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May 2012 Wine and Beer of the Month Club Selections

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on May - 04 - 2012

Dear Enotecans,

This email is about the May 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!

Come Pick It Up!

In case you haven’t heard, we’re E X P A N D I N G our space! We will be implementing new Wine and Beer of the Month Club Bins in the new space. This is expected to take place before the June Wine and Beer Club delivery. If you’re able to come pick up your selections from May and whatever else is in your Bin this month, it will really help out the move. If not, it’s OK, we’ll transfer your items to your new Bin location.

What will the new store be like?

It’s under gift-wraps at the moment, the new store will be revealed in due time. We have a lot of exciting news coming up in the next few weeks. Stay tuned, and thank you for being with us as we seek to serve the fine beverage needs of our community.

Fresh Beverages and Events at Enoteca!

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

Events: Next Wednesday is the Cinder wine tasting with owner Joe Schnerr, and Thursday is the New Belgium Beer Tasting with Ely Johnson! Tickets for the beer tasting are already available online…

May 17th we’re hosting Jason Goeltz from Bitterroot Brewing in Hamilton, Montana 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.

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 WineVan Ruiten Chardonnay 2010
(Lodi, California)

Aromas of sweet pineapple, peach and apricot blend together with barrel aromas of fig, honey and vanilla finishing with hints of white peach. Our “Chard” was hand picked and gently squeezed to allow the natural fruit character to shine through. Half of this Chardonnay was fermented in stainless steel and the other half was barrel fermented in small French oak barrels. They are then blended together to enhance the complexity of body, flavor and aroma.

100% Chardonnay

Red WineWalla Walla Vintners W2 Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(Walla Walla Valley, Washington)

What a treat this is! Walla Walla Vintners makes great wine, but most of them cost between $25-$35. This is only $15 and it’s killer!

This is a rich, delicious wine that way over-delivers for the money.

It’s all about Walla Walla Valley fruit. This Cabernet boasts aromas of black cherry, plum and cassis, with underlying layers of cinnamon, toasty oak and woody herbs. Supple tannins frame flavors of rich, ripe blackberries, espresso and a pencil-lead minerality. Long, sweet edges recall fruit flavors, vanilla and caramel on the enduring finish.

79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Carmenere, 5% Cab Franc, 4% Malbec, 3% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot

Reserve Club

White WineFive Star Madi White Bordeaux Blend 2011
(Walla Walla Valley, Washington)

First white wine released by 20+ year old winery!  And it’s a beaut.

A tropical nose, followed by a burst of pineapple on the palate.  Great mid-palate acidity balanced with melon notes.  A long creamy finish with hints of butter.

57% Semillon, 43% Sauvignon Blanc

Red WineCinder Laissez Faire Red Blend 2010
(Snake River Valley, Idaho)

Meet Cinder owner Joe Schnerr at Enoteca Wednesday May 9th – Find out more here.

We wanted to create a beautiful “little sister-label” that would be an appropriate wine for our educated customers, filling their need for a crisp, food-friendly table wine that was beautifully crafted. Our direction came from all the great wines we would pull from our own cellar for hamburgers or “pizza-night” from places like France, Italy and Spain…(but never from the good old USA!?). We wondered why there didn’t seem to be any American producers making wines like this. We knew we could make a wine that had fresh fruit, balanced body, not a touch of new oak and bright acidity…so a plan was hatched.

Laissez Faire means “hands off” or “let it be” in French and that’s what we’ve done with this wine. There’s not much interference from the hand of man (or woman in this case). There’s no crushing of the grapes prior to fermentation, only full-berry fermentation. The juice is left in contact with the skins for only a short time, so that we only extract very fresh fruit characteristics. All native yeasts were used for fermentation while barrel ageing was only nine months in what we like to call “the Ancient barrels” (10-15 years old).

The end result is a gorgeous European-inspired red table wine, made in our beautiful Snake River Valley, Idaho, USA. Open a bottle with nearly ANY meal and you’ll be happy with the results. Laissez Faire…Enjoy the simple pleasures of life!

250 cases produced

Premier Club

White WineBoudreaux Chardonnay 2010

Platinum blond color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, lots of “wonderbread” yeasty aromas, smoke, flint, butterscotch, slight mineral note, with some oak, and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium acidity, very rich mouth feel, very balanced and delicious, with good length to the finish. I must have more!

Boudreaux Cellars wines are the product of years of appreciating fine wines, hours of listening to master winemakers Gary Figgins, Rick Small, John Abbott, Chris Figgins, Marty Clubb, Jean-Francois Pellet, and others talk about making wine, identifying the oldest, most aromatic, most complex blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon in the State of Washington. Wines smooth, deep, layered, flowered, with mysterious nuances of smoke, hickory, oak, blackberry, cherry, and candy are not made in a day or a year. They require insight, originality, perseverance, balance, thoughtfulness, problem solving, disdain for fear, respect of Nature, and the ability to be confident in one’s long-term choices.

100% Chardonnay

Red WineReininger Mr Owl’s Red 2008
(Walla Walla Valley, Washington)

Merlot based wines from Walla Walla are big powerful giants. The spiciness and sexiness of Syrah and Sangiovese add jut the right component to this special treat from Reininger to send it over the top. Don’t miss this one.

Named in honor of our esteem cellar master, Raul, the 2008 Mr Owl’s Red is a delicious and lovingly crafted blend of our best fruit. Lighthearted in spirit but seriously manly, just like Raul.

Aroma: Oak spice, red berries, red licorice, smoke, soy sauce and cinnamon baked red apples.

On the palate: Medium bodied with flavors of red berries, grilled steak and toast with chalky tannins.

88% Merlot, 7% Syrah, 5% Sangiovese

Anniversary Club Red

Red WineZenato Amarone 2004
(Veneto, Italy)

I love this wine, it’s absolutely fantastic. Retail price is closer to $80 but for Wine Club Members we’ve been able to secure a small amount for the $50 level. How cool is that?  We do have access to a few more cases while supplies last at this special price, so if you’ve like to take advantage of this offer, place your order here.

Zenato Amarone is a blend of hand-picked  Corvina, Rondinella, Croatina and Oseleta, which are left to raisin in a well-ventilated room until January. After pressing, the juice macerates with the skins for almost a month while fermenting into the delicious wine that is Amarone. The wine is then aged in French oak for about two years followed by one year in bottle. Enjoy now or cellar for future enjoyment.

Ruby-red in color with intoxicating aromas of dried black cherry, cassis, truffles, chocolate fudge and tar. This wine is silky, luscious and complex, with a lingering finish, and pairs perfectly with hearty game stews, roasted meats and mature cheeses.

90 points from Wine Enthusiast

80% Corvina, 10% Rodinella, 10% Croatina and Oseleta

Beer Club

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

Fine BeerDogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA
(Milton, Deleware)

Esquire Magazine calls our 90 Minute IPA “perhaps the best IPA in America.” An imperial IPA best savored from a snifter, 90 Minute has a great malt backbone that stands up to the extreme hopping rate.

90 Minute IPA was the first beer we continuously hopped, allowing for a pungent — but not crushing — hop flavor.

Food Pairing Recommendations: Pork chops, beef, grilled fish, frites, focaccia, split pea soup, Stilton cheese & escargot
Glassware Recommendation: Snifter
Tasting Notes: Brandied fruitcake, raisiney, citrusy
Wine Comparable: Sauvignon blanc

9% ABV, 90 IBUs, 4pk 12oz bottles

Beer Advocate: 94, RateBeer: 100

Fine BeerAlaskan Pilot Series Barley Wine Ale 2011
(Juneau, Alaska)

We’ve been aging this beer for a year and a half since it’s release.  It was released the beginning of January 2011, and as all good barleywines go, it’s better with age.

Alaskan Barley Wine has been produced in limited edition vintages each year since its introduction in 2003. A big beer for big winters, this brew has garnered a steady following in Alaska. Bottled for the first time in 2007, the balanced flavor collaboration between hops, malt and high alcohol showcases the barley wine style, winning first place at the 2007 Toronado Barley Wine Festival and bronze at the 2008 World Beer Cup.

Alaskan Barley Wine is a full bodied ale, deep mahogany in color and brewed with an array of complementing malts to achieve its high original gravity. Multiple hop additions in the boil and dry hopping during fermentation provide contrast to the big malt character resulting in the smooth balance that distinguishes this specialty brew. Like many fine wines, Alaskan Barley Wine may be aged in the bottle and gains deeper malt complexity and smoothness over time.

10.7% ABV, 50 IBUs, 22oz bottle

Beer Advocate: 91, RateBeer: 99



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