Duck Tales Hour Tasting with a focus on the #Merlotme

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 06:00 PM

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“I like wine that sounds good and I like rock ‘n’ roll.”
Michael Browne, Kosta-Browne


We also like Rock and Roll but prefer wines that taste good as opposed to the pretty labels.  Usually we would tell you to stay away from most wine labels that feature animals like kangaroos, lizards, Squirrels, dogs or pretty birds but ducks can be a good sign.  Duckhorn Winery has been around since 1976 and they are known for the Merlot, a grape that gets very little respect even though it is the 2nd most widely planted grape varietal on earth. 

This Saturday October 21st we will offer three flights from this landmark winery along with a new menu as we continue to feature the White Truffle again this week along with our Charcuterie Selections and a new list of wines by the glass based on our events we are hosting this week.

The menu changes every week based on the events that we have going on and we build it every night adding the items from the last night making our Saturday night menu the most impressive as it contains everything from all the events this week.



Duck Tales Hour Tasting with a focus on the #Merlotme
Saturday, October 21, 2017
6:00 PM


Flight One – Hooray Chardonnay (6 ounces of each wine)  $21.50

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2016 Decoy Sonoma County Chardonnay  (6 ounce Pour $5.75)
Price: $22.50       Sale $19.80

This deliciously bright and inviting Chardonnay offers layers of apricot, citrus and summer melon, as well as hints of fresh honeysuckle. On the palate, the lovely pure fruit flavors are underscored by delicate acidity and a supple richness from the sur lie aging.

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2014 Duckhorn Chardonnay Napa  (6 ounce Pour $8.75)
Price: $39.00       Sale $34.32

This is the third vintage of chardonnay from Duckhorn, a good amount of ripe tropical fruit here on the nose with notes of lightly toasted oak spice, crème flan like notes. A rich and creamy texture on the tongue with a solid core of ripe tree fruits, hints of vanilla and nutmeg with nice freshness through the finish, a nice touch of minerality and that creme flan at the end. Finish 40+ Excellent
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2014 Migration Chardonnay Russian River  (6 ounce Pour $8.00)
Price: $35.25       Sale $31.02

Defined by the idea of movement, Migration is dedicated to exploring Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the finest cool-climate winegrowing regions to create wines that highlight lush fruit, bright acidity and impeccably balanced oak. To craft our flagship Chardonnay, this exploration took us to California’s Russian River Valley, where layers of ocean fog cool the vines that grow in the region’s famous Goldridge sandy loam soils. Reflecting this world-class terroir, this vibrant and sophisticated Chardonnay combines white flower aromatics with enticing lemon custard and stone fruit flavors.

Flight Two - #Merlotme Plus one - (6 ounces of each wine)  $26.50

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2015 Decoy Merlot Sonoma County  (6 ounce Pour $5.75)
Price: $22.50       Sale $19.80

A blend of 92% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petite Sirah.  This lovely expression of Sonoma County Merlot offers lush layers of black cherry, cassis and cranberry, along with notes of cocoa and leather. On the palate, refined tannins underscore the wine’s velvety mouthfeel, while excellent acidity adds poise and length to the vibrant red berry flavors.

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2014 Duckhorn Merlot Napa   (6 ounce Pour $11.75)
Price: $52.50       Sale $46.20

A blend of 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.  Combining lovely structure and alluring appeal, this is a classic expression of Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot. Intense aromas of ripe cherry, plum and black fig rise from the glass, underscored by hints of leather and cedar. On the palate, it is lush and supple, with bright acidity and velvety tannins supporting layers of raspberry and black cherry, as well as hints of coffee and chocolate that carry through on the long finish.

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2014 Canvasback Red Mt. Cabernet Sauvignon   (6 ounce Pour $10.00)
Price: $45.00       Sale $39.60

Dick Boushey is the vineyard manager, Brian Rudin is the winemaker and this is the latest thing from the folks at Duckhorn.  They planted 18 acres recently so the estate is not ready they are buying fruit from four vineyards right now until the young vines are ready.  This vintage is a blend of Merlot and Malbec, this wine sees 16 months in 100% French oak, a mixture of new  and older neutral oak.  On the nose there is good hand of that dirt from this region with red and black currant, dark plum and black cherry fruit, herbs, asian spices, black licorice and more, very complex bouquet of aromas. Plump and juicy fruit here on the tongue this is a warmer year in Washington but has that hallmark freshness of wines from this area also with a good hand of spice and a lot of that red mountain earth through the finish, tobacco, licorice like notes through the finish, a ripe vintage that is still very young but has lovely balance. Finish 45+    Excellent +

Flight Three - The Power of Elegance (6 ounces of each wine)  $59

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2012 Duckhorn Howell Mt Red Wine   (6 ounce Pour $22)
Price: $99.75       Sale $87.78

A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.  Capturing the essence of great mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a complex and beautifully structured wine with aromas of wild berries, red currant, dried herbs and graphite. The aromas carry through to the firm, round palate, where they mingle with layered flavors of vibrant red fruit, slate and hibiscus.
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2013 Duckhorn Three Palms Vineyard Napa Merlot  (6 ounce Pour $23)
Price: $103.25    Sale $90.86

The 2013 growing season yielded a riveting expression of Three Palms Vineyard Merlot, with a rich entry and pure and polished flavors of cherry, cassis, pomegranate, and blackberry. On the palate, these gorgeous fruit elements mingle with complex layers of leather, wet river rock, eucalyptus and black tea. Warm earthy notes finesse the finish while dense, fine-grained tannins provide wonderful length.

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2014 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa  (6 ounce Pour $16.50)
Price: $73.50       Sale $64.68

We have been producing Cabernet Sauvignon since 1978. Blending fruit from estate vineyards and top Napa Valley growers, this wine embodies the complexity of the valley, while offering a seamless balance between fruit, oak and tannins. To add nuance the Cabernet is blended with Merlot, yielding a wine that is approachable in its youth, yet worthy of cellaring.

Saturday Night

We have all 8 tables in the Wine Bar open for business tonight and you can call (e-mail) and reserve a table but you can also eat and drink at the Bar and in the Lounge.  Duckhorn Flights are being served!  Along with all the items we have featured on the menu this week!!

Shutty Fries - Montreal Seasoned Steak Fries
Price: $8.00
Black Burgundy Truffle and Reggiano Parmesan Shoestring Fries
Price: $12.00
White Truffles on Bone Marrow with Lemon Gremolata
Price: $35
Shrimp Cocktail Ceviche
Price: $18
Tuna Tartar with Warm Sauteed Local Wild Mushrooms with Fine Herb Aioli
Price: $20
Vietnamese Pork Bun with Crispy Pork Belly and Kimchee
Price: $15
Roasted Baby Peppers with poached Quail Egg and Ciacci Piccolomini Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Price: $8.00
Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with baby rocket and roasted shallot Honey Vinaigrette
Price: $18
Sweet Sausage and Caramelized Onion Focaccia with fresh Motz and Basil
Price: $16
Parmesan Flan with White truffle
Price: $45
Pacific Salmon Carpaccio with Pink Grapefruit Citrus and Lavender Aioli
Price $20
Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin with Black Bean Salsa
Price: $24
Brown Sugar Black Pepper Bacon
Price: $11
Grilled Colorado Lamb Chops with Jalapeno Mint Jam Sweet potato Souflee and Kale Chips
Price: $38
Miso Seabass with Snap Peas and lemongrass Scented Basmati Rice
Price: $38
Duck Confit with Currant Bordeaux Natural Sauce Hericot Verts and Potato Flan
Price: $28
Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee with House Made Currant Jelly
Price: $10
Dark Chocolate Souffle
Price: $12.00


Wine By the Glass Selections for this week

I'll serve any wine in the store by the glass if you want to pay 1/3 of the cost of the bottle!!  We will drink the other two glasses if we don't sell them on the 2nd day.  No wine stays open for more than 3 days at the Wine Bar - not while I'm still on the 2-bottle per day diet!!


2008 Lo Sparviere Millesimato Brut Franciacorta
(7 Ounce Pour)   Price: $10.00
Champagne Drappier Grand Sendree 2005
(7 Ounce Pour)   Price: $35.00

2014 Andriano Sauvignon Floreado DOC
(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $7.50
2013 Clos Du Val Sauvignon Blanc Napa
(7 Ounce Pour)   Price: $7.50

2014 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River Valley
(7 ounce Pour)   Price: $16.75

2013 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne Romanee
(7 Ounce Pour)   Price: $19.00
2014 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River
(7 Ounce Pour)  Price: $18.75

2012 Bodegas Luzon Altos de Luzon Jumilla
(7 Ounce Pour)  Price: $8.75


2012 Chateau La Dominique St. Emilion
(7 Ounce Pour)  Price: $17.75

1998 Chateau Pape Clement Pessac Leognan
(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $75.00
2011 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa
(7 Ounce Pour)  Price: $59.00

2015 Domaine Oppenheim Herrenberg Riesling Auslese
(5 Ounce Pour)  Price: $13.75

1994 Ramos Pinto Vintage Port
(3 Ounce Pour) Price: $12.50

NV Boston Bual Madeira
(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $7.50
1907 Blandys Vintage Bual Madeira
(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $87.50



Cheese and Charcuterie Selections for this week:

Our meats and cheeses are accompanied buy gourmet crackers, dried fruits, nuts, olives, jams, honey and house made chutneys that change every week.

Meat Selections
$4/1 ounce Serving

Bresaola Sweet Aromatic Dried Cured Italian Beef
Prosciutto di san Daniele
Iberico Chorizo
Coppa Spicy Molinari
Salumi Fennel Principe
Sopressata Salami


Cheese Selections
$4/1 ounce Serving

Gruyere Grand Cru 6 month aged
Imported Gorgonzola
Stilton Blue Cheese
Gaugry Epoisses
Manchego Aged 6 months
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese aged 2 years
Turtle Creek Goat Cheese
Beemster Gouda aged 26 months
Beehive Applewood Smoked White Cheddar
Barely Buzzed (Cocoa Bean & Lavender Crusted)
Shropshire Blue