No structured tasting this month, but we did have a three-bottle sampling of a white, rosé, and red wine from the Côtes Catalanes, an area of France bordering Spain, which is also an upcoming vacation spot for Ali & Andy. Also featured was a classic bubbly and a young Napa Cabernet.
Of course, there was Ali's amazing selection of cheeses, as well as astonishing Iberico ham.
Domaine LaFage Chardonnay Novellum Côtes Catalanes 2013. Smells green, like pine, plus some oak and apricots, then watered down lime. Almost buttery on the palate, but with good acidity and freshness. Joyce called it "summery and relaxing". About $14.
Les Vignerons de Cases de Pene Penya Rosé Côtes Catalanes 2013. Made from 96% Grenache, with 4% Syrah. Smells like ripe cherries and plums. David felt is was "really delightful". Plenty of acidity and tasty fruit, with good persistence. Joyce described it as "not trying too hard". About $13.
Jean Pla Le Corbeau Côtes Catalanes 2013. Made from 44% Grenache, 44% Syrah, 10% Carignan, and 2% Lladoner Pelut. Spicy nose, plus licorice, and green pepper. Andy says it's "like a cologne" and "I would wear this". Coffee, mocha, and plum flavors. About $10.
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne Non-vintage. Yeasty and full off citrus and apple pie notes (with the spices). Very lively in the glass, with a tart finish. Vibrant and classic. About $35.
Moffett Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012. A bit funky nose, but also cassis notes moving to maple, cedar, and creme brulee. Flavors of red bell pepper, plums, cherry, coffee, and cola. Great texture. Our palates were pretty tired by this point. About $40.