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Volume 8, Issue 5 June 2015
Inside this issue:
June Selections; Aglianico, Tempranillo , Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, Plymouth Gin, Jonathan Edwards, Joel Gott Zinfandel, Betsy’s Corner
Special points of interest: Wine of the Month Club
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Anciano 7 Year Reserva Tempranillo
Spain continues to be one of the go to countries to find value. Made from the Tempranillo grape and grown in the Valdepeñas region, this wine uses the age of the wine instead of the vintage, so no matter which wine you pick up you will know how old it is. The color is naturally not deep and black and the flavors are going to be earthy, with some spice and dark fruits. Perfect for that steak on the grill!
$14.99reg $13.29 club
Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Spring in a glass. This ever popular wine from New Zealand will have you forgetting about allergies and getting outside for a dose of fresh grass. Yes, the label looks different but it is the same lively wine inside. This wine has tropical flavors, lush citrus, and a little mint. The reason you loved it in the first place is still there. A crowd pleaser for the coming summer days. Also it’s screw cap so you don’t even have to think about wasting any time opening it.
$13.99 reg $11.99 club
Kermit Lynch Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Red 2014
Kermit Lynch is one of the most respected importers in the wine business. He seeks out win-eries that are respectful of the earth and of their sense of place—terroir. Knowing so many people in the industry, he has chosen and blended wines for his own label at an affordable price. Grenache, Syrah, Merlot and Marselan are all made by the famous Domaine de Durban. The wine shows red fruits, violets and licorice. This could be your Summer red!
$14.99 reg $13.19 club
Tani Meoru Vermentino di Gallura DOCG 2013
Italy is a vast territory of wine. Everywhere you look there is wine. So much so that we sometimes forget some of the classic grapes—those that have fallen out of favor as the years go by. Vermentino is one of those grapes. This wine is from Sardinia but from an area called Gallura. The vines were planted in the eighties and the history of winemaking here is ancient. This is a steely white wine with great acidity and vibrancy. Not your average white Italian wine. Think Mediterranean flowers, fruits and herbs.
Italian. Organic. Flavorful.
Grifalco Damaschito Aglianico del Vulture 2009
The beauty of wine is that there is so much diversity and so much to take pleasure in that it is difficult sometimes to talk about without using the same words over and over again. Yet here we are, talking about a wine from the Italian region of Basilicata. This winery learned its trade in Tuscany and then decamped to the South to only grow this grape, Aglianico, within Basilicata. In getting to know their land, the winemakers realized that each parcel was special and made wine according to what the land told them. This winery only makes about 300 cases of this wine from 100% certified organic grapes that are anywhere from 30-50 years old and hand harvested. It is barrel aged in oak casks and further aged for 12 months in the bottle before release. When you think of how much time and work went into this wine it isn’t an outrageous price to pay for this wine. Especially when you realize that this wine has some age on it. Grifalco considers their wine to be one of the most ageworthy wines. A beautiful red with what
the winery says are “mineral, with floral scents, ink …hints of red fruit”. On the palate the tannins are silky and smooth. It’s definitely an adventure for the palate and an eye opener. Perhaps have it after dinner or sit-ting out on the patio with some cheese. It will leave you very satisfied.
$27.99 / btl
Anciano=Old & Deep
Anciano Gran Reserva 10 Year
We’ve already mentioned the An-ciano 7 Year Reserva on our front page…now it’s time to step up your game. What does 10 years mean in a wine? Time in quite a few instances means that it gets a chance to develop nuances and flavors that cannot be achieved any other way. You can’t add “flavor” to transform what time in a barrel and bottle can do. Of course this is where it also all starts to get interesting. The flavors of the Tempranillo grape really shines here. The color starts to fade at the edges (red wine gets lighter as it ages). You get leathery and vanilla-like nuances with some cooked fruit flavors (in a good way). These are handpicked grapes from 30 year old vines with an alcohol level of 13% that makes it not overwhelming. Good on its own or with a good jamon and queso sandwich.
This Month’s Cellar Selection
Trignon Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2010
Not every bottle in the cellar se-lection has to be dry or red. In this case it is both white and sweet. Sweet here is not syrupy sweet or sickly sweet. This sweet is so well balanced that it is ambrosial. The Muscat grape is one of the few grapes that has the same kind of flavors before and after it is made. Deliciously mouthwater-ing and completely gulpable. Beaumes de Venise is a region in the Rhone known for its sweet wines. Keep some bottles of this around for when you want the equivalent of a Ruby Port but in the summer. You can start the evening (or afternoon) with this wine and end with it as well. Lemons, pineapples, peaches, it’s all in here.
$26.99/ btl 500ml.
Gin is one of the great pleasures of summer drinking. There are not many things better than a gin and tonic with a slice of lime. One of the most popular categories of gin is London Dry Gin (LDG). Gin can also be put into a few other categories. Because gin is becoming much more popular, some of the old categories have been brought back, including Genever Gin, Old Tom Gin and not least of all is Plymouth. In this case it is both the category and the brand name. In fact it is such a small category that there is only one Gin in it: Plymouth Gin.
Jonathan Edwards Stone Table Red
If you only remember Jonathan Edwards from your high school English class or the band, we have another way for you to think of him—wine. Yes, this winery, which is based in Connecticut, produces very local wines but they have expanded!. Getting their grapes from one of the most hip places in California, they are making this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Merlot for you to enjoy right here. Once made, it is transported to Connecticut to spend some time in the nice cool cellars at the winery in North Stonington. Using mostly American oak barrels and 18 months of aging give it some nice spicy flavors and an easy to drink feel.
Joel Gott Zinfandel 2012
Zinfandel has often been hailed as THE grape of California and bit has certainly enjoyed a great amount of popularity. But to be clear this is not White Zinfandel. This is the tasty red stuff that is made by the great Joel Gott. The grapes ripened evenly thanks to good mild weather. Even though Zinfandel can be heavy with alcohol with some reaching 17%, this one at 14.3% is restrained with flavors of blackberry jam and spices. The tannins are soft and completely approachable. A 100% Zinfandel for 100% enjoyment.
Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Doug Shafer, along with his fa-ther owns Shafer. They produce several wines considered among the best in Napa. This wine, One Point Five, refers to the fact that it’s not really two generations of making wine but one alongside another and thus the overlap is more of a generation and a half. These days it’s not only Doug making the wines but also the brilliant Elias Fernandez. This Cabernet comes not only from Napa but the Stags Leap District, a place long recognized as one of the best places to grow grapes.
It is made from two of the vineyards they own: Hillside (which on its own produces another Shafer wine) and Borderline. The combination of what each vine-yard offers warm days and cool nights at Hillside and the intense flavors and soft tannins from Borderline renders this as an exceptional wine. It is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon with 4% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot which is aged for 20 months in New French oak bar-rels from some of the best forests, Alliers and Vosges. Each of those contributes a nuance to the finished product. Of course the great thing about this kind of wine is that it evolves in the glass and you get to notice the intensity, the fruit, and just how special this wine is. Shafer makes some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon with some of the best grapes in Napa.