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March 2013 Wine & Beer of the Month Club

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Mar - 01 - 2013

red-wineDear Enotecans,

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

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.  We’re gearing up for March, it’s here, it’s Spring, and we have some incredible events planned.

Popular Wine Offers:

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.  Come up to the bar tender for each of your 3 free tastes and he will pour a sample for you.  We start at 4pm, and go until the bottles are all empty!  We do ask that you tip the bar tender who serves you.

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?


pinkCharles and Charles Syrah Rose 2011
(Wahluke Slope, Washington)

It’s finally back!  This great *dry* rose, not a sweet pink wine, is super popular and sells out quickly every year.  The new vintage just arrived, literally special deliver this morning for Wine Club.

The Wahluke Slope of Washington state, where Charles Bieler (a Frenchman who has made roses in Provence, France, since 1992) and Charles Smith (of Washington’s K Vintners, Magnificent Wine Co. and Charles Smith Wines) made their rose from grapes grown in the slope’s Talcott Vineyard.

This light-copper wine has aromas of berries and summer fruit. The delicate fruit has a nice tang and then goes bone dry — very refreshing. It’s a great sipper if you prefer a dry style.

A lighter shade of pink than the 2010 in part due to picking at less ripeness (ending alcohol is 12.7% alc) but also due to an even shorter press cycle reducing the skin juice contact period. As ever, all the fruit is direct to press after it’s picked with no saignée. The aromas of watermelon, grass, wet stones and citrus still dominate and they carry through the palate, but in a more dynamic way finishing with bright acidity. The level of C02 is reduced this vintage, so while previously there was a touch of effervescence it’s more integrated this year. Our goal is to achieve the perfect balance of fruit, acid and savory, and I think this is the closest we’ve ever come to nailing it. We’re proud. As in years past it’s all syrah sourced from the following Columbia Valley vineyards: 37% Don Talcott, 23% Art DenHoed, 17% Nate DenHoed, 11% Clifton Bluff, 10% Suholdonik, 2% Clifton.

100% Syrah


Charles and Charles Red

Red WineCharles and Charles Red – Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah 2011
(Wahluke Slope, Washington)

Beautiful bottle of wine from Washington with a great heritage, and full flavor.  And it’s a budget wine to boot.  ‘Nuff said.

2011 was the coolest growing season in Washington State that anyone can remember. Thankfully, the Wahluke Slope AVA — where most of the fruit for this blend is sustainable farmed — is one of the warmest spots in the state, and so the fruit was able to achieve full ripeness and maturity by late  October. The cabernet sauvignon vineyards outperformed the syrah vineyards and so the blend has evolved this vintage to be cabernet sauvignon dominated (72%) and just 28% syrah. The aromas have the same signature blackberry, violet, currant and mocha that it’s had in previous vintages but also takes on more of a cigar box component. These flavors carry through on the palate which is medium bodied, soft and luscious. A portion of the syrah was whole cluster fermented which brings some dark, spicy flavors. After blending together the wine was aged in french oak for a shirt period to enhance the mocha, toast and sweet vanilla flavors and soften the mid palate.

72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah


Vintage Club

White WineMinistry of the Vinterior Chardonnay 2010
(Russian River Valley, California)

The wine shows complex aromas of lavender & citrus, lively on the palate with flavors of peach & minerality carrying throughout. Rombauer Chardonnay fans will love this wine!

A great example of Russian River Valley Chardonnay, green apple skin, lime, pineapple and pear. The acid-to-oak balance rounds out this wine.

100% Chardonnay


Red WineMarques de Caceres Crianza Rioja 2008

Solid Spanish wine, great way to dip your toe into the European continent of wine.

…packed with blackberry and plum flavors, deepened by toast and chocolate oak notes with smoke and spice lingering on the finish

20-25 year old vinyeards.

Intense, ruby red color. Expressive bouquet with notes of raspberries, bilberries and cherries enlivened by a touch of spice and a depth of vanilla. Nice, refreshingly ripe fruit in the mouth with delicious tannins that confer good body and complexity. Rich and pleasant on tasting, its smooth texture charms the palate with long-lasting flavors. An elegant wine that reflects the superb quality of the 2008 vintage.

90 Pionts & Best Buy – Wine & Spirits

85% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha


white-wineReserve Club

White WineMatetic Corralillo Chardonnay 2009
(Casablanca Valley, Chile)

This Chardonnay is characterized by having yellow fruit aromas, such as peach, banana, apricot and pineapple, accompanied by hints of lemon blossom and vanilla. Its palate follows through on the aromas and is soft and balanced, with a perfect acidity that gives a persistent and fresh finish.

The grapes for Corralillo Chardonnay come from the Casablanca Valley which has an ideal climate for growing Casablanca Valley, which has an ideal climate for growing Chardonnay grapes. Forty percent of this wine was fermented in stainless steel, producing the fresh and fruity component, while the rest was fermented in French oak barrels, where the wine’s complexity, volume and depth come from. The final blending of the two batches matured in oak for 9 months, during which the fine sediment was moved via stirring. A touch of malolactic fermentation added an extra ingredient, resulting in a rounded and balanced wine.

90 Points – Wine Advocate

100% Chardonnay


Red WineAltos de San Isidro Reserve Malbec 2009
(Cafayate, Argentina)

An elegant Malbec, featuring layered wildflower, fresh herb and graphite flavors framing the ultra-fresh raspberry and blackberry fruit. Light on its feet, with deceptive persistence to the finish.

Sourced from a 10 acre plot planted in 1992. The vines are trained in vertical shoot positioning and cropped at 5 tons per acre. The fruit undergoes a 4-day cold soak to extract color as well as violet and dark fruit aromas. The juice is fermented at 26ºC with heavy cap management during the first 6 days to extract flavor concentration. The wine is aged in French oak for 12 months, 50% of which is new.


Premier Club

White WineJanuik Cold Creek Chardonnay 2010
(Columbia Valley, Washington)
Rich and elegant, the Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay is packed with creamy pear and citrus aromas. Layered with hints of vanilla and mineral flavors, the finish is bright, balanced and lingering.


Its bright yellow-green color is the first sign of the cooler vintage, and its aromas and flavors of white peach, green apple and exotic flowers are vibrant and perfumed. On the palate, the wine is tactile, juicy, penetrating and long, with impressive clarity and the flavor intensity that was made possible by long “hang time” in vintage 2010.

92 Points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

90 Points – Wine Spectator

100% Chardonnay



Red WineNodland Private Blend 2008
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

Tim Nodland makes great wine in Spokane, in the classic French Bordeaux style.  His Private Blend was originally created as a home wine-making hobby that he would share with friends, but the hobby got out of control and now it’s his flagship wine.  We’ve enjoyed his wines so much in the past we stocked up on the 2005 Private Blend at Enoteca, and if you’d like to enjoy a mini-vertical, you can pick up a bottle to go with this new 2008 vintage!

Tim’s a fun guy, and a jazz musician, so you’ll see a lot of Jazz in his artwork, and taste a lot of jazz in his wine.

Paul Gregutt – Wine Spectator

This Bordeaux blend is dappled with pretty, sweet, toasty oak, but with the gentle red fruits showing through also. Not a huge wine, but a delight, supremely drinkable, with tasty toasty oak and light herb the immediate highlights.  91 points.

I asked Tim for some tasting notes, as this wine is brand new.  Here’s what he said:

All six Bordeaux varieties like a pre 1870 Bordeaux. Left bank style. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon from Pepperbridge Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley. 18% Malbec from Gamache Vineyard. Small amounts of Merlot (Seven Hills), Carmenere (Seven Hills), Petit Verdot (Seven Hills) and Cabernet Franc (Dineen Yakima).

Begins with rich ripe plums and black cassis. On the mid palate there is a dark fruit mixed basket of blackberry, blueberry and black cherry liquor. A long finish with sustaining pleasurable fruit and enjoyable complex notes of tobacco leaf, spice, dark chocolate and a hint of cedar. Soft and elegant on the tongue but big and bold in mouth feel. The finish goes on and on until one longs for another sip.

55% Pepperbridge Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec and smatterings of the other four Bordeaux varietals, including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Carmenere.


Anniversary Club Red

Red WineLe Salette Amarone 2007
(Valpolicella, Italy)

Amarone is my first love in wine.  I’m always seeking Amarone’s that fit into wine club, but it’s tough because they can be too expensive.  This one comes from a recent to the area importer who brings us a great bottle for a fair price.  Age this wine for a bunch of years if you want, no big deal.  We opened a 1967, 1976, 1983 and 1996 Amarone at a recent event and they all drank beautifully.

Amarone is made by selected grapes from new vineyards being laid out for drying on tables in a well ventilated area for 5 months.  They partially raisinate, and are then gently pressed to create the first-run juice.  This is then fermented and aged for a minimum of 3 years in Slovenian oak, and then bottle aged for 8 months before release.

Grapes: Corvina, Rondinella, Croatina and Corvinone


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 BeerNew Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA
(Fort Collins, Colorado)

In honor of the upcoming New Belgium beer tasting next week, get a load of the brewery’s new Imperial IPA!  It’s so new they hurried the truck up to get it here in time for Beer Club.

March 7th: New Belgium Beer Tasting: March 7th at 5pm and 7pm.

A burly and bitter Imperial IPA, Rampant pours a pure copper and carries the sheen of a rightly hopped beer. The Mosaic and Calypso hops bring stonefruit to the front seat, and the addition of Centennials nod towards citrus for a well-rounded aroma.

Golden with solid white foam and a slight hop sheen.  Prominent lemon citrus and floral hop aroma and flavor including some nice dry-hopped fresh grass and spicy pine notes.  Warmth from alcohol is present but not conspicuous. Nice dry finish from carbonation and glass full of bitter hops.  Hint of sweetness in the background from malt, the rest is a story of ambitious but not overwhelming bitterness.

Golden with solid white foam and a slight hop sheen.

8.5% ABV, 85 IBUs, 6 pack 12 oz


Fine BeerRochefort Trappist 10

The top product from the Rochefort Trappist brewery. Dark color, full and very impressive taste. Strong plum, raisin, and black currant palate, with ascending notes of vinousness and other complexities.  415-year-old recipe.  Regularly ranked among the best beers in the world, usually in the top 5.

100 RateBeer, 100 BeerAdvocate.

11.3% ABV, 11.2oz bottle


Fine BeerMidnight Sun Kodiak Brown
(Ankorage, Alaska)

Rugged yet smooth, Kodiak Brown Ale balances caramel and roasted malts with enticing Northwest hops. Perle and Willamette hops accent without overpowering this American brown ale’s intrepid maltiness. The result is uniquely delicious.

Inspired by the adventurous spirit readily found in Alaska, Kodiak Brown Ale invites you to take the road less traveled. Kodiak has remained one of our most popular beers since we first fired up the brew kettle in 1995, proving that Alaskans are not afraid of the dark.

Pair Kodiak Brown Ale with comfort foods—macaroni and cheese, lasagna, burritos; pub grub—burgers, nachos, deep-fried bites—and just about anything prepared on the grill. You can also just kick back and enjoy a tall cool one when you want to relax and enjoy LiFe.

5.4% ABV, 24 IBUs, 22oz bottle


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 BeerEpic Big Bad Baptist Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
(Salt Lake City, Utah)

It’s Big, it’s Bad, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

Ibis Sumatra Dark Coffee, whiskey/bourbon casks

This release was aged in both whiskey and bourbon barrels, primarily first-use whiskey casks, and second-use bourbon casks.  Addtional dark chocolate and fruit flavors mingle with the whiskey and bourbon notes.

RateBeer: 99, BeerAdvocate: 97 world class

11.8% ABV, 75 IBUs, 22oz bottle


Fine BeerDogfish Head Hellhound On My Ale Lemon Imperial IPA
(Milton, Delaware)

Brand new release of the Hellhound from Dogfish Head.  Part of their Sony Legacy series that includes Bitches Brew, Positive Contact, etc.  We will be tapping a keg of this in the near future, get the Keg Tap Text messages to learn when.

Hellhound is a super-hoppy ale that hits 100 IBUs in the brewhouse and 10% ABV. It’s dry-hopped with 100% Centennial hops at a rate of 100 kilos per 100 barrel brew-length. Can you tell we’re stoked for this mighty musical centennial?

From the first release:

2011 marks the 100th birthday of Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson who, according to legend, sold his soul down at the crossroads in a midnight bargain and changed music forever. Working again with our friends at Sony Legacy (yup, the same folks we did our Miles Davis-inspired Bitches Brew with), Dogfish Head pays tribute to this blues legend by gettin the hellhounds off his trail and into this finely-crafted ale. Hellhound is a super-hoppy ale that hits 100 IBUs in the brewhouse, 10.0 ABV, 10.0 SRM in color, and dry-hopped with 100% centennial hops at a rate of 100 kilos per 100 barrel brew-length. Can you tell we at Dogfish are stoked for this mighty musical centennial? To accentuate and magnify the citrusy notes of the centennial hops (and as a shout out to Robert Johnsons mentor Blind Lemon Jefferson) we add dried lemon peel and flesh to the whirlpool.

RateBeer: 97, BeerAdvocate: 93 exceptional

10% ABV, 750ml bottle


Fine BeerAvery Samaels Oak Aged Ale
(Boulder, Colorado)

A super-caramelly, oak-aged strong English-style ale, brewed with Columbus, Fuggels hops and two-row barley, caramel 150L malt.

Samaels is a super-caramelly, oak-aged English-style strong ale. Perhaps the least hoppy (sacrilege here at Avery!) beer we’ve brewed, to accentuate the malt. The oak is very apparent in this rich and high gravity ale, adding additional depth and complexity with a woody and cask-like nose and a pronounced vanilla flavor on the palate. With the addition of a more roasted malt in 2007, Samaels now delivers subtle bitterness to add balance to the natural sweetness. Cellarable for 10+ years.
Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, turbinado sugar, hops, yeast, and American oak chips.

Food pairing: The toffee, vanilla and caramel flavors in Samaels are great with crème brulee, sticky bread pudding or any dessert dish featuring the flavors of burnt or caramelized sugar.

RateBeer: 96

15.47% ABV, 41 IBUs, 12oz



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