MAY 2014 WINE CLUB WINES

MAY 2014 WINE CLUB NOTES

PRIMARY WHITE WINE:
2012 LECHTHALER – RIESLING – TRENTINO, ITALY
The origin of the Lechthaler family traces back to Austria. From Austria, the first generation of the Lechthaler family arrived in Piana Rotaliana (then Austria, the Trentino region is now Italy) toward the end of the 1800’s. The family’s hard work and vision paid off; their wines soon became familiar to the entire hospitality industry in the region, including the best restaurants and hotels. The Lechthaler family honors local customs which is why we want to share the story of the fire breathing dragon you see on the label. It is the story of a princess that was captured by an evil king and was placed in a cave on the side of a local Trentino mountain. The king had a dragon in the cave guarding the princess. One day prince charming was riding by on his horse and he caught glimpse of the beautiful princess. The prince climbed up the mountain and slayed the dragon. The blood of the dragon fell into the ground and out sprung the local red vines (Teroldego). The prince rescued the princess and they lived happily ever after. Now, how unusual is it to see an Italian Riesling? Very, and when we tasted this wine, we knew it would be a great Spring Wine Club wine When this wine was poured for us, we loved the aromas of white flowers and the beautiful straw yellow hue in the wine. This wine is dry, with fresh Meyer lemon notes, granny apples, racy, refreshing acidy and a lovely minerality on the palate. This wine has a delightfully long finish and it will pair beautifully with delicate soups, vegetable risottos, and seafood courses. Chill this wine to 50F before serving. $18.99

PRIMARY RED WINE:
2012 SCHNEIDER – SANK LAURENT – THERMENREGION, AUSTRIA
The estate is located in the Lower Austrian wine region called Thermenregion. It is run by Herbert Schneider and his wife and they cultivate many the different native and imported varietals. For this entry into the wine club, we bring you the Sank Laurent, which is the German name of the grape called “Saint Laurent” This is an aromatic black-grape variety is the most widely planted red variety in the Czech Republic and is gaining popularity in Germany and other cooler wine-growing nations like Austria. Saint-Laurent has long been thought to be related to Pinot Noir. Some DNA profiling suggests that it is even a direct offspring, but this finding remains unsubstantiated and debate continues on whether there is a relationship. It is certain, however, that Saint-Laurent is a parent of Zweigelt (the other parent is Blaufrankisch). This wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks then allowed to age in large neutral French oak barrels for 12 months to smooth out the tannins and give a silky texture to those tannins. This wine is reminiscent of a Burgundian Pinot Noir and it makes sense when the winery is a member of the vintners association Burgundy makers. This wine is has notes of cherries, raspberries and even hints of violets. Once allowed to air, the aromas will deepen to became closer to blueberries. This wine has a medium body; the similarities to Pinot Noir will once again become evident with racy acidity, balanced fruit and tannins leading to a delightful lingering finish. This wine may just become your new springtime favorite find, especially when you pair it with these cheeses: Comte, Edam, or French Chevre. If want to cook, try a mushroom risotto, topped with grated Comte cheese. Yum. $21.99
SECONDARY RED WINE ENTRY:
2011 MILBRANDT – “BROTHER’S BLEND” RED WINE – COLUMBIA VALLEY, WASHINGTON
The Milbrandts call themselves farmers first and foremost and feel that working the soil in embedded deep within their blood. Since arriving in the Columbia Valley as children they have worked the earth. Today they farm 12 distinct estate vineyard sites totaling more than 2,300 acres. Their grapes are purchased by some of the most prestigious wineries in the state. They launched their own winery in 2005 and produce highly-individualistic wines. The second red entry is called the Brother’s Blend in honor of Milbrandt brothers Butch and Jerry and the way in which their work complements each other. This red wine is a blend of 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Syrah, 17% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 10% Grenache, and 9% Tempranillo. The grapes for this blend come from the Wahluke slope, considered to be one of the best grape growing regions in Washigton state. This wine was aged in American oak barrels for 16 months before release. This blend offers enticing aromas of blueberry, cherry, plum and vanilla. The palate is robust yes smooth and generous with notes of dark berries, cocoa, vanilla and a hint of spice. Be sure to open this wine and allow it to breathe for ½ hour before consuming, and pair it with pizza to burgers, to even a nice juicy steak. This will be a crowd pleaser. $18.99

SECONDARY WHITE:
2012 FOXEN – CHENIN BLANC ERNESTO WICKENDEN VINEYARD - SANTA MARIA VALLEY, CA 91 Pts. Wine Enth.
If you are one of the many people who love to visit the Central Coast for Pinot Noir, then you know Foxen. They farm some of the most coveted vineyards in the Central Coast region, they reported to have advised the owners of Seasmoke to setup shop where they now make their iconic wines. Foxen is a family winery, run by Bill Wathen and Dick Doré and have been making wine together since 1985. They created a small production vineyard designated wines using a minimalist approach. This is their 100% Chenin Blanc from 40-year old vines and a mere 3 acres. This wine is carefully handled, fermented in stainless steel then allow to rest in neutral French oak barrels for only 4 months. This wine will treat you to amazing aromas of citrus, pear and melon, with a long, clean “minerally” finish. The acid levels along with the minerals and fresh apple notes make it a great food wine. Wine Enthusiast Magazine calls it, “One of Foxen’s best wines” – Pair this wine with Asian cuisine, or if you want something heartier, try Pork Chops with Apple Sauce, this combo will be amazing! $24.99

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