NOVEMBER 2014 WINE CLUB TASTING NOTES

NOVEMBER 2014 WINE CLUB NOTES

PRIMARY RED WINE:
2012 HARRINGTON – PINOT NOIR – RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Harrington Wines is a small producer (only up to 2000 cases per year, total production) hell-bent on bringing to your glass the obscure, forgotten grapes of California as well as producing clean, stable wines made without added sulfi¬tes. Brian Harrington is the owner and winemaker for this eclectic winery and founded this winery in 2002 to produce California Pinot Noir and over the years, he has done research on California's long-forgotten Pinot Noir vineyards. While Pinot Noir is Brian’s main focus, his other (unusual) wines are amazing and one of them is at Anne’s – Charbono, we have the last case in existence, don’t miss it. But we digress…this amazing Pinot Noir comes from a single vineyard in the coolest region of the Russian River Valley where an outcrop of river stone and gravel in the soil adds an unique structural element to the wine. This wine was produced with unique premium Pinot Noir protocols: night/dawn harvesting of grapes to preserve delicate aromatics, three day cold soaks with dry ice, native yeast fermentations, hand punch-downs, tannin management, gentle pressing, French barrels, lees stirring and no rackings….what does it lead to? Well, when I found this wine at a trade event, the nose alone kept me talking to Brian for a while on how hypnotic this Pinot Noir is. This wine will blow your mind with notes of dried fruit, blackberries, carob, vanilla, and subtle wood accents that all come together in a complex aromatics. The palate is filled with robust dark cherry, sour red fruits, cinnamon and spice. A deep supple midpalate of ripe wild cherry, orange rind, currant and mocha wrap around savory, fine-boned tannins. An integrated acidity works in measured counterpoint to the sweet fruit expression. YES, this wine is perfect for your Thanksgiving Turkey!! Decant this wine for about ½ hour, roast that bird, cover it in homemade cranberry sauce and enjoy it with this delicious Pinot Noir. This wine retails for $30.00

PRIMARY WHITE WINE:
2012 CLENDENEN FAMILY VINEYARDS – “LE BON CLIMAT VINEYARD” VIOGNIER – SANTA MARIA VALLEY, CA
Jim Clendenen, owner and winemaker, has been awarded 2004 Winemaker of the World from Wine Gourmet – one of the 50 Most Influential Winemakers from Wine & Spirits Magazine - 2001 Winemaker of the Year from Food & Wine Magazine & Best Wineries of the World (Au Bon Climat) from Robert M. Parker, Jr. – with all of these credentials we are excited to offer you this delightful wine made from 100% Viognier grapes. The grapes for this wine are grown and bottled by Jim Clendenen himself and are from his sought-after Le Bon Climat Vineyard and fermented entirely in stainless steel. This wine has green-tinged gold highlights, with a highly perfumed bouquet of ripe peach, orange, honey and white flowers, and hints of vanilla. This is one juicy and rich wine, spice-accented citrus and pit fruit nectar flavors and a touch of peach pit on the finish. The acid levels on this wine are perfect for the Thanksgiving meal; if you prefer white wines, this one will do nicely with the Turkey. This wine retails for $20.00
94 Points – Stephen Tanzer – International Wine Cellar

SECONDARY RED WINE ENTRY:
2012 OLELO – CABERNET SAUVIGNON – PASO ROBLES, CA
A delicious wine from “The Sommelier of the People”, Master Sommelier Michael Jordan, resident of Costa Mesa and one of the most prestigious wine figures of our time. Michael is one of only 15 people in the world to posses both the Master Sommelier Diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Certified Wine Educator Diploma from the Society of Wine Educators. Michael also chairs the oldest wine competition in America, The Los Angeles Wine and Spirits Competition. Michael Jordan and wife Teresa have been making their own world class wine as WORD VINEYARDS: small production, high quality, hand crafted artisan wines made from some of the finest fruit grown in California and other regions of the world (All three Word Wines have been available in the past at Anne’s). Michael now shares with us his Olelo Wines – Olelo means “word” in Hawaiian, his homeland. Jordan, along with talented winemaker Nicholas Miller of Bien Nacido/Solomon Hills/French Camp Vineyards, bring us this food friendly wine made from 100% Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is dark and inky with rich aromas of cooked red and black berries and notes of vanilla (from aging in French barrels). The acid is just right for food, and no wonder with a foodie master sommelier behind it, this wine is perfect for the holidays. The tannins are smooth and it has a lengthy finish that reminds us of blackberries. Some of you have told us that you skip the turkey for ham or event roast beef; this is your wine! This wine retails for $20.00 and the quantities are very limited.

SECONDARY WHITE:
2013 SINEANN – GRUNER VELTLINER – COLUMBIA GORGE, OREGON
Sineann is a small producer of highly intense wines made from the finest grapes from the finest vineyards in the region. Almost all of their wines are single-vineyard designated, with low crop levels to ensure that the best characteristics of the varietal and terroir shine through. They focus solely on small batches of great wines, this one in particular only has 300 cases produced. Now let us introduce you to this lovely wine, it is 100% Gruner Veltliner grapes – Gruner is native to Austria. We’ve always loved the great Gruners of the world, and so have you (from previous wine club entries). When we sampled this lovely wine, we imagined many of you who could be serving lighter or perhaps vegetarian fare on Thanksgiving, and if you’re serving asparagus, this wine is key. This wine is light and delightful and will make a delicious aperitif or wine for this important meal. The wine has beautiful aromatics, good acidity, complexity of fruit and excellent mouthfeel. The wine combines spicy stone fruits with white pepper and citrus qualities while exhibiting an amazing amount of body. Chill and enjoy! This wine retails for $19.99.

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