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.
Ca Maiol – Lugana White Wine – Italy > Marche. Made mostly from Turbiana – this is a 100% Italian white grape. It shows fresh lemon, light minerality and a tangy flavor that makes it pair well with shellfish, seafood, pasta and fresh vegetable salads.
Finca Os Cobatos – Mencia – Spain > Galicia. A delightful mix of violets, blackberries and plum notes on the nose. Sweet black cherries, ample spices make this an easy drinking red wine.
Ca Maiol – Giome Red Wine – Italy. A blend of four Italian grape varieties. Made in all stainless steel which creates a fresh, well balanced wine with aromas of berries and a hint of tobacco and spices.
March’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2015 Galerie ‘Pleinair’ Cabernet Sauvignon
from Napa Valley
Pronounced baked berries, warm black currant notes with touches of baking spices, olives and dried herbs.
It has concentrated black berry and savory layers with soft, velvety tannins and balanced freshness, finishing on a spicy note.
Bisol Jeio – Brut Prosecco – Italy. Extremely fine and lively bubbles on this dry Prosecco. Intense and fresh nose of citrus fruits, saline and fruit forward palate.
Piedra Negra – Malbec – Argentina > Mendoza. Dark ruby color with a purple rim. The nose has smokey oak and olives with a palate of dense dark fruit, blackberry and blueberry.
Mercer Vineyards – Edge of Heaven Blend – Washington > Horse Heaven Hills. Made with Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Grenache, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon – this could be one of the finest red blends we’ve ever had in the Wine Club! You really need to come taste this one.
February’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2016 Dusted Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
This is just a spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon from the Columbia Valley.
Medium bodied with expressive tannins that wrap around a core of dried herb and black cherry.
Matthew Fritz – Sauvignon Blanc – California > North Coast. Aromas dominated by melon and pink grapefruit with hints of pepper and elderflower. Nice, fresh acidity.
Paul Ponnelle – Pinot Noir – France. Subtle herbal accents add to the ripe berry and plum fruit on the nose and mouth of this wine. A sweet kiss of sweet spice on the end.
Silver Palm – Cabernet Sauvignon – California > North Coast. Dark ruby color with aromas of blackberry and dark fruit. Flavors of black cherry, spice and oak with round tannins that lead to a soft, lingering finish.
January’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
This month we feature the 2016 Dry Creek Zinfandel from Papapietro Perry Winery in Sonoma. Deep red and blue fruit aromas with dark cherry, blackberry and fresh plum mingle with notes of vanilla and caramel on the finish.
Le Mistral – Viognier – California > Monterey. A single vineyard Viognier with creamy aromas and flavors of honeysuckle and rose petal along with notes of lemon blossom and wildflowers.
Mas Neuf – Le Clos Costieres de Nimes – France > Rhone Valley. From the southern-most part of the Rhone Valley this classic blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache and Carignan shows notes of dark berries, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg with a velvety finish.
Gravel Bar – Cabernet Sauvignon – Washington > Columbia Valley. Strikes a wonderful balance between fruit and herbal flavors. Black cherry and raspberry marry with fennel and mint along with a backdrop of firm tannins.
December’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2017 Hour Glass HG III Red Blend
from Napa Valley
Explosive aromas of black cherry, blackberries and roasted hazelnut. Blackberry jam, ripe plum and cola nut carry forward on the palate with a hint of dark chocolate.
Spends 16 months in new and seasoned French oak.
Coste Mancini – Pecorino – Italy > Abruzzo. A complex, floral bouquet with notes of ripe fruit and a hint of apple. Has a light minerality that is dry, fresh and well-balanced with notes of green apples.
Christopher Michael – Pinot Noir – Oregon. Comes from Oregon vineyards where cooler temps and a mild growing season allowed the grapes to be picked at perfect ripeness. Flavors of cherry, spice and black currant.
Sebastiani – Cabernet Sauvignon – California > North Coast. Aromas of black cherry, coconut and spice. Filled with juicy flavors of blackberry, plum and toasty oak. Soft tannins mingle with a hint of herbs on the finish.
November’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2016 Mad Hatter Red Blend
from Napa Valley
A big Napa blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sarah. Aromas of plum, wild raspberry, fig, Maraschino cherry, cocoa powder and baking spice.
On the palate it has bold and lively flavors with a rich mouthfeel and a long, smooth finish.
Italy and France are showcased for your October Wine Club!
Chateau Maine D’Arman – Bordeaux Rouge – France > Bordeaux. Ripe and perfumed – this is packed with juicy black and red fruits along with a great vanilla – almost creamy taste – from the oak aging.
Coeur Clementine – Brut Rose Sparkling Wine – France > Provence. Made from Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan and Syrah. Bone dry but fruit forward with white peach, green citrus and tangy clementine.
Vigna del Lauro – Cabernet Franc – Italy > Friuli. From Northeast Italy this Cab Franc shows delicious dark berry flavors and pepper notes with a smooth midpalate and finishes with a touch of fresh herbs.
October’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:
Super Tuscan Red Blend
Be glad you joined the If You Insist Wine Club – because this month you’ve got a rare treat!
Arcanum is the pinnacle of the estate and is made from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauv and Merlot from the most prized vineyards in Tuscany.
We were able to get enough bottles for the Club Members