Anne's Boutique Wines


Welcome wine club members to the wines of February.  We are delighted to introduce you to these amazing wines. 

Join us Saturday, February 2nd from 2 to 5pm to sample these wines plus 2 bonus wines!  

Here are your wine's tasting notes:  



Napa Valley, California 

Ok so this is one of those times when a whimsical label caught our eye, and when we tasted it we knew we had a fantastic entry to the wine club. We are dog lovers here at Anne’s and so are the people over at Hoopla Wines. The label depicts Dante, “The original boss at Hoopla”. A dog who lived to the ripe age of 137, in dog years of course, and kept working until the end. There was never a quiet moment for the wild turkeys who dared encroach on his vineyard while he was on patrol. Hoopla is a winery that believes that wine should be fun and delicious. Spencer and his winemaker and daughter Lindsay Hoopes own and manage the winery that was started when in the early 1980s, Spencer bought ten acres in Oakville, Napa Valley and planted the vineyard with new Cabernet Sauvignon vines which are 35 years old now! The fruit was sold to other wineries but in 1999, the Hoopes family launched their own label. Today Spencer and Lindsay walk the vineyards and make plans for the future of this exceptional soil. “With the combination of the soil, the rootstock, the clone, and the way we are farming, we get really unique grapes. The fruit produces a fantastic nose in the glass and you get really bright fruit flavors in the mouth,” says Spencer. The primary red for this month is their “Mutt Red” Blend. The wine was inspired by their dogs Maya and Sophie, their beloved rescue dogs. “The Mutt,” like Maya and Sophie, is playful, unique and interesting. The grapes used are the not a single grape but rather a blend (like Mutt dogs can be). Composed of 81% Merlot, and 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from their premium lots, and aged in neutral oak barrels for 18 months. This Napa Valley Red Blend exemplifies the big 2015 concentration. The aromas are rich and inviting with juicy blackberry, violet, and anise lending layered complexity. The mid-palate is full and plummy with a touch of toasted oak. This structured yet smooth wine finishes with hints of cola and vanilla. This wine will pair well with anything grilled especially a double cut Pork Chop or Rib Eye steak and is best served with roast fingerling potatoes tossed in sea salt and rosemary.   



Crémant de Loire (Loire Valley), France – Organic & Biodynamic Wine (Demeter, Ecocert & Biodyvin)

Bubbles for February, and why not? Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with your sweetie or enjoying it with your besties; it is another occasion when bubbles are the right thing to drink. When we sampled this wine, we immediately paired it with chocolate truffles and it wowed us! Be sure to join us on Wine Club Saturday so you can check out this pairing. But first let’s talk about the wine and where it comes from. Clos de la Briderie sits on the right bank of the Loire River, where the Girault family has been making wine since 1854, and so it was only natural for Vincent Girault to continue in his family’s footsteps. At the age of 18, he oversaw his first harvest and began to blend his own wines that reflect his passion for the vines and region. Just before they retired in 1994, his parents converted the 25 acres of Clos de la Briderie to a biodynamic vineyard, and Vincent takes great care in how he farms the land. He believes biodynamic farming allows for true discovery of the unique flavors of the fruit, and his wines carry Demeter, Ecocert and Biodyvin certifications. His crémants are light, fresh and elegant — and a fantastic value. Made with a blend of 40% Pineau d'Aunis, 20% Pinot Noir, 20% Grolleau Gris and 20% Groslot Noir, from a 100 acre vineyard once owned by Comte Eudes II de Blois. Only the best grapes from this lot are used for this crémant, making this wine a “Tête de Cuvée" and "Première Taille", a term used in Champagne to describe the best grapes from the best lots. Traditional Champenoise fermentation was used (2 fermentations), aged for two years while each of the bottles is are riddled (hand turned) by hand. This bubbly is delicate yet aromatic and fruity. Notes of strawberry shortcake, raspberries, and even dried roses can be enjoyed both on the nose and palate. Velvety bubbles and well balanced fruit to acidity ratio lead to a lengthy finish. We recommend this wine to celebrate life, as an aperitif served with Shrimp cocktail or even enjoy it a toasted bagel with lox and cream cheese, but again try it with the truffles!  



Paso Robles – El Pomar District, California – Biodynamic & Organically Grown Grapes

Our secondary red is this small production wine from Paso Robles, with only 249 cases produced. One to sip by the fire or to pair with a warming winter stew, or like the winery suggests with Carnitas tacos! This wine comes from Lone Madrone, a winery situated on a hill between the mountain and the sea in west Paso Robles. The Lone Madrone wine label was founded in 1996 with the premier goal of producing distinctive wines exclusively from vineyards in the rugged limestone hills of west side Paso Robles. Growing slowly yet steadily, with vineyards that are dry farmed, the wines are geared towards showcasing the expression of the west Paso Robles. Winemaker Neil Collins believes that when you begin with grapes from vineyards of high quality, like the ones from Lone Madrone, in these outrageous soils, it only makes sense to “let them sing for themselves without being masked by our hands.” And expression is something this wine is certainly doing!! A blend of 36% Grenache Noir, 27% Mourvèdre, 15% Sangiovese, 13% Counoise, and 9% Syrah. All the fruit comes from AmByth Vineyard in the west side appellation of El Pomar District AVA, Paso Robles. The grapes are all Biodynamic and organically grown and once picked all the juice is a co-fermented field blend, then allowed to age in neutral French oak barrels for 18 months. Decant this wine for about ½ hour and then enjoy the notes of red plums, wild strawberry, raspberries black, boysenberries, cassis and red currant with hits of coffee in the background in this delicious wine. Again, this is a great winter red, but it’s also a great wine 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.       



Napa Valley, California

Our second white wine for February is a delicious Chardonnay with a great American dream come true story. Forty-four years ago, Lupe Maldonado moved to California from Michoacan, Mexico. Lupe spent many years working in vineyards throughout Napa Valley. In 1971 Lupe was working for Sterling Vineyards when he was offered the opportunity to join in the creation of a new winery in the Spring Mountain District of St. Helena. Lupe’s dedication and hard work were beginning to pay off; he was named vineyard manager for Newton Vineyard. With Newton, Lupe found a home where he proudly dedicated all his energy for over thirty years. His son Hugo succeeded him in 1999. They then bought a 10-acre piece of land in Jamieson Canyon, which he developed into his own vineyards. Lupe lives in the midst of the vines that he planted and tends. Lupe and his son Hugo, a graduate in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California at Davis, and their families are partners in the Maldonado Vineyards. They farm the vineyard together, and oversee the whole winemaking project, as well as operating a small vineyard management company. In 2007 they bought a small hillside parcel, just outside of Calistoga, with the most amazing views of the Palisades mountain range. There, they drilled their own wine caves, doing much of the work themselves; from the removal of ton after ton of red dirt and rock, to the pouring of cement for the floors and the rock work on the walls. It may be a small facility in comparison to others, but it truly was a dream come true. Here at Anne’s we have been fans since last year, when we introduced you to the “Maldonado Chardonnay” our best selling white wine, and their value priced Red Blend. So it seemed fitting that we should also introduce you to their Farm Worker Chardonnay. The 100% Chardonnay wine is fermented in 33% French oak barrels and 67% in stainless steel tanks. This wine is powerfully aromatic and will age slowly and well, we recommend drinking now or aging another 3 years. Chardonnay is the only white wine we have found that does well with a bit of decanting, and this wine is a great example. Chill to 45F and allow to breathe or decant for about 15 minutes, then enjoy the ripe pineapple, Meyer lemon, Asian pear, green fig, toast and butter notes that will be very present both on the nose and palate. This wine is a great companion to dishes where butter is a main flavor. Wanna have it with breakfast? Why not, the winemaker recommends sautéed Kale and Bacon with poached eggs.  

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