NOVEMBER WINE CLUB NOTES

PRIMARY RED WINE:
2011 LA FOLLETTE – PINOT NOIR – NORTH COAST, CALIFORNIA
We had the pleasure of meeting Greg La Follete back in June of this year and we were beyond impressed not only with the wines but also the winemaker himself. Greg has a very interesting background as not only a winemaker but in the years before that, he conducted very valuable medical research at UCLA. When he turned his attention to winemaking, he gave it the same intense dedication making fantastic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Wines in Sonoma County. Greg’s wines are rich and powerful, yet elegant with texture. As an experienced winemaker (Jarvis, Kendall Jackson, BV, etc), Greg works with the soil and his many years of experience allows him to produce some of the best Pinot Noir wines we have tasted at Anne’s. We had originally sampled this wine in June but upon tasting we knew this would be our primary wine pick for our wine club in November, and why not? This wine is perfect with the traditional Turkey and side dishes! This lovely wine has a symphony of red fruit aromatics; we noticed cherries, raspberries, and even cranberry notes complemented by notes of cinnamon bark. With a little time to breathe the wine will remind you of raspberry and rose petals notes. From the start, the wine makes one smile with it’s balance of fruity acidity and supple tannins. The creamy mouth feel speaks to the slow and steady secondary fermentation in the barrel. The finish is lovely and well balanced. A great wine to serve this Thanksgiving and it retails for only $21.99

PRIMARY WHITE WINE:
2012 L’ECOLE NO. 41 – CHENIN BLANC, COLUMBIA VALLEY, WASHINGTON
L’Ecole N° 41 is a traditional brick and mortar boutique winery; they are engaged in growing and making 100% of their wines. Their focus is on terroir-driven, distinctive, and expressive wines. This is achieved by their nearly thirty years of winemaking experience combined with dedicated, long-term relationships with some of the oldest and most proven vineyards in the Walla Walla and Columbia Valleys, that are certified sustainable and Salmon Safe. L’Ecole has been honored eleven consecutive years by Wine & Spirits Magazine as Winery of the Year, and is the second Washington winery inducted into its prestigious Hall of Fame. We sampled this wine during a trade event in October, while hunting down the best wines to pair with traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Both Anne and myself took a sip and looked at each other and both said this is it! This 100% Chenin Blanc comes from an exceptional vintage in Washington State. The berry clusters were gently pressed and the settled juice was racked off the solids then fermented in a stainless steel tank over an extended period of time to yield rich and fruity flavors. That is what you get in this wine with this fresh and vibrant Chenin Blanc that shows abundant, expressive aromatics of jasmine, orange blossom, and mango with flavors of star fruit, apple, and peach on a balanced, crisp mineral finish. This wine will be the perfect white to pair with that delicious turkey and gravy this Thanksgiving! This wine retails for only $16.99

SECONDARY RED:
2011 ZINSANE – ZINFANDEL – LODI, CALIFORNIA
This Turkey-worthy wine was also one we discovered recently during our excursions to find the perfect Thanksgiving wines. There’s not much to say about the company except that they make this wine in small batches and each year the blend may change a bit. The makers pride themselves on the wild and crazy idea that Zinfandel should not be an alcoholic, fat, clumsy, ugly or out of control wine, just well balanced. This particular vintage has only small amounts of Petite Sirah and Tannat added to the Zinfandel; (although not really detectable) both add dark fruit flavors and tannic structure. The wine was aged in 2nd use American oak barrels for 2 months, just enough time to give some oak flavor, but not much aging potential. This treatment leaves us with a wine ripe with cranberry, raspberry, and some baking spice notes. The flavors are juicy and the lengthy finish will have you reaching for that bottle again and again. Perfect for the Turkey topped with homemade cranberry sauce. This wine retails for a mere $13.99

SECONDARY WHITE:
2012 DOMINIO IV – “STILL LIFE” VIOGNIER – OREGON
Patrick and Leigh, owners, both educated in the art of winemaking and terroir, and a husband and wife team that after living abroad in places like New Zealand, Chile, and even Burgundy France, returned to their roots in Oregon and started Dominio IV. Both have prestigious backgrounds of managing vineyards for places such as Archery Summit and the like. They find that the terroir truly dictates which wines are the best to make, and in this case the white grape that speaks volumes to the Oregon terroir (weather, soil conditions, etc) is Viognier. The grapes for this wine come from the Southern region of Oregon, the Rogue Valley, which has been likened to the weather conditions in the Rhone Valley in France, the home of the Viognier grape. The grapes were all harvested by hand then fermented in stainless steel to bring out the very floral aromas you will notice upon opening this bottle. The flavors of nectarine and apricot will be obvious, with a lively acidity that will enhance the buttery dishes and the richness of turkey meat. This is a very small production wine at only 163 cases produced. This wine retails for $24.99…and we love it and think you will too!

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