AUGUST 2016 WINE CLUB WINES

AUGUST 2016 WINE CLUB NOTES

WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO RECEIVE (1 WHITE & 1 RED WINE) WILL ENJOY:
2014 CHATEAU PAJZOS – FURMINT DRY WHITE WINE – TOKAJI, HUNGARY
Most people who have heard of Tokaji in relation to wine, know it as a pricey, mind-blowing dessert wine from Hungary, coveted by royalty and the powerful centuries ago. The delicious wines led to copycats popping up throughout Europe (think Sauternes in Bordeaux), and thus leading to a classification of the grapes and regulation of the production of wine in the region to avoid this. Due to the communist regime that ruled the area for a very long time, the wineries were under state control until the 1990s, and it was then that Chateau Pajzos began to produce wines from their vineyards, which have long been acknowledged as one of the finest vineyards in the region. Currently the winery is under sole ownership of the Laborde Family, who also own wineries in Pomerol, France. The winery produces wines from Hungarian native varieties – Furmint, Muscat Harslevelu and Zeta – in both the well known sweeter style and the lesser known dry style, which includes the wine we share with you today. This wine is made with 100% Furmint grape, which is grown in the estate’s volcanic, rocky soils and ensure that Pazjos’ Furmint grapes are both rich in natural acidity and concentration. The grapes were quickly pressed in pneumatic presses, then fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. The bright, fresh and zesty flavors range from grapefruit to apricot with notes of nuts, minerals, and spice. The Furmint has aspects that remind one of Viognier, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc, yet it is a unique wine. Its flavors are as appealing as they are original and oh so refreshing in this humid summer. Be sure to chill this bottle to about 42F, kick off your shoes, and enjoy by itself or pair it with a grilled Mahi tuna steak topped off with a mango salsa. If cheese is your game, then try a semi-soft cheese like a pecorino.

CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE ONE WHITE WINE AND RED WINE WILL RECEIVE THE ABOVE WINE AND:
2015 COPAIN – “P2” BLEND – ANDERSON VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Copain is a small production winery in the heart of Sonoma, located in the hills of Healdsburg. It was founded by winemaker Wells Guthrie and partners in 1999, who built the winery’s reputation with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah, mostly from Mendocino's Anderson Valley. Before starting Copaín, Wells trained with M. Chapoutier in France's Rhône Valley, as well as Turley Wine Cellars and Marcassin in California. Most of his wines end up on well-regarded restaurant lists and therefore not often seen in a retail environment or even wine clubs. We are delighted to introduce you to one of his beloved projects, the P2 wine. It is an unusual blend when you first read about it, but trust us, it is a summer-perfect blend. Made with 50% Pinot Gris and 50% Pinot Noir and while you may be doubting this blend, we promise you, this is the perfect marriage between the floral richness of Pinot Gris and the red fruits and earthiness of Pinot Noir and the perfect partner for summer menus. This wine should be served chilled (45F) and when you open this bottle you’ll be treated to inviting notes of fresh raspberries, luscious with juicy red cherry, strawberry and stone fruits, and sweet spice, very refreshing! This wine is a great match to summer salads topped off with summer berries or BBQ with a hint of sweetness.

WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO CHOOSE 2 REDS, COPAIN P2 AND:
2014 TENUTA SANT’ANTONIO – “SCAIA” CORVINA – VENETO, ITALY
Don’t worry bold wine lovers, we have not forgotten about you! This month we bring you a bold wine from one of the top regions of Italy, the Veneto! Tiziano, Armando, Paolo & Massimo Castagnedi inherited their father's 50 acre estate in the eastern part of the Valpolicella zone, and then added another 75 acres in 1989. This spurred the birth of Tenuta Sant'Antonio in 1995, with the goal of producing premium wines from some of the most coveted regions of Italy. The wine showcased today is named “Scaia” (an Italian term used to describe the shapes of parmesan crumbs – which is what the clay shard soil looks like in this vineyard) is made with 100% Corvina, one of the main grapes used in the production of Valpolicella and Amarone. Fermentation and aging of the wine is done in stainless steel tanks, with absolutely no use of oak. This wine is bold and bright with herbal & spiced aromatics, and flavors of black cherries, plums, and black tea. This wine will make a delicious accompaniment to traditional Italian dishes, grilled meat or even a pizza!

MEMBERS WHO CHOOSE TWO WHITE WINES RECEIVE CHATEAU PAJZOS FURMINT &:
2015 ILLAHE VINEYARDS – VIOGNIER – WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OREGON
Illahe is a Chinook Jargon word meaning “earth,” “land,” or “soil.” The winery feels this reflects both on their location in Oregon, as well as their desire to craft wines that showcase the variety of soils on their beautiful estates. Lowell Ford, grower of Oregon grapes since 1983, established Illahe Vineyards in 2000. Winemaker, Brad Ford, believes in the benefits of gentle grape handling, meticulous sorting, small-lot fermentation, careful pressing, and a balanced barrel regime to create clean, aromatic, and expressive wines. For this month’s selection we choose their Viognier and in 2015 the climate in Oregon was close to perfect, making this vintage one of their best in recent times. The grapes were horse drawn, handpicked, hand sorted, barrel fermented, hand bottled, and it must have been carefully orchestrated because this wine is lovely! This Viognier starts with expressive tropical and floral aromas of apricot, tangerine, banana peel, and honeysuckle. The wine is full bodied and rich, satisfying with a clean finish evoking hints of peaches. This is a great wine to drink instead of traditional Chardonnay. Viognier is a great wine to drink with shellfish, be it soft-shell crab, oysters, or grilled lobster, we are sure you’ll enjoy it!

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