8 Buyers, 1 Store, 8000 Wines

Monday, May 25, 2015

On 11:51 AM by WinePaul   No comments
Every other Saturday, Del Posto (Batali & Bastianich's most upscale restaurant) hosts what they call their 5 For 5 Tasting. What you get is five wines for $5, with a description of the wines from one or more of their sommeliers. This Saturday, I attended for the first time, although it was the day they were marking their 2nd Anniversary of the event. 
5 for $5


It's a sit-down tasting, with nice stemware and a bottle of water on each table. We started with a bonus Champagne to celebrate the anniversary. It was a J. Lasalle Brut, crisp, dry in a middle of the road style. Slightly fruity, with very soft acidity. This was followed by the first "official" wine of the tasting, the Chartogne Taillet Brut Rosé. 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir; surprisingly leesy on the nose. On the palate red berry, cream, and brioche. Rich and interesting, with a sharper acidity on the finish. Very nice.

The most interesting still wine of the tasting was the Graci Etna Rosato. Made from Nerello Mascalese from the north slope of Mount Etna, this wine was filled with strawberry and citrus. A delicious, refreshing sip.

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