Enoteca – Fine Wine & Beer

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February 2015 Wine & Beer of the Month Club

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Feb - 06 - 2015

Dear Enotecans,

red-wineThis email is about the February 2015 Wine & Beer of the Month Club selections. Included are tasting notes and technical details about what is going in your Bin. We hope you enjoy these hand picked selections as we strive to find unique and special bottles for Wine & Beer Club so that every month is a new Adventure!


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?
San Giorgio Pinot Grigio
(Venize, Italy)

A pleasant, balanced, harmonious and fruity wine of good structure with floral notes and hints of pear and apricot.

100% Pinot Grigio


San Giorgio Sangiovese
(Puglia, Italy)

A medium-bodied wine from the south of Italy, with ripe slightly earthy dark cherry fruits, and a rounded dry finish.

100% Sangiovese


Vintage Club

Tangent Sauvignon Blanc
(Edna Valley of California)

“This vintage is bright and racy, with flavors of passion fruit, pear, lemon, and grapefruit. Minerality notes, lively acidity, and green grassy elements balance the wine nicely. It finishes long with a touch of zesty lime. My favorite wine with oysters, it pairs well with most all seafood.”
Christian Roguenant- Winemaker

Made without oak, this wine is sleek and smooth on the palate. Like the winemaker suggests, seafood makes a great pairing; however, it goes well with just about anything! Pay attention to its acidity and notes of

Wine Enthusiast- 90 points


Tinto Negro Uco Valley Malbec 2012
(Mendoza, Argentina)

With intense floral aromatics, dark fruit flavors, rich texture, and a bright fresh finish, this blend is meant to showcase the cool climate style of Malbec. It is sourced from Mandoza’s high altitude Uco Valley and is aged for 6 months in French Oak.

With it’s full bodied taste and beautiful, deep purple color, this wine is certain to satisfy all of your senses. Notes to look for: blueberry, black raspberry, spring flowers and black licorice.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 91 points
Wine & Spirits: 90 points

100% Malbec


Reserve Club

Raeburn Chardonnay
(Russian River Valley, California)

The Raeburn Russian River Valley Chardonnay shows an array of complex fruit tones ranging from white pear and apple to nectarine. The fruit is beautifully complemented with toasted oak, vanilla and hints of warm Crème Brûlée with a balanced and elegant finish.

100% Chardonnay


Angel Vine Zinfandel
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

Amazing wine!  This is so good, well balanced and delicious.  Stay tuned, Enoteca is hosting the Angel Vine wine maker in an upcoming tasting event.

Zinfandel from Alder Ridge (Horse Heaven Hills), Avery (Columbia Valley), and StoneTree (Wahluke Slope) vineyards; Petite Sirah from StoneTree Vineyard.

Grapes were hand-picked, transported to the winery and processed on: October 15 (Avery), October 16 (StoneTree), and October 21 (Alder Ridge). The fruit was sorted by hand, de-stemmed, and placed into 1-1/2 ton open-top fermenters.

After a passive soak, the must in the bins were randomly inoculated with yeast (approx 2/3 of bins) or allowed to ferment on their own (approx 1/3 of bins). The resulting cap was punched down by hand on an as needed basis (at least once daily) until fermentation proceeded to dryness. The duration of skin contact ranged from 19 to 24 days prior to pressing.

Barrel Aging:
The wine was raised in a mixture of French and Hungarian oak barrels-all of which were previously used.

98% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Sirah


Premier Club

Avennia Oliane Sauvignon Blanc
(Yakima Valley, Washington)

We believe Washington State can make Sauvignon Blanc that competes with the any in the world. Oliane is barrel fermented in French Oak (20% new) using native yeast and aged sur lies for 7 months. It is bottled unfined to allow for greatest expression and complexity.

2013 Oliane Tasting Notes— Leads with aromas of grapefruit, lemon oil, seashell, green straw. Powerful and sleek, dancing acidity, citrus, peach, and fresh herbs with beautiful energy on the palate and a long minerally finish. A great wine to match with food, and will cellar for up to five years.

92 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


CDA Cellars Mo Mourvedre

(say: moo-ved-ruh)
Our intriguing Mourvèdre delivers exciting flavors reminiscent of rhubarb, red grapefruit, pepper, violet and dried herbs. Bright starfruit and ripe berry notes are very noticeable between layers of soft oak on the palate. It is medium–bodied with smooth tannins to ensure a silky, round and viscous mouthfeel.

100% Mourvèdre


Anniversary Club Red

 Spring Valley Muleskinner Merlot
(Walla Walla Valley, Washington)

This 100% Estate-grown Merlot has a very seductive terroir-driven nose of fresh thyme and wheat. On the palate, the wine is vibrant and rich with plenty of red summer berries (cherry, raspberry, strawberry and cassis) and a hint of ripe peach. The finish is velvety and juicy with nice acidity.

91 Points Wine Spectator

100% Merlot


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.


Big Sky Ivan the Terrible Russian Imperial Stout
(Missoula, Montana)

Big Sky Brewing’s Ivan the terrible Imperial Stout is brewed according to the traditional style using english hops and the finest american malt. It’s aroma and flavor balance well between esters of dried fruit and roasted cocoa with a slight bourbon presence.

Look for Ivan the Terrible on tap at Enoteca soon, and come in for the limited release Barrel Aged bottles.

9.5% ABV, 39 IBUs, 4pk 12oz bottle

Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental IPA
(Bend, Oregon)

Stonehenge is a mystery. Hop Henge is a discovery. Millennium, Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops come together to erect a hop sanctuary. Revere the almighty hop!

9.5% ABV, 90 IBUs, 22oz bottle

Stay Tuned for an upcoming Deschutes Pint Night featuring big Deschutes Reserve Beers.

New Belgium Portage Porter
(Fort Collins, Colorado)


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.

Fremont Bourbon Barrel Abominable 2014
(Fremont, Earth)

Lovingly referred to by Fremonters as the B-BOMB, this bourbon barrel-aged edition of our winter ale has a warming spicy aroma and rich carmelly notes of bourbon, wood and vanilla added to dark roasty chocolatey malt flavors and subtle hopping.

Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale, Crystal-120, Munich, Roast Barley, Carafa-2, and  Chocolate malts with Columbus, Willamette & US Goldings hops.
ABV: 11.0%

BeerAdvocate: 98 (whoa!)
RateBeer: 100/99
11% ABV, 8 IBUs, 22oz bottle

Deschutes The Dissident 2014
(Bend, Oregon)

The Dissident is an Oud Bruin, a distinctive Flanders-style sour brown ale, with a heavenly aroma and flavor. Our first wild yeast beer, we use Brettanomyces and local cherries to give The Dissident its characteristic sour taste. Our stiffest brewing challenge, it must be fermented in isolation from our other beers for a full 18 months, partly in pinot and cabernet barrels. The words coddled and “worth it” come to mind.

Released in 2008, 2010, 2012 & 2014

BeerAdvocate: 100 (whoa!)
RateBeer: 99
10.7% ABV, 18 IBUs, 22oz bottle

Stay Tuned for an upcoming Deschutes Pint Night featuring big Deschutes Reserve Beers.


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