DECEMBER 2017 WINE CLUB NOTES

To say good bye to 2017, we bring you a delicious selection of wines, including a bubbly to pop open with friends and loved ones.  


2014 DOMAINE DE LONGUEROCHE - CORBIERES - LANGUEDOC-ROUSILLON, FRANCE – ORGANICALLY GROWN GRAPES 

To end 2017 we bring you a French wine from one of your favorite importers (and ours too) Claire Barroy. We had originally tasted this wine earlier in the summer but we knew that this wine would hit the spot in cooler weather, so we  waited for the weather to be just right to launch this delicious wine. So let’s discover it! Domaine de Longueroche is located in the very heart of the Corbieres region and more exactly in Fontfroide, otherwise known as “Land blessed by the gods” where a monastery was built in 1093. At the time the Cistercian monks planted vines to make wine for their  Eucharistic needs. The harmony with nature is so perfect that it’s easy to imagine that this land was created expressly to grow the finest wine. The owner, Roger Bertrand, practices methods of making his wines without pesticides or fertilizers, as he says…the land does the work. The harvest is done all by hand and the care that goes into this wine, well, you will taste it! This winter worthy wine is composed of 30% Carignan, 35% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre. All fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged for 12 months in used French oak barrels. This delicious wine has a deep purple color and it opens up with ripe notes of boysenberries, cherries, spices and vanilla. It has a medium to full body with complex textures and a lengthy peppery finish. The tannins are ever present yet if the wine is allowed to breathe, you will notice that they become silkier and smoother. This wine is a perfect companion to hearty dishes, rustic French cooking, and if you like duck, we highly recommend Duck leg Comfit topped off with a cherry sauce. Steaks or heartier aged cheeses will pair nicely as well. $22.50 


CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 1 RED WINE & 1 WHITE WINE WILL RECEIVE THE ABOVE WINE &

(PRIMARY WHITE) BROCHET – BRUT METHODE TRADITIONELLE SPARKLING WINE - VAL DE LOIRE, FRANCE – CERTIFIED ORGANIC & VEGAN 

It’s December and the sparkling wine of choice for the wine club is here. Whether you are saving the bottle for New Year’s Eve or popping it for yourself on a quiet night, this wine will delight you. This wine is produced in the Loire Valley by a winery called Domaine Ampelidae (from the Greek Ampelos meaning vine), and owned by Frederic Brochet, who started the making wine at the age of 11 with only 2 small tanks, 3 oak barrels and a bucket! -- - Then after his education (PhD in Oenology) he began to make commercial wines from vineyards he inherited from his father. The vineyards are located in an area surrounded by legendary French castles (Manoir de Lavauguyot and the Château des Roches) that in the years of their glory where some of the most celebrated of the wine producing domaines. Today, Frederic produces wines of heritage like the wine we bring you this month. This sparkling wine is made with 100% Chardonnay grapes, and it is made in Méthode Traditionnelle, which means that it was produced just like a champagne. Double fermentation, once in tank and then the second fermentation, the one that produces the bubbles happens in the bottle. This wine was aged 17 months in the cellar before disgorging and dosage. This wine is certified Organic - Certified Vegan, which means that they didn’t use pesticides or any animal byproducts to produce this wine. This wine is has a delicate bouquet of toasted brioche, apples and citrus. The bubbles are fine and gentle on the palette with hints of white nougat, ripe peaches and almond. The finish is pure and clean. This wine will pair nicely with salty foods, fried foods, and is perfect by itself to toast the season!! Try my favorite pairing Fried Chicken and bubbles! $20.00 


CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE TWO RED WINES RECEIVE DOMAINE DE LONGUEROCHE RED &:


2011 CASA DA COELHEIRA - TERRACOS DO TEJO RED TEJO, PORTUGAL

The Tejo region is located in the very heart of Portugal, a short drive from the capital city of Lisbon. Tejo claims a bounty of historical treasures scanning the pages of time, from Roman ruins and Gothic castles, to Manueline monasteries and medieval hilltop villages. To the Portuguese, Tejo is known as the land of vineyards, olive groves, cork forests, Mertolengo cattle, and the famous Lusitano horses. Viticulture has deep roots in Tejo and it is heralded as one of the oldest wine producing regions in the country. Vineyards have graced the banks of the Tejo River (Tagus in English) since Roman times, and the influence of past grape-growing cultures is evident in the many architectural relics dotting the landscape. Formerly known as Ribatejo, since 2009 the region has now simply been called Tejo, a tribute to the river that has defined its landscape, climate and economy for centuries. The river can also be credited for shaping the distinct’s Tejo terroir; making the surrounding plains and riverbanks an ideal terrain to cultivate Portugal’s native grapes. Casal da Coelheira is a family-run Estate Winery and is home to some of the most innovative wines inside the Tagus River wine region. With long, extreme summers and cold, wet winters, the sandy soils retain small quantities of water, and every year the vines stress to reach this water. This results in the production of less leaf and more concentrated grapes, creating impressive terroir flavors in the resulting wines. And from here is where this delicious red hails! Made with 40% Aragonês, 30% Syrah, and 30% Castelão , the wine is fermented in stainless steel vats without any oak. A rustic, soft wine filled with notes of plum, berries and hints of vanilla and dark chocolate with an attractive spiciness. Well balanced palette with soft tannins, good acidity. Elegant and fresh perfect to sip by the fire with a delicious bowl of pasta, a burger, or even a winter stew! $16.00


CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE TWO WHITE WINES RECEIVE BROCHET SPARKLING WINE &


2014 BODEGA MARAÑONES – PICARANA MADRID DO, SPAIN - ORGANICALLY FARMED VINES

Marañones winery is included in the D.O. Vinos de Madrid, in the sub-zone of San Martín de Valdeiglesias.  located just west of Madrid. In the confluence of Gredos mountains and Guadarrama´s mountains. These specific geographic characteristics provide them with mountainous landscapes, with hills and hillsides, meadows and alluvial lowland areas that are ideal for growing crops like olive trees, almond trees, fig trees, horticultural products, and, of course vines.  The polyculture is very important to practice and organic style, where not only one crop abounds but all thrive. Fernando Garcia, who together with Dani Landi, are the creative minds behind, Bodega Marañones where the vineyards are farmed organically and manually with the assistance of mules due to the steep slopes of their vineyards. The work in the vineyards is focused on prolonging the vegetative cycle so they are able to balance ripeness with acidity and tannin. They focus on local vines, which is why they produced this wine made with 100% Albillo real, a white grape native to the Madrid region of Spain.  Picarana is the name of the “village” where the winery is located. The grapes are hand harvested and whole cluster fermented in stainless steel tanks and allowed to age for 10 months in French oak barrels. This delicious white is a full body wine with crunchy acidity and a generous, but well integrated hint of oak. There is a weight and richness to the wine from the barrel fermentation, but the minerality keeps the wine fresh. Delicious with notes of peaches, nectarines and even citrus. This wine is a delicious companion to white meat dishes such as roast pork or chicken. 2016 Picarana – James Suckling 91 Points. $24.00


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