By Glen Frederiksen
For several years, we at Wine Lines Online have touted the quality and value of the Marche Bacchus wine events – Saturday tastings at the bar, winery dinners, and wine sampling luncheons.
Still, you never know whether the new year will bring changes to restaurant interests. Many Las Vegas restaurants that had been famous for their wine lists and wine events are now gone, or have discontinued their wine-themed events.
Happily, I can report that the wine luncheon program at Marche Bacchus is even better than in the past. A packed house was on hand Saturday, February 27 for the inaugural wine lunch of 2016. A tasty three-course lunch was served, the price remained at a very reasonable $37.99 – but the wine portion has, in our opinion, been made stronger.
In the past, the wine luncheons often served 10 or even 12 wines. The pours were a miniscule sipful, and staff were running ragged to serve the wines. This time, the wines were kept to a reasonable six. All were wines of class and breeding, and the pour was closer to 1.5 to 2 ounces.
As my notes below reflect, these are world-class wines well suited to a fine dining experience, or just for sipping enjoyment at a party or moment of contemplation.
Below are my on-the-fly impressions of the wines served, with Marche Bacchus prices noted.
N/V Piper Heidsieck Brut Rose, Champagne
We are seeing more rose Champagne in the marketplace recently, and this is a prime example of why. Attractive in the glass, it is a brilliant pink salmon color with a fine, persistent bead. In the nose, citrus perfume mixes with sweet, lightly candied strawberries and cherries. On first sip, it explodes across the palate, showing zesty citrus, light notes of toast and yeast, followed quickly by apple, cherry, and strawberry. This is a party in a glass!
Marche Bacchus Price: $63.50 (February 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 93
2012 Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, Italy
Clear in the glass – a pale straw color. The perfumed nose delivers sharp notes of citrus, green apple, and honeydew. There’s a clean palate presence, with a sense of roundness. Eminently gulpable, it shows why Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is the #1 seller around the world.
Marche Bacchus Price: $26.95 (February 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 88
2012 Ferrari-Carano ‘Tre Terre’ Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
Viscous, with a deep straw color. Lavish butter and oak aromas lead to light vanilla and baking spices and, finally, to ripe flavors of peach, apple, and melon. Expansive and mouth-coating, the wine shines brightest at the finish, full of lush, buttery fruit. It is hard to find this richness at a pricepoint under $30.
Marche Bacchus Price: $26.99 (February 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 91
2014 Belle Glos ‘Meiomi’ Pinot Noir, California
A muscular Pinot Noir, dense and opaque, with a black violet hue. Dark flowers, orange zest, clove, and boysenberry fruit aromas burst from the glass. For those who prefer big, meaty reds, this wine will win you over. This 2014 bottling may be the finest vintage ever.
Marche Bacchus Price: $31.90 (February 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 90
2013 Elouan Pinot Noir, Oregon
Translucent light garnet in color. Lightly perfumed notes of orange blossoms and fresh cherry pick up some tea and earthy impressions in the mouth. Medium in body, with a mild grip. A consummate food wine, this red is ideally suited for picnics, brunch, and bistro fare. A value vino.
Marche Bacchus Price: $19.99 (February 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 89
2012 Justin Isosceles Cabernet blend, Paso Robles
This bottling, now in its fourth decade of production, utilizes three of the Bordeaux red varietals, with just enough Cabernet Sauvignon to qualify as a varietal wine. Isosceles was the first wine to bring world attention to the Paso Robles wine appellation, and over the years has won a bushel full of gold medals and several Best of Shows in international wine competitions. Nearly opaque deep garnet color in the glass. Enticing scents of oak spice and vanilla mingle with herb-laced black currant and blackberry fruit. It’s medium-full in the mouth, showing loads of upfront fruit that continued through to the medium finish. A pretty wine, drinkable now, but capable of aging gracefully for another 15 years.
Marche Bacchus Price: $81.99 (February 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 92
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2620 Regatta Drive, Suite #106
Las Vegas, Nevada 89128