NOVEMBER 2019 WINE CLUB TASTING NOTES
It has been a great run!!! Thanks to all of you for an amazing 11 years of wine club adventures. We close the club with the following wines and welcome you to sample all four wine (plus two bonus wines) this Saturday, November 2nd. 2 to 5pm. Cheers and thanks from the bottom of our hearts and wine glasses!
WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO RECEIVE (1 RED WINE & 1 WHITE WINE) WILL ENJOY:
2017 DOMAINE ALLIMANT-LAUGNER – PINOT NOIR - NO OAKAlsace, France
It is an honor and a pleasure to bring you a wine from a winery that is truly a part of Anne’s Boutique Wines’ history. Made by the amazing winemaking team of father and son: Hubert and Nicolas Laugner in the heart of Alsace, France. Allimant-Laugner has been making wine for 11 generations, since Napoleon’s time in fact. In 1816, with the money earned while serving under Napoleon, Lieutenant François Antoine Allimant, (1778-1848) bought the land and winery where the wines are still made today. The ensuing generations have kept the traditions of making wine from vineyards at the foothills of the historic Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, including lots coming from Grand Cru vineyards. Each generation has worked diligently to keep going the family winemaking tradition, most recently by Nicolas Laugner, who back in 2011 was also an intern at Anne’s. This is the winery that you hear us talk about time and time again; where our buyer Spreti travels to each fall to help in the harvest efforts. For November and our final wine club offering, we chose the only red wine that the winery produces, their Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir was “imported” to Alsace during the middle ages, and most Pinot Noir from the region is produced in a lighter style, but in 2017 the harvest yielded more concentrated juice, because the climate was warmer. This gave us more color with riper berry notes….and dare we say…new world notes on this particular vintage. This wine sees absolutely no oak. The wine has been so well received that in Alsace itself, this wine is sold out. So we are glad that we had the connection with Nicolas to be able to offer you his delicious Pinot Noir for our November wine club offering. This wine has ruby red color with aromas of black cherries, blackberries, and raspberries with hints of clove and cinnamon. The palate is medium body with the berry notes and a lovely balance between the acid, tannin, and flavor not. It exhibits just a touch of baking spices in the finish. This wine will be a great accompaniment to the Thanksgiving Turkey, pork dishes, and mushroom dishes.
But before you go on to the other wines, here’s a little message from Nicolas Laugner on his time at Anne’s. “I crossed the door of Anne's in July 2011, looking for an internship that would help me improve my English, my knowledge of the wines and its business. I only spent a few months on E17th Street but will keep. The memories my whole life. The experience was so rich and inspiring for me. When I speak of experience, I think of the different tasks I got to do in this little shop: from the stickering lots of bottles or playing Tetris storage (moving endless cases) on Monday, sitting in during the process of purchasing of wines on Tuesday and Wednesday, to finally the 3 days of wine tastings for Anne's clients. What has made this place unique are these 2 wonderful ladies, Anne and Spreti, who have combined their knowledges, dynamism, and good mood into one goal: help you enjoy good wine! And they have done their job perfectly well. Here and for all of us, it has been a place for self-improvement, where information has been learned, stories have been shared, friends have been met, and always good time has been spent. Thank you Anne and Spreti. We all can be grateful that one day, we decided to cross this door". - Thank you, Nico, we enjoyed working with you too!
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 1 RED & 1 WHITE WINE WILL ENJOY ALLIMANT-LAUGNER PINOT NOIR &
2018 LA CAPRANERA - FIANOCapaccio-Paestum (Campania), Italy – ORGANIC - NO OAK
La Capranera, located in Campania, focuses on producing organic wine from indigenous grape varieties at an accessible price. La Capranera, translating to "black goat" in Italian, is named for the breed of goats, cilentana near, that graze in the national park near where the grapes for these wines are grown. Once on the verge of becoming extinct, the goats have had a resurgence in population, just as wines from Campania have recently enjoyed increased visibility internationally. The wines they produce are made from three ancient, local grape varieties: Fiano, Falanghina, and Aglianico, and are harvested from vineyards located in the Capaccio-Paestum area of Campania, in the province of Salerno, in the middle of the Cilento National Park. The Tyrrhenian Sea is located just a few miles away and has a moderating effect on the climate of this region, producing excellent wines of exceptional ripeness and balance. The grapes are softly crushed and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. The wine ages for eight months in tank before bottling. The white wine selection for this month is their Fiano, that produces deliciously rich, yet dry wines. This wine has notes of apple and citrus on the nose with a hint of honeysuckle. The same fruit is echoed on the palate with mineral notes on the finish. Perfect as an aperitif or served with the Thanksgiving turkey as the richness of this wine will match that of the turkey but the freshness will make it a lovely wine to enjoy throughout the long holiday meal. Other delicious pairing with this wine is seafood and light summer fare, or to be super casual….a bag of plantain chips from Trader Joes. It’s delicious!
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 2 RED WINES RECEIVE THE ALLIMANT-LAUGNER PINOT NOIR &
2016 DONA LAURA – “ALI ROSSO” RED BLENDTuscany, Italy – ORGANIC & BIODYNAMIC – NO ADDED SULFITES
The story of Donna Laura Wines is a nomadic discovery of heritage and matriarchal devotion as linear as the winding roads that weave through the hillsides and vineyards of Tuscany. The history follows vintner Lia Tolaini Banville from her birthplace in Canada to her ancestral home outside the city of Lucca, where at the age of six on her family's annual summer holiday Lia met her Aunt Laura who would become a driving force in in her life. Laura was mother to three rough-and-tumble boys and immediately bonded with Lia. Thus began the tradition of yearly visits where during the warm summer days and nights Laura would instill in Lia an appreciation for Italian culture. Lia would continue to visit her Aunt Laura with her own children growing this family bond. In 2004 an opportunity arose to write a new chapter in the story, this time in Castelnuovo Berardenga with the launching of the Chianti wine label Donna Laura. A loving tribute the woman whose lessons of family and tradition had inspired Lia. Roman gods Venus, Bacchus and Cupid personifying Lia's children adorn the labels of Donna Laura Wines; celebrating this legacy of devotion to family and affirming the adage “Chi si volta, a chi si gira, sempre a casa va finire” – “No matter where you go or turn you will always end up at home”. The approach to viticulture and winemaking at Donna Laura reflects the nurturing, wholesome environment. In the vineyards, an absolute respect for the soil, vines, and future of the land is cultivated through careful and constant attention. These practices include green harvesting as necessary, planting cover crops to enrich the nutrients in the soil and forgoing the use of harmful chemicals to maintain a pristine and sustainable ecosystem in optimal balance (biodynamic). In the winery, organic principles are applied by incorporating modern technology, sparing usage of sulfites and a sterile environment all while honoring the traditions of this historic region. For this month’s secondary red we offer you their “Ali Toscana” red, a Sangiovese-based wine blended with Cabernet Sauvignon. With the Sangiovese aging in stainless steel tanks for one year, while the Cabernet only aged 3 months in French oak for body with Sangiovese being the main star. This wine has aromas of juicy red berry fruit. Medium-bodied and soft on the palate, with balanced acidity and ripe tannins. Delicious with prime rib (which many make for Thanksgiving) pastas and grilled meats, yet also very drinkable without food.
CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE TWO WHITE WINES RECEIVE LA CAPRANERA FIANO &:
2017 SAN SALVATORE – FALANGHINA DEL BENEVENTANO
92 Points – James Suckling - ORGANIC - NO OAK
San Salvatore is a winery we previously featured in the wine club with their Aglianico. They are located in the Campania region of southern Italy. The vineyards, that boast ideal sun exposure, help to create an perfect microclimate for viticulture. Deeply committed to preserving the delicate balance of the land, San Salvatore takes a special interest in cultivating the vineyards without synthetic products or genetically modified organisms and uses biological processes and biodynamic preparations like horn dung that favor the natural fertility of the ground and the production of humus. Vines are also protected from pest and disease with the careful use of copper and sulfur. They are using biodynamic and organic methods of winemaking. Winemaker Riccardo Cotarella focuses on the production of grapes that are native to the area and for our secondary white wine selection for this month we are delighted to introduce you to his Falanghina. Falanghina is a grape native to Basilicata and Campania. With the fruit coming from 20 year old vines, destemmed, fermented and subsequently aged in stainless steel tanks for 8 months. This lovely wine has aromas of white flowers, with extraordinary minerality on the palate. This is an excellent wine be served at Thanksgiving as an aperitif with fresh cheeses like Mozzarella di Bufala and is also very good with shellfish and seafood.
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