Club Wines: April 2016

by whitney on April 23, 2016

Gastronomist: Bordeaux vs. Napa Valley

This month we’re featuring reds from two very traditional wine regions – Bordeaux and Napa Valley. Bring out your inner wine geek, open both bottles at once and do a little compare and contrast.

2010 Chateau Moulin Canon Fronsac Rouge– This easy-drinking red is made from grapes sourced from two vineyards in Canon-Fronsac (Bordeaux). Primarily Merlot with a bit of Malbec, this wine has a soft, fruity character that will shine when paired with roasted meats and herbs from the garden.

2013 Ultraviolet Cabernet Sauvignon – This is a sturdy, structured red that resembles what we love most about Bordeaux – that chewy, earthy mouthfeel with a light scent of tobacco. Ultraviolet is a project headed by Napa winemaker Samantha Poe. The wine is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with just a bit of Cabernet Franc.

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Naturalist: Agnes and Rene Mosse

Agnes and Rene Mosse live and work in the Coteaux-du-Layon area of Anjou (Loire Valley, France). They’ve worked organically ever since they started making wines about 15 years ago. Their goal is to make delicious wine with the least manipulation possible.

2014 Anjou Blanc -This wine is made from young Chenin Blanc vines grown in clay, gravel and schist. It’s allowed a slow, spontaneous fermentation and aged in barrel for 12 months. A great wine for the table as it has a bright, refreshing acidity.

2013 Anjou Rouge – This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grown in schist, gravel and quartz. You can expect a fruity, spicy character that is so smashable you’ll wonder how it disappeared so quickly.

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Club Wines: March 2016

by whitney on March 20, 2016

Gastronomist: Burgundy

As much fun it is to try all the new winemakers and interesting styles popping up, it’s nice to get back to the classics. No frills – just beautiful, pure expressions of fruit and place and perfect companions to a simple dinner cooked at home.

2013 Domaine Cheveau Saint-Véran ‘Terroir Davayé’– Domaine Cheveau, founded by André Cheveau in the 1950’s, is situated in the heart of Pouilly-Fusé. This (very limited) wine is 100% Chardonnay from the Les Plantés lieu dit in Saint-Véran, which is all limestone and clay. It spends eight months in stainless steel, keeping it fresh and clean.

2013 Domaine Rollin Bourgogne Hautes-Cotes de Beaune – Domaine Rollin has been producing wine in Pernand Vergelesses for four generations – a family that started out as just vineyard workers to owning land and then bottling wines. While they aren’t certified organic, they keep treatments to a bare minimum, their vineyard work is meticulous, and the wines ferment naturally.

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Naturalist: Omero Cellars

Omero Cellars is a small family-owned winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. They focus solely on Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay and are all about low interference; “real wine, made simply.” Organically farmed, picked by hand, and fermented naturally.

2014 Omero Cellars Pinot Gris -From the Omero Vineyard on Ribbon Ridge. An interesting blend of the same Pinot Gris, vinified three ways: 80% pressed and fermented/aged in neutral French oak, 10% frozen to make a concentrate to top off the barrels, and 10% that was fermented whole cluster on the skins for three weeks and aged in separate neutral barrels. The first SO2 additions, which were very little, weren’t until bottling.

2014 Omero Cellars Pinot Noir – The Pinot Noir blend is comprised of fruit from vineyard sites covering every sub-AVA in the Willamette Valley. Their aim, with thirteen different clones of Pinot covering eight soil types, was to “have a large range of site expression…that offers the maximum amount of complexity possible from the area.”

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Staff Pick: A Wine for Tacos and Friends

March 11, 2016

Who: Anthony What: 2014 Mai & Kenji Hodgson Vin Rouge ‘Galarneau’ Why: “Because the wine is surprising. Once the bottle is opened there is a surprisingly and intense funk. Once it airs out for about 5 minutes, it becomes one of the most beautiful expressions of Cabernet Franc at a reasonable price.” When: “With a […]

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Club Wines: February 2016

February 16, 2016

February: California Love It’s a California love fest for this month’s wine club selections with two of our favorite winemakers, Hank Beckmeyer of La Clarine Farm and Kenny Likitprikong of Hobo Wine Co. Naturalist: La Clarine Farm 2014 La Clarine Farm Elvis – Hank is always coming up with new cuvées, which always keeps us excited for […]

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Staff Pick: For the Love of Jura

February 13, 2016

Who: Dylan What:  2014 Benedicte & Stephane Tissot ‘DD’ Why: “It’s a red blend from Arbois that’s pure delicious. It’s a wine that’s light and full of energy. Pure juice. No gimmicks. Reaffirms my love for the Jura region.” When: “Valentine’s Day, or any time you want the wine to keep flowing and the night […]

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Club Wines: January 2016

January 16, 2016

January: Italian Rosso It’s January, there’s a chill in the air (finally!), and it’s time to tuck into some hearty Italian reds. Naturalist: Tuscany 2013 Montesecondo Chianti Classico – Silvio and Catalina Messana left Manhattan in 1999 to return to their family farm outside Cerbaia, Italy.  Silvio’s father originally purchased the 49 acres of vineyards and olive trees […]

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