Welcome to all the new Wine Club members who’ve joined us over the holidays. Your wines are ready for pickup anytime.
We’re kicking off our 11th year of Wine Club – so it’s a great time to join and try new wines from all over the world!
Biscaye Baie – Sauvignon Blanc – France > Cotes de Gascogne. Nose of white flowers, white peaches, pineapple, pear and citrus fruits. Fresh and crisp with a nice long finish. Enjoy this one with seafood dishes, creamy pasta or cheese.
Enrique Foster – Ique Malbec – Argentina > Mendoza. Reminiscent of fresh cherry and dark plum with a subtle touch of oak and spice. Young and fruity with balanced acidity. Excellent with chocolate!
Santa Rita – Medalla Real Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – Chile > Maipo Valley. Rich nose full of blueberries, blackberries, dried figs and some soft spice notes. Rounded ripe tannins lead the wine into a creamy, dark fruit finish.
January’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2016 Lassegue – Saint Emilion Grand Cru
France > Bordeaux
Opulent and rich Cabernet Franc with an addition of dense Merlot and a touch of Cab.
Richly oaked and full-bodied it has an elegance with a long line of black-currant flavor.
Drink now or let it gain more complexity with some time.
The November Wine Club is ready for pickup just in time for the weekend.
Don’t forget . . a Cork & Barrel Wine Club membership makes a great gift too!
Chasing Venus – Sauvignon Blanc – New Zealand > Marlborough. A classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with a robust nose and aggressive flavors of grapefruit, kiwi and lime. Nice mineral notes follow with a crisp, lingering finish.
Chevalier Du Grand Loc – Bordeaux Rouge – France > Bordeaux. 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich and concentrated with cherry and strawberry flavors, grippy tannins and notes of cedar and cigar box spice.
Vidal – Fleury – Cotes du Rhone – France > Rhone Valley. Blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan. The aromas are dominated by notes of cocoa, cherries and spice. On the palate you get bold blackcurrant, cherry and roasted nut flavors.
November’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2016 Freemark Abbey – Cabernet Sauvignon
California > Napa Valley
Dark fruits of blackberry, black current, blueberry and dark cherry.
Nuances of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, cola, cinnamon, graham crackers and hint of tobacco.
Has a touch of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cab Franc.
The December Wine Club wines are all set and ready for pick up anytime. We’ve got four fantastic wines you can drink now . . or save one for a holiday meal coming up.
Our monthly Wine Club makes a great gift too!!!
Santi – Valpolicella – Italy > Veneto. Valpolicella is a red wine made from Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara – three grape varieties in the north-east region of Veneto. This shows intense aromas of ripe cherry, blackcurrant and blackberry followed by notes of cocoa and dried fruit.
Terre del Fico – Chianti – Italy > Tuscany. The bouquet hints of small red fruits with flowers and aromatic herbs. It’s full-bodied with nice smooth tannins. You can taste the red fruits typical of Sangiovese.
Frog’s Leap – Chardonnay – California > Napa Valley. Unlike the overbearing “sweet and oaky” California Chards this wine is pure and beautiful with flavors of crisp, fresh fruit, an elegant mouthfeel and zesty minerality. Perfect dinner wine!
December’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
Cakebread Cellars – Two Creeks Vineyard Pinot Noir – California > Alexander Valley
Cherry and rose petal aromas with black and red fruit, plum and some minerality. Supple but complex tannins and a long finish.
Delicious now or age another 3 – 5 years for more complexity.
The October Wine Club is ready for pickup . . and we’ve got another great lineup to kick into Fall.
Now’s a great time to join our Wine Club and open up your palate to some interesting and tasty wines.
St Supery – Rose – California > Napa Valley. A bright and crisp Rose with aromas of raspberry, pomegranate and rose petal. Flavors of strawberry and watermelon dominate with a tough of raspberry cordial.
Kalpela Vineyards – Cabernet Sauvignon – California > Mendocino County. Comes from two, old-vine Cabernet vineyards located on the benchlands of Mendocino County. Displays a rich, brick red color and deep aromas of plum, black pepper and vanilla with hints of toasty oak.
Trivento – Amado Sur Red Blend – Argentina > Mendoza. Red blend of 70% Malbec, 20% Bonarda and 10% Syrah. Fruit-driven and juicy with aromas of black fruit and herbs. Lush red berry flavors give way to velvety tannins and a pleasant, persistent finish.
October’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2015 Huge Bear – Cabernet Sauvignon
California > Sonoma County
Aromas of cedar, oak, leather, black fruit and baked plums jump from the glass.
A perfect blend of sweet and savory with notes of black raspberry, ripe pomegranate and lush oak. Full tannins provide a velvety mouthfeel.
Just in time for the holiday . . your September Wine Club is ready for pickup!
If you’re not in the Wine Club – this would be a great time to join our Wine Club family and open up your palate to some interesting and tasty wines.
Panther Creek – Pinot Gris – Oregon > Willamette Valley. Delicately fresh with floral notes and aromas of green apple, melon and lemon zest. A smooth mid-palate of apple and pear flavors with a crisp finish that shows slight minerality with a hint of citrus.
Castoro Cellars – Merlot – California > Paso Robles. Mostly Merlot with Petite Sirah and Malbec. Beautiful red and black fruits with floral aromas. A combination of French and American oak add a vanilla and spice richness complimenting the fruit.
NEXT – “Between Heaven and Earth” Red Blend – Washington > Columbia Valley. From King Estate this is a blend of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Has inviting aromas of blueberry, cassis and cigar box. Juicy flavors of blackberry and plum accentuated by tobacco leaf before a long finish.
September’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2016 Silverado Vineyards – GEO Cabernet Sauvignon
California > Napa Valley > Coombsville
This is a single vineyard Cab from Mount George Vineyard at the base of Mount George volcano.
Aromas of black- berry pie, mocha and slate with a spicy middle of clove, leather and anise. Plush and generous.
Masciarelli – Villa Gemma Bianco – Italy > Abruzzo. From the mountainous region of Abruzzo this Italian white wine is made from the Trebbiano grape. It has intense flavors of peaches, yellow apples and bananas with aromas of white flowers and jasmine.
Joseph Drouhin – Bourgogne Pinot Noir – France > Burgundy. The nose is rich with aromas of raspberry, red currants. wild strawberry and earthy vineyard. This delicious wine if full of charm with light tannins, fruity and refreshing. Uber food friendly!
Tommasi – Rafael Valpolicella – Italy > Veneto. Three grapes: Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara are blended to make Valpolicella – which is a red wine made in the province of Verona in northeastern Italy. Aromas of dried spices, leather and cherry with flavors of red and black fruits along with notes of sage and mint.
August’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2017 Sequoia Grove – Cabernet Sauvignon
California > Napa Valley
Intense aromas and flavors of blackberry, red and black cherries with sweet spice, floral and mineral notes.
Has a big, round palate with smooth tannins, balance and a long, flavorful finish.
Brown Estate – Betelgeuse Sauvignon Blanc – California. YES – it is pronounced Beetle Juice . . but it’s NOT named for the 80’s movie with Michael Keaton. ‘Betelgeuse’ is the name of one of the largest stars visible to the human eye. It’s a “red giant” and part of the Orion constellation. It’s almost 1,000 times larger than our sun!
Brown Estate makes some fabulous wines in Napa – including this amazing Sauvignon Blanc. Lot’s of texture and luscious stone fruit. This may be one of the best Sauv Blancs you’ll taste this year.
Mas Des Volques – Esus Rhone Blend – France > Rhone Valley. A blend of Rhone red varietals that leads with Syrah along with Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan. Medium-bodied with peppery herbs, plums, blackberries and earthy / loamy notes.
Aerena – Cabernet Sauvignon – California > North Coast. A single-vineyard Cabernet farmed from vines at 2,400 ft. elevation in the Red Hills of California’s North Coast. Aromas of blackberry with hints of graphite. Rich, concentrated plum, black cherry, dark cocoa and vanilla with soft tannins.
July’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2016 Francis Tannahill – ‘The Hermit’ Pinot Noir – Oregon > Willamette Valley > Dundee Hills
Aromas of Bing and black cherries, blueberries cinnamon and wild strawberries jump from the glass.
Tobacco, damp earth and baking spices deepen and add complexity to the nose.
Rich flavors of red and blue fruits along with serious tannins and mouthwatering acidity build a powerful foundation for this wine.
Teunuta di Arceno – Chianti Classico – Italy > Chianti. This was one of the wines we featured in our ZOOM on-line tasting event a few weeks ago. It was such a hit we decided to bring it back for the Wine Club! 85% Sangiovese with 15% Merlot blended in. Big, bright fruit with great acidity. A classic Italian red.
Infinito – Winemaker’s Selection Malbec – Argentina > Mendoza. A massive nose with huge blackberry and cassis aromas. Similar flavors on the palate with a chocolaty touch on the finish. 92 Points from Wine Enthusiast.
Talbott – Chardonnay – California > Santa Lucia Highlands. Estate grown fruit from Monterey. It’s elegant and vibrant with vanilla and brioche that lead to lush flavors of bosc pear, pineapple and melon. A great summer Chard.
June’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2013 Camba Winery – The Etruscan
Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Cab Franc.
From the Knights Valley AVA – the volcanic and loamy soils from this unique terroir produce deep and intense Cabernet flavors in this bold wine.
Black Stallion – Sauvignon Blanc – California > Napa Valley. Opens with vibrant, tropical aromas of guava, lemongrass and honeysuckle. Flavors of lime, lemon and tropical fruit compliment the bright acidity and refreshing finish.
Milbrandt Vineyards – Brothers Blend – Washington > Columbia Valley. Seven grapes go into this tasty field blend: Merlot, Cab, Grenache, Syrah, Cab Franc and Malbec. Lots of dark berry flavors, dense cocoa, vanilla and a hint of spice.
King Estate – Inscription Pinot Noir – Oregon > Willamette Valley. Delivers fresh red fruit flavors like raspberry and strawberry along with definitive Oregon flavors of mushroom, forest floor and earth. Rich and well-built with oak nuances from aging in French oak.
May’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2015 Pine Ridge Vineyards – Cabernet Sauvignon
Mostly Cab with a touch of Petit Verdot and Cab Franc.
Raspberry and blueberry aromas with a palate of cherries, cassis, vanilla cream and spice plus an ending sweet note.
Albert Bichot – White Burgundy – France > Burgundy > Macon – Villages. The southern area of Burgundy has limestone rich soils and warmer temperatures that help create full bodied Chardonnay. This is a beautiful, crisp Chard with fruit and floral notes and a touch of minerality.
Arinzano Estate – Rose of Tempranillo – Spain > Navarra. If you’re familiar with the Rioja region in Spain – then Navarra is located just above and to the east. Tempranillo is the main grape for both regions and here we have a dry, Rose that has intense aromas of red fruits, citric notes with floral and white pepper. Perfect for the warming weather.
Alexander Valley Vineyards – Cabernet Sauvignon – California > Sonoma > Alexander Valley. Another one of our favorite wineries in Sonoma – this Cab shows cherry, cassis, blackberry and chocolate. It’s fruit forward with lush flavors, nice balance and a long, silky finish.
April’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2016 Hartford Court Marin County Pinot Noir
Aged for 17 months in new French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Vibrant black and red cherries, cranberries and violets with hints of rose hip tea. Earthy nuances and a plush texture.
95+ Points – Robert Parker Wine Advocate, February 2019.