AUGUST 2015 WINE CLUB WINES

PRIMARY RED WINE:
2013 TIERRA DIVINA VINEYARDS – “ZA ZIN” ZINFANDEL” – LODI, CALIFORNIA
Lodi is known by Zinfandel lovers and it should be known to all of us who love wine. Lodi is an old western town, settled by European immigrants with thick-stemmed zinfandel and carignane vines planted in the late 1800s. The vines in Lodi are a truly rampant, they grow untrellised, and wild in comparison to their neatly trellised modern cabernet and chardonnay vineyards in other California appellations. The zinfandel for this wine come from wonderful 115 year old vineyards that were planted a couple of decades after the Gold Rush. Each year they select out the best fruit from these vineyards. These ancient, low-yielding vines produce an intensely concentrated and spicy wine, which is aged in new French and American oak barrels. In addition, this wine had a little Petite Sirah to round it out. The result? Za Zin, a classic style Zin. It is deep in color, with a juicy blackberry and boysenberry nose. The spicy flavors are bold and concentrated, bright & racy. The finish is long and luscious. Delicious! It’s GREAT with food, specially food with hints of spice and sweetness, a perfect companion to grilled meats with BBQ sauce. $

PRIMARY WHITE WINE:
2011 CLOS DE NOUYS – VOUVRAY SEC – VOUVRAY (LOIRE VALLEY), FRANCE
Acknowledged for its quality by top professionals in the wine trade, the Clos de Nouys is a 25-acre estate within the Vouvray appellation of the Loire Valley, with vines averaging 35 years old. This is one of the oldest winemaking estates in the AOC area: its wines were served on the SS Normandie transatlantic liner in 1936, and its parcels of vines were already listed amongst the best sites on the 1907 geological maps. Vouvray wines can be bottled under different styles from Sec (as is this wine) or Demi Sec, which is slightly sweet, both styles are done without any barrel aging. But this wine is dry with a richness which is displayed as delightful aromas of baked yellow apples, cinnamon, and even a bit of apricots. The palate will confirm all the delicious fruit notes from the nose and will be enhanced with delicious bright acidity and minerality that will carry the flavors to a lengthy finish. This wine is a great summer drink by itself but if you’re in the pairing game, be sure to try this with classic pork chops and apple sauce, or egg dishes, such a soufflés or a summer quiche. $

SECONDARY RED WINE ENTRY:
2013 MAISON ROCHE DE BELLENE – “CUVEE TERROIR” COTEAUX BOURGUIGNONS – BURGUNDY, FRANCE
Domaine de Bellene (one of Wine & Spirits Magazine's "2014 Wineries of the Year) is a 59 acre estate, with parcels in the villages of Beaune, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Saint-Roman, Santenay, Savigny-les-Beaune, Volnay, and Vosne-Romanée. Their focus is on expressive, terroir-driven wines from old vines (35-100+ years old). Domaine de Bellene has what they call a “global” approach to winemaking – one that respects the environment and the terroir. As such, their vineyards have been farmed according to biodynamic practices since 2006 and are now certified BIO. Coteaux Bourguignons ("Hills of Burgundy") is a new appellation (AOC) created to showcase the classic style of the entire Burgundy region when wines do not fall within the older laws of Burgundy. Bellene's Cuvée Terroir is a refreshing wine, made with the two Burgundian red grapes, 80% Gamay from Beaujolais and blended with 20% of finely structured Pinot Noir from the Cote d'Or. The result is what the French would call a "Vin de Plaisir" - an easy-drinking, affordable wine for everyday drinking. The Gamay is done in the traditional manner of the south, with a strawberry compote notes, and the Pinot Noir is processed to showcase the northern style of Cote d’Or. Once blended the wines are matured in large, old oak barrels for 4-5 months. The result? Lots of strawberry, cranberry, cherries, and light vanilla notes on the nose. The palate is enhanced by the tannins coming from the Pinot Noir, which rounds out the fruitiness of the Gamay. This wine is a lovely summer wine, one which we highly recommend drinking young, it can hold out another 2 to 3 years. Serve this wine at cellar temperature (60F) and pair it with white meats, strawberry/berry topped salads, even a grilled white fish will pair nicely with this wine. $

SECONDARY WHITE:
2013 JULES TAYLOR – GRUNER VELTLINER – MARLBOROUGH, NEW ZEALAND
Jules’ first job was working at one of Marlborough’s original custom wineries, Vintech. She continued working with wineries in Piedmont, Sicily, and Australia, before her mentors, Kim Crawford, Simon Waghorn, and Matt Thompson encouraged her to start her own label. In 2001, Jules made her first batch of Jules Taylor wines. 200 cases of Pinot Gris and Riesling. Today those 200 cases have been joined by Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Rosé and now this lovely Gruner Veltliner, which they refer to as “Grunee”. Gruner is native to Austria but has found a home in New Zealand with Jules, and grown during a season that Jules refers to as “Perfect” with the warm sunny days to bring out the ripeness and the cool nights to retain the vibrant acidity you will enjoy in this wine. This winery is all about family, with even her young children involved in harvesting of these grapes. Jules fermented the wine in stainless steel tanks and used a Stelving closure (screw caps) to ensure that we would all receive the wine in perfect condition and enjoy it this summer. This lovely wine is pale yellow in color, with delicately perfumed nose showing white peach, greengage plum and apple blossom notes with hints of spice. On the palate you’ll enjoy stone fruit notes that carries through to the finish with flavors of white peach and warm spice notes. With its soft acidity, it’s a real pleasure to drink! This wine makes a great companion to asparagus topped off with butter, even grilled artichokes with a mayo/lemon aioli will do nicely with this wine. $

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