OCTOBER 2014 - WINE CLUB NOTES

PRIMARY RED WINE:
2012 MINISTRY OF THE VINTERIOR – “THE MESSENGER” ZINFANDEL – LODI, CALIFORNIA
The label alone will get you thinking of Halloween, the wine inside, will have you coming back to Anne’s for more! This winery is owned and run by winemakers, Daniel O’Donnell and Charles Hendricks; theirs is a winery that describes itself with self-aggrandizing proclamations and whimsical labeling and while that is entertaining and enticing, it still comes down to what is inside the bottle. This bottle is filled with great wine, made with 100% Zinfandel from Lodi where much of the history of Zinfandel is said to take place. The vines from which this wine is made, come from a lot that is clocked at 80+ years of age, and the wine is aged for 6 months in used American oak barrels. The 2012 vintage had near perfect conditions and the winemakers were delighted to make a wine with this quality, considering previous vintages (specially 2011) were challenging at best in some cases. The result is this lovely zinfandel with delightful notes of earth, rosemary, and lavender with voluptuous, jammy flavors of blackberry, blueberries, and light notes of cinnamon. As the weather cools down, this wine as a perfect companion to chili (ASK US for the Pumpkin Chili Recipe) – open this wine and allow it to breathe for ½ hour. This wine is also a great companion to barbeque, roasted leg of lamb and game as well as richly-sauced pasta dishes. And pizza! This wine retails for $16.99

PRIMARY WHITE WINE:
2012 SCARBOLO – SAUVIGNON – GRAVES DE FRUILY DOC, ITALY
Nope, not a typo! You read correctly, a Sauvignon…. it is a Sauvignon Blanc, but that is the name it has come to be known in this region of Italy. Like the gravelly Graves region of Bordeaux, Sauvignon Grave del Friuli owes its name to the gravel in the subsoil, which forces the roots of the vine to grow deep into the earth in search of water. As the vine struggles, its fruit grows richer, resulting in full, well-structured wine with remarkable minerality. To enhance its mineral qualities and fruit notes, the fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature. Aged on the noble lees for 6 months with frequent bâtonnage (stirring of the lees), thus giving the wine the silky, almost buttery texture in the mouth. The nose has enticing aromas of peach, tropical fruit, and a bit of sage. Aromas that expand on the palate, with a soft creamy texture and generous structure. Although this is a Sauvignon Blanc, the Italian terroir comes through in full force. Chill it to at 50°F and enjoy as an aperitif or pair with fish, soups, herb frittatas and cold dishes. Perfect with prosciutto and cantaloupe. Sauvignon or Sauvignon Blanc…we love this wine! This wine retails for $17.99

SECONDARY RED WINE ENTRY:
2011 DOMAINE LEDUC-FROUIN – “LA SEIGNEURIE” ANJOU – ANJOU (LOIRE VALLEY), FRANCE
Domaine Leduc-Frouin, located in the lower Loire Valley, was founded in 1873, and is now managed by Antoine Leduc, 4th generation Winemaker. Antoine was always destined to work in his family estate and so he returned there in 1993 after doing his Oenology studies in Bourgogne and Bordeaux. Combining tradition and modernity, Antoine makes every eff­ort to produce typical, local wines, and produces single vineyard wines like “La Seigneurie" Anjou. The winery is certified “Terra Vitis” which in short, means that the wine is of high quality, the winery and the grape grower respects the environment and terroir (Biodynamic) and is a fair and competitive producer. This wine is made up of 100% Cabernet Franc, one of the two major grapes produced in this region, and all the fruit comes from a single vineyard. The vineyards were hand-picked, then the wine underwent full malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 3 weeks with everyday pump over (battonage). This is followed by aging the wine 12 to 18 months in concrete tanks. This wine has brilliant garnet color, with aromas of currants, plums, blueberries and wet tobacco. It is smooth and rich at the same time with velvety tannins, for red lovers who may think that French reds are not approachable, we suggest you give this one a try! Open at least ½ hour before consuming and pair it with roasted red meat dishes, eggplant dishes, or if you love Mexican, try it with a Chile Relleno…you’ll love it. $21.99

SECONDARY WHITE:
2013 BERNREITER – GEMISCHTER SATZ – GEMISCHTER SATZ DAC (VIENA), AUSTRIA
Did you know that Vienna (which actually means wine) is not only a capital city but also a bustling wine producing region? With over 2.4 million liters of wine produced annually. About 80% of the area under cultivation is covered with white wine vines, and from here is where we bring you this Germischter Satz (Field Blend) – yes we had to learn to pronounce it too! The Field Blends are a Viennese tradition where small, farmers learned to interplant up to 20 different grapes in the same vineyard as a guarantee that at least something would survive the sometimes challenging conditions. In light of this blinding optimism, everything grew together, was picked together, and was fermented together, resulting in a single wine style called Gemischter Satz. This delicious white wine we present you is a blend of Grüner Veltliner, Weißburgunder, Grauburgunder, Chardonnay, and Riesling and all from a single vineyard. All fermented in stainless steel in temperature controlled tanks. This wine is loaded with notes of peach and apricots; the acidity is well balanced with the fruit, which hints to a touch of sweetness. This wine is a perfect aperitif or serve it after dinner with a cheese and fruit plate. If meat if more your choice, then try it with lighter pork dishes! $19.99
PS. The label is a painting “Wordplay” by Ethiopian-born artist Wosene Worke Kosrof, who was inspired by this wine being a play on wines, he uses his native language Amharic—one of the few ancient written languages in Africa.

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