FEBRUARY WINE CLUB WINES

PRIMARY RED WINE:
2012 ANDREA OBERO – BARBERA D’ALBA – PIEDMONT, ITALY
This 40 acre estate is run by Andrea Oberto and his son Fabio. Andrea founded the estate and started bottling the wines in 1978. Before then, the Obertos grew grapes and sold them to other producers. Since 1978 the winery has grown quite a bit, but it is still family owned and operated. Andrea mainly works in the vineyard and Fabio is in charge of the winery operations. The estate is located in La Morra, one of the eleven communes of the Barolo DOCG in Piedmont. Besides making amazing Barolo (also at Anne’s), the Obertos make prestigious single vineyard wines, such as this beautiful Barbera D’Alba. This wine has an intense ruby-red to light purple hues that dance in the glass, showing off the wine's aging in French oak barriques. The nose shows beautiful toasted oak notes along with well-integrated hints of plum and dark cherry. It is rich and full in the mouth, with flavors of sour red cherries and raspberries along with hints of sweet cooking spice. A long and vibrant finish, typical of an outstanding Barbera, is present in spades. Barbera wines are among some of the most versatile reds; pair this wine with pastas with tomato sauce, rich cream sauces, meat or even pesto sauce. Feeling casual? Enjoy it with Pepperoni pizza! This wine retails for $19.99

PRIMARY WHITE WINE:
2012 COL DEL MONDO – “SUNNAE” TREBBIANO D’ABRUZZO, ABRUZZO, ITALY
Col Del Mondo or 'Hill of the World' is a young and dynamic estate, founded in 2001. The vineyards are located just east of Rome, and only 12 miles from the Adriatic Sea. The calcareous soils are rich in sea elements and the ocean breezes work to the vineyards' advantage. This delicious white wine is made with 90% Trebbiano and 10% Pecorino. Trebbiano is the second most widely planted grape in the world. Normally used in blends and also important in Cognac production; this grape is also known as Ugni Blanc, particularly in France. This wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks on its lees, giving it a rich and creamy texture. The aromas are especially appealing, reminded us of an unoaked Chardonnay, with golden apples, citrus zest, and just a touch of almonds. On the palate the creamy texture is evident with flavors of apricots, nectarines, and nicely balanced acidity to pair with dishes such as lobster, fried or poached fish, and is also perfect with a plate of light cheeses and fruit. This wine retails for $16.99

SECOND RED FEBRUARY ENTRY:
2010 METTLER – “EPICENTER” OLD VINE ZINFANDEL – LODI, CALIFORNIA
The Mettler Family has roots in the wine industry dating back to the 1770s, and has been growing wine grapes in the Lodi appellation since the late 1800s. Through marriage, the vineyard holdings have expanded yet remain a family business; one dedicated to producing high quality wines. Today, Larry Mettler, an Agriculture Hall of Fame recipient, still farms the original Mettler Vineyards, which is from where the grapes for this elegant wine come. ‘Epicenter’ old vine vineyards is one of the oldest Zinfandel vineyards on their ranch, with 50 year old vines located in the ‘epicenter’ of Lodi’s old vine Zinfandel district and is organically and sustainably grown. This wine does have other grapes added to enhance the structure (83% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon) and was aged for 22 months in both American and French oak. This wine is full of personality and shows it off with an expressive array of bright aromas and flavors. Enticing scents of plum, strawberry and vanilla are followed by a hint of anise. Bold, yet bright and complex flavors of plums, black cherries, dark berries, and tobacco are balanced by a hint of smooth dark chocolate that surrounds the palate in richness. Smooth tannins are kept bright and juicy by a pleasing seam of acidity while the flavors build depth and concentration on the finish. A variety of cuisines from hearty stews to grilled (think ribs) favorites will stand up nicely to this tasty Zinfandel. This wine retails for $19.99

SECONDARY WHITE:
2011 SYLVAIN DUSSORT – “CUVEE DES ORMES” BOURGOGNE BLANC – BOURGOGNE (BURGUNDY), FRANCE
Domaine Dussort is a small family domaine based in Meursault. Meursault is located the Côte de Beaune subregion of Burgundy. It produces mainly white wines from Chardonnay grapes, primarily in a style with a clear oak influence, which have led to descriptions such as "buttery". Sylvain Dussort started the winery over 20 years ago, and Sylvan has been farming the estate’s 30 acres with minimal intervention in order to let the vines express the true character of each vineyard site and does the same when making the wines. Each wine is treated differently depending on the vintage and the terroir. This wine was fermented with the lees and aged in neutral French oak barrels for 12 months. Fermentation takes place with absolutely no stirring (battonage), the objective in doing so is to impart richness without compromising the particularities and true character of each wine. Upon opening this bottle you will notice the enticing aromas of golden delicious apples, lemon rind, and a minerality to make the mouth water. The palate has flavors of apples, lots of elegant, racy acidity with a delicate, yet rich finish. This wine should be consumed within 2 to 6 years. This wine can be enjoyed as an aperitif, and goes well with fish and meats in white sauce, steamed lobster, or why not treat yourself to a dozen oysters with a bottle of this wine! This wine retails for $26.99

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