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June 2013 Wine & Beer of the Month Club

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Jun - 07 - 2013

Dear Enotecans,

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

Patio Opens Today!

The State Police inspected our patio and approved it, the tables and some chairs are due to arrive today, so come on down and enjoy some outdoor beverages in Post Falls!

Upcoming Event Reminders

You can always see what’s coming up at Enoteca by seeing the calendar on our left sidebar on our newly revamped Events page.

What is Member Monday?

wood-boxesMember Monday is a brand new benefit we are now launching.  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.

Buy 1/Get 1 Fine Print:

a.k.a. instructions to enjoying the promotion

  • Drinks include wine by the glass, beer by the pint, and spirits
  • Does not include samples, flights, growlers, bottles, or events
  • Free drink must be the lesser or equal price of the paid drink
  • Cannot be combined with other specials or sale items
  • Membership subscription must be current
  • When you order your first drink, tell the bar tender your Bin number to start the tab
  • Member benefits cannot be shared with non-Members, no split tabs
  • Only applies to Club Members, if you’re not a member, just sign up!
  • You can sign up and enjoy the benefits immediately

green-grapesWhy 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!

Wine Club Tasting – Free Flight Friday…

Come taste Wine of the Month Club selections 4pm-last customer Friday. We will have all of the wines below open for tastes, pick 3 to try. At the end of the bar we have a table set up with the wines and you can come to the server there for each of your 3 free tastes and she will pour a sample for you. We start at 4pm, and go until the bottles are all empty!

Policy Change: 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-wineRenegade Chardonnay
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

Aged in all stainless steel, it is a crisper style of Chardonnay, with aromas and flavors of tree fruits like pears and green apples. It is a versatile Chardonnay that will pair well with salads and appetizers, as well as some fish dishes. It will also be a great summertime sipper, unless of course we are sold out by summer! Grab it while you can, be a Renegade!


Red WineRenegade Wine Theives Red Blend
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

We could have called this wine a Cabernet, since it is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, and 1% Petit Verdot. It certainly drinks like a Washington State Cabernet, with lots of red and black fruits, scents of loamy minerality, and fine grained tannins that are matched with balanced acidity which tells us you could actually lay this down for a while. Like all the Renegade wines, this drinks as well as something twice as expensive. Certainly a candidate to buy by the case! Don’t hesitate, be a Renegade!


Vintage Club

White WineMohua Sauvignon Blanc
(Marlborough, New Zealand)

Individual vineyard lots were harvested at optimum maturity, gently pressed and cool fermented in stainless steel to capture all the nuances of each site and sub region. The resulting wines were then racked, blended and bottled to retain the intense fruit characters and wonderful freshness that only Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc possesses.

An elegant wine with aromas of guava and lime combined with an expressive palate of nectarine and grapefruit. A vibrant wine with a long refreshing finish.

100% Sauvignon Blanc


Red WineShannon Ridge Dalliance
(Lake County, California)

The grapes used to produce our 2010 Lake County Dalliance Red Wine came from the hills and slopes of ultra-premium vineyards of Lake County, California. To give it complexity, this wine was aged with French and American oak. It is a blend of red varietals married together to create a wine that best represents its vintage.

Color: Deep Garnet, Purple
Aroma: Ripe cherry, Blackberry, Rich vanilla oak
Flavor: Blackberry, cinnamon spice, Vanilla
Texture: Rich, Elegant, soft tannins, nice balance with a lush finish

46% Zinfandel, 18% Barbera, 17% Syrah, 14% Tempranillo, and 5% Grenache


Reserve Club

White WineStags Leap Hands of Time Chardonnay
(Napa Valley, California)

This Napa Valley Chardonnay offers pleasing aromas of lightly-spiced Golden Delicious apples and vanilla wafers along with citrus notes of tangerine and lemon. The spiced apple notes and hint of caramel carry over on the palate which has a solid core of fruit and a supple mouthfeel. Enjoy this food-friendly wine with Sole Meuniere or fresh pasta in a lemon-butter sauce and tossed with fresh peas and pancetta.

100% Chardonnay


Red WineNine North Seven Sinners Napa Valley Petite Sirah
(Lodi, California)

In 2010 we decided to re-introduce our Seven Sinners as a Petite Sirah from the Lodi District, an area with a rich and distinctive history for old vines. Luckily enough for us we stumbled upon a family who have been growing rich, dense and intense Petite Sirah grapes for over 50 years.

This vintage shows velvety textures upfront followed by deep rich flavors of blackberry jam, blueberry and spice, resulting in a long deep concentrated finish. Opulent and concentrated, while maintaining a food friendly balance, this wine is showing beautifully right now and will continue to age gracefully for the next 7 – 10 years.

Varietals: 96% Petite Sirah, 4% Zinfandel


Premier Club

White WineStag’s Leap Karia Chardonnay
(French Creek Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington)

The name KARIA (KAR-ee-ah) is derived from the Greek word meaning graceful, and the 2010 KARIA Chardonnay lives up to its moniker. It shows how grapes from select cool-climate vineyards in southern Napa Valley can be vinified and blended into a seamless integration of fresh-fruit aromas and flavors, crisp acidity and subtle oak spice. Light and graceful: that’s KARIA.

This inviting Chardonnay begins with aromas of ripe, fresh pear and cinnamon-spiced Golden Delicious apples with a hint of caramel. These notes are accented by a vanilla biscuit-like top note and a very faint pineapple tone in the finish. There is also a refreshing aroma of sea air mixed with a gentle wafting of a sweet, tropical flower and a sense of minerality. Flavors reminiscent of vanilla cream and lemon curd can be found on the palate.

100% Chardonnay


stags-leap-hands-of-time-redRed WineStag’s Leap Hands of Time Red
(Napa Valley, California)

What happens when a winery that only makes varietal wines (Cab, Merlot, etc.) makes a blend?  What happens when that winery makes a traditional Bordeaux blend from their killer vineyards and prices it actually less than their varietal wines?  What happens when the winery plans on moving it through exclusive high end restaurants, but the economy changes their attitude and it gets released to places like Enoteca’s Wine Club?  The answer to all these questions is: You win.

The Story of The Hands of Time
Along a shady walkway on the tranquil grounds of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars one comes across a succession of limestone plaques, each bearing a handprint. These handprints comprise the Hands of Time exhibit, an enduring tribute to the many people who contributed to the winery’s history over the years and who have gone on to become celebrated winemakers and viticulturists in their own right. With a tradition of mentoring that dates back to our founding in 1970, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars has been a springboard for many a storied winemaker’s career. This wine is a tribute to our alumni whose unwavering vision of crafting elegant and balanced wines has been passed down from teacher to student, and through the hands of time.

Tasting Notes
This Napa Valley red blend offers aromas of mixed dark berries, sweet oak and spice, with hints of dried herbs. On the palate, fl avors of ripe blueberry and dark cherry mix with notes of coffee and chocolate. The wine has a full, yet structured mouthfeel with soft tannins and a lingering fi nish. Try pairing this wine with grilled lamb, beef or chicken skewers, shredded duck tacos with plum sauce or pulled pork sandwiches with cole slaw.

59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, with a hint of Syrah & Malbec


tenor-22Anniversary Club Red

Red WineTenor 2:2
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

We had a great opportunity to put an up-and-coming superstar in Washington wine making in the wine club, so we did it.  Check out this bad boy.  Decant it for a bit, he’s huge and needs some time to open up, or pick up some extra bottles and lay it down for a few years.

A nose of smoke, ripe plums, liquored black fruit, camphor and minerals. This is ripe and dense with confitured fruit and a hint of floral and berry potpourri. This wine is expansive, filling every inch with superfine tannins that are underpinning massive amounts of black fruit and dark spice.

About the Wine maker:

Originally raised in Washington, Aryn came home after a five year stint in the Napa Valley. During his time in Napa he worked for wineries such as Golden State Vintners, Edgewood Estates in St. Helena and Silver Oak at their Napa facility. He then moved to work for a consulting company that focused on Chemical Engineering within the wine industry,and it was here that Aryn says he gained huge insights on the industry as the company had almost 900 clients. He has always said that being able to achieve something in the winery usually means you needed to experience it at another place. Well, having been in most of the wineries that we all dream about, he has the unique ability to say he has actually seen those things first hand. Having tasted some of the wines that Aryn has already made here at Tenor,we are excited about the future and what we believe will be the new standard in Washington State.  Along with making Tenor and Matthews wine, Aryn makes wine for other wineries, including Gard Vintners  Mullan Road Cellars, a Washington winery owned by Cakebread Cellars of Napa Valley and of recent  his own  project, Alleromb Winery.




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.

Special Notice for June Fine Beer Club
Due to the Stone truck’s delivery schedule, while wine club and Rare Beer Club will be deployed early this week, the Enjoy By and 10th Anniversary IPA’s won’t be in your Bin until Friday, and there is a chance they won’t be in to your Bin until Tuesday.  Either way, this is what is necessary to get you the freshest possible beer in the Beer Club.

Fine BeerStone Enjoy By 7/4/2013 IPA
(Escondido, California)

You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. While freshness is a key component of many beers- especially big, citrusy, floral IPAs- we’ve taken it further, a lot further, in this IPA. You see, we specifically brewed it NOT to last. We’ve not only gone to extensive lengths to ensure that you’re getting this beer in your hands within an extraordinarily short window, we made sure that the Enjoy By date isn’t randomly etched in tiny text somewhere on the bottle, to be overlooked by all but the most attentive of retailers and beer fans. Instead, we’ve sent a clear message with the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right now to enjoy this IPA.

RateBeer: 100, BeerAdvocate: 98 world class

9.4% ABV, 88 IBUs, 22oz bottle


Fine BeerStone 10th Anniversary Ruination Double IPA
(Escondido, California)

Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA was created as an homage to the almighty hop. As the celebrated Stone Ruination IPA approached its 10th birthday this June, we knew we had to do something special, so we cranked it up from 7.7% to 10.8% and used twice as much hops–a whopping 5 pounds per barrel, including a pound each of Citra and Centennial in the dry hop. The results were GLORIOUS, but don’t take our word for it. The only people more bitter than those who don’t get any… will be those who do.

RateBeer: 100, BeerAdvocate: 97 world class

10.8% ABV, 110 IBUs, 12oz bottle (two in club)


Fine BeerSierra Nevada Hoptimum
(Chico, California)

A whole-cone hurricane of flavor.

Hoptimum is a hurricane of whole-cone hop flavor. Hopped, dry hopped and torpedoed for incredible hop flavor and complexity, Hoptimum is the pinnacle of whole-cone hoppiness and the biggest Imperial IPA we have ever produced. It features resinous hop varieties: Magnum, Chinook, Simcoe and a new experimental hop variety exclusive to Sierra Nevada. With intense hop flavors and aromas of grapefruit rind, pine, herbs and tropical fruit, Hoptimum is an aggressive drinking experience. Originally created as part of our Beer Camp program, Hoptimum throws down the gauntlet to all other IPAs.

RateBeer: 100, BeerAdvocate: 94 exceptional

10.4% ABV, 100 IBUs, 12oz bottle (two in club)



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 BeerSierra Nevada + Russian River BRUX

We’re going sour this month.  Both selections are rare specialty sour beers.  This one was released a year ago in 2012, and upon release was not something to write home about.  I re-tasted it after aging and it has developed into a fantastic sour beer.  Not only that, but if you age it even longer it will probably continue to improve.  YMMV.

What began as mutual admiration between Sierra Nevada’s Grossman Family and Russian River’s Cilurzos has grown and progressed into genuine friendship. Brux began as an idea and has grown into something altogether different:

The liquid manifestation of change over time.

Refermented in the bottle with Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Brux will change and develop over time. Copper-colored, dry and complex, with slightly tart notes of green grass, pear, spice and lemon – this ale will progress in the bottle for many years.

When I visited Sierra Nevada for Beer Camp, I saw the spur bottling line where they bottled BRUX.  The brewery set it up as a laboratory clean room with sterile suits and wash downs before you leave.  One of the scientists on staff was tasked with finding every way to kill Brett in case the special souring yeast got wild in the SN brewery.  She found 14 ways to kill Brett.  While in another lab with other scientists, I saw some of Vinny C’s flagship beer, Pliny the Elder, with an age of about a year on the bottle, in the queue to be chemically analyzed to learn the properties of the recipe and why it doesn’t age well.  Apparently the friendship / partnership extends beyond just one collaboration beer.  This is a piece of brewing history.


RateBeer: 96

8.3% ABV, 750ml cork caged bottle

Fine BeerBoulevard Love Child #3
(Kansas City, Missouri)

Boulevard’s Love Child Series of “wild” ales are barrel-aged with such boisterous cultures as Lactobaccillus and Brettanomyces. These wayward offspring can prove so complex that we employ gauges on the label to convey the intensity of three key personality traits, Funk, Sour, and Fruit, presenting a picture of the ale at the time it was released. It will change as it ages, but don’t we all?

Sour characteristics come to the fore in this release, foreshadowed by the tart, winey aroma. Notes of cherry, chocolate, olive brine, and leather give way to a subtle hint of funk and a dry, clean finish.

RateBeer: 98, BeerAdvocate: 95 world-class

9.5% ABV, 13 IBUs, 750ml cork-caged bottle


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