OCTOBER 2015 WINE CLUB NOTES

PRIMARY RED WINE:
2013 KINDRED – RED BLEND – COLUMBIA VALLEY, WASHINGTON – 936 cases produced
In Washington, Chris & Kelly Sparkman have pursued their family's vision of fusing art, science, agriculture, and philosophy into handcrafted, award-winning wines. The pair sources from some of Washington’s foremost vineyards. Chris Sparkman spent two decades as sommelier and wine buyer in some of the U.S.'s best restaurants (Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, Michael’s in LA, Todd English’s Olives in DC and Mackay Restaurants in Seattle) and currently serves as Chairman of the Washington State Wine Commission. Kelly Sparkman has a background in wildlife biology and veterinary medicine. Together with winemaker, Linn Scott, a Seattle native, they create delicious wines like this red blend, to greet the cooler months ahead. Sparkman cellars is a relatively newcomer in the world of wine, with 2010 as their first release of wines. We think you’ll really love this hearty red made with 42% Malbec; 30% Cabernet Sauvignon; 23% Merlot; and 5% Petit Verdot, all hand-picked fruit that was destemmed but left as whole berries. Bottled after 13 months aging in both French and American oak. We love the amazing aromas of ripe round blueberries, cherries, anise and herbs. On the palate it explodes with flavors, a spicy silky, yet velvety texture across the palate, building to a long, chocolate covered blackberry finish. A great wine to start fall! Pick some more for your Halloween celebrations.

PRIMARY WHITE WINE:
2014 LENZ MOSER – GRUNER VELTLINER – NIEDEROSTERREICH, AUSTRIA
The name of Lenz Moser is linked with wine-growing in Austria. The current Lenz Moser estate winery was first mentioned in an official document as early as 1040, and is considered the Point of departure for significant ventures aimed at preserving Austrian wine culture. The winery’s motto is: “Quality is the best form of marketing” and the winemaker Ernest Großauer, enologist at Lenz Moser since 1976, believes that “mother nature has provided us with everything we need. She provides everything a great wine needs” which is why their vineyards are handled in a minimalistic manner, and considered sustainable today. The primary white wine this month is their Grüner Veltliner, a whole liter of it too. Grüner Veltliner is a grape that has long been a favorite in its native Austria, where it represents nearly a third of the country's wine grape production. Grüner Veltliner has been quickly catching on in the rest of the world, too! This wine was fermented entirely in stainless steel allowing for the freshness and fruit aromas and flavors to stand out. You will notice aromas of apple, peach, and citrus along with a light, typical Veltliner spiciness and a touch of white pepper. The soft and juicy palate is supported by fine acidity. It sings on the palate! This wine is perfect for the lingering summer-like weather we are still having, but it also pairs nicely with Asian food—anything from Vietnamese to Thai to spicy Chinese flavors. Grüners also go very well with bitter greens and salads. Then have your favorite pork tenderloin dish.

SECONDARY RED WINE ENTRY:
2013 DOMAINE PECH ROME – TEMPRANILLO – VIN DE PAYS DE CAUX (LANGUEDOC), FRANCE
Domaine du Pech Rome is owned by Mary and Pascal Blondel, two pharmacists – Mary from Ireland and Pascal from the Mediterranean coast. A common interest in wine lead them to create the estate in 2001. The domaine is near Pezenas, in Languedoc. This winery was named after the 'pech' or stony hill adjacent to the vineyards, in a region marked by the winemaking activities of the ancient Romans. The domaine has just over 25 acres of vineyards, all of which is cared for by both Mary and Pascal, and with their understanding of the local climate and soil, they decided to plant Tempranillo here. Yes Tempranillo in France and it is delicious! The wine is made with free-run juice and goes through malolactic and temperature controlled fermentation to allow the wines to retain aromatic integrity. No aging in oak this friendly wine! We think you too will love this wine, with its rich fruity nose with hints of Mediterranean herbs. On the palate, it is surprisingly fresh and fruity, with good length complemented by soft tannins. This wine doesn’t really need decanting, so rejoice for those who want to pop and drink! And it can cellar for up to 5 more years. But we recommend you drink it now and pair it with grilled meats, roasted chicken or even Mexican fare.

SECONDARY WHITE:
2014 DOMAINE SAINT MITRE – “PAPILLON” – VIN DU PAYS VAR BLANC (PROVENCE), FRANCE
Domaine Saint-Mitre is a small-production family estate located in Saint Maximin la Sainte Baume, in the Var region of Provence. They make white, rosé, and red wines. The vineyards are farmed sustainably; the soils are ploughed and sheep come to the vineyards in the winter to eat the grass. Chemicals are used as little as possible, this wine is one of those examples of wines that although they are maintaining “organic” methods of farming, due to their small size they will not pay the high fees to be legally labeled as certified. This white wine is made with 100% Vermentino grapes, also known in the region as Rolle, a grape wildly popular in Italy too, and as surprising as it sounds, it is a very common grape in the Provence region. The wine is called “Papillon” which is named for the many butterflies that make their home amongst the fields of herbs and flowers that surround the vineyards. This wine has a brilliant yellow color, bright aromas of citrus and nectarines. On the palate, it is fresh, fruity, and well-balanced, with refreshing acidity and lingering minerality. While it would work well as an aperitif paired with goat cheese, it would also complement grilled fish or shellfish.

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