Susan’s Wine Club

May 2021 Wine Club Red

May 12, 2021 Published by |

2018 GIULIA NEGRI LANGHE NEBBIOLO PIAN DELLE MOLE A glass of Giulia Negri’s wine offers so much to admire—about its maker and its terroir. Having inherited the incredible Serradenari estate from her family at the age of twenty-four, Giulia revived the property and made the conversion to organic viticulture. Her Langhe Nebbiolo vineyards in the “Pian delle Mole” (named after an ancient grain mill) lie hundreds of meters above sea level, where the soil is rich in marine sediments and surrounded by hazelnut groves and a white truffle forest. Due to her gentle approach in the vineyard and cellar, it’s... View Article

May 2021 Wine Club Other Red

May 12, 2021 Published by |

MOLO 8 LAMBRUSCO Normally, Susan’s Wine Club offers one white and one red wine each month, but this month we’re offering a lighter red variety you might not have tried in many years, that replaces our white selection. The story of Molo 8 began in 1921 with Quitico Decordi Sr. and his family who made their living in a small, family-run eatery that was known for serving the favorite local dishes. In addition to his fabulous food, Quitico began producing his own wine to serve in his restaurant. The local acclaim for the wines was so great that the family... View Article

April 2021 Wine Club Red

April 3, 2021 Published by |

2018 GUY BRETON “MARYLOU” BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES Guy Breton is known by his friends as Petit Max—though he is anything but petit. He took over the family domaine from his grandfather in 1986. Following the example of traditionalist Jules Chauvet, Guy and three other local vignerons, Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Jean Foillard, soon hoisted the flag of Chauvet’s back-to-nature movement. Kermit dubbed this clan the Gang of Four, and the name has stuck ever since. The Gang called for a return to the old practices of viticulture and vinification. The end result allows Morgon, one of the ten Beaujolais crus... View Article

April 2021 Wine Club White

April 3, 2021 Published by |

2018 MEYER-FONNÉ EDELZWICKER Félix Meyer is a rising star in Alsace and has an evident instinct for his craft. He is the third generation in his family to be making wine in the domaine his grandfather founded in the late nineteenth century. Since taking over the family domaine in 1992, Félix has already left his own mark, modernizing equipment in the winery, developing export sales, and now expanding the family’s holdings in many of Alsace’s great vineyard sites, including several grand crus. It’s all about the details at Meyer-Fonné, with an emphasis on tradition and respect for terroir. The winery... View Article

March 2021 Wine Club Red

March 8, 2021 Published by |

2018 WENTE SOUTHERN HILLS CABERNET SAUVIGNON Wente Vineyards was founded in 1883 in the Livermore Valley by Carl H. Wente. It is one of the country’s longest operating family-owned winery. In 2010 Wente was certified as a California sustainable vineyard and winery. The estate-grown Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon is named for their vineyards located on the southern hills of the Livermore Valley. The 2018 vintage is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Petite Sirah, and 3% Petite Verdot. The varietals were fermented separately in stainless steel fermenters before being blended. The wine aged for 16 months in American and... View Article

March 2021 Wine Club White

March 8, 2021 Published by |

2017 DELILLE CELLARS CHALEUR BLANC COLUMBIA VALLEY DeLille Cellars was founded in Washington in 1992 by Jay Soloff, Chris Upchurch, Charles Lill and Greg Lill. The winery has won several awards from the critics and has been listed among the top 100 wineries by Wine and Spirits Magazine for the past 4 years. It is also the home of Washington’s cult wines, wines for which collectors pay large sums of money. The 2017 Chaleur Blanc is a Bordeaux-style blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon. Whole clusters of grapes were pressed and fermented in 90% French oak and 10%... View Article

February 2021 Wine Club Red

February 10, 2021 Published by |

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

February 10, 2021 Published by |

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

January 12, 2021 Published by |

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

January 12, 2021 Published by |

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

December 4, 2020 Published by |

(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

December 4, 2020 Published by |

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

November 4, 2020 Published by |

(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

November 4, 2020 Published by |

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

October 27, 2020 Published by |

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