AUGUST WINE CLUB WINES

AUGUST 2011 Wine Club Information

This month we bring you wines from Spain, Austria, Sonoma, and our very first entry into the club from South Coast AVA, also known as Temecula. We hope you enjoy these wines and that you’ll come back for more!

2009 BODEGAS Y VINEDOS NOE – “COUPAGE” RIOJA – RIOJA, SPAIN
Bodegas y Vinedos Noe is located near the town of Alcanadre (Rioja). This Estate sits on the Ebro River which creates a perfect micro climate within the arid region of Rioja. The vines are fed only with organic compost. The vines are cleared manually to remove vegetation around the grapes to obtain better ventilation and more hours of sunlight. Harvest is done by hand and only the best fruit is used for this limited production. The Tempranillo and Garnacha in this blend are fermented in stainless steel then it is aged 4 months in oak barrels. Allow this wine to breathe for about ½ hour, to allow the ripe berry and vanilla aromas come out. The palate has medium, silky tannins and the finish will have you drinking the whole bottle. Pair this up with Lamb, Roasted Chicken, or even mild BBQ. And in case you’re wondering, the label is made of handcrafted tin.
2010 FLIGHT WINES – SAUVIGNON BLANC – SOUTH COAST, CALIFORNIA
Anne’s Boutique Wines is pleased to bring you our first Temecula wine. We recently met Kim Wascher, the winemaker and co-owner of Flight Wines. We loved the story behind the wines and when we sample it, we knew we had our first Temecula entry into our wine club, as well as the shop. Flight Winery was appropriately named after winemaker Kim and her husband John both of who had previous employment in the aviation industry. John was a pilot for the military and Kim for the commercial airlines. As they decided to become more grounded with their futures, they found a similar passion in winemaking as in flying. Their Sauvignon Blanc is stainless steel fermentation. They used the musque clone of Sauvignon Blanc (highly aromatic varietal), grown on the well-maintained Huis Vineyard in Temecula, CA. The wine has similarities to a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but much brighter, and without the tart tones. This varietal grows especially well in the local area. It begins with very floral aromas in the nose, and tastes of stone fruits with a nice weight in the mid palette and light creaminess (an unusual characteristic for Sauvignon Blanc). The finish lingers and refreshes. Enjoy as an aperitif, or with light flaky fish, salads, grilled chicken, or with Goat Cheese.
Red Only wine club members receive the BV Noe - Rioja and:
2007 TREK WINE – SANGIOVESE – DRY CREEK VALLEY (SONOMA), CALIFORNIA
Trek Winery was established after 17 years winning awards as amateur winemakers. The family whose wines had won numerous awards, decided to bond their winery so they could share their wines with the general public. This month’s secondary red is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes, hand harvested and fermented in both French and American oak barrels, then allowed to age for 18 months. The Trek Sangiovese is fruity, with moderate acidity and is firm, elegant and robust with a long finish. The aroma has a plummy character with a faint floral and hint of spice. This wine is a wonderful companion to a wide variety of foods. It is perfect to enjoy by itself on the back porch or can be enjoyed with tomato based sauces with pasta or ribs.
White Only wine club members receive the Flight Wines – Sauvignon Blanc and:
2009 K ALPHART – NEUBURGER HAUSBERG – WACHAU, AUSTRIA
An Austrian grape that had been almost disappeared in the past 15 years. According to legend, it was fished out of the Danube in the 1860s and planted in the Wachau region of Austria. Recent research shows that it is a crossing of Sylvaner and Roter Veltliner. It often produces wines that are soft, full-bodied and have a balanced aroma, and this wine doesn’t disappoint. K Alphart winery has been known for years to be one of the best producers of Austrian white wines and one of six producing this wine, the whole world over. Alphart Neuburger 2009 is a fantastic new wine to try and add to your repertoire of summer wines with abundant peach skin and mineral aromas. The palate opens with nice peach fruit notes and well balanced acidity that leads to a lengthy finish. A perfect sip by the pool wine and great as an aperitif. Would also do nicely with soft cheeses, and even the hard to pair artichoke.

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