AUGUST 2014 WINE CLUB WINES

PRIMARY WHITE WINE:
2013 AVANCIA – GODELLO “CUVEE DE O” – VALDEORRAS (GALICIA), SPAIN
Jorge Ordonez does it again! The legendary wine personality, Jorge Ordonez from Spain, imports some of the most coveted Spanish wines of our time, and this time, he is not only the importer but also producer of this elegant white wine. The Ordonez wine team has some of the most celebrated winemakers making and consulting on his winemaking ventures, names like Gerhard Kracher, Alistair Gardner, Chris Ringland, and Rafael Cañizares. This particular wine is made from Godello grapes, which is a white variety of wine grape grown in northwestern Spain, principally in Galicia. This grape can sometimes be found in Portugal under the name Gouveio. Godello grapes can produce fine white wines, and yields the best results in Valdeorras, which is where this summer-ready wine is made. The grapes for this wine were hand harvested, carried in small baskets so as to not damage the fruit and only the best are chosen to be made in to this refreshing wine. Fermented in stainless steel to enhance the clean stone fruit qualities of this wine. Chill this to 45F and when you open it, you’ll experience the ripe pear notes alongside the citrus notes. Take a sip and you’ll notice the rush of refreshing acidity that leads to the pear and peach notes that carry onto the palate. You’ll love the citrus and minerality finish. Pair this delicious wine with crab legs, a mild Spanish cheese like a San Simon (mild Galicia) cheese, or seafood paella. For a summer treat, take a brie wedge and instead of bread, cut up pear slices and scoop the cheese with the fruit and enjoy with this wine. Cheers! 90 points Stephen Tanzer $19.99

PRIMARY RED WINE:
2011 GIA – ROSSO 11 GRADI – LANGHE (PIEDMONTE), ITALY
There are so many things to love about this wine, first with the winery which was founded by the Italian estate of Fontanafredda in Langhue (Piedmonte) in 1878. The property, in addition to its Michelin Star restaurant and truffle forest, proudly includes a “bio-nature reserve”. Integrated farming is practiced in the vineyards, all rain water is recycled, no chemical fertilizers are used and the presence of sulphites is limited. Già is crafted from a blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto grapes, bottled in November and released in December. The bottle for this wine was made with recycled glass and the label with made with recycled printed paper. This wine is meant to be enjoyed young and fresh. With Summer here, it’s a great time to have friends over and enjoy a great glass of wine, and sometimes a 750ml bottle is not enough, which is why, when we tasted this delicious red blend in a full liter bottle, we chose as one of our August wines. Fermented entirely in stainless steel to enhance the bright fresh berry notes. This light red is of true Italian quality that makes your mouth water from the first sip. This wine is red-garnet in color, aromas of minerals, light baking spices and strawberry swirled about in the glass. Mixed fruit flavors of blueberry, blackberry, and cherry with mild, smooth dry tannins, and medium body. Easy drinking, party-size bottle, perfectly balanced to enjoy with pizza, light pastas, or like as we like it - by itself. $17.99

SECONDARY RED WINE ENTRY:
2012 VINA ZORZAL – GRACIANO – NAVARRA, SPAIN
Viña Zorzal is located in the Southern part of the Navarra DO, very close to the border with Rioja. In fact, they farm some vines in Rioja as well. They are the parent house of Vinícola Corellana and thus the small producer house is born. They were founded by Antonio Sanz in 1989. The idea has always been sustainability and a return to historical grape varieties. With the coming of age of his three sons, Xabier, Iñaki and Mikel, the winery Viña Zorzal was born. Like so many father/son stories, the children have adopted the idea of the father and taken it further. The farming is now organic and the focus is on making higher quality, site specific wines that respect history but also look to a brighter future. For August we chose their Graciano, a unique wine from a grape usually found in Spanish blends alongside Tempranillo but rarely bottled on its own. Graciano shares the same root with the Spanish word for graceful. On it’s own it shows that graceful side but we also get to see the darker side too. De-stemmed berries are pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks, 25% goes through malolactic fermentation, giving this wine its silky texture. The wine is then aged in oak barrel for 4 months. The nose is full of notes of hibiscus, anise and other lifted spice qualities but also a darker fruit quality and nice tannins. A lot of wine for the money. Treat like a merlot and enjoy with Spanish Manchego cheese, a grilled steak, Spanish chorizo dishes such as meat paella. $16.50

SECONDARY WHITE:
2013 DE IULIIS – SEMILLON – HUNTER VALLEY, AUSTRALIA
Hard to pronounce (de uli ~ iss) but totally worth it! As one of the Hunter Valley’s (lower Hunter Valley) top producers, the De Iuliis family aims to make wines that are unique yet highly identifiable with a true sense of terroir (weather and soil). They are a modern small-batch producer with quality rather than quantity as their goal. No wonder their wines are always garnishing great reviews, this wine received 93pts from James Halliday, a celebrated Australian Wine critic, and we couldn’t agree more! The Hunter Valley is renowned for producing some of the best Semillon in the world and this is one of the best we’ve tasted. This 100% Semillon wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks to showcase the best this lovely grape has to offer. With fresh, lifted, citrus characters, a light palate, and crisp, zesty acids, yet it carries a creamy texture that makes you reach for another glass. The finish is a lengthy delight of flavors; we know you’ll love this delicious wine! It’s the perfect match for seafood or any delicately flavored dishes. $22.99

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