AUGUST 2013 WINE CLUB WINES
Clients who receive 1 red wine and 1 white wine will receive:
2010 FABRE-MONTMAYOU – “GRAN RESERVA” MALBEC – MENDOZA, ARGENTINA
The Fabre Montmayou winery was established in 1992 in the Lujan de Cuyo region, within the heart of the famous Mendoza. There, the magic of the Terroir confers unique aromas, flavors, and structure, with the vineyards located at an elevation of over 3 thousand feet and with what’s considered excellent terroir for Malbec as well as Cabernet, Chardonnay and even Merlot (last month’s entry). The grapes are carefully selected and hand sorted to insure that only the very highest quality grapes go into their wines. Fabre Montmayou combines modern winemaking, Mendoza’s terroir and the Bordeaux “savoir faire” to produce wines of unique personality, since the owner and winemaker himself was born in Bordeaux, France, to a family of wine merchants. This month our primary red is their “Gran Reserva” Malbec. We sampled this wine in April of this year and upon tasting it, we knew we had a great wine for the wine club. Made with 100% Malbec from 50 year old vines, this wine was aged in French oak for 12 months. We loved the notes of licorice, eucalyptus, cherries, and even violets. The palate is delightful with notes of bright dark fruit, seamless acidity and tannins. This wine is truly undepriced. We hope you’ll pair it up with your favorite summer BBQ, and if you’re into saving wines, this one should age nicely another five years, but seriously don’t wait, drink a bottle now and buy a few more to enjoy in the winter! This wine retails for $22.99.
2011 VIÑA SANZO – VERDEJO – RUEDA, SPAIN
Warm weather always brings out the white wine drinkers in many of us, so this month we found a fantastic white to accompany you during the days of summer. This wonderful wine is from the hot, dry climate of the Rueda region in Central Spain, which hardly seems like white grape territory but the Verdejo (Ver-deh-ho) grape thrives in this weather and stony soil condition, making excellent white wines with crisp acidity and seamless fruit. Vina Sanzo was created by winemaker Javier Rodriguez to add to his collection of small production wines, which showcase the best of the region in an area better known to the world for producing red wines. Upon pouring this wine, you’ll notice the summer aroms of white peaches, a bit of star fruit, and maybe a touch of oranges. The flavors are lush, almost considered rich, yet well balanced acidity, and a finish that will have you going back for more and more. We highly recommend that you try this wine with shellfish, grilled fish, if cheese is your thing, get yourself some Manchego and go on picnic and get more for the rest of the summer; you’ll want more, trust us! This wine retails for $18.99.
Red Only wine club members receive the Fabre-Montmayou Malbec and :
2011 DOMAINE ANDRE BRUNEL – GRENACHE – VIN DE PAYS (VACLUSE), FRANCE
André Brunel, the renowned producer in Châteauneuf-du-Pape of Les Cailloux has produced this wonderfully, juicy wine, one we think you’ll want to drink again and again. This is a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Carignan. 60% of the fruit is declassified Côtes-du-Rhône from vineyards in Travaillon, just east of Gigondas and northeast of Vacqueyras. All of the grapes are destemmed to allow the easy fruit to shine through. The wine is fermented and aged in tank to retain the freshness.
In the glass this wine is the quintessential summer red and easy drinking with very aromas of cherry and blackberry along side of cracked black pepper. The palate is smooth with good acid and tannin structure with a delightfull finish. We recommend drinking this wine at cellar temperature (50 – 60F) and pair with your favorite Mexican dish, BBQ chicken, or your favorite comfort food like Mac and cheese or your favorite pizza! This wine retails for $12.99.
White Only wine club members receive the Vina Sanzo – Verdejo and:
2011 JEAN MARC BROCARD – “SAINT CLAIRE” PETIT CHABLIS – PETIT CHABLIS, FRANCE
Chablis is one of France’s oldest wine growing regions. Prized by French kings and always found on the best tables in the 19th century, Chablis wines were considered prestigious. Chablis wines could have become just a distant memory as phylloxera almost entirely destroyed the vineyards a century ago. But what is Petit Chablis? The key difference between Petit Chablis and its more prestigious brothers (Chablis) is found in the soil where the vines are grown. While the more respected wines (Grand Cru and such) come from vineyards with Kimmeridgian soils, Petit Chablis is produced from vineyards planted in Portlandian soils. The difference between the two soil types may seem negligible, but the subtle balance of clay and limestone is essential to the wine-growers of Chablis. According to one of our wine heroines Ms. Jancis Robinson (Wine Critic and writer of “The Wine Bible”) Chablis produces the "purest" expression of the varietal character of Chardonnay due to the simple style of winemaking favored in this region. This lovely Petit Chablis was produced from 100% Chardonnay grapes, all grown in the Brocard Estate, all without pesticides, fermented in stainless steel, put through 100% malolactic fermentation and allowed to rest for a couple of months in neutral oak for a silkier texture. Jean-Marc Brocard not only produces some of the best Grand Cru Chablis we’ve ever tasted, so when we tasted his Petit Chablis, we knew we had to bring it in for the wine club. He does not disappoint, with lovely aromas of jasmine, lemon zest, and lots of minerals. The palate follows through with the citrus notes and floral notes and finishes with a lovely, elegant mineral note. This wine is a perfect pairing to oysters in the half-shell, goat cheese, or a fatty fish like a salmon filet. $18.99
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