Thanksgiving Wines With a Twist at Cork & Barrel
As Thanksgiving is an American holiday we thought we’d put a twist on the traditional recommendations of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for your big dinner.
Since we all (at some point) . . came from “somewhere else” . . we chose a Chardonnay from Italy and a Pinot Noir from Germany – plus a big Shiraz from Australia!
Amazing expressions of all these grapes but from “somewhere else”.
All three are part of our November Wine Club (which BTW – makes a great holiday gift)! No visa required!
November “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2015 Trefethen Oak Knoll District Cabernet Sauvignon
Fragrant notes of blackberry, bay leaf, coffee, and chocolate. The palate is supported by velvety tannins and features flavors of red cherries and baking spices.
This elegant wine pairs best with fine cuts of beef or venison.
Time for Your October Wine Club
• Masciarellli – Trebbiano – Italy > Abruzzo. Delightful and expressive combination of stone fruits with a round, concentrated mid-palate and minerality on the long finish.
• Paso a Paso – Tempranillo – Spain > La Mancha. Aromas of red berries, spices and dried flowers. The palate shows fresh currants, cherry flavors and fine grained tannins.
• Domaine de Fondreche – Cote du Rhone – France > Rhone Valley > Ventoux. Aromas of black cherries and blueberries. Medium to full-bodied with hints of dried herbs and baking spices adding to the complexity.
October “If You Insist” Wine Club:
Amarone della Valpolicella
Amarone is a fine Italian wine from the Valpolicella area in the provence of Veneto in northern Italy.
Aromas of black cherries and blueberries with hints of dried herbs and baking spices.
Time for Your September Wine Club
• Solena – Pinot Gris – Oregon > Willamette Valley. Packed with fresh pear fruit flavors with light touches of cinnamon. Has a lush and creamy finish.
• Rosemary Lane – Marselan – France > Languedoc. Marselan is a hybrid of two grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. Nose of black fruit, cocoa, cedar and herbs. Juicy with nice acidity.
• Domaine de Pallus – Cabernet Franc – France > Loire Valley. Leads with violets, rose petals, dried raspberries and woodsy notes. Silky ripe raspberry on the palate with dusty tannins.
September “If You Insist” Wine Club:
Sonoma > Alexander Valley
76% Cab, 12% Merlot, 3% Petite Verdot, 2% Malbec.
Bright and mellow on the palate it shows black raspberry, cola and brown sugar flavors offset by earthy undertones.
Special bottle price for Wine Club members PLUS we’ll be pouring the Cyrus “By the Glass” at the Pick-Up Party!
• La Cana – Albarino – Spain. Aromas of lemon zest, baking spices, floral notes pear and a bit of mineral fill you nose of this round, smooth-textured savory white.
• Castello di Albola – Chianti Classico – Italy > Tuscany. Light ruby red with strawberry and other red fruits. Reveals lively cherry and exotic spice that leads to a delicate finish.
• E. Guigal – Cote du Rhone – France. Lots of ripe Syrah characteristics. Black olives, smoked earth, pepper and plenty of dark fruit all emerge from this inky-colored Cotes du Rhone.
• Lance – Sauvignon Blanc – Spain. 100% Sauvignon Blanc – very crisp from no oak ageing. Has elegant aromas of tropical fruits and notes of white flowers with fresh and well-balanced acidity.
• Masseria Surani – Ares Red Blend – Italy > Puglia. This Italian blend is 50% Primitivo, 30% Negroamaro and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon . Red fruits and black cherry on the nose and palate. Spends 6 months in large Slavonian oak casks.
• Avignonesi – Tuscan Red Blend – Italy > Tuscany. An Italian “Super Tuscan” made from 75% Cab, 20% Merlot and 5% Sangiovese. Has a bouquet of wild berries with hints of herb, tasty spices and a touch of leather.
July’s “If You Insist” Wine Club wine:
2014 Capture “Innovant” Red Blend
Sonoma > Alexander Valley:
A Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet & Merlot from Alexander Valley vineyards in Sonoma.
Shows bright red fruits, blueberry and peppercorn with silky, elegant tannins.
Time for Your June Wine Club
• Cellier des Princes – Chardonnay / Viognier – France. It’s made with two very aromatic grape varieties: Chardonny and Viognier. You’ll find floral scents with fruity notes of ripe peaches and apricots.
• Neama – Negroamaro – Italy > Puglia. Shows elegant fruit notes of plum, blackberry and black current along with cinnamon and black pepper. Fresh and uplifting from aging in stainless steel and in-bottle.
• Atteca – Garnacha – Spain. From 20 to 40 year old vines this Grenache has rich cherry and plum flavors accented by mint, orange peel and sassafras notes. Has soft tannins, juicy acidity and a smoky finish.
June “If You Insist” Wine Club:
2015 Trefethen Dragon’s Tooth Napa Valley Red Blend
This unique blend of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet presents cherry and boysenberry with hints of cinnamon and baking spice.
Toasty oak and chocolate notes segue into a long finish.
Special bottle price for Wine Club members PLUS we’ll be pouring the Dragon’s Tooth “By the Glass” tonight at the Pick-Up Party!
It’s time to come taste your May Wine Club!
• Six Hats – Rose of Pinotage – South Africa. Grown in vineyards up to 2,200′ which allows the grapes to develp complex aromas. Strawberry, raspberry, appealing mineralogy along with a bit of spice.
• La Rousse – Malbec – France > Languedoc-Roussillon. This outstanding single varietal Malbec starts with bright black fruit, fresh figs and refreshing mint. Lean and balanced – goes great with beef stews or steaks.
• Ant Moore – Pinot Noir – New Zealand > Marlborough. From winemaker Anthony Moore – this Pinot shows blackberry, plum, and pepper. Subtle oak and full tannins make for a big round palate.
May “If You Insist” Club Wine:
2041 Twomey Napa Valley Merlot
From the owners of Silver Oak Cellars. The palate shows blackberry fruit and builds to a long finish of fruit compote, chocolate and fine grained tannins.
Also available “By the Glass” at the Pick-Up Party!
We’ve got some great French AND Italian wines for your April Wine Club!
• Domaine de Veil Orme – Sauvignon Blanc – France > Loire Valley. Fresh and vibrant with lime, grapefruit and a touch of limestone mineralogy. Spends four months on the lees giving it a creamy, textured mouthfeel.
• Chateau Les Terrasses de Bouey – Bordeaux Rouge – France > Bordeaux. The nose marries red fruit with toast and coffee notes. More of the same on the palate with spice tones and delicate earthy notes.
• Mauro Molino – Dimartina Vino Rosso – Italy > Piedmont. A blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the northwest region of Piedmont. Full bodied Italian with fruity and spice flavors.
April “If You Insist” Club Wine:
2011 Merryvale Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
93 Points from Wine Enthusiast
Fresh cherry, blueberry and raspberry on the nose with vanilla, cinnamon and mint adding depth and complexity.
We’ve got a little something for everyone this month!
• Herman Moser – Gruner Veltliner – Austria. Gruner Veltliner is the premier white grape from Austria. Aromas of pear and peppery green of watercress along with earthy, savory yeast notes and fresh lime peel. if you’ve never had Gruner – this is a great way to start!
• High Valley – Zinfandel – California > Lake County. Has a distinct personality beyond the normal jammy-fruit flavors of this varietal. Raspberry and blackberry notes with spice and a subtle oak finish.
• Villa Barbi – Umbria Rosso – Italy > Umbria. Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Merlot. Shows juicy plum, blackberry and spice alongside velvety tannins.
March “If You Insist” Club Wine: 2012 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon from FiftyRow
This racy, sexy cab shows blackberry, dark plum, black cherry, chocolate and tobacco leaf. The Rutherford Dust the area is known for gives the wine tannins, texture and a cocoa-powder like finish. The well integrated oak adds to the generous aromas and expansive flavors.
For February we’ve got a great trio of old-world wines for you to enjoy:
• Chateau Naudeau – Bordeaux Blanc. A classic blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Uplifting fresh fruit and herbal notes from the Sauv Blanc and crisp minerality from the Semillion.
• Terre Tartufo – Barbara. From the northern Italian region of Piedmont comes this medium-bodied Barbera showing dark fruits: plum, currant and some black cherry.
• Chateau Godard Bellevue. This right-bank styled Bordeaux blend combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Aromas of black cherry, earthy warm spice and smoky tobacco notes.
February “If You Insist” Club Wine:
• 2016 Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz from Molly Dooker
Mollydooker (Aussie for left-hander) Wines was established in 2005 by Sarah and Sparky Marquis. Five of their wines have been chosen in the Wine Spectator’s “Top 100,” and their Carnival of Love Shiraz has made the “Top 100” twice.
The 2016 Blue Eyed Boy is dense in color with vibrant dark purple hues. A complex nose of blueberry, dark cherry, caramel and hints of vanilla bean leap from the glass. The wine shows luscious layers of fresh berries, black pepper, coffee and a finishing note of chocolate cream.