Haskell's wine sale: 10 recommendations

Wine shop sale week continues with the annual Haskell's Fall Sale. I hope you were able to attend the free tasting last Saturday. A lot is going on at Haskell's over the next month. Here are some of the events, plus recommendations on great wines to look for:

Like many wine shops, Haskell's has expanded its operation to include wine classes, charity events, and of course in-store tastings. Two free in-store events stand out:

Vibrant Rioja October 8 Bloomington- noon to 2 p.m. Chanhassen- 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Minnetonka 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

October 9 Stillwater- noon to 2 p.m. Minneapolis 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. St. Paul 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is a chance to try the world-class grape variety tempranillo

Free Scotch Tasting Haskell's Minnetonka Store 12900 Wayzata Blvd. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ian MacMillan, master distiller for the Burn Stewart Scotch Portfolio will be speaking Featured Scotch's: Deanston 12 and 30 Year Bunnahabhain 12 and 18 Year Mrs. Walker's Drumgray Highland Cream Tobermory 15 Year Black Bottle, Ledaig 10 Year No reservation required

Charity Event Harvesting Hope Benefitting the Minneapolis Crisis Nursery Friday, October 15 The Metropolitan $75 (Grand Tasting) $125 (Grand Tasting and Private Cellar Reception) Call 763.226.2061 for tickets I will be blogging about this event next week

Port Tasting Class Tuesday, October 19 The Local Irish Pub 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $35 Call Theresa at 612.342.2437 (ext. 921)

Now on to the wine reviews:


2009 Dr. Loosen "Dr. L" Mosel Riesling $8.99 Dr. is in the house. A great wine featuring honey, minerals, apples, and peaches. A bit sweeter than the '08 but super tasty. 90 points

2007 Chalk Hill Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc $12.50 ($25 for two, BOGO wine) Well made, with grass, honeysuckle, lemon, and minerals. Medium finish. Will go really well with shellfish. 90 points

2009 Cloudy Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc $19.99 Offers grass, grapefruit, floral, and mild spices. Medium finish. Would be fun to compare the styles between the Chalk Hill. 89 points


2005 Trentadue Winery La Storia Meritage $23 ($45.99 for two, BOGO wine) I have tasted this three times, and it's drinking really well right now, with oak, cherry, plum, and dried herbs. Offers a buttery finish. 90 points

2008 Craggy Range Wairarapa, Martinborough Single Vineyard Pinot Noir $25.99 Nice, lighter-style pinot noir with spice, floral, and cranberry. Medium, elegant finish and balanced. 89 points

2007 Santi Valpolicella Classico Superiore Solane Ripasso Valpolicella $10.99 Great wine with cherry, floral, dried herbs, and plums. Clean wine and medium finish. Valpolicella wines have been big hits at my tastings. 90 points

2008 Haras de Pirque Carmenere $8.99 Nice, under-$10 wine, with spice, cherry, and floral notes. Medium finish and pleasant to drink. 89 points

2007 Newton Napa Valley Claret $15.99 Another great showing on this wine from the amazing 2007 vintage from Napa Valley. This wine shows off cherry, plum, cinnamon, and spices. Enjoy with red meat. 90 points

2008 Casa Lapostolle Rapel Valley Carmenere $8.99 I love this carmenere wine, which shows cherry, spice, eucalyptus, and earth. Medium and concentrated finish. 89 points


2006 Ladera Howell Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $49.99 Dark purple, with a nose that reveals black currants, oak, vanilla, and spices. On the palate this wine features firm tannins, blackberries, cherry, oak, vanilla, and spice and an intense, medium finish. This will cellar for more than a decade. Enjoy this with aged cheddar and a rib eye steak. 94 points

The Haskell's sale goes through October 30.


John Glas Wineglas

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