Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wine Tasting at Hearthstone

We hopped over to Hearthstone Winery on Sunday. Our friends Kevin and Maryella have been frequenting the joint and now we know why!

Here's a photo of Ron, Kevin and Maryella with tasting room host Bob.

Are you wondering what those bubbly space age glass thingies are on top of the wine bottles in the right side of the picture?

They're bottle-top aerators!

What a clever way to put some extra air on the wine as it flows into your glass.

We met Mike and Tom in the tasting room and had some lively conversation about food, wine and other important topics! Here they are with Bob, who is thieving from little barrels.

The wine is a 2007 Mourvedre and will not be bottled or released.

We also enjoyed the 2006 Pearl, a blend of 53% Viognier and 47% Roussanne.

The first red on the tasting menu was 2006 Slipstone, containing 63.5% Grenache and 36.5% Syrah.

A yummy red blend followed called Lodestone (2006), with 43% Syrah, 30.5% Grenache, and 26.5% Mourvedre. Big star on that one!

Then we got a lesson from Bob about Volume : Surface in regards to the size of barrels and how much oak gets infused in the wine. He used to teach Physics!

The 2006 Zinfandel was lovely also.

But Ron's and my fave was the 2006 Profundo, a big blend of 56% Sangiovese, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Syrah.

Double stars on the Profundo!

I asked Mike and Tom if I could put their photo on this blog and they agreed.

We had a lot of fun with them!

Ron took this photo of me, since I'm usually the one snapping pics for my blog. He made me look pretty good.

Then Mike and Tom said good-bye and we left Hearthstone shortly thereafter, only to end up at Kevin and Maryella's home, sampling wine from their barrels. Stay tuned for that post!

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