SEPTEMBER 2019 WINE CLUB TASTING NOTES
September is bringing delicious wines from Spain and Washington. We are excited to introduce you to these four amazing wines. You can join us Saturday, September 7th, from 2 to 5pm to sample these four wines, plus the featured wine of the month (Pouilly-Fuissé) and one more bonus. Remember these four wines in the club will be discounted 15% for wine club members through the end of September.
Here are yourr wines for September:
WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO RECEIVE (1 RED & 1 WHITE WINE) WILL ENJOY:
2017 BODEGA COOPERATIVA CRISTO DEL HUMILLADERO – “GRANITO DEL CADALSO” GARNACHAVinos de Madrid DO, Spain – SUSTAINABLE FARMING
Cooperativa Cristo del Humilladero was founded in 1956 by over 400 local families with vineyards in the hills surrounding Cadalso de los Vidrios, right in the Madrid Area. It once produced many, many tons of grapes for wine production since its founding, however, the population of Madrid has grown, it became more profitable to uproot old vines in favor of new suburban houses and country retreats in the mountains of the Sierra de Gredos. Over 80% of the original vineyards near Cadalso have been lost and more are threatened with continual development. Faced with the loss of additional vineyards and desiring to reverse this trend, the president of the Cooperativa, Ricardo Moreno approached his neighbors, Dani Landi and Fernando Garcia. Equally concerned with the loss of the viticultural heritage of their region, Dani and Fernando devised a plan to improve the farming and winemaking at the cooperative so that members could make a living from their vineyards rather than selling their land to real estate developers. And so in 2015 was the inaugural vintage of this new partnership. As soon as Eric Solomon tasted it, they knew this wine must be sold in the United States. This delicious red chosen for your enjoyment is made from 100% Garnacha sourced from the granitic and sandy soils of the village. The vines range in age from 20 to well over 70 years old. Harvested by hand, and fermented and aged 6 months in concrete vats. Upon opening this bottle you will get the burst of raspberry, cranberry, blackberry and black tea notes. On the palate this wine is just as full of berry notes with bright acidity to carry all the beautiful notes from beginning of sip to the finish. The tannins are medium, silky and well balanced. This wine is a great way to finish off summer! Serve it at 55F and enjoy it with roast pork, tacos (chicken or beef), and if you want to welcome your guests with a cheese platter, we recommend Manchego cheese.
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 1 RED WINE & 1 WHITE WINE WILL ENJOY GRANITO GARNACHA &
2017 TURONIA - ALBARIÑORias Baixas, Spain – SUSTAINABLE FARMING – NO OAK
This estate is located in the Rosal Valley, the warmest and southernmost sub-region in Rias Baixas in Spain. Quinta de Couselo is one of the ancient crus designated by the Cistercian monks who established the monastery of Santa Maria de Oia in the 12th Century. The vineyard, with a small and cozy cellar in the middle, is enclosed by the same stoned wall that the Cistercian monks built centuries ago. This vineyard was carefully tended from 1864 by the Vicente Family until Quinta de Couselo was acquired in 2013 by the project “Grandes Pagos Gallegos de Viticultura Tradicional”, a group of Galician wineries aiming to develop singular projects in areas where indigenous varieties best express themselves. The aim is to continue the legacy of the Vicente family, and that’s why the year the Vicentes founded their family winery (1864) still appears in the labels of Quinta de Couselo wines. The new stewards of the winery, José Gonzalez and his brother Javier, have worked hard to restore these ancient vineyards, which cover just over 14 acres. Respecting Quinta de Couselo’s age-old traditional winemaking, winemaker José Manuel Martínez Juste produces seriously elegant and precise wines, which reflect the estate’s unique terroir. Harvesting typically takes place during the second half of September, when the grapes reach optimum ripeness, all carried out manually. Once in the winery, the carefully selected grapes are 100% destemmed. The juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts. After ageing on the lees for several months, the wine is clarified, cold stabilized, sterile filtered and bottled. This is a delicious, refreshing example of Albariño. With intensely bright pale straw yellow with green reflections. On the nose it reveals a strong perfume of white flowers, orange, Meyer lemon, pear and event a hint of herbs. On the palate one is greeted with the same flavor notes, zippy acidity, saline notes and ending with a long and seemingly never-ending finish. This wine is perfect with a white fish grilled and topped off with a mango salsa. It is also a great aperitif.
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 2 RED WINES RECEIVE GRANITO GARNACHA &
2016 RYAN PATRICK – « ROCK ISLAND » CABERNET SAUVIGNONColumbia Valley, Washington
From its beginnings as a family winery named after its grape-growing family founders’ two sons, to today’s incarnation as a Columbia Valley AVA star with a Leavenworth landmark tasting room, Ryan Patrick will continue to make approachable wines with a serious edge. Intuitive winemaking is the art of letting the fruit speak for itself. It has minimalist intervention combined with consistency of style. That’s the heart of the Ryan Patrick promise: 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. Batch-winemaking approaches have resulted in varietals and blends that have justifiably become famous for how they out-perform their price point, as this wine does. Ryan Patrick sources its wines from a variety of vineyards to insure that the best grapes are used to produce the best wines for each vintage. This bold and inviting wine is made with 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 2% Malbec, with grapes selected from several vineyards across the Columbia Valley, providing a range of different sites, then when blended create greater nuance and complexity. 50% was barrel aged for 22 months, which helps to soften and round-out the mouth-feel, the other 50% was aged in stainless steel, which helps to preserve the fruit character. This wine needs to be opened about ½ hour before consuming, and when properly aired, this wine greets you with notes of red and black cherry, slight hint of vanilla, and coffee, with some darker fruit such as black currants, hints of pencil lead, and a slight herbaciousness on the finish. Very nice rounded mouthfeel and acid to carry the fruit notes all the way to a lengthy finish. A great Cab!! If you are grilling your favorite cut of steak, use dry rubbed seasonings. Spicy pasta dishes and for cheese we recommend an English cheddar with caramelized onions.
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE TWO WHITE WINES RECEIVE THE TURONIA - ALBARIÑO &:
2017 MERAYO - GODELLOCastilla y Leon, Spain - NO OAK
The Merayo family winery is located in the North West of Spain. They have always been strongly linked to the world of wine and they have owned one of the most important wineries in the region for decades. They resumed wine making in the winery located on the family estate, Finca Miralmonte. Their winery is the result of a vocational project, not a production plan. This is how Pedro Merayo, the alma mater of the winery, describes it. It started with a determination to recover family roots. Although at the end of the eighties he created a company that commercialized fruit, he never abandoned the wine world which was his passion. The winery is Pedro Merayo´s dream. With the help of his oenologist and friend Fermín, he modified the fruit warehouse and started the adventure of commercializing quality wines based on the varieties Mencía, Godello and some Valenciana; this is done making the most of the qualities of the old vines and recovering almost 49 acres of southern orientated vineyards near Valtuille de Arriba and Villafranca, from where you can see the ruins of the ancient wine presses. From their lovely wines, we selected a 100% Godello, which a grape that is native to this region, more particularly in Galicia and used in Portugal as well. Here in the Castilla and Leon is where the family produces this lovely wine. All the fruit is fermented on the less, in stainless steel tanks and allowed to age for 3 months. It has an intense fragrance of green apple, stone fruit, citrus fruit and fennel touches. The mineral sensations envelop the wine and make it complex. It is round and voluminous in mouth, fresh. The influence of the lees comes back in the taste, enhancing the wine and making it feel slightly sweet and in general harmonious. This white wine is a great alternative to Napa Sauvignon Blanc. If your summer dishes have citrus notes, pair it with this wine!!
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