AWARD SELECTION $10 RED:
Opolo Vineyards Merlot ~ 2010 ~ California ~ Club price $10.00:
Grapes are all estate grown in the Paso Robles region California; I have always found the wines from this area to be rich and full-bodied. The winery claims that all grapes are hand-harvested and de-stemmed into stainless steel tanks along with smaller portions in open top tanks for fermentation, following fermentation the wine is aged in oak for 22 months. This dedication demonstrates their commitment and passion to the wine, my kind of people. The nose has intense aromas of mature black cherry and raspberries coupled with spice and pepper, the body because of the age of the wine displays rich lush smooth flavors of black berry, dark cherry, spice, hints of leather and pepper, balanced by medium structure of tannin. The finish is abundant in the flavor profile with notes of smooth rich berry and Asian spice. (Superior). Allow a short time of breathing before serving, because of the maturity of the wine we won’t need much violation of air for the bouquet to fully blossom. Appropriate food ~ Any top quality cut of beef, lamb or duck; perhaps you would enjoy it all by itself? Best served ~ 58 to 62 degrees. Optimal age ~ One year but I would drink it now and more over the next year.
AWARD SELECTION $10 WHITE:
Toschi Sauvignon Blanc ~ 2014 ~ California ~ Club price $120.00:
Wine produced at a family Co-Op which is shared by small vineyard owners, fruit is all estate grown. The nose has nuances of grapefruit and tropical fruit, the body displays a good structure of medium acidity that give structure to the flavor profiles of tropical and citrus fruits of Gavi, tangerine, mineral and tropical spice. Finish is supple and crisp with long lasting fruit flavors. (Excellent). Appropriate food ~ Seafood or shellfish, mild cheese’s or vegetarian dishes. Best served ~ slightly chilled. Optimal age ~ Drink now and more over the next three years.
CLASSIC SELECTION $20 RED:
Sasyr Red Blend ~ Italy ~ 2012 ~ Club price $20.00:
Blend consists 60% Sangiovese and 40%Syrah, grapes are sourced from the Rocca Delle Macie located in the Maremma Coastal District of southeastern Tuscany. The grapes are hand selected and hand harvested and the two varietals are fermented separately to insure the color and quality of each, after aging they are blended together. The aromas in the nose are intense displaying lush red cherry, blackberry. The body has good concentration of flavors that are full and well rounded with raspberry, currant and black cherry accented by pepper balanced by a medium core of tannin for structure. The finish is smooth with lush mature black fruit flavors that linger on the palate. (Excellent). Allow the wine to rest for one hour before serving or aerate. Appropriate food ~ Elk or venison, quality cuts of beef or lamb chops. Best served ~ 58 to 64 degrees. Optimal age ~ Drink now and enjoy more over the next three years.
CLASSIC SELECTION $20 WHITE:
Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Blanc ~ 2013 ~ France ~ Club price $20.00:
A fresh crisp white blend of Roussanne, Viognier, Marsanne and Picpoul de Pinet, grapes were fermented in old barrels and aged sur-lie. From the nose to the finish a well integrated aromatic white that is mid-weight and medium-bodied lively style of white wine. Nicely well-rounded with flavors of peaches, apricots and hints of grapefruit balanced on a medium acidity for structure. (Excellent). Appropriate food ~ White fish, fruit salads, roasted pork. Best served ~ slightly chilled. Optimal age ~ Drink now and enjoy more over the next two years.
COLLECTORS SERIES $30 RED:
Domaine Des Bosquets Gigondas ~ 2012 ~ France ~ Club price $30.00:
The varietal blend consists of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault all sourced from a 26 hectares farm located at just above sea-level. The Brechet Family are the owners and Julien Brechet is the wine maker. The Gigondas is within the Rhone Valley of France and is known for nicely blended wines that can stand alone or pair nicely with cusine. The aromas are a bit tight thus it helps to breathe or aerate the wine before consumption. There plenty of rich aromatic’s of black cherry, and currants in the nose, followed by ample concentration of raspberry, plum, pepper, and a hint of dark chocolate in the body which has a medium structure of tannin that are smooth yet have viscosity on the tongue. The finish has lingering nuances of black fruit that invite you to the next glass. (Excellent). Allow the wine to rest for one hour or more before serving or aerate. Appropriate food ~ Layered dishes with beef, lamb or pork. Best served ~ 58 to 62 degrees.
COLLECTORS SERIES $30 WHITE:
Lang & Reed Chenin Blanc ~ 2014 ~ California ~ Club price $30.00:
This is the first vintage of their Chenin Blanc from the Napa Valley, the winery claims that the inspiration for this varietal comes from the wines of Vouvray France which are some of the most sought after wine wines in the World. The wine has a good sense of place displaying stone fruit aromatics in the nose. The body has a good structure of acidity to support the flavors of pear, apple, lemon that are crisp and a touch dry. The finish has complexity and long lasting flavor on the palate. (Superior). Appropriate food ~ Lamb kabobs with grilled zucchini and red onions. Best served ~ Nicely chilled. Optimal age ~ Drink now and enjoy more over the next three years.