Note: Enoteca will be open July 4th from 11-4 pm, in case you need some last minute growler fills, bottles of wine or beer to complete your preparations. We’ll also be here our regular hours of 11-7 Thursday-Saturday after the holiday, including the Wine of the Month Tasting this weekend. Celebrate Independence Day!
This email is about the July 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!
The Bins have moved and changed
Big thanks to Post Falls’ own Aagesen Millworks for the fantastic work and precision craftsmanship on the new Bins! We now have 960 Bins to fill, quite a bit more than our old over-loaded system. Now it’s time for you to sign up for Wine and/or Beer of the Month Club, featuring getting your own Bin, right away! When you come in to pick up, don’t hesitate to ask for help, the new location and Bins may take some getting used to.
Not in the Wine or Beer of the Month Club yet? Drop us a line and ask about why you should be.
Fresh Beverages and Events at Enoteca!
You can always see What’s On Tap? and New Beers In Stock! Stone Ruination Imperial Russian Stout – #27 on RateBeers top 50 Beers list. Sierra Nevada Hoptimum! Big scrumptious hops! Want to get a text message when we tap a new beer? Sign up here.
Thursday, July 19th at 5pm and 7pm we’re hosting Tom Handy from Paradise Creek Brewing of Pullman, Washington for a beer tasting. Full details will be emailed soon, but you can pick up tickets now! Hint: The Upcoming Beer Tastings page is always a good one to check to be in the loop. We know Sierra Nevada is coming… we have a date and we’ll be posting details soon!
What’s on Tap? How Do I Find Out Instantly?
We now have 7 tap handles to put great beer on, mostly for your Growler-filling needs, but also flights and pints. You can always visit our website at www.corkjoy.com and go to Craft Beer > What’s On Tap? to see what your next growler full of beer will be.
Enoteca is implementing a new Text Message (SMS) system to be used only for one purpose: Notifying you when a new beer is tapped. So many people ask us to call them when something special gets tapped, and we simply don’t have the manpower to do it. With an automated system, however, we can tell the computer to do it, and badda-bing-badda-boom, you will be the first to know! Click here to sign up.
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?
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:
Colosi Bianco 2010
“…Colosi’s 2010 Bianco is a gorgeous, entry-level white. A blend of predominantly Inzolia with 10% Catarratto, the Bianco reveals beautifully articulated fruit and a crisp, clean finish. It is a steal for the money. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2013…” ~ The Wine Advocate
90% Inzolia, 10% Cataratto
Ernesto Catena Tahuan Malbec 2010
This shows nice varietal definition with a deep dark purple color leading the way. The nose offers up notions of blueberry and dark plum, touched up with a light floral, almost violet lift punctuated with a light kiss of oak that adds an extra nuance to the wines aromatics. Medium fuller to fuller bodied with a core of sumptuous, juicy dark fruit flavors that are backed with smooth tannins, that gives this good supporting structure as well as accessibility right out the gate. Notes of vanilla and a light spice component push up the engaging blue berry and darker plum fruits, which have surprising depth and palate cling.
This has nice suppleness with just the right grip to focus the fruit while not taking away anything from its early enjoyment. That being said we worked this wine for five days and it held up amazingly well, which gives rise to the conclusion that this should age nicely over the next couple of years quite easily. But all said and done, once you try this you won’t be laying it down for too long. This has lovely balance and charming fruit that makes this a real crowd pleaser. This represents great value and is a wine that once you take a sip you will come back for an another and another…
Cristom Estate Pinot Gris 2009
(Willamette Valley, Oregon)
The 2009 Pinot Gris is made from our 5-acre estate vineyard Emilia, along with a small amount of purchased fruit, and named after Eileen Gerrie’s grandmother. It was planted in 1993 and is adjacent to the winery. The vines were planted at a high density with two different clones and two different rootstocks.
Pale-gold in color, the 2009 Pinot Gris brings to mind a fruit cocktail, with attitude. On the nose, It offers up the well articulated aromas of white flowers, orange blossom, tangerine zest, bartlet pear and melon. The rich fruitiness is framed—and balanced by, a crisp and refreshing acidity that is mouthwatering. A certain, coconut-milk creaminess echoes into the finish, along with sweet spices. Pair this wine with good times and sunshine or any form of sustainable shrimp or crab harvested from the Oregon coast.
Origin: 59% Estate / 41% Southern Willamette Valley
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Fermentation: Stainless Steel fermented, 100% Malo Lactic fermentation, wine
was inoculated with commercial yeast.
Aging: Aged 11 months on its lees in stainless steel tanks
100% Pinot Gris
Tinto Negro Co-Ferment Malbec 2010
As the label indicates, the varieties are co-fermented, meaning they go through fermentation all together, as opposed to being fermented separately and then blended afterward, the more common method for making varietal blends. There is unmistakable sweetness to the dark, brambly fruit, as well as flavors of licorice, tobacco, sage, and plum.
90% Malbec, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petite Verdot
Corliss Tranche Chardonnay 2008
(Columbia Gorge, Washington)
The 2008 Chardonnay exhibits bright and expressive aromatics of peach blossom, nectarine, dried pineapple, papaya, and vanilla bean. The mouthfeel is rich and dense with flavors of pineapple, tropical fruits, coconut oil, and chestnut that play into a bright, lifted finish with crisp acidity and floral notes.
Corliss Tranche Barbera 2007
(Columbia Valley, Washington)
The 2007 Barbera has a rich, inviting nose of black cherry, raspberry, dark cherry, chocolate, and forest bramble. The full and dense attack on the palate shows a creamy texture with wet earth and cedar wood tannins, rhubarb and red cherry, leading to raspberry and cherry stone in the vibrant, lifting finish. The wine evolves nicely from an opulent attack to a bright, balanced, elegant finish.
Anniversary Club Red
Orin Swift Papillon 2009
(Napa Valley, California)
For the past five years we have been making a Cabernet Sauvignon blend called Papillon. The fruit originates from some of Napa Valley’s most celebrated appellations including Howell Mountain, Saint Helena, Rutherford, and Oakville. Choice vineyards such as Taplin and Morisoli were once again chosen because of their unique fingerprints. Marked with intensity and grip, we aim to showcase a wine that’s as fitting as the label photographed by the renowned Greg Gorman, and hand model Vince Tofanelli – a 3rd generation grape grower and friend. Papillon takes flight upon release with aging potential up to 8 years.
The wine has a very dense garnet hue with a slight stain of cardinal on the rim. Aromas of plum and cassis are built around soft French oak and cedar box nuances. The entry is intense, yet elegant with loads of boysenberry and dark fruit flavors. Well integrated tannin chains provide for a long, soft finish.
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
Aged 16 months in French oak
Beer Club selections are not open for the tasting event, but a few bottles are available for purchase.
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Whole Cone Imperial IPA 4pk 12oz
A group of hop-heads and publicans challenged our Beer Camp brewers to push the extremes of whole-cone hop brewing. The result is this: a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Simply put —Hoptimum: the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped, AND torpedoed with our exclusive new hop varieties for ultra-intense flavors and aromas.
Resinous “new-school” and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavor follows the aroma with layers of aggressive hoppiness, featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar, and tropical fruit—all culminating in a dry and lasting finish.
10.4% ABV, 100 IBUs, 4pk 12oz bottle
RateBeer: 99, BeerAdvocate: 91 Exceptional
Also available on tap for Pints or Growler fills.
Van Steenberge Gulden Draak
We first had this beer at a bar in Seattle, it’s fantastic and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share it with Beer of the Month Club. It’s a very rare find in these parts and we went to great lengths to bring it to you. Here’s what the Belgian brewery has to say about it:
Gulden Draak is a high fermentation beer with secondary fermentation. For the secondary fermentation, wine yeast is used. The white bottle, the black banner, the golden dragon and the red letters, constitute a stylish result that has no equal among the many Belgian special beers. Gulden Draak can be drunk as an aperitif or dessert, or whenever you have the time to sit back and relax. But this barley wine is also perfect with and in stews, especially the Ghent variety. It is also a plus in sauces for red meat, such as a bordelaise. It is particularly suited as a dessert beer, especially in combination with dark chocolate.
10% ABV, 12oz bottle
RateBeer: 99, BeerAdvocate: 98 World Class
Scotch de Silly Belgian Scotch Ale
A Belgian beer made as a Scottish Wee Heavy? Preposterous?! Yet delicious! We first tried this at a different bar in Seattle, and we’re glad to have the chance to bring it to Idaho. Here’s what the brewery says about it:
It offers a finely wooded nose hinting at hazelnut, and is therefore distinct from traditional British scotches. It has a more rounded taste letting a discreetly full-bodied bitterness come to the fore, and will naturally seduce you.
Ingredients: Water, pale ale malt, caramel malt, aromatic malt, sugar, yeast, Kent hop, hallertau hop.
8% ABV, 12oz 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.