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May 2013 Wine & Beer of the Month Club

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on May - 03 - 2013

Dear Enotecans,

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

Upcoming Event Reminders

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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-wineFour Vines Unoaked Naked Chardonnay
(Santa Barbera, California)

Barrels are for going over waterfalls. Stainless steel calls out to us. We’ve changed our label for our 2011 vintage to show our affection for it. The Original Naked Chardonnay sits before you unhindered by the buttery bonds of oak. No barrel fermentation. No other varietal blended into the wine. Chardonnay for all its splendor truly Naked.

We love Chardonnay for its pure lemon and grapefruit aromas that remind us of summer.

In 2011, a very chilly year throughout California, acid levels were naturally quite high. For the very first time we allowed a small percentage (4%) to undergo malolactic fermentation. This together with some extended sur lies aging imparted a delightful baked custard bouquet and added a creamy richness on the palate. Our Unoaked Chardonnay tastes bright and tangy with lemon and nectarine fruit flavors that expand on the finish. Crisp, clean and beautifully styled to pair with food. Eat oysters and drink Naked often!!

100% Chardonnay


Red WineFour Vines Truant Zinfandel

Truant, blended from multiple appellations throughout California. The name Truant describes someone who slips away from the confines of everyday routine, and also refers to our winemaking style which is not limited by geographical confines. Not only is it blended from vineyards around the state, but it is 77% Zinfandel, 13% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah, 3% Barbera and 2% Sangiovese. On the nose there are dark berry notes and spicy notes from oak aging. The wine drinks of juicy blackberry, ripe plums and a touch of blueberry. Generous in fruit flavors, plenty of structure and a velvety finish. Enjoy with a friend!

77% Zinfandel, 13% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah, 3% Barbera and 2% Sangiovese


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 WineSobon Estates Cougar Hill Zinfandel
(Amador County, California)

This is a very stylish and likable wine. It has forward aromas of fresh baked oatmeal cookies, with undertones of licorice and mint chocolate. The flavors are rich, full, and reminiscent of ripe, dusty blackberries and cranberry juice. The finish is crisp and lingering.  Serve with grilled foods or pasta dishes.  Aged 18 months in French & American Oak, 30% new.

95% Estate Zinfandel, 5% Petite Syrah


Reserve Club

White WineWaters Syrah/Viognier Rose
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

A very pale salmon, vibrant aromatics, lighter bodied Rose’ yet uniquely rich in the middle. Whole cluster pressed with no additional skin time, this wine is a little lighter on the acid as well, making it the easiest drinking Rose we’ve made yet. Early response has been phenominal, so this wine wont last long.

63% Syrah and 37% Viognier


Red WinePeriple Something Red

periple-angieSay: PEH REE PLAH – French for journey.

This fruit forward, mouth coating blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 25% Syrah, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon is sure to provide a great night of casual conversation whether with backyard BBQ fare or at family pasta night.

We love this wine!  It’s our new “cryptic” if you know what I mean.  This stuff is delicious!  Wine maker Angie Shaltry lives and makes wine in Eagle, Idaho, and she sources fruit from all over the place.  This bottle is all from Washington State fruit, with more than one appellation included.  Angie apprenticed to Helen Turley the superstar wine maker from California.  We’re proud to have Angie here in Idaho and proud to share this amazing bottle of wine with you.  The label is fantastic too, unfortunately I don’t have a picture to share, so come in and see it for yourself!  Instead I included a picture of the wine maker.

Look at the other club levels, we also included other bottles from Angie in the wine club this month.

50% Cabernet Franc, 25% Syrah, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon



Premier Club

White WinePeriple French Creek Chardonnay
(French Creek Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington)

Tasting Notes:   Orange blossom, honeydew melon , grapefruit and wet slate define the initial aromas.   The juxtaposition of crisp minerals followed by apricots and vanilla  through the mid palate and finish, create an explosion of flavor on the palate.

Winemaking:    All grapes were hand harvested and whole cluster pressed into 1 year used French Oak barrels.  The primary fermentation occurred in barrel with twice a day stirring for 17 days.  Secondary fermentation lasted 6 weeks with weekly stirring.  The Chardonnay was aged for 13 months in barrel, then racked and bottled.

Vineyard:  The French Creek Vineyard is located northeast of Prosser sitting at 940 ft in elevation.  Southwardly sloping, the 9 acre vineyard rests above a canyon, and is adjacent to an apple orchard and year round creek which creates a unique microclimate of a cooler vineyard site   within a typically warmer region.  The 20 year old vines are a Wente clone and planted in the fine sand and silty loam soils with underlying fractured basalt of this unique site.

100% Chardonnay


Red WinePeriple Tabard Red Blend

The name Tabard (tăb’urd) comes from the infamous Tabard Inn mentioned in Geoffery Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales.” Chaucer and his new friends used the Inn as a starting point for their long and interesting journey.  California seems to be all about single vineyard wines, I am finding that our Washington wines are far more interesting when blended, even when outside the vintage lines!  Many of you barrel tasted the 2009 Cabernet/Merlot from Red Mountain in Washington, well, after blending with a bit of the 2010 Red Mountain Merlot and Horse Heaven Hills Syrah, a new wine was born.  Blueberry, currants, cocoa and white pepper followed by a big chewy mid palate and long tannin-rich finish will leave you wanting a Kobe steak to pair with this wine.  The blend is 40% Merlot, 40% Syrah and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Spend some time letting this wine open up during a Spring barbecue with friends.

This wine is incredible, and very limited.  Just a few cases remain in the world.  Open this up soon so you can stock up if you love it as much as I do!

40% Merlot, 40% Syrah and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon



Anniversary Club Red

Red WineCherry Pie Lazio Pinot Noir
(Stanley Ranch, Napa, California)

Cherry Pie is another innovative offering from visionary winemaker Jayson Woodbridge, creator of Hundred Acre and Layer Cake Wines.  One would think with the myriad winemaking projects that literally take him and his winemaking team around the globe several times each year, that Jayson would be content with his current stable of wines…but he has yearned to make Pinot Noir for years and circumstances finally aligned for him to do just that.

Jayson sought out the owners of Stanly Ranch, on the Napa side of the Carneros appellation, as their grapes were becoming well known as some of the most sought after Pinot Noir grapes in California.  They told him they would give him a small allocation to make wine, but future allocations would depend on the quality of the wine he made.  They had no idea that was just that kind of challenge that puts Jayson at his best.

After tasting the 2007 Cherry Pie Pinot Noir from the barrel, and deeming it one of the best ever made from their grapes, the owners of the ranch granted him free rein to choose from the very best blocks of the property for his wine.  Needless to say, the allocation of fruit is now whatever he asks for…but the wine still had no name.

Then in early 2008 while perusing New York’s Soho District, Jayson happened into the Campton Gallery during its exhibition of paintings by artist, TR Colletta. Colletta’s richly detailed paintings of everyday, distinctly American objects are at once familiar and remarkable, assuming an evocative, sculptural character.  His subjects tap into our collective consciousness and become complex metaphors.  Jayson was particularly drawn to a compelling oil on canvas of a juicy, mouthwatering, hot-out-of-the-oven cherry pie.  He instantly knew this was to be the label and the name for his Pinot Noir still in the barrel – Cherry Pie.

Like TR Colletta’s art, Jayson’s art is evocative, complex, textural and fundamentally American. His Cherry Pie Pinot Noirs are dazzling in their rich, layered, sensory excellence and are redolent of the flavors and aromas of something delicious baking in a warm kitchen – comforting, inviting and  with  their rich, dense, dark fruit flavors, as American as – well, Cherry Pie.



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.

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Fine BeerGrand Teton Cellar Reserve Double Vision Dopplebock 2013
(Victor, Idaho)

grand-teton-double-vision-dopplebock-500x500Return of this popular and delicious Cellar Reserve beer.

There is a legend, one that has been circulating around the mountains out west, that about 20-25 years ago one of the monastery breweries in Germany was seeking a U.S. partner to contract brew their beer.  Rob and other brewers visited with the monks, and doing their due diligence, requested some authentic ingredients to work with.  As any great craft beer fan knows, yeast is mission critical to the specific flavor of top quality beers.  The monks yeast strain may have made its way into the hands of the U.S. brewers, and that yeast strain may have been cultivated for a quarter century before being used in the Grand Teton Double Vision Dopplebock.

This beer was first brewed in 2009 for the original Cellar Reserve series and was by far the most amazing beer for malt heads.  Aboard the Beer Ship, we did score a rare Bourbon Barrel Aged Keg of this nectar, which was also amazing.  Just bragging.

Here’s what Grand Teton is saying about this release:

2013 marks the 25th anniversary of Grand Teton Brewing. In celebration, we’re bringing back three of our favorite styles for this year’s Cellar Reserves. Double Vision Doppelbock was first brewed in 2009 to highlight our brewery’s wonderful water. Like all the great traditional brewing towns, our home, Victor, Idaho, is in or near some of the world’s best barley- and hop-growing regions, and is distinguished by an ample supply of top-quality water.

The 17th century Paulist monks of Munich were allowed no solid food during their twice-yearly fasts. They brewed an especially nourishing strong dark lager they called “liquid bread” and named “Holy Father” to help them through the Lenten and Advent fasts. The beer was known as a doppelbock, which signifies a strong lager. Since “bock” also means “billy goat” in German, these beers are often decorated with images of gallivanting goats. Our Double Vision label features two goats in front of a waterfall—a reminder of the importance of water to the development of the style as well as the taste of this strong lager.

Our Double Vision Doppelbock is brewed with Idaho 2-Row Pale and German Munich, CaraAroma, CaraMunich and de-husked Carafa malts to an original gravity of 22˚ Plato. The malts provide a dark leather color with ruby notes, a luxurious tan head, and a bready aroma with a hint of smoke. It is lightly spiced with German Hallertau Tradition hops and fermented with lager yeast from a monastery brewery near Munich. In the traditional manner, Double Vision is fermented cold (48 F) and lagered a full 12 weeks for smoothness. At 8% alcohol by volume, it is a deceptively drinkable springtime warmer.

Double Vision’s slightly burnt caramel flavor and malt sweetness make it an incredible match for game—venison, moose, duck, goose, and wild boar—especially when prepared with fruity sauces or reductions. Try it with pork and sautéed apples, roasted root vegetables, sweet sausages, ham or prosciutto. It’s wonderful with cheese and dessert, too. Pair it with an aged Gruyère, a caramel flan, or a crème brulee.

RateBeer: 98, BeerAdvocate: 93 exceptional

8% ABV, 40 IBUs, 750ml


Fine BeerOdell Myrcenary Double IPA
(Fort Collins, Colorado)

In honor of the upcoming Odell Tap takeover, get a load of one of my favorite Odell beers.  This stuff is delicious.

Named for Myrcene, a component of essential oils in the hop flower, Myrcenary Double IPA is our tribute to those who revere the illustrious hop, and their unyielding exploit to craft hop forward beers. Brewed with a blend of hops containing the highest levels of Myrcene, this double IPA prevails with a tropical fruit-like flavor, a pungent floral aroma, and a clean getaway.

RateBeer: 99, BeerAdvocate: 96 world class

9% ABV, 70 IBUs, 12oz bottle (two in club)


Fine BeerGreat Divide Colette Saison
(Denver, Colorado)

Great Divide Beer Tasting event coming May 9th!  Here’s a preview for you, make sure you get tickets!
May 9th: Great Divide Beer Tasting at 5pm and 7pm (get tickets)

Our homage to the beers that have quenched the thirst of Belgian farm workers for centuries. Brewed with barley, wheat and rice and fermented at high temperatures with a special blend of four different yeast strains, Colette Saison is fruity and slightly tart, with a dry finish that makes it that rarest of treats–a beer as refreshing as it is complex.  2010 GABF Silver Medal Winner

Pair with Charcuterie plate (country sausage & sauerkraut), foie gras, Indian curry, Camembert cheese.

RateBeer: 90, BeerAdvocate: 93 exceptional

7.3% ABV, 12oz bottle (three 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 BeerHair of the Dog Blue Dot Double IPA
(Portland, Oregon)

Hair of the Dog, known as HOTD for short hand, releases this fantastic IPA in bottles when they feel like it.  Right now we scored some so here it is!

Blue Dot is named after our planet: we are only a pale blue dot in this universe. A Double India Pale Ale made with Organic Pilsner, Rye malt and a combination of intense northwest hop varieties.

RateBeer: 99, BeerAdvocate 91 exceptional

7% ABV, 80 IBUs, 22oz bottle


Fine BeerAnchorage Love Buzz Saison
(Anchorage, Alaska)

anchorage-love-buzzThis is an incredible tart bottle of beer.  I drank one right before going to Sierra Nevada beer camp and it’s just incredible.  Between the saison yeast, the brettanomyces and finally aging on Pinot Noir barrels, it has everything a sour beer drinker could ask for.  Gabe Fletcher is the brewer, he left Midnight Sun to start his own all-Brett brewery and releases are spotty at best.

Saison brewed with spices and aged in French oak Pinot Noir barrels.

A feeling overcomes, deriving of a most curious perplexity. A rich desire awakens to explore the contents of such delicate loveliness. Upon a deep connection with rounded lips, a bitter sweet complexity enters the soul…and so begins an amorous affair.

Heightened awareness envelopes the senses as the grandeur of such bold character develops. Caramel beauty exhibits itself, sprawling its full body widely upward, bubbling with excitement. Tantalizing effects of peppery bitterness grasps the tongue. Enchantment takes hold as a blanket of citrus slowly unfolds. As in any noteworthy love story, a subtle fruity sweetness of a rose emerges to the finish. A warm contentment grazes over, signifying a united marriage of balance and pleasure.

Fortitude has revealed itself to those who have encountered such an enriching experience. An experience so delectable, so defining, so unequivocal. An experience that is Love’s Buzz.

RateBeer: 100/100, BeerAdvocate: 94 exceptional

8% ABV, 40 IBUs, 22oz bottle


Fine BeerStone Vertical Epic 2009 Belgian Porter
(Escondito, California)

I recently participated in a Vertical Epic tasting from 2003-2012.  It was fantastic.  This was one of the stand out beers from the whole line up, one that stood up well to the 4 years under its belt.  When I realized we had some in the cellar, I wanted to make sure the Rare Beer Society members had a chance to reach back in time and check this out.

Release notes from Stone:

This beer pours deep brown with a thick, frothy, creamy head of tan foam.

Many layers, starting off with chocolate and coffee from the chocolate malt, and vanilla notes from both the vanilla bean and French Oak. A balanced oak flavor comes through in the mix. As the beer warms, the influence of the Belgian yeast is more evident, as tropical fruit and spice flavors become more pronounced.

Begins with chocolate roast malt character and vanilla. The vanilla accentuates the chocolate nicely. Layered in are banana esters, and hints of clove, and then the finish is a bit stronger on the oak with hints of molasses and citrus from the tangerine peel.

Medium body, very complex, and finishes very smooth. The 8.6% alcohol is not overly evident, and the flavors blend together nicely.

A delicious, complex beer. It should age nicely over the next three years, and the flavors should continue to meld together wonderfully.

RateBeer: 98, BeerAdvocate: 95 world-class

8.6% ABV, 70 IBUs, 12oz bottle



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