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February 2012 Wine and Beer of the Month Club Selections

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Feb - 01 - 2012

Dear Enotecans,

This email is about the February 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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Open Hours: Holiday hours are over, we’re now back on our regular schedule of being open Tuesday-Saturday, 11-7. Wine tasting is every Friday 4-7 and Saturday 12-7.

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

We have a great selection for this winter month, some good smooth, easy to enjoy wines, and some powerful flavors to boot.

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 WineFairview La Capra Chenin Blanc
(Western Cape, South Africa)

Fresh fruit on the nose, led by white fruit and tropical notes. The palate is well-balanced with clean, refreshing acidity whilst showing good mouthfeel and texture from the small oaked component.

How fun is this?!  South African white wine, made quite well. So well in fact, Decanter magazine gave it 5 out of 5 stars!  Here’s what they said about it:

“Cool and complex nose of ripe stone fruit, herbs, guava, nettles and pear. Some attractive grip and distinct skin contact apparent on the palate. A fresh, vibrant and fruity wine with chalky minerality, excellent balance and a long juicy finish.”

100% Chenin Blanc

Red WineBodegas Zugober Belezos Joven Rioja
(Rioja, Spain)

(say: bo-day-ga zoo-go-bear bell-eh-thos ho-vin re-oh-ha)

95% Tempranillo, 5% Viura, just like tradition in Rioja demands, but this wine is far from being too classic; its powerful aromas of ripe red fruit and floral notes are truly stunning. A serious value for a fantastic joven style wine! Dark ruby red in color, it is a forward, sweetly fruited wine with aromas of black cherry and earth notes. On the palate it has no hard edges, making this a soft smoothe sipper.

95% Tempranillo, 5% Viura

Reserve Club

White WineParaiso Santa Lucia Riesling
(Santa Lucia Highlands, California)

Cool climate Riesling from the Highlands,crafted in a food-friendly Alsacian style, on the drier side.

GOLD MEDAL – Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Here’s one tasting note that might sound strange, but give it a shot: Lemon Jolly Rancher. This wine has some of the beeswax viscous texture that defines Alsacian rieslings, of course from California this is a nice treat.

It’s on the dry side of Riesling and shows wonderful acidity cuddled by apricot and peach fruits. There’s a hint of lime on the finish. Perhaps there is a trace of residual sugar, but barely perceptible if any, yet the wine is rich and luscious with some weight on the palate.

Food Pairing: Asian food! Anything spicy and hot! Serve it next to your hotwings at the Super Bowl.

100% Riesling

Red WineTerra d’Oro Zinfandel
(Amador County, California)

Terra d’Oro Amador County Zinfandel demonstrates the classic Sierra Foothills characteristics that are unique to this region. The nose is rich and super spicy with dark fruit and berries. The palate is smooth and showcases flavors of nicely ripened blackberries and plums. Spice lingers on the finish, making it a great wine to accompany a multitude of dishes. Try pairing with a lamb burger topped with goat cheese. Enjoy!

100% Zinfandel

Premier Club

White WineKen Wright Tyrus Evans Viognier
(Del Rio Vineyard, Rogue Valley, Oregon)

(say: vee-oh-nay)

Delicate and pretty floral essence of white blossoms on the nose. There is an unexpected burst of ruby pink grapefruit and a lingering apricot note on the very clean finish. This would be a great wine for Sunday brunch or other events with a multitude of foods present. Made from Del Rio Vineyard fruit.

Del Rio Vineyard lies at an elevation of 1,000 to 1,200 feet in the Rogue Valley. Soils are generally gravelly silt loam with increasing amounts of exposed river stone in the lower areas. The exposure is due south.

Wine Spectator said:

“Smooth, polished and highly aromatic, this delivers a heady mix of wildflower, rose petal and mint, with fruit centered on apricot and pear flavors. Beautifully structured, lithe and seductive.”

100% Viognier

Red WineBasalt Merlot
(Clarkston, Washington)

This merlot was aged for 18 months in French, Hungarian, and American Oak barrels. Aromas of cherries, blackberries, kirsch, vanilla, toast, and leather offer an inviting welcome to your senses. The lively acidity serves up pie cherries, plums, cocoa powder, and licorice. Ample tannins provide the backbone for a solid merlot that will cellar well for many years to come. Enjoy now or cellar through 2015.

This wonderful wine won 2 gold medals and 1 platinum! Sarah noted flavors of dark cherry with hints of cocoa and pipe tobacco. The tannins are well integrated. This wine is will go well with food too.

100% Merlot

Anniversary Club Red

Red Wine Buoncristiani OPC
(Napa Valley, California)

This wine is simply smooth and delicious! We love it!

Here’s what the winery says:

The Buoncristiani O.P.C. is our Napa Valley proprietary red blend. In the quest to create a wine uniquely ours, we discovered the synergy of marrying Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with Syrah, while also folding in further complexity of texture and flavor with Napa Malbec and Merlot blenders. Grapes are sourced from some of Napa’s most prestigious vineyards including Hyde, Stagecoach, Caldwell, and Bennett. Just like our winemaking fathers before us, with “Ol’ Pa’s Cuvée” we four brothers continue the family tradition of handcrafting blends that help accentuate the enjoyment of life.

To ensure our highest standard of quality, the vineyards are managed by growers who adhere to our strict viticultural philosophy and the wines are crafted with our own hands. The components of O.P.C. were harvested and fermented separately in small batches, then carefully blended in several phases during the second year of barrel aging. This 2005 O.P.C. was aged in French oak barrels for 20 months and bottled in June of 2007.

We, the Buoncristiani brothers, take pride in performing all aspects of enology, viticulture, wine production, marketing, and package design in order to share with you a true expression of our winemaking passion.

42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Syrah, 15% Merlot, 7% Malbec

Beer Club

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

Fine BeerNorth Coast XIV Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout 500ml
(Fort Bragg, California)

Yes it’s one beer in the Beer Club this month. It’s one very very serious beer. Bourbon Barrel aged Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. If you haven’t had the regular Old Rasputin, I recommend trying it, perhaps pick up a 4 pack and open side by side with this. The comparison of barrel aged to original is a very fun treat. You might even want to age this beer, it’s definitely capable of smoothing out over a couple years in the cellar.

Here’s what the brewery has to say:

We guarantee that the Old Rasputin XII will be worth the search. It is amazing stuff. Aging in oak whiskey barrels adds a level of complexity that amplifies the espresso/chocolate notes in the flavor profile and takes this unique beer to new heights.

Style: Barrel Aged
Color: Black
ABV: 11.2%

Beer Advocate: 94 Exceptional, RateBeer: 100

11.2% ABV / 500ml Cork Caged Bottle


Check Out! In order to keep track of your Wine & Beer, we use a “Check Out” procedure. When you come to pick up your Wine & Beer, please momentarily stop by the counter and check out. Club members receive receipts by email.


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