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Van Ruiten

Dear Enotecans,

This email is an offer for Glory Days wines at some very aggressive prices, and additionally a nice rare high end wine offer at 38% discount.  We recently tasted all of these wines at a trade show, and thought they were so good for the money we just had to share them. All of the Glory Days wines are offered at 25% off the winery price, or more if you’re a Club Member. “Glory Days” is the value line from Van Ruiten winery.

The story began with an American dream-hard work in the face of adversity and a drive to make something special.

Shortly after World War II, John Van Ruiten Sr. arrived in the United States and settled in the rich farmlands of the Lodi area. As a young Dutch immigrant, he had a dream of growing quality grapes and producing truly outstanding wines. His desire to have his own land was realized in the early 1950’s when, prodded by a friend and local banker, John bought on a handshake the “Happy Holmes Dairy.” He then made a sharp-eyed purchase of an old Zinfandel vineyard. With large amounts of “sweat equity”, he planted additional Zinfandel vines and began growing wine grapes in the Lodi Appellation. Five decades later, the Van Ruitens farm approximately 1,000 acres, with only their very best fruit destined to carry the family name.

John’s first fields of Zinfandel vines remain part of the estate to this day; however the surrounding landscape is quite different. Once known strictly as a grape growing district serving the major Napa Valley Winemakers. Lodi has become a world-class winemaking region in its own right. Large wineries and intimate tasting rooms are now found along Lodi’s country roads, and are known among cognizant oenophiles the world over as the secret home of some of California’s best wine-especially Old Vine Zinfandels, and in Lodi, Zinfandel is King.

Without further ado, here are the wines:

White WineGlory Days Viognier 2009
(Lodi, California)

Viognier is a tricky grape to grow. Its natural low acidity requires is to be picked at just the right moment. Lodi provides ample sun to deliver maximum flavors. Van Ruiten’s vineyards, basked in warm days and cool nights contributed to the full-body weight of this wine.

The Glory Days Viognier shows big peach and apricot flavors mixed with citrus and floral notes. The wine is semi-dry so it will make an excellent match with flavorful foods like Mediterranean stew and spicy dishes.

Retail: $12
[Member: $8.09 / Retail: $8.99 / Member Case Each: $7.64] Order here.

White WineGlory Days Chardonnay 2009
(Lodi, California)

The aromas in the Glory Days Chardonnay are a combination of crisp green apple, orange blossom, and sweet Meyer lemon. It is a classic example of Lodi Chardonnay and shows all the unique characteristics of the region’s terroir. The flavors on the palate show apple and pear layered with bright citrus and lemon peel.

Glory Days Chardonnay is a delightful accompaniment to salads, seafood, fowl, lighter grilled meats and cream-based pastas.

Retail: $12
[Member: $8.09 / Retail: $8.99 / Member Case Each: $7.64] Order here.

Red WineGlory Days Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(Lodi, California)

Aromas of black cherry with underlying notes of toasted warm coffee and cassis. A touch of cedar folds seamlessly into a rich opulent black fruit core. Layers of oak build texture and offer a firm mid-palate. The velvety long finish is filled with red fruit and currants.

Retail: $12
[Member: $8.09 / Retail: $8.99 / Member Case Each: $7.64] Order here.

Red WineGlory Days Merlot 2009
(Lodi, California)

Aromas of candied violets and cassis are wrapped around creamy, vanilla toast. Wonderful flavors of ripe, black cherries and rich, fleshy plums; round tannins are lush, but firm with a nice chalky texture that brings out this Merlot’s real power.

Retail: $12
[Member: $8.09 / Retail: $8.99 / Member Case Each: $7.64] Order here.

Red WineGlory Days Old Vine Zinfandel 2009
(Lodi, California)

In Lodi, our old-head trained Zinfandel vines develop unusually firm structure. The 99 year old Carignane was an elegant, vibrant addition to this Zin along with the small amount of Petite Sirah. The wine has a dark, rich color and plenty of minerality, loads of bright and savory raspberry and black currant fruit, with hints of pepper and crushed rocks. This wine pushes the envelope of sheer decadence with an expressive fragrance of briary berries, pepper, and spice.

Retail: $12
[Member: $8.09 / Retail: $8.99 / Member Case Each: $7.64] Order here.

And a Cherry on Top – Luxury Wine Offer

Col SolareWhat an amazing treat! This 2007 Col Solare regularly retails for $80, but we have the opportunity to offer it for $30 off, which is a savings of 38%!

Red WineCol Solare 2007
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

On the palate, this full bodied wine is rich with flavors of dark chocolate, black fruits and a coconut spice which leads to a lingering, silky finish.

Retail: $80
[Member: $49.49 / Retail: $54.99 / Member Case Each: $46.74] Order here.

While we’re at it, we should mention that we have 2 bottles left of the Shining Hill the winery tasting room only offering, and 6 bottles of the 2005 Col Solare.  Start your own vertical, and try the rare “other wine” Col Solare makes as well!

WINEMAKER’S NOTES

The 2007 Col Solare exhibits aromas of black cherry, currant and ripe black berries, together with subtle notes of espresso and vanilla in the nose. On the palate, this full bodied wine is rich with flavors of dark chocolate, black fruits and a coconut spice which leads to a lingering, silky finish.

VINTAGE

The 2007 growing season started with a warm spring, followed by a week of high temperatures (100+ degrees) shortly before bloom in May and average temperatures throughout most of the rest of the season. The heat spike led to small canopy development and good fruit exposure for the remainder of the growing season. Near perfect ripening conditions followed with cool, but even August and September temperatures contributing to grapes rich in ripe flavors and tannins, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

VINIFICATION

Grapes were hand-picked and gently destemmed and sorted to remove shot berries, raisins and green material. The fruit was gently crushed and fermented on the skins for an average of 7 to 12 days. During this time, the cap was gently punched down or pumped over to infuse the fermenting juice with flavor, tannins and color. The wine was removed from the skins and placed into 85% French and 15% American new oak barrels for malolactic fermentation.

The state-of-the-art cellar at the Col Solare winery offers winemaker Marcus Notaro many tools to make the best wine possible. In addition to an innovative sorting table, the flexibility of the cellar, completed in 2006, allows Notaro to pick every vineyard block at the optimum time, when the grapes are in the desired “ripeness zone.” The new cellar also allows Notaro to use a variety of techniques to create wines rich in flavor, yet with a sense of elegance on the finish, which is the style he is looking for in the final blend. As the grapes in 2007 were extremely powerful, the gentle crushing, handling during fermentation, and basket press were key in extracting the desired flavors without excessive tannins.

Racking for the 2007 blend occurred every three months during the first 12 months of aging, and every four months for the balance of the 21-month aging period, to soften tannins. The 2007 vintage is rich and full of flavor, a characteristic of the vintage, yet has a lingering silky finish.

VINEYARDS

Cabernet Sauvignon from Klipsun (Red Mountain), Cold Creek (Columbia Valley) and Andrews Horse Heaven (Horse Heaven Hills) provided great ripeness and power, while Cabernet fruit from Hedges (Red Mountain), Four Feathers (Columbia Valley) and Stone Tree (Wahluke Slope) along with Merlot from Coyote Canyon (Horse Heaven Hills) was more fruit-centered and helped soften the blend. Merlot from Four Feathers and Klipsun, added both power and complexity, while Cabernet Franc from Cold Creek was delicious and added texture and spice to the final blend.

VINTNERS

Col Solare is the partnership between two influential wine producers who are recognized leaders in their respective regions: Tuscany’s Marchesi Antinori and Washington State’s Chateau Ste. Michelle. Col Solare, Italian for “shining hill,” realizes the partners’ mission to unite two unique viticultural and winemaking cultures to produce an ultra-luxury Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine.

THE BLEND

75% Cabernet Sauvignon
20% Merlot
5% Cabernet Franc

TECHNICAL DATA

Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Acidity: 0.58 gms/100ml
pH: 3.78
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Sourcing: 31% Red Mountain, 36% Columbia Valley, 14% Wahluke Slope, 19% Horse Heaven Hills

Categories: Fine Wine

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