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January 2014 Wine & Beer of the Month Club

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Jan - 03 - 2014

Dear Enotecans,

red-wineThis email is about the January 2014 Wine & Beer of the Month Club selections, with tasting notes and technical details about what is going in your Bin.

This month we focused on breaking out of our comfort zone for the new year with some very tasty French and Spanish wines!  Some of the Club spots have some more traditional wines in them that we just couldn’t pass up, 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 Reds. Only $12, enjoy 3 oz. each of 3 delicious wines.

facebookCome take a picture of you and your beverage and post it on Facebook to enter to win a Free Growler fill or Wine Flight!


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?


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!

Friday Wine Flight: Wine Club Selections

Every Friday we have a new wine flight to try, on Friday Only, in addition to our regular seasonal wine flight and rotating wine by the glass list. For this Friday, it is Member Flight! We have selected 3 of the Wine Club Selections for the member flight, which is 3 oz. each of selected three wines for only $12.

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?


white-wineYvon Mau Le Petit Grand Blanc
(Bordeaux, France)

A beautiful, pale golden colour.  On the nose it is open and expressive, with crisp citrus notes.  On the palate it is well-balanced with a smooth texture and enticing golden robe, Le Petit Grand Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc is fresh, fruity and elegant. Superb aromatic depth, with prominent citrus flavours.

Ready to be enjoyed now, goes great with shellfish, seafood or smoked salmon.

80% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc


Red WineYvon Mau Le Petit Grand Rouge
(Bordeaux, France)

A dense, brilliant ruby-purple robe. On the nose it is expressive and fruity. On the palate it is ripe, well-rounded fruit and a smooth, indulgent texture, with prominent blackberry and blackcurrant notes.

Ready to be enjoyed now, goes great with roast beef or chicken or with a good soft cheese.

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc


Vintage Club

white-wineRaymond R Collection Chardonnay

Our 2011 R Collection Chardonnay is a beautifully crisp Chardonnay primarily fermented in stainless steel tanks, providing a nice alternative to the heavier oaked Chardonnays. The wine opens with delicate notes of floral perfume and ripe tropical fruits. On the palate, honeysuckle and dried apricots mingle with the bright flavors of grapefruit and are accented with the fragrant essence of lemongrass. This medium-bodied Chardonnay is well balanced, with a kiss of oak rounding out the fresh acidity of the fruit, and unfolding into a smooth, long-lasting finish.

100% Chardonnay


Monte Hiniesta TempranilloRed Wine

Winemaker’s Notes:

“The Tinta de Toro varietal is a clone of the Tempranillo varietal, but it has a thicker skin, lower acidity, and deeper blue-black color. Tinta de Toro produces bolder colored red wines compared to Tempranillo, with powerful tannins.”

Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
91 Points
“…Monte Hiniesta is a purple/black wine from a great vintage in Toro. It was aged for 9-10 months in first and second year American oak. Brooding black fruits, cigar box, Asian spices, and an earthy minerality inform the nose of this smooth, layered bruiser”
100% Tempranillo


Reserve Club

white-wineMontelena Napa Valley Riesling
(Napa Valley, California)

Pale gold in color, this Riesling opens with floral aromas of honeysuckle and candied orange, layered with pear, spicy honey, and rich Charentais melon.   The palate shows a nice smooth entry; full and round, but not heavy, with good crisp acidity.  Flavors of lemon zest and tart mandarins lead the way and are followed by light stone fruits, honey, and poached pear – all rounded off with a warm, subtle, spicy finish.   As with all of Montelena’s offerings, this is a food wine, and should pair quite nicely with seared scallops (among other things).

100% Riesling


Red WineBesllum
(Monsant, Spain)

Besllum has a deep dark color with aromas of blackberry, blueberry, exotic spices, lavender, mineral, and pain grille. Concentrated with a full body and flavors reminiscent of sweet fruit.  There is just enough acidity to carry the flavor through the long, supple finish.

93 pts. Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: May, 2011

The 2008 Besllum is composed of 45% Garnacha, 45% Carinena, and 10% Syrah aged for 16 months in new French oak. Also deeply colored, it displays an alluring bouquet of wood smoke, exotic spices, incense, lavender, blueberry, and black cherry. In the glass it displays opulence, loads of sweet fruit, and outstanding volume. Give it 2–3 years to fill out and drink it from 2013 to 2023.

45% Garnacha, 45% Carinena, and 10% Syrah


Premier Club

white-wineDusted Valley Old Vines Chardonnay
(Yakima Valley, Washington)

This wine is made from the oldest Wente clone Chard vines in Washington State! The vines were planted way back in 1971 and celebrated their 42nd birthday last harvest. The wine is aged sur-lee for 5 months and only spontaneous partial malolactic fermentation is achieved. The result = Rich, Clean, Crisp, Unadulterated fruit and balance.

100% Chardonnay


Red WineJM Cellars Margaret’s Vineyard Estate Red
(Walla Walla, Washington)

Regularly $50, great deal for Premier Red Club Members.

We planted Margaret’s Vineyard in 2007 just above Seven Hills Vineyard in the Walla Walla AVA. Our first vintage of wine off these vines was harvested in 2009. We consider the 2009 vintage to be a true expression of Margaret’s Vineyard as it was a blend of the entire crop we harvested from our vines that year. In 2010 John decided, for several reasons, to change the blend. JM’s 2010 Margaret’s Vineyard Estate Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (44%), Merlot (20%), Malbec (17%), Petit Verdot (11%), and Cabernet Franc (8%). There is no Carménère in the wine because unfortunately deer ate almost all of our Carménère when it ripened.We barrel aged this wine for 22 months in 70% new French oak. The wine is soft, juicy and showing great balance with a lingering finish. The 2009 Margaret’s seemed to be a favorite at the tasting room for its early approachability and full fruit flavors. We anticipate the 2010 Margaret’s to find an even more passionate following. Enjoy!

44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 17% Malbec, 11% Petit Verdot, and 8% Cabernet Franc


Anniversary Club Red

Red Wine Argyle Spirit House Pinot Noir
(Willamette Valley, Oregon)

Regularly $70, great deal for Anniversary Club Members.

The first clue to the depth of this wine is the striking garnet hue. This is a very seductive Pinot Noir wrapped in an aromatic robe of clove and allspice notes draped with juicy red raspberry and kirsch with nuances of incense cedar and roasted wild game. On the palate, the 2009 Spirithouse Pinot exudes class with an inviting structure of satiny tannins and a delicate balance of morello cherry driven fruit lifted by clean acidity and supported by just enough oak structure. This is a wine that will draw you in with its grace, elegance, and power.

100% Pinot Noir


beer-tapFine 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 BeerStone Double Bastard Barleywine 2013
(Escondido, California)

This barleywine is here for Club Members to kick off the First Annual Enoteca January Strong Liver Barleywine Tour!  Stay tuned for more info….

This is one lacerative muther of an ale. It is unequivocally certain that your feeble palate is grossly inadequate and thus undeserving of this liquid glory…and those around you would have little desire to listen to your resultant whimpering. Instead, you slackjawed gaping gobemouche, slink away to that pedestrian product that lures agog the great unwashed with the shiny happy imagery of its silly broadcast propaganda. You know, the one that offers no challenge, yet works very, very hard to imbue the foolhardy with the absurd notion that they are exercising ‘independent’ thought, or attempts to convey the perception it is in some way ‘authentic’ or ‘original.’ It’s that one that makes you feel safe and delectates you into basking in the warm, fuzzy, and befuddled glow of your own nescience. Why so many allow themselves to be led by the nose lacks plausible explanation. Perhaps you have been so lulled by the siren song of ignorance that you don’t even notice your white-knuckle grip on it. You feel bold and unique, but alas are nothing but sheep, willingly being herded to and fro. If you think you are being piqued in this text, it is nothing when compared to the insults we are all asked to swallow streaming forth from our televisions and computers. Truth be told, you are being coddled into believing you are special or unique by ethically challenged “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” marketers who layer (upon layer) imagined attributes specifically engineered to lead you by the nose. Should you decide to abdicate your ability to make decisions for yourself, then you are perhaps deserving of the pabulum they serve. Double Bastard Ale calls out the garrulous caitiffs who perpetrate the aforementioned atrocities and demands retribution for their outrageously conniving, intentionally misleading, blatantly masturbatory and fallacious ad campaigns. We demand the unmitigated, transparent truth. We demand forthright honesty. We want justice! Call ‘em out and line ‘em up against the wall… NOW.

BeerAdvocate: 100
RateBeer: 100

11.2% ABV, 22oz bottle
Fine BeerLagunitas Hop Stoopid IPA
(Petaluma, California)

For those mornings when you have to cut right to the chase, this is the one. Sure to blast through just about anything still lingering from the night before, this mouthful of Hops and huge rich Malt has a guarantee built right into the name!

BeerAdvocate: 94
RateBeer: 100

8% ABV, 102 IBUs, 22 oz bottle


Fine Beer21st Amendment Fireside Chat
(San Francisco, California)

Like FDR’s Depression-era radio addresses, which were like a kick in the butt and a hug at the same time, our Fireside Chat is a subtle twist on the traditional seasonal brew. We begin with a rich, dark, English-style ale and then we improvise with spices until we know we have a beer worth sharing with the nation.

7.9% ABV, 45 IBUs, 12oz CAN


Fine BeerSchilling Original Hopped Hard Cider
(Seattle, Washington)

A blend of 100% Washington apples fermented with a unique yeast under very specific conditions with a light dry hopping of NW whole leaf hops, this cider is dangerously drinkable, complex, yet smooth.  Made by CDA native Colin Schilling.

6.5% ABV, 12oz CAN


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.


Fine BeerPort Brewing Older Viscosity 2013
(San Marcos, California)

100% Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Ale. This is the oak aging beer which makes up the oak aged portion found in our Old Viscosity. This is aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels for 6 months.

This is definitely not your Dad’s 30 weight! An enormously rich but satisfying beer. Older Viscosity is 100% straight, no chaser, Barrel-Aged Old Viscosity. This is the beer we blend in the production of Old Viscosity.

BeerAdvocate: 97 world class
RateBeer: 100/100

12% ABV, 375ml cork and caged bottle


beerStone IRS Imperial Russian Stout 2013
(Escondido, California)

Cellared almost a year…

Stone Imperial Russian Stout is so thick, rich and well, sinful, you might worry that you’ll be doomed to the fiery pits just for thinking about a sip. Rest assured, however, that even though this seemingly pernicious brew is indeed as black as sin, we guarantee that no actual sin was committed in making it… you’ll have to add that on your own. This massive and intensely aromatic beer abounds with notes of anise, black currants, coffee, and roastiness, and its heavy palate is nothing to be trifled with!

BeerAdvocate: 97 world class
Ratebeer: 100

10.6% ABV, 60 IBUs, 22oz bottle


beerStone Vertical Epic 2012
(Escondido, California)

Check out this beer one year later, how is it holding up?  Along with this excellent bottle, we’re doing a fun beer tasting where we’re opening up a set of Vertical Epics from 2007-2012 for a free tasting for Rare Beer members only.  This will start at 6pm on Tuesday, January 7th.

Appearance: Deep black with a dark brown, foamy head.

Aroma: First impressions are of cinnamon and allspice, combined with fruity banana esters and hints of clove from the Belgian yeast. As the beer warms in the glass, swirl it around and take in the aromatics one more time-caramel, dark toffee and molasses notes come into play as well. The end result is a wonderful juxtaposition of roasted malts, yeast esters and baking spices.

Taste: Intense cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice with banana esters dominate up front. Hints of citrus arrive mid-palate, while molasses notes persevere in the finish along with a very nice dark-roasted malt dryness.

Palate: A full, but not sweet, extremely dry finish. Very complex with great flavor balance.

Overall: The aromas wafting through the brewery as we brewed this beer were amazing! We couldn’t think of a better way to sign off this Epic series of beers.

This beer will transport you to a very warm place; the house is warm, a fire’s going and grandma’s in the kitchen baking away.

9% ABV, 22oz bottle



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