MARCH 2019 WINE CLUB NOTES
Happy March Wine Club members. This month we bring you delicious wines from the old world. Join us on Saturday, March 2nd from 2 to 5pm to sample all four wines plus 2 bonuses. And now here are your wines!
WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO RECEIVE (1 RED & 1 WHITE WINE) WILL ENJOY:
2016 DOMAINE DU SEMINAIRE – “VALREAS” COTES DU RHONE VILLAGESCotes du Rhône Villages, France -ORGANIC & BIODYNAMIC WINE - NO OAK
91 Points – Wine Advocate
On 250 acres of land in the hills above the village of Valréas, a beautiful Provençal house, surrounded by olive and truffle oak trees, lavender fields and thick forest, is the center of the idyllic micro-estate of Domaine du Seminaire. The vineyards are near the northern limit of ripening Grenache, in the colder foothills of the Alps, where they are swept by the strong mistral winds. Hervé Pouizin is the fourth generation to farm this land; he and his wife, Mathilde, have preserved the self-sufficient estate mostly as it was a century ago, with one key exception: they converted everything to organic farming. Fermenting their wines in the same huge concrete tanks since 1938, the couple takes an old-school approach to winemaking and uses no oak. They produce high-toned, bright, floral wines, in keeping with their region and elevation, bottled early to preserve the fruit and with minimal sulfur. These wines offer an amazing value, as they are humble, beautiful wines done exceptionally well. This wine is a delicious blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, with only the best grapes from the vintage selected for this blend. No oak was used in this wine at all! Fermented in cement vats and allowed to age for 6 months in the bottle before release. This wine is a classic example of the beauty of well-made Rhône wines. Fresh, ripe cherry notes on the nose, light spices, along with notes of thyme, clove and licorice. The palate repeats these notes along with creamy texture, silky tannins, and bright acidity to enhance the fruit notes. The finish is quite lengthy as well. This lovely red will drink well for the next 5-6 years. Open this wine and decant, if you can, for at least ½ hour, then pair it with a pork stew, braised beef, your favorite Charcuterie plate, and if you’re going casual ? Get a burger to go with this wine!
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 1 RED WINE & 1 WHITE WINE WILL RECEIVE VALREAS &:
2016 CELLER PIÑOL – “NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL PORTAL” BLANCOTerra Alta (Catalonia), Spain – ORGANIC WINE CCPAE CERTIFIED – NO OAK
The Piñol family has been vine growers for four generations. The switch to producing and selling their own wine occurred in 1945 when Josep Arrufi founded Celler Vinos Piñol. The goal of this family-run estate was and has remained to produce small quantities of well-crafted wines with passion, love and respect for the land. Today, Josefina Piñol and her son, Juanjo Galcera Piñol, are at the helm. Celler Vinos Piñol owns 100 acres of carefully tended vines in and around the medieval town of Batea, in the Terra Alta district of the Tarragona province, which is located a few miles south and west of Priorat. The vineyards are organically farmed and certified by CCPAE. Similar to Yecla and Vinos de Madrid, Terra Alta is one of Spain’s up-and-coming wine regions with an identity built on exciting projects and progressive innovation. The hot day and warm-to-moderate night temperatures make Terra Alta a drier and warmer region than Montsant or Priorat, and yet they produce refreshing white wines like this delicious blend of Garnacha 85%, and with the remaining made up of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. This rich blend is fermented entirely in stainless steel and this results in a refreshing yet rich white wine with a bright pale yellow/green hue. This wine is a powerful, fruity and aromatic wine with notes of tropical fruit (pineapple, banana, and pear) and even a hint of lychee. Juicy in the mouth, smooth, fresh and well balanced acidity. Enjoy with a wide variety of seafood, especially soft fishes, oysters and pasta with white sauces.
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 2 RED WINES RECEIVE VALREAS COTE DU RHONE &
2017 EDETARIA – GARNATXA NEGRATerra Alta (Catalonia), Spain
Edetària is the winery of reference in Terra Alta, producing authentic wines with indigenous varieties from old vines in a unique terroir with a strong personality. Their wines are considered by wine critics as one of the best Mediterranean wines of Catalonia and Spain. Minerality, complexity, balance and elegance are the essence of these wines, the fruit of painstaking work, adapting each vine to the ground where it grows. Terra Alta is a small wine region, in Catlaonia, reaching for attention with distinctive wines based primarily on indigenous grapes. The region counts less than 60 wineries, and Edetaria is among the local wineries showing the way. It occupies a modern winery built in 2003 and vinifies only its own estate vineyards, many of which are more than 50 years old. Edetaria is committed to taking Garnacha to the next level. Joan Angel, their winemaker, is dedicated to making wines packed with minerality and freshness in a Mediterranean climate. The second red selected for this month is their 100% Garnatxa (Garnacha) Negra (Synonym for Grenache in Catalonia) from low-yielding 30 year-old vines from their estate vineyards. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and aged for four months in 300-litre French oak barrels. This wine is a medium body red with intense red berry notes of strawberries, red currants and even sweet cranberries, and a touch of violets. Lots of great mineral notes and pleasant and a long red fruit and a spicy finish. This wine is a great partner to traditional Spanish food such us cold meat, Iberico ham, grilled octopus, lamb dishes. Want to go casual? Try Barbacoa tacos or just enjoy it with a great Manchego cheese and crackers.
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE TWO WHITE WINES RECEIVE CELLER PIÑOL BLANCO &:
2017 JOAO PORTUGAL RAMOS – ALVARINHO VINHO VERDEVinho Verde, Portugal
João is considered by many to be the Piero Antinori of Portugal and a pioneer in the region focusing on lower yields, estate fruit, varietal character, biodiversity and sustainability. He has earned many acclaims for his wines in other regions of Portugal. He and his family continue to innovate and more recently purchased property, planted vineyards and built a winery in the Vinho Verde, DOC. In 2013 he released the inaugural vintage of his single varietal Alvarhino (this wine). Vinho Verde is the largest DOC located in the northwest of Portugal with 9 sub-zones so it is important to note the fruit source and for this wine the sources were chosen very carefully. The amphitheater-shaped mountain range of the region has the greatest influence on climate - the "natural shelter" that creates the limits of the Atlantic influence, which is characteristic of the region. Thus, in the sub-region of Monção and Melgaço there are higher average temperatures in summer (better ripening), lower humidity (less incidence of mold) and also lower average annual rainfall than in the rest of Vinho Verde region which allows the grapes to ripen harmoniously without being diluted. This delicious Alvarinho (same grape as Albariño in Spain) is partially fermented in new French Oak barrels and the remainder is fermented in stainless steel tanks with temperature control. After fermentation, the grapes are pressed and the juice clarified. The wine is a medium lemon color with intense aromas of white grapefruit zest combined with flint and floral notes of jasmine. This Alvarhino is elegant and engaging, with a touch of white peach skin on the palate and a long mineral finish. The partial barrel fermentation rounds out angular edges, but the racy acidity brings you back for another sip. This mineral-driven Alvarinho makes an excellent partner for ceviche, Vietnamese-style summer rolls, Gazpacho, Greek feta, cucumber & olive salads and goat cheese & onion tart.
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