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April 2012 Wine and Beer of the Month Club Selections

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Apr - 06 - 2012

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This email is about the April 2012 Wine & Beer of the Month Club selections, with tasting notes and technical details about what is going in your Bin. Please notice the opportunity to set your communication preferences. Look in the heading of this email, there’s a link that says this: Did you know you can dial in your email preferences here? That link is in every email, and it gives you the chance to decide which types of communication you want from us. Want to know what each of the options means? Here are the details. Feel free to reply to this email and share your thoughts, we love hearing from you!

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Events: Keep an eye out for the upcoming Spring Valley Vintners wine tasting with wine maker Serge Laville, and the upcoming Samuel Smith Beer Tasting with Jhon Gilroy!  Tickets for the beer tasting are already available online…

The wine and beer for this month’s Club has arrived and will be in your Bin on Friday!

If you’re not a Club Member yet, learn about the Wine & Beer Club?

Wine & Beer Club is rolling out this Friday, and tasting is from 4-7 Friday. We will be tasting Saturday from 12-7 as well, which is a great time to taste wine to beat the rush. The cost is $10 per flight (3 oz. each of 3 wines – red or white).

And without further adieu here’s the lineup for Club and Tasting:

Vintage Club

White WineReininger Helix Aspersa White Blend 2009
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

Tropical tones of papaya and pineapple woven with mid- summer prairie grass, floating slices of early season pears and garnished with orange blossom. With a medium mouth feel, perfect balance and acidity, this relaxing/sensual getaway pairs wonderfully with scallops, halibut, fruit and cheeses.

65% Chardonnay, 23% Viognier, 12% Semillion

Red WineCSM Austral Rhone Style Red Blend 2007
(Wahluke Slope, Washington)

What a treat this is!  For the $15 club level we’re able to put a wine in that the winery retails for $30, and only offers to its wine club members.  Sounds like a good deal to me!

This Southern Rhone-style blend presents a lovely fusion of Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah. Jammy fruit flavors meld nicely with hints of black licorice. The addition of Syrah adds a polish on the finish. Although the fruit is still abundant, the complexity, warm spices and sweet tannins are what keep you coming back for another sniff – another sip.

Aged in French and American oak for 15 months.  Only 950 cases produced.

Serve with beef stew, lamb, and pot roast.

54% Mourvedre, 35% Grenache, 11% Syrah

Reserve Club

White WineRaymond Reserve Selection Chardonnay 2010
(Napa Valley, California)

The 2010 Raymond Reserve Selection Napa Valley Chardonnay opens with enticing aromas of honeysuckle and pear that are enhanced by notes of orange blossoms and toasted almond. Full-bodied with excellent balance, the wine displays flavors of passion fruit, white peach and smooth vanilla before ending with a long, rich finish.

Winemaker’s details: Using no Malolactic fermentation and moderate oak influence, our Napa Valley Chardonnay is made in a style that focuses on the inherent qualities of this varietal. To preserve the unique Chardonnay flavors and aromas of grapes grown in this region, this wine was whole cluster pressed and cold fermented in stainless steel tanks. We aged 50% of the Chardonnay for five months in Nevers and Allier French oak barrels, selected for their tight grain that delicately restrains the oak flavors. This gives the wine a touch of oak and creamy vanilla flavors without overwhelming the natural fruit flavors.

100% Chardonnay

Red WinePurple Hands Oregon Red Blend 2009
(Oregon)

Purple Hands 2009Texturally silky and creamy, the raspberry red fruit medley dance across a chocolate backbone finishing in dark fruit, red licorice and anise lingering on a caramel periphery.

Purple Hands is owned and operated by Oregon winemaker Cody Wright. Cody grew up in the Willamette Valley, Oregon’s most recognized and abundant wine region. With constant immersion in wineries and vineyards and with close family ties to some of the greatest wineries in the Northwest, Cody pursued the intense but rewarding work at key wineries in Oregon, New Zealand and Australia.

The name Purple Hands comes from Cody’s life of growing up in wineries. You start the year in harvest with your hands in “lees” (sediment of red fermenting grapes that is extremely neon purple) and with your hands working the wine from punch downs to pressing and from pressing to filling barrels purple liquid fills every finger print. Once the barrels are full very often you top them all, regularly soaking your hands… and once again “you’ve got PH”, Purple Hands! The syndrome wine makers can never get rid of.

15% Pinot Noir Holstein Vineyard, Dundee Hills AVA 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Syrah, 40% Merlot: Del Rio Vineyard, Rogue Valley AVA

Premier Club

White WineBoekenhoutskloof Semillon 2008
(South Africa)

(boo-ken-hoots-kloof  sim-eee-on)

2008 was an exceptional vintage for Semillon in the Franschhoek valley and this is evident in complexity of this wine. Lively pear, citrus zest, freshly cut apple and blossom on the nose with attractive, wet stone, spiced oak and nutty undertones. An impressive structure underneath a lovely combination of stonefruit amongst others. The 13 months of lees contact lead to a rich, textured, broad and rounded mouth feel, yet appealingly fresh from the core acidity. With the lanolin and other tertiary flavors that will develop even more, this wine will be one of the most complex and balanced ever to be produced from these 106 year old vines.

Enjoy slightly chilled.

95% Semillon, 5% Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Red WineWoollaston Nelson Pinot Noir 2008
(Nelson, New Zealand)

Ripe red and black summer berry fruit combine with savory barrel notes to give an enticing aroma. An elegant core of red berry fruit persists through the length of the palate and lingers on the finish with delicate fine grained tannins contributing subtle refined texture.

A gentle and natural approach is taken during the growing of grapes and making of wine, with the minimum of human intervention to allow the fruit to fully express varietal characters and the place in which it was grown.

Serve with lamb, beef, venison, roast turkey, salmon, tuna, creamy blue veined cheese

100% Pinot Noir

Anniversary Club Red

Red WineButy Columbia Rediviva Cabernet/Syrah 2007
(Phinney Hill Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington)

Cabernet/Syrah blends are fast becoming the signature wines of Washington State.  Wines like Long Shadows Chester Kidder, K Vintners The Creator, and this Buty Rediviva showcase what is incredible about this blend.  In France, Syrah is primarily sequestered to the Rhone valley and Cabernet is locked into the Bordeaux, so neither of those regions can produce something like this.

Columbia Rediviva is our deluxe blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon. Our Phinny Hill Vineyard estate grown property is home to these vines, which grow on a warm site in ancient Columbia River soils. It is the uphill neighbor of Champoux Vineyard. Aged for two years in French Chateau barrels. It is bottled aged for another year before it’s released at 3 years old. This is a muscular wine counterbalanced with violets and sweet fruit. Twenty-four barrels produced.

60% Cabernet Sauvignon & 40% Syrah

Beer Club

Beer Club selections are not open for the tasting event, but a few bottles are available for purchase.

Fine BeerHeretic Evil Twin Red Ale
(Pittsburg, California)

This blood-red ale may not be what you might expect from a malty and hoppy craft beer. Evil Twin has a rich malt character, without being overly sweet. It has a huge hop character, without being overly bitter. It is a great example of a bold, rich, balanced craft beer, without being heavy and hard to drink in quantity. Our Evil Twin is only bad because it is too good to resist.

ABV: 6.8%, IBU: 45, SRM: 18, 22oz bottle

Beer Advocate: 88, RateBeer: 95

Fine BeerEpic Spiral Jetty IPA
(Salt Lake City, Utah)

Spiral Jetty India Pale Ale is the launching point in our series of hoppy IPA brews. Spiral Jetty IPA has an aggressive hop profile (five different hops used here with two in the dry hop) presenting citrus, floral, resinous or pine aromas and flavors typical of American hops and a nice pleasant, cleansing bitterness on the finish. The dominance of the hops helps to balance the complex malt flavors and the higher alcohol content. Spiral Jetty is our strongest Classic Series ale at 6.6% alcohol by volume, but certainly not our strongest beer.

6.6% ABV / 22oz bottle

Fine BeerSaison Dupont – Dupont Tourpes Belgian Farmhouse Saison
(Tourpes, Belgium)

Saison Dupont is the standard bearer for the Saison style.  As we head into a timid spring, this provision beer is a perfect accompaniment to the pallate.
The Saison Dupont is a top fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle.  Since 1844, this beer has been brewed in our farm-brewery, during the winter time.  Then this beer became a second refermentation in the barrel.  During the next summer, this very thirst-quenching beer was served to the “saisoniers” which were working on the fields.  Surely therefore, our Saison Dupont is considered as “the classic” among the Belgian season beers!  Coppery blond, the finest aromas and a strong bitterness transform this beer into a thirst-quenchener with no equal, just the way it was created.
Our selection of yeasts is the perfect base for these typical aromas and ditto taste.  A real refermentation in the bottle, which will continue for a long time in your cellar, result into this complex and particular aromatic beer.
Beer Advocate: 93 Exceptional, RateBeer: 99
6.5% ABV / 375ml bottle

Fine BeerKulmbacher EKU 28 Dopplebock
(Kulmbach, Germany)

This world-famous beer has the character and richness to stand in for fine sherry or port. Just the right degree of sweetness – never cloying; wonderfully aromatic and warming. EKU 28 is the one whenever something good and strong is needed.

In the early 1950’s, the EKU brewery of Kulmbach, Germany set out to make the world’s “biggest” beer. Naturally, it would be done according to the Bavarian Purity Law, using nothing but barley malt, yeast, hops, and water. However, beer yeasts are not the hardiest of organisms — too much of the alcohol that they produce will kill them, stopping the fermentation process cold.

But the ingenious EKU brewers had a plan: to take traditional techniques of bock beer brewing to the extreme. Malt concentration was doubled or tripled (the exact formula still remains secret), giving the yeasts more fuel for conversion to alcohol. Above all, since stunned yeast can only work very slowly in the presence of high alcohol levels, this beer would have to be given a lot of time. In fact, it had to be fermented in cold storage for an unheard of nine months! After those nine months, EKU 28 was born.

This world-famous beer was made for moments of quiet contemplation or warm conversation amongst friends. EKU 28 is a fabled after-dinner digestif, a splendid winter warmer, or a soothing nightcap in any season.

The four-star World Classic ‘strongest beer in the world’ – tastes great, more filling.

11% ABV / 12oz bottle
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