MARCH WINE CLUB WINES

MARCH 2014 WINE CLUB NOTES

PRIMARY RED WINE:
2011 ESZTERBAUER – “NAGYAPAM” KADARKA – SZEKSZARD, HUNGARY
The Eszterbauer Winery was founded in 1746, in the southern Hungarian wine region of Szekszárd. Vineyards have existed in the region since before the Celts and Eszterbauer family’s vineyard records are included in the archives of Szekszard’s city history. The current management is the 10th Eszterbauer generation to operate the tradition-based wine company, with the help of the winemaker Laci Palinkas. Many of the winery wines are made to honor the previous generations: this one in fact, is named “Nagyapam” after their grandfather who loved to drink Kadarka wines. This wine is made with 100% Kadarka grapes, a native Balkan grape, which was believed to have been brought to Hungary by the Serbs in the 16th Century. The grapes are hand harvested from some of the oldest vineyards on the property, then quickly transported to the winery for vinification, and is maturated in French oak barrels for six months. This wine captures the elegance, minerality, and refreshment that Kadarka achieves with ease. Fresh, fruity, spicy, and dry. We also picked up notes of violets and hints of earthiness, although one could compare it to some of the more exotic Cabernet Franc based reds from France’s Loire Valley, it still stands on its own. It is a wine best consumed slightly chilled with smoky BBQ, roasted turkey, lamb. This is a wine to discover and enjoy time and time again $19.99

PRIMARY WHITE WINE:
2012 HENRI BOURGEOIS – “PETIT BOURGEOIS” SAUVIGNON BLANC, LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE
Domaine Henri Bourgeois vineyards, now in its 11th generation of the Bourgeois family, lie on some of the most rugged hillside terrains, offering the best exposures in the Loire Valley. Though the family is forever striving to perfect their craft, they remain committed to producing wines that truly reflect the soil and the purity of Sauvignon Blanc and the Loire Valley. While the winery is better known for their Sancerre, the grapes for this wine are grown in a vineyard just outside the edge of the Sancerre appellation and is why the name “Petite Bourgeois” – they believe that the soil and quality of this wine, will treat us to the quality and flavors one expects from the best Sancerre wines of the region. The winery uses only organic fertilizers, maintains meticulous control of the vines (green pruning, managing water stress, using cover crops etc), engages in strict grape selection, and employs gentle grape handling & gravity at each stage of winemaking. This wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks followed by 3-months of maturation on its lees, creating an intensely aromatic profile of white flowers and tropical fruit. On the palate it reveals fresh and vibrant Meyer lemon notes, white peach flavor and a racy, smooth, and clean finish. Excellent as an aperitif, but also outstanding with fish and poultry dishes, one sip of the Petit Bourgeois Blanc and you'll know why we refer to it as a "baby Sancerre". We suggest serving it with halibut steak in lemon butter for a truly memorable experience. Additionally, this wine was deemed: "TOP 100 WORLD VALUE" by Wine spectator 2013 and it retails for $14.99

SECONDARY RED WINE ENTRY:
2012 MAS DEL PERIE – “LES ESCURES” CAHORS – CAHORS, FRANCE – CERTIFIED ORGANIC & BIODYNAMIC
Fabien Jouves is the owner and winemaker in this line of wines from the South West region of France known as Cahors. Born into a family that has a long history of winemaking, Jouves originally intended to become a doctor. That was before his parents, who made wine but sold it off in bulk, were about to pull the cork on the winery. Instead of pursuing medicine, he enrolled in the prestigious Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux and made a two and a half hour trek back to Cahors to help his parents out on weekends. Upon graduation, he took over the family vineyards and embarked on the path to make organic wines. His first vintage was in 2006 and 2012 will mark Mas del Perié’s first vintage as a certified organic and biodynamic producer. He makes four wines under the Cahors AOC, each from a different plot. While the AOC allows for up to 30% of Tannat or Merlot, Jouves’ Cahors are composed entirely of Malbec. All of his fruit is harvested by hand and the wines are vinified separately with natural yeast. Fermentation of this wine took place in stainless steel tanks and was aged on the lees and the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. When you open this wine, allow it to breathe for a least 1 hour, or decant for at least ½ hour. The wine bursts with juicy deep plum, boysenberries, black currant fruit, and crème de cassis notes. It has hints of smoke, cocoa, and licorice on both the nose and the palate. Soft tannins alongside well balanced acidity lead to a lengthy finish. This wine is the perfect example of old world Malbec! Enjoy this with mushroom dishes, duck, pork dishes, or even a blackened steak. This wine retails for $18.99

SECONDARY WHITE:
2012 GEYERHOF – “ROSENTSTEIG” GRUNER VELTLINER – KREMSTAL, AUSTRIA – CERTIFIED ORGANIC
“400 Years in Wine” the family says proudly! The Maier family has lived in the region since the 16th century. Today, the winery is housed in the “French cellar” where Napoleon’s army stored their wine rations during a nearby battle. The room’s perfect temperature and humidity make it an ideal place to archive the best of each vintage. Rosensteig is the largest production Grüner and the calling card of the estate. “Rosensteig” means “rose path” in German. Although the 2012 vintage started with some challenges, a long dry summer allowed the grapes to ripen perfectly. A quality over quantity growing season to be sure. By smell alone you would expect a heavier and richer wine, but fresh acidity keeps it light on its feet. Steely and immediately refreshing, when allowed to open up exotic flavors come alive. Pair with cold Asian salads, fatty white fish, and virtually anything smoked or cured. Nothing wrong with a Schnitzel over a bed of apple and cabbage slaw either. This wine retails for $21.99

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