November 2015 Wine of the Month Club

AWARD SELECTION $10 RED:

Black Bend ~ 2012 ~ California ~ Club price $10.00:

The varietals are sourced from small lots in different vineyards and barrel lots combined, Zinfandel from Lodi, Petite Sirah and Syrah from Lake County and Amador County. Fermentation was done separately in stainless steel and then aged for 9 to 12 months in a combination of new and second vintage French oak. The nose has aromatic intense aromas of crushed black berry, plum and spice. The body is layered with flavors of dark cherry, Washington state black berry, spice, a hint of tobacco and leather balanced by a medium structure of refined tannin. The finish displays depth and concentration of fruit along with viscosity on the palate. (Very Good). Allow the wine to rest for one hour before serving or aerate. Appropriate food ~ Pasta dishes with pork, chicken or beef in a brown or red sauce. Best served ~ 58 to 62 degrees. Optimal age ~ Drink now and enjoy more over the next three years.

AWARD SELECTION $10 WHITE:

Howling Moon Pinot Grigio ~ 2013 ~ California ~ Club price $10.00:

It’s always a pleasure when we can introduce a new wine and company to you and my importer has done a great job over the years at making available to us exciting wines, again he has done his homework. The nose has inviting aromas of delicate peach, lemon and spice. The body is layered with flavors of citrus, crisp tropical fruit, melon and spice balanced by a medium acidity for structure. The finish has elegant long lasting flavors that are both smooth but crisp to the palate. (Very Good). Appropriate food ~ Shellfish, scallops, eggs and bacon. Best served ~ Nicely chilled. Optimal age ~ drink now and more over the next three years.

CLASSIC SELECTION $20 RED:

Zenato Alanera Rosso ~ 2012 ~ Italy ~ Club price $20.00:

Talk about a blend this Veronese is made from 55% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 10% Corvinone, 5% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Fermentation is done in stainless steel allowing some malolactic fermentation. Aging is done in both stainless steel and barrels. 50% of the grapes are dried for 45 to 60 days producing a superior Valpolicella style of wine. After airing the bottle the nose becomes intensely focused on the aromas currant, plum, and black berry with hints of spice and pepper. The body displays a good concentration of the fruits found in the nose and is smooth to the palate, the viscosity continues into the elegant finish that is both pleasing and inviting to the palate. (Excellent). Allow the wine to rest for one hour or more before serving or aerate. Appropriate food ~ Portobello mushrooms stuffed with crab and sausage, bone in rib steak or prime rib. Best served ~ 60 to 62 degrees. Optimal age ~ Drink now and enjoy more over the next three to five years.

CLASSIC SELECTION $20 WHITE:

Castello Di Luzzano Malvasia ~ 2014 ~ Italy ~ Club price $20.00:

Grapes are hand picked, pressed immediately, fermented and allowed to mature on the lees before bottling; aging is 6 months in stainless steel. The wine is made from 100% Malvasia di Candia which produces a bright straw colored wine that is pleasing to the eye. The nose has aromas of citrus, lemon, and mint, the body has excellent length on the palate of intense tropical fruit and Asian spice. The finish is crisp with soft floral notes that linger on the palate. (Excellent). Appropriate food ~ Turkey, chicken or fresh pasta dishes. Best served ~ Nicely chilled. Optimal age ~ Drink now and enjoy more over the next two years.

COLLECTORS SERIES $30 RED:

Soos Creek Cabernet Franc ~ 2012 ~ Washington ~ Club price $30.00:

This such a treat to introduce you to my favorite winery in Washington, this is an exciting red that I have never tasted before and even through it is very limited it sure to become one of my all time favorite wines. From the nose to the finish this red is bold, fleshy and concentrated with rich black berry, raspberry, currant, plum and hints of spice and pepper. Velvety smooth to the palate with a solid core of tannin for structure and abundant fruit. The finish is supple and full-bodied displaying lingering flavors and strength. (Superior). Allow the wine to rest for up to two hours before serving or aerate. Appropriate food ~ Top quality cuts of beef or elk. Best served ~ 64 degrees. Optimal age ~ drink now and enjoy more over the next 7 to 10 years.

COLLECTORS SERIES $30 WHITE:

Joh.Jos.Prum Kabinett ~2012 ~ Germany ~ Club price $30.00:

I choose this white for your Thanksgiving Day celebration because of the flavor profile. There are ample floral notes in the nose which are inviting. The body displays a good array of green apple, melon, spice, honey and tropical fruit balanced by good acidity for structure. The finish is smooth and crisp on the palate almost semi-dry. Appropriate food ~ Turkey, chicken, or Asian dishes. Best served ~ Nicely chilled. Optimal age ~ Drink now and enjoy more over the next two

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