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November 2012 Wine and Beer of the Month Club Selections and tasting info

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Nov - 02 - 2012

Dear Enotecans,

This email is about the November 2012 Wine & Beer of the Month Club selections, with tasting notes and technical details about what is going in your Bin.

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Why 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!  If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift, consider signing up your fine wine or craft beer lover for a subscription that will keep on giving.

The wine club is a great way to learn about wine and beer, experience a variety of unique wine & beer, broadening your horizons. Come by this weekend and try a Red Flight and/or White Flight to get an idea what the different levels are about!

Read more about the Club, including the different levels and options…

What’s going on with the Enoteca Drinkery & Refuge?

Post Falls’ exclusive smoke-free watering hole for grown-ups only, serving high quality beverages of all stripes.  We don’t serve food so you won’t see any kids around, though you can order your own food from any of the 5 restaurants that are a stones throw from here. We feature very good premium wells, as well as excellent higher end options across the board.

Whatever you like, we’re here to serve it, and we have expanded hours to serve you. During the day we can serve pints and fill growlers, and pour wine by the glass. For the full Drinkery & Refuge experience, come in from 4-close Monday-Saturday. That means we will start full service at 4pm and we’ll stay open until Post Falls is done having a good time for the evening. Lately our weekends have been going to 10 or 11pm, so don’t hesitate to stop by!

Since it is Wine Club Weekend, our regular wine list is superseded by the Club selections being opened up!

See our beverage selections:

Beer: What’s On Tap? and don’t forget to Get a Text when we tap a keg.
Wine: Wine by the Glass or Flight list
Mixed: Any mixed drink is available, but see our specialty cocktails here.

New Liquor Chefs, Come Meet Them!

We have two new Libation Specialists, Liquor Chefs, Flavor Facilitators or anything you want to call them (except bar tender) who will be here at different times during the week, come on in and try something new, find out what you like! Come meet Jake and Dustin, and taste something unique! You might also see Zach, Ryan and Hannah behind the bar from time to time. Our team is excited to deliver on great flavor experiences for you.

We’ve been posting pictures and descriptions of some of the great drinks they’ve been coming up with on our FaceBook page.

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? It’s a great way to learn more about wine and craft beer, and have your experience expanded. 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.

Wine Club Tasting…

Come taste Wine of the Month Club selections 4-close Friday, and 4-close Saturday. Taste a flight of 2 oz. each of the 3 Reds for $8 or 2 oz. each of the 3 Whites for $8. Glass pours will be available for all the wines as well, and the Anniversary Red is only available by the glass.

And without further adieu here’s the lineup for Club and Tasting:

Vintage Club

White WineShenandoah Chenin Blanc/Viognier
(Amador County, California)

Paul Sobon is the second generation of the Sobon family to lead the winemaking team. Paul’s previous experience in Australia and Bordeaux, France; his on the job training; and his “can-do” attitude makes him extremely well qualified for the position. Shenandoah is their second label!

A blend of 55% Chenin Blanc and 45% Viognier, with the Chenin strongly represented. This wine unveils caramel popcorn and oak-influenced pear-vanilla, its layers of texture workable with a wide range of food. Beautiful baked aromas. The flavors are rich, full and lingering. Try with chicken, seafood, or pasta.

55% Chenin Blanc, 45% Viognier


Red WineSobon Estates Cabernet Sauvignon
(Amador County, California)

From our own sustainably farmed vines planted in 1980. The fully mature vines produced a smaller than normal crop of excellent fruit this vintage, resulting in a wine with much richness and depth. The Cabernet Franc has contributed to the marvelous aroma and has balanced the rich flavors of the Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine will peak in about five years and hold for five to ten years after that.

Classic aromas of the variety evoke cherry, cedar and spice. Flavors are rich and satisfying with great depth.

79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc

Sobon Estates Recommends this recipe, using this Cabernet and to be paired with this Cabernet…

Chicken Cabernet Francais

1 pound boneless chicken breast
1 cup flour
¼ pound butter
½ pound sliced mushrooms
½ tsp. thyme
Fresh parsley
2 sliced onions
Dash garlic powder
1 bay leaf
1 cup Sobon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Salt and pepper to taste

Shake chicken in flour.

Sauté chicken in butter until brown. Add onions, mushrooms, thyme, parsley, garlic powder, bay leave, salt, pepper and wine. Cook in oven for 1-1/2 hours at 325 degrees, or on top of the stove in a covered pot. Serve over rice or pasta.


Reserve Club

White WineCampuget Viognier Cuvee Prestige
(Rhone, France)

The Viognier Cuvée Prestige exhibits a terrific bouquet of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, peaches, and tropical fruits. Medium-bodied and filled with fruit yet structured, with good underlying acidity to provide freshness and focus, it should be drunk over the next year.

Viognier grapes, with their floral notes, seem to blend best with aged cow’s or goat’s milk cheeses. More specifically, try Viognier with bloomy rind and washed rind types.

100% Viognier


Red WineHaraszthy Sonoma Zinfandel
(Sonoma, California)

This Dunbar Vineyard Zinfandel exhibits the full-bodied and deep, rich flavors that make Sonoma Valley a leading producer of the varietal. Aromas of boysenberries and dark cocoa are rounded out with notes of tobacco and black pepper. This wine is an excellent complement to everything that’s grilled.

Delicious, full bodied, and a fruity crowd pleaser!


Premier Club

White WineJoseph Drouhin Pouilly Fuisse White Burgundy
(Burgundy, France)

The vineyards of Pouilly and Fuissé (two separate villages) cover the slopes of Solutré and Vergisson, two well-known cliffs serving as backdrop to this magnificent landscape. The soil is clay and limestone from the Jurassic age.

During the wine making, juice is pressed out slowly and carefully, and no artificial yeasts or enzymes are used. Wine is aged for 6-8 months in stainless steel and some in used oak barrels that impart subtle textures, but not big oak flavor. Throughout the aging process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.

“A seductive wine and a really nice expression of the Chardonnay grape! The color is golden, with some green reflections. Among the floral and fruity aromas, almond and ripe grapes dominate. On the palate, the wine is refreshingly pleasant, ethereal in its lightness. Long and refreshing aftertaste”.

~Véronique Boss-Drouhin


Red WineJones of Washington Jacks Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
(Wahluke Slope, Washington)

This wine is proudly named after the patriarch of the Jones Family, Jack Jones. On the nose you will find blackberries, cedar, raspberries, and dark chocolate. It is a big, structured, smooth wine with long tannins that provide a very long, rich finish.

This wine is 100% Estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon.

18 Months in new French Oak


Anniversary Club Red

Red WineZD Carneros Pinot Noir
(Carneros, California)

Once again, the organically farmed grapes from Jim Haire’s vineyard in the renowned Carneros appellation provided us with an excellent opportunity to highlight what Carneros Pinot Noir has to offer in a moderately long, cool vintage. The vineyard is planted to several clones including two of the newer Dijon clones (667 & 777) and the older but well respected Pommard 4 and 115 clones, and has been organically certified since 2006. The fruit was hand harvested in the second week of October, almost a month later than usual, and fermented in small open top stainless steel tanks. Hand punchdowns every six hours during the fermentation ensured a gentle extraction of color and tannin and ten months aging in 100% French oak barrels, has given us a truly delicious wine with excellent depth and complexity. A medium ruby color and aromas of dark cherries, briary strawberry and subtle hints of vanilla and lavender give way to a lush, silky palate with more bright fruit, cedar, and toast. This wine also has a great acid/tannin balance that should allow for great aging potential in the years to come. Enjoy!

-Chris Pisani, Winemaker

Barrel aged for 10 months in French Oak

100% Pinot Noir, certified organically grown grapes


Fine 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 BeerSam Adams 13th Hour Belgian Stout (Barrel Room Collection) 750ml
(Boston, Massachusetts)

The thirteenth hour is the witching hour and refers to the mysterious combination of flavors in this brew.  We’ve combined the roasted chocolate and coffee flavors of a stout with the spicy character of a Belgian ale aged in oak.

The combination of 7 different malts creates a brilliant black brew that’s full bodied and smooth with rich notes of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits like raisins and plums.  The dark roasty, and slightly sweet flavors of a stout are blended with the unique, spicy and sour character of our Kosmic Mother Funk (KMF), an ale that’s been aged in oak tuns for up to a year.  The KMF gives the beer an added complexity with notes of black pepper, oak, vanilla, and a hint of acidity.

Enjoy this beer now or age it to further develop unique flavors.
We recommend pouring the beer gently into a traditional glass.  Take care not to unsettle the fine layer of yeast that rests at the bottom from the bottle-conditioning, a process which creates an extra smooth and balanced flavor in the beer.

RateBeer: 95 Points

9% ABV,  17 IBUs, 750ml bottle

Fine BeerBeer Valley Fresh Hop Leafer Madness IPA 22oz
(Ontario, Oregon)

What’s better than Leafer Madness? Not much, but Fresh Hop Leafer Madness is just the ticket! Hop Harvest Edition was brewed using 200 lbs of fresh Treasure Valley Chinook hop flowers from the John Wilmunster hop farm in Greenleaf, ID. A huge, fresh grapefruit profile complements the malty sweetness of this 9%, 100+ IBU fresh hop beer.

RateBeer: 98 points, BeerAdvocate: 99 points, World Class (The Bros)

9% ABV, 100+ IBUs, 22oz bottle

Fine BeerTerminal Gravity Festivale Old Ale 12oz
(Enterprise, Oregon)

Terminal Gravity’s Festivale is in the style of British strong or “old” ales. We brewed it to be fairly dry so that it is completely drinkable and not cloying. It has huge and complex malt and hops flavors with a nice little alcoholic warmth in the finish. The color is deep ruby brown and it produces a fine cream colored cascading head. If you like strong ales, this might be one of your new favorites!

RateBeer: 95 points

8.3% ABV, 12oz bottle

Fine BeerAnderson Valley Winter Solstice Winter Warmer 12oz Can
(Boonville, California)

Each year, when people are starting to unpack their winter clothes and replenish their firewood, our tiny brewery in the coastal redwoods of Northern California makes seasonal preparations of a different kind. As the cold arrives, we release a unique beverage created to add warmth to even the coldest and darkest of winter’s days. Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale begins with a very high original gravity to create a hearty and spicy brew with a deep amber hue and a smooth finish. Anderson Valley Brewing Company wishes you the very best for the holiday season and the New Year.

RateBeer: 96 points in style, BeerAdvocate: 94 points, Exceptional (The Bros)

6.9% ABV, 6 IBUs, 12oz Can


Rare Beer Club

Rare Beer Club 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 BeerFull Sail Imperial Stout 2010
(Portland, Oregon)

This is part one of a Double Feature. Since January of 2010 we’ve been aging this Full Sail Imperial Stout just for an occasion such as the first Rare Beer Club. Full Sail’s Brewmaster Reserve line-up is brewed in their Portland Riverplace brew house, by brewers rumored to be poached from Deschutes. Every two years they brew this Imperial Stout, and set aside half to age on Bourbon Barrels. This is Part One, aged for nearly 3 years.

A hearty brew that is black as night. Strong roasted malt character and a full body. Chocolate and caramel nuances blend with the hops for a smooth Imperial Stout. A hearty cellar beer.

RateBeer: 95

8% ABV, 65 IBUs, 22oz
Fine BeerFull Sail Black Gold Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2011
(Portland, Oregon)

This is part two of the Double Feature. The batch of the beer above was split in two in 2010, with half being released as the above beer, and the other half aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels for a year, to be released as this beer, the 2011 Black Gold. This is Part Two, aged for nearly 2 years! These two beers can be aged further, or would make an incredible side-by-side comparison tasting. We’ve put the time in for you.

A hearty brew that is black as night with a strong roasted malt character and a full body. After its initial release in January 2010, our Imperial Stout was aged for a full year in Bourbon casks from Kentucky. This extended aging presents hints vanilla and oak. This, combined with the robust character of the Imperial Stout make for a smooth, wonderful taste experience. A hearty cellar beer.

11.4% ABV, 38 IBUs, 22oz
Fine BeerHebrew Barrel Aged Batch #6 Funky Jewbelation 2012
(Brooklyn, New York)

L’chaim! This very rare beer came to us in extremely limited quantities. I didn’t pick it up right away, the packaging doesn’t stand out and the description is hard to understand. When I finally opened one a couple weeks ago I was blown away with how interesting and complex it is. This is a beer unlike any other, so naturally I tried to source some more. Nope, nada. One time only brew, extremely rare. Check out the crazy blend of barrel aging regimens that came together to create this. Oy vey!

Shmaltz Barrel Aged Release #6. A blend of 6 ales aged in 73% rye whiskey barrels and 27% in bourbon barrels. The blend consists of of 3-month Jewbelation 15, 9-month Vintage Jewbelation, 1-month Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA, 14-month Origin, 7-month Reunion Ale ’11, and 14-month Messiah.

9.8% ABV, 22oz

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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