APRIL 2012 WINE CLUB WINES
by S VALENTE
ANNE’S BOUTIQUE WINES – APRIL 2012 WINE CLUB INFORMATIONClients who receive 1 RED wine and 1 WHITE wine will receive:
2010 BECKMEN VINEYARDS – CUVEE LE BEC – SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Awed and inspired by a perfect convergence of soil, microclimate, wind and sun, Tom Beckmen purchased a stunning, unplanted 365-acre hillside property overlooking the Santa Ynez Valley in 1996. This land would soon become Purisima Mountain Vineyard, possessing all of the necessary elements to produce world-class Rhone varietals. With elevations reaching 1250 feet, the initial planting and farming of Purisima Mountain Vineyard represented one of the most ambitious hillside vineyard endeavors in the history of the Santa Ynez Valley. Hillside vineyards are not easy to farm, but for Tom and Steve Beckmen, the rewards that come from the exceptional fruit that they yield are definitely worth it. From this endeavor comes this fantastic wine blend as your primary red for the wine club April offering. This wine is a blend of 44% Syrah, 34% Grenache, 13% Mourvèdre, and 9% Counoise, all hand processed and fermented individually and then blended and allowed to age in French oak barrels for 11 months. This wine has is generous with aromatic layers of blackberry jam, strawberry-rhubarb, plum, pomegranate, cherry, mocha, sweet licorice, and leather. All these follow through in the palate with a great balance between tannins and acidity. Pair this with your Easter ham or your favorite BBQ. Normal Price for this wine is $19.99 – Wine club members price in April is only $16.99
2010 BODEGAS PEDRO ESCUDERO – “VALDELAINOS” VERDEJO – RUEDA, SPAIN
The Escudero family and patriarch Pedro in particular are recognized as being some of the very best grape growers in all of Rueda. He is often approached by neighbors looking for advice about vineyard issues. They have only been bottling wine since 2002, though they had been growing and selling grapes for a number of years prior. Their vineyards are comprised of gravel and sand over a red clay sub-soil, some of the most highly regarded soils in the Rueda district. They farm all of their plots with organic practices. The primary white wine for the month of April is made of 100% Verdejo grapes. Verdejo is a variety of wine grape that has long been grown in the Rueda region of Spain. The grape originated in North Africa, and was spread to Rueda in about the 11th Century, possibly by Mozarabs. Verdejo was generally used to make a strongly oxidized, Sherry-like wine. In the 1970s the winemaking company Marqués de Riscal began to develop a fresher style of white wine based on Verdejo with the help of French oenologist Émile Peynaud. This is one example of this style of winemaking, all fermented in stainless steel and allowed to age (briefly) in the bottle for 2 months prior to release. Full of tropical aromas of guavas, passion fruit, and pineapple, this wine’s flavors also match those notes found on the nose. Crisp, minerality with a quite lengthy finish ready to pair with a plate of grilled fish and roasted veggies! Normal price for this wine is $14.99 – wine club members can buy it during the month of April for just $12.74. 90 Points Steven Tanzer Sept/Oct 2011.
Red Only wine club members receive the Beckmen – Le Bec and:
2009 BODEGAS PASO DEL REY – “SILA” MENCIA – MONTERREI, SPAIN
Monterrei is the only Galician region that lies in the basin of the river Duero, but nonetheless shares the Atlantic influence that the other regions enjoy. This combination of features makes it an interesting region, with great potential for grapes such as this rare one. The wine is made from 100% Mencia grapes harvested from vines that are 35+ years old. Mencía is a Spanish grape variety primarily found in the northwestern part of the country. It was once thought to be an ancient clone of Cabernet Franc, with which it shares some of its aromas, an impression which has been dispelled with DNA profiling. A fun yet intriguing grape that as of the 1990s is increasing in popularity, and an increasing number of noted Spanish winemakers are now working with it. This wine was fermented in stainless steel, then aged in French oak barrels for 5 months. On the nose, smooth, soft, and approachable with raspberries and deep, rich plums present. The hint of vanilla spice and plums makes this absolutely unmistakably a Spanish wine. These flavors are carried through to the palate with plummy notes being the most noticeable. Medium bodied, with a bit more grip than your typical Spanish Rioja, all in all it is a thoroughly enjoyable wine. Enjoy this wine with your favorite tapas, especially spicy foods. Normally priced at $17.99 but during the month of April you can get it for only$15.29
White Only wine club members receive the Bodegas Pedro Escudero - Verdejo and:
2010 GRANDES CAVES SAINT ROCH – VOUVRAY – VOUVRAY (LOIRE VALLEY), FRANCE
This lovely white wine comes from Vouvray, which is located in the Loire. The Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) is dedicated almost exclusively to Chenin Blanc, and the producer of this wine Grandes Caves Saint-Roch is located among the caves carved from the soft soil that is believed to have been created by nature over the centuries. The network of caves and passageways stretches back to the 12th century. The inhabitants of the Loire Valley lived for long periods in this system of caves, which is about a mile long and up to 600 feet deep. Currently, the producer of this wine, as well as others in Vouvray, use these caves as places to rest, process, and store wine. This lovely wine is made from 100% Chenin Blanc, all fermented in stainless steel to enhance the bright fruit notes. Upon pouring this wine you will notice pear, honey, and white flower aromas. Fresh and balanced on the palate, just slightly off dry with brilliant acidity. You’ll notice flavors of quince, honey, apricot, with just a touch of vanilla. Pair this with your favorite Chinese stir fry, especially those made with chicken or tofu. This wine normally sells for $19.99 but during the month of April wine club members can take more of this lovely wine for only $16.99.