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December 2019 Wine Club Red

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2017 TENUTA LA PERGOLA MONFERRATO ROSSO During a trek in Piedmont one year, Kermit and Dixon Brooke (who works with Kermit on his Italian imports) enjoyed a pitcher of wine from the region during a stop at a trattoria. This led them to the cellars of Tenuta La Pergola, in the town of Cisterna d’Asti. Alessandra Bodda now runs the estate her great-grandfather founded in 1903, farming 30 hectares of indigenous Piedmontese varieties with the help of her son Emanuele. The sandy and clay soils of the Roero and Monferrato, where their vineyards are situated, give softer wines than the... View Article


December 2019 Wine Club White

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2018 CANTINE ELVIO TINTERO LANGHE ARNEIS In 1900 a Frenchman named Pierre Tintero set out for Piedmont in search of work. He found an opportunity to do odd jobs at a small estate where Widow Rosina Cortese was struggling to handle all the work herself. Pierre married Rosina, built a successful vineyard operation, now in its third generation of production. Located in the commune of Mango in the heart of Moscato country, Tintero devotes 20 of 30 hectares to planting Moscato. Among the remaining land, 3.33 hectares are planted to Arneis—averaging 10 years old—grown on clay soil and limestone with... View Article


November 2019 Wine Club Red

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2017 HAHN SLH PINOT NOIR The Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is sourced from all four estates. The 2017 vintage contains 55% fruit from Smith Vineyard, 30% fruit from Doctors Vineyard, 10% fruit from Hook Vineyard and 5% fruit from Lone Oak Vineyard. After the fruit has been carefully picked and sorted, it is fermented in open-top stainless-steel tanks, then aged for up to 11 months in a selection of small, 60-gallon French oak barrels. When the wine is ready to be blended, the winemaker selects only those barrels that exemplify the aromas and flavors of the Santa Lucia Highlands.... View Article


November 2019 Wine Club White

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2017 HAHN SLH CHARDONNAY The Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay is crafted with 98% of the fruit from Lone Oak Vineyard and 2% fruit from Smith Vineyard. The growing conditions were affected by a dry and sunny year for Santa Lucia Highlands, however below average temperatures remained over the region through the end of May and into June. Gusty, northwesterly jet streams caused upwelling of very cold water in the Monterey Bay. This wind and cold water impacted the Salinas Valley day and nighttime temperatures. As most vineyards were in bloom during that period, the cooler temperatures caused an elongation of... View Article


October 2019 Wine Club Red

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2017 CLOS LA COUTALE CAHORS Located in Southwest France, the charming town of Cahors is situated on the Lot River and proudly displays a history of diverse architecture from its previous inhabitants. A former Roman town, Cahors was a center of commerce during the Middle Ages and served as an important crossroads for pilgrims traveling the road to Santiago de Compostella. The “black wine” of Cahors, earthy and inky in hue, was from the region’s own varietal Cot, now familiarly known as Malbec. What could be a better match for the region’s typical fare of duck! The Bernede family, watching... View Article


October 2019 Wine Club White

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2018 DOMAINE DUPEUBLE BEAUJOLAIS BLANC In the hamlet of Le Breuil, deep in the southern Beaujolais and perched above a narrow creek, the Domaine Dupeuble has been running almost continuously since 1512. The name of the domaine has changed just three times in its history, most recently when the last heir, Anna Asmaquer, married Jules Dupeuble in 1919. Anna’s son Paul, and her grandchildren Ghislaine and Stéphane Dupeuble, manage the domaine today. Kermit Lynch has been importing wines from Domaine Dupeuble since the 1980s. Strong advocates of the lutte raisonnée approach to vineyard work, they tend their vines without the... View Article


September 2019 Wine Club Red

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2015 PETER LEHMANN SHIRAZ “THE BAROSSAN” Peter Lehman, the founder of Peter Lehman winery, is a legend in the Australian wine industry, and recipient of the International Wine Challenge Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, four years before his death in 2013. The winery continues to honor his legacy of crafting wines for the long term while working for the land. Crafted by the next generation of Peter Lehmann winemakers, The Barossan showcases the superb fruit sourced from the many fabled sub-regions across the Barossa Valley. It is a quintessential expression of Barossa Shiraz, a complex layered full-bodied wine that drinks... View Article


September 2019 Wine Club White

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2017 HEWITSON RIESLING “GUNMETAL” Eden Valley, Australia is recognized as one of the world’s great Riesling regions. This single vineyard, Moculta Road Vineyard, is recognized as one of the best Eden Valley vineyards. The specific topography and mineral profile provide ideal conditions for Riesling. Gun Metal describes the grey-colored stone amongst the vineyard while symbolizing the steely minerality of the wine. Hewitson fundamentally believes great wines are the expression of the soils in which they are grown. The aroma and flavor of this single-vineyard Riesling reflects the minerals and microclimate of the vineyard. With no added sugar and no added... View Article


August 2019 Wine Club Red

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THE 2018 GUY BRETON BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES “MARYLOU” Guy Breton produces only red wine, and he crafts wine to please himself. Vineyards are farmed organically. Vinification begins with low temperature carbonic maceration using only indigenous yeasts in cement tanks. Wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. Having taken over the family domaine from his grandfather in 1986, Guy Breton was one of four local vignerons who sought to return to the old and traditional practices of Beaujolais viticulture and vinification—old vines, no synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvesting late, rigorous grape sorting to select only the healthiest, adding minimal to no sulfur dioxide, and... View Article


August 2019 Wine Club White

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THE 2018 DOMAINE DE DURBAN VIN DE PAYS DE VAUCLUSE BLANC Will Meinberg, a salesman at Kermit Lynch, describes this wine: “This refreshing blend of Chardonnay and Viognier brings aromas of fresh sun-kissed peaches and cleansing rainwater, which make this wine an embodiment of a summer day. With a crisp and minerally finish, this lively dry white is the perfect accompaniment to your next picnic.” The wine, a blend of 50% Viognier and 50% Chardonnay is made by Domaine de Durban, an estate located in Beaumes-de-Venise, where history exists in the soil, where one might find ancient Roman roof tiles... View Article


July 2019 Wine Club Red

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2016 PERTINACE DOLCETTO D’ALBA Pertinace was founded in 1973 as a wine growers’ cooperative in Piedmont, Italy. Since inception their mission has been to create excellent quality wines following traditional Piedmont winemaking techniques. Dolcetto is the everyday wine from the Piedmont region, home to Nebbiolos, Barberas, Barberescos and Barolos. Among the rolling hills in the Alba region, the Dolcetto grape grows well, ripening early and producing a fruity, earthy red wine ready to enjoy upon release, while you wait for those more tannic Nebbiolo wines to mature. The Dolcetto d’Alba is sourced from sites in both Treiso and Alba. Fermentation... View Article


July 2019 Wine Club White

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2017 SANTADI VERMENTINO DI SARDEGNA “VILLA SOLAIS” The Cantina di Santadi Winery is located in the Sulcis area of southwestern Sardinia. Established in 1960, they say, “The coupling of innovative spirit with careful respect for local traditions is the guiding principle for our grape growers and winemakers.” A coastal area of rolling hills, vast plains, and inland mountain ranges, Sulcis is rich in history and geography, including a stunning coastline of secluded coves, towering cliffs and sandy beaches. Founded in the middle ages, the town of Santadi boasts numerous archaeological sites and forests with century old trees—including cork—and vineyards. This... View Article


June 2019 Wine Club Red

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THE 2016 DRY CREEK VINEYARD HERITAGE VINES ZINFANDEL Dry Creek Vineyard, located on the floor of the Dry Creek Valley in California, has been a family-owned and operated business for the past 47 years. Their mission has always been to offer the highest quality wines possible at reasonable prices. Zinfandel is probably the most quintessential American varietal, free from European ideas of appellation and style. This is evident in the variety of terroirs where Zinfandel thrives and the wide range of styles in which it is made. Zinfandels from the Dry Creek Valley have distinct flavors and aromas of black... View Article


June 2019 Wine Club White

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THE 2017 FERRARI-CARANO PINOT GRIGIO Ferrari-Carano’s estate vineyards and winery are located on Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg, California. Sourced from vineyards growing along the Russian River with its cooler climate, this wine honors the spirit of Italy for the Carano family with their Italian heritage. Individual lots of hand‐harvested grapes are gently whole‐cluster pressed to minimize any color or harsh tannin extraction, then racked to stainless steel tanks for cold fermentation. This wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation, so it retains its bright flavors and crisp acidity. Depth and complexity are enhanced with weekly lees stirring until bottling. The... View Article


May 2019 Wine Club Red

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THE 2016 FRESCOBALDI REMOLE TOSCANA Villa di Remole, in the heart of Tuscany, is the cradle of 700 years of history and tradition for the Frescobaldi family. Remole Toscana is an intense wine, yet it has soft tannins and juicy fruit, which allow it to pair well with a wide variety of cuisine. This is a blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. After a 10-day maceration on the skins to extract color and flavor, the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation that results in a richer mouthfeel. The wine is then matured for 4 months in stainless steel and 2... View Article