Tasting a bit of Napa Valley at Huckleberry Fine Art

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Last Friday evening Huckleberry Fine Art had a rather exciting night! A gallery known for its exquisite art hanging on their walls, has also become an available venue for various events. So it completely makes sense that a wine tasting would be among some of those great events a gallery would be a delicious venue for. This past Friday, March 28, 2014, Huckleberry Fine Art paired up with Pearson Wines & Spirits to share and sip wines by Mark Herold Wines. The winemaker himself, naturally named Mark Herold, generously provided the Wines. The Wine tasting consisted of five wines; one white, one Rose´, and three reds.

The White Wine was the Flux Blanc 2012, which is a Grenache Blanc (70%) and roussane (30%) blend. This wine is a huge complex aromatic array of flinty white peaches, honeysuckle, rose petals, apricot and spring flowers. The wine acquires these robust flavors from the concrete eggs (instead of barrels) it is fermented in.

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Next up was the Flux Rosé 2012; this is a blend of Grenache, Carrignan and Syrah grapes. This pink wine bursts aromatically with strawberry, cranberry, raspberry and exotic tropical fruits. The flavors are incredibly rich, yet crisp and refreshing, which makes it a must have for the warm summer months!

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And lastly from the Flux line was the Flux Red 2011. The Flux Red is a mix of Grenache (68%), Carignan (17%), and Mourverde (15%). The strong aromas fill the nostrils with intense scents of black raspberries, cranberries, exotic loganberries and more subtle notes of rose petals, violets, and maple. The tannins are beautifully integrated and silky smooth.

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The high-quality Acha Red 2009 “Library Release” was next. (For those of you who don’t know a wine is labeled a “library release” when the winery holds back a portion of the wine from a given vintage for a number of years. After several years they sell it, which makes it a great and easier way to get your hands on a well-aged wine.) The Acha is a blend of Tempranillo (70%), Grenache (12%), Carignan (9%), Graciano (5%) and Petit Sirah (4%). The Acha is a blackish purple color, and the aromas are of black roasted fruits, cassis, sun-baked rocks with hints of soy, and caramelized orange.

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Last on the tasting list was the Collide 2010. This red was a mixture of petite sirah, temparnillo, and graciano grapes. This was the favorite among most of the tasters on Friday night. Maybe because because its rich flavors make for a deliciously aged Red Wine.

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To find out more about these delicious wines (and many more that were not available at the tasting) you can go to the Mark Herold website www.markheroldwines.com and get the full explanation. Although, Mark Herold Wines is based out of Napa Valley, California, Pearson’s Wine & Spirits (located in North West Washington, DC) carries these delectable wines. Call, go online or stop by for the opportunity to purchase these wines from the tasting.

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