JANUARY 2017 WINE CLUB NOTES

WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO RECEIVE (1 RED & 1 WHITE WINE) WILL ENJOY:

2011 HACIENDA ARINZANO –TINTO (RED BLEND)
PAGO DE ARINZANO, SPAIN - Wine Spectator 91 points
We begin the new year with a bang!!! A 91 point, red wine brought to us by Master Sommelier Fred Dame. This delicious red blend comes from the northern Spanish appellation of Pago de Arínzano, just southwest of Pamplona. Hacienda Arinzano is the first winery with the appellation Pago de Arinzano but by no means are they new to wine, the actual estate has been producing wine since the 11th century. Through the centuries and political turmoil of Spain, and passing through the hands of many owners and it eventually went into abandonment. But in 1988, Arínzano Estate was rediscovered. Though nearly two centuries had passed since grape vines had graced the valley’s gentle slopes, careful research and analysis of the climates and soils confirmed that the estate could and would produce high quality wines. The estate was carefully replanted, matching each grape varietal with the parcels best suited for their cultivation. The historic buildings, which paid homage to winemaking of centuries past, were rehabilitated and the winery constructed, capable of continuing this tradition into the future. This wine is a delicious blend of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in a combination of new and used French oak for 14 months. Upon opening this wine, you’ll notice the deep garnet color, and then the bursting red and black berry notes will hit your nose along with the spicy notes of clove and cinnamon. This wine needs time to open, and so please allow it to breathe for about ½ hour before consuming. The palate is very smooth and finely structured with medium tannins, fresh acidity, and minerality. Ripe blackberries, red cherries, raspberries and even some cassis carry on to the finish. This wine will make a delicious pairing to pork roast, paella, rustic game dishes or if you like to drink it with cheese, try Manchego. This wine retails at Anne’s for $22.50


CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE 1 WHITE WINE AND 1 RED WINE WILL RECEIVE THE ABOVE WINE &:

2014 CARA-NORD CELLER – WHITE BLEND
CONCA DE BARBERA (CATALONIA), SPAIN – Sustainable Farming
The primary white wine offered this month is from Eric Solomon, French and Spanish wine importer and co-owner of this winery. Eric began his wine career in a London bar while studying music but realized that he had a knack for picking great wines. After returning to the US he became the youngest president of a wine importing company and it led to his traveling more and more in Europe and honing his palate. In the years that followed, he started his own importing company: European Cellars which is the company that imports this wine. Eric met his wife while tasting wines for his company. His wife is celebrated winemaker Daphne Glorian of Clos Erasmus (Priorat) and importing and making wine became part of his portfolio. Cara Nord means North Face and is a winery that Eric co-owns with winemaker Tomas Cusine (Cervoles and Castell del Remei), and Xavier Cepero (formerly Espelt) and is located in a mountainous spot in the Sierra Prades in the appellation of Conca de Barbera located near the Priora tregion. For this wine, they blended 40% Macabeu, 40% Chardonnay, and 20% Albariño all grown in soils rich with clay, limestone, and slate, and the age of the vines range from 15 to 80 years old. All the grapes were hand-harvested, with gentle pressing and fermentation in temperature-controlled tanks, where the wine was allowed to age for 3 months with fine lees. Chill this wine down to 45F, and enjoy the aromas and flavors of golden delicious apples, honey, ripe peach, Meyer lemon curd, all brought together by the clean, racy acidity and minerality that makes the mouth water! This wine makes a great accompaniment to steamed lobster, grilled chicken, soft goat cheese, or even cheese fondue! This wine retails for $19.99


CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE TWO RED WINES RECEIVE THE HACIENDA ARINZANO RED &:

2014 VIÑA UNDURRAGA – “SIBARIS” GRAN RESERVA CARMENERE
COLCHAGUA VALLEY, CHILE

Let’s start the year with a red from one of Chile’s oldest wineries and a pioneer in the nation’s wine industry. Started in 1885 with clippings of vines brought in from the old world, they had their first harvest in 1889, and in 1903 they were the first Chilean winery to export wines to the United States, shipping to each of the 45 states that existed at the time. Today, they are one of the top of wineries in Chile, with numerous awards. For the last five years, Undurraga has ranked as one the world’s 50 most admired wine brands, by Drinks International. This month’s selection is their Sibaris Gran Reserva Carmenere, named after the legendary city of the Sybarites, people who are now known as bon vivants (people who enjoy a sociable and luxurious lifestyle). It is for these sophisticated spirits who regard life as one long search for pleasure that Undurraga has created this extraordinary Gran Reserva wine. Their winemaker Pilar Díaz, chose 100% Carmenere grapes which have their origins in Bordeaux, France, and disappeared in the nineteenth century and has now been rediscovered in Chile. This wine is made from grapes from their vineyards in the Colchagua Valley. Hand harvested grapes were gently crushed with 30% of the grapes were left whole, without crushing. Finally, all of the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months in order to improve its structure and make the tannins softer and more complex. This wine has a deep violet-red color. With aromas of black berries, ripe plums, wild berries and blueberries mixed with spicy notes, such as black pepper, clove and rosemary. It opens up beautifully, so be sure to decant or open it about ½ hour before consuming it. The palate is soft, concentrated and complex, with a pleasant silkiness and notes of spice and fruit, and offers a smooth and persistent finish. This wine is an ideal accompaniment for red meat stews, sausage pizza, or even pasta dishes, especially if the sauces are robust. If cheese is your game, then try Gouda or a English Cheddar with Caramelized onions. This wine retails for $ 19.99


CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE TWO WHITE WINES RECEIVE THE CARA NORD &:

2014 HERENCIA ALTES – “BEFUFET” GARNATXA BLANCA – SUSTAINABLE FARMING
TERRA ALTA (CATALONIA), SPAIN

This is another wine is brought to the U.S. from respected importer of European wines Eric Solomon, who is hailed as “one of the most influential people in the wine business” by Robert Parker in his 20th Anniversary issue of the Wine Advocate. We have truly enjoyed tasting through the portfolio of wines he brings to the U.S., and his specialty is providing wines with amazing bang for the buck! This wine truly delivers. This wine is produced by Herencia Altes and their wine maker is Nuria Altes and like many other young vintners in Spain, she comes from a family who has grown grapes for generations. From a rarely seen appellation in Catalunya, Terra Alta, just southwest of Priorat. Nuria grew up with the vines that her grandfather tended, and she has known these vineyards since her childhood. In 2010, Nuria made the decision to stop selling her fruit to the local cooperative and to instead make her own wines, from vines ranging in age from 20 to well over 100 years old. In 2013 they launched their first bottling to great acclaim. And with that, we are excited to introduce you to this lovely white, her Garnatxa (Garnacha) Blanca. The vines for this wine from 25 to 100 years old and are all hand-harvested, then gently pressed and allowed to ferment in stainless steel tanks. This wine is allowed to mature in enormous French oak casks called Foudres for 4 months. This wine has clean, delicious aromas of peaches, pears, and nectarine, with additional notes reminding us of fresh basil, lavender and a hint of white pepper. The palate is silky in texture with crisp acidity and minerality. Lychee, pear, peach and orange notes repeat themselves on the palate and it tingles in the finish with just a hint of that white pepper we picked up on the nose. This wine is great as an aperitif with its juicy notes. It makes a great wine to enjoy with shellfish, think crab! Seafood paella, or fish tacos! This wine retails for $18.00

Happy holidays, wishing you a prosperous 2017!

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