This email is about the December 2011 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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The wine and beer for this month’s Club has arrived and will be in your Bin on Friday!
Turkey leftovers have been made into various dishes, the tree is up and it’s time for wine club! The holiday season is a time when Enoteca showcases bubbly for the white wine category. Nothing says a celebration quite like sparkles in a glass, with these unique and delicious selections it will surly tickle your fancy…and nose. For the reds we went with big, powerful, dark, lock me in a room in December with a bottle of wine reds. Enjoy and Happy Holidays from all of us at Enoteca!
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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:
Monmousseau Sparkling Brut Vouvray
This is a great wine for the season! Hint of green apple and honey on the nose. This sparkling wine is approachable and would be perfect as an aperitif with a variety of cheeses and hors d’oeuvres. Hailing from the Loire Valley and made with Chenin blanc grapes this wine has enough acid to pair with food and plenty of bubbles to enjoy! This wine is also made to age if you can wait at all! I can never seem to keep a bottle of bubbly in the house for longer than a month. However if you can, it can age for up to 10 years and still be a lush as today!
Aerodrome Cabernet Sauvignon
(Columbia Valley, Washington)
This wine is upfront and doesn’t play hard to get! Fresh raspberry and slightly tart cherries take center stage on the palate. A slight herbal note comes and goes showing off a hint of rosemary and bitter sweet cocoa. Truly for the Cab lover this wine is friendly with a backbone. Not “fruity” and not overly tannic. Would be great with beef and other red meats.
Well balanced and great with food, this wine shows well for the price!
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Nestled in the Alpine foothills, Casalnova doesn’t harvest until late October. Crisp Prosecco needs to live in a cool climate which shows in this lovely bubbly! Casalnova is upfront and peppy with a hint of verbena and Fuji apple on the nose. On the palate flavors of crisp apple, honeysuckle and a hint of citrus marry well with the vibrant and not overly drying bubbles. Enjoy as an aperitif or with a light dessert.
100% Glera Prosecco
Campuget Syrah “1753” 2009
Deep ruby in color with aromas of black currents, cinnamon and clove. Silky on the palate with that black current upfront and a slight herbal quality on the mid palate. Well balanced with fine tannins and crisp acid. A perfect pairing for foods such as lamb, wild game or a rich pork loin!
Champalou Sparkling Vouvray Brut
(Vouvray, Loire, France)
Yes, we are a bit excited about the vouvray grape this month. It not only makes a glorious still wine it shows off as a sparkling! Made in the Loire region this sparkling vouvray shows “come hither” aromas of dried apricots, white peaches and a hint of toffee. On the palate the golden fruit comes through with a hint of floral and stony quality. Crisp with elegant bubbles this is sure to please with a brie en croute! (I’ll be making my favorite brie en croute recipe for this years Enoteca Christmas party. Happy Holidays!)
Orin Swift Abstract
It’s no secret Russell and I are huge fans of Orin Swift, so it should come as no surprise that the winery’s latest creation would be immediately put into club. A blend of Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah this wine holds nothing back and leaves subtlety at the door! This wine isn’t however, too young to enjoy. When opened I was greeted with aromas of bing cherry and fresh marionberries. On the palate ripe cherries and strawberries are present with a hint of spice. A lush mouthfeel and dense weight bring a finish that goes on and on! I recommend an hour of decant time.
Undisclosed percentages of Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah
Anniversary Club Red
Groth Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
(Napa Valley, California)
With 2011 coming to a close, we wanted to send you off with a classic. What could me more classic than a Napa Valley Cabernet? Receiving 90 points via Wine Enthusiast,this wine is young and to those willing to wait Groth can age 10 to 15 years! However, today aromas of jammy blackberries and orange zest appear and flow through to the palate with a hint of smokey cedar wood and cherry flavors. Tannin is gripping and will mellow over time. I recommend a few hours of decant time as well. A perfect wine to close out the year!
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot
Beer Club selections are not open for the tasting event, but a few bottles are available for purchase.
Sierra Nevada Ovila Quadrupel 2011
The final beer in the new Ovila series, the Belgian Quad is now here.
A collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux, Ovila Abbey Quad brings the centuries-old monastery brewing tradition to America. Ovila Abbey Quad is rich and complex with layers of flavor including notes of intense dark fruits, and caramel-like maltiness. Rich and complex, this ale should be shared among friends in the true spirit of the season. A portion of the proceeds from this ale goes toward the restoration of the historic Santa Maria de Ovila chapter house on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux. This medieval building stood for nearly eight centuries in Spain. William Randolph Hearst purchased the monastery in 1931 and planned to use the stones for a castle even grander than his famous San Simeon. Although Hearst’s plans crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.
We have a keg, look for it to be tapped!
Beer Advocate: B+
10.4% ABV / 750ml cork caged bottle
Southern Tier Blackwater creme brulee Imperial Milk Stout
(Lakewood, New York)
LEASE NOTE: This is a Milk Stout. Lactose sugar is added and is present in the product.
We are not the harbingers of truth as some may suggest but it may indeed be argued that our brewing philosophy is tantamount to a dessert with a bellicose past. How, you may ask, would a brewery determine a likeness to hard-coated custard? Our response is simple; it’s all in the power of history, and of course, the extra finesse needed to top off a contentious treat with definition.
By comprehending the labyrinthine movement of time, one would not think it strange to trace the errant path of an ordinary object such as a cream dessert only to discover that it has been the cause of cultural disputes since the middle ages. The British founders of burnt cream and from Spain, crema catalana, both stand by their creative originality and we respect that, but it was the French Crème Brûlée, amid the strife of contention, that survived to represent our deliciously creamy brew.
Beer Advocate: B+, Rate Beer: 98
9.6% ABV / 22oz bottle
21st Amendment/Ninkasi Collaboration Old Ale ALLIES WIN THE WAR 12oz CAN
(San Francisco, California)
In a surprising turn of events, rival superpowers have joined forces to bring a beer of might to the world. According to top-secret documents, recently unclassified, brewmasters for 21st Amendment in California and Ninkasi in Oregon began their brewing careers together many years ago. The two leaders reunited recently at a secret camp in the Sierras to devise their master plan. “We are more alike than we are different,” said 21st Amendment’s Shaun O’Sullivan. “We must unite in our common cause,” added Ninkasi’s Jamie Floyd. The resulting collaboration, an ale brewed with California dates, an aggressive arsenal of all-Northwest hops and an unmistakable aroma of victory, deals a unified blow to unoriginal beers everywhere
ALLIES WIN THE WAR! is 21st Amendment Brewery’s first ever collaboration beer, a traditional English-style Strong ale aged on native California dates and dry hopped with all-Northwest aroma hops.
Beer Advocate: B+, Rate Beer: 96
8.5% ABV / 12oz can