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

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Oct - 05 - 2012

Dear Enotecans,

This email is about the October 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.

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? Here’s an explanation to help!

First, the Wine & Beer Club is a subscription to flavor. It’s a monthly subscription that you can join to receive pre-selected high quality beverages automatically.  Ever go to the wine shop shelves or grocery store and just get lost in it all?  You want to try something new, but the risk of picking something that maybe looks good but isn’t good is too great?  We’re here to help elevate your palate to the next level, introducing you to new wines, obscure wines, and great values in their price range.  You choose price levels and color (red or white) and we do the rest.  My favorite experience is when someone comes back in after their first Wine Club bottle to order more because they just discovered something incredible!

How do we do it?  We taste different wines all the time, sometimes 100’s in a month. It’s hard work but we do it so we can find the best flavors, values, and unique bottles to share with you.  Subscribing to the Wine of the Month Club means you will try something new in the price range(s) you select, from the wine color(s) you select. The exact bottles are cherry picked by us from domestic and international sources, and constitute an adventure in wine!

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 tasting room?

The tasting room has been transformed into a fully operational battle station…, I mean Drinkery & Refuge.  We’ve been described as the only “grown ups non-smoking bar” in Post Falls.  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 Tuesday-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 WineSurfrider Chardonnay
(Central Coast, California)

This Chardonnay label features World Champion Surfer Sunny Garcia. A wine from the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County, famed for exceptional Chardonnay. For each bottle purchased, a donation is made to the Mauli Ola Foundation, a non-profit that pairs professional surfers with surf students who have Cystic Fibrosis.

Floral element plays with exotic peach & pear notes. Palette has nuances of apple & Meyer lemon offset by slightly spicy, minerally notes that are mouth watering & refreshing. These impressions are balanced by a supporting acidity, making the wine an ideal companion to many dishes.

100% Chardonnay


Red WineAlessandra Bodda Monferrato Rosso
(Piedmonte, Italy)

From Kermit Lynch importers comes this unique and interesting Italian red! Kermit Lynch Cuvées, a series from which this is an example, offer a tremendous value. They’re collaborations between one of the legends of European imports and small family wine makers.

This delicious red is a collaboration with winemaker Alessandra Bodda from Tenuta La Pergola. Located in Piedmont, the wines of this estate are very traditional and typical of the region.

The sand and limestone vineyards of Monferrato produce light, earthy and easy to drink reds. This wine is no exception, providing dark cherry, licorice, and earthy nuances on the nose and the palate. This super silky wine is a truly fantastic value, a great wine for so many classic Italian dishes.

60% Barbera, 20% Croatina, and 20% Freisa


Reserve Club

White WineGraff Chalone Viognier
(Chalone, California)

Made from 100% Viognier grapes made famous from their Rhone Valley heritage in France. The grapes are grown on the Head Vineyard originally planted by Dick Graff on the Chalone bench in Monterey County. A long ripening season results in a rich and opulent wine. Aromas of apricots and tangerines combine with sweet vanilla from extended aging in French oak barrels. A perfect lunch wine with quiche, pasta or grilled fish. Excellent with Chinese or Thai cuisine.

10% New French Oak, 90% Used French Oak

100% Viognier


Red WineNodland Bad Attitude Red
(Walla Walla Valley, Washington)

90 Points Wine Enthusiast

This powerful locally made wine over delivers! It’s made from grapes from Ash Hollow, Pepperbridge, and Seven Hills Vineyards. Three top shelf wine growing vineyards in Walla Walla.

It’s a blend of Walla Walla Merlot from these three top vineyards, blended with Malbec and small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Cherries, blueberries, spice and a hint of vanilla.

Paul Greguitt from Wine Enthusiast says:

Fragrant and soft, with incense and cinnamon in the nose and the mouth. The fruit is dark–– blackberry and black cherry––and the tannins lightly grainy. A nice toasty finish and a lick of espresso firm it up through the finish.

Merlot and Malbec primarily, some Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot


Premier Club

White WineForgeron Chardonnay
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

Peach and pear take center stage with this bright Chardonnay! Possessing a clean nose that kicks things off with gentle hints of oak, caramel apple, and floral perfume, it is balanced with the pretty acids of apricot, star fruit and ruby red grapefruit flavors. Exceptional Burgundian winemaking results in exceptional wine – our 2010 Chardonnay is again an extraordinary one whose richness is balanced by good acidity and light minerality. Grenache Blanc brings an intense vibrancy to the structure & body, its zesty tang punctuating the tropical fruits and tart finish. This sought-after Chardonnay is one you can and should stock up on!

Rich Fettucine Alfredo, Truffle Mac & Cheese, or mussels are a perfect compliment for our 2010 Chardonnay. If you’re feeling decadent, Foie gras and our 2010 Vigneron Select Chardonnay are a match made in Heaven!

96% Chardonnay, 4% Grenache Blanc

56% Weinbau Vineyard ~ Wahluke Slope, close to Mattawa
24% Crawford Vineyard ~ Near Benton City, Yakima Valley
16% Oasis Vineyard ~ Near Benton City, Yakima Valley
4% Grenache Blanc, Boushey Vineyard ~ Near Grandview, Yakima Valley

100% French Oak, 1/3 new & 2/3 used


Red WineMerry Mourvedre/Syrah 2007
(Stillwater Creek Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington)

The winemaker says:

We were fortunate enough to receive a small allocation of Mourvedre from Stillwater Creek Vineyard in 2007 – a grape traditionally blended with either Syrah and/or Grenache. We choose to blend this little gem with our Stillwater Creek Syrah and the result was, well, magic! Hints of lavender, leather and oak open into flavors ripe, dark fruits, berries and earth. A long, soft finish invites another sip…

91 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The Mourvedre was gently coopered in three year old (neutral) American oak for fourteen months to maintain as much varietal character as possible; the Syrah was aged in new Hungarian oak for thirteen months to lend a smoky, earthy element to the final blend.

50.5% Mourvedre, 49.5% Syrah


Anniversary Club Red

Red WineBridge Press Cabernet Sauvignon
(Red Mountain, Washington)

Bridge Press is Washington State’s 600th winery!  Check out their celebratory red blend “600” as well, it’s a fantastic celebration of Walla Walla at an affordable price.

Your nose is dealt notes of cassis, cedar, black pepper and lime zest. Boysenberry and blueberry get shuffled on a palate that shows balance, and the tannin structure gives you cause to look over your hand.

85% Cab. Sauvignon (Seven Hills vineyard), 12% Merlot (Pepper Bridge vineyard), 3% Malbec (Seven Hills vineyard)

Cooperage: Seguin Moreau, 60% new, 18 months

Check out this unique wine making method this winery uses:

We typically employ a saignée method with many of our red varietals.  This technique allows us to remove 10 to 20% of the juice 24 to 36 hours after the grapes are crushed.  By doing this we concentrate the remaining juice left in contact with the skins, enhancing the color and complexity.  As well we can then ferment the initial removed juice into our popular Rose’.


Beer Club

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

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Fine BeerDeschutes Collage Conflux #1 w/ Hair of the Dog
(Bend, Oregon)

Deschutes Brewery and Hair of The Dog Brewing Company join forces to weave The Dissident and The Stoic and Fred and Adam into an artistic collage of cask-aging alchemy.  This is an incredible beer, very complex and interesting, just a hint of tartness at this time, more so as it warms up in your glass, meant to be shared and savored now or aged past it’s “Best After Date” in April of 2013.

Barrel Aging: Rye Whiskey, Cognac, Sherry, Pinot Noir, Bourbon, new American Oak, and new Oregon Oak

The Dissident component is a sour beer, so you will notice sour notes, though not as pronounced as last month’s Monk’s Cafe, rather as a component of an overall beer. This is meant to cellar, so consider aging this for a year or three.

This is Conflux #1, a.k.a. Collage. Conflux #2, a White IPA brewed with Boulevard, was released first. Collage was brewed first but took some additional time to age and blend — two years and more than 100 rounds of mixing and sampling, according to brewers.

Here is info on each of the base beers:

Hair of the Dog Adam: The first beer ever produced by HotD, Adam’s the recreation of the historic “adambier” beer style originally made in Dortmunder, Germany. A straightforward smoked malt character with notes of bitter dark chocolate leads to sweet yet subtle figs deftly balanced by the faintest hint of bitter, piney hops. The crazy part hits at the finish: leather, like a lick of an old baseball mitt.

Hair of the Dog Fred: Fred was created and named to honor Fred Eckhardt, a Portland-based homebrewer and beer writer who authored The Essentials of Beer Style in 1989. Colored deep gold, the brew includes 10 different hop varieties, rye malt and other aromatics that give it the fragrance and flavor of mead spiked with flowers, oranges, agave nectar and Jasmine tea.

Deschutes The Dissident: an Oud Bruin — a sour brown ale from the Flanders region of Belgium — the Dissident is the only beer Deschutes makes with wild yeast. It’s fermented in isolation from the brewery’s other beers for 18 months, with a portion going in pinot and cabernet barrels, and tastes like sour cherries, oak, caramel and balsamic vinegar.

Deschutes The Stoic: Deschutes calls the Stoic a Belgian quadrupel, though its light color and flavors of green apple, pear and vanilla belie that label. It does, however, go through four fermentations and was aged in casks that once held pinot noir and rye whiskey.

To make Collage, the Dissident and Adam were placed in oak barrels that had formerly held Oregon pinot noir. The Stoic was aged in rye whiskey barrels, while Fred was aged in bourbon barrels.

11.6% ABV, 12oz bottle
Fine BeerSouthern Tier Pumking
(Lakewood, New York)

Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from which they return forever changed. Brewed in the spirit of All Hallows Eve, a time of the year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let it’s deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape the Pumking.

Genuine Pureed Pumpkin used in the brew process!

RateBeer: 99 points, BeerAdvocate: 90 points, Exceptional

8.6% ABV, 22oz 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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