per person, food and wine included. Reservations are required. Please call 617-924-9475 or go to the reservations page of this website.

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Notes on the wines being offered:

 

 

NOR_logo 2010(1)Northstar Merlot (Columbia Valley, Washington State : 78% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvingon, 4% Petit Verdot. Vines average 15 years old and yield grapes with concentrated varietal flavors of cherry and plum with elegant tannins. Fruit from more than 10 separate vineyards and 14 different blocks contributed to the blend.

93 Points  from The Wine Advocate

“ (It) has rich concentrated aromas of black cherry, raspberry and cream that lead into flavors of clove, cinnamon and maple….a lingering toasted oak finish.”

 

 

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Eroica Riesling (Washington State)- 100% Riesling

92 Points from The Wine Enthusiast

Eroica is an elegant off-dry Washington Riesling that delivers a unique combination of mandarin orange aromas characteristic of Washington state Rieslings, melded with the mineral, spiced apple and slate notes with lively, crisp acidity associated with German Riesling. The wine’s zesty acidity, combined with a touch of sweetness, makes it a tremendously versatile and food friendly wine.

 

 

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Erath Pinot Gris (Oregon)- 100% Pinot Gris

Erath has been working with this grape variety for more than two decades. The style of their Pinot Gris shows purity of fruit, balance and wonderful acidity in an unadulterated “no wood, no malolactic” style.

“Commanding aromas of banana, floral talc and key lime zest tantalize the senses, a beguiling introduction to the fruit driven, plush mouthful of kumquat, cantaloupe and tropical guava. This succulent Pinot Gris builds in intensity, culminating in a sublime finish of fresh acidity.”

 

 

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Columbia Crest, Horse Heaven Hills “Les Cheveaux” (Washington State): 75% Syrah, 25% Merlot

Les Chevaux, (French for “the horses”) is named for the wild horses that once roamed the Horse Heaven Hills. This lively red blend presents aromas and flavors of dark fruit and currant, followed by smooth tannins that lead in to a vibrant finish.

90 points from The Wine Spectator

 

 

 

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Col Solare (Columbia Valley, Washington State)-  67% Cabernet Sauvingon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Syrah)

94 points from The Wine Advocate

Col Solare is the partnership between two influential wine producers who are recognized leaders in their respective regions: Tuscany’s Marchesi Antinori and Washington State’s Chateau Ste. Michelle. Col Solare, Italian for “shining hill,” realizes the partners’ mission to unite two unique viticultural and winemaking cultures to produce an ultra-luxury Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine.

Winemaker’s notes “Rich and full of flavor, this 2009 vintage of Col Solare offers aromatics and flavors of crushed berries, cassis, black fruit, and tobacco along with a rich and silky palate and a lingering finish.”

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