JANUARY 2015 WINE CLUB TASTING NOTES

JANUARY 2015 WINE CLUB NOTES

PRIMARY RED WINE:
2012 VEGA SINDOA – CABERNET SAUVIGNON – NAVARRA, SPAIN
Jorge Ordonez is synonymous with reviving the love of Spanish wines in the US. Back in the 80s the misconception of Spanish wine was that of low quality wines. Jorge knew that a lot of this came from the poor handling of wines and bad marketing, and he set out to change this. He understood that much the problem was due to poor marketing and even poorer handling of the wines. Jorge was one of the few to recognize the vast potential of its old vines and dry-farmed vineyards, even though at the time, the wine world seemed to favor “modern and new”. Ordoñez took the bold step of challenging and educating the American palate by being the first to introduce exotic wines like Albarino, Txakoli and Godello (many of which have made an appearance in our club and store shelves). Regardless of the grape, Jorge seems to have the acute sense and skill to find, and sometimes produce wines that amaze and educate us. His wines now make it into many of the top wine lists of the world, score high points and win many wine competitions, worldwide. With all that, let us introduce you to this wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon, hailing from the Navarra, region, famous for their rose wines. Vega Sindoa winery is managed by winemaker Concha Vecino. The winery is located north of Navarra, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, with weather and soil conditions ideal for great wines. After an unusual (yet typical for the region) long period of ripening (harvest normally takes place in November) the grapes are gently crushed and the juice is fermented in stainless steel, then the wine is aged in French oak barrels between 12 and 18 months. This wine showcases notes of black fruit, embellished with chocolate and a delicious light toasted note. Round and appealing in the mouth. Surprisingly complex and very easy to wine to drink. Open this wine and allow it to breathe for ½ hour and enjoy with your favorite game or red meats stews. We think this is a great paella wine but if you’re more in a casual mood? Enjoy it with a nice cheeseburger, or a cold meat and cured ham platter. $13.50

PRIMARY WHTIE WINE:
2013 BODEGAS LA CAÑA – ALBARIÑO – RIAS BAIXAS, SPAIN - STEPHEN TANZER 91 POINTS
Our primary white wine entry also comes from the Jorge Ordoñez collection, and Jorge is not only the importer but also the owner of the winery. Alongside winemaker Alistair Gardner, they produce wines from small parcels of vineyards, which can be as small as one fifth of an acre. The diminutive size of these plots allows the winery to identify the unique quality of each vine. The vineyards are located about a mile from the ocean, and were planted before 1990. In the late 1980s there were only five wineries producing Albariño. Jorge Ordoñez was the very first exporter of Albariño. It was immediately successful because this was at a time when there were no white wines of high quality from Spain. In the ensuing years there has been rapidly growing competition in the marketplace, yet Jorge remains the leader in producing the highest quality Albariño. When you taste this wine, we think you’ll agree. After harvesting the grapes, 80 percent of the wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and the other 20 percent in French oak barrels, called puncheons, resting on lees before bottling. This lovely wine generous citrus notes of lemon and lime zest, granny smith apple, ginger and chalky minerals; showing very good clarity. Bright and racy on the palate, offering citrus notes, white floral notes, and nectarine flavors. Weightier and persistent finish, which features fleshy pear and melon character and repeating the minerality. This wine is a perfect match for shellfish, oysters, garlic dishes, or the traditional seafood paella. $21.99

SECONDARY RED WINE ENTRY:
2009 VIGNE DEL MALINA – CABERNET FRANC – FRUILY, ITALY – VEGAN WINE
Get ready for a “drink-by-the-fireplace” wine…this gorgeous red is a Cabernet Franc from Italy. The winery is called Vigne del Malina, The vineyards "Vigne del Malina" are cultivated where two streams, the Malina and the Ellero - certainly not by chance - drew the shape of a wine glass (see label). The alluvial soil with unique characteristics and this particular microclimate are ideal for small quantities of superior quality grapes. Roberto Bacchetti and his family are not interested in producing large quantities. For this reason, they can afford to produce only excellent wines, and this is one of the top ones. This wine is made with 100% Cabernet Franc, although not labeled, they proudly state that the vineyards are managed with low ecological impact, with frequent manual interventions and without chemical weeding. The grapes are gently crushed and then the juice is fermented in stainless steel, then aged in oak barrels for 18 months. This wine is bottled unfiltered and unfined. This wine boasts intense red ruby color, with purple tones, and a powerful nose of black stewed fruit and chocolate. This wine has lots of velvety tannins that will leave you wanting another glass. This wine will pair well red grilled and spiced meats and stews or a hearty, spicy vegetarian dish. $22.50

SECONDARY WHITE:
2013 TERREDORA DIPAOLO – CODA DI VOLPE WHITE – CAMPANIA, ITALY
Terredora Di Paolo is a story of a family that is closely linked to Campania, its land, its history and its people. With 494 acres of privately owned vineyards in the best sites of the Avellino province, Terredora di Paolo is one of the most admired wineries in southern Italy. They produce wines that are close to the land and its history, and this wine is made with a local grape called Coda di Volpe. Coda di Volpe is a white wine that dates back to at least Roman times. Native to Campania, Coda di Volpe, or fox’s tail, refers the shape of the grape bunches. The wine is fermented and briefly aged in stainless steel tanks before bottling young to maintain freshness. This wine has lovely pale lemon notes with greenish reflections Rich and intense scents of fruit and flowers, the palate is fresh and soft, reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc. The finish reminds us of citrus fruits and quince. Pairs well with fresh pasta, fresh salads and light dishes $15.00

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