SEPTEMBER 2018 WINE CLUB TASTING NOTES

SEPTEMBER 2018 WINE CLUB WINE INFORMATION & TASTING NOTES



The wine club selections for this month have arrived.  Wines that will make you take notice and expand your knowledge.  These wines hail from Chile, Italy, Santa Barbara County, and Northern Cal!  Delicious and ready to take home!   Don't forget these wines will be discounted 15% to all wine club members only during the month of September.  

The Wine Club tasting takes place Saturday, September 1st from 2 to 5pm.  cheers and see you at the shop!!

now..here is the information on your wines!! 


WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO RECEIVE (1 RED & 1 WHITE WINE) WILL ENJOY:

2014 AZIENDA AGRICOLA RANDI – “BLU DI BURSON” LONGANESI - RAVENA IGT (Emilia-Romagna), ITALY

Randi wines is located in the Ravena appellation of Emilia-Romagna (North East Italy). The winery was founded at the end of World War II and is very well respected in the region. The wine for this month is made with a native grape to the region of Emilia-Romagna: Longanesi. This grape has an interesting story and very recent history. In 1933, a single "mother" vine was discovered by Antonio Longanesi, after whom the variety is named, near his home in Bagnacavallo, Ravenna. Longanesi took cuttings from the vine (which was growing naturally, wrapped around the trunk of an old oak tree) and, in the 1950s, his son Aldo planted the world's first Longanesi vineyard. Longanesi is relatively hardy in the vineyard, resistant to both fungal diseases and frost. On December 6, 2000, the variety was officially recognized and added to Italy's Registro Nazionale delle Varieta di Vite (national register of wine grape varieties). There are now roughly 500 acres planted in the Ravenna province. This Longanesi wine is made by the family who nurtured it into the beloved regional wine that it is today. It is called Blu di Burson after Antonio Longanesi (the man who discovered the grape). To those in Bagnacavallo, Uva Longanesi is known as "Burson". This rather unflattering pseudonym, which means "Big Bore" in the local slang, was Antonio Longanesi’s nickname, but this wine is anything but a bore. Azienda Agricola Randi was the first winery who launched its first bottling of this grape and years later we are delighted to introduce you to it. This wine is made with 100% Longanesi, hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel then aged in the tanks for 12 months and an additional 12 in the bottle. This wine has a ruby color with good consistency, intense cherry, plum, and hints of licorice. The palate is medium bodied with the same notes repeating and enhanced with well balanced acidity and a long finish. This wine is a great companion to Italian meat sauce, stews, game, strong cheese and anything really spicy. This wine needs decanting, open at least 1 hour prior to consuming. $20.00 

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

2017 CASA MARIN – “CARTAGENA” RIESLING - SAN ANTONIO VALLEY, CHILE

Sustainable Farming & winemaking - 92 points – Descorchados (Uncorked) Chile 

Chilean Riesling? Yes! This German variety is not very well known in Chile but has shown excellent results when produced in cooler climates, and this one is very tasty! The winery which is located in the San Antonio Valley (West of Santiago) has Riesling vineyards with slopes consisting mainly of granite soils, which are great for this varietal. The winery is run by María Luz Marín, owner and who is the first female winemaker and winery owner in Chile. After graduating from the University of Chile with a degree in agronomy and winemaking, Maria Luz worked in various wineries, and in 2000 (and against advice from colleagues) she successfully established the first cool climate winery in South America, producing wines scoring well over 90 points. Her Son Felipe Marin has followed in her footsteps, studied in California and in New Zealand, he assists his mother and is also producing wines. The winery has become quite the force to beat, with wines like this Riesling and their Pinot Noir (wine club in November). We think you’ll love this fun, off dry Riesling with notes of flower nectar, green chamomile, clementines, candied peach, and honey cream. A silky palate with great volume and refreshing acidity that makes your mouth salivate. A wine that invites you to pour another glass. This wine was fermented in stainless steel and it is refreshing and delicious. Chill this wine and serve it as an aperitif with a delicious fresh ceviche or any type of seafood. Furthermore, it is the super tasty with spicy food, such as a delicious curries. $18.50 

CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 2 RED WINES RECEIVE “BLU DI BURSON” LONGANESI &

2015 SHOKRIAN – “GSM” RED BLEND - Santa Barbara County, California 

Shokrian is a boutique wine producer growing grapes from some of Santa Barbara’s best vineyards (former Melville’s Vernas vineyard). Owned by a former filmmaker, Babak Shokrian, and joined by 2 renowned Central Coast winemakers, Morgan Clendenen and Drake Whitcraft, to work a heart and soul project. The winery is truly boutique where each different wine they produce is no more than 150 cases per wine style. The secondary red chosen for September is all estate fruit with a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 20% Mourvèdre. All hand-picked fruit with intensive hand sorting to remove the undesired fruit. After fermentation the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 14 months. This wine leads the nose with juicy red notes, leather, and hints of tar on the nose. The palate is spot on with notes of cherry from the Syrah and bold texture from the Mourvèdre that add leather and violet with a hint of cassis on the finish. This wine is a great wine to pair with end of summer grilling meats like coffee encrusted filet mignon medallions, ribs covered in a sweet/spicy bbq sauce, or even blackened chicken with a side of grilled veggies. $21.50    

CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE TWO WHITE WINES RECEIVE CARTAGENA RIESLING &:

2017 HAARMEYER WINE CELLARS – “ST. REY” SUTTER RANCH VINEYARD CHENIN BLANC

Clarksville, California (Organic & Sustainable)

Haarmeyer Wine Cellars is a family team, composed of winemaker Craig, his son Alex, wife Kelly, and daughter Marian. Craig, a former sculptor, started the winery in 2008 by sourcing fruit from vineyards in Sacramento. When he first started the winery, he was interested primarily in making port and other wines using Spanish and Portuguese varieties because of the dry climate and the proximity of this vineyard to Sacramento. The place seemed right for the numerous varieties of grapes they were farming. This lead him to consider other sites and he felt like he was, in a way, trying to define and express terroir. Soon he began using the phrase "Sacramento terroir" to describe what he was doing with St. Rey Vineyards. He is on a mission to get us all to think of Sacramento as a wine producing region rather than where California tomatoes grow. As his wine repetoire expanded, he began to make wines he loved to drink and he claims to be especially fond of Chenin’s great acidity and texture and its flavors and textures not at all like Chardonnay. Craig likes to pick his fruit early to retain that crisp acidity, and then the fruit is crushed via foot. The fruit is foot treaded and spends an hour on skins before being pressed to tank for fermentation. Afterwards Craig likes to age his wine in used French oak barrels to impart a texture rather than a flavor to the wine. This white wine will be a contrast to the primary white we are offering this month (Chilean Riesling). This wine will fall in somewhere between a medium body and full body white wine. With falvors of yellow apples, ripe citrus, peaches and even a hint of cinnamon on the nose. The palate pretty much is spot on with the notes from the nose. This wine is a great alternative to Chardonnay, when you want something heavier than Sauvignon Blanc but not the oaky notes from a Chardonnay. This wine is best served chilled (45F) and pair it with sweet and sour pork, or a small baked brie topped off with chopped yellow apples. This is a great appetizer! $19.99 



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