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October 2011 Wine & Beer of the Month Club Selections

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Oct - 05 - 2011


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 WineTamarack Columbia Valley Chardonnay 2009
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

Bright acidity shows off pear, apple and apricot scents on the nose. Soft peach and mango lead to lemon/lime, ending with a long butterscotch finish.

Vineyard Sources:
58% Yakima Valley Appellation: French Creek Vineyard, Lewis Vineyard, Gormus Vineyard
32% Columbia Valley Appellation: Gamache Bros. Vineyard & Connor Lee Vineyard
10% Walla Walla Valley Appellation: Alderbanks Vineyard

We tasted this wine with the wine maker Ron Coleman a month or so ago at Fire in CDA. First, we definitely recommend Fire, great pizza, say hi to Sam and Pamela for us when you’re there. Secondly, this Chardonnay made a big impression, it’s a well balanced wine with some malolactic fermentation, but not too much, some oak treatment, but not too much, all in all a great balanced burgundian style Chardonnay coming out of Washington State.

100% Chardonnay

Red Wine Brazin Old Vines Zinfandel
(Lodi, California)

Once your eyes glimpse Brazin’s deep and inky color, they’ll alert your other senses to fasten their seat belts. Big, bold aromas of spice and mocha fill your nose, while intense flavors of plum and chocolate, rich tannins and vanilla mocha notes rock your palate. Brazin is a not a wine to be rushed – don’t be afraid to savor its long, lingering finish.

Be Brazin with your meals and serve with saucy ribs, a juicy pepper steak, pasta with spicy red sauce or pizza with the works!

Wow, a big rich and delicious old vines Zin from Lodi! These vineyards are 35-80 years old, which means the plants have to struggle to produce fruit, which means all that concentration goes into fewer and fewer berries. Watch out, this one is Brazen!

100% Zinfandel

Reserve Club

White Wine Foundry White on White 2007
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

This wine has the buttery beginnings of an oaked Chardonnay, but finishes with the banana undertones of a Viognier. Slightly sweeter than the 2006 White on White, this wine provides another layer to the term White on White, and shows how simple blending can lead to an amazing and complex wine tasting experience.

Always classy this White (Chardonnay) on White (Viognier) blend aims to please.

70% Chardonnay, 30% Viognier

Red WineVina Mayor Toro
(Toro, Spain)

Color: Dark cherry red.
Aroma: Ripe black fruits, liquorice and spice from the barrel.
Taste: Well balanced but powerful fruit flavours, with elegant fine tannins. Complex, with a long finish.

90 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

This is a fantastic bottle of wine from the Toro region of Spain. Very powerful and over the top on release, we’ve dusted off some bottles that have finally come to maturation. If you haven’t had Spanish wine before, or haven’t found one you like, give this beauty a shot, and don’t hesitate to serve it with your favorite rustic meat and veggie dinner.

100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo)

 

Premier Club

White Wine Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2010
(St. Helena, Napa Valley, California)

The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc growing season saw significantly cooler and below average spring temperatures with continued mild temperatures through late May. The Sauvignon Blanc bloom took place the first week of June and the period from budbreak to bloom was one of the longest, to date. The first sign of soft berries were felt in the Corral block on July 21st. The first day of Sauvignon Blanc harvest was September 7th in the Dogleg and Corral blocks; the Haybarn block was picked on September 14th.
The long, cool growing season was advantageous for the white varieties on the property. The flavors and aromatics are excellent and the wines come across as having a great deal of freshness. The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc is abundant with aromas of melon, lemon verbena, toasted marshmallow and citrus zest with a medium-body and vibrant finish.

Wow, what a big rich, and lucious white wine, perfect for this fall weather. I prefer this wine
as a coctail, all by itself. I suppose you could serve it with a nice alfredo sauce dish too.

100% Sauvignon Blanc

 

Red WineBarnard Griffen Reserve Barbera 2005
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

Attractive, spicy, cinnamon and cloves on the attack complimented by solid acidity and mouth coating orange and lime fruit. Lingering flavors of candied tangerine and cinnamon oil prevail on the finish. Try this with pasta and Italian sausage in red sauce or gyros pizza with goat cheese.

Vineyard: Gunkel Vineyard (Columbia Valley, Eastern Columbia River Gorge)

100% Barbera

 

Anniversary Club Red

Red Wine Five Star Cellars Stellar
(Walla Walla Valley, Washington)

A gorgeous, exotically spiced nose provides beautiful entrance to the elegantly lush texture in the mouth. Chocolate covered cherries come to mind, balanced with lively acidity. Complex, seamless and stunning finish with beautiful length.

Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec

Vineyard: 55% Pepperbridge, 35% Seven Hills, 10% Heather Hill

Cooperage: 100% New European – On Oak for 26 months.

 

Beer Club

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

Fine Beer Deschutes Stoic Belgian Dark Strong 22oz
(Bend, Oregon)

A prized, potent, Belgian-style Quad of stirring depth and complexity.

Brewed with pomegranate with 16.5% being aged in oak wine barrels and 16.5% being aged in oak rye whiskey barrels.
Four nuanced fermentations. Aged, sequestered, in select rye whiskey & wine casks. Ergo a stoically brewed quad, with the spellbinding complexity of its medieval ancestors.

Food Pairings:

Seared Scallops with Marcona Almond Infused Oil
Braised Pork Belly with Coriander Scented Mustard
Pastry Puffs filled with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Chocolate-Blackberry Ganache

Currently On Tap!

Beer Advocate: B, Rate Beer: 95

11% ABV / 20 IBUs / 22oz bottle

Fine BeerAlaskan Perseverance Russian Imperial Stout 22oz
(Juneau, Alaska)

Alaskan Perseverance Ale is a Russian Imperial Stout. This style was chosen to celebrate our 25th anniversary of brewing on the Last Frontier in our coastal home of Juneau, Alaska.

This complex and malt forward Imperial Stout is brewed with an array of local ingredients and flavors to add dimension and celebrate Alaskan’s history and home. Alaska birch syrup from Wasilla lends a deep, almost tart character to the dark malt profile, while fireweed honey from Delta Junction adds a delicate sweetness and floral notes to the aroma and finish. The slight addition of our in-house alder-smoked malt alludes to the distinctive roasted flavor of turn-of-the-century malting practices, without overpowering the more subtle flavors of this dynamic anniversary brew.

Look for Perseverance at the Alaskan Beer Tasting coming soon.

To celebrate their quarter-century milestone, the Alaskan Brew Crew wanted to create a beer that was big, bold and brewed with ingredients from Alaska that could be enjoyed fresh or cellared to be brought out to remember the anniversary for years to come. The Russian heritage still present throughout our state make this Russian Imperial Stout a tribute to all that makes our beers truly Alaskan.

This limited edition Imperial Stout is brewed with glacier-fed water, birch syrup from the Alaska Birch Syrup Co., fireweed honey from BeeAlaskan Apiaries, brown sugar and an array of different malts including malted oats and a dash of our world famous alder-smoked malt.

The sturdy flavors in Alaskan Perseverance Ale pair well with rich and savory proteins ranging from fresh oysters to wild game meats. Custards, dark chocolate truffles, New York cheesecake and other creamy desserts bring out the the sweeter notes of fireweed honey, oats and brown sugar.

Brewing in a remote town with no roads leading in or out has never been easy but, like the turn-of-the-century breweries of Juneau’s Gold Rush who overcame all odds to serve the thirsty miners of the local, and appropriately named, Perseverance Mine, Alaskan’s founders and employees continue to persevere. The connection between brewing and mining in Alaska goes back to when the brewers of early Juneau stored their ales in the dark and cool tunnels of area mines. The Perseverance Mine closed over 60 years ago, but the historic Perseverance Trail is now one of Juneau’s favorite hiking trails and provides a reminder of the founding history and pioneering spirit that carries on at the Alaskan Brewery today.

Beer Advocate: B, Rate Beer: 98

9% ABV / 50 IBUs / 22oz bottle

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