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January 2013 Wine and Beer of the Month Club

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Jan - 04 - 2013

green-grapesDear Enotecans,

This email is about the January 2013 Wine & Beer of the Month Club selections, with tasting notes and technical details about what is going in your Bin.

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Starting a New Wine Club Level

We took over Enoteca in 2006, and nothing has significantly changed in the Wine Club in all that time. Guess what, it’s 2013, and we’re adding something that people have been asking for. Budget Wine Club! The Budget Wine Club is a new option for joining the wine club, adding to your wine club subscription, or re-joining the wine club. It consists of two bottles of wine each month totaling $20 worth. The wine can be red, white or rose, and each month will contain a different selection. In our never ending search for tasty wine, we do find good wine at Budget prices, and we can recommend them to you through a subscription to the Budget Wine Club. One month they could both be red, another month they could both be white, perhaps we will split it up, or put a dry Rosé in there. We hope to find you selections that are delicious and you can afford to buy more!

How do I sign up?

You can sign up by coming in and filling out the membership form, or you can download the form here, print and bring it in. If you’re already a Wine Club Member and would like to add this option, simply reply to this email, or if you come in fill out a small Wine Club change form to let us know you want it! The Budget Wine Club selections will start next month, so sign up now so you don’t miss out!

Why Should I Join the Club?

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. Come by this weekend and try a Red Flight and/or White Flight to get an idea what the different levels are about!

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

If you’re not a Club Member yet, learn about the Wine & Beer Club? It’s a great way to learn more about wine and craft beer, and have your experience expanded. 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.

red-wineWine Club Tasting…

Come taste Wine of the Month Club selections 4-close Friday, and 4-close Saturday. Taste a flight of 2 oz. each of the 3 Reds for $10 or 2 oz. each of the 3 Whites for $10. Glass pours will be available for all the wines as well, and the Anniversary Red is only available by the glass.

Policy Change: Let us get your Club selections for you!

With all the changes in recent months we need to make a policy change on picking up your Club selections and special orders from your Bin.  Simply come to the front counter and let us know your name or Bin number, and we will go get your selections for you!

And without further adieu here’s the lineup for Club and Tasting:

Vintage Club

White WineDom de Bernier Chardonnay 2009
(Loire, France)

Domaine de Bernier is an estate-bottled wine from the Couillaud brothers of Château de la Ragotière, from vineyards just outside the appellation of Muscadet. They are separated only by a small road and the soil is almost identical to that of Muscadet, a heavy clay with a little bit of chalk.

Here’s what the critics have had to say about Domaine de Bernier Chardonnay:

“This wine, made outside of Muscadet by one of that appellation’s high quality producers, the Couillauds, does a fine job of impersonating a Chablis. There is enough Chardonnay character to please fans of that varietal, but the real hallmark of this wine is its crisp, elegant, steely, mineral, and citrusy personality. It is impossible to find a wine of this type from California, Australia, or South America. A refreshing, lively wine, it will drink beautifully with light fish dishes, or served as an aperitif.”

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

100% Chardonnay
Red WineColters Creek Koos Koos-kia Red
(Colter’s Creek Vineyard, Idaho)

I had the pleasure of meeting the wine maker from Colter’s Creek, a second Lewiston area winery that is doing a great job making delicious wine with Idaho grapes. The other one is Clearwater Canyon. Eventually this wine will probably bear a Lewiston specific AVA, but for now it’s considered “Idaho”.

Koos Koos Kia is the Nez Perce name of the Clearwater River, meaning “transparent water”, the same water that replenishes our vines. Well balanced with aromas of plum, sage, currant and leather, the Koos Koos Kia blend finishes with a slight minerality characteristic of our soils and clear water.

Double gold, 2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Gold, 2012 Riverside International Wine Competition
Gold,2012 Northwest Wine Summit

Look for notes of chocolate, herb, crusty lingonberry pie, vanilla nougat, and delicate spice aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a pepper, mocha, baked apple, and blackberry finish.

45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc


white-wineReserve Club

White WineMomo Sauvignon Blanc 2010
(Marlborough, New Zealand)

We just love this wine! It’s a delicious, crisp and refreshing style of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand sporting all sorts of flavor!

Pale in colour, with a light green hue. The nose displays aromas of tropical fruit and ripe pear, with herbaceous notes and a hint of chalky minerality. The palate is textural and rich with subtle notes of lemon zest and passionfruit. The finish is crisp and dry. Delicious with all types of seafood and salads, or just by itself as a refreshing aperitif.

91 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

100% Sauvignon Blanc


Red WineFamiglia Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina)

A classic Cabernet Sauvignon that can compete with the best from around the world, this wine has an intense red/purple color and an enjoyable, complex nose that is reminiscent of berries, spice, cedar, chocolate and much more. The nose carries through to the palate, delivering rich, full texture and berry-spicy-cedar flavors. It is a well balanced wine with a lingering pleasing cedar flavors. It is a well-balanced wine with a lingering, pleasing finish.

90 Points – Wine Advocate

The grapes come primarily from the Asti and Doña Elsa Estate, situated in Rama Caída, San Rafael, Mendoza, around 760 meters above sea level. It is an ideal climate for the Cabernet Sauvignon grape because of the warm days and cool nights that are typical of the area. The soil is of sandy calcareous composition and alluvial origins. Picked by hand, the grapes went through classical crushing and fermentation, with periodic pumpover and maceration on skins for three weeks It was aged pump-over and maceration on skins for three weeks. It was aged 10 months in 90 percent French, 10 percent American barrels – 33 percent new, 33 percent one year-old and 33 percent two year- old. After stabilization, filtering and bottling, the final wine was bottled-aged an additional ten months.

Serve at room temperature with red meats, lamb, cheeses.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon


Premier Club

White WinePerrin & Fils Les Sinards Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
(Rhone, France)
This is a fascinating wine. It’s a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and is a white wine you can actually expect good results from cellaring for the next 5-6 years. The complex and interesting flavors you’ll experience now are great too.

89 points, The Rhone Report

It exhibits a light, yet classy bouquet of white peach, lemon rind, hay, subtle honey, and fennel that carry into medium-bodied, elegant white that has good richness, juicy acidity, and plenty of length on the finish.

90 points, Stephen Tanzer’s IWC

Pale gold. Ripe pear and jasmine aromas are complicated by licorice and white pepper. Broad, fleshy and dry, with very good depth and grip to its orchard fruit and lemon rind flavors. Expands nicely on the finish, which features notes of honeysuckle and bitter quinine. This wine will be extremely flexible at the table.

75% Grenache Blanc and 25% Clairette


Red WineAlain Corcia Chateauneuf Du Pape Rouge 2009
(Rhone, France)

It’s hard to find a decent Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge in this price range, this is an exceptional value for this style.

Look for notes of Kirsch liqueur, roasted herbs, pepper, and loamy soil.  Decant for a while to let the fruit open up.  It’s a deep dark plum color, and nice and round on the palette.

Enjoy this counter-point to the Premier White Club’s CdP Blanc!


Anniversary Club Red

Red WineDunham Cabernet Sauvignon
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

The 15th vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon from Dunham Cellars brings to mind a Dutch oven blackberry cobbler with cinnamon, clove, and of course, a scoop of vanilla ice cream! With great backbone and structure, this wine stands the test of a classic Dunham wine: great aging potential, yet approachable now. This wine is definitely one you want to have in your cellar for that special occasion!

With great backbone and structure, this wine stands the test of a classic Dunham wine: great aging potential, yet approachable now.

96 Points and Editors’ Choice – Wine Enthusiast
92 Points – Wine Spectator

100% Cabernet Sauvignon


Fine Beer Club

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

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.

Fine BeerMidnight Sun Mammoth Extra Stout 22oz
(Anchorage, Alaska)

Dark and full-bodied, Mammoth Extra Stout provides a cozy blanket of warm and fuzzy flavors, including chocolate, caramel, coffee and nut. Huge portions of pale and specialty malts give this mammoth brew a complex palate while hops provide well-rounded balance.

Any time of year, pair the robust flavors of Mammoth Extra Stout with slow-roasted, caramelized meats and vegetables. Or contrast the deep dark roast flavors of this wonderful brew with silky soups; creamy pasta dishes, cheesecake or crème brulee; or berry fruits, compotes and sauces.


7.8% ABV, 50 IBUs, 22oz bottle


Fine BeerBitterroot Last Cast Black IPA 22oz
(Hamilton, Montana)

Big, dark, hoppy and tasty!  A twist on the classic NW I.P.A.!

7.04% ABV, 22oz bottle


Fine BeerTwo Beers The Hearth Winter Warmer 22oz
(Seattle, Washington)

A delicious, mahogany-colored winter warmer spiced with cloves, allspice, cinnamon and orange peel. This delicious beer has also been aged on wine-soaked toasted oak chips, giving it a smooth, distinctive finish.

7.2% ABV, 32 IBUs, 22oz bottle


Rare Beer Club

Rare Beer Club 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.

Fine BeerBig Sky Olde Bluehair Barleywine 2011
(Missoula, Montana)

This is part one of a Barleywine Blast.  We’re bringing you already cellared Barleywines for the Rare Beer Club.

Barleywine season is upon us, and we will be tapping some stellar kegs of already-aged barleywines soon.  Rare Beer Club members get some for their stash, to drink now or cellar further.  Keep your eyes out for the barleywines that are coming to tap, sign up for a keg tap text message to be the first to know.

Did you know the Barleywine beer style is meant for aging?  This fantastic bottle of beer was made by Big Sky in Missoula for release in early 2011.  Now that it’s early 2013, this puppy is 2 years old, and has smoothed out a ton!  We’ve been cellaring this for you for the last couple years.  The best way to enjoy barleywines is to stock up, buy a bunch, and dig into them every six months to a year to see how they’re developing.  We have more info on cellaring beer here.

Imagine a tango: a man and a woman dancing, their eyes locked upon one another, then take your first taste of Olde Bluehair, Big Sky Brewing Company’s Barley Wine. A taste of apricots, honey flavors, a sliver of vanilla, and a hint of caramel, round out the Barley Wine. Like so many things in life, Olde Bluehair just gets better with age.

RateBeer: 98

10.5% ABV, 75 IBUs, 750ml cork and cage bottle
Fine BeerFull Sail Old BoardHead Barleywine 2011
(Portland, Oregon)

This is part two of the Barleywine Blast, one that’s worth buying a case or two to age each year.

A deliciously rich barleywine that has spectacular depth and delicacy of flavor that is deep and robust. Its strong, sweet body is balanced with Centennial and Crystal hops for a pleasant hoppiness and finish. Makes a great cellar beer.

RateBeer: 99

9% ABV, 91 IBUs, 22oz


Fine BeerSierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine 2011
(Chico, California)

This is part three of the Barleywine Blast, one of my favorite beers ever, aged to perfection.  Bar tender Jake has recently tasted a vertical from 2006-2012 of this beer, come in and ask him about it.

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.

RateBeer: 99

9.6% ABV, 90 IBUs, 12oz


Fine BeerDieu du Ciel Solstice d’Hiver Barleywine 2012
(Quebec, Canada)

This is part four of the Barleywine Blast.  You’ll notice it has a vintage date of 2012.  I felt this deserved to be included because A) it comes from Canada through a specialty importer that has a hard time getting their beer to Idaho, so it’s actually rare. B) as you’ll see in the description, the brewery ages the beer about 1/2 a hear before releasing, meaning it’s more like a 2012.5 than a 2012.  All the others are released with vintage dates at the *beginning* of the year they show on the bottle, this is an odd duck.

This noble winter beer is brown in colour with flaming red highlights. Its taste is delicately sweet and liquor-like with a hint of burnt caramel coming from the malt and a prolonged boiling time. It is a very bitter beer with aromas of hops and alcohol, and flavours reminiscent of red fruit brought by the English-type yeast we use to ferment it. The aftertaste is accentuated by the wonderful flavour of hops. Solstice d’Hiver is brewed only once a year, and is then aged for 4 to 5 months before being sold. This aging process is necessary to achieve an ideal equilibrium between the sharp bitterness and the other flavours in the beer. After aging, it is then sold starting mid-December of each year, until stocks last.

RateBeer: 98

9.8% ABV, 12oz


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.

Read more about the Club, including the different levels and options…

What’s going on with the Enoteca Drinkery & Refuge?

Post Falls’ exclusive smoke-free premium Drinkery for 21 and over, serving high quality beverages of all stripes. You can order your own food from any of the 5 restaurants that are a stones throw from here. We feature very good premium wells, as well as excellent higher end options across the board.

Whatever you like, we’re here to serve it, and we have expanded hours to serve you. During the day we can serve pints and fill growlers, and pour wine by the glass. For the full Drinkery & Refuge experience, come in from 4-close Monday-Saturday. That means we will start full service at 4pm and we’ll stay open until Post Falls is done having a good time for the evening. Lately our weekends have been going to 10 or 11pm, so don’t hesitate to stop by!

Since it is Wine Club Weekend, our regular wine list is superseded by the Club selections being opened up!

See our beverage selections:

Beer: What’s On Tap? and don’t forget to Get a Text when we tap a keg.
Wine: Wine by the Glass or Flight list
Mixed: Any mixed drink is available, but see our specialty cocktails here.
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