OCTOBER 2013 WINE CLUB NOTES

OCTOBER 2013 WINE CLUB NOTES


PRIMARY RED WINE:
2010 ENVOLVE WINERY – “EPILOGUE” BORDEAUX BLEND – CALIFORNIA
The Envolve Winery story begins with boyhood friends with a dream of making delicious wines from their beloved hometown, Sonoma. Mike, Ben, and Danny all met while still in primary school, and although life took them in different directions as they grew up, they all seemed to return to home and their love of wine. All 3 friends were mentored by some of the best in the Sonoma wine business as they set about entering into the wine world. And that passion is something you’ll taste in this fantastic red blend comprised of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot, and 5% Merlot. With the majority of the fruit coming from Paso Robles, which was once the prime growing region for California Zinfandel but in the 1960s, growers realized that this region could grow world class Cabernet and other Bordeaux varietals. This wine is very approachable as it offers up very soft and silky tannins, with a long, clean finish. On the nose you get dark cherry, blackberry, and hints of earth and spice. Upon entry, there’s a glorious, natural fruit sweetness that resembles dark, robust berries. A long, lingering finish with measured oak flavors makes this a great food-pairing wine. Pairs perfectly with light Italian dishes and tomato-based sauces – chicken, fish, pork & marinara based pastas. This wine retails for $22.00 (at winery) and we sell it $19.99

PRIMARY WHITE WINE:
2011 GUILD – WHITE WINE – COLUMBIA VALLEY, WASHINGTON
Guild is a cooperative of four Portland, Oregon, winemakers producing wines of exceptional value for the masses. As the label depicts, there are three male winemakers and one female in this amazing group consisting of John Grochau of Grochau Cellars,
Vincent Fritzsche of Vincent Wine Company, Anne Hubatch of Helioterra Wines, and finally Patrick "X". This month’s primary white is the Guild White Wine which is a blend made from grapes grown in the Willamette Valley. This is an effortless, summer in a glass, Pacific Northwest white. There is definitely no mistaking that is 85% Pinot Gris, and the remaining 15% Riesling is artfully blended and adds just a touch more aromatics to the wine as a whole. Stylistically this wine offers more than its price would suggest. With aromas that are pure and clean, of white peaches, apricots, honeysuckle, green apples, pears, and a touch of tropical fruit. The mouth-feel is equal parts soft, textural, and tautly acidic. Finishes with a zip, which makes it a perfect partner to vinaigrette salads, goat cheese, and/or steamed fish. This wine retails for $17.99

SECONDARY RED:
2008 FATTORIA BUCCICATINO – MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO – ABRUZZO, ITALY – DOC
The Buccicatino farm is located in the heart of Abbruzo, Italy. Production here starts with strict management of 49 acres of estate vineyards, where Montepulciano, Trebbiano, and Cabernet Sauvignon are planted. The soil in this area is well known to be chuck full of pebbled grounds, which stresses the vines and brings out more complex and concentrated berry flavors. The grapes are harvested and handled entirely by hand. Winemaker Romeo Tarborrelli, one of the most famous in Italy, uses new technology along with old world winemaking techniques. This delightful wine is made with 100% Montepulciano grapes, according to wine expert Jancis Robinson, Montepulciano likely originated in Tuscany and may be related to Sangiovese and often the two grapes are confused for each other. The grapes for this wine are fermented in stainless steel, then bottle aged for six months. This wine is a sensory explosion as the wine is rich with red berry and spice aromas; this follows on the palate with smooth tannins, bright acidity, and a lush, full body. Pair this with tomato sauces, pastas, and/or light Italian fare. This wine retails for $19.99

SECONDARY WHITE:
2010 MAHONEY – “LAS BRISAS” ALBARIÑO – CARNEROS, CALIFORNIA
Kathy and Francis Mahoney have owned Manhoney Winery now for over forty years in the Napa Valley. Their passion for each other and wine drove them to follow their dreams and moved north from San Francisco to become grape farmers and to eventually open a modern winery. The soil, microclimate, and untapped potential of the land were perfect for what they had in mind; growing incredible grapes for great wines. As you shopped at Anne’s over the years, you may have noticed other wines made by the Mahoneys, albeit under a different name, “Fleur de California” Pinot Noir and their Chardonnay is one of Anne’s Clients faves! This wine comes from the Sonoma portion of Carneros, with the vintage labeled as a “little cool”; the grapes remained on the vines a bit longer to ripen and then they were fermented on the lees. This gave the resulting wine a great acidity with complex floral and tropical notes both on the nose and the palate. With aromas of pear and honeysuckle, this wine is crisp and clean in the mouth. Allow this wine to evolve in the glass if you have the patience and you will be well rewarded. This is a versatile, food-friendly wine that pairs well with traditional seafood entrées, pastas with richer cream sauces, or roasted chicken dishes. Anne’s retails this wine for $17.99

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