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April 2013 Wine & Beer of the Month Club

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Apr - 04 - 2013

Dear Enotecans,

This email is about the April 2013 Wine & Beer of the Month Club selections, with tasting notes and technical details about what is going in your Bin.

Upcoming Event Reminders

drinkery-and-refugeYou can always see what’s coming up at Enoteca by seeing the calendar on our left sidebar on our newly revamped Events page. We’re full into Spring, and we have some incredible events planned.

  • April 5th: Free Flight Friday: April Wine Club with Debbie Keller. Pick 3 from the new Club selections to taste.
  • April 8th: Mixology Monday, Spring Has Sprung edition.
  • April 9th: Two Dollar Tuesday – $2 Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout cans.
  • April 12th: Free Flight Friday: Mercer Canyon with Jim Daanen.
  • April 13th: Mad Men themed 60′s style cocktail party. Dress up if you want, but come enjoy some historic cocktails, and win prizes including $25 gift certificates to the Drinkery! Get a text message reminder here.
  • April 17th: Col Solare wine tasting with head wine maker Marcus Notaro.
  • April 19th: Free Flight Friday: Four Lakes with Heather Scaman.
  • April 24th: Know Your Tequila. Pre Cinco de Mayo educational tequila tasting. Details TBA.
  • April 26th: Free Flight Friday: Dusted Valley with wine maker Chad Johnson.

green-grapesWhy Should I Join the Club?

Not in the Wine or Beer of the Month Club yet? You’ve heard about this Wine & Beer Club but aren’t quite sure what it is? Click here to find out what you’re missing! The wine club is a great way to learn about wine and beer, experience a variety of unique wine & beer, broadening your horizons. If you’re a novice to wine, the Wine of the Month Club will expose you to all sorts of tasty bottles and you’ll be an expert in no time! If you’re more of a wine connoisseur, try the higher end club selections to automatically own highly recommended bottles. Come by this weekend and try a few free tastes to get an idea what the different levels are about!

Wine Club Tasting – Free Flight Friday…

Come taste Wine of the Month Club selections 4pm-last customer Friday. We will have all of the wines below open for tastes, pick 3 to try. At the end of the bar we have a table set up with the wines and you can come to the server there for each of your 3 free tastes and she will pour a sample for you. We start at 4pm, and go until the bottles are all empty!

Policy Change: Club Member Valet Bin Service!

We will now be getting stuff from your Bin for you. Simply come to the front counter and let us know your name or Bin number, and we will go get your selections for you. We still have the Sign Out sheet at the counter, so sign out while you’re waiting.

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

Budget Wine Club

Budget wine club costs only $20 per month and includes two bottles. They can be red, white, pink, or any combination. These are some excellent wines at great prices. Learn more at Budget Wine Club: New Wine Club option. Did you know you can add it to your existing Club Membership?


white-wineLucky Star Chardonnay

Ripe pineapple, golden apple and Anjou pear avors are balanced by citrus notes and a smooth, creamy finish. The wine would be a heavenly match with smoked chicken salad with apples and walnuts and four-cheese pizza.

Grapes for this wine were harvested during cooler night and morning hours to highlight the crisp, balanced fruit flavors in our wine. After crushing, the juice was fermented for up to twelve days at cool temperatures, around 60 degrees fahrenheit, in stainless steel tanks with Burgundian yeasts. A portion of the blend went through malolactic fermentation, adding a silkiness and body to the wine. A splash of Muscat adds oral notes and richness to the blend, while a touch of Sauvignon Blanc enhances the crisp citrus flavors.

96% Chardonnay, 2% Muscat, 2% Sauvignon Blanc


Red WineLucky Star Pinot Noir

Ripe red raspberry and cherry aromas carry through to the palate, balanced by a crisp yet silky finish. The wine pairs well with garlic-roasted chicken, grilled wild salmon, or herb-roasted pork tenderloin.

Grapes for this wine were harvested late in the evening and into the morning, when the grapes are at their coolest temperature. Thus, preserving the crispness and delicate fruit flavors in our wine. The grapes were destemmed, cold soaked and kept as whole rather than crushed berries in order to enhance the lush berry flavors in the wine. The wine was fermented on the skins for ve to seven days, with care taken to avoid extracting any harsh tannin from the seeds or skins. A touch of Syrah adds roundness and spicy accents, while a splash of Zinfandel contributes a hint of ripe berry notes to the wine.

94% Pinot Noir, 4% Syrah, 2% Zinfandel


Vintage Club

White WineTorre di Luna Pinot Grigio
(Alto Adige, Italy)

Straw colored with green highlights. Delicate aromas with hints of pear, floral. Dry and full-bodied, discrete aromatic persistence, and a pleasant aftertaste. Perfect for poached or boiled clams, mussels, squid, octopus and grilled fish.

100% Pinot Grigio


Red WineLas Vides Bonarda
(Famatima Valley, Argentina)

Wine lovers around the world are enjoying Malbec, Argentina’s most famous varietal. Now it’s time to discover Argentina’s other liquid treasures, Bonarda and Torrontes.

Las Vides’ high altitude vineyards are located in the Famatima Valley in La Rioja, Argentina’s oldest wine producing region. This estate bottled vintage is 100% Bonarda, elegantly styled with lively black fruit flavors and delicate oak accents. Pour with turkey, roasted meats, sausage, full flavored seafood and hearty cheeses.


100% Bonarda


Reserve Club

White WineLong Shadows Nine Hats Chardonnay
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

Long Shadows has finally released a Chardonnay!  Their premium Chardonnay is called Dance and can be ordered here.  We tasted Dance and the Nine Hats Chardonnay side-by-side and they’re both delicious.  You can tell the wine makers put the same kind of thought and care into this relatively budget minded bottle as their premium wine.

100% Chardonnay


yalumba-the-strapperRed WineYalumba The Strapper GSM
(Barossa Valley, Australia)

An elegant Malbec, featuring layered wildflower, fresh herb and graphite flavors framing the ultra-fresh raspberry and blackberry fruit. Light on its feet, with deceptive persistence to the finish.

Sourced from a 10 acre plot planted in 1992. The vines are trained in vertical shoot positioning and cropped at 5 tons per acre. The fruit undergoes a 4-day cold soak to extract color as well as violet and dark fruit aromas. The juice is fermented at 26ºC with heavy cap management during the first 6 days to extract flavor concentration. The wine is aged in French oak for 12 months, 50% of which is new.


Premier Club

White WineDomaine Drouhin Arthur Chardonnay
(Willamette Valley, Oregon)

Our 2011 Chardonnay was hand-picked into small totes, and then whole-cluster pressed. Half of the juice was fermented in French Oak barrels (30% new) to create a round, rich texture. The other half was fermented and aged in stainless steel. Véronique then blended these two portions to create a wine of a more delicate nature. To Véronique, it as if one brought together elements of a pure Chablis and an elegant Meursault.

100% Chardonnay


Red WineBacio Divino Pazzo “Call Me Crazy”
(Napa Valley, California)

Pazzo (which means ‘crazy’ in Italian) is a ‘funky’, unpretentious blend – an ingratiating wine that is wonderful to drink in its youth. In addition to its good looks, it displays a nose of red berry aromas and follows through with spirited, sweet, lingering, fruit flavors.

Pazzo, is a unique idea of creating a red wine blend intended for early consumption, offering the best of Napa Valley, with an attractive price as well. We blended a favorite barrel from our various varietals and added them to our best barrels of Sangiovese. The Sangiovese offers a ’wow’ factor of acidity, cherry-berry goodness, and an amazingly fragrant nose that has you asking for another glass. The balance between fruit, oak and tannin is perfect for drinking now. ’Delicious’ is what we tried to achieve with Pazzo. Our primary Sangiovese vineyard lies in the Napa Valley and its older vines ripen to juicy perfection by October.

90-91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

87% Sangiovese, 5% Syrah, 4% Petite Sirah, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon



Anniversary Club Red

Red WineRaymond Usseglio Chateauneuf Du Pape Rouge
(Châteauneuf Du Pape Rouge, France)

Two brothers, sons of Italian immigrants, set up wineries in Châteauneuf du Pape. The recognition went initially to Pierre, but Raymond, now represented by his son, Stéphane, is also reaping the rewards of excellence. Traditional winemaking is now embroidered with new ideas, a little new oak, and laudable ambition; the ensemble is getting better and better each year, yet still constitutes excellent value.

A traditional blend, made up of 75% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 6% Syrah and a little of each of Counoise and Cinsault, this is a robust, rich and finely textured wine. The youthful nose is dominated by notes of licorice, thyme and black cherry; the tannins are suitably robust, their power providing impressive architectural support.

Age-ability: 10-15 years.

90-92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

75% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 6% Syrah, a little Counoise and Cinsault


beer-tapFine Beer Club

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

Each month the Fine Beer Club members receive $20 worth of beer in whatever configuration fits. We may include large format bottles, smaller bottles, six packs, even (gasp!) cans. Some are darker, some are lighter, but all in all it’s a great way to explore beers from international and domestic sources. Fine Beer Club is a variable number of bottles each month, in a huge range of beer styles, but always interesting and unique $20 worth of beer. This club focuses on new releases, specialty beers, and a wide variety of styles. This is for the craft beer explorer.

Want to get a text message when we tap a new beer? Sign up here.


Fine BeerMidnight Sun Panty Peeler Belgian Tripel
(Anchorage, Alaska)

Midnight Sun of Alaska puts a twist on the classic Belgian Tripel style.

Free spirited Panty Peeler Tripel pours rambunctiously into your glass, releasing its engaging aroma. Curacao (bitter) orange peel and coriander create a beautiful yet bolder tripel by infusing color, citrus and spice. Belgian yeast adds playful character. Bottle conditioning assures a perfectly heady experience.

Brewed as a Belgian tripel but with American boldness, Panty Peeler is delicious yet spirited. Originally named Extreme Polar White Bier, it got nicknamed “Panty Peeler” along the way. Then we translated it to French for a while: Épluche-Culotte. Now we’re back to calling it Panty Peeler and we’ve kicked up the coriander and orange peel to represent its original design.

8.5% ABV, 15 IBUs, 22oz


Fine BeerFish Tale Monkfish Belgian Tripel
(Olympia, Washington)

This beer hooked me on Fish Brewing of Oympia.  Great to style Belgian.

A cracking fine example of the classic style, Monkfish Belgian Style Tripel Ale is the color of nectar, with a sweet malty flavor and subtle hop aroma. Mingling in its character, fruity and spicy esters impart a heavenly complexity to this medium-bodied delight.

Brewed using Pale malt, Honey malt, aromatic malt, Belgian candy sugar, Styrian Golding hops and, of course, Belgian Abbey yeast, Monkfish stands firmly in the Belgian triple tradition. And remember: Whereas triple ale is the soul of the Belgian favorite, Carbonnade a la Flamande, this classic stew is made all the better by two bottles of Monkfish—one for the pot, the other for your glass.

9% ABV, 32 IBUs, 22oz bottle


Fine BeerSam Adams New Albion Pale
(Boston, Massachusetts)

The original craft beer!  One must try this, at least once, just to get a load of what craft beer started with.

Jack McAuliffe’s pioneering spirit paved the way for the American craft beer revolution. Sam Adams rereleasing his original Pale Ale, with its distinct American hop character for the first time in 30 years in honor of Jack and his contributions to craft brewing. Cheers! Read the entire story here.

6% ABV, 12oz bottle


Fine BeerWoodchuck Barrel Select Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Cider
(Middlebury, Vermont)

Seriously good cider, very rare, and worth picking up an extra six pack.

Woodchuck Private Reserve Barrel Select is our ultra-limited cider crafted in small batches for a rare taste of sweet, crisp apple cider combined with smoky, dry bourbon flavors. Aged in genuine white oak Kentucky bourbon barrels, this copper-hued gem pairs excellently with cheese, pork roast and chocolate cake. Served best at 50 degrees, Barrel Select is truly an exclusive joy to relish.

RateBeer – 99

6.9% ABV, 12oz bottle



Rare Beer Society

Rare Beer Society is a subscription to special and rare craft beers for a true craft beer lover. Exclusively limited-release beers, can be a variable number of bottles not exceeding a total cost of $35 in one month. This club focuses on beers that have low-availability, special reserve series beers, and hard-to-find exclusives. Included will be vintage beers suitable for aging, perhaps beers that we have cellared to perfection at Enoteca, and beers that appeal primarily to advanced craft beer enthusiasts.

Want to get a text message when we tap a new beer? Sign up here.


Fine BeerNinkasi Critical Hit Barleywine 2011
(Eugene, Oregon)

Ninkasi only sends this beer as a “thank you” beer to special accounts, and even at that very little is sent.  It’s a 2011 beer that Ninkasi has aged for two years before releasing.  Serious nerd factor going on here, RBS members should really enjoy this.  We do have a handful of bottles left over, in case you need some cellar stock.

On the bottle:
In the Ninkasi tradition, this Barley Wine is hopped to high heaven. Critical Hit has a rich malty expression but the 11 varieties of hops linger on the palate. Two-hundred and twenty pounds of hops were used to make only 17 barrels of beer! Its high gravity nature warms the cheeks and soul. Pull out your 20-sided die — Critical Hit does double damage so you might have to roll versus save if you take this ale for granted.

Tasting Notes:
Massive citrus, earthy, resinous and grassy hop flavor is balanced with the melanoidin complexity of port and sherry notes to create a powerful and warming taste experience. Big citrus, earthy, grassy and pine hop aroma with port and sherry notes mingle in this beer as it’s conditioned for over a year. Aggressive bitterness dominates up front with a large array of hop flavor spanning citrus, earthy, resinous, grassy and dank. Subtle caramel and melanoidin compounds oxidize (in a good way) to create the port and sherry notes that are a trademark to these extremely strong beers called barley wine. The bitterness of the beer helps round out the intensity of alcohol and the malt complexity to make a non-cloying and very very tasty beer. This may be the one beer that you still need to sip rather than quaff but it is still deceptive for the style.

Food Pairings:
Stinky Cheese, Rye Breads, Hearty Meats and Stews, Curries, Bread Pudding

11.7% ABV, 100++ IBUs, 22oz bottle


new-belgium-transatlantique-kriekFine BeerNew Belgium Lips of Faith Transatlantique Kriek
(Fort Collins, Colorado)

Ely from New Belgium make a point to get us a couple cases of this beer specifically for Rare Beer Society.  This is a very rare and special sour between Boon (WOW BOON!) and NBB, and there are only a couple bottles left after RBS got filled.  Pretty cool to be an RBS member huh?

In a never-ending quest to create new beers and defy category, New Belgium Brewing and Brewerij Boon of Belgium have partnered together again to create Transatlantique Kriek – a spontaneously fermented lambic ale made with Polish cherries.

This authentic kriek beer began life in the oaken vessels at Frank Boon’s brewery in the Lembeek region of Belgium. After more than two years aging, Boon’s offering shipped across the Atlantic and found its way to the intuitive palate of New Belgium’s Brewmaster Peter Bouckaert. After much sampling and internal consultation, Peter and his brew staff created a full-bodied golden lager to round out the light-bodied kriek.

The cherry nose gives way to a pleasingly sour flash across the palate that rolls gently into a slightly sweet finish. Crisp, effervescent carbonation keeps the mouthfeel bright and delightfully tingly.

Aroma: Wise cherries with the musty linger of oaken barrels.
Mouthfeel: Exciting bursts of champagne-like carbonation, clean refreshing finish.
Flavor: This has all the sours: malic (green apple), lactic (sharp), acetic (vinegar), butyric (biley). Real cherry taste up front and a nice complex sourness.
Visual: Gorgeous ruby red with pink foam

8% ABV, 8 IBUs, 22oz bottle


Fine BeerDogfish Head Burton Baton
(Milton, Delaware)

Great and rare beer from DFH, coming soon to a Spinal Tap Handle near you.

For Burton Baton, we brew two “threads,” or batches, of beer: an English-style old ale and an imperial IPA.

After fementating the beers separately in our stainless tanks, they’re transferred and blended together in one of our large oak tanks. Burton Baton sits on the wood for about a month.

When enjoying the Burton Baton, you’ll find an awesome blend of the citrus notes from Northwestern hops melding with woody, vanilla notes from the oak. The wood also tends to mellow the 10% ABV of Burton, so tread cautiously!

10% ABV, 70 IBUs, 12oz bottle



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