OCTOBER 2016 WINE CLUB WINES

OCTOBER 2016 WINE CLUB NOTES

WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO RECEIVE (1 WHITE & 1 RED WINE) WILL ENJOY:
2014 Y ROUSSEAU WINES – “SON OF THE BUTCHER” RED BLEND – CALIFORNIA – 2015 Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wineries Yannick Rousseau, owner, founder, and winemaker of Y Rousseau wines in Napa Valley, is a fantastic example of old world heritage and incredible skills in the new world. Yannick was born in Gascony, France in the South-West of France, where he started making wine when he was 5 years old and drank his first glass of homemade wine with Pépé, his grandpa, an artisan butcher. The butcher trade carried on to Yannick’s father, who is depicted on the label of this delicious wine. In his youth, Yannick first made wine from local grapes such as Colombard and Tannat, which he still does today. Yannick came to the US in 1999 and worked as an assistant wine maker learning from incredible wine talents like Luc Morlet and Michel Rolland. Eventually Yannick fell in love with Napa and Susan, his now wife, who together in 2008 made a dream come true and launched Y Rousseau wines, a small lot winery, producing wines from highly regarded mountain fruit (Mt. Veeder) and garnering may high scores and acclaims such as being named one of 2015 Wine & Spirit Magazine’s Top 100 Wineries. For our first wine, we present to you the Butcher’s Son Red Blend, named in homage to his heritage; as Yannick says he will always remain the son and grandson of a farmer, home winemaker, and country butcher. His down-to-earth, respectful approach to the vineyard is obvious when you taste his wine. This delightfully nostalgic label hides an incredibly well made wine from a blend of 45% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 15% Cabernet Franc. It is aged for 18 months in 20% new and 80% neutral French oak barrels. This wine needs about ½ hour decanting and then you are rewarded with aromas of raspberries and blueberry pie, and forest floor, with a touch of white pepper and baking spices. Supple, seamless, and full-bodied, the wine offers some bright red fruit, juicy plums. This wine has a very long finish. In sum, it’s an unmistakable California resident, rich and with youthful vibe, but one who doesn’t forget its French heritage. This wine would make a delicious pairing to red meats, game, and even vegetarian dishes that have lots of herbs and spices. This wine will retail for $25.00 but tastes like way more than that! Only 850 cases were produced...hurry in and get a few bottles before we run our and we will. This wine is perfect with Tri-tip and or a juicy hamburger!

CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 1 WHITE WINE AND 1 RED WINE WILL RECEIVE THE ABOVE WINE &:
2015 Y ROUSSEAU – OLD VINE COLOMBARD – RUSSIAN RIVER, CALIFORNIA – 2015 Wine & Spirits Top 100 Winery
The first wine Yannick ever made was was Colombard in Gascony, where the variety has been grown for hundreds of years. The grapes for Y. Rousseau Old Vines Colombard come from 43-year-old, dry-farmed vineyard in the Russian River Valley, one of the very few remaining Colombard vineyards in the area. Yannick chose to make this wine because of its unique character and to bring a slice of Gascony to American wine lovers. This wine not only impressed us at Anne’s but other well-known food and wine professionals with whom we shared a bottle, including a well-known a chef in Fort Bragg area, and all agreed that this is one awesome wine. The wine was fermented in a combination stainless steel tanks and used French oak barrels and allowed to rest on the lees for 5 months. This wine is full of aromas of peaches, pineapple, anjou pear, and freesia instantly transporting us to the pool, seaside, or a shady garden on a hot summer day. The palate is unmistakably Colombard - those of you who have tried our Colombards before will recognize its savory, mineral and briny notes and balanced acidity. All of this makes Colombard a very food-friendly wine. Go ahead pair this with seafood fresh from the grill or get some Pastures of Eden Israeli soft Feta cheese, available at Trader Joe’s, or a light fare of Summer salads, we know you’ll love this wine too.

CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE TWO RED WINES WILL RECEIVE THE Y ROUSSEAU SOB &:
2013 TIKVES –VRANEK “SPECIAL SELECTION” –TIKVES, MACEDONIA–90 PTS Wine Advocate
Wine from Eastern Europe is on the cusp of being the next big thing. All the elements are there, an ancient grape growing tradition, great terroirs, indigenous varieties, new investment, and a youthful generation of farmers and winemakers who came of age after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Founded in 1885, TikvesĖŒ Winery has witnessed the independence of the Balkans, two world wars and one cold one, yet through it all they have continued to make wines from grapes native to the region, such as this Vranek. With the fall of Communism and independence of Macedonia this historic estate was privatized and new investments were made to update the practices in the vineyard and cellar. Sustainable farming has replaced industrial farming. This month for our second red selection we chose the Vranek, the most commonly planted red grape variety in Macedonia. Vranek is considered the king of the red wines and is the most important grape variety.The grapes were hand harvested, the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks and the wine was allowed to age in French oak barrels for 12 months. This wine has intense red color with aromas and flavors of raspberries, chocolate, and licorice with a rich, fine structure and balance leading to a long, smooth finish, great balance of fruit, acidity, and structure. Treat this wine like you would a Merlot, open about 1\2 hour to allow it to breathe, then pair it with roasts, grilled red meats, and even game. This wine should be consumed soon but can age an additional couple of years. This wine proves that delicious wines can come from unknown regions.

MEMBERS WHO CHOOSE TWO WHITE WINES RECEIVE Y ROUSSEAU COLOMBARD &:
2015 DOMAINE DE PELLEHAUT HARMONIE DE GASCOGNE – IGP COTES DE GASCOGNE WHITE – COTES DE GASCOGNE, FRANCE
On their family estate, brothers Martin and Mathieu Béraut tend some of the oldest vineyards (300 years old) in the Gers in southwestern France to produce this month’s secondary white. Just below the Chateau Pellehaut, this diverse farm has recently introduced wine to its other products. Originally the vineyards were used to produce Armagnacs, a type of brandy from the Gascony region. The expansion to include wines has brought us this delightful blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Chardonnay, Gros Manseng, and Petit Manseng. Each wine is racked once and put back into vat where they are aged on their lees for 3 to 5 months and only just before bottling is the blending done. This straw colored white has aromas of ripe peaches, melon, pommel, and Meyer lemon. The palate is consistent with the nose with added minerality and racy acidity. The finish is long and clean. Try with salmon and pasta salad or grilled chicken with tropical salsa.

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