SEPTEMBER 2016 WINE CLUB WINES

SEPTEMBER 2016 WINE CLUB NOTES

WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO RECEIVE (1 WHITE & 1 RED WINE) WILL ENJOY:
2015 AVANCIA – GODELLO “CUVEE DE O” MENCIA – VALDEORRAS (GALICIA), SPAIN – 91pts - VINOUS
The legendary wine personality, Jorge Ordonez from Spain, imports some of the most coveted Spanish wines. He is credited with igniting American’s love for Spanish wines in the 80s, after realizing that many of the Spanish wines shipped to us were not doing Spain any justice. Jorge made it his mission to showcase the best Spain was producing and this became an acclaimed importing company and now also a producer of wines with some of the most celebrated winemakers from around the world, think Chris Ringland, and Gerhard Kracher, and Rafael Cañizares. This month’s primary red is made with the rare Mencía grape. Mencía is a Spanish grape variety primarily found in the northwestern Spain. It was once thought to be an ancient clone of Cabernet Franc, with which it shares some of its aromas, an impression which has been dispelled with DNA profiling. A fun yet intriguing grape that as of the 1990s is increasing in popularity, and an increasing number of noted Spanish winemakers are now working with it.Only 400 cases were produced of this wine and even less brought to the US; all the grapes come from organically grown, ancient vines believed to have been planted sometime between 1904-1910. The grapes were hand-harvested, and after fermentation, the wine was allowed to age with the lees in French oak barrels for 13 months. Bottled unfined, unfiltered and delicious! Open this wine and decant for at least ½ hour and it will reward you with notes of blackberries, black cherries, cloves, forest floor, smoke and flint stone hints. Deep, rich, and full bodied, on the palate with deep blackberry and blueberry notes and granite like minerality, nicely balanced acid and smooth tannins. This wine is a great food-wine and makes a great pairing to peppery dishes, carne asada, brisquet, charcuterie, or if cheese is on your mind, try Basque cheese.

CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 1 WHITE WINE AND 1 WINE WILL RECEIVE THE ABOVE WINE &:
2013 CASA MAGONI – “MANAZ” VINO BLANCO – VALLE DE GUADALUPE, MEXICO
Camilo Magoni, is the winemaker and owner of Casa Magoni. An Italian winemaker who trained in Piedmont (Alba) and made his way to Valle de Guadalupe 49 years ago to make wine for Cetto winery. Since then, he made Valle de Guadalupe his home and has dedicated himself to teach, expand, and promote the wine culture of Mexico. Since his arrival to Valle, Camilo has made wine for himself and his family but it was not until 2013 that he decided to sell his own wine commercially, and lucky for us. Camilo is considered by the Mexican-born winemakers as one of the key people (even calling him a founder of the current wine industry) in what the Mexican wine industry is today. Camilo is the man responsible for the many Italian grapes now growing in Mexico (he grows 120 varietals of grapes) and is the reason for the many eclectic wine blends that now Valle is known for. Such as this month’s wine, a delicious blend of 80% Viognier and 20% Fiano, all grown in his Manaz vineyard. This delicious wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks to showcase the tropical aromas of the wine. The wine is delightful with apricot, peach, mango, and ginger notes on the nose. Refreshing Meyer lemon, mango, and apricot notes are abundant on the palate, with a lengthy and complex finish with even hints of basil and saline on the finish. This wine can be paired using the basic food/wine rule: “What grows together, goes together”– this wine makes an ideal companion for Mexican food, specially shrimp, or fish dishes. If you want to grill, make some Pollo Asado: chicken seasoned in carne asada marinade. This is a delicious wine and food combination, chill to 43F and Salud! PS..this is one of the wineries we plan on featuring during our upcoming “Anne’s Wine Club guided trip to Valle de Guadalupe, Baja, Mexico” October 30 -Nov 1st.– Price and reservations will be available soon and space is very limited.

CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE TWO RED WINES WILL RECEIVE THE AVANCIA “CUVEE O” MENCIA &:
2013 FERAUD-BRUNEL – COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES (CDR)– CDR VILLAGES, FRANCE – ORGANIC GRAPES
We love finding “side project” wines from well-regarded producers. They are the kind of wines produced for the love of wine and not for a company’s bottom line. The secondary red for this month comes from Féraud-Brunel, which began in 1998 with a partnership between two celebrated winemakers: Laurence Féraud of Domaine du Pégau and André Brunel of Domaine Les Cailloux. At their own estates, they make highly regarded Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Through the Féraud-Brunel label, they source old-vine Grenache from the best growers in the Côtes-du-Rhône, turning them into some of the best-value wines in the region. Laurence and André work as diligently for the Féraud-Brunel label as they do for their own estates. After harvest, Féraud-Brunel wines are fermented in cement vats and aged in French at André’s cellar in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and bottled without fining or filtration. This wine is a blend of Grenache and Syrah, all organic fruit. This wine has lovely red and black berry notes on the nose. On the palate, the flavors are fruit forward with delicious notes of raspberries, cherry pit, licorice and forest floor with well-balanced yet dusty tannins that lead to a round and spicy finish. This wine shows above its modest price point, and that’s why we love it. CDR can pair with many foods, so go ahead and have this wine with roasted lamb or a pork roast. This wine is great with informal meals too, so order pizza or pasta and enjoy. For cheese selections, think Camembert!

MEMBERS WHO CHOOSE TWO WHITE WINES RECEIVE CASA MAGONI MANAZ WHITE BLEND&:
2014 WIRRA WIRRA – “SCRUBBY RISE” WHITE BLEND – ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA -CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
All who work and play at the winery called themselves the “Wirra Wirra Tribe” – they have a serious philosophy about making wine but adhere to making that a fun experience as well. Wirra Wirra Vineyards was originally established in 1894 by cricketer Robert Strangways Wigley. The winery prospered in its early days until Rober’s death in 1926. Eventually the winery ran into disrepair and was eventually abandoned. In 1969 the winery was rebuilt and began making wines again from vineyards in the Adelaide Hills where white wines of high acclaim like this grow best in Australia. This wine personifies summer…refreshing, delicious made with a blend of Sauvignon Blanc 52%, Semillon 38%, and 10% Viognier. All fermented in stainless steel tanks to showcase the clean notes of wines of this caliber. Juicy and zesty yet dry, with fresh fruit notes on the palate, it is dominated by Sauvignon Blanc with grapefruit, citrus pith, and stone fruits. The semillon provides fresh lemon juice notes and gives the wine length and a bright citrus spine. This wine is a great pairing for Asian dishes, specially Tempura and mixed vegetables, but it is delicious by itself, especially as an aperitif. Serve chilled (40F) and enjoy!!

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