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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


May 2019 Wine Club White

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THE 2017 LA SCOLCA WHITE LABEL GAVI Gavi is the name of a little town in the Apennines Mountains, located in Piedmont border to Liguria, from where the famous Italian white and dry wine has taken its name. Cortese is the white grape variety that is predominantly grown in these regions. La Scolca White Label Gavi is 100% Cortese, sourced from estate-grown fruit. The vineyards are located in the Rovereto commune of Gavi, known as the “Grand Cru” of Gavi production because of its choice position in terms of climatic and terrain conditions. The grapes are farmed organically from vines... View Article


April 2019 Wine Club Red

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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