JULY 2015 WINE CLUB NOTES

JULY 2015 WINE CLUB NOTES

PRIMARY RED WINE:

2011 THE PAIRING – RED WINE - CALIFORNIA
We love introducing you to wines that have labels or names you may not have heard of, we love finding those hidden gems for you. The Pairing wines are a side project by the highly acclaimed Jonata and The Hilt wines in the central coast. The Paring is essentially a "chip off the old block, with grapes sourced primarily from three Santa Barbara regions: Ballard Canyon, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley, but for this wine, also from Northern California. This Bordeaux-inspired blend is composed of 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 11% Syrah, 8% Sangiovese, 6% Petit Verdot, and 1% Grenache. This wine was aged in French oak for 22 months. It is a bold wine, unfined and unfiltered which is evident when you open it. With earthy notes on the nose of black truffle, black pepper, cedar and even espresso, the palate is velvety and rich with notes of black plums, pepper, and blackberries, and medium acidity that enhances the long finish. This wine is quite savory and balanced. This wine offers immediate rewards upon opening, so if you want to decant, do so but for only ½ hour and enjoy with your favorite grilled 4th of July red meat.

PRIMARY WHITE WINE:

2012 SAUVION – MUSCADET SEVRE-ET-MAINE DOCG – LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE
Best Buy – Wine Enthusiast

The Loire Valley of France is famous for its crisp, mineral driven white wines, but have you ever heard of Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine? This area is located on the west end of the Loire Valley, founded in 1936, covers twenty-three communes, and it is named after the two rivers that cross the vineyards: the Petite Maine and the Sèvre Nantaise. The white wine that can bear the appellation Sevre et Maine must be made with Melon de Bourgogne, and that is exactly what you find in this delicious, summer ready wine. This wine is light and refreshing, with crisp notes of herbs, white flowers, green apples and a slight bit of fizz in the palate and super clean finish. Many people have dubbed Muscadet Sèvre et Maine a “healthy alternative wine” due to its lack of residual sugar (close to zero) and its moderate alcohol content of 11.5%. Sauvion are longtime experts of this wine, and have been producing wines in this region since 1935. Sauvion was named “Best Muscadet Producer” by Robert Parker and it is one of the oldest estates in Sevre-et-Maine, with their third generation oenologist Pierre-Jean Sauvion, who considers himself a “pleasure maker” not a winemaker. The locals pair this wine with oysters on the shell, but we think this would also make a great accompaniment to Asian cuisine, shellfish, a vinaigrette salad, or a delicately seasoned dish.

SECONDARY RED WINE ENTRY:

2014 POPOLO DI INDIE – “VINO ROSSO AL POPOLO” LANGHE ROSSO – LANGHE DOC (Piedmont), ITALY
This wine was commissioned by the Importer and our vendor Indie Imports and they went to the heart of Piedmont to make a wine that would give us all a taste of the best from Piedmont. Piedmont is often called the ‘Burgundy of Italy,’ offers some of the highest quality wines in all of Italy, but these will often come with an equally important price tag. This is why Indie approached the very talented Barolo producers Eugenio and Cinzia Bocchino to craft a ‘taste of Piedmont’ at a price everyone could afford, but with the same quality we would expect from a much higher priced Italian red. The importer tells us that this wine is born from vineyards where once a monastery once existed. One of the first places in the Langhe to have vines with documents dating back to 1168. This wine is a delightful blend of Piedmont’s most widely planted grapes: 45% Nebbiolo 35% Barbera 20% Dolcetto all fermented in stainless steel and allowed to age for 8 months before it is bottled. The Barbera brings the acidity and bright fruit, the Nebbiolo brings the tannins and the aromatics, and the Dolcetto brings the softness and rounds out the blend, making for an incredibly harmonious wine that doesn’t seem possible for the price. ‘Langhe Rosso” is something that has been made for easy drinking and to make use of extra quantities for generations. Whether you are grilling red meat or chicken this 4th of July, put this bottle in the fridge for about 20 minutes to give it a slight chill, then open and enjoy it with your guests, we are sure everyone is going to ask where you got, be sure to tell them at Anne’s.

SECONDARY WHITE:

2013 DOMAINE DE CHEZATTE – SANCERRE – SANCERRE (LOIRE VALLEY), FRANCE
Another great wine from the Loire Valley, this time it is a Sancerre. From a family run winery, founded in 1932, and on their fourth generation of owner/managers, they produce true, classic Sancerre wines. Sancerre is a medieval hilltop town (ville), commune and canton in the Cher department of central France overlooking the Loire River. Sancerre is a walled city locking in the entrance of the Berry to the east with vineyards that date as far back as the 6th century, and due mainly to the work of the Augustinian monks of the Saint Satur Abbey and the Counts of Sancerre. The Sancerre appellation (established in 1936) produces white, red and rosé wines. In Sancerre, a white wine in order to bear the appellation name, it must be made 100% Sauvignon Blanc, and that is what you’ll find in this delicious wine. This refreshing wine has a pale, brilliant color, with a fine, intense smell as well as hints of minerals quite typical of the area. In the mouth, it is fresh with good body and a clean citrus flavors. This vintage gave the wine quite a vibrant intensity which allows it to pair well with all types of seafood, specially shellfish, smoked salmon or the spices of Asian cuisine. If cheese is your choice, then smooth goat cheeses (chevre) or other goat cheeses such as Chavignol or Saint-Maure will be great! This can will age for another 3 to 5 year, but we love it now!!

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