2017 July Wine Club Picks
Txomin Etxaniz oli de Guetaria – GETARIA, Basque Country, Spain – 2016 – Red/White Selection
This wine comes from the terraced vineyards on a steep hillside overlooking this Basque town on the southern edge of the Bay of Biscay. This is the land of Txakolina, ((pronounced chock-oh-LEE-nah) the bracing, refreshing, often fizzy white wine that is enjoyed throughout Basque country. Yellow-green color. Fruity aroma. Slightly acidic and carbonated in the mouth with a persistent finish. Grapes varietals are hondarrabi zuri and hondarrabi beltza. Pair with starters, fish and seafood, salted anchovies and tuna in oil.
Drink now through 2018 – Suggested Retail Price: $30 Club Price: $26 – To go only
Theory Zinfandel – California, CA – 2015 – Red/White Selection
On the rim: Deep garnet color with touches of cranberry. On the nose: Explosive spices: Pepper, paprika, dry rub,
and ashes. Notes of smoke and maple syrup with hints of red cherry, figs, tobacco leaf, macerated strawberries, and tomato sauce. On the mouth: Soft velvety tannins on the palate with nice, ripe strawberries and lingering cherries, complimented by bright acidity.
Drink now through 2019 – Suggested Retail Price: $39 Club Price: $32 – To go only
Hereu Malbec Blend – Central Valley, Chile – 2011
This is a new blend from Odfjell winemaker Arnaud Hereu. Made from Syrah, Malbec and Carignan, it is concentrated and bordering on fat, with olive, black fruit, vanilla and mocha on the nose. Ripe and tight, with cola and blackberry flavors followed by a finish of mocha and herbal tea. Ageable for a few years but drinkable now. Enjoy this wine with grilled meats including game, duck, red pasta sauces, hearty comfort foods, and a variety of mild and medium cheeses.
Drink now through 2019 – Suggested Retail Price: $29 Club Price: $26 – To go only
Platinum Wine Club Picks
B. Leighton Gratitude – Red Mountain, WA 2014
This wine is a blend of 70% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache and 5% Syrah. It opens with achingly pure red currant, cranberry, black pepper, blue fruit, orange peel and dried herb aromas that completely captivate the senses. The palate shows a hypnotic sense of purity along with a sense of elegance that is dazzling. Smoked meat flavors linger on the long finish. Chalk and earth with beautiful notes of raspberry and white pepper. Iron and dried herbs complete this wine. It continues to leave an impression long after you’ve finished the bottle.
Drink now through 2020 – Suggested Retail Price: $49 Club Price: $44 – To go only
Theory Cabernet – Napa Valley, CA 2014
92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
On the rim: Deep dark ruby color with touches of black cherry and purple on the rim.
On the nose: Beautiful explosions of cedar cola, thyme, cassis, iodine, lingering blackberries, cherries, roast beef,
cherry pie and violet.
On the mouth: Deep, dense entrance evolving on granular but dense structure with touches of fresh boysenberries, plums, and lingering starfruit and pine on the finish.
Drink now through 2021 – Suggested Retail Price: $60 Club Price: $53 – To go only
Collector Club Wine
Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Red Blend – Rutherford, CA -2012
The 2012 Proprietory Red Amuse Bouche offers juicy blue and red fruits along with surprisingly noticeable acidity, good cleanliness and purity, and a style that falls somewhere between a French Bordeaux and a Napa red wine. Although still youthful, it displays a potential for plenty of aromatic complexity, medium to full body, and savory flavors. The wine has yet to reveal its considerable potential, so give it several more years of bottle age and drink it over the following 10-15 years. We harvested the Amuse Bouche 2012 on October 2 from our lofty vineyards in the east Rutherford Hills of Napa Valley. The blend is 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. For the Amuse Bouche 2012, we commissioned celebrated Parisian artist, Marc Clauzade, to create the gorgeous painting featured on this label: Le Bar à Vin.
575 cases were produced – 93 PTS WS
Drink 2017 through 2025 – Suggested Retail Price: $259