DECEMBER 2015 WINE CLUB WINES

WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO RECEIVE (1 WHITE & 1 RED WINE) WILL ENJOY:
SOPHORA – SPARKLING ROSE – NEW ZEALAND
What better way to celebrate the holidays than with elegant bubbles that outperform its price. This incredible value from New Zealand gives you quite the bang for the buck. The name Sophora refers to a family of 45 species of small trees from New Zealand, and the locals feel that it best symbolizes the natural beauty and excitement of the region and its wines. Sophora sparkling wines are produced with traditional premium Champagne varietals and methods. The vineyards from where the grapes come are situated on clay and silt based soils (very similar to Champagne) where the vines benefit from cool evenings and warm days. This sparkling is made with a blend of 52% Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir. This bubbly has an attractive pink blush color and luscious palate with a lasting, refreshing mousse. Delightful floral aromas and juicy red berry, cherry and pink grapefruit flavors with a balanced acidity and a creamy, decadent finish. This wine is perfect for entertaining and celebrating during the holidays and at this price, you’ll want to stock up and drink any day of the week. Chill this wine to 40F, remove the foil covering the cork and then untwist the cage, should be six turns, but do not remove the cage. Point the bottle away from people, then hold the cork with one hand and twist the bottle around with the other. It is best to hold the bottle by its base. Fried foods, light cheeses, or have it with the whole meal…bubbles are versatile, and toast the holidays!! $

CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE ONE WHITE WINE AND ONE RED WILL RECEIVE THE ABOVE WINE AND:
GUSTAVO BRAMBILA WINES – THE THIRD BOTTLE RED BLEND – NAPA VALLEY, CA
When we visited Napa in March of this year, we discovered Gustavo Brambila Wines. The name may not pop out at you, but if you are a film buff, you may know him as the Mexican-American, passionate winemaker in the movie “Bottleshock”. During our visit we tasted through the entire lineup of his wines, and this wine was an immediately chosen for the wineclub. But first, here’s a bit about the winemaker Gustavo Bramila; as the son of a migrant vineyard worker turned winery mechanic, Gustavo grew up surrounded by the culture, the passion, and the dedication of the individuals who helped to define what Napa is today. Gustavo immigrated to the Napa Valley from Jalisco, Mexico at the tender age of 3. His family settled in Rutherford and put down deep roots – a move that forever altered the path for Gustavo. Wine – the soil, the climate, the fruit and the people who labored to produce it – made an impression. Gustavo went to the University of Oregon on a baseball scholarship, but his heart remained in wine country. He transferred to U.C. Davis, and was one of the first Latino graduates from the oenology program with a degree in Fermentation Sciences. He spent a year at Chateau Montelena (which is the part of his story the movie tells), and then joined Mike Grgich as he opened Grgich Hills Cellars in 1977 – where Gustavo made wines for 23 years. In 1996, Gustavo produced the first wine under his own label, and ventured out on his own in 1999. Today, Gustavo’s passion for wine is evident as you taste this and his other wines. The wine you will be enjoying is his “3rd Bottle”. For this wine, Gustavo delicately blended Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, and a touch of Petite Syrah. It was aged in American oak for 18 months before bottling. It has a vibrant, spicy nose that shows layers of smoke, vanilla and cherries. It has a rich, full, smooth mouth with lingering hints of dark blueberry and tobacco. Open this bottle and let it breathe for about ½ hour, enjoy with prime rib! But if you want the full experience, we recommend you open the bottle and watch “Bottleshock” (It’s on Netflix) or when in Napa, pay the tasting room a visit, maybe you’ll meet the man himself.

WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO CHOOSE 2 REDS, RECEIVE GUSTAVO 3RD BOTTLE AND:
2013 HERDADE DO ROCIM–TOURIGA NACIONAL–VINHO REG. ALENTEJADO, PORTUGAL–ORGANIC FARMING
In our second red wine entry, we introduce you to a hearty and winter ready red. This winery is located in the southern half of Portugal. Catarina Vieira, has been coordinating the development of the estate and she believes that Alentejo has the unique conditions required to produce world-class wines, and we agree. Since purchasing the estate, Caterina has turned the winery into a family project that produces high quality wines with worldwide recognition. This wine is made with 100% Touriga Nacional, which is a variety of red wine grape, considered by many to be Portugal's finest. Despite the low yields from its small grapes, it plays a big part in the blends used for ports, but more and more red wines coming from the region are being produced as single varietal wines. This fruit for this wine was grown organically but the winery is not yet certified. The wine was barrel fermented in French oak barrels and then allowed to age for nine months and bottle aged for 3 months. The wine greets you with ripe notes of cooked blueberries, pepper, and a bit of vanilla. The palate follows through with the same blueberry, vanilla, notes…but on the palate the flavors go on and on and finish with a hint of spice. This wine for sure will warm you by the fire…enjoy with Mexican fare, or if you prefer dessert, try a blueberry clobbler!

MEMBERS WHO CHOOSE ALL WHITE WINES RECEIVE THE SOPHORA SPARKLING AND:
2012 TWELVE WINE – ESTATE WHITE – YAMHILL-CARLTON, OREGON
Twelve is a small, family-owned winery in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA of Oregon (1500 cases total production). All of their fruit comes from their estate vineyard which is 12.5 acres, all managed by the owners, husband and wife team of John and Linda Lenyo. This wine is composed of 80% Pinot Blanc and 20% Pinot Gris. The Estate White is a field blend – the grapes are picked together, pressed and fermented together to make a single wine from the very beginning. They then age this wine on its lees for over 18 months in a stainless steel tank. This wine has delicious, rich notes of peaches, nectarines and apricots. The bright acidity makes it a perfect companion to many holiday rich foods. This wine makes a great aperitif or accompanying a cheese platter. 150 cases produced.

Back to Our Blog