SEPTEMBER WINE CLUB WINES - 2014

SEPTEMBER 2014 WINE CLUB NOTES

PRIMARY WHITE WINE:
2012 E TROUPIS WINERY – “FTERI” MOSCHOFILERO – PGI ARCADIA, GREECE
The E Troupis Winery is located in the heart of the Mantineia vineyards at an altitude of 700 m. in the area known as Fteri. The Ioannis Troupis’ family has been involved in the wine industry since the mid-1970s when they cultivated vines primarily for making wine to meet the family’s needs. Over the last few years Tasos Troupis, the owner and winemaker has created a modern winery with small production wines in mind, using the family’s privately-owned vineyards (approximately 7 hectares) which they lovingly tend. These efforts turn out fascinating wines like our choice for the primary white wine this month. Moschofilero is the name of the grape this wine is made from and it an aromatic white grape of Greek origins, with a pink/purple skin with mild spicy flavor with good acidity. This wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and displays the slight perfumes of the herbs alongside notes of rose, violets, spices and citrus fruit, all wrapped in the intense acidity with which Moschofilero has become synonymous. Chill this wine to 42F and pair it with seafood, artichokes (yes it pairs beautifully) and or roasted vegetables. Vegetarian dishes will pair nicely with this refreshing wine. $16.99


PRIMARY RED WINE:
2011 GRANT FAMILY WINES – TEMPRANILLO – CALIFORNIA
Tempranillo from California, Rioja style! Straight Line Wines offers delicious, varietal wines true to their character. Jon Grant is the owner and winemaker, having worked with fine wine for more than 15 years, in addition to his ongoing affiliation as Assistant Winemaker with Turley Wine Cellars in Paso Robles, he has a well-rounded background which allows him to understand the correlation between the vineyard and the final bottle of wine. With this knowledge, his winemaking procedures are deliberately minimal; knowing that the right grape, grown in the right vineyard can produce wines of great character. This wine is comprised of fruit from three different California vineyards. Madder Lake in Napa Valley produces intense fruit with big blue and black fruit, spice, tar, and tannin. Liberty Oaks Vineyard in Lodi, is farmed by vineyard manager and vintner, Markus Bokisch. The first two vineyards create the frame, but the final piece of the blend comes from Graciano, an ancient and rare Spanish variety, grown in the Terra Alta Vineyard in Lockeford, CA. The result is Tempranillo with intense aromatics of blue and purple fruits, dried fig, tobacco, graphite, pomegranate, black Italian plum, blueberry cobbler, and spice. The palate is equally as rewarding with a core of red fruit notes and smooth tannins and a lengthy finish. The blend of these wines was aged in 40% new oak French barrels for 11 months then bottled without filtration. Open this luscious wine and decant it for one hour before you pair it with Roasted lamb, pork, or your favorite game meat. If you’re a vegetarian, pair it with sautéed or stewed vegetables or slice some Manchego cheese. Rated 90 points by Wine & Spirits Magazine $24.00

SECONDARY RED WINE ENTRY:
2009 LA FIORITA – “LAURUS” ROSSO, TUSCANY, ITALY
Fattoria La Fiorita has been a favorite of ours here at Anne’s for their amazing Brunellos, when we found this wine, we secured it for the wine club. But first, a bit about the winery. The winery was established in 1992 by one of the world’s top winemakers, Roberto Cipresso (Wine and Spirits Mag. 2009). Cipresso had already made a name for himself in Montalcino with his winemaking at Case Basse, and Poggio Antico, but he was also making headlines as the winemaker at arguably Argentina’s top winery, Achaval Ferrer. At La Fiorita, he started with only a small Sangiovese vineyard, but soon spotted and bought some of the best land for other varietals. This was the beginning of La Fiorita’s greatness. Many of his other Italian wines have easily scored 94+ points from many respected critics (Wine Spectator & Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate). We are happy to share with you this wine, a Super Tuscan comprised of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot. The grapes come from vineyards located in Montecucco, which is in the same valley as the grapes for their Brunello. Fermentation takes place using select yeasts in Slavonian oak vats, then aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (previously used for Brunello). This powerful wine is ruby in color with a red brick undertones, the nose is brimming with red plum notes, black cherries, tobacco, allspice, and coffee. The palate begins with a rush of cherry, plums and spice, medium in body, the tannins are apparent yet mellow, the finish leaves one with notes of baked cherries and coffee. Be sure to decant this wine for about an hour before you enjoy it. A True Italian wine like this should be paired with a meat dish, one specially treated with a dry rub of rosemary and thyme. If pasta is more your taste, then enjoy with a hearty meat sauce! $22.00


SECONDARY WHITE:
2013 KETTMEIR – PINOT BIANCO – ALTO ADIGE – SUDTIRIOL - ITALY
Kettmeir is one of the leading names in Alto Adige’s wine tradition. Soil types and a climate that alternates between Mediterranean and Alpine, with significant day-night and summer-winter temperature fluctuations, enhance Kettmeir wines with their distinctive personality.
The winery headquarters, the vineyards and the cellars on the celebrated Wine Trail bear witness to an ancient farming heritage and a long tradition of winemaking. Production focuses on quality obtained from grape varieties that have found an ideal environment here and yield a full range of flavors, typical of the region. For your secondary white, this month, we chose Pinot Bianco, one of the two greatest grapes grown in Alto Adige. It is said that Alto Adige’s Pinot Bianco rival the best Gruner Veltliner wines from Austria. This wine was fermented in stainless steel and allowed to rest with the lees until bottling, giving it the rich texture you’ll enjoy as you drink it. The nose draws you in with notes of white peach, Meyer lemon zest, honey and hints of white pepper. The finish has a slight white nectarine and saline note to it. Lovers of Pinot Grigio should really be pleased with this wine. Pair it with fresh water fish, asparagus, or a plate of light cheese topped off with almonds. $22.99

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