OCTOBER 2018 WINE CLUB TASTING NOTES
OCTOBER 2018 WINE CLUB WINES
The wines above were hand selected for our wine club members to usher the beginning of Fall and grab onto the last bit of summer. Please enjoy the wines and the descriptors....specially the one done by our own Rob Nicholas. Rob discovered one of our wine club entries for the month, the white Greek blend during this vacation to Greece in June. The reds are a contrast of Tempranillo both Spanish and both quite different...but both delicious. And in the white category, we have 2 organic wines, both simply delicious and fascinating. Including one brought to us by our own Rob Nicholas, who discovered a white stunner during his vacation to Greece. Enjoy his notes as well!
Please join us for the tasting of these wines (plus 2 bonuses) on Saturday, October 6th, from 2 to 5pm.
WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO RECEIVE (1 RED & 1 WHITE WINE) WILL ENJOY:
2013 MONTEABELLON – RIBERA DEL DUERO TEMPRANILLO
Ribera del Duero, Spain - 90 Points Wine Enthusiast
We all know about Rioja but more and more we are getting amazing wines from the Spanish region of Ribera del Duero. It is located in the upper Duero river comprising 60 municipalities from the provinces of Valladolid, Burgos, Soria and Segovia. But it’s not new at all, for over 2,500 years wine and Ribera del Duero have been inseparable. Pre-Roman inhabitants known as “Vacceos” and “Arevacos” cultivated vines. The climate of the region is Continental with a light Atlantic influence, cold winters and hot summers. The vineyards are based on loose soils, little fertile with high contents of limestone which allow excellent fruit to produce high quality wines. And here is where we find Vinos de la Familia Monteabellón. For many generations Garcia family has been fully dedicated to viticulture. Taking advantage of decades of experience in viticulture and wine-making, Bodegas Monteabellón was founded in the year 2000 and is committed to preserving the history of the region while producing wines with sights set on the future. The wine chosen for the month of October is their Tempranillo. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks, this takes 25 days and then it is aged in (70% New) French oak barrels for 14 months before release. This complex wine has deep red, ruby notes, an inviting nose chuck full of blackberries, pepper, plums. This all repeats in the palate as delicious notes accompanied by bright acidity, smooth tannins (be sure to decant), full flavors and a delicious finish. This wine is savory and it will pair nicely with roasted lamb, your favorite dry rub steak, and aged cheeses. Perfect way to start the fall season!!
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 1 RED WINE & 1 WHITE WINE WILL RECEIVE THE ABOVE WINE &:
2017 BONNY DOON VINEYARD – “ARROYO SECO BEESWAX VINEYARD” PICPOUL
Arroyo Seco (Monterrey County), California – Certified Biodynamic
Based in Santa Cruz, Bonny Doon Vineyard has a not so surprising history of idealism and innovation. Founded in the bucolic hamlet of Bonny Doon in 1983 by Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon Vineyard is known for its strikingly original wines made from lesser-known (though no less “noble”) grape varieties (such as this). Bonny Doon Vineyard made its mark on the world of wine with pioneering work in the exploration of Rhône varieties and innovative production techniques. The winery adopted biodynamic farming practices in 2004 and in 2006, they reduced both product portfolio and overall case production in order to focus on quality of the wines. And quality they deliver with this wine. The primary white wine for the month of October is their Picpoul, sometimes “pique-poule”, (translating to lip-stinger), is an exceptionally beloved grape of Southern France, specially loved in France as a perfect companion to seafood dishes. This delicious wine comes from the Beeswax vineyard, it was hand-harvested and fermented entirely in stainless steel tanks to retain the typicity of the grape’s zippy fresh notes. Aromas of peaches, wildflowers and ripe Meyer lemon with just a hint of mint in nose. The flavors in the palate correspond to the the aromas with utterly brilliant acidity and lengthy finish. This wine is absolutely delicious with the briniest oysters you can find or Dungeness crab. Also, grilled octopus with lemon, moussaka, sardines a la plancha. A great wine to serve as an aperitif.
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 2 RED WINES RECEIVE MONTEABELLON TEMPRANILLO &
2015 VINA HERMINIA – “HERMINIA” RIOJA
Now you may be saying…wait! Two Tempranillos? Yes! We wanted to showcase how Tempranillo can be very different depending on its classification or where it grows or furthermore, how it is fermented and aged. This wine is a Rioja, and while most widely available Riojas are typically a full body red, it can also be a delightful lighter red, like this one, that can pair with many more dishes than its bigger and tannin heavier counterparts labeled “Criaza, Reserva, or specially the Gran Reserva”. But first, let’s remind you a bit about this winery: Vina Herminia. It is located in the Rioja Baja, at the southeastern end of the Rioja. Viña Herminia is run and owned by Emilio Lustau. The winery produces a full range of Rioja wines (you have had other wines from this producer in the club), all from the unmistakable warmer climate of the region, which produces rich, generous, fruity wines of enormous appeal. Respected Australian winemaker David Morrison is behind these delicious wines, and his influence on quality is immediately evident. This wine was made to honor a woman, the feisty, nonconformist and determined, Herminia, wife of the founder. She labored tirelessly in favor of her community questioning and challenging the established norms of her time. Charismatic, committed, a pioneer. Herminia, the woman that inspired Bodegas Viña Herminia itself. And to celebrate her, they created this wine made with 100% Tempranillo, fermented in stainless steel and fermented a mere 4 months in barrels and then another 4 months the bottle. The aromas and flavors of this wine are a delicious invitation to drink it. As you open this wine, you will notice beautiful bright cherry color. Very fresh and fruity, with notes of raspberries, cherries and delicate vanilla nuances. Round and smooth on the palate, with soft pleasant tannins. This wine pairs nicely with a wide variety of foods (and is a favorite in many restaurants for this reason) so serve it at about 60F and pair it on Taco Tuesday with your favorite chicken, pork or beef tacos. A great sipping wine to pair with tapas (olives, Manchego cheese, Spanish chorizo platter) and you are set!
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE TWO WHITE WINES RECEIVE BONNY DOON PICPOUL &:
2017 THEOPETRA ESTATE – DRY WHITE WINE
Meteora PGI (Protected Geographical Indication), Greece – ORGANIC WINE
Ladies and gents, behold! The first wine brought into the wine club by our own Rob Nicholas! During his vacation to Greece, Rob enjoyed many wines…and this is one of a few that he brought us…we loved it and hope you do too! Here is his description and the particulars of the wine. “When considering a sensual experience one must also consider the context; the environment and particular circumstances may very well alter one’s perception of an experience and may prove to be deceiving. After a week traveling through Greece, my first night in Santorini brought me to a spectacular restaurant with sweeping views and delicious food. In this particular experience of discovering this beautiful white wine from the Theopetra Estate, it was especially significant to recognize that the panoramic views, the setting sun into the Mediterranean, and the smiles of gregarious locals could all certainly deceive one into thinking it all tastes better than it actually does; more beautiful than it actually is. This is not the case with this white wine from Meteora. The fresh fruit notes with hints of herbs and sharp acid paired perfectly with nearly every food that we threw at it: Greek salad, olives, feta cheese, and most all the octopus. I cannot say enough about how perfect this wine is with octopus. But all of it worked and it certainly is wonderful with no accompaniment at all other than a resplendent setting sun and a few friendly faces. This wine is beyond context; beyond the need for anything other than a glass and a mouth. Cheers - Rob”. Rob nailed this wine! It is a blend of 60 Malagouzia 60% Assyrtiko 40% both native to Greece. Stainless steel fermentation and not a lick of oak.
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