APRIL 2019 WINE CLUB WINE
The wines for the month of April are here. Join us to sample all of these wines plus 2 bonus wines on Saturday, April 6th, from 2 to 5pm. These wines are sure to be an enjoyable pairing to the Spring Holiday celebrations.
WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO RECEIVE (1 RED & 1 WHITE WINE) WILL ENJOY:
2016 BODEGAS LA CARTUJA – PRIORATPriorat, Spain ORGANIC FARMING92 PTS, Wine & Spirits Magazine & 91 Points Vinous
Bodegas La Cartuja was founded in 2002 with the purpose of uniting the winemaking heritage of Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata’s families. Both of their families have been producing wine, independently, throughout Spain since the late 1800s. They currently produces wines in 18 different appellations within the Iberian Peninsula. Its fundamental mission is to discover new production areas, unique soils and to recover native varieties, always in search of great vineyard-sites that can produce consistently superior wines compared to neighboring vineyards. A lot like us at Annes, always looking to bring you great wines at amazig prices. This wine is their Priorat, which comes from its namesake region located the Catalan Denominació d'Origen Qualificada (DOQ), in the province of Tarragona, in the southwest of Catalonia. The Priorat wine making region covers 11 municipalities. It primarily produces powerful red wines, which were not widely available in the US until the mid 1990s. This particular Priorat, is a blend of 70% Garnacha, 30% Mazuelo (also known as Cariñena) and the fruit comes from a 59 acre, organically farmed vineyard is located on the Carthusian La Solana estate in the heart of Priorat. The wine is fermented in stainless steel then aged for 6 months in French oak. This wine is bold, hearty and delicious. On the nose you will notice bright notes of blackberries and cherries. Earthiness links the fruit and the firm, sharp tannins and bright acid bring it all together to form a fantastic wine. The finish reminds us of expresso beans, with just a touch of cocoa. This is a great wine for our bold, red drinkers…and if you pair it with sweet and sticky barbecue sauces, game meats, or if cheese is your thing, try a aged Manchego.
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 1 RED WINE & 1 WHITE WINE WILL ENJOY LA CARTUJA &:
2016 SAS BAUDRY-DUTOUR – LE PETIT LIEU DI SAUVIGNON
Christophe Baudry, from the renowned winemaking lineage of the Loire Valley, joins forces with keen intelligence and savvy commander of the vine, Jean-Martin Dutour. Together, they are Winemaking in the Loire 2.0. Could there be a better way to describe them? Historically proven vineyard sites can only be fully realized by improved winemaking techniques and enthusiastic knowledge. Wines from Baudry-Dutour come from single vineyard estate, and this is unusual in a region where most wines are made from sourced fruit. The vineyard boast claim to the best-exposed calcareous and clay soils in the Ligré, a highly sought after location just south of the Vienne River, adjacent from Chinon. Chalky soils impart minerality reminiscent of Sancerre. Something you’ll taste in this wine. All the vineyards are farmed sustainably, and it keeps the winemaker true to his goal: respect the harvest, environment, and reveal the rich subtleties of the terroir. He vinifies each plot separately, uses indigenous yeasts, no additions, and never fines or filters to create wines that express authenticity of their distinctive vineyards. The result is a fresh, citrus-driven, aromatic, and pure Sauvignon with elegance reminiscent of Sancerre. The grapes for this wine were hand-picked then gently pressed and vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks that allow the wine to retain and enchance its bright citrus notes, white flowers, bright with a vibrant and mineral-driven finish. While Baudry-Dutour could easily blaze a sizzling marketing campaign that propounds their talents and successes, the team are very understated. In addition to the quality of the wines, their daily concern is to reduce environmental impact by employing organic techniques, renewable energies and creating jobs that are sustainable jobs rather than seasonal for their workforce. And the wine isn’t too shabby! This wine is s perfect way to welcome the Southern California Spring by pairing it with sautéed white fish, smoked salmon, lighter foods with fresh herbs. As for cheese? We love the herb encrusted goat cheese that is now available in at Trader Joe’s.
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 2 RED WINES RECEIVE LA CARTUJA PRIORAT &
2014 CARTINE GRASSO – MAMERTINO DI MILAZZOMamertino di Milazzo DOC (Sicily), Italy – ORGANIC FARMING
In the North East area of Sicily we find Mamertino di Milazzo, which is an wine appellation that was recognized only in 2004 but has been making wine for over two thousand years. It is said the that original farmers were actually mercenaries from the time about 300 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. After a nasty battle and defeat, they chose to stay in the Milazzo Peninsula and eventually became farmers. It is said in local history that Roman Emperor Julius Caesar loved the area’s wines, which he frequently served at public events and triumphs. The wines are also mentioned in the writings of other noted Roman literary gurus including Martial and Pliny. In modern times, the wines from here are now mostly known as Mamertine and are not defined by a single definitive style. Ranging from dry to sweet, they offer a diverse taste opportunity for the consumer. The wines are very Sicilian in nature and are made from distinctively native Sicilian varietals. This particular wine is made with 90% Nero d’Avola and 10% Nocera, a grape so rare, that it cannot be found anywhere else in the world! This particular version of Mamertino is made by Cantine Grasso, a winery that has been handed down father to son for five generations (since 1887) and is considered a top tier of winery on the island of Sicily, with over 120+ well-earned awards to their name. The winery switched to modern winemaking methods and organic farming in 1984. This wine is was aged for 6 months in French oak barrels. This a delicious red for Spring, with well structured, versatile flavor and aromas. Coffee, licorice, red and black berry notes with a hint of spice in the finish. This wine is a great accompaniment to mushroom risotto, roasted grilled meats, and/or a plate of charcuterie.
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE TWO WHITE WINES RECEIVE THE BAUDRY-DUTOUR SAUVIGNON &:
2017 KURT ANGERER – “KIES” GRUNER VELTLINERKamptal, Austria - SUSTAINABLE FARMING
The wines of Kurt Angerer are considered some of the best in all of Kamptal. The wine-growing and making business has been in Kurt’s a family for over 150 years. Present owner Kurt Angerer feels strongly attached to the tradition and its "terroir" which is evident in the names of his range of wines. But most of all, it is the mineral structure and diverse location bed rock soil, far-reaching loose soil or gravel which give reason to the successfully tasteful and unique manner of the wines. Kurt manages 66 acres of either inherited, purchased or leased vineyards. Although these include a wide selection of varieties, he is best known for his of Grüner Veltliners that is where Angerer shows his true mettle; these are transparently terroir driven, the bottlings demonstrating the influence of gravel, granite. For this month’s selections we selected his “Kies” Gruner Veltliner. The Gruner (short for a long name) mainly grows in Austria but you can see it, albeit, rarely in the new world. This wine was vinified in stainless steel tanks using only natural yeasts for fermentation and aged on the lees until bottling. This wine is rich yet light, with notes of limes and apples, spiced with pepper, lively acidity. All this repeats on the palate with a finish that goes on and on. Gruner is one of our favorite wines to use for pairings at Anne’s…this because we are lucky enough to live in a region where fresh produce is available year round..yet there are challenging veggies that can make a wine taste not so good, with veggies like artichokes and asparagus some wines can taste metallic..yet with Gruner, this vegetables pair beautifully. Gruner is also a great accompaniment to sashimi and other delicate flavored Asian dishes.
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