MARCH 2015 WINE CLUB WINES

PRIMARY RED WINE:
2011 GAGLIOLI – “RUBIOLO” CHIANTI, CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG, ITALY – James Suckling 90 Points
Gagliole is a small production gem that captures all of Tuscany’s beauty. Judiciously cultivated and groomed, small tracts of land with vineyards of Sangiovese and other varietals that love the Tuscan sun. The winery and vineyards are owned by Monika and Thomas Bär, a noted gallery manager and a Swiss lawyer and banker, who decided to settle in Gagliole in order to return to Tuscany where they met and set out to produce small production wines from this fruitful land married with state of the art technology. Gagliole is a small property, and almost everything is done by hand. The wine making is entrusted to world-famous Stefano Chioccioli who in recent years has transformed the rather rustic wines, into polished, highly rated, spectacular wines, and we think you’ll agree and love this Chianti. This red wine is made of Sangiovese and Merlot grapes. After pressing, 70% was aged aged in oak barrels while 30% in steel vats. Thereafter, the wine was bottled and stored for further 3 months before releasing to the market. Rubiolo is very fruity and fresh, with smooth and harmonious tannins. Open about a half hour before consuming and pair it with a mushroom risotto or a chicken topped with a light mushroom cream sauce and side of steamed broccoli. If you’re in the mood for classic pairings try pasta with Bolognese sauce

PRIMARY WHITE WINE:
2012 TENUTA RAPITALA – “PIANO MALTESE” WHITE BLEND – TERRE SICILIANE IGT (SICILY), ITALY
Rapitalà, “Beautiful Garden of God”, lies in the northwest corner of Sicily. In 1968 French count, Hugues Bernard de la Gatinais, married Gigi Guarrasi. With her, he engaged in a passionate and courageous adventure: the renovation of the cellars and vineyards of the Guarrasi family’s Tenuta Rapitalà, an estate that had been destroyed by a powerful earthquake in 1968. Count Hugues and his wife devoted themselves to the viticultural re-organization of the vineyards and it was at this point that he introduced French varietals to Sicilian terroir, a project never before taken-on by another Sicilian winemaking estate. In 1976, the first harvest destined for bottling was made, and Tenuta Rapitalà soon became a leader of the quality revolution in Sicilian enology. Today we are delighted to introduce you to this lovely white wine blend. “The Piano Maltese” is made with a blend of 45% Grillo, 45% Catarratto, and 10% Chardonnay, all farmed, harvested, and vinified individually. Grillo and Cataratto grapes give this wine fresh Mediterranean scents and a savory, while the Chardonnay gives it the touch of tropical notes. The wines are fermented in stainless steel vats enhancing the rich, fruit driven nose. The palate is rich yet fresh with apple, pear, herb and a touch of roasted nut. This wine will be a delightful wine to pair with Sicilian favorite dish of Shrimp/seafood pasta with capers. A grilled fish with creamy sauces, smoked salmon, or try them with our favorite Graber olives, we have them at Anne’s.

SECONDARY RED WINE ENTRY:
2012 TORTOISE CREEK WINES - CARIGNAN “VIELLES VIGNES” – PAYS D’HERAULT (LANGUEDOC), FRANCE
Tortoise Creek is a range of very fine varietal, small production wines from the Languedoc district of the South of France. Tortoise Creek was created by a British couple, Mel and Janie Master who lived much of their lives in the wine business in the South of France as well as California. During their time in France, they developed close relationships with many of the top growers and winemakers in the Languedoc and have been producing wines from this area since 1990. This month’s secondary red wine is their 100% Carignan. While this grape has its origins in Aragona, Spain, it has found perfect conditions in the Languedoc as well. This cuvee of old vine (vieilles vignes) Carignan comes from a vineyard in the village of Cruzy which is located in the hills of the Herault region, north east of Beziers. The Carignan grape has been planted in the Languedoc for a great many years and the vineyards that produce this wine are all over 50 years old. The fermentation is carried in stainless steel and the wine is aged in French oak for five months to add complexity and roundness to the blend resulting in a juicy, intense and full-flavored wine. This wine has a deep, red color and lovely aromas of wild herbs and red berries. On the plate it is rich and full bodied with hints of spice and leather. Drink now .Excellent with beef, barbeque or firm cheeses.

SECONDARY WHITE:
2013 SCHUCHMANN – RKATSITELI - KAKHETI, GEORGIA
Georgia lies where Europe and Asia meet. German-born Burkhard Schuchmann founded his eponymous winery in 2008 after falling in love with Georgian wines and feeling compelled to share them on a global scale. Burkhard was always a wine connoisseur and discovered Georgia, one of the oldest wine producing regions, through his travels. To manage the company's wine production, Schuchmann sought out native Georgian Georgi Dakishvili, a third generation winemaker and part-owner of a small winery to produce his wines. The winery is located in Eastern Georgia's Kakheti wine district. It produces wines out of three vineyard sites: Napareuli, Tsinandali, and Kindzmarauli, and mostly uses native Georgian grape varieties like this ancient grape in this wine, 100% Rkatsiteli (Pronounced "rkah-tsee-tely) and is one of the oldest grape varieties in the world. In Georgia, clay vessels were found with seeds of Rkatsiteli grapes which date back to 3000 BC. Rkatsiteli was popular in the Soviet Union prior to its fall and at one point was responsible about 18% of all Soviet wine production. There it was used to make everything from table wine to fortified wine. Prior to President Gorbachev's vine pull scheme, it was possibly the world's most widely planted white wine grape. Chill this wine to 50F and open this wine to reveal the aromas of pear, apple and peach, its medium body and long finish this wine will draw you in with every sip. This wine is versatile and pairs with fish, to pork, to vegetables. This wine really delivers. Drink now!

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