JUNE WINE CLUB SELECTIONS 2014

JUNE 2014 WINE CLUB NOTES

PRIMARY WHITE WINE:
2012 DOMAINE SAINT LANNES – COTES DE GASCONE WHITE – COTES DE GASCONE (SO. FRANCE), FRANCE
This family owned and operated winery has been producing wine since 1971. The estate is located near Armagnac area of southwest France. Current owner Michel Duffour started in 1982 and was joined by his son Nicolas in 2005. They continue the traditional winemaking of the family while using new techniques such as skin contact maceration and cold stabilization. They also make use of enologists from Bordeaux to create their cuvées. The primary white in this month’s selection is a blend of 80% Colombard (is a white French wine grape variety that is the offspring of Gouais blanc and Chenin blanc) and 20% Gros Manseng (white wine grape variety that is grown primarily in South West France, and is part of the Manseng family). Chill this wine to about 45F and open this delicious dry white wine and enjoy the tropical notes rising from your glass, guavas, pineapples, golden apples, and even light hints of grapefruit. On the palate this wine will be unmistakably old world in style with racy acidity in the entry, a rush of stone fruit and minerality in the mid-palate, the tropical notes of guavas and grapefruit will linger in your mouth. This wine is great as an aperitif and makes a great companion to goat cheese, shellfish, fish and/or asparagus. This wine retails for $14.99

PRIMARY RED WINE:
2012 GOLDSCHMIDT VINEYARDS – YARDSTICK “RUTH’S REACH” CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY, CA
Another winning entry from our friend Nick Goldschmidt…we’re starting to think this guy doesn’t know how to make a bad wine. He mentioned to us earlier this year that he had made a Napa Wine that would blow minds, would be priced “very nicely” and impress people. After sampling it, we not only agreed with but we also think it beats other Napa Cabs at higher prices. We’ve already sampled many of you on this “limited release” Cabernet and many of you agree. We think this may become a staple for Napa Cab lovers. As usual, Nick made this wine with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes – no blends here, Nick believes in single varietal wines, the grapes come from St. Helena, off the Silverado trail vineyard. The grapes from 35 year old vines, and the wine was aged in French oak barrel for 15 months and racked twice (moving from one barrel to another using gravity for higher quality of wine – smoother texture on the palate), this wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. When you join us for the tasting of this wine, ask us about the name of the cab…”Ruth’s Reach” it’s pretty amusing! This delicious wine shows medium-garnet color, aromas of chocolate and butterscotch which compliment ripe cherry and red berry fruit; black cherry and raspberry flavors, a round palate with full yet soft tannins, and caramel, oak, and strawberry fruit in the finish. Break out the grill and pair some delicious steaks with this wine…and hurry back to Anne’s for more, you know you will!! $24.99

SECONDARY RED WINE ENTRY:
2012 JOSEPH MASACHS – “RESSO” GARNACHA – CATALUNYA DOC, SPAIN
Josep Masachs has been traditionally focused on production of great Cavas (sparkling wines). The idea of Ressò wines came when they found some old-vine Garnacha from a great region in the western part of Catalonia, belonging to appellation “Catalunya”. They chose Garnacha over other typical varieties from Penedes because they are convinced that its quality and taste was superior and more ‘international’ in style. The vineyards high above the coast where the climate is extremely Mediterranean with very low rainfall, combined with very cold winters and very hot summers, these factors produce special fruit with complex and delicious characters. Ressò in Catalan means “echo” or “notoriety”. The winery choose the name, as it would be easy name to remember and at the same time its definition was exactly what they want to show with this wine: wines that resonate the flavor of the Mediteranean coast. That’s why the “resonances” are printed on the label. This wine is made with 90% Garnacha and 10% Tempranillo, fermented entirely in stainless steel tanks. This translates to fresh raspberry and blackberry notes both on the nose and palate. The minerality of the soil and acidity is nicely balanced, the tannins are low and quite smooth. This wine is a great summer red as it can pair with both grilled chicken as well as grilled pork ribs, Basque cheese and of course Paella! This wine retails for a mere $11.99

SECONDARY WHITE:
2012 VINUM CELLARS – WHITE ELEPHANT WHITE BLEND - CALIFORNIA
Vinum Cellars was established 1997, as collaboration of winemakers Richard Bruno and Chris Condos, who first became friends while they were students at UC Davis. They share a long standing passion for Chenin Blanc and fondness for the more obscure grape varieties, both come from a wine and restaurant background, which brought about a passion for wines that would be not only great but great with food. This is their White Elephan blend – do not confuse with that “hard-to-get-rid-of present” at Christmas time… White Elephant is named so for its rarity, but addicting for those brave enough to try it. This wine is a blend of 59% Chenin Blanc, 24% Roussanne and 17% Viognier, which are barrel fermented in French Oak and aged Sur Lies for 9 months. Its cool climate pedigree stretches from Clarksburg, through San Benito to Santa Barbara County. New World Chenin Blanc as the base, with a Loire-ish twang, minerality of Roussanne a Rhone varietal, and the aromatics of a sister varietal Viognier. This entry is medium straw colored with up front mineral, honeysuckle, peach and nectarine notes. The palate explodes with mango and passion fruit and hints of vanilla. This wine is exceptional with Seabass, Halibut or Sole to Salmon, Tuna or Shark, also with rich based sauces and compound butters with garlic, so open a bottle and enjoy summer with this wine. This wine retails for $19.99

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