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February 2021 Wine Club Red

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2013 MERCER CANYON CABERNET SAUVIGNON HORSE HEAVEN HILLS Since planting the first wine grapes in the Horse Heaven Hills back in 1972, the Mercer family has prided itself on growing a solid base of the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal. Over the years, they learned that their rich soil and desert climate are beautifully suited for producing elegant tannin structures and enticing flavor profiles. The Mercer family has been recognized as champions of Washington wines and were instrumental in getting Horse Heaven Hills certified as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). They have also been recognized for helping other vineyards and wineries get... View Article


February 2021 Wine Club White

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2015 ARGYLE WILLAMETTE VALLEY BRUT SPARKLING WINE Argyle Winery was founded in 1987 by Rollin Soles with the purpose of making world class Sparkling Wine in the perfectly suited true cool climate of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. What began as a conviction to grow grapes for sparkling wine, expanded to an ambition to build a legacy through the long lives of their wines that could challenge the very best sparkling wines, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir from across the globe. The 2015 Argyle Brut is composed of 70% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier. The 2015 growing season had... View Article


January 2021 Wine Club Red

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2014 AU CONTRAIRE PINOT NOIR Au Contraire Winery is located in Sonoma County and was founded by David S. Taub. They describe their wines thus: “Our wines celebrate the spirit of taking on any challenge in life, no matter how insurmountable it may seem. This irresistible joie de vivre is artfully embodied on each Au Contraire label with a playful illustration that turns expectations on their heads.” The outstanding quality of their wines comes from the skill of legendary California enologist Tom Hinde. The 2014 Au Contraire Pinot Noir is a blend of grapes from several Sonoma Coast vineyards from... View Article


January 2021 Wine Club White

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2018 CUVAISON CHARDONNAY LOS CARNEROS Since 1969, Cuvaison has helped define the modern era of Napa Valley winemaking and has played a key role in introducing luxury Napa Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to the world. An early pioneer of the Los Carneros region, Cuvaison has championed vibrant and vineyard-driven expressions of exceptional cool-climate wines. In 2012 “Wine & Spirits” named Cuvaison as one of the “Top 100 Wineries of the World.” The 2018 Estate Chardonnay is made from Chardonnay grapes from the Los Carneros vineyard, harvested in late September. The wine fermented for 19 to 33 days and was... View Article


December 2020 Wine Club Red

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(This month’s wines are from Washington as we continue to support our western states after their disastrous summer and fall of heat and fire damage.) 2016 SEVEN HILLS WALLA WALLA MERLOT Seven Hills founder Casey McClellan was born into a farming family in Eastern Washington. He and Vicky, his wife, began to develop an interest in wine and decided to establish a vineyard on their family farm in the Walla Walla Valley. A cycling trip through Europe further inspired them as they saw wine and vineyards as an important, vital part of small-town agricultural life. In the early 80s the... View Article


December 2020 Wine Club White

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2018 SOKOL BLOSSER COLUMBIA VALLEY EVOLUTION RIESLING Sokol Blosser was founded in 1971 by husband and wife Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol in the Dundee Hills of the Willamette Valley. Today the winery is still a family-owned and run operation. The second-generation of the family who run the business now describe their wine-making philosophy, “We create wines of world-class quality that are produced sustainably, mindful of the environment, that express the distinctive flavors of our hillside vineyards. Sokol Blosser wines reflect who we are—our values and our sense of place.” The winemakers’ notes on this wine say, “With the touch... View Article


November 2020 Wine Club Red

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(In October we featured wines from California, this month we feature wines from Oregon. We have decided to focus on our western states to show support after their disastrous summer and fall of heat and fire damage.) Willamette Valley Vineyards was founded in 1983 by vintner Jim Bernau. Jim’s father was an attorney for California winemaker Richard Sommer, and secured the first winery license in Oregon since prohibition for Richard. In return, Jim’s father had access to the excellent wines created by Richard Sommer. He allowed Jim small tastes of the wines at the dinner table and that set Jim on... View Article


November 2020 Wine Club White

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2018 PINOT GRIS In 2018, the growing season was a warmer than average in Oregon, but there were no heat spikes. The days were warm and the nights cool, allowing the vines to develop fruit with great complexity and flavors. The goal of the winemaker was to create a Pinot Gris with richness and a big mouthfeel but with an elegance and an ability to age. To this end the grapes were picked at peak ripeness and whole clusters were lightly pressed. The must (freshly crushed juice) was cold settled and racked into another stainless steel tank. It was then... View Article


October 2020 Wine Club Red

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2017 PEDRONCELLI CABERNET FRANC “BARREL SELECT” In 1927 John Pedroncelli, Sr. purchased a vineyard and a small winery in the Dry Creek Valley of California’s Sonoma County. The vineyards and wineries have grown in the past 93 years but the family’s dedication to creating exceptional wines has remained a constant. Today the business is owned by the fourth generation of Pedroncellis, and is under the guidance of head winemaker Montse Reece, only the third head winemaker and the first woman winemaker at Pedroncelli. The 2017 Cabernet Franc is made from estate grapes in a vineyard situated on a bench above... View Article


October 2020 Wine Club White

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2018 DAOU PASO ROBLES SAUVIGNON BLANC Georges and Daniel Daou, the two owners of Daou Vineyards, are brothers and best friends. In the early 1980s they founded a networking technology company, Daou Systems, which they sold successfully in 1998. Daniel had been making wine in his garage in San Diego for several years and reading every book he could find on wine making. He decided that after selling Daou Systems, he could now start his own winery. Daniel and Georges acquired the original Hoffman Mountain Ranch, completely restored the original redwood winery, and began producing award-winning wines. Daniel describes his... View Article


September 2020 Wine Club Rosé

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2018 CHÂTEAU DE TRINQUEVEDEL TAVEL “LES VIGNES D’EUGÈNE” Guillaume Demoulin is the fourth generation of his family to farm the beautiful vineyards of Château de Trinquevedel. His great-grandfather, Eugène, bought the eighteenth-century château in 1936—an opportune decision that coincided with the establishment of Tavel’s A.O.C that same year. However timely, the vineyards were in terrible disrepair, and Eugène had an enormous task ahead. By 1960, the grapes were finally producing wine worthy of the Demoulin’s own bottlings, and the château had at last been restored to its former glory. Tavel is renowned for delicious and memorable rosés, which only stands... View Article


September 2020 Wine Club White

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2019 GÉRARD BERTRAND TERROIR PICPOUL DE PINET LANGUEDOC Picpoul de Pinet is a crisp white wine made from the ancient Picpoul grape in Languedoc-Roussillon in Southwest France. The grape grows near the Étang de Thau, a string of lagoons that stretch from the coast to the Pyrénées. It only became an appellation in 2013. It is currently one of the most popular white wine varietals in Europe. Gérard Bertrand is considered one of the outstanding winemakers in the South of France, where he owns numerous estates among the most prestigious crus of Languedoc-Roussillon. Named in 2012 as the International Wine... View Article


August 2020 Wine Club Red

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2016 PEÑALOLEN CABERNET SAUVIGNON MAIPO VALLEY Peñalolen winery was founded by vineyard owner Ricardo Peña and his wife Isabel. They are focused on producing unique Chilean wines, full of personality and verve. The wines are made by winemaker Jean-Pascal Lacaze, well respected for his deft hand in producing memorable wines. All grapes are grown and hand harvested with meticulous care to guarantee the integrity of the fruit, and picked early in the morning when the weather is coolest. Peñalolen truly is a family-owned, boutique winery committed to making wines of distinction. This 2016 vintage is a blend of 75% Cabernet... View Article

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August 2020 Wine Club White

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2018 ANIELLO “BLEND DE SUELOS” BLANCO DE PINOT NOIR Bodega Aniello is a small winery looking to explore the value of the ancient winemaking tradition of Patagonia, while being faithful to the Italian roots of its members. The member-owners of the winery were attracted by the quality and personality of the wines in the southernmost wine region of Argentina and decided to buy the first estate, called 006, located in the district of Mainque, Upper Rio Negro Valley. Geographically dynamic, Argentina’s cool-climate Patagonia region is a combination of jagged mountains, plateaus, snow, rivers, plains and sea. The eastern bank of... View Article


July 2020 Wine Club Rosé

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After a coronavirus-inspired hiatus, Susan’s is pleased to resume the monthly wine club offerings. 2019 CLOS LA COUTALE MALBEC ROSÉ This 100% Malbec Rosé comes from a wine maker who is nothing if not a perfectionist. Here is what Kermit Lynch says about this wine: “After decades of working with Philippe Bernède of Clos La Coutale in Cahors to import one of our perennial best values, we have finally received a rosé from this Renaissance Man: inventor of corkscrews, flyer of planes, and producer of delicious wine. All these years, he has sent us his inky, spicy, earthy red Cahors—often... View Article