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Oct 2018 - Wine Club Highlights


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2017 PARRA JIMENEZ "FRIEND & FARMER" VERDEJO VINO BLANCO DE ESPANA, CASTILLA LA MANCHA, SPAIN

100% Verdejo

Certified Organic / Certified Biodynamic / Certified Vegan

This wine comes from vineyards planted to the alluvial soils of Castilla la Mancha, on one of the oldest organic estates in the region. Friend & Farmer is the passion project of three brothers, Francisco, Javier and Luis Parra, with expert guidance by Juan Antonio Ponce of Bodegas Ponce. All the grapes used for their wines are organically and Biodynamically farmed, as well as vegan-certified. The combination of alluvial and clay soils makes a nice balance of qualities for a delightfully well-rounded wine. It fermented fermented with native yeast in stainless steel and was aged four-six months in stainless steel before being bottles with no added sulfur. It's crisp, citrusy and refreshing, with a pleasing herbal quality and mineral finish. This tasty white is hard to beat on its own or alongside goat cheese, veggies, salads, seafood and and appetizers. 100% Verdejo. Club Price: $9.89


2017 MANINCOR MOSCATO GIALLO ALTO ADIGE, ITALY

100% Moscato Giallo

Organic / Certified Biodynamic

Manincor is a Biodynamic family vineyard and winery located in Alto-Adige (aka South Tyrol) in Italy. The estate has a long history, with buildings dating back to the early 1600s when Hieronymus Manincor was granted the land by the emperor for his services to Austria and raised to the rank of the nobility. His grand daughter married one of Count Enzenberg’s ancestors in 1662 (the Enzenbergs have an even nobler history, reigning as one of most prominent Tyrolean families for 800 years!) and the land has remained in the family ever since. Count Michael Goëss-Enzenberg manages the estate today, which is farmed 100% Biodynamically. This wine is 100% Moscato Giallo from a very steep, south-facing mountainside vineyard with gravelly soils. Its aromatic and textural, delicious, especially with rich dishes, exotic fare and aged cheeses. It displays delicate scents of nutmeg, cedar-wood and grapefruit and is perfectly paired with fall foods like pumpkin! Club Price: $17.99


2016 CUEVA BY MARIANA "ORANGE" VINO BLANCO DE ESPANA (ORANGE WINE), VALENCIA, SPAIN

60% Tardana and 40% Macabeu

Certified Organic

Bodega Cueva is located in the village of La Portera in the region of Valencia, Spain. The domaine dates back to the 18th century and farming practices have always been natural; it is certified organic today. Winemaker/Owner Mariano Taberner uses two grapes to make this wine: Tardana and Macabeu. Tardana is a rare varietal indigenous to this region while Macabeu is more common (it is also known as Viura in Rioja). This is an "orange" style wine -- which means it is a white wine made with skin contact contact, resulting in the deepening of color and addition of texture, structure and flavor. The extended skin maceration gives this wine an intense fruit aroma with savory complexity on the palate. It is a fascinating wine with many food pairing possibilities. A true natural wine, it fermented with native yeast, and was bottled unfined, unfiltered, and without added free sulfur--the only intervention here is that Mariano plays music to his wine in the cellar! Club Price: 20.69


2014 ANDREA SCOVERO "IL CLOWN" PIEMONTE ROSSO, PIEDMONT, ITALY

100% Nebbiolo

Organic

Andrea Scovero is a third generation winemaker from Bionzo, a small village in the hills of Costigliole d'Asti about 7 miles south of the town of Asti. He is blessed to be situated in a natural amphitheater, providing the ideal balance of exposure and protection for his vines. The "Il Clown" is 100% Nebbiolo, the noble red grape of Piedmont, and comes from the warmest, south east facing side of the amphitheater planted to younger vines. It is youthful and vibrant with high-toned cherry and cranberry fruit matched with super-fine acidity. A classic young Nebbiolo to pair with pastas and risottos, roast meat and braises, or a hunk of aged cheese. Decant to let the aromas come forward and enjoy. Club Price: $29.69


2017 OENO SONOMA COUNTY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Organic

Oeno is a project by importer/producer Amy Atwood, who specializes in natural wines and has strict standards for production from the vineyard to the glass. She founded the Oeno label after being searching for and being frustrated with a lack of restrained, minimal-intervention wines from California that meet her standards, so decided to make them herself. This Cabernet comes from this comes from head-trained 40 year-old vines planted to a single vineyard. It was de-stemmed, whole-berry pressed and fermented with native yeast, followed by aging in neutral French Oak to preserve the varietal fruit character. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this Cabernet Sauvignon shows ripe blackberry and cocoa flavors accented by pepper and spice. On the palate, a velvety mouthfeel and full body first expand and then refine, finishing long with ripe, smooth tannins. Minimal oak presence and moderate alcohol are big pluses, making this an accessible, unpretentious Cab you really can enjoy everyday with a wide range of foods. Club Price $17.99


LES TETES ET DOMAINE DES HAUTS BAIGNEUX "TETE AU BOIS D'ORMANT ROSE" SPARKLING VIN DE FRANCE 60% Grolleau and 40% Gamay

Certified Organic This delicious rose bubbly is a blend of Grolleau and Gamay from 25 year-old vines planted to clay and limestone soils from Château de Rigny-Ussé in the Loire Valley of France. Grolleau a French grape variety native to the Loire Valley that gets it's name from the French grolle, meaning "crow" - a reference to its dark-colored berries. Philippe Mesnier and Nicolas Grosbois are the duo behind Les Tetes et Domaine des Hauts Baigneux, a 12 hectare vineyard that is certified organic. All the fruit is hand-harvested with indigenous yeast fermentation followed by traditional method vinification (second fermentation in bottle) to create its lovely bubble. The resulting sparkling rose is bright pink in color with aromas and flavors of red-currants and blackberries, a fine bead and wonderful balance. Delicious on it's own and to enjoy with light appetizers, fresh cheeses and salads. Club Price: $22.49


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