JUNE WINE CLUB WINES

2011 PFEISZL – SOPRONI KEKFRANKOS – SOPRON, HUNGARY - ORGANIC
The young sisters Birgit and Katrin Pfneisl, are partners in Pfneiszl Winery. Birgit is responsible for the vineyards and winemaking, while Katrin works on marketing and sales. Birgit, the winemaker trained in Italy, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and the US before returning home with dreams of an organic estate. Starting with the inaugural ‘04 vintage, the Pfneiszl vineyards were farmed organically, in ‘09 they were certified Organic. Birgit employs a wide range of organic techniques ranging from standard practices like native crop cover to less conventional methods like insect pheromones. Birgit’s decision to pursue organic farming was at first controversial. So far, Birgit’s idealism and intuition are paying off. The wine we have chosen for this month’s red entry is made with the local grape named Kekfrankos, this grape is otherwise known in other regions as Blaufränkisch. This grape is native to Eastern Europe but for many years before the application of DNA analysis, Kekfrankos was erroneously thought to be a clone of the Gamay grape variety, due to certain similarities in morphology and even in the aromas of the wine. This wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel with just a touch of aging in neutral oak. Malolactic fermentation was performed to turn this wine into a silky texture in the mouth and vanilla aromas in the nose. With that you will also notice the notes of spicy cherries, accented by notes of fermented tea. Light but supple with gentle acidity and minerality, and meant to be consumed young. This beautiful and exotic wine will suit many different meals and occasions. Pair this versatile wine with pork or chicken meals as well as light roasts . Be sure to allow this wine to breathe for about ½ hour and serve at cellar temperature (60ºF). This wine retails for $18.99.

2010 PYRENEES VINYARD AND CELLARS – PINOT GRIS, UMPQUA VALLEY, OREGON
Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars is a lush 30 acre estate vineyard nestled against the South Umpqua River (south of Eugene); it is owned by the Apodaca family. Pyrenees Vineyard and Winery pulls many of its influences from the Basque country of northern Spain where the Apodaca’s heritage originated. Pyrenees Vineyard and Cellars produces wines from many varietals from the finest Oregon grapes influenced by the textures of the rich soil, the abundant vegetation and mild climate of the Umpqua Valley. The wine chosen as your primary white this month is their Pinot Gris with aromas and flavors to refresh the start of summer. Light and tangy with a pear, apple, lemongrass, and citrus aroma and flavor. Lovely honey and fruit on the palette with a creamy texture and a bright finish. Pinot Gris is known for its uncomplicated easy drinking style and that is one of the best things about drinking it in the warm days of summer. This wine is the perfect aperitif, refreshing to sip a glass or two by itself, or pair it with light food dishes such as pasta salads or lightly grilled fish , curry dishes, or your favorite spicy Thai dish. This wine retails for $17.99.

Red Only wine club members receive the Pfeiszel Kekfrankos and :
2010 DOMAINE COUDOULIS – LIRAC – LIRAC (RHONE), FRANCE
Domaine Coudoulis, which dates from the Sixties, is located in the Lirac appellation, on the west bank of the Rhone River. This little corner of Southern Rhone is very similar to the more expensive and more widely-known Châteauneuf du Pape. The estate’s soil is composed of red, rocky soil and littered with the famous “galets roules” of the region - the rust and cream colored, smooth, rounded stones ranging in size from a large tomato to a football. This type of soil is considered ideal for stressing the vines and thus creating berries that are darker and much more intense in flavors. This elegant wine is made of a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre. Upon opening the bottle, you’ll notice the herbal notes that are typical of wines from this part of the world. Allowing this wine to breathe for at least ½ hour will allow the licorice aromas, alongside raspberry and blueberry to appear. On the palate this wine will also showcase licorice, cassis, and medium acidity with lovely minerality. The finish leaves you wanting another glass, no wonder Mr. Stephen Tanzer gave this wine 90 points (5/12). Pair this wine with game, pork, or why not treat yourself and pair it with Filet Mignon. This wine retails for $16.99.

White Only wine club members receive the Pyrenees Winery – Pinot Gris and :
2011 COSA OBRA – “HUMMINGBIRD HILL VINEYARD” SAUVIGNON BLANC, SONOMA, CA
The name Cosa Obra is comprised of two words, the word Cosa meaning "thing" and the word Obra "a hand-crafted body of work". This is their thing, their hand-crafted body of work. Cosa Obra believes that wine is a living thing. It evolves and changes through time. In this way, nature tells the story through the soil, weather, and time. Owner Gregory Hayes, and Consulting Winemaker Kent Humphrey have come together to form a team with over two decades of experience in the wine industry and a passion for unique and outstanding wines. Their goal is very simple; make a small amount of exceptional wine from carefully selected artisan vineyards and share them at a reasonable price. This lovely Sauvignon Blanc comes from Hummingbird Hill Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast. This complex, rich and creamy Sauvignon Blanc showcases powerful aromas of key lime, lemon, and peach, followed by a lively tropical and citrus palate of lemon, and mango. Pure, graceful and fresh, it's perfect for tapas style dining or savory snacks like olives and cheese. This versatile wine is one you will want to enjoy all year long but specially this summer. Only 313 cases were produced of this lovely wine, was rated 92 Points by Editors' Choice and Wine Enthusiast and 90 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine. Due to limited production, this wine is offered only to their mailing list customers and select bottle shops; Anne’s being one of them. This wine retails for $23.99.

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