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Steve Severance
 
May 3, 2020 | Steve Severance

Wine Tasting with Basel Cellars - Walla Walla, WA

SIP SESSIONS

With Steve's Wine Bar
 
Washington Winemaker, Dirk Brink

Shelter In Place will be different this Friday Evening
from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Central Time.



Purchase 2 bottles of our Featured Basel Cellars wines by Thursday
and join us Friday May 8th at 6:00 PM for a Zoom call and taste along with Winemaker Dirk Brink.

Wine may be picked up Friday afternoon.

The Session Link will be emailed to you prior to the event on Friday.

 


Featured Wines included in this special offer are: (Buy at least two)

 

Rosé of Syrah

This is our first-ever wine produced from the Rocks District in Milton-Freewater. This two-year-old Syrah planting produced beautiful mineral-rich fruit from the ancient cobblestones in one of the most distinct AVA’s in the world. All fruit was hand harvested early in the season and only two hours of skin contact was allowed after harvesting. A gentle press cycle was performed, followed by cold settling in stainless steel. A cool, slow fermentation lasted for about 45 days, maintaining freshness and varietal expression, while lees was stirred once a week for extra complexity and flavor. We extended the lees contact post fermentation and stirred for an additional two months to ensure depth and character in this Rosé.

The intriguing bouquet will reveal alluring fruit-driven hints of plum, raspberry, gooseberry and mandarin. This Rosé possesses an attractive floral component with notes of cherry blossom and potpourri. The pronounced minerality from the cobblestones is evident, with hints of chalk and smoke, alongside an exciting earthly element of mushroom and forest floor. The higher pH of the Freewater soil series delivered a wine with roundness and viscosity in the mouthfeel. The velvety texture in the mid-palate gives it a long and lingering sensation and balanced finish.The ripe and “sweet” flavors on the forefront are supported by fair acidity and create a subtle accent behind the fruit. This wine will be in its true element when paired with spicy crab cakes, shell fish pasta, pork shoulder with morel mushrooms or brie with truffle oil.

Claret

It is fruit driven with less tannins and acidity in comparison to their many of their other reds. 30% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 17% Malbec and 23% Cabernet Sauvignon. Only neutral oak is used to make this wine for about 18 months. It shows hints of raspberry, plum, butterscotch. It is floral and perfumy. There is just enough tannins to support a great structure of the wine. It stands alone but will age for a short while.

Cabernet – Syrah

70% Syrah and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is an interesting marriage of exceptional fruit from Mckinley Springs for the Syrah and Phinny Hills Vineyard for the Cabernet Sauvignon. The Syrah is co-fermented with Viognier and aged on Hungarian oak for about 20 months. They used about 7% of the viognier in the co-fermentation. This is a vibrant wine with notes of dark cherry, blueberry and orange peel. The Cabernet brings a great structure to the wine. There are notable layers in this wine. It’s got a wonderful mouthfeel but has fine tannins, great acidity which will allow you to cellar this wine for years to come.

Inspired

Grapes: 54% Cabernet Franc, 46% Merlot.
 
The best Cabernet Franc and Merlot they bring to the Cellar each year. The fruits come from different vineyards. 100% French oak for about 2 years. This wine shows a bouquet of plum, raspberry with darker notes of tobacco & mocca. Ripe fruits lingering in the mid palate merged with a lively acidity and perfectly integrated tannins. The subtle oak tones create a long and pleasant aftertaste.

 

Phinny Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

Grapes: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah, 5% Malbec
 
Nestled in the heart of the Horse Heaven Hills at an elevation of 750 feet, these Cabernet vines are rooted deeply in rich mineral and gravelly soils and deliver fruit with distinct character. Primary fermentation in barrel and followed by 20 months aging in French and American barriques.
 
This intriguing Cabernet shows beautiful notes of tobacco, leather, black currant and blueberry. With a little aeration, exciting fruit flavors of dark cherry and blackberry will please the senses. The initial taste is soft and supple, with layers of silky fruit coating the mid-palate. The outburst of ripe, dark fruits is complemented by the use of subtle French and American oak. The beautiful integration between fruit and oak is polished well by mature tannins and fair acidity. This Cabernet Sauvignon can easily stand alone, but will be even more expressive and complex when paired with a firm textured cow’s milk cheese, braised lamb shanks, or blue cheese burgers.

Also, we have put together a discounted

2-pack of our Titanium Crystal Burgundy Wine Glasses.

Add a set of two to your tasting order this week.


 

Dirk Brink

Winemaker

"I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa and was always surrounded by vineyards and wineries from a young age. I was always very intrigued by the winemaking process. I think my dad’s love for farming and agriculture and my mom’s patience and attention to detail stuck with me. I studied viticulture and enology in South Africa, and during this time worked at the world renowned Vergelegen and Delheim wine estates. I did my first winemaking Internship at Ingwe Wine Estate in South Africa, and came to the states in 2004 and started internships with Chateau St. Michelle, Bookwalter and then moved on to Assistant Winemaker at Kestrel Vintners and then Winemaker at Coeur d’ Alene Cellars before I came to Basel Cellars." 

"I met my beautiful wife Esther in 2005 working at Chateau St. Michelle and got married in 2012. We have one daughter named Anna Marie Lente, a true miracle and blessing from God. We also have an energetic Rhodesian Ridgeback called Cayenne that keeps us on our toes. We enjoy the outdoors, cooking, creating and living life to the fullest every day, and love the God that gave it to us!"

Time Posted: May 3, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Steve Severance
 
April 21, 2020 | Steve Severance

Chilean Sip and Learn Event

SIP SESSIONS

With Steve's Wine Bar
 
SIP SESSION
with Chilean wine expert Carlos Miquel.
Shelter In Place will be different this Saturday
from 6:00 – 7:30 PM Central Time.


• Did you know that Chile exports more wine than the US?
About a half billion dollars more.
• Did you know Chile has some of the oldest vines in the world? Unaffected by phylloxera, Chile never had to graft to resistant stock.
 • Did you know Chile is the 7th largest producer of wine? Chile has seen the most growth among the major producers over the past 5 years.
 
Purchase 2 bottles of our Featured Chilean wines by Thursday
and join us Saturday April 25 at 6:00 PM for a Zoom call when we interview Carlos Miquel and examine the history of Chile and their incredible wines.

All featured wines have been rated 92 points or better by several renowned professionals!

The Session Link will be emailed to you prior to the event on Saturday.
 


• Featured Chilean Wines included in this special offer are: (Buy at least two)

- Vina Chocalan "Vitrum" Red Blend. $31
- Vina Chocalan "Alexia" Red Blend $54
- Calyptra Grand Reserve "Assemblage" Red Blend $44
- Calyptra Inedito Limited Edition Red Blend $60
- Calyptra Zahir 100% Cabernet Sauvignon $75


It’s your choice.

Order wines online and pick the wines up this Friday or Saturday.  Drink one, both or all of them before the class, save them for the class or watch the class and then drink them. It's your choice.

We have a limit on available wines in Texas, so order soon before they run out.

Questions:

steve@steveswinebar.com


JOIN US for a SIP SESSION from Chile

Carlos has been in the wine industry for over 20 years representing Chilean wineries in the USA, in 2014 he saw the opportunity to set up an importing business for smaller, family owned , estate grown and bottled wineries.  He is currently the importer for both Viña Calyptra and Viña Chocalan from Chile in the US, and is a certified WSET wine educator.


A Little More About the Wines:


ALEXIA: 70% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot.
Powerful deep bouquet combining black fruit, cassis with fresh spice and hint of menthol notes. Well integrated notes of cedar in balance with cherry licorice. Fleshy on the palate, rich and concentrated wine, build on tight tannins that will ensure long keeping. Lush and velvety texture with a long finish. Decanting is recommended.

VITRUM: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Syrah, 8% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec, 4% Carmenère, 2% Petit Verdot.
Brilliant and deep ruby red color. A powerful and expressive nose, sweet and spicy notes. This wine offers ripe red fruits aromas and jam. Great character and structure in the mouth, it is a bodied wine with a good volume. Soft and firm tannins that provides a high potential of ageing. Creamy, with anisette notes that melts with smoky and chocolate bitter flavors.
 
CALYPTRA GRAND RESERVA  "ASSEMBLAGE": 67% Syrah, 33% Merlot
A wine with a beautiful dark ruby-red color with violet highlights. Outstanding fruit with a nose full of red berries, black cherry, black pepper, hints of violets. Those elements come through on the palate with fresh black and red fruit, revealing a full-bodied wine. This wine opens generously, very silky and lush on the palate. In mid palate, it is round and velvety with very fine tannins and the excellent acidity enhance its liveliness and balance.
Decanting is recommended for at least 1 hour.  

It has a cellaring potential of 10 to 15 years. 

CALYPTRA "INEDITO": Cabernet Sauvignon: 58%; Merlot: 25%; Syrah: 17%
Dark ruby-red color.  A powerful wine with very good level of soft and rounded tannins.  On the palate, it is perfectly balanced, full-bodied and superbly voluptuous on the mid-palate with extremely fine, firm, and sweet tannins. Each bottle is numbered.  The wine is elegant and has a very well defined character. With an excellent cellaring potential.

CALYPTRA "ZAHIR": 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
A wine with a beautiful dark red color with ruby-red highlights. Subtle on the nose, with a big range of aromas that shows an amazing complexity. Red fruits such as cherry, plums, cassis, and raspberry. A robust wine with very good level of soft and rounded tannins. The wine is elegant and has a very well defined character. On the palate, it is perfectly balanced, full-bodied and superbly voluptuous on the mid-palate with extremely fine, firm, and sweet tannins. Its out-standing acidity gives the wine a youthful, refreshing feeling. Its structure gives this wine cellaring potential of at least 30 years.    

Time Posted: Apr 21, 2020 at 6:51 AM