Enoteca – Fine Wine & Beer

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December 2014 Wine & Beer of the Month Club

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Dec - 05 - 2014

Dear Enotecans,

red-wineThis email is about the December 2014 Wine & Beer of the Month Club selections, with tasting notes and technical details about what is going in your Bin. Enjoy these hand picked selections, we’re striving to find unique and special bottles for Wine & Beer club so that every month is a new Adventure!

Merry Christmas!  In the spirit of giving, we’re raising resources for the Post Falls St. Vincent De Paul’s warming shelter.  You can enjoy great beverages, give to the needy and win valuable prizes!

You can read more about this program here.

 

Friday Wine Flight! Check it out we have restored the Friday Wine Flight! This week we’re pouring 3 Club Wines. Only $12, enjoy 3 oz. each of 3 delicious wines. If you find a favorite, you can buy a glass pour, and we have more retail bottles available.

 

What is Member Monday?

Member Monday means every Monday, Members who get wine and/or beer of the month subscription can come to the Enoteca Drinkery & Refuge for Buy 1/Get 1 Free drinks! Choose from our rotating Wine by the Glass List, if you like beer we feature rotating 11 Tap Handles of Craft Beer, and we also sport quality Scotch and Bourbon, and make excellent historic mixed drinks and original cocktails. Member Monday is pretty straight forward, but you can read the fine print here.

 

No Corkage for Members!

Wine & Beer Club Members have a new benefit to membership. Members can now drink any wine and beer from our retail store in the Drinkery & Refuge with no corkage fee! Simply bring your selection to the bar tender and he will add it to your tab and set you up with glassware and open the beer or wine. He’ll also decant a bottle of wine for you if you choose. You can read more here.

 

Why Should I Join the Club?

green-grapes 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!

 

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?
Campo Viejo Brut Reserva
(Spain)

  • Made from musts produced from carefully selected grapes and vinified at a controlled temperature, this sparkling wine undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle, following the traditional method.
  • The resulting cava is aged as a Brut Reserva for 18 months.
  • A noble and austere sparkling cava. Greenish yellow in colour with golden glints, it’s clear and star bright. A persistent, elegant stream of bubbles rise to form a perfect rosary on the surface. Complex aromas of white fruits with hints of wood.
  • Fresh, well-balanced and elegant on the palate with an excellent final sensation.

Xarello, Parellada and Macabeo

 

Tormaresca Neprica
(Puglia, Italy)With its sweet, raisined fruit surrounded by chocolate-rich tannins, this is a rounded, black wine with a slight prickle at the end. A blend of negroamaro (40 percent), primitivo and cabernet sauvignon, this is built for braises.
Negroamaro – Primitivo – Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Vintage Club

Treveri Blanc De Blanc Brut
(Washington)

Smooth, complex and crisp, Treveri Brut demands indulgence and brings clear perspective to your moment. The fresh and dry finish enhances this bubbly, and brings luxury to any occasion. Sugar content is 14 grams per liter.

Wine Spectator Rating: 91
Wine Enthusiast Rating: 90

100% Chardonnay

Stay Tuned:  Treveri Sparkling Wine Tasting coming Tuesday, December 9th!  5-7pm at Enoteca Drinkery & Refuge, come try before you buy these incredible, value priced, highly rated champagne-style wines made locally in Washington State.  Perfect for the holidays!

 

Ultimo Passo Salento Primitivo
(Molise, Italy)In our view, “decadence” in wines is often clumsy, and rarely to be sought after. Ultimo Passo is the happiest of exceptions.

Beginning withe the innate richness of Primitivo from Salento, artist-winemaker Alessandro Botter dries about 15% of his grapes (a la Amarone), then double-ferments the entire pressing (using a wild, indigenous yeast to begin a shorter, second fermentation) to create a wine that is — in a word — unctuous.

With acidity still near 5 g/l, the wine retain admirable balance with wonderful aromatics and a truly pleasing palate.

 

Reserve Club

Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne Perle d’Aurore Rose
(Burgundy, France)

Wine Enthusiast:
With its strawberry flavor and tight acidity, this is an attractive, clean sparkling wine. It has just the right balance between acidity and bright fruit, leaving a textured aftertaste.

This rosé is made by carrying out short maceration of Pinot Noir from the Côte d’Or and the Côte Chalonnaise and Gamay from the Mâconnais before pressing.

A lovely light fresh robe. Small red fruit including raspberry and red currant which evolve to jammy notes. Tender and lip-smacking in the mouth.

80% Pinot Noir, 20% Gamay

 

Le Rote DOCG Riserva Chianti
(Cotes du Roussillon, France)

For a decade, we have proudly imported the Chianti of Le Rote, selling out the small quantities he makes every year. So, when Massimo Scotti told us he was making his first Chianti Colli Sensi Riserva, we were more than a little excited. If this wine were made just a few miles down the road in Chianti Classico, if would cost 33% more. Luckily for us, it’s not! This wine has lovely classic Tuscan Sangiovese notes of sweet red cherry, black tea, sage leaf, and terra cotta. It is not overly “polished”, with a bit of traditional flair that oft goes missing in today’s market. A truly enjoyable wine.

Syrah 50%, Grenache noir 30%, Carignan 10%, Mourvèdre 10%.
Organic production.

 

Premier Club

Gruet Blanc de Blanc
(Napa Valley, New Mexico)

The Blanc de Blancs offers abundant aromas and flavors recalling sweet apples, pears and citrus. The three years of aging has contributed a pronounced classic toastiness with accents of roasted almonds and minerals. The palate is creamy and long, and the style is elegant, dry and crisp, with great complexity.

100% Chardonnay

 

Orin Swift Locations CA-3
(Napa Valley, California)

“Eureka… I have found it” is the state motto of California and apropos for our second release of Locations – CA. Inspired by its diverse growing regions, an exhaustive search was initiated to create a wine as dynamic as the state itself. Select blocks from vineyards spanning Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and the Sierra Foothills were sourced to create a proportioned and innovative blend akin to our international projects.

The wine has a beautiful hue of dark purple with a crimson band that lines the top of the glass. Aromas of dried cherry and savory plum meld together in an inviting blend of ripe stone fruit. Soft at first the gentle entry leads to a graceful mid-pallet with generous layers of ripe, candied watermelon and black currant. A bright band of acidity wraps around all of these flavors and deftly leads into a finish that drips with fullness and length.

A blend of Tempranillo, Barbera, Petit Sirah, Syrah, and Grenache

Barrel aged 10 months in French oak barrels.

Stay Tuned: Orin Swift tasting coming in January!  We’re building a fun one!

 

Anniversary Club Red

Giuseppe Lonardi Privilegia
(Veneto, Italy)

From the incomparable Giuseppe Lonardi, comes this revolutionary blend of Corvina, the primary grape in Amarone, and Cabernet Franc. It is elegant, with a delightful combination of bold Mediterranean fruits and a dusty potpourri finish.

Matured for 22 months in French barriques, it is a neo-classic Italian wine that will age for 15 years, and a very limited production.

Recently recognized by the Italian Sommelier Association as a top wine in Italia.

50% Corvina, 50% Cabernet Franc

 

beer-tapFine Beer Club

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.

 

Odell Trellis Golden Ale
(Fort Collins, Colorado)

Brewed with locally grown herbs and spices from The Gardens on Spring Creek, Trellis Garden Ale is a stroll through the garden in a glass – a sip of summer and a harvest of flavor. Coriander, cilantro, pineapple mint, lavender and rose petal bloom in this bright pale ale.  Hoppy hints of citrus and fresh cut grass balance the malty sweetness and enhance the subtle floral spice for a refreshing finish. $1 from each bottle of Trellis Garden Ale sold will go to The Gardens on Spring Creek.
8.7% ABV, 750ml cork and caged bottle

Odell Isolation Winter Warmer
(Fort Collins, Colorado)
A funny thing happens here around summer’s end – our eyes start searching the skies for those first fall flakes. As we welcome autumn’s first snow, we celebrate the return of Isolation Ale. A sweet caramel malty ale that is balanced by a subtle crisp hop finish. Whether you ski, shred, or shoe, Isolation Ale will inspire you to make first tracks.
Available October through December

“An excellent example of a traditional winter ale made with English hops. Not too sweet, no extra spices; added just a smooth, hoppy flavor.”

– Douglas Brown The Denver Post

6.0% ABV, 29 IBUs, 12 oz bottle, available in 6 packs

Odell Cutthroat Porter
(Fort Collins, Colorado)

Not quite a stout but definitely no lightweight, Cutthroat Porter is smooth and robust. Inspired by the classic London porters, we use dark roasted malts to create a deep, rich color and flavor that hint at chocolate and coffee. We named it Cutthroat Porter as our tribute to the Colorado state fish – with its own rich heritage and unmistakable dark coloring. And while we’re big fans of small batches, here’s to the currently threatened Cutthroat population reaching mass quantities.
5.1% ABV, 17 IBUs, 12 oz bottle, available in 6 packs

Laughing Dog Cream Ale
(Sandpoint, Idaho)

Laughing Dog Brewing’s Cream Ale is a traditional cream ale fermented with both ale and lager yeast, this gives us the creamy smoothness of an ale with a nice dry crisp finish.

We start with premium American grown 2 row pale malted barley, add a touch of German pils malt then Australian malt for color and flavor. Finally only choice Northwest grown Hops are added. After carefully fermenting for 2 weeks, we quickly chill the beer and filter.
5.0% ABV, 11 IBUs, 12 oz cans, available in 6 packs

 

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.

Pelican Mother of All Storms Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine 2014
(Pacific City, Oregon)Just released: recommended to save for 1-3 years.

There are many storms out there, all of them perfect in their own way. But there is only one Mother of all Storms and it only happens in Pacific City, Oregon. Based on Stormwatcher’s Winterfest, our English-style barleywine, Mother of all Storms spent many months aging in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Now at its peak, Mother of all Storms delivers deep flavors of toasted malt, bourbon and oak. The finish rewards with whispers of vanilla, toffee and caramel. Best enjoyed with gusts exceeding 60 mph.

BeerAdvocate: 99 (whoa!)
RateBeer: 100
13.5% ABV, 40 IBUs, 22oz bottle

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine 2014
(Chico, California)

Released January 2014: A year of age is already on this, can age much longer.  2009-2014 Vintage verticals available for purchase at Enoteca.Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with bold flavors of bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops. First introduced in the winter of 1983, Bigfoot is a cult-classic beer brewed in the barleywine style, meaning a strong, robust, bruiser of a beer with the refined intensity of a wine. Bigfoot is prized by beer collectors for its supreme cellarability. Under the proper conditions, it can age like a fine wine, developing new flavors and character as it matures in the bottle. Each new release or “expedition” is vintage dated. Collect your own and see the flavors develop and progress.

Aging Beer

Most beer should be consumed as fresh as possible to experience the bright flavors and complexity the brewer intends. Occasionally, though, some styles of beer will progress and improve with a bit of age—not unlike a fine wine. Beers that are high in alcohol, have a moderate amount of roasted grains, use a wild yeast, are barrel-aged, and are bottle conditioned are prime candidates for aging. Over time, gradual oxidation changes the flavors of the beer, adding notes of sherry or port wine and smoothing out harsh alcohol flavors. Vintage beers should be stored in a dark place with a cool and constant temperature for best results. Barleywines and Imperial Stouts are great candidates for aging, and both Bigfoot and Narwhal will progress in the bottle for years.

BeerAdvocate: 98 (whoa!)
RateBeer: 99
9.6% ABV, 90 IBUs, 4pk 12oz bottle

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