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Volume 8, Issue 5 May 2015
Inside this issue:
May Selections, Chablis, Primitivo, Ch Pey la Tour, Hussong’s Tequila, Green/Red Zinfandel, Prendo Pinot Grigio, Betsy’s Corner
Special points of interest: Wine of the Month Club
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High Note Red Blend 2012 (Argentina)
It’s not just that we love Argentina for the values. And it’s not just because those values are sometimes low priced. In this case it is a combination of both. This wine is a blend of some of our favorite grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Syrah that all come from some of the best vineyards in Argentina (La Consulta and Altamira). These are places that can command many many more dollars a bottle. This is a wine that is jammy, rich and plummy!
$13.99 reg $12.39 club
Ferrari Carano Pinot Grigio 2013
When a winery like Ferrari Carano makes a Pinot Grigio you know that it has to be good. The wines they make are always well made and have a great following. Pinot Grigio is one of the most popular grapes and spring is the perfect time to enjoy it. This one is light and refreshing with aromas of stone fruits and melons. This is the go-to-wine when you want something that entices your taste buds and awakens your desire to be outside!!!
$13.99 reg $12.59 club
Chateau de La Cour d’Argent 2009
Bordeaux is a region where red wines tend to reign supreme. We seem to always hear about the very expensive ones but there are bargains availa-ble. This is one of those. It is made from 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Everyone from Parker to Wine Spectator to Decanter has loved this wine and this vin-tage. If you are looking for Merlot from a classic place at an affordable price, this is it!
$15.99 reg $14.39 club
No Muddy Flavors
Mudhouse Sauvignon Blanc 2014
There are people who adore Sauvignon Blanc and when its from New Zealand, more so. For most it possesses an aroma and flavor that is incomparable. The aromas of citrus flavors such as grapefruit along with a bright acidity makes it the ultimate spring wine. Mudhouse focuses on making wines that exhibit the best of what NZ has to offer. In this case the fruit comes from their Woolshed Vineyard on a steep hill that protects it from various elements and is sustainably farmed. Also, it has a screw cap closure—perfect for taking everywhere.
Albert Bichot Chablis 2012
If it was just about the grape, which in this case is Chardonnay, this wouldn’t be a big deal. But this is about Chablis. An area in France at the northern end of Burgundy. Although don’t confuse this with White Burgundy from the Cote d’Or. This is Chablis. One could say it is a magical place where grapes (Chardonnay) are transformed into a place (Chablis). The soil here was established so long ago you will think of dinosaurs when we tell you the period, Upper Jurassic. The soil, clay-limestone, is very diverse and contributes to the very essence that is Chablis. The grapes for this wine were machine picked because they wanted to pick as quickly as possible in order to execute a “slight prefermentation maceration” that allows certain substances to be transferred to the juice. At this stage everything is done very quickly to ensure that no oxidation takes place. This also means taking the grapes off of the stems and taking out any random leaves and/or unripe grapes. If an unoaked style of wine is what you want then this is for you. It is completely fermented and aged in stainless steel and it acquires its richness from resting on the lees for 6 to 8 months. The citrus notes of the wine along with some minerality on the palate will match well with smoked salmon. It would make a very good accompaniment to a Sunday brunch.
$23.99 / btl
Fatalone Teres Primitivo 2012
The best way to describe where this winery is located is to tell you that it sits just under the heel in-step of the Italian boot in a place called Gioia del Colle. It does not sound like an easy place to get to. Lucky for us, the wine comes to us ! This winery is completely sustainable and practices organic farming. In addition to that, they do no irrigation and use only solar energy. This means zero CO2 emissions! Primitivo is what we in the USA have come to know as Zinfandel. This is a red wine but it is very light in color but that is not to say that it is a light wine. It has plenty of berry characteristics and is fresh and bright and fruity. It matches well with fried food; fried calamari would be one good option. It also is a great match for a ham sandwich. As the weather gets warmer, give it a chill. It will reward you.
This Month’s Cellar Selection
Chateau Pey La Tour 2010
Reasonably priced Bordeaux for you to purchase, drink and put away: that is what we are talking about here. This is known as a Bordeaux Superieur which means it has rules about where the grapes are grown and how they are planted. It also means that it can be considered a bargain in a wine world where prices for one bottle of wine can buy you a used car! Made up of 90% Merlot 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The estate was purchased in 1990 and was upgraded in terms of quality along with a name change (it used to be known as Chateau de la Tour). This is the kind of wine you think of when you think of Bordeaux. It possesses aromas of red fruits such as raspberries and blackberries. It is very elegant.
Hussong’s Reposado Tequila
Did you ever stop to think of who invented certain drinks? Until we learned about this Tequila we had never stopped to think of the per-son who came up with the Margarita (which means Daisy in Spanish). The Margarita is the quintessential happy hour drink—you can order the house version or you can order the “upgraded” version and know that you are get-ting better quality spirits. The Margarita was invented by Don Carlos Orozco at Hussong’s Cantina in Ensenada Mexico for Margarita, the daughter of the German ambassador to Mexico. The cantina, which opened in 1892 is still open—in fact a new one has opened in Las Vegas! The original Margarita called for equal parts Tequila, Damiana (an aromatic flower liqueur) and lime. Later on Cointreau was used as a substitute for Damiana and the rest as they say is history. After all these years they have finally made a Tequila to hon-or the legendary Tequila. Reposado means rested in Spanish and is a legal term. Reposado Tequilas must rest in oak barrels anywhere from 2 months to 1 year. As you can see from the illustration it is hand bottled in a stone jug with a cork. This Cinco de Mayo celebrate with an upgraded Margarita.
2 oz Hussong’s Reposado Tequila
1 oz Cointreau or Grand Marnier
1 oz Lime Juice
Put it all in a shaker with ice. Shake & strain into glass. Salt rim is completely up to you. Cheers!
Christmas in May
Green and Red Zinfandel Chiles Canyon Vineyard 2012
Do not confuse this with White Zinfandel. This is the real thing. This is the red wine that quite often defines a true American wine. The Chiles Canyon Vineyard is in the Napa Valley and was first planted in 1972. They still have a vine from that year and it is as gnarly and thick as anything you have ever seen. We’ve heard this described as possibly the best Zinfandel coming out of California (of course with all due respect to the other great producers). You’ll have to judge for yourself to see if you agree with the flavors the winery talks about in this wine, “dark cherry and raspberry flavors with tinges of bay leaf and clove”. Fire up the grill!
Prendo Pinot Grigio 2013
Forget everything you know about Pinot Grigio. Forget that it can be so common as to almost be forgettable. Now picture the very northern part of Italy. The part that does not make you think of sunny beaches but of tall mountains and cold weather. That part of Italy that is called Sudtirol/Alto Adige. A place that produces some of the world’s best Pinot Grigio. Embodied in this bright yellow wine are aromas of mature yellow fruits and fresh bright acidity. Perfect as an aperitif wine that will transition well into dinner.
Honig Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
The very first thing you see when you log onto Honig’s website is “Family Owned, Sustainably Farmed, Solar Powered”. The water shortage in California has made everyone aware of the limits of our natural resources. Wineries no doubt are aware of this and are making efforts to change their practices. Honig Winery has not only qui-etly gone about making significant changes in how they man-age their resources, they have also been making excellent wine for many years. This wine is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petite Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. We like to tell you the grapes in the wine because we know that many of you like blended wines. 2012 was a year of near perfection with warm days and cool nights as the perfect backdrop for growing these grapes. Each of the vineyards were sustainably farmed which means using not only solar energy but also bats, birds, bees and dogs—their noses can detect the pheromone of a certain pest. Each vineyard block is kept separate and vinified separately before the blending occurs. The wine is then aged for 18 months in oak barrels of which only 35% are new. The tasting notes from the winery remind us of why we love California wine “ripe, wild berry and plum aromas and flavors framed by vanilla, spice and toasty oak. Lush mid-palate tannins flow into a lengthy finish accented by bright fruit”.