2017 August Wine Club Picks

Chateau Des Tourtes White Tradition – Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux, FR – 2016 – Red/White Selection
Pale yellow color with green highlights. Pleasant, aromatic nose, with overtones of citrus and floral blossoms. In mouth: very good balance, a pleasant body. Food pairing: Aperitif. Uncooked entrees, salmon or scallop carpaccio, sea food and oysters. Excellent with a different fish, baked or steamed.
Drink now through 2018 – Suggested Retail Price: $30 Club Price: $26 – To go only

Ehret Bellarina Meritage Red – Napa Valley, CA – 2012 – Red/White Selection
The Bellarina Meritage Red, Knights Valley, blends syrah, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot to create an accessible, rich, full-flavored red wine. Dark berry, mocha, raspberry, and sweet spice commingle in the aroma and flavors, with ripe berries and juicy dark plum in the finish. Enjoy it over the next 4 years.

Drink now through 2019 – Suggested Retail Price: $32 Club Price: $28 – To go only

Diora Three Crowns Single Vineyard Red – Santa Lucia Highlands, CA – 2014 –
Inspired by the signature golden hills that frame the landscape of our San Bernabe Vineyard at the base of the Santa Lucia Mountain range, Diora is adopted from “D’or,” a French term meaning “golden.” his hearty blend of Syrah, Grenache, Petit Verdot and Viognier shows it off well, with fruit-driven aromas of grape juice, grape seeds, olallieberries and sandalwood. The palate shows decent structure as well as blackberry fruit, dried oregano, beef jerky, peppercorn and sanguine flavors.
Drink now through 2019 – Suggested Retail Price: $32 Club Price: $28 – To go only

Platinum Wine Club Picks

Cantine Lenotti Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG – Veneto, Italy – 2011
Produced in extremely limited quantities only in the best years from the best red grapes of Valpolicella ( 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Oseleta) which dry out in cases until late winter and are traditionally vinified in January-February. Dark brick ruby red. The wine is ruby red colour with garnet tinges. Ethereal, spicy, with cherry hints, sour cherry, raspberry, currant in alcohol, cocoa and balsamic notes. In the mouth is warm, full, of great structure, fine and balanced. Wine for roasts and games, very pleasant at the end of the meal with mature cheeses. This exceptional wine needs to be savoured slowly to be appreciated in full.

Drink now through 2021 – Suggested Retail Price: $56 Club Price: $49 – To go only

Hourglass HG III – Napa Valley, CA – 2014
Bounding aromas of fresh vibrant fruit—black and Bing cherry, blackberries and pomegranate—mingle with elevated notes of roasted hazel nut and toasted vanilla bean to create an explosive and compelling aromatic. Layers of fruit, crossing a spectrum of red and black berries, incorporate the finest elements of blending Merlot, Cabernet and Petit Sirah (the “III” of HG III): Merlot for a supple and sleek mid palate texture; Cabernet for core structure and extended finish; and the “secret sauce” of Petite Sirah for depth and layering. An unmistakable hint of dark chocolate yields a richness that beautifully complements a bright, pure fruit character.

Drink now through 2024 – Suggested Retail Price: $55 Club Price: $46 – To go only – Through August 6th ONLY

Champagne Club Picks

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve – Champagne, FR – NV
A deep golden robe. Delicate vivacious and long-lasting bubbles, are the result of more than 36 months of ageing in chalk cellars. With 40% of reserve wines (the maximum possible amount), the blend offers a complex, voluptuous nose with notes of freshly baked brioche and the richness of roasted coffee beans. A precise selection of wines, purposely limited to 60 crus, ensures the Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve a deliciously sophisticated harmony. An opulent selection of ripe, sun-drenched fruits such as mango, apricot and greengage plum combines with dried fruits, pistachio and almond. The texture is reminiscent of a crisp layer of nougatine on a velvety cream pastry filled with plump red plums and ripe cherries. The reserve wines, some dating back ten years give the wine lushness. The depth of the thousand-year old chalk quarries where the wine matures offer a touch of praline along with notes of amber and vanilla.
Drink now through 2022 – 
Suggested Retail Price: $65 Club Price: $58 – To go only

Paul Goerg Premiere Cru Brut Rosé Champagne – Champagne, France – NV
A fascinating pink colour combining the hue of the roses of yesteryear with tints of salmon. Fine and sustained bubbles betraying the high proportion of Chardonnay. A delicately fruity, pure nose, dominated by notes of fresh red fruits, such as raspberries, wild strawberries and redcurrants, with bursts of pomegranate flavour. Appealingly light on the palate, with freshness reminiscent of the smoothness and persistence of a red fruit jelly. An attractive Rosé, the charm and elegance of which will particularly appeal to more delicate palates. It will make a perfect aperitif, especially at the end of a long day. It could also happily accompany a number of summer starters such as
beef carpaccio, salmon tartare, gaspacho or Bayonne ham. For the main course, it is perfect with a lightly roasted leg of suckling lamb. During the cheese course, serve with extra dry mimolette, and with a fresh red fruit soup during dessert.
Drink now through 2022 – 
Suggested Retail Price: $68 Club Price: $59 – To go only