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Double Helix at the Palazzo, Friday Night Wine Tasting

Moschofilero at the Double Helix

We ventured out to check the Double Helix Boutique and their Wine and Whisky Bar. On Friday evenings between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm there is a $5 wine tasting in the Boutique. Three wines were available for tasting. The first was a white wine from Greece. The 2008 Moschofilero was from the Mantinia AOC region. The wine had a light yellow color with a floral aroma. There was lemon grass on the taste and with its crisp finish, the wine works well as an aperitif or with food. This wine was made with a grape variety new to us and brings us one variety closer to the Wine Century Club’s Doppel Level of 200 different grape varieties tasted.

The next two wines were reds. The 2009 Malbec from Argentina by Pascual Toso was a dark ruby color and had an aroma and taste of dark fruit. The finish had tannins and fruit yielding to spices. The 2006 Alzania by Finca La Monedo from the Navarra DO wine region in Spain. This Tempranillo based wine was a dark ruby color and had dark fruits on the aroma and taste especially black cherries. The wine offered tannins and the finish was crispy and fruit forward.

Outside of the Double Helix Boutique is the Double Helix Wine and Whisky Bar. I met the sommelier, Ben and gave him a description of my 2009 Illuminatus Cabernet Sauvignon. I asked what he would recommend. He returned with a 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon by Tobin James. Like my Illuminatus, Tobin James Cab was made with grapes from Paso Robles. The wine was fruity especially with black fruits. There were bold tannins that certainly made an impression and a hint of leather on the finish. It was quite similar to my Illuminatus.

If you happen to be in the Palazzo on Friday evenings check out the wine tasting at the double Helix Boutique. For those that like the wine bar scene, stop by the Double Helix for a relaxing escape from shopping and slots.


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