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Columbia Willamette Enological Society
December Program  

2015 Library Tasting

  • Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
  • Time: Social wine pours at 7:10; Program begins at 7:25pm.
  • Location: EB Hamilton Hall
  • Presenter: TBA
  • Cost: $30 members; $35 Guests ($3 additional charge without a reservation.)
  • Bring: Two wine glasses each person
  • Reservations: Reserve by Saturday, April 4th to get the reservation discount.
    Call Ray Maddix at: (360) 944-2051 or E-Mail Maddix @ comcast . net
  • Printable Information: April Announcement
The Wines

Albana Di Romagna 2011 - Our Welcome Wine. Fairly light bodied with underlying peach and almond notes. Wait until you hear the legend about this wine.

Negromaro 2010 - Dry with the aroma of cherry, blackberry, plum, and cinnamon with medium tannins and moderate acidity.

NeroBufaleffj Sicilia 2007 - -A Sicilian wine from the Nero d'Avola grape. Has the subtle character of cherry; sweet and subtle tannins with notes of spices and eucalyptus.

Passopisciaro Sicily 2009 - The 2009 Passopisciaro is impressive. Sweet red cherries, flowers and spices are some of the notes that are woven into a fabric of incomparable grace and elegance. Deceptively medium in body, the wine shows surprising density over time, with layers of fruit that build towards the harmonious, enveloping finish. Soft tannins make the Passopisciaro relatively accessible early, although it should drink well for a number of years.

Brunello Barbi 2006 - 2006 was a 4 star year for the Barbi winery. This red wine has been produced since 1892 and has received many awards for its quality. The color is intense ruby red. The bouquet is of red berries, blackberry and cherry with hints of spices and liquorice. The taste is warm and ample, with a good structure and soft tannins. The aftertaste presents the same notes of fruits and spices of the bouquet.

Zenato Amarone 2008 - Ruby red in color with intoxicating aromas of dried black cherry, cassis, truffles, chocolate fudge and tar. This wine is silky, luscious and complex, with a lingering finish.

Barbaresco Robaja 2008 - - Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja 2008 has a ruby red color and has a bouquet with red fruit notes. Elegant and complex with silky tannins and dark fruit on the finish. The 2008 Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja is utterly magnificent. Usually a powerhouse, the 2008 is incredibly refined to the point it seems to literally hover on the palate. It is a wine of exquisite grace and beauty. All the elements are in place.

The Program

Two years ago, your Library Committee decided that the 2015 Library tasting would consist of some high quality Italian wines. After several meetings, and tasting the wines in question, we were able to pair down the number of quality Italian wines to seven for this program. These wines were then purchased and have been aging in ideal environmental conditions for the last two years. It is now time to open them and see what they have become.

The wines we will taste come from all over Italy. From Sicily in the south to Veneto in the north we will be treated to some of the best wines the Italian peninsula can produce.

This may be one of the very best programs CWES has every had. All the wines are first class.

Since I'm sure you'll enjoy the tasting do your friends a favor and invite them to come with you.

Join us for the "Welcome Wine" at 7:10 PM with the Program to begin at 7:25 PM. Bring 2 (two) wine glasses for comparative tasting, and that friend we talked about to share the evening with you

Chef JD Thomas and his associates will be matching these fantastic wines with some intriguing food bites specifically paired to match their best qualities.

Make your reservations early as seating is expected to fill up quickly.

Let us know how many reservations you want to make. Please let us know by Saturday, April 4, 2015. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for guests, if made before Saturday the 10th ($33 and $38 at the door).

Note - if you reserve and then must cancel, please call or email because we are charged for all reservations.