Wine Club Wines

August 2021 Wine Club Wines

Here’s a quick look at your August wines:

Domaine Les Asseyras – Cotes du Rhone Blanc – France > Rhone Valley. In the 1820’s the Asseyras farm was a post office where horses were changed for the delivery riders. The estate is now dedicated to wine growing and is run by the (appropriately named) Blanc family! This CDR white is mostly Viognier along with other Rhone varietals . It’s dry and crisp with light lemon, tropical fruit and classic minerality.

Maison L’Envoye – Rose of Gamay – France > Beaujolais. After pressing – the juice was in skin contact for eight hours to extract color and build texture. It was then fermented in stainless steel which made it lively with tangerine, watermelon, lime blossom and wild strawberry flavors. It’s a perfect . . “end of summer” . . Rose.

Domaine Les Asseyras – Cotes du Rhone Rouge – France > Rhone Valley. The companion to the CDR Blanc – this red is a blend of Syrah and Grenache. It has a beautiful intensity with red plum aromas and flavors. Fresh and easy with silky tannins, red current and some earthiness that will make it pair well with food.

August’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – Daou Winery – California > Paso Robles

Has a silky palate that’s integrated with toasty oak, graphite, mineral and forest floor.

Shows ripe fruits and exotic spices that linger on a generous, full-bodied finish.

Drink now . . or age for even more complexity.
93 – 95+ Points
Robert Parker Wine Advocate.

July 2021 Wine Club Wines

Here’s a quick look at your July wines:

Maison L’Envoye – Straight Shooter Chardonnay – Oregon > Willamette Valley. The nose is ripe with apple and fresh pear that is complimented by juicy meyer lemon and a kiss of French oak. Loads of fresh citrus on the palate with a touch of honey.

Robert Oatley – Grenache – Australia > McLaren Vale. A vibrant, perfumed Grenache with classic raspberry and earthy notes. No oak aging makes this similar in weight and body to a young Pinot Noir. A perfect lighter style red for warm weather drinking.

Italo – Chianti Reserve – Italy > Tuscany. Mostly Sangiovese brings out an intense ruby red color with a spicy bouquet of violets, red fruits and cherries. Well balanced with smooth, fine grained tannins and perfect acidity.

July’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:

2016 “Ovis” – Petite Sirah – “Betsy’s Vineyard” – California > Lake County > High Valley

30+ year old vines from a single vineyard produce small clusters for intense flavors.

Aromas of ripe blueberries, plums and blackberries with undertones of dark
chocolate, dried herbs and warm spices.
Only 525 cases produced.
Enjoy it now . . or lay it down for 10+ years.

This Cabernet Sauvignon is approachable and delicious today – so you can enjoy it now . . or let it develop more fully over the next 10 to 12 years.

June 2021 Wine Club Wines

It’s that time again – so head on over to pick up your June Wine Club. We’ve got Blanc’s . . Franc’s . . and you’ll learn about a Ripasso this month too!

St. Francis – Sauvignon Blanc – California > Sonoma. Leads with aromas of lemon zest and grapefruit. The palate shows freshly grated ginger, honeydew melon, subtle guava and snappy acidity.

Laroque – Cabernet Franc – France > Languedoc. Produced from vineyards near the ancient fortified city of Carcassonne in southern France. Combines red berry and vanilla with the minerality and dusty rose character of Cab Franc.

Ca’della Scala – Valpolicella Ripasso – Italy > Veneto. Ripasso is a winemaking method that uses a second fermentation of the grapes and skins to create a more complex wine. Freshly brewed black tea, dried herbs along with floral notes, red cherry and plum.

June’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:

2017 “The Conspirator” – Cabernet Sauvignon

California > Napa Valley > Oakville

From master winemaker Nick Goldschmidt this is a very limited production wine that uses fruit from the Oakville area in Napa.

Beautiful aromas of blackberry, Bing cherry and red fruit mingle with hints of lightly toasted oak along with violets, mixed berry and creamy mocha.

This Cabernet Sauvignon is approachable and delicious today – so you can enjoy it now . . or let it develop more fully over the next 10 to 12 years.

May 2021 Wine Club Wines

Just in time for Mother’s Day weekend we’ve got your May Wine Club ready for pickup. Not in the Wine Club yet ?? – this is a great time to try one or more of these tasty selections.

Jadix – Picpoul de Pinet – France > Languedoc. Literally translated, Picpoul means “stings the lip” – referring to this grape’s naturally sky-high acidity. Displays flavors of lemon and saline with white blossoms and wet stone.

Two Angels – Petite Sirah > California > Lake County. An avalanche of dark berry flavors with an undercurrent of clove and nutmeg. Pair this with big, bold foods such as pulled pork or a juicy burger loaded with bacon and blue cheese!

D’ Addario – Casale Ciliani Primitivo – Italy > Puglia. We call it Zinfandel – but in Italy it’s known as Primitivo. No matter how you say it – this wine gives notes of black cherry, plum and blackberry with hints of spice and almond fig on the finish.

May’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:

2017 Domaine Drouhin – Pinot Noir

Oregon > Willamette Valley > Dundee Hills

Fragrant nose of black cherries, berry bramble, orange peel, spices and a touch sweet oak.

Elusive and elegant – this wine is wonderful now but will be in a perfect place with 5 to 10 years of cellaring.

April 2021 Wine Club Wines

Just an incredible line-up for the April Wine Club this month.

Or, as we say here . . “mask up . . and drink up!!!”

Borealis – White Blend – Oregon > Willamette Valley. Mouthwatering blend of Muller-Thurgau, Gewurtzraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris. Lots of peach, pear, guava and kiwi. You’ll want to pick up a second bottle for a perfect patio pour over the weekend!

Melini – Chianti Reserva – Italy > Tuscany. Aged for 18 months in French oak casks followed by 6 months in bottle prior to release. Ruby red color with raspberry, blackberry and a touch of violet.

Maddalena Vineyards – Zinfandel – California > Paso Robles. Zinfandel thrives in the warm days and cool nights of Paso Robles. Wild berry and ripe boysenberry notes are complimented by spicy oak from the barrel aging.

April’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:

2018 Gibbs – Cabernet Sauvignon

California > Napa Valley

The Cabernet grapes come from Gibbs estate vineyards in Saint Helena.

Aromas of black pepper and roasted French oak support a mid-palate of black currant, ripe black cherries and a long, textured finish.

Soft tannins make this vintage incredibly food friendly.

March 2021 Wine Club Wines

That “pre-Spring” feeling is in the air . . and a great time to pick up and enjoy your March Wine Club.

If you’d like to find out more about our monthly Wine Club – stop in and we’ll tell you all about it!

Maison Albert – Chardonnay – France. Presents fresh and powerful aromas of citrus with fruit and white flowers. Perfect with shellfish, fish or white meats.

Masion Albert – Pinot Noir – France. A fruit-driven Pinot Noir with notes of raspberries, cherries and strawberries. Carries delicate floral flavors with a feel of silk. Nice supple tannins.

Roth Estate – Cabernet Sauvignon – California > Sonoma > Alexander Valley. Bold, full-bodied and rich with aromas of black cherry, blackberry and baking spices. Layered flavors of mocha, blackberry and vanilla complement the firm tannins.

March’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:

2015 Finca Ambrosia – Precioso Malbec

Argentina > Gualtallary – Tupungato

This is a limited and numbered production Malbec – hand selected from estate plots high in the Gualtallary district in the heart of the Uco Valley.

The soils contain pure limestone over quaternary gravels delivering the distinctive mineral character.

The wine spends 18 months in new French Mercurey oak barrels with a medium toast and then another 12 months in bottle before release.

February 2021 Wine Club WineS

If you’re not in the Wine Club . . this would be a great time to check out these fantastic wines.

Cantina Di La Vis – Pinot Grigio – Italy. Delicately perfumed with scents of flowers and spice with flavors of tangerine, apricot and almonds. Textured and balanced with a crisp citrus finish. Pairs with seafood and salads.

Castelmaure – Corbieres – France > Languedoc. Corbieres (pronounced: core – bee – air) is a wine region in the Languedoc area of France. This is a blend of 50% Carignan, 30% Grenache, 15% Syrah and Cinsault. Medium body with brambly berry, cherry, raspberry, spices and black pepper.

Franz Keller – Vom Loss Pinot Noir – Germany > Baden. Full-bodied, rich and expansive. Black cherry and berry with layers of savory earth concentrate as you allow this wine to open. Drink now – or will age for another 5 – 8+ years.

February’s “If You Insist” Wine Club:

2015 Valadorna – Toscana Red Blend

Italy > Tuscany

This Super Tuscan is a blend of Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot.

Black cherries and blackberries come together with spice, graphite and light toast for a lush, velvety texture. Dark fruit and hints of tobacco on the finish.

January 2021 Wine Club WineS

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.

November 2020 Wine Club Wines

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.

December 2020 Wine Club Wines

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.