February 2010 Wine Club Package: Zesty Zins and Punchy Pinot – Wine That Takes the Cake
Jan 30th, 31st, 1pm til 5pm
Burrell School Wine Club Members Only!
Enjoy your first wine club package of 2010 paired with delicious cakes by Santa Cruz Cake Company. You will be amazed how these wines “take the cake!” Cakes will be available to take home for your dining pleasure, and slices will also be available for purchase to enjoy with your schoolhouse wine and cake tasting experience.
2007 Estate Pinot Noir, “Principal’s Choice”
This is a youthful beauty, glistening in the glass. Enjoy aromas of black
raspberry and cherries, leading to flavors of berries and chocolate and
hazelnut. The barrel tannins are evident, the acidity is perfect and the
structure is there-don’t be afraid to stock up and cellar this wine.
Cake: Classic Rum butter cake with blackberry preserves
2007 Ryan Oaks Zinfandel, “Detention”
Here’s our latest offering from the folks at Ryan Oaks in Amador County-big and
bold! With a nose of plums, espresso and tobacco, it offers bright cherry
flavors. This is a Zin that demands spicy foods. Make a spicy posole or a
pork tenderloin with cranberry-chipotle sauce, and you will be happy!
Cake: Chocolate Rum Brownie
2005 Ryan Oaks Zinfandel, “Detention”
Here’s a treat for the New Year: a Ryan Oaks Zinfandel from the Burrell
School library. Compare to the 2007 vintage side by side. Expect the
bright cherry profile to be a bit more mellow, but still shining with red
fruit flavors. Perhaps a bit softer, but still big and muscular. Again,
pair with hearty, spicy foods or go Italian with a rich hearty pasta.
Cake: Double Chocolate Whiskey cake
New Student!! 2006 Ryan Oaks Zinfandel Debuts in the Tasting Room, Jan 30 & 31
This vineyard never ceases to amaze with its bright fruit and refreshing acidity, unusual for an Amador County Vineyard, but not unusual for Ryan Oaks. It’s all about vineyard management and timing of the picking. Pleasing aromas of baked cherries and coffee brandy plus a hint of tobacco fill your nostrils with a promise of yet another well-buffed, not flabby Zin. The flavors are all soprano fruits: bright cherry, cranberry, strawberry and lingonberry, along with saltwater taffy and Jolly Rancher candy. They all swirl together to produce a very lively, bright-eyed and lightfooted Zin: something that would make Fred Astaire proud. You’ll want to stock up on this one to watch its progress through subsequent dancing lessons.
Cake: Rum currant cake with cherry rum glaze