JANUARY 2019 - WINE CLUB NOTES
Happy New Year Wine Club Members
Here are your wines to start off the year:
WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO RECEIVE (1 RED & 1 WHITE WINE) WILL ENJOY:
2014 MCINTYRE – “KIMBERLY VINEYARDS” MERLOT
Arroyo Seco (Monterrey County), California - ORGANIC WINE (SIP CERTIFIED)
The McIntyre Estate Vineyard had another wine featured in last’s months wine club, a delicious Chardonnay. Now we bring you another one of their delicious wines, their Merlot. The vineyards lie in the “sweet spot” of Monterey County’s wine growing region. Originally planted in 1973, the 60 acre property boasts some of the Highlands’ oldest vines. Proprietor Steve McIntyre is one of the most knowledgeable viticulturists in California. As owner/operator of Monterey Pacific, he farms 12,000 acres in Monterey County. The McIntyre Estate Vineyard was among the first properties in the Monterrey County to be SIP (Sustainability In Practice) Certified. SIP Certified goes beyond the USDA Organic process because organic only addresses prohibiting synthetic pesticides and fertilizers without considering other resource concerns. While you’ll find organic wines that are also SIP Certified, the SIP Certified goes further, from farm labor to agriculture – from energy conservation to water quality. This winery practices all of the important things above and the vines are cared for in a manner that yields wines of amazing quality. Now let’s talk about this wine. Their 2014 Merlot comes from a single vineyard and while Monterey County is not readily known for red Bordeaux-style wines, the Kimberly Vineyard has evolved into the exception. The vineyard is situated at the mouth of the Arroyo Seco Canyon, just out of the reach of the intense Salinas Valley winds. Consequently, this micro climate is much warmer than the surrounding properties allowing them to fully ripen Merlot each year. This wine is 100% Merlot and it comes from 19 year old vines that enjoyed a near perfect season in 2014. After a stainless steel fermentation, and once in barrels (14 months) the wine is not racked until just prior to bottling, giving this wine its powerful tannic structure. This Merlot is very aromatic with a juicy burst of ripe blackberries, licorice, lavender, dried herbs and spices. It is rich, powerful, and savory with fine-grained tannins and a long, lingering finish. While it drinks well now, this Merlot can be aged another 3-5 years in the cellar. This wine will be a great winter drinking wine. Pair it with roasted lamb, grilled steaks and if you are a vegetarian, grilled veggies seasoned with a bit of garlic, pepper and olive oil. Only 398 cases were produced of this wine.
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 1 RED WINE & 1 WHITE WINE WILL RECEIVE THE MERLOT &:
2017 RYAN PATRICK – “OLSEN BROTHERS VINEYARD” RIESLING
Yakima Valley (Columbia Valley), Washington – Double Gold Seattle Wine Awards
A family winery named after its grape-growing family founders’ two sons Ryan and Patrick. It is located in Yakima Valley, in the middle of the Washington’s Columbia Valley. Yakima Valley was the first American Viticultural Area (AVA) established within Washington State, with home to more than 11,000 acres of vineyards, giving the area the largest concentration of wineries and vineyards in the state of Washington. Ryan Patrick makes approachable wines, with artisanal winemaking where the grape is at the center. Many wineries use static recipes for their wines; instead, the winemaking team, headed by Kendall Mix, does daily fermentations with different yeast or temperatures to achieve a specific effect with each of the varietals they work with. Our entry to the wine club is their delicious Riesling, all the fruit comes from one single vineyard, The Olsen Brothers Vineyard. The grapes are gently pressed and the juice allowed to ferment slowly for approximately 30 days, until the proper residual sugar/acid balance is achieved. At this point, the juice is chilled to halt the fermentation and stabilize the wine. This wine is ripe with notes of pear, white peach, and orange blossom with hints of fresh apples and mineral undertones. The bright flavors are enhanced by the delicious acidity and rounded out with solid fruit notes of apples and pears with a finish that goes on and on. This wine showcases that Washington is a region well worth watching and better yet a region to welcome its wines! This style of Riesling (off dry) is a great accompaniment to spicy cuisine, think Indian curries, spicy Asian dishes, or lighter dishes. This wine also makes a great aperitif!! $
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 2 RED WINES RECEIVE MCINTYRE MERLOT &
2015 VINUM CELLARS – PETITE SIRAH
Vinum Cellars was established 1997, as collaboration of winemakers Richard Bruno and Chris Condos, who first became friends while they were students at UC Davis. They claim that the winery was a dream that they first financed with credit cards but their shared passion for the producing quality wines that over-deliver led them to create the winery. Both winemakers come from a wine and restaurant background, which inspired them to produce wines that would be not only great alone but great with food. This month’s secondary red is their Petite Sirah. The fruit all comes from Wilson Farms in Clarksburg. Clarksburg is a special North Sacramento Delta wine grape appellation, although the soils are generally clay loam, the location of these vineyards is situated near the Sierra Mountains where it receives cool afternoon breezes that moderate the warm daytime temperatures. The berries hang on the vines longer here, ripening to get rich, extracted and inky black. The fruit is fermented in stainless steel tanks and allowed to age for just a few months in used oak barrels. The color of this massive Petite Sirah is deep plum to inky purple. The wine is concentrated with ripe blueberry and boysenberry notes with hints of vanilla and baking spices. This wine is winter worthy with its dense texture that is both bold and juicy with ample acidity to balance the tannins and fruit concentration making it multidimensional and food friendly. The finish is so supple and smooth that you will miss it when it is gone.
This is their 19th vintage of Petite Sirah from this vineyard. The winemakers have made the food recommendations for this wine; they enthusiastically suggest you have a bottle of this wine with Mexican Carnitas tacos (barbecued pork) spiced with cardamom and spicy chilies served with fresh salsa. It’s great with anything off the grill from Tri-tip to chops to filet mignon and for vegetarians go for a burger made with grains and/or mushrooms.
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE TWO WHITE WINES RECEIVE THE RYAN PATRICK RIESLING &:
2017 WIENINGER – WIENER GEMISCHTER SATZ
Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC (Vienna), Austria - Biodynamic (respekt-Biodyn) & Vegan Wine
Fritz Wieninger is the leading wine producer in the city of Vienna and is a champion of Gemischter Satz (Geh-mish-ter Sah-ts), a traditional field blend popular in Austria’s heurigen (wine taverns). Fritz was early to focus on quality and helped to establish the Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC appellation. He is a member of Österreichische Traditionsweingüter and respekt-BIODYN, organizations seeking to aid wine makers and grape growers in Austria to do so in organic and earth friendly ways. Vienna doesn’t have many wineries, the few that exist are located in the 19th and 21st of the city’s 23 districts on opposite sides of the Danube river. This winery is located in the 21st district and is the source of many of Fritz’s wines as well as the home to his family’s home. This fascinating wine blend is made up of grapes from vineyards Bisamberg and Nußberg and is a traditional field blend where several varieties are co-planted, co-harvested and fermented together. This bottle contains a blend of 14 varieties including Grüner Veltliner, Weißburgunder, Welschriesling, and Chardonnay with small contributions from Riesling, Rotgipfler, Zierfandler, Sylvaner, Traminer, and Neuburger. Because a Gemischter Satz consists of many different varieties harvested at the same time, this dry white wine will include some unripe grapes and some overripe grapes and results in a wide range of aromas and flavors. We found lemon, orange, and tangerine notes, with herbs and white flowers alongside ripe tropical flavors of melon and pineapple. Gemischter Satz is the classic wine of the Viennese drinking and dining scene and is at home with simply prepared foods such as charcuterie, soft cheese, and bread. Fresh acidity and medium weight allow this wine to work well with grilled pork sausages and breaded white fish. Medium-spiced Asian flavors are equally delicious with this wine.
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