NOVEMBER 2016 WINE CLUB NOTES

WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO RECEIVE (1 WHITE & 1 RED WINE) WILL ENJOY:
2014 DOMAINE BERNARD MOREAU – BOURGOGNE (PINOT NOIR) – BURGUNDY, FRANCE- Sustainable
As we search for the wines for November, we strive to find those wines that are not only going to enhance the Thanksgiving meal but delight those surrounding you during the holiday season. When we tasted this wine, we knew we had found one of those wines. Domaine Bernard Moreau wines come from the celebrated Burgundian region of Chassagne-Montrachet, a region that year to year, produces some of the purest, most thought-provoking wines of France. And this winery is one of the most recognized, employing a style of wine making that might best be described as hands-off, organic and sustainable (not US Certified). Bernard Moreau produces Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that are sensual, opulent and utterly delicious.The Pinot Noir vineyards producing this wine are in Chassagne-Montrachet, just on the other side of the road from village (AOC) vineyards and in Volnay, therefore receiving the Bourgogne appellation. Fermened in French oak barrels and allowed to age in those barrels for 14-18 months to truly enhance and smooth all that this wine has to offer. This wine needs little time decanting; from the time you open the bottle, your nose will be greeted with notes of red cherries, raspberries and candied pomegranate, and a sweet hint of vanilla. The palate is fresh with the same delightfull berry notes coming through. The tannins are silky and nicely balanced with the acidity, fruit notes and light peppery finish to enhance the flavors of the Thanksgiving turkey topped off with cranberry sauce. This wine also pairs deliciously with roast duck and pork. At the price of this wine you can afford to serve it to the whole family this month!

CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 1 WHITE WINE AND 1 RED WINE WILL RECEIVE THE ABOVE WINE &:
2013 ENKIDU WINES – CUVEE MS WHITE BLEND – MENDOCINO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
As we have been big fans of Enkidu Wines from Sonoma for a long time…from their Red Humbaba blend to their luscious Pinot Noir, we jumped at the chance to try their first white wine to hit the retail realm. But first, let’s discover why the winery is called Enkidu, it is a homage to the tale of “Enkidu” from one of the oldest stories ever recorded: The Epic of Gilgamesh. Written in Sumerian cuneiform nearly 4500 years ago, the story details the life of King Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu. Enkidu was a steward of the land and protector of animals, and was created by the gods as a foil to Gilgamesh. Early in his existence, Enkidu was rustic and rough around the edges, and over time he became more cultured and refined. He evolved while staying true to his nature, the same way a grape does as it journeys from the vine, through the vinification process, to a finished wine. The winery believes in guiding their winemaking endeavors from the land, the fruit, and the stewards (growers) who treat the land with respect. The primary white for this month is a Thanksgiving worthy wine, a Rhone style blend of 40% Roussanne, 40% Marsanne, and 20% Viognier. The grapes are barrel fermented and allowed to age with the lees for 8 months in neutral French oak barrels. This wine has inviting notes of peaches, apricots, butterscotch, and a hint of baking spices. The palate is equally as inviting with the same fruit notes profiled with those delightful notes of spices and medium acidity, with great structure. Chardonnay lovers will enjoy this wine and it will pair nicely with the Turkey and all the sides. Chill and enjoy with the holidays!

CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE TWO RED WINES WILL RECEIVE THE BERNARD MOREAU BOURGOGNE &:
2015 DOMAINE PAUL AUTARD – COTES DU RHONE – COTES DU RHONE, FRANCE
Domaine Paul Autard has had a long history in the Southern Rhone Valley that dates back to 1924. However, the modern era for Domaine Paul Autard really begins to take off in 2005 when Jean Paul Autard took over and refurbished the aging winery. Today with him at the helm, he is training his two daughters to carry on the family tradition of great wines in the Rhone. With almost 50 acres spread across Cotes du Rhone and Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellations, most of it is devoted to the red wine grape with only a small portion growing white wines. The secondary red we chose this month is a delicious blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre from one of their top vintages, all hand-harvested, fermented in cement vats and bottled without any oak. Upon opening this bottle, you’ll notice the aromas of raspberry, red and black cherry, with just a hint of pepper. This is a medium body wine, with a clean fresh entry that repeats the fruit notes of the nose. The tannins are mellow yet present with acid that will carry all the components through to the finish. This wine has plenty of structure to enhance heartier dishes such as a beef but it is light enough that if at Thanksgiving your guests like heavier reds, this will still complement your roasted Turkey while satisfying those seeking fuller body wines. Be sure to serve this wine at cellar temperature to showcase all that it has to offer (60F).

MEMBERS WHO CHOOSE TWO WHITE WINES RECEIVE ENKIDU WINES CUVEE MS &:
2014 CHANNING DAUGHTERS – TOCAI FRUILANO “MUDD WEST VINEYARD” – NORTH FORK OF LONG ISLAND, NY
We are excited to introduce you to the very first wine club entry from the East Coast! Channing Daughters is a winery located in the very coastal North Fork (The Hamptons) region of New York. Although it is unclear when this winery actually launched commercially, the first vineyards were planted between 1975 and 1983, and the winery set out to become an artisanal experiment of sorts. Planting Italian varietals while allowing the local terroir to display through. Small lot productions (254 cases of this wine) with unique grapes like this one, while appealing to the refined clientele of the Hamptons. The wine chosen for our wine club this month is their “Mudd West Vineyard” Tocai Fruilano, with the vines planted in 2005. Channing Daughters are part of a very small group of producers of Tocai Friulano in the United States. Tocai Fruilano is believed to have originated in the Veneto and is not to be confused with Tokaj or any of the Hungarian grapes. All the fruit for this wine was hand-harvested and whole-cluster pressed, then the wine was fermented in 75% old French and Slovenian oak barrels and 25% small stainless steel barrels and offers medium-plus intensity of aromas and flavors. You will love the aromas of white flowers, Meyer lemons, fresh green almonds, white peaches, apple skin, brown spices, minerals, white grapefruit and something reminiscent of an ocean breeze. The wine is medium-bodied and has moderate alcohol and balanced acidity. There is a lovely, lengthy, refreshingly tangy finish. This wine will be a great white wine to serve with the traditional Turkey served at Thanksgiving or serve it as an aperitif with a plate of brie, Graber olives and crackers. We recommend drinking this wine within next two-three years, it is meant to be consumed young.

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