MAY 2015 WINE CLUB WINES

MAY 2015 WINE CLUB NOTES- Beginning June 1st – Changes to wine club selections are subject to availability and will incur a $10.00 charge

PRIMARY RED WINE:
2012 MADDELINE – “MADDIE” RED BLEND - CALIFORNIA
Damien Georis was born and raised in Belgium; he earned a degree in agricultural engineering and Enology in Bordeaux. After a few years honing in his craft in well regarded wineries in France such Chateau Nenin owned by Léoville-Las-Cases and Chateau Olivier, he. by a stroke of serendipity, found a producer in California’s Carmel Valley with his last name. At the time, Georis winery, owned by Walter Georis, also happened to be in search of a French winemaker with classical training. Shortly thereafter, Damien found himself on a plane and headed out to California. In addition to his responsibilities as winemaker to Georis winery, Damien has also been crafting his own wines under the Madeleine label. The name of Maddie is to honor to a close friend of his youth, and he makes this small production wine (175 cases) to honor her. And that brings us to this month’s primary red blend, Damien sources small amounts of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot from small growers and blends this robust and delightful wine. The wine ferments in stainless steel tanks then he ages it in neutral French oak barrels for 15 months before release. This wine is a nice deep ruby red with black spice notes, it reminded us of cloves, plums, blackberries, and just a hint of red bell pepper. The French winemaking signature is both on the nose and the palate, and speaking of that, once you take a sip, you’ll notice the bright notes of blackberries, black cherries, and the bit of spice that makes you take notice. The finish is quite lengthy too. This wine would make a great partner to grilled tri-tip (the Santa Maria marinade), if Mexican cuisine is your thing, try it with Chiles Rellenos, or if you are into veggies, a nice Ratatouille would do nicely. $

PRIMARY WHITE WINE:
2013 HONORO VERA – WHITE WINE BLEND – RUEDA, SPAIN
Ateca Winery, founded in 2005, is the project of the Gil Family in Calatayud (Bodegas el Nido – high end Garnachas. Ateca wines are the result of a detailed work on selecting the grape, with exhaustive analytical criteria, coming from a harvest done in the precise moment of ripening. The Australian enologist Michael Kyberd is in charge of the project that brings us this delicious, citrusy wine. This wine is a blend of Verdejo, the local grape, with the addition of Sauvignon Blanc. All the fruit is estate grown and handpicked, then fermented in stainless steel. This refreshing wine is light yellow with brisk notes of Meyer lemon pith, white pepper and ginger. Bone-dry and like a refreshing splash of flavor on the palate. It offers flavors of citrus fruits and white peaches with a hint of tarragon. Cleans the palate with a racy acidity, making it perfect for shellfish, lemon-marinated white meats, and of course light salads. We think that with May being a warm month, you’ll enjoy this wine again and again. $

SECONDARY RED WINE ENTRY:
2013 ELENA WALCH – LAGREIN – ALTO ADIGE, ITALY
Elena Walch left her career in architecture to become a winemaker in 1985 and has since become a rising star in one of Italy's most prestigious wine regions. Elena is considered to be one of the most admired winemakers in all of Italy. She took over two magnificent estates that overlook the Lake of Kalteren. Elena (along with her husband, Werner Walch) is committed to high standards and sustainable and regional winemaking. Specifically, she plants the vineyards with low-yielding, grapes that are native to the region. This month’s secondary red is one of most cherished red grapes: Lagrein. Lagrein is a red wine grape variety native to northern Italy, although not well known here in the USA, it is a great alternative to Cabernet. Lagrein is a descendant of Teroldego, and related to Syrah, Pinot Noir and Dureza. It is full bodied, exhibits smooth tannins, and is also quite elegant. Traditional fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks and then it is put through malolactic (second) fermentation and maturation take place in large French oak barrels, which adds additional complexity, lush fruit and subtle spices. This wonderful wine has garnet red color. The bouquet carries spicy aromas, with sweet red cherries, cocoa and a touch of herbs in the background. Smooth tannin structure, yet rustic, a perfect food wine, with acidity to cleanse the palate after a bit of a cheese-rich meal. This wine pairs nicely with game, hard cheeses. When we tasted it, we had it with a Lamb Ragu from Pizzeria Ortica, what a delicious pairing it was. Allow this wine to breathe for about ½ hour. This wine will drink well for another 5 to 7 years. $

SECONDARY WHITE:
2013 TENUTA LUISA – SAUVIGNON – FRUILI, ITALY
Tenuta Luisa was founded in 1927 when Francesco Luisa was left a widower at only 37 years old and with six children to raise and had the foresight and the grit to purchase 12 acres of land and start making wine. Here starts the story of the Luisas, today carried on by his decendants Michele and Davide Luisa (winemakers) in the beautiful Fruily-Venezia region of Italy. Friuli is on the same latitude of the Cognac area in France and of the Williamette Valley in Oregon. The acres of Luisa vineyards are in the flood plain at the beginning of the Collio and the Carso. This region allows them to plant the grape for this delicious wine of Sauvignon, which is the local name for the grape we all know as Sauvignon Blanc. Here the low yield of the vines and the high skin ratio of this Sauvignon Blanc gives the final wine an exceptional concentration of aromas. The grapes are harvested and lightly pressed. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats, then it is allowed to age with its lees for six months before it is put through refinement and bottling. This wine is delicious, with straw yellow colors with greenish hues, delicate aromas of unripen pineapple, peaches and event hints of delicate herbs. The palate is dry with great structure and acidity, and the finish is delicious. This wine is best when served at about 50°F and is paired with spicy cuisine, Asian dishes, or served with light appetizers. We think this may be a new summer favorite for many of you. $

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