This email is about the June 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!
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. Port Brewing Hop 15 Imperial IPA. Big scrumptious hops! Want to get a text message when we tap a new beer? Sign up here.
Events: Next Thursday we’re hosting Dennis Koelewijn and tasting 6 delicious Argentine wines that are all great values (tickets available online 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…. When it’s locked in we’ll post it!
North Idaho’s 2nd Annual Summer’s Here Brewfest coming June 16th! Beer Club Members get Free Beer Taste!
Wow, check it out! More on the Brewfest on Facebook here. Official home page here. Read below in the Beer of the Month Club area for more details about the Free Beer. Fun facts, the Beer-ducational event will be MC’d by yours truly, and if you taste something special that you’d like to follow up on at the Event, Enoteca will be on hand to help make your beer dreams come true. This will be a pretty nifty time!
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The 2nd Annual Summer’s Here! Brewfest will take place from 2 to 8 pm on Saturday, June 16, 2012 in Building 25 (Jacklin Building) at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. It will feature over 30 local and regional craft beers, food, and loads of FUN.
The event is held the same weekend as Car d’Lane and Father’s Day, which gives people a lot of options for spending the weekend in Coeur d’Alene.
Not only will there be more local and regional beers available to taste at this event, this year will include a beer and food pairing “Beer”ducational pre-event. The pre-event will take place from Noon to 2 pm and attendees will get first access to the Brewfest.
Tickets for the Brewfest will be $10 (at the door the day of the event) and will include a signature pint glass (for the first 1000) and 5 drink tickets (1 ticket = 4 oz pour). Additional tickets will cost $1 a piece.
The “Beer”ducational pre-event will cost $30 and be limited to the first 30 people. The $30 will include entry into the pre-event and Brewfest main event (as well as all beer and food samples at the “Beer”ducation.) Tickets for the pre-event are on sale now at the Fairgrounds Office.
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:
Elk Cove Rose of Pinot Noir
(Willamette Valley, Oregon)
This fantastic spring-time beverage is pink, but not sweet. Elk Cove sells out of this every year, so we put in dibs really early this year to have enough to share with you. Enjoy!
Elk Cove Vineyards’ reputation for producing clean, crisp, aromatic white wines continues with a Willamette Valley rosé included in our family of wines. Produced entirely from Pinot Noir, Oregon’s flagship varietal, this is our interpretation of a “pink” wine! Our Pinot Noir fruit is hand-harvested very ripe from both young and old vines and gently whole bunch pressed with limited skin contact, which makes it virtually a “white Pinot Noir”. It is fermented cool in stainless steel tanks and then hand selected lots of fermented red Pinot Noir juice is blended back for color and texture. This wine is finished completely dry.
100% Pinot Noir
Independent Producers Merlot
(Bacchus Vineyard, Washington)
We really enjoyed this wine a few weeks ago. Lots of complexity to go along with a very smooth and delicious flavor profile. This one should find its way into the staples of your summer stock.
Independent Producers is a versatile, food-friendly, and flat-out delicious single-vineyard Merlot. Surprisingly multidimensional, it has lovely notes of raspberry, blackberry tart, and earth.
Soft, seductive aromas of black cherry, mocha and ripe, juicy plums lure you in. On the palate a burst of raspberry fruit followed by layers of cocoa and dense black fruit with chewy, ripe tannins. The finish is soft and smooth with a touch of toasted oak and licorice.
The Independent Producers Merlot refocuses the attention of the drinker to a varietal that gives reason to its dominance in the world. With minimal winemaking intervention, Merlots ability to display grace, some say better than that of Pinot Noir, is unmatched. The world’s greatest merlots come from the Northern Hemisphere. Site specific, this wine derives from the Bacchus vineyard, known for wines of approachability and acidity, and the serious appeal of its condition is wonderfully expressed. Independent Producers is a project directed by Christophe Hedges, bringing to the table some of the more compelling Columbia Valley AVA vineyard sites.
Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc
It’s a big New Zealand style Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand! If you’re not familiar with the style, it’s big, brash, and full of fresh hot-house tomato aromas and citrus fruit on the nose and palate.
25 years’ experience have resulted in the Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2011 displaying multilayered characters of lime zest, passionfruit skin, fresh coriander and wet stones. A mouthwatering yet smoothly integrated palate reveals notes of grapefruit, Tahitian lime and a strong textural component.
Try with Snapper ceviche with chilli and lime, avocado and tomato, with coriander salsa.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Smasne County Line Red
(Columbia Valley, Washington)
This red wine blend showcases pure, bright and straight-forward fruit. It is loaded with ripe berry flavors, hints of spice, chocolate, mocha, and a rich roundness of well-integrated oak. With a backbone of Cabernet Sauvignon it is bold, yet balanced. With a splash of Syrah and Malbec it provides refined tannins and a pleasant lushness of expressive berry flavors, deeply influenced with the spicy white pepper of the Carmenere.
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Syrah, 5% Malbec, 2% Carmenere.
Aged 15 months in 78% French Oak and 22% American Oak.
Cases Produced – 298.
Orin Swift Mannequin
(Napa Valley, California)
Orin Swift is the winery that produces The Prisoner, a red wine that a lot of folks are now familiar with. It has a very unique and artistic label, and this wine is a new white blend by the same winery. Dave Phinney is the wine maker, and each time he releases a new wine, there’s almost as much buzz about the package the wine comes in as there is about how delicious the wine itself is! We’ve included a picture from the label below, it’s sure to get some attention. Oh yeah, and the wine tastes fantastic too!
Beautiful shades of deep gold and amber fill the glass letting loose tropical aromas of ripe peach and pear married with subtle French oak. The entry of the wine is fully mouth-coating and offers a viscosity that leads effortlessly into an intense mid-palette with the colorful acidity of fresh pineapple. The finish of the wine is soft and subtle with great length and volume.
Blending is a fundamental, challenging, yet rewarding practice at Orin Swift. Because considerable time is invested in sourcing the best fruit available, we are intent, and to some degree, obligated to honor it appropriately. While red wine production governs much of the Orin Swift Cellars portfolio, Mannequin is a realization of a goal to create an eclectic and pleasing white blend. Chardonnay comprises the base, while incorporating complementary varietals result in a wine that has proper balance, weight and liveliness. For the past three years, we have been purchasing fruit and experimenting with different concepts, finally settling on the 2010 vintage to launch the project. Different, but true to Chardonnay’s ethereal qualities, we hope you enjoy this first release.
Blend: A blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, Semillon, Muscat, and Marsanne.
Maturation: Aged in a union of 40% new French oak, 40% neutral oak, and 20% stainless steel for 14 months.
75 Wine Cabernet Sauvignon
(Lake and Napa, California)
This bottle is one we simply kept going back to at a recent tasting event. It has it all, depth, friendliness, and a few surprises.
This is a blend of vineyards from Lake and Napa Counties. We find these diverse, high quality vineyards to compliment one another perfectly. Our high altitude rocky vineyard sites in Lake County deliver angularity, complexity and austerity while our Napa Valley fruit provides deep concentration and focus.
This wine is dense and tremendously focused, with a wonderful nose and palate of cedar, blueberry, saddle leather and white pepper. The finish showcases a perfect balance of acid, tannin and sweet toasted oak. Meticulous, detail oriented winemaking and complete attention to detail has produced a wine of tremendous presence and complexity that must be tasted to be believed.
90 Points Robert Parker
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Anniversary Club Red
Charles Smith Cabernet Sauvignon Stoneridge Vineyard (a.k.a. “Badge Cab”)
(Stoneridge Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington)
Charles Smith Wines / K-Vintners continues to produce some of the most interesting and sought after wines of Washington State. Going for the big, over-the-top, opulent style, Smith has successfully brought home multiple 98, and 99 point scores from the major critics. This offering is as yet unrated, but does come from the same vineyard as his recent 99 point scoring wine Royal City Syrah. That wine is also available at Enoteca, but was too expensive for the wine club Enjoy this great wine and stash a few bottles to age for a few years.
From the same vineyard as Royal City Syrah. Over two years in barrel, this wine is full, rich and very complex. Black currant, pencil lead, warm earth permeates the nose as well as the palate of this compelling wine. Over two years in barrel, this wine is full, rich and very complex. Pure and uncompromised, single vineyard 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Commentary in Wines Northwest by Chuck Hill:
“First off, if you buy this wine, open it and decant an hour or two before the meal to let it breathe – essential. There is something magical about Charles Smith wines as he manages to pack a suitcase full of aromas and flavors into every bottle and the whole breathes up into a powerful AND elegant food wine. Look for aromas of ripe blackberry, raspberry, orange peel potpourri, floral perfume and coconut-chocolate. Just a slurp jumps your palate with flavors of strawberry cola, caramel, vanilla, tropical fruits and a berry finish.”
Beer Club selections are not open for the tasting event, but a few bottles are available for purchase.
Free Beer Voucher in your Bin
Thanks to Beer Club Member Jamie Morgan who happens to be organizing the North Idaho Beer Festival taking place at the CDA Fairgrounds on June 16th, every single Enoteca Beer Club member has in their Bin a coupon for a free taste! You still have to get a ticket to get through the door, but this coupon adds a free taste to your day! Thank you Jamie!
Heretic Evil Cousin IPA
Evil Cousin is Heretic’s take on a West coast imperial IPA. This beer is a bold, in-your-face hop monster. It has a light, easy drinking malt character that allows the hops to stand out. The hop character in this beer is intentionally on the dank side; big, sticky, and aggressive. This beer is for those of you who can’t get enough hops. Join us on the dank side.
8% ABV, 100 IBUs, 22oz bottle
Paradise Creek Over the Hop IPA
This more traditional IPA is packed with dark body, hoppy bitterness and then finished off with a solid dry hopping of three pounds of flowers during conditioning.
Get a preview for the next upcoming beer tasting with Paradise Creek’s head brewer, Tom Handy. You can sign up for the 5pm or 7pm tasting by visiting our Next Beer Tastings page here.
Known as “Three Threads” or “Entire”. Porter became England’s first national beer in 1722. It was called porter because of its popularity with that group of laborers. Bitter Root Brewing brews this rich dark ale with a hint of peat-smoked malt as a salute to English brewers long forgotten.
At a recent beer tasting we learned that Bitterroot uses peat-moss malted grain as a distinctive ingredient in this beer. As a lover of fine peaty scotch, I just had to include this tasty treat.
Caldera Lawnmower Lager
It’s time to fire up the lawn mower, and here’s a perfect beer to kick of the summer!
For all those people afraid of beer you can’t see through, this one is for you. Please refrain from drinking and driving riding lawn mowers; the wait will be worth it!
3.9% abv American Light Lager brewed with flaked barley and flaked rice. This lager is clean and easy!
Caldera Kettle Series – Small Batch Release
22 oz bottle