Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Eric Solomon-European Imports Tasting--Extreme Value Wines with 90+ratings! - Dallas, Texas

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 Dallas, Texas

The Wine Therapist
1810 Skillman Street
Dallas, Texas 75214

The Wine Therapist Presents
the Best of Eric Solomon Selections
This Wednesday, October 3rd, 5-8pm  $5

Join us This Wednesday for a tasting of Eric Solomon/European Imports Insane Value Wines from Southern France and Spain.   5-8pm  $5 

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Michel Gassier "Nostre Pais" White Wine 2011 
Costieres de Nimes, France $17.99 with discounts available for 6 or more wines mix and match and also case discounts. 
Wine Advocate 93 points
"I know some readers will find it hard to believe, but the 2011 Nostre Pais Blanc's aromas and rich, honeyed, full-bodied texture reminded me of the famous white Chateauneuf du Pape made by Beaucastel, which sells for three or more times the price. 

An amazing blend of 90% Grenache Blanc, 5% Roussanne and 5% Viognier aged six months in French oak, the Roussanne component jumps from the glass, offering notes of acacia flowers, honeysuckle, white peach, quince and pineapple. The flamboyant, intense aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, exuberant, dry white wine that must be tasted to be believed. I suspect this offering has some aging potential, but why risk it given how beautiful it is showing at present. I recommend consuming it over the next several years."
 -Robert Parker, June 2012.

Bringing in our Roussanne
It is interesting to point out that this obscure Rhone White Wine

Grape that is 5% of the Nostre Pais White, Rousanne, is considered to be among the finest

grapes to grow in Texas and Kim McPherson's Texas Roussanne is

unbelievably great.  The color is much like a red Roux in Cajun cooking, but the juice is white.

Michel Gassier "Nostre Pais" Red Wine 2010
Costieres de Nimes, France $17.99 with discounts available for 6 or more wines mix and match and also case discounts.
Wine Advocate/Parker 90pts

"The sexy, medium to full-bodied 2010 Nostre Pais Rouge exhibits velvety tannins along with copious garrigue, lavender, licorice, black currant, cherry, kirsch and spice box characteristics. This luscious, fruit forward, undeniably seductive red is composed of 35% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 20% Mourvedre, 15% Cinsault and 5% Syrah. Aged six months in French oak, mostly on its lees, the price point is ridiculous for a wine of this quality. It is best drunk over the next 1-2 years."

Michel Gassier "Cercius" Old Vines
Cotes du Rhone Villages 2011
$15.99 a bottle with quantity discounts

According to Robert Parker -" The 2011 Cercius Rouge Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah aged completely in concrete tanks. This is a big wine, especially for a 2011, tipping the scales at 14.5% alcohol, with some Grenache lots actually higher.
Sweet kirsch liqueur intermixed with notions of smoky camphor and roasted meats are followed by a powerful as well as elegant, opaque purple-colored wine with deep fruit, medium to full body and a long finish. With abundant glycerin and fresh, it is a sexy red to enjoy over the next 2-3 years." 89pts

Chateau Puech-Haut Prestige Languedoc Red Wine
$19.99 per bottle with 6 bottle and case discounts to go
94 points the Rhone Report

"Even better than the brilliant '09, with more elegance and freshness, the 2010 Château Puech-Haut Coteaux du Languedoc Saint-Drézéry Cuvée Prestige is a custom cuvee made by Philippe Cambie and Eric Solomon. An absurd value and a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, and 5% Carignan that is aged half in concrete and half in neutral barrel, it possesses a vivid, semi-opaque purple color to go with captivating aromas of raspberry liqueur, cassis, fresh flowers, sappy underbrush, and licorice-like qualities that simply soar from the glass.
On the palate, this impeccably put together Languedoc has a pure, polished profile, with a sappy, resinous tactile sensation in its full-bodied texture, perfect balance, and a long, seamless finish. While no lightweight, it is in no way over the top and has real poise and elegance that is married to plenty of power and depth. While it has the balance and tannin structure to evolve gracefully for upwards of a decade, I see no reason to hold off."

Issue #11, March 2012

--Jeb Dunnuck's The Rhone Report

Espelt Vineyards near Vilajuiga, Spain, just south of the French/Spanish Border near the Mediterranean Sea--very close to what was considered to be the finest restaurant in the world, El Bulli, which closed last year.

2010 Espelt "Vieilles Vignes" aka "Old Vines" Garnacha
 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"A magnificent custom cuvee for Eric Solomon, this 2010 Espelt Garnacha  was made from high-elevation vineyards in the Costa Brava planted in granite. It was fashioned by the brilliant Jean-Marc Lafage, whose wines are reviewed elsewhere in this article. Composed of 100% Grenache aged 3 months in new French oak, it reveals copious aromas of raspberry jam, black currants, kirsch, flowers and forest floor, full body, terrific fruit, lots of complexity already, and a multidimensional mouthfeel. "  Drink this stunning red over the next 4-5 years. (6/ 2012)

$12.99/one bottle with deep discounts for 6 or more and full case purchase to go.
Made entirely from organic and biodynamically farmed 91-year-old Garnacha grown on slate and granite soils.
Great with Many of our Spanish Cheeses like Manchego, Drunken Goat and Idiazabal

As we are the first in North Texas to receive these special wines, get them as soon as you can as they will sell out quickly!  These are wines to buy by the case as they offer unparallelled quality to price value.  We have priced them very competitively.

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And William  Foley and Friends Original Jazz 
Wednesday at 7:30pm!

Chef Tim of TJ's finest Woodfired Pizzas will be on vacation this Wednesday, and will return the following Wednesdays in October!

We want to thank Virtuoso Selections, our importer, for importing these special requests.

To Your Health,

Phillip Nikpour, Founder, The Wine Therapist

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