Everyday Wine Club - March 2018
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All wines $16 and under this month, all prices include 8% SC Tax.
This month’s selections, three whites and three reds.
Ken Forrester, Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc Reserve (2016) $15
Golden hued and full bodied, with melon and spicy baked apple aromas. Layered,with mineral notes enhanced by honeycomb and caramel flavors from lees contact. This wine is a great example of the harmonious balance which can be achieved between fruit and delicate oak/vanilla flavors, as they combine to form complex, soft flavors with sufficient body to enhance even spicy and full flavored meals.” Rated 91 Points-Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Blanck, Alsace Pinot Blanc (2016) $14
Intense straw yellow. The nose begins with scents of lemon but with time in the glass the aromas of flowers, peach and apricot pits, and grapefruit skin dominate. Medium-dry, this beautiful wine is young and juicy with a palate that’s fresh and well balanced. A lively, approachable Pinot Blanc that’s enjoyable from the first sip to the last. Excellent along with your favorite seafood, light-flavored meats, light-medium sauces and mild-flavored cheeses. This is on the Town Hall wine list.
Hobo Wine Co., Folk Machine White Light (2017) $15
The 2017 White Light is 30% Tocai Friulano from Mendocino, 40% Riesling from Arroyo Seco, and 11% Verdelho from Suisun Valley, 11% Sauvignon Blanc from Potter Valley, and 8% Muscat from Suisun Valley. Everything was picked at the beginning of the season with brix numbers ranging from 19˚ to 21˚. The final wine is 12.0% alcohol. Each variety was fermented individually in stainless steel tanks without commercial yeast and kept at a cool fermentation temperature. When the fermentation was complete, we filtered the wine and left it in stainless steel until it was bottled in January of 2018.
White Light was inspired by a trip to the vortexes of Sedona, Arizona, but maybe a little Velvet Underground or Wilco too. I’m not that much into New Age thinking, but tell me something will feel good and I’m a believer. Certainly ready and fun to drink now, but may gain some complexity with time. KL
Bodini Malbec (2016) $13
Juicy and delicious red with dark berries and chocolate. Medium body and lovely density and richness. Screw cap. Wonderful value. (James Suckling gives it 90 points)
Carlos Serres, Rioja Crianza (2013) $14
The average vine age for this wine is 10-20 years as this is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha. The 2013 ‘Crianza’ by Carlos Serres opens with a bright bouquet of red cherry, red raspberry, thyme and hints of wild blackberry. The texture is lovely as is the red fruit flavors and suggestions of pipe tobacco. The long finish impresses. Best 2017-2022. 94 points from V&M.
Marietta Cellars, Old Vine Red Lot 66 $16
Old Vine Red is a proprietary red wine made to replicate the field blends of many of the old vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. Predominantly comprised of Zinfandel, Old Vine Red combines pure fruit, a supple mouth feel and a rich, solid structure. A groundbreaking combination of varietals and multiple vintages first produced in 1982, this wine has blazed the path for red blends for decades. With a historic underground following, it is one of the longest lasting and best known red blends produced today. Marietta�s flagship NV Old Vine Red Lot Number 67 is a combination of wine from the 2016, 2015, and 2014 vintages. 60% aged in neutral barrels and 40% aged in stainless steel. Dry, fruit-forward, rich, supple.