Mark knows that real men drink pink. Although he doesn't like calling it the Brosé-phenomenon. Mark will be opening a bottle of Banshee Rosé ($18.99) this weekend. Banshee is a great wine which hails from Mendicino County. Several varietals make up Banshee, biodynamically-grown Pinot Noir, Barbera, Grenache, Grenache Gris and Syrah. Whole cluster grape pressing leads to a remarkably complex Rosé. Notes of melon and nectarine marry with red berries, plum and floral aromatics. Zippy and aromatic, this is a fuller-flavored Rosé.
Mark's staff pick this week is not a wine, which is unusual for him. This week he has selected Rock Town 3 Year Old Straight Bourbon ($49.99). This bourbon is distilled using the same process as Rock Town's award winning Arkansas Bourbon but is aged for 3 years in 53 gallon new charred oak barrels. At first sip, there is a huge hit of vanilla, followed by intense wood spice, cherry and rich creamy custard. Comforting spices and melted butter along with citrus notes. A balanced the butterscotch richness, with a honeyed finish.
Mark's new favorite is Domaine Lafage "Tessellae" Carignan Vieilles Vignes ($14.99). Robert Parker also this is a winner, giving it a 94. It is an off-the-charts value that offers up notes of black raspberry, chocolate, graphite, tar and licorice to go with a gorgeously pure feel on the palate. This wine should impress you now and for an additional 4 to 5 years. Just pretend you paid more for it. Mark promises to not tell a soul.
Mark has been in the wine and food industry for almost 30 years. Prior to opening Mo's, he was the general manager of Grand Central Station's Oyster Bar where he developed their award-winning wine program. In the late 90's he opened up Ocean 211, which won the prestigious Award of Excellence from The Wine Spectator. When not at the store, you can often find Mark out on the golf course or enjoying a local restaurant.
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