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April 2019 Wine Club Red

April 1, 2019 3:17 pm Published by Comments Off on April 2019 Wine Club Red

THE 2016 BODEGAS SALENTEIN MALBEC RESERVE The Salentein vineyards in the Uco Valley are at elevations of 3,445 to 5,577 feet above sea level. Chief winemaker José Galante is considered to be one of the most influential enologists in South America. He is also one of the icons of the national modern style of winemaking. Having worked 34 years as the main enologist at Bodega Catena Zapata, where he made memorable wines that became milestones in the industry, he firmly believes that the Uco Valley is the best area in Argentina for producing first-rate wines. 100% of the grapes are... View Article


April 2019 Wine Club White

April 1, 2019 3:15 pm Published by Comments Off on April 2019 Wine Club White

THE 2018 DOMAINES BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD LAS HUERTAS CHARDONNAY Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) acquired Viña Los Vascos in 1988, animated by a pioneering spirit and with the vision to reveal the potential of this exceptional land through patience, passion and an unrelenting quest for excellence. Las Huertas Chardonnay is a fresh and delicate wine, with a harmonious and fruity bouquet. The vineyard’s own Chardonnay grapes are complemented by a selection of grapes from Casablanca Valley located further north between Santiago and Valparaiso. Flavorful, fresh and pleasant, this wine has an appealing character with good lingering fruit. The grapes were... View Article


March 2019 Wine Club Red

March 8, 2019 8:01 am Published by Comments Off on March 2019 Wine Club Red

THE 2015 VALE DO BOMFIM DUORO DOC This dry red wine is produced by Symington’s Dow operation, best known for its Port production. The grapes (30% Tinta Barroca, 25% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 15% Tinta Roriz, and 5% Tinto Cão) are grown in the same Douro Valley in Northern Portugal, and are the same grapes from which Port is made. However, this wine is vinified to be completely dry and is not fortified. For many years the Symington family made this wine for their own enjoyment and to serve to their visiting guests. The compliments and encouragement of all... View Article


March 2019 Wine Club White

March 8, 2019 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on March 2019 Wine Club White

THE 2016 DOMAINES SCHLUMBERGER PINOT BLANC LES PRINCES ABBÉS Domaines Schlumberger is the largest Grand Cru producer in Alsace. Grand Cru is the highest level of classification of Appellation d’origine contrôllée (AOC) wines from Alsace. All Schlumberger wines are estate-grown. Because of the arid conditions and steepness of the domains, the yields are about 50 percent of the average for the appellation of Alsace. The resulting grapes are very high quality and have exceptional flavor concentration. For over 200 years, the Schlumberger family has devoted itself to farming the vineyards with passion, dedication and respect to the environment. The Les... View Article


February 2019 Wine Club Red

February 25, 2019 11:04 pm Published by Comments Off on February 2019 Wine Club Red

THE 2011 CONDE VALDEMAR RIOJA RESERVA Now in its fifth generation of winemaking, Bodegas Conde Valdemar only sources fruit from its family-grown estate vineyards. The Rioja Reserva 2011 is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Granacha. The Tempranillo grapes are from vineyard plots in Rioja Alavesa, north of the Ebro River in the foothills of the Cantabrian Mountains. The wines from this region are perhaps the lightest of Rioja, and often have the most finesse. Graciano from Rioja Alta and Garnacha from Rioja Baja complete the blend. The wine is aged 27 months in both American and... View Article


February 2019 Wine Club White

February 25, 2019 10:59 pm Published by Comments Off on February 2019 Wine Club White

THE 2017 ONTAÑÓN TEMPRANILLO BLANCO Bodegas Ontañón is a fifth-generation family-run winery in Rioja Baja. In 1988 they discovered a white grape growing on their Tempranillo vines in Rioja Baja. After several years of investigation, the Consejo Regulador of Rioja accepted that this was a natural mutation of the usually red Tempranillo grape and approved it as a variety to be grown as DOCa (Denominación de Origen Calificada) Rioja. Only a handful of growers in Rioja have Tempranillo Blanco vines. Bodegas Ontañón saw the potential of this newly accepted Rioja varietal and planted 15 hectares of Tempranillo Blanco in 2010.... View Article


January 2019 Wine Club Red

January 28, 2019 5:59 pm Published by Comments Off on January 2019 Wine Club Red

2015 GUIGAL CÔTES DU RHÔNE ROUGE The Guigal family owns some of the most hallowed vineyards in the Rhône Valley and makes some of the most sought-after wines in the world. Yet, you are undoubtedly more likely to spend time with them speaking about their Côtes du Rhône Rouge. Given that this particular wine can be the introduction to the entire Rhône Valley for a novice, it is not enough for the Guigals to make a good Côtes du Rhône. They are relentlessly driven to produce distinctive, outstanding wines that drive interest in exploring the entirety of the Rhône. The... View Article


January 2019 Wine Club White

January 28, 2019 5:57 pm Published by Comments Off on January 2019 Wine Club White

THE 2016 JOSEPH DROUHIN MÂCON-VILLAGES BLANC Maison Joseph Drouhin was started by the Drouhin family 130 years ago. The fourth generation of the family is currently at the helm. From its inception Maison Joseph Drouhin has been dedicated to showcasing the diversity of the terroirs of Burgundy in all their authenticity and subtle variations. The wines are made bio-dynamically, with all procedures respecting the soil, the vine, and the environment. The Mâcon-Villages is an appellation for dry white wines made from the Chardonnay grape in the Mâconnais area of southern Burgundy. The soil here consists of clay and chalk from... View Article


December 2018 Wine Club Red #2

December 16, 2018 3:34 pm Published by Comments Off on December 2018 Wine Club Red #2

For December in a departure from most months, we bring you two luscious red wines. Second, is THE 2013 SCHUG SONOMA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON. From California’s Sonoma Valley, this Cabernet Sauvignon is supple and generous, and solidly built in the classic Bordeaux style that Walter Schug pioneered in California while wine master of Joseph Phelps Vineyards in Napa Valley, 1973 to 1983. A ripe mouthful of currant and cherry flavors are framed by fine tannins and a hint of spicy oak. The bouquet is classic, bursting with berries, cassis and spice. The Cabernet is blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and... View Article


December 2018 Wine Club Red #1

December 16, 2018 3:31 pm Published by Comments Off on December 2018 Wine Club Red #1

For December in a departure from most months, we bring you two luscious red wines. First, is THE 2016 MOLLYDOOKER THE SCOOTER MERLOT. Located in scenic McLaren Vale, bordered by the Adelaide Hills, the vineyards of Mollydooker are situated on Seaview Ridge, a site rich in ancient soils and blessed with a Mediterranean climate. Here, Mollydooker has three separate vineyards planted to Shiraz, Cabernet, and Merlot, all grown sustainably. The Scooter is the only Merlot made, sourced from a single vineyard, and named after Sparky Marquis, co-founder and former winemaker, who raced a big tire scooter in his younger days.... View Article


November 2018 Wine Club Red

October 31, 2018 1:13 pm Published by Comments Off on November 2018 Wine Club Red

THE 2008 FAUSTINO V RESERVA This dry, red wine is made from mostly Tempranillo with a hint of Mazuelo. It is aged for 18 months in American oak before being bottled. This wine is deep red cherry and maroon in appearance. The intense nose suggests dried herbs and leather. The wine is full-bodied and smooth on the palate. The finish brings notes of vanilla spice and black plum. The balance and elegant structure adds to the complexity of the wine. Aging quite gracefully, this wine is an excellent choice for a variety of meat dishes such as roast lamb, ham,... View Article


November 2018 Wine Club White

October 31, 2018 1:10 pm Published by Comments Off on November 2018 Wine Club White

THE 2016 FAUSTINO VII WHITE This wine is made from 100% Viura (also called Macabeo). Viura is one of the main grapes used in white Rioja and Cava. The Faustino VII White is a light, dry white wine. It is bright and pale gold yellow in appearance. The nose is redolent of white fruit, such as pear and apples. Floral notes and herbaceous hints are joined with a balanced acidity on the palate producing a freshness in taste. The finish consists of lingering fruit with a medium intensity. This versatile white wine pairs well with vegetables, fish and seafood, sausages,... View Article


October 2018 Wine Club Red

October 31, 2018 1:04 pm Published by Comments Off on October 2018 Wine Club Red

THE 2016 DOMAINES DE BARON ROTHSCHILD LEGENDE BORDEAUX 2016 was remarkable vintage in the Bordeaux region, both in quantity and quality. A very wet start for the first six months of the year was followed by a very dry period in summer months, which culminated in localized thundershowers and a beautiful Indian summer, allowing the grapes to reach optimal ripeness. The red wines are rich, smooth and fruity, deep-colored and mature in tannins. Legende 2016 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Deep crimson in color, the nose is filled with aromatic red fruit as raspberry and... View Article


October 2018 Wine Club White

October 31, 2018 1:01 pm Published by Comments Off on October 2018 Wine Club White

THE 2017 DOMÄNE WACHAU GRÜNER VELTLINER FEDERSPIEL TERRASSEN Over 50% of Domäne Wachau’s production is given to the grape varietal Grüner Veltliner, vinified in a variety of styles. This wine is a Federspiel, a registered trademark of the Wachau district that denotes the wine is medium-bodied with a maximum alcohol content of 12.5% that it is dry without any added sugar, which is forbidden by law, and that it is elegantly balanced. The term Federspiel is derived from falconry, a once popular leisure activity among the medieval nobility, and the falcon as a symbol pays homage to this sport. Terrassen... View Article


September 2018 Wine Club Red

October 31, 2018 12:47 pm Published by Comments Off on September 2018 Wine Club Red

THE 2015 CHÂTEAU DES DEUX ROCS LANGUEDOC-CABRIÈRES ROUGE PRÉMICES Jean-Claude Zabalia, one of the Languedoc’s most talented winemakers, spent over 20 years at Saint Martin de la Garrigue before striking out on his own to start Château des Deux Rocs in 2012. Like any new venture undertaken by a seasoned veteran, Jean-Claude did his homework. In his many searches for great terroir in the Languedoc, he came across Cabrières—an area already known for producing outstanding rosé, but what he found was so much more. The vines of Jean-Claude’s new domaine, Château de Deux Rocs, are located in the isolated Vallée... View Article