JULY WINE CLUB WINES

This month, the wines were chosen to pair perfectly with all those summer celebrations! Enjoy!

2008 CUVEE DES COLOSSES – RED BLEND – LANGUEDOC, FRANCE
The Cuvlier’s family began to make wine in France in the early 1800’s. This notable wine family has been making quite a name for themselves in the prestigious Bordeaux area, the Languedoc region of France, and most recently in Argentina. Baptist Cuvelier, besides being in charge of the export to the Americas, is also one of the youngest members of the Baptiste family and a talented wine maker. He began making wines in the Languedoc region in the early 2000’s. From his small production line, we bring you this blend of Syrah: 45%; Carignan: 40%; and Grenache: 15%. The grapes were fermented separately, both the Carignan and the Grenache were fermented in stainless steel to retain and enhance the fruit qualities. The Syrah was fermented in a 4-year old French oak vat to bring out its character. The blend was made mid-May and the wine bottled in late August 2009. This wine is unfined and unfiltered. This wine has a powerful nose of blackcurrant enriched with touches of red berries, especially strawberry. In the mouth, the tannins are soft and smooth. You will enjoy its structure, complexity, roundness, balance, and length with a spicy and chocolaty finish. Be sure to allow this wine to breathe for about 1 hour before pairing with that spicy steak, ribs, spicy sausage fresh from the grill, even spicy veggies will pair nicely with this wine.

2010 PRINCIPI DI BUTERA – INSOLIA – BUTERA (SICILY), ITALY
Principi di Butera is winery is located in the district of Butera, within the island of Sicily, where the hills, the sunshine, the altitude, and the proximity of the sea give ideal conditions for the production of outstanding fine wines. Principi di Butera is an estate that once belonged to the first Sicilian to be named a prince in 1543 and upon whom King Philip II of Spain bestowed the title of Prince of Butera, a position which, up until the 19th century, remained Sicily’s most important feudal honor. The management of the vineyard is inspired by the traditional manual tasks carried out by the farm workers, and has as its goal for the vines to benefit from as much sunlight as possible and Insolia needs that! Insolia is a varietal confined mainly to Sicily although it is also found in Tuscany under the synonym Ansonica. Together with Grillo and Catarratto, this grape can be part of the blend that goes into both sweet and dry versions of Marsala. This version of Insolia is fantastic for a summer afternoon with aromas of fruit, white flowers, and delicate sweet almonds. The color is bright and luminous golden straw yellow with light greenish reflections. This wine is delicately dry with an excellent balance and a clean aftertaste. This summer enjoy this wine with vegetable-based soups and pasta dishes, with fish soups, shellfish or grilled white meats, even salads with light vinagrette dressing. Serve chilled but not too cold. Remember the white wine rule: keep in the fridge but take out 20 minutes before serving to drink at optimum temperature.

Red Only wine club members receive the CUVEE DES COLOSSES and:
2008 HARASZTHY – “HOWELL MOUNTAIN” ZINFANDEL – NAPA VALLEY, CA
Haraszthy is a family owned winery full of California history. The Haraszthy’s family is the descendants of two well-known California pioneers and historic Sonoma legends. Mexican General Mariano Vallejo was the founder of Sonoma county, and his good friend Agoston Haraszthy is credited as being “The Father of California Viticulture”. Even the labels on their wines portray California heritage by displaying the now extinct California grizzly bear. This winery prides itself on producing only zinfandels, and this is one of their best. The fruit for this wine comes from Howell Mountain, north of Saint Helena, with the vines planted at the beginning of the twentieth century. These berries have produced a Zinfandel with dark and brilliant deep ruby colors. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 16 months. The wine is medium-full body with a delightful creamy silk texture. Aromas of spicy plum with scents of cherry and sandalwood make this a beautiful wine. So be sure to allow this wine to breathe/or decant for at least ½ hour and enjoy it with whatever red meats you are grilling this summer. Only 531 cases were produced.

White Only wine club members receive the PRINCIPI DI BUTERA - INSOLIA and:
2010 HILL FAMILY ESTATE – SAUVIGNON BLANC, NAPA VALLEY, CA
For four generations, farming in California has been a way of life for the Hill family. From apples, cherries, and prunes in the early half of the century, to Doug Hill’s success in cultivating some of Napa Valley most prestigious wine grapes. Over the last three decades, their Estate vineyards have expanded to a total of 11 unique vineyards. They believe that in producing wines, they pursue perfection. With that in mind, we present you with their latest release of Sauvignon Blanc, with only 495 cases produced. This wine is a refreshing blend of 95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon, fermented in stainless steels vats and only a couple of months in neutral oak to bring out the richness of Napa fruit. The 2010 Hill Family Estate Sauvignon Blanc captures everything that is gorgeous about Sauvignon Blanc – a bright, bouncy peach and vanilla, lime peel, melon and elder flower aromas. The palate is crisp and clean, with classic nectarine and peach flavors. The finish is rich and smooth and long. This wine pairs up nicely with Feta cheese, also matches exceptionally well with richer, fattier white meats like lobster, pork and whole chicken. Always a perfect compliment to oysters. Drink chilled.

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