FEBRUARY 2016 WINE CLUB WINES

WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO RECEIVE (1 WHITE & 1 RED WINE) WILL ENJOY:
2013 DOMAINE ARNOUX – BOURGOGNE ALIGOTÉ – BOURGOGNE ALIGOTÉ AOC (BURGUNDY), FRANCE
Pascal Arnoux is the fourth generation to farm his family vineyards in Burgundy. After completing his formal studies at the Lycée Viticole in Beaune and working for several years with his uncles, Pascal formally took charge of the domaine in 2007. While the cellars are based in in the village of Chorey-lès-Beaune, the domaine vineyards encompass the appellations of Chorey-lès-Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune, Beaune and Corton. Our first wine choice this month is their Aligoté, while this grape is widely known throughout the Burgundy region, in the US it is still a relatively unheard of grape. It is second to Chardonnay and highly regarded by Burgundy aficionados. The fruit for this delicious wine is 100% Aligote, that comes from 55 year old vines, aged in used oak barrels for 10 months before release. Treat this wine as you would a Chablis. Chill down to about 45F. The nose is beautiful with notes peaches, peach skin, golden apples, and even hints of jasmine. The palate is treated to a crisp rush of peach flavors with medium acidity and lingering notes of unripe peaches and vanilla. This wine is delicious its own and can be a fine contrast to foods that are rich, salty, oily, or fatty. Think seafood, creamy sauces, fried chicken, or even just a bag of potato chips.

CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE ONE WHITE WINE AND ONE RED WILL RECEIVE THE ABOVE WINE AND:
2013 SAINTE EULALIE – “PLAISIR D’EULALIE” MINERVOIS – MINERVOIS (LANGUEDOC), FRANCE – Organic Grapes
Chateau Ste. Eulalie is a traditional Languedoc manor house from the 19th century, consisting of chateau, workers’ quarters, vineyards
and woods. The estate is located midway between Narbonne and the medieval town of Carcassonne. Behind it rises the southern side of the Montagne Noire, looking to the south, the snowy peaks of the Pyrenees can be seen on the horizon. It was purchased by Laurent and Isabelle Coustal in 1996, who have undertaken the entire renovation of the vineyards. The estate is only 500 feet above the town of La Livinière, that has now been designated as an official “Grand Cru” of the Languedoc. The stony soil of clay and limestone is planted with Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault, with an average age of 20+ years. The domaine also includes some century-old Carignan vines. The vines are organic and have been certified “sustainable.” Harvest is both by hand and by machine where possible. The wine chosen for this month is their delicious blend of 15% Syrah, 45% Grenache, 40% Carignan. Aged in cement tanks for 15 months, with no oak contact whatsoever. Right off the bat when opening this bottle, the aromas of red cherries, raspberries, and red plums and hints of spice and leather will greet you. Very inviting! On the mouth, it is well-balanced, smooth with the notes of black cherries, blackberries, with a lengthy finish. A full-flavored, round, fruity wine for drinking now. Great with pasta, grilled meats and Mediterranean dishes.

WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO CHOOSE 2 REDS, RECEIVE SAINT EULALIE MINERVOIS AND:
2013 ROCK WALL – “THE PALIDROME” TANNAT - CALIFORNIA
We are so excited to introduce you to this wine, as it is made by the fantastic team of Kent Rosenblum (King of Zin – Rosemblum Cellars) and his very talented winemaker daughter Shauna Rosenblum. I first met them at the San Francisco Chronicle and they were my fellow judges. As is the tradition at the judges’ dinner, everyone brings a bottle or two of wines they want to share with the rest of the judges. As luck would have it, I sat by them and they shared a couple of their wines. Their wines stopped me in my tracks and I asked them to ship us samples so our tasting team could see if they were a right for our clientele. A week later we sampled this wine and 7 others from this prolific duo and we knew we had a lot of great wines coming to Anne’s. Kent and his daughter Shauna founded Rock Wall Wine Company in 2008. Drawing upon Kent’s long relationships with some of the finest vineyards in Northern and Central California, they set up shop in a central location to make wines that seamlessly reflect their vineyard origins; a converted hangar at the old Alameda Naval Air Station…well worth the visit. Now, onto telling you about this delicious wine made with 100% Tannat grapes. Tannat is a red wine grape historically grown in South West France in the Madiran AOC and is now one of the most prominent grapes in Uruguay, where it is considered the “national grape.” This Tannat is a blend from two different vineyards in two separate climates. The first is a warm weather Tannat coming from Solano County and the other is cool weather Tannat coming from Russian River. Both fermented in stainless steel and then aged in partial new French oak and American used oak. The result? Delicious notes of graham cracker, marshmallow, chocolate, blueberry and herbs jump to the top of the glass followed by lush flavors of black cherry, plum, rose petal, cappuccino, pipe tobacco with a raspberry finish. This wine would pair deliciously with our line of Wine Chocolates now available at Anne’s, if salty food is your game, try it with a coffee encrusted steak. Delicious!

MEMBERS WHO CHOOSE ALL WHITE WINES RECEIVE THE DOMAINE ARNOUX – BOURGOGNE ALIGOTÉ &:
2014 GAROFOLI – “MACRINA” VERDICCHIO – CASTELLI DI JESI CLASSICO SUPERIORE DOC, ITALY
The 2014 Garofoli Macrina is a celebration of quality Verdicchio. Macrina was the very first Verdicchio Classico Superiore produced in the Marche. To commemorate this wine, the 2014 vintage comes in a white glass bottle like the one used for the first vintage. The first vintage of Macrina was in 1981 and opened the door to the actual quality of Verdicchio and its production. Previously, Verdicchio was considered a cheap wine, often in a fish bottle, and was most often consumed within six months. Macrina was the first sign that a higher-quality Verdicchio wine was possible. We think you’ll be impressed with this lovely white wine, with aromas of mango, ripe nectarine and pineapple and light herbaceous notes. The palate confirms the tropical notes of the nose, with notes of grapefruit added here…this wine is so refreshing and complex. It will make you glad that our winter is more like Spring! Chill a bottle to 43F and enjoy with a grilled Tilapia fish topped off with a Pineapple salsa!

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