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WINE CLUB Selections December 2018

Enrico Serafino Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2017 Gavi, Piemonte, Italy
100% Cortese, which is also called Gavi, the name of the town it is associated with. If the grapes are grown within the town limits, it can be called Gavi di Gavi. This wine has a soft lush natural fruit up front, and a dry crisp slighlty minerally finish. Clean and delicious! Here’s a blurb about the Winery:
“Enrico Serafino was founded in 1878 in Canale d’Alba, one of the main towns in the Roero region of Piemonte, Italy, which has a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages as a farming center for the area. Today the winery still stands in its original location, making it the oldest winery in the region.”
This will be super as an Apertif or with cold starters, almost any sort of lightly seasoned seafood, or even a fruit salad.

Requiem Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Columbia Valley, Washington
This is a big ‘ol inky cab from Washington, sourced from four vineyards in the Columbia Valley AVA (more info on each vineyard here: https://www.requiemwines.com/) Don’t be afraid to decant this for an hour or so. It’s a monster, big, bold fruity, but not sweet, and with a nice bit of acidity and lush tannins on the long finish. Hints of chocolate, anise, and lavender give it a nice complexity that surrounds the big fruity opening!
This will be nice with big meaty dishes, I suggest grilled with a serious red wine based marinade. I often like to add a touch of honey to mine, the sweetness burns off and allows the meat to char more easily without getting dry. Often we put a little chili garlic sauce to add a little spice, maybe some anise seed or a touch of chopped vanilla bean…

First Friday December 7th Drop-In Wine Tasting 5-8pm

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Wine World Wines Friday December 7th 2018:

Bodega Norton Bubbles 101 Mendoza Argentina
100% Grüner Veltliner. A pale yellow hue with a hint of green, this light sparkling wine is created with delicate bubbles, with 101 in each sip. Expect youthful citrus notes and a freshness on the nose, while a crisp acidity is balanced with white fruit flavors such as peach and pear to create a pleasant drinking experience.

Biscaye Baie Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Côtes de Gascogne, France
Brilliant pale yellow. Exuberant nose of white flowers, white peaches, pineapple, Japanese nashi pear and citrus fruits. Fresh and crisp in the mouth with a luscious richness in the mid-palate and a nice long finish. This is a wine to be enjoyed at all times or accompanied with seafood, white meat dishes, creamy or garlic based pasta dishes and cheese.

Rudi Wiest Dry Riesling 2016 Rheinhessen, Germany
Dry Riesling from vineyards in the Rheinhessen region of Germany. Features enticing notes of freshly picked white peach, apple and delicate mineral nuances with aromas of grapefruit and lemon. Clean and refreshing, it pairs well with Asian and Indian cuisine.

Silvio Grasso, Dolcetto Langhe 2016 Piedmont, Italy
100% Dolcetto from 1.5ha of vines grown in calcareous soils. Maceration with the skins for 4-5 days in steel vats with temperature control. Maturation in steel vats for 7-8 months. Finishing in the bottle for 1 month. 8,000 bottles produced.
Ruby red in color with purple reflections. A fine, fruity nose that’s slighty spicy, with notes of ripe plum and bitter almond. Supple and fresh on the palette with good structure. Well balanced with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Bodegas Olivares Tinto 2016 Jumilla DOP, Spain
75% Monastrell, 15% Grenache, 10% Syrah. Dark berries and cherry notes. Fresh in the mouth, we again perceive a sweet, vibrant dark fruit, with touches of pepper accompanied by good acidity. Ideal for accompanying a wide variety of dishes, from flavorful, meaty-textured fish to pasta, meat and aged cheese.

Alta Vista Classic Cabernet Sauvignon RSV 2016 Mendoza, Argentina
Displays layered aromas of ripe, red fruits with black pepper and toasted oak notes before juicy red berry flavors on the palate; medium-bodied and balanced. The wine has smooth tannins and a touch of oak on the long finish. This wine has a charming character that is perfect for accompanying barbecues, pasta with intense sauces or hard and semi-hard cheese.

WINE CLUB Selections November 2018

R. Stuart & Co. Love Oregon White Sky White 2014 Oregon

Located in Willamette Valley Oregon, R. Stuart and Co. focus on making low production, high quality wines at reasonable prices. (only about 16,000 case total per year.) They are a Negociant style winery, meaning they don’t own vineyards but source their grapes from growers mostly throughout the Willamette Valley. They’ve been working in the wine business in Oregon for decades, and they know where the good fruit is!

We had this last night with Asian-ish chicken with black bean sauce and rice, and a Indian style cucumber salad. It was delicious! A kitchen-sink white blend, that’s primarily Pinot Gris, but drinks a bit like a Rhone Blend. Full flavored, round, inviting, but not sweet, YUM!

91pts Wine Enthusiast
Editors’ Choice
“This is principally Pinot Gris, blended with 7% Viognier and 12% other white grapes. Those other grapes are quite aromatic and send up pretty floral aromas immediately. When tasted this also offers a compelling streak of honey, with fruit flavors suggesting orange marmalade. It’s not sweet, just fruity, round and quite delicious.”

Michele Chiarlo Il Principe Nebbiolo 2014 Piedmont, Italy
100% Nebbiolo, the grape that both Barbaresco and Barolo are made from, can, intriguingly, seem both light and full bodied at the same time. You can see your fingers through it like a classic Pinot Noir, but it delivers powerful, yet clean, flavors. This is the kind of wine that will enhance your meal, but not dominate. A perfect choice for thanksgiving fare, it’ll go as well with turkey as it does with Ham or Roasted Beef. It’s hard to find an example of this grape at this price point, ($20) and the quality of this wine is outstanding. Michele Chiarlo has been producing wine in Italy since 1956 and is known for making great wines that speak of the terrior where they are produced.

From the winery: “Garnet red of medium intensity with brilliant reflections. Intense of good complexity and great elegance, hints of small black fruits, plums and violet. Pleasant impact, ample and balanced with silky tannins; highly pleasing and long lasting. It is well balanced at 2 years old and has a life span that can easily arrive at 8-10 years.”

“100% Nebbiolo from vineyards of Barbaresco and Vezza d’Alba in the hillsides of Roero area. The soil is made up of bluish-grey, sand-rich, clayey calcareous marl; it is a soil poor in organic substances but with a considerable percentage of manganese and potassium. Highly evident is its typicality, characterized by varietal flavours and by the influence of the Roero terroir. Il Principe is a Nebbiolo that has been left to refine in large vats for a year; its organoleptic characteristics are extraordinarily classical. It is a noble wine of excellent character and pleasantness, suited to medium ageing.”

90pts James Suckling
A red with nice chocolate and berry character, yet light, fruity and vivd.

Third Thursday November 15th Drop-In Wine Tasting 5-8pm

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Wine World Wines Thursday November 16th 2018:

Biscaye Baie, Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Gascony, France
Lightly tropical as well as herbal, this wine is crisp and bright. Its acidity and fresh kiwi and gooseberry flavors are balanced by a touch of pineapple and topped with intense, young acidity.

Domaine Vetriccie, Corse Blanc 2017 Corsica, France
Aromas of citrus fruits dazzle the senses. This wine is mineral and rich, yet lively as it hits the palate. It develops into a rich, smooth and unctuous mouthfeel. The finish is long and sustained with the perfect amount of acidity. Salads, Shellfish and Fish ‘ a la plancha’, and Goat’s Milk Cheeses.

Burgans, Albarino 2017 Rias Baixas, Spain
A bright greenish yellow color with golden highlights. A uniquely fruity aroma where the variety is clearly appreciated, highlighting hints of ripe apples, apricots, and peach aromas. It is rich, mellow and well-balanced. The aftertaste is fully rounded and off dry on the palate with juicy fruit flavors, clean acidity and a long, mineral-dominated finish.
91pts Decanter

Sartori, Pinot Noir 2015 Lombardy, Italy
Bright ruby with shades of violet. Alluring aromas of black-cherry jam, cloves, and chocolate with hints of spice and vanilla. Elegantly balanced with rich fruit flavors and good acidity. A long finish with light almond notes. Ideal with roast lamb, grilled salmon, poultry dishes, and aged cheese.

Michele Chiarlo “Le Orme” Barbera d’Asti Superiore 2015 Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Garnet in color, the wine is medium bodied and robust with rich, ripe cherries, currant, and earth on the nose and an elegant palate. Chicken Scallopini with Sage and Wild Mushrooms, Farfalle Pasta with Pork Sausage and Broccoli Rabe and Grilled or Roasted Red Meats. 90pts Vinous

Sterling, West Coast Cabernet 2016 California
Dark in color with red purple hues. On the nose aromas of mocha, boysenberry, currant, cooked blackberry, toasted vanilla. The palate is a crowd pleaser with clove, lavender, blueberry that leads into a long and seamless finish of black plum and mocha.

First Friday November 2nd Drop-In Wine Tasting 5-8pm

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Wine World Wines Friday November 2nd 2018:

Gaia Wines Moschofilero Monograph 2017 Peloponnese, Greece
The grapes for the Monograph Moschofilero come from vineyards located in the Arcadianplateaus in the Mantinia region of Peloponnese, at an altitude of 1,500ft. In this cool climate,the pink-skinned Moschofilero thrives, developing intense, spicy and floral aromatics andcrisp acidity.
This lively, dry white wine has an intensely floral and fruity nose, with hints of rose petaland spice. A refreshing wine, with a crisp acidity and flavorful finish.
Playing off its characteristically floral bouquet, this wine is a great pairing for seafood, MiddleEastern and Asian cuisine, or paired with fresh fruit or fruit-based desserts.

Maison de Grand, Esprit L’etre Magique 2017 Provence, France
55% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 15% Syrah. Complex and elegant, with notes of red berries and with a citrus finish. Fresh raspberries, hints of wild flower and grapefruit complete this beautiful bouquet. A palate of refined cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruit.

Bodega Colome Torrontes 2016 Salta, Argentina
Torrontes is the signature white wine of Argentina, dating from early vineyards first planted in the 1800s. DNA research has shown that the varietal is a cross between the Mission grapes of Galicia, Spain, and Muscat of Alexandria. This popular expression of Argentina is growing in acclaim around the world, popular for a light, refreshing wine with Muscat notes redolent of jasmine and orange blossoms. Excellent as an aperitif, it also finds a welcome place with delicate first courses.
91pts Decanter
“Founded in 1831, Argentina’s oldest winery is owner of the highest vines in the world at 3,111m above sea level. This is made from grapes grown at 1,700m, giving fresh aromas and bright floral notes mixed with citrus and spice. An absolute cracker – refreshing and vibrant, which makes it ideal as an aperitif or with Asian food.”

Noah River Wines Pinot Noir 2016 California
Ruby in color. Alluring and intoxicating aromas of vibrant black cherry, pomegranate, cardamom, steel, savory garrigue undertones. Perfumed with black cracked peppercorn, deep rose, dark chocolate powder, kirsch and sandalwood. Beautiful and vibrant, fresh layers of sultry fresh blueberry, rich dark plum skin, cinnamon with a savory underbrush.

Murphy Goode Red Blend 2014 California
34% Zinfandel, 27% Merlot, 16% Petite Sirah, 13% Petit Verdot, 6% Syrah, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. This year’s California Red Blend is a soft red wine comprised of different varietals to create complexity and to show off the great fruit flavors that our grapes in California contribute. The nose kicks in with dark aromas of black cherries and blueberries while the first taste mixes things up with raspberries and Bing Cherries. The mouthfeel is rich yet soft and has a nice long finish. Pair it with a pot roast or simply your favorite burger.

Cantine di Ora Amicone Rosso 2014 Veneto, Italy
Ruby red colour with delicate and vinous bouquet characterized by intense raspberry and black cherry aroma. In the mouth, it is full-bodied, soft and velvety, with hints of spices and chocolate. Amicone is obtained from a unique blend of selected red grapes cultivated in Veneto region. Part of these grapes undergoes a particular overripe process in the vineyards, followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Once obtained the final blend, part of it goes into a slow maturation process in Tonneaux. Red meats, game, roasted meat and cheese.

Third Thursday October 18th, 2018 Drop-In Wine Tasting 5-8pm

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Wine World Wines October 18th 2018:

Jean Perrier & Fils Cuvee Gastronomie 2017 Savoie, Apremont, France
100% Jacquère
Brilliant white gold color. Aromas of white flowers and hawthorn, flinty notes reminding us of the soil. Bright, with fresh acidity carrying honeysuckle, white peach and chamomile notes along. A mineral streak adds more cut on the zesty finish. Great with salmon and a salad. WS 90pts

Thomas Henry Wines, Chardonnay 2015 Napa Valley, California
100% Chardonnay
A beautiful nose of Fuji apple, pear, peach, hints of mango and lemon zest lead to lovely fruit flavors and a light touch of creamy oak. Risotto with peas and asparagus, fresh crab, crab cakes, sushi.

Foucher-Lebrun ‘La Vigne des Sablons’ 2016 Loire, Vouvray, France
100% Chenin Blanc
This Vouvray is a pale yellow color with green tints. Apricot and pear aromas show on the nose. The wine is balanced on the palate thanks to a natural acidity which brings freshness. Blue cheese, Gruyere, carrot-ginger soup, white fish with mango salsa, gnocchi with Gorgonzola sauce. Try Linguine with Pears and Gorgonzola.

Masciarelli Montepulciano 2015 Abruzzo, Italy
Rich and ripe dark cherry fruit, along with attractive spicy, smoky notes. Fleshy and full, with surprising depth and length. Roasted meats, pastas and pizza.
90pts

Masseria Li Veli ‘Contrade’ Negroamaro 2016 Puglia IGT, Italy
Deep ruby red; intense aroma, with notes of cherry and blueberry jam, cocoa, licorice and floral fragrances. Round with warm structure and smooth tannins. sausage and spinach gnocchetti.

Zuccardi Serie A Malbec 2016 Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Intense and lively red purple color. Intense red ripe fruit aromas such as prunes and cherries with black pepper and tobacco. Chocolate, cherry liqueur and spicy notes. Soft and velvety entry, firm tannins with lovely juicy finish. RP 91pts

WINE CLUB Selections October 2018

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Domaine Delalex Marin Clos de Pont 2014
100% Chasselas, Single Vineyard
Savoie is in the foothills of the Alps south of Lake Geneva near the border with Switzerland. Marin is a sub-appelation of the Savoie region. The Chasselas grape is thought to originate there. Chasselas produces a dry clean, acidic wine. These wines are known for there age-ability and this wine in particular is held at least a year before it’s released. I found a few quotes from Chasselas producers “It’s not easy to make a very light wine, but it is a wine that has something to say”, “unique freshness and elegance, and it is very delicate. It doesn’t make you tired when you drink it”, “expresses the minerality of the soils where it comes from, and the microclimate”. Look for deep but subtle complexity in this wine. It will be great with light to medium cheeses, almost any fresh lightly seasoned seafood, and perfect with or as a base for Fondue, Enjoy!

Descendientes de Jose Palacios “Petalos” 2015 Bierzo, Spain
This wine is made mostly from a grape called Mencia, which we believe originates in Portugal. Bierzo is in the upper left of Spain just above Portugal, it may be indigenous to the region. read the “Wine Advocate” review below for more info on the blend:
92 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The entry level 2015 Pétalos del Bierzo, their regional wine, in the new official category that will start working in the appellation from the 2017 vintage, a blend of many different vineyards planted with field blends, where the breakdown might come to some 5% white varieties (Valenciana/Doña Blanca, Godello and Palomino/Jerez) and around 1% other reds (Pan y Carne, Negrada and Gran Negro), all from vines ranging between 40 and 90 years of age on slopes (half of the grapes around the village of Corullón and the remainder in the rest of Bierzo). It’s a showy, approachable, aromatic and open version of Pétalos, and as I tasted it later on in the season, it felt more polished and round, with a lush texture. It’s extremely aromatic, in a way similar to the 2012. This is always one of the best values not only of Bierzo but for the whole of Spain. (LG) 92+”
So yes, a field blend of mostly Mencia and a few other grapes, all old vines, but more importantly, what’s in the glass is absolutely delicious!, A little hint of lavender and cocao in the nose, with a palette of big, lush, velvety, dark fruit leading to a little “cigarbox” and substantial but not overpowering tannins. This wine will age well! We enjoyed it with grilled steak and it shone brightly! Yum!

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Classical Wines of Spain, Wine Tasting Seminar, Friday, October 19th, 2018, 7 pm

with Lisa Bonet of “Classical Wines”
Classical Wines has since the early 80s has focused on importing wines from quality, individual family vineyards of Spain. Lisa will be our guide as we sample ten classic Spanish wines from Cava to Rioja, Albarino, Godello, Mencia, a sherry made from the Pedro Ximenez grape harvested in 1988, among others. Lisa will share stories about the families that make these wines, their histories, and how they are produced.
We’ll taste ten wines with a midway break for tasty tidbits.

Space is limited. Reserve now!

The Wines:
Mont Marcal Brut Rosé
Mont Marcal Brut “Extremarium”
Peza do Rei Godello, 2017
Legado del Conde Albariño, 2017
Bodegas Carchelo “C” Jumilla Red Blend, 2016
Peza do Rei Mencia, 2016
Vina Magna “Seis Meses”, 2016
Vina Magna Crianza, 2011
Valenciso Rioja Reserva, 2011
Albala Gran Reserva PX, 1988

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$30 paid reservation. ($25 for Wine Club Members)
$35 at the door, if places are available.
Attendees will receive a Riedel glass

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First Friday October 5th, 2018 Drop-In Wine Tasting 5-8pm

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Wine World Wines October 5th 2018:

Tricky Rabbit Sauvignon Blanc/Carmenere 2017 Maule Valley, Chile
90% Sauvignon Blanc 10% Carménère. Fresh citrus notes mingled with pineapple and fresh herbs. Nice acidity, balanced mouthfeel, citrus & mineral finish.

Zestos Blancos Old Vines Malvar 2016 Madrid, Spain
This full-bodied, fresh, crisp white will turn your head with its assertive stone fruit, white peach and fresh apricot aromas and fresh, easy drinking character. Zestos Blanco will pair excellently with wrapped sandwiches, sushi, chicken kabobs, chicken burritos and just about any fresh shellfish or seafood you can think of, especially swordfish, sea bass and monkfish.

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2016 California
Crisp and tangy, with a green-apple aroma, vivid apple and lime flavors and lively acidity. Grilled Swordfish, Mahi Mahi, Fried Clams, Sweet n’ Sour Shrimp, barbecue eel sashimi.

Castel Del Lupo Pinot Noir 2016 Oltrepò Pavese, Italy
Organic. Pronounced, warm, ripe, black-fruited, spicy and complex aromas. Lively acidity offsets the ripe wild plum and bramble fruit and the palate combines concentration, delicacy and structure. A great match with rich pasta dishes and middle aged cheeses.

Lucien Lardy 2015 “Vignes de 1951” 2017 Beaujolais, France
Crimson red robe with purple tints. The nose is very fruity with blackcurrant notes. In the palate, the wine is also fruity, supple with a bright and mineral finish. Country pate, cured meats, cheese, pasta, mexican and/or asian dishes.

Sassoregale Sangiovese 2016 Tuscany, Italy
Its color is a bright ruby red. On the nose, it is clean and precise, with hints of morello cherries, wild berries and a moderate spiciness. On the palate it reveals a full-bodied, assertive flavor, which expresses both great intensity and elegance. Ideal with grilled red meats, bur also with matured salt pork products or the traditional sheep’s milk cheeses of Tuscany.

Third Thursday September 20th Drop-In Wine Tasting 5-8pm

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Wine World Wines Thursday September 20th, 2018:

Château La Nerthe Les Cassagnes Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé

The color is pale pink fuchsia, very bright. The nose is frank, lively, expressive, on white flowers and citrus fruits (pink grapefruit). The palate is fresh and the gooseberry meets again the grapefruit. A wine of great freshness and easy pleasure!
A versatile companion to many styles of cuisine. Enjoy with cheeses and fruit or pair with salmon dishes, poultry in light to medium weight sauces, and fresh salads.

Banfi La Pettegola Vermentino 2017

Pale yellow in color, this wine is delightfully fresh with an intense fruit forward bouquet of exotic fruit and spices typical of the Mediterranean coast. On the palate, it is fresh and crisp with well-balanced acidity and a clean finish. Lovely as an aperitif. Also ideal with seafood, salads, sandwiches and vegetable dishes.

Cline North Coast Viognier 2017

Cline Viognier shows juicy tropical fruit, fresh apricot and notes of mandarin orange and grapefruit. It’s luscious and fullbodied with a slight crisp acidity.
Viognier can be a tricky grape to grow. It buds early and is susceptible to frost. The grape has a thick skin and benefits from a long ripening period to develop full flavors. Vines bask in the sun during the day but experience cool nighttime temperatures contributing to the wine’s fullbody weight and nice acidity.

Via Revolucionaria Bonarda Pura 2017 La Arboleda, Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza

This 100% Carbonic Macerated Bonarada was harvested separately at 4 different times and then blended together. A seductively perfumed nose evokes musky dank fruits of blueberry, cherry, and raspberry. The vibrant, fruit dominated nose, leads to a soft and round mid palate, held together by firm tannins and bright acidity.

Poppy Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Paso Robles, California

This wine displays blueberry, black cherry, and currant flavors with nuances of licorice, violets and cigar box all wrapped together with a dash of vanilla and mocha. Medium to full-bodied, well-balanced, with soft tannins, this wine shows tremendous dimension, with a seamless finish that lingers throughout the palate.

Casir dos Santos Avatar Malbec 2017 Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina

Presents a vibrant red color with glints of bordeaux. Great aromatic intensity. It expresses in a very fresh way, with red fruits and a remarkable sweetness. In the mouth it’s balanced with round and sweet tannins, rich and with a marked acidity.