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November 2011 Wine & Beer of the Month Club Selections

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Nov - 03 - 2011

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November 2011 Wine & Beer of the Month!  Of course Thanksgiving is on our minds when we select the November wines.  This month we’re featuring Rose across the board in the White Wine selections.  Rose is pink, but not sweet, and its flavor profile is perfect with Thanksgiving dinner.  Not only that, with a beautiful pink color, it’s pretty in the glass on the table.  Don’t be afraid of the pink, come taste them all this weekend.  Red flight, Pink flight.

For the reds, we chose food friendly reds.  The Chilean Merlot is just hefty enough to say hi, but not overpower your meal.  The Amador Zinfandel has great fruit and body, but backs off enough to enjoy with food.   The South African Cabernet features smooth, concentrated flavors with a noticeable smoke, a signature feature of South African wines because of the heavily toasted barrels.  Finally the Oregon Pinot Noir is all elegance and class, perfect to grace the table set for invited family and friends.

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 WineLong Shadows Juliette’s DazzleLong Shadows Juliette's Dazzle
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

My Oh My! I found a new favorite wine!

It was a dinner to remember. I made a cedar plank salmon with a simple salad with fresh ingredients from my garden…well the cucumbers were from Greenbluff. It was a warm night and as we sat down to enjoy the summer bounty we opened this new wine from Long Shadows named Juliette’s Dazzle. I was anxious to try it since I’m a sold out fan of the winery. Oh boy, was I dazzled! This Rose is lovely in every way. The aroma was exotic, floral and fruit notes swirled together, enticing me. Notes of wild rose, fresh Strawberry, Raspberry, Cherry, Orange blossom jasmine and happiness. As I took a sip the aromas followed suit. I could taste the fruit and hints of the floral aroma lingered. Slightly creamy mid palate gave way to bright acid and a slight hint of sweetness. Oak was not invited to this party. So while the creaminess of the pinot gris has a part it gives way to the acid and the finish is lingering but clean. This wine has it all.

My mother as an example hates white wine. Treats it like a second class citizen. She is a Cabernet or Merlot drinker at heart. She was very pleased with this wine and asked me several time (not joking) when I would order it for Enoteca and when would they deliver it? Why would a red wine drinker love this rose? Well, it’s made predominately of Pinot Gris grapes but they add 3% Sangiovese. This helps give the wine it’s jewel like color but also lends to the depth of flavor you find in this rose. Not quite as dry as a traditional French Rose but has similar qualities. It does have 1.4% residual sugar so that does bring something to the table but it isn’t “sweet” and it isn’t “dry”. She is her own.
She brings peace to the division between red wine drinkers and white wine drinkers. I wouldn’t forget this wine come holiday season either. Try this with Thanksgiving dinner, or the rich and spiced dinners this fall. I will be drinking this with the Porkchops and roasted apples for tomorrows dinner. It is a new favorite and more versatile than it seems at first glance.

This beauty is hard to photograph, this picture doesn’t really do it justice. Come on in and see it, try it for yourself, and be dazzled!

97% Pinot Gris, 3% Sangiovese

Red Wine Bisquertt Petirrojo Merlot
(Colchagua Valley, Chile)

Official notes: Red with purple hughes. Raspberries and cream of cassis, verbena and smoked notes. Soft tannins. Pair with bolognese sauce.

Petirrojo is a native bird that plays near the vineyards. Cute! Nose: Leather, spies like cinnamon, chipotle, blackberries, little hint of licorice, cedar smoke and plum/dark cherry Palate: Not too hevy on the palate. Some unique flavors in the finish like rasin and dark chocolate. Smoke is still prevalent but not overt. Great balance between acid and tannin, cooking spice and a tiny burn of alcohol. Might need a few minutes to open. I like it!

100% Merlot


Reserve Club

White Wine Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose
(Rhone Valley, France)

Visually, this wine is clear, brilliant and fresh. On the nose it is fresh with an expressive nose of red fruits and citrus. Notes of raspberry and redcurrant. On the palate it’s fruity, fine and round. A well-balanced and elegant wine.

This seductive wine has already won many blind tasting facing worldwide recognised and established roses. This wine is amongst the best examples of the Guigal quality range.

Pair this with starters, grilled fish, white meat, poultry.

50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah

Red WineHaraszthy Amador Zinfandel
(Amador County, California)

Birthplace of the California gold rush – circa,1840’s Amador County is located about 50 miles southeast of Sacramento in the Sierra Foothills. The region is renowned for producing outstanding Zinfandels dating back to 1856. The county was created in 1854 from parts of Calaveras and El Dorado Counties and was named in honor of the early Spanish gold miner and rancher, Jose Maria Amador. It is common that many of the Zinfandel plantings in the area are well over one hundred years old. Forget ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel – Amador is ‘Ancient Vine’ Zinfandel country.

The area enjoys a variety of growing conditions helping to define this appellation (growing region). Vineyard elevations range from 250 feet on the western slops of the foothills up eastwards along Sierra Nevada range to around 3000 feet. Similarly, assorted soil types ripple throughout the region imparting flavor nuances specific to that area. Delta breezes provide the ideal cooling conditions needed in this region where temperatures during the growing seasons range from the eighties to over one hundred degrees. Haraszthy Family Cellars Amador County Zinfandel is produced from grapes grown in the Shenandoah Valley and the Fiddletown sub-regions of the Sierra Foothills appellation.

Stylistically, Amador County Zinfandels exhibit deep rich concentrated fruit forward flavors with a bouquet described as “holiday spice”- nutmeg, cedar, vanilla. Our Amador County Zinfandel is not over ripe or extracted. Please refer to our tasting notes for specific details about our Amador County Zinfandel.

100% Zinfandel


Premier Club

White Wine Delille Doyenne Rose
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

The cool and late 2010 vintage resulted in crisp, focused, and aromatic white wines, which carried over to the 2010 Rosé as well. There is considerably more Cinsault in this year’s blend resulting in a beautiful, pink-salmon color. Our 2010 Rosé features fruit-forward aromas of strawberry, melon, and nectarine notes along with subtle herb, anise and leaf tones. The palate is bright, refreshing, and silky with mixed berries and orange peel notes. The long finish echoes those berries and fruits. A delicious wine that is great for chicken dishes, salmon or just by itself.

Vineyards: 33% Ciel du Cheval Grenache, 22% Boushey Grenache, 30% Boushey Cinsault, 15% Ciel du Cheval Mourvedre

55% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 15% Mourvedrè

Red WineNeil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon
(Jonkershoek, South Africa)

Medium red, purple in colour with high-toned blackcurrant, violet and cedar aromas and touches of mint, so typical of a Jonkershoek wine. The rich, ripe opulent but youthful palate has plummy fruit, a background of new oak and fine tannins. This is a multi-faceted wine that needs time to mature.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon


Anniversary Club Red

Red Wine Willakenzie Emery Vineyard Pinot Noir
(Emery Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton, Oregon)

Dark fruits waft with black currants and blueberries, unfolding into a warm, spicy fragrance of cherry brandy, clove, sandalwood, leather, and pipe tobacco. A nice, upfront acidity explodes into a lush, unexpected juiciness, which lingers then melts into a sweet, rich, and succulent mouth feel. Exceptionally balanced, nuances of oak accentuate the dark fruit-forward flavors of black cherry, black currants, and sugarplum, which then stretch out with long, soft tannins into final notes of toffee and vanilla. It will benefit from 3 years in the cellar and age well for 10 to 15 years from its release date. We recommend that you open the wine an hour before serving.

Pair this full-bodied Pinot Noir with venison, Tea-Smoked Duck, and other smoked meats.

100% Pinot Noir


Beer Club

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

Fine Beer Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout
(Fort Collins, Colorado)

This limited edition offering begins with a full-bodied imperial stout that has notes of sweet milk chocolate, smooth vanilla and roasted coffee beans. Then things get interesting. We transfer it to Kentucky bourbon barrels where it’s aged for four months to let traces of oak and caramel come forward. The bourbon barrels have a remarkable effect on the beer. In turn, the beer has a remarkable effect on the senses.

Which producers barrels? In 2009 it was Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels, in 2010 Makers Mark bourbon barrels. This vintage we don’t know yet, but I’d recommend collecting some to compare to future releases.

10.5% Alc. by Vol.

“The stout is well balanced to the palette as molasses, mocha and chocolate flavors start and then turn to the familiar whiskey taste of wood, vanilla and root beer candy, followed by a finish of coffee and toasted marshmallow. It is definitely an after dinner drink, best enjoyed with a rich dessert of some kind. However, unlike some other rich stouts, this beer does have some drinkability to it, so a second glass can be poured without remorse.” – Cigar Aficionado

We have a keg, look for it to be tapped!

Beer Advocate: A, Rate Beer: 97

10.5% ABV / 750ml bottle

Fine BeerHuyghe Family Delirium Tremens 12oz
(Melle, Belgium)

Bottle conditioned beer, so re-suspend the yeast by rolling before opening. The particular character and the unique taste of “Delirium Tremens” results from the use of three different kinds of yeast. Winner of a gold medal during the “world beer championships” in Chicago (1998). Flavors associated with this beer include: apple, pear, banana, orange, bread, coriander, clove, citrus, and grape. Best consumed chilled.

Beer Advocate: A-, Rate Beer: 96

8.5% ABV / 12oz 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.


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