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March 2012 Wine and Beer of the Month Club Selections

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Mar - 01 - 2012

Dear Enotecans,

This email is about the March 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!

You can always see What’s On Tap? and New Beers In Stock!

Reminder:  The Deschutes Beers, Bites and a Brewer event is 11:30-2pm Thursday, March 1st at Enoteca!  More details…

Another Reminder: The Best Of Winemakers Dinner series dinner is 6pm Thursday, March 1st at Ts’Elusm Steakhouse!  More details…

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:

Vintage Club

White WineWither Hills Sauvignon Blanc
(Marlborough, New Zealand)

Supple aromatic intensity of kaffir lime, brambly tomato leaf, clementine, sweet Meyer lemon, fennel leaf, with underlying gooseberry and red capsicum held with tropical guava and a slight tease of ‘sweat’ enter on the nose.  This fills your senses and melds with salty seamlessness, textural acidity, stalky herbaceousness, and fruit weight to deliver a great New Zealand style Sauvignon Blanc.

Pair with oysters, green lip mussels, or prosciutto and melon.

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Red WineLock and Key Meritage
(North Coast, California)

Unlock the treasure.  Behind every lock, you can be pretty sure you’ll find something special—something precious, something worth protecting. And unfortunately, unless you’re in possession of the key, you can only imagine what you’re missing. It’s only fitting, then, that our winemakers should put our Meritage under lock and key—it’s something quite special indeed. Our premium Bordeaux-style red blend is made from grapes sourced from California’s prestigious North Coast Appellation. Every bottle reveals the untold riches of Sonoma and Lake County fruit—beguiling aromas, opulently layered flavors, and an extravagantly silky finish. It’s most definitely treasure to be tasted, if only you could unlock it. Fortunately, you’re probably already in possession of a key. A few quick turns of the corkscrew should do the trick.

The name Lock & Key is a play on the cork being a lock and the corkscrew being the key to open it.

The blend is a secret, you can win $5K if you guess it.

Reserve Club

White WineAlexandria Nicole Viognier 2010
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

(say: vee-ohn-yay)

Complex aromas of honeysuckle, stonefruit and candied peach give way to earthy undertones and stunning structure. This golden gem has a lively mouth feel. Beautifully balanced it lingers with the richness of apricot and butterscotch.

Check this out!  This is one of the wines from Alexandria Nicole that Dogfish Head brewery used in making the beer Noble Rot.  Sound unique?  Well it is.  Keep your eyes on the Enoteca announcements for a tasting that will employ both beer and wine, including tapping a keg of Noble Rot.  Get a head start by trying this Viognier!

100% Viognier

Red WineRenwood Petite Sirah 2009

(say: pit-eat sir-rah)

Fun and flavorful, in this vintage we blended in a bit of Tempranillo to help smooth out the rustic flavors that are found in classic Petite Sirah grapes. Aromas of blueberry, plum and a hint of orange zest. The flavors are thick and juicy with nice smooth tannins and a tart finish.

Give this jammy Petite Sirah a chance, it’s a cousin to the Syrah grape, but with more power.

88% Petite Sirah, 12% Tempranillo

Premier Club

White WineMer Soleil Santa Lucia Chardonnay
(Santa Lucia, California)

Chardonnay: A 

The Mer Soleil Vineyard, first developed in 1988, is named for the two natural forces that create its growing conditions: sea (mer) and sun (soleil).

With plantings at two separate locations in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation of Monterey County, Mer Soleil’s Chardonnay vines are nestled on east-facing lower slopes of the Sierra de Salinas range in what is one of the coolest, driest grape-growing areas in California. The climate of this coastal appellation causes morning and evening fogs and warm, bright afternoons, a combination that helps produce the high-quality fruit we use to make this bright, elegant Chardonnay.

In the winery, all the vineyard lots are kept separate and fermented in French oak barrels chosen from an array of coopers. Depending on the vintage, a varying portion will undergo malolactic fermentation, and the length of barrel aging is adjusted lot by lot. Finally, the wine is blended, maintaining distinct layers of flavor and balanced acidity. The finished wine reveals an apparent, but not defining oak presence.

Charlie Wagner II is a fifth-generation winemaker from a family with farming and winemaking roots in the Napa Valley since the 1880’s. Charlie began learning about Chardonnay production when he was just 17 years of age.

Tasting Notes: Citrus driven nose. Hints of matchstick, pineapple, banana and coconut. Soft and round entry. Oak is apparent, but not defining. Mid-palate goes on to reveal other layers of flavors – vanilla, lemon meringue pie and again coconut. Finish is rich with viscosity that coats the mouth for minutes after your last sip.

Enjoy slightly chilled.

100% Chardonnay

Red WineFive Star Quinque Astrum Super Tuscan
(Walla Walla, Washington)

Very fresh, bright red raspberry flavors lead the way. Crisp in texture, well balanced, with beautiful fruit. Enjoy with your favorite meal.

This stuff is freaking delicious!  The name is latin for “Five Star” and it’s a Sangiovese based blend from Walla Walla.  Super fruity, smooth, and absolutely yummy.  Enjoy!

58% Sangiovese, 33% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon

Anniversary Club Red

Red WineTrinchero Meritage
(Napa Valley, California)

This wine is simply smooth and delicious! We love it!

Here’s what the wine maker says:

“This is my favorite wine to make because, like having all the crayons in the box, it lets me paint the prettiest picture. Having an incredible arsenal of vineyards at my disposal enables me to make a wine with layers and layers of aromas and flavors. Cabernet is the backbone, Merlot contributes to the mid-palate and the aromatics, Petit Verdot adds color and floral aromatics, and Cabernet Franc elongates the finish.” – Mario Monticelli

92 points Wine Spectator

79% Cabernet, 13% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc

Beer Club

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

Fine BeerDogfish Head My Antonia Imperial Pilsner
(Milton, Deleware)

This here beer is a lagerific departure for our ale-centric brewery. A marriage of old world tradition and new world innovation, My Antonia is brewed with pilsner malt and continually-hopped with a blend of Noble and West Coast hops.

Here’s what the brewery has to say:

My Antonia (named after the Willa Cather read), is a continually-hopped imperial pilsner. This lager for ale lovers is citrusy, sweet and refined.

My Antonia started out as a collaboration beer when Sam brewed it at Birra del Borgo (hope you can read Italian) outside Rome, Italy, with owner/brewer Leonardo DiVencenzo in October 2008. In 2010, we began brewing My Antonia here in Delaware for U.S. distribution.

As an aside, in June 2009, Leonardo came over to Delaware and brewed our original batch of Namaste with us at our Rehoboth Beach brewpub. And Leo is also one of the brewers involved in the Eataly project in New York City. What goes around, comes around.

Anyhoo… here is our Quick Sip Clip of Sam chatting about My Antonia with his Italian-American grandmother Jessie Calagione (they sometimes veer a bit off topic, but we think it’s a great video and love her ‘cash customers’ story). Cheers!

Pair with: Raw oysters, grilled sausages, lasagna, Swiss cheese

Beer Advocate: 90 Exceptional, RateBeer: 98

7.4% ABV / 750ml Cork Caged Bottle

Fine BeerAvery Maharaja Imperial IPA
(Boulder, Colorado)

Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, – “great” and rajan – “king”. Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley – fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence. This newest Avery Dictator completes the “Dictator Series” joining the likes of The Kaiser & The Czar.

Beer Advocate: 93 Exceptional, RateBeer: 100

10.4% ABV / 102 IBUs / 22oz bottle

Fine BeerFremont Interurban IPA
(Seattle, Earth)

Named after Fremont’s most famous outdoor sculpture, Waiting for the Interurban, Interurban India Pale Ale offers the adventurous beer lover a warm embrace of organic Gambrinus roasted pale malt swirled with a hand-selected blend of flavor malts and filled with the rich spice of Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. Interurban India Pale is a session beer, eminently drinkable throughout the year.
6.5% ABV / 102 IBUs / 22oz 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.

Named after Fremont’s most famous outdoor sculpture, Waiting for the Interurban, Interurban India Pale Ale offers the adventurous beer lover a warm embrace of organic Gambrinus roasted pale malt swirled with a hand-selected blend of flavor malts and filled with the rich spice of Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. Interurban India Pale is a session beer, eminently drinkable throughout the year.


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