MARCH 2016 WINE CLUB WINES

WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO RECEIVE (1 WHITE & 1 RED WINE) WILL ENJOY:
This month we bring you a delicious selection from a winery we introduced last month. You may remember we introduced you to Rock Wall Wines, made by the fantastic team of Kent Rosenblum (King of Zin – Rosemblum Cellars) and his very talented winemaker daughter Shauna Rosemblum. Kent, after a very successful tenure with Rosenblum Cellars, winning many awards and many wine competitions as well, sold the winery and with his daughter they started Rock Wall Wines. The winery was founded 2008 and set up in a converted hangar at the old Alameda Naval Air Station, which overlooks the gorgeous San Francisco skyline, (well worth a visit). Drawing upon Kent’s experience and long relationships with some of the finest vineyards in Northern and Central California, they set out to make excellent wines from many well known grapes and other not so common grapes in the bay area, and doing it well! This month we will be introducing you to three of their wines and hope that you will join us in May, when we welcome Shauna and Kent to Anne’s when they will paying us a visit and pouring other outstanding wines. Now let’s talk about these unusual but very tasty wines!!.

2015 ROCK WALL – FIANO – SUTTER COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
Fiano is made with 85% Fiano and 15% Coda di Volpe grapes grown in Yuba City, in a vineyard that specializes in growing warm weather Italian varietals. Both grapes have their origins in Sicily or Campania. In Campania, Fiano is a strong flavored white wine grape is particularly noted around Avellino where the (DOCG) wine of Fiano di Avellino is produced. Coda di Volpe is a white Italian wine grape variety that has been historically grown around the town of Naples. Coda di Volpe means ‘fox’s tail’ in Italian and it references the shape of the grape cluster. Shauna and Ken made a California version that will have you thinking they’ve gone bananas! No, seriously! This wine tastes like bananas and other tropical fruit. The grapes were fermented in stainless steel preserve the crisp and clean flavors. Then the wine was allowed to rest in four-year old French oak, just to give it a little bit of roundness on the back palate. The wine was bottled in December 2015, which is awesome because the younger a wine like this is bottled, the more youthful exuberance is captured in the bottle. This Fiano leads with charming aromas of ripe bananas, orange blossom, honey and white flowers followed by delightful flavors of tangerine, white peach, pineapple and macadamia nut, with a lemon meringue pie finish. Super refreshing and ready to pair with grilled tuna steak with a tropical salsa! Or if you are a bit adventurous, try a banana torte! Salute!! 344 cases produced.

CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE ONE WHITE WINE AND ONE RED WILL RECEIVE THE ABOVE WINE AND:
2012 ROCK WALL WINES – TEROLDEGO “HERINGER VINEYARD” – YOLO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
What the heck is a Ter-ol-de-go? It is an obscure North Eastern Italian grape with fairytale legend. In its Native Italy, the legend suggests that the juice of this grape is the blood of a slayed dragon that held a local princess captive. Prince Charming rescues her and kills the dragon and from the blood that ran down the hill sprouted the vines that grow Teroldego, and yes they lived happily ever after. This wine is an Americana spin on Italian Teroldego. These particular Teroldego grapes hail from Heringer Vineyard, which is located in Yolo County in the town of Clarksburg. They are a small family run operation that is 7 generations strong! These unique grapes were harvested on Halloween, October 31st, 2012. The grapes were crushed then fermented in stainless steel, then allowed to age in partial new French oak. Open this bottle and imagine yourself walking into a tall forest, fragrant with pine, fresh mint and raw wood. Then you stumble upon a blackberry bramble that sits on the edge of a patch of lavender and on the other side cherry blossoms. That is this Teroldego, phenomenologically, of course. Enjoy this medium tannin wine with racy acid with braised pork shoulder, a mushroom risotto or a mature hard cheese. 233 cases produced

WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO CHOOSE 2 REDS, RECEIVE ROCK WALL - TEROLDEGO AND:
2014 ROCK WALL – MONTEPULCIANO “ISABELLA FRANCESCA VINEYARD” – CONTRA COSTA, CALIFORNIA
This delicious and surprising red is made with 96% Montepulciano, 3% Pinot Noir, 1% Aglianico. This is not your Italian Grandfather’s Montepulciano! Montepulciano reminds Shauna of Pinot Noir, so they set out to make their version of this beloved wine by adding new oak treatment to the wine to add demure, feminine nuances in this wine. Aromas of cherry vanilla milkshake, sarsaparilla and pipe tobacco followed by flavors of cranberry, strawberry, sage and cappuccino. Shauna and Kent love Montepulciano and we think that you too like all of us here at Anne’s will love this wine. Pair this wine with lamb, game meat that brings out the wild flavor of the wine and words well with meat that is seasoned with herbs like sage, basil, rosemary, thyme, marjoram. Drink this wine now through 2021. 231 cases produced.

MEMBERS WHO CHOOSE ALL WHITE WINES RECEIVE THE ROCKWALL – FIANO AND:
2014 CHATEAU LAMOTHE DE HAUX – BORDEAUX – BORDEAUX, FRANCE
Located southwest of Bordeaux’s city center, Château Lamothe has actively produced estate-bottled wine since the 16th century. It is currently run by The Néel-Chombart family, who have owned the property since 1956. The Château vineyards soil are rich in clay and limestone slopes in prime Bordeaux growing conditions for delicious wines like this gorgeous white Bordeaux made up of 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Sémillon, and 20% Muscadelle, a traditional blend for the region that goes back centuries. This wine is fermented with the skins and aged with the lees 3 weeks, which accounts for its round, smooth, and remarkably fruity flavor with this a crisp, clean wine, with notes of granny smith apples, white peaches. Enjoy this wine chilled and it is ideal as an aperitif, or with fish, seafood (a must with oysters), and cheese.

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