JULY 2019 WINE CLUB TASTING NOTES
Happy July wine club members. Here are your wines for the month of July. You'll notice that we have added a rose to the lineup and we are so excited for you to try it. We will be hosting the wine club members tasting on Saturday, July 6th, from 2 to 5pm. And remember all these wines are discounted 15% for all wine club members through the end of July~
WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO RECEIVE (1 RED & 1 WHITE WINE) WILL ENJOY:
2016 LANGMEIL – “HANGIN’ SNAKES” SHIRAZ VIOGNIER
The Lindner family of Langmeil Winery has been immersed in the Barossa’s culture of farming, food, wine, and community for six generations. Their commitment to quality in all aspects is unwavering and any wine that bears the Langmeil name represents the family’s pursuit of excellence in wine and community. With a history dating back to 1842, Langmeil Winery is where Barossa’s cultural beginnings blended with world-class winemaking can truly be experienced. Once a trading village settled by German migrant Christian Auricht, this remarkable location forms a captivating pocket of Australian wine history and is home to what is believed to be the world’s oldest shiraz vineyard, The Freedom 1843 (the wine from this can be found at Anne’s). Family-owned and operated, whose own mark on the region spans six-generations, Langmeil today embodies the ideals and experiences passed down through the generations of Barossa’s winemakers and grape-growers before them. This month’s red selection is their “Hangin’ Snakes” Shiraz Viognier. This blend may sound a bit odd but in the French region of Cote Rotie, this is the wine blend that has made them famous and makes incredible wines. The name “Hanging Snakes” has a story as well, in the region they have ‘Barossa Deutsch’, a blend of German and English that embodies the history of the district, one of Langmeil’s growers, Wally Krieg, didn’t curse, just as his forbears didn’t, but in the heat of the vintage was often heard to mutter “Hangin’ Snakes!”. This delicious red blend is composed of 96% Shiraz / 4% Viognier, aged in American and French oak for 15 months. This wine has enticing garnet and purple hues and once you open it, you’ll be greeted with notes of violets and blue fruits that jump with hints of peach, pepper with herbal notes adding to the complexity. The palate is juicy and ripe with berry notes; this wine is medium to full bodied, the soft tannins and bright acidity make this a well-balanced wine. Delicious for 4th of July BBQs, roast pork, roast lamb, or even pizza. This wine will hold in your wine cellar till 2025.
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 1 RED WINE & 1 WHITE WINE WILL ENJOY HANGIN' SNAKES &:
2017 VILLA WOLF – PINOT GRIS
Pfalz, Germany – SUSTAINABLE WINEMAKING METHODS
For our primary white, we bring you a delicious white to serve when you are not quite ready for a rich Chardonnay but not quite there for a Sauvignon Blanc….meet Pinot Gris! But first, let’s introduce you to the winery, Villa Wolf, a side project from the famous German Riesling producer Dr. Loosen. Founded in 1756, in the Pfalz region of Germany, the J.L. Wolf estate (now called Villa Wolf) was a successful and highly regarded winery for more than two centuries. It entered an especially glamorous era with the construction of its Italianate estate house and villa in 1843. In the latter years of the 20th century, however, the estate languished, lacking a firm hand to guide its wine production. Ernst Loosen, of the Dr. Loosen estate, took over the vineyards in 1996, launching a dramatic turnaround in the estate’s quality and reputation. Since 2011, the estate has been managed by a talented and dedicated young team that previously worked at Dr. Loosen. Sumi Gebauer and Patrick Möllendorf have brought renewed energy and focus to the viticulture and winemaking to Villa Wolf. This wine is made with 100% Pinot Gris, otherwise known as 'Grauburgunder' or 'Ruländer' in the region. The Pinot Gris variety was first identified in the Pfalz region, and Germany is second only to Italy in acres planted. The vineyards are located in the Pfalz region, which is located between the Haardt mountains and the Rhine River in southwest Germany. Being one of the warmer and drier regions, fruit can easily reach full ripeness each vintage. This wine was fermented in a combination of stainless steel – to ehnahce the bright acidity and then spent a short time in large neutral oak casks to give it a silky texture. Chill this wine to about 43F. This wine is a full body white wine, with rich apricot, peach, and pear notes alongside racy acid, silky texture and a long finish! This wine is an easy drinking wine and a perfect partner to grilled fish, chicken, pork, or even summer salads topped off with rich soft cheeses.
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 2 RED WINES RECEIVE LANGMEIL HANGIN’ SNAKES &
2017 VINCENT PARIS – ‘SELECTION’ SYRAH
Vin de Pays (Rhone), France – BIODYNAMIC WINE
Vincent Paris is a native of the fantastic wine region of Cornas. He inherited most of his vines (some of which are 100 years old) from his grandfather and also rents vines from his uncle, the legendary Cornas vigneron Robert Michel. The biodynamically farmed vines, which are located in various parcels along the southeast facing Cornas slope, total approximately 42 acres. Vincent’s wines exhibit power, yet possess a determined freshness to them. Vincent Paris is without a doubt one of the rising stars of the Rhône Valley. The Sélection Syrah is produced from young vines in Crozes-Hermitage. The grapes are destemmed prior to fermentation and the wine fermented in tank. The 2017 version is again nicely cool, coming in at 12.5 percent alcohol and is a bit youthful when first opened, but with some time in decanter offers up a lovely bouquet of sweet cassis, black raspberries, a touch of black olive, pepper, dark soil tones and a smoky finish. On the palate the wine is medium to full body, complex and shows nice intensity of flavor, with loads of personality, very silky tannins and a long, complex and very nicely balanced finish. An Excellent Syrah! This wine will make a great companion to Beef short ribs braised in red wine and herbs, BBQ lamb, spicy pastas, and/or hard cheeses!
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE TWO WHITE WINES RECEIVE VILLA WOLF PINOT GRIS &:
2017N DUNSTAN – “ DURELL VINEYARD” ROSÉ
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma
This month we wanted to do something different and kinda cool for our wine club members! Our first introduction of a Rosé to the wine club. You will also have a choice, if for any reason, you do not want to take this wine home as your secondary white wine, then you can select from any white wine in the shop up to the price of $20.00. We hope that you will take a chance and take this delicious rosé home. So here’s the story of this wine: Ellie Phipps Price purchased the Durell Vineyard in 1998 from Ed Durell. Durell, a San Francisco food broker, acquired the land in 1977 with the intent of turning it into a cattle ranch, but began planting grapes instead. After hiring vineyard manager Steve Hill, the pair focused exclusively on growing premium wine grapes, which they began selling to Sonoma County wineries in 1982. Today there are over 20 top-tier wineries producing Durell Vineyard designate wines including Chasseur, Kistler, and Auteur. In 2005, Ellie replanted the 8 1/2 acre Ranch House Block at Durell. This block is dedicated exclusively to Dunstan Wines, producing only a few hundred cases of premium Durell Vineyard wine each year. From here is where they source the grapes for this lovely rose. Made with 100% Pinot Noir, fermented in stainless steel and only 100 cases were produced. Lovely, light rose petal pink in color, the 2017 Rosé is crisp and refreshing with a fragrant bouquet of wild strawberry and pomelo. On the palate, hints of blood-orange and sour cherry mixed with grapefruit sorbet come through with a clean finish. This is a great summer rose to pair with salads, bbq, a casual cheese platter with charcuterie and fruit.
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