FEBRUARY 2013 WINE CLUB WINES

FEBRUARY 2013 Wine Club Information

Clients who receive 1 red wine and 1 white wine will receive:
2009 DOMAINE HABRAD – CROZES-HERMITAGE, CROZES-HERMITAGE (RHONE), FRANCE
Natural winemakers believe that truly terroir-driven wines are those that take the circumstances they are given by nature – soil composition, sun exposure, microclimate, vintage characteristics (terroir), etc – and simply allow them to express themselves through the wine. This is where Domaine Harbrard is making a big statement. For Laurent Habrard, the fifth generation winemaker for this estate, it is not just a winemaking matter but also an ecological and environmental concern, converting to organic viticulture and to wind and solar energy. The winemaker is also not a big fan of oak; Harbrard replaces wood vats with concrete tanks when they are no longer useful. If there is one word that describes the Habrard wines, it is purity. The second would be balance. Laurent’s dedication to the land that results in wines that revel in the terroir, showing classic expressions of the varietals. This excellent entry to the wine club is one example of that; the wine hails from Crozes-Hermitage, which is a French wine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the northern Rhône wine region of France. The appellation is the largest in the northern Rhone and produces mainly reds made from Syrah. This wine is a perfect example of this at 100% Syrah. With dark ruby hues, explosive bouquet of red flavors of blackberries, sweet cherries, licorice, Provencal olives, graphite, and subtle smoke. Juicy and precise, offering sweet red fruit flavors that pick up weight and smokiness with air. A touch of candied licorice comes up on the finish, which shows good energy and length. This wine is a perfect partner to strong meats like lamb, grass-fed beef or game such as venison or boar. Grill or braise these meats, with seasonings of rosemary, olives, black pepper, garlic and thyme. Serve a little cooler than room temperature: refrigerate the bottle for 10 minutes before serving after allowing it to breathe for at least 1 hour.
2010 COUNT KAROLYI – GRUNER VELTLINER – TOLNA, HUNGARY
Hungary offers an excellent price-performance ratio. With wines that can compete with quality Italian or French wines and available at a low cost. Due to its land-locked location and the shielding effect of the mountains, Hungary enjoys a relatively dry, continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. In other words, the best conditions for growing aromatic, white varieties of grapes, such as this. Between 1945 and 1989, Hungarian wine cultivation suffered under the Communist system, but with the democratization of the last two decades, wine cultivation has returned to its roots to respond to the current demand for fresh, fruity, fragrant wines that are rich in aroma. This 100% Gruner-Veltliner comes from Tolna, which is in the south-west of Hungary. Gruner Veltliner is one of the most important white wine varieties in this region and is considered an indigenous grape of Hungary. The grapes are all hand-sorted and fermented in stainless steel to enhance the bright acid and fruit. This wine bone dry and light gold in color. Aromas of green apples and gooseberries fill the nose, while on the palate it is balanced by a delicate fruitiness. This is a fresh, zingy wine that shows crisp acidity, making it a perfect food wine. And while this wine would taste great on its own, it would also pair beautifully with shellfish and other seafood. It is also great with veal, pork and other “white meat” dishes. Chill to 45 -50F.
Red Only wine club members receive the Domaine Habrard – Crozes-Hermitage and :
2010 CHATEAU HAUT-PLANTEY – HAUT MEDOC – HAUT-MEDOC (BORDEAUX), FRANCE
Frans Roskam is a 4th generation Bordeaux winemaker and the Haut Plantey is his first wine from a new venture on the Left Bank. His family roots are in the Right Bank, but Frans selected Medoc as the best Terroir to start his new label with his wife Liz, an American born in Illinois. One of the rare families in Bordeaux still making their own wine, the Roskams continue a family tradition while bringing their business into the 21st century. Today Liz and Frans Roskam Brunot manage the vineyards between two estates, Cantenac and La Lauzette. Liz, his wife, met Frans while on an exchange program in France. In 2005 she became the first American woman to obtain the French Diplome d’Oenologie from Bordeaux. Both studied enology and viticulture and graduated from the University of Bordeaux. This wine is quite notable for the price, made with a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet. The nose is filled with aromas of tobacco, spices, and dark berries; all announcing that YES this is a wine from Bordeaux! Haut-Plantey is smooth and silky and brimming with character and expression. Once allowed to breathe for about an hour, the wine becomes fruity, balanced with a silky structure. The flavors then shows black currant, tobacco, and dark chocolate flavors in a very forward, supple framework. We are confident that this is the kind of Bordeaux that will have you asking us for more. This wine will pair with grilled meat, beef stew, or any dish with sharp cheese, especially English Cheddar with caramelized onions.

White Only club members receive the Count Karolyi – Gruner Veltliner and:
2011 VINA ALICIA – “TIARA” WHITE BLEND – LUJAN DE CUYO, ARGENTINA – 91 pts Robert Parker
Get ready to have your minds blown with this wine, but first, let’s talk about the winery. Alicia Arizu established Viña Alicia in 1996. With 25 years of research in both viticulture and wine making, she dedicated herself to creating Mendoza’s most elegant wines from vineyards that have been in her family for 3 generations in Mendoza’s Lujan de Cuyo. This wine is one of her most eclectic creations, with a blend of 50% Riesling, 40% Albarino and 10% Savagnin. This wine is bright light yellow and complex nose melds apple, lemon cream, white flowers, and star anise. At once rich and lively, with harmonious acidity giving shape and cut to the peach and spice flavors. Mouth-filling without showing any undue weight. Finishes with flavors that go on and on and on. A very successful blend to enjoy on its own or pair with seafood, salads, or event the hard to pair asparagus. Less than 150 cases were brought to the US, and we have a small allocation, so if you enjoy this wine, be sure to come back soon for more.

Remember, if you purchase any of the wines listed above during the month of FEBRUARY 2013, you will receive a 15% discount, an additional 5% discount to your normal (all the time) 10% discount. Thank you, sincerely for your business.

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