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May 2018

Les Jamelles:

Catherine and Laurent Delaunay are the heart and soul of Les Jamelles. In the early 1990’s, these two winemakers, both from Burgundian families rooted in the world of wine for several generations, were won over by the diversity of the Languedoc’s terroirs and the grape varieties. Catherine likes to say “the terroirs are there for the grapes.” In the mid-1990’s, the Languedoc region was not known for producing high quality wines; however, it’s reorganization had gotten underway and the pair sensed that it was a land full of promise, with the freedom and ability to grow fifty or so different varietals. In regards to the personal hallmark Catherine and Laurent have made in the region, Catherine has this to say: “In a region where the wines were considered to be very powerful, we wanted to add a touch of Burgundy to our cuvees-to make them fresh, elegant, and complex. Over the years we have discovered many shared features between Burgundy and the Languedoc. It is said that Burgundy is a ‘mosaic of terroirs.’ I would say that the same is true in Languedoc, but to the power of 10!” To ensure its success, Les Jamelles has remained faithful to its original philosophy of listening to consumers (in over 45 countries) and offering them delectable, expressive and accessible varietal wines whose roundness, rich aromas and flavors evoke a certain art of living in the South of France.

About:

Catherine created the “Cepage Rare” collection in 2010. It allows wine lovers to discover a selection of grape varieties that have particular history in the Languedoc: Whether they are old, forgotten, little known, or rarely grown in the region, they are part of the viticultural heritage of the South of France. Malbec is said to have originated in France’s Quercy Region and the vineyards of Cahors. It was then introduced into the Gironde and Touraine regions around 1810. It resulted from a cross between Magdeline Noire des Charentes and Prunelard. This early ripening grape varietal yields very fruity, aromatic, deeply coloured wines that are rich in tannins and well suited to ageing. Malbec is rare in the Languedoc region; however, Laurent has discovered two very different vineyards whose 30-year old vines produce low yields of high quality fruit. The Languedoc vineyard has a warm terrior strewn with galets (round stones). These grapes give depth and colour to the wine. In the western part of the Aude department the cool deep soils of La Malepere produce fruit with tangy red berry flavor that lends finesse and freshness. The grapes were hand harvested and vinified in stainless steel tanks under monitored temperatures. Traditional maceration lasts 15 days and 10% of the wine is aged in oak barrels for added complexity.

Cepage:

100% Malbec

Alcohol:

13%

Tasting Notes:

This elegant, ruby coloured wine tinged with red boasts a spicy nose with hints of liquorice and notes of red and black fruit. It is soft and well-structured on the palate with solid fruity flavours and fine tannins that give this wine its elegant length.

Food Pairings:

This Malbec is the ideal match for Mediterranean cuisine (ratatouille), pizza, couscous and tagines, as well as assorted deli meats, cheeses and grilled red meats. It is also delicious with chocolate. Serve at 16°C /61°F.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts:

A power pack loaded with rich complex flavors. It has a great pop of flavor up front and finish with a long rich linger of fruit. Best served with a steak or any meat on the BBQ!

Fine Wine Source Wine


May 2018

Kenwood Vineyards:

Kenwood Vineyards was established in the 1970s in the very heart of Sonoma, where together with a handful of wineries, they started premium winemaking in the region, long before the region’s AVAs were even created. As one of California’s premium wine pioneers, they now benefit from a strong heritage and pedigree. They initiated their passion project in an original Sonoma barn building that dates back to 1906, where they have remained since. They stay true to their historical past by producing wines from each vineyard separately, as they did 46 vintages ago. They have been crafting the iconic Jack London single vineyard wines for nearly 40 years, and as they look towards the future, they craft new premium wines and invest in their home and their vineyards. Their new ranges are pure expressions of the rich and diverse terroir of Sonoma.

About:

Kenwood sources grapes throughout Sonoma County to assemble their award winning wines, placing particular focus on the AVA’s they consider the most interesting. Located in the Northwest of the San Francisco Bay Area region of California, Sonoma County has 17 AVA’s and around 60,000 acres under vine. The majority of the grapes for the 2016 Pinot Noir come from Sonoma’s celebrated Russian River Valley AVA, where the terroir combined with the ocean’s cooling winds create optimal conditions for growing Pinot Noir. The 2016 vintage had an early dry Spring followed by a long mild Summer, which gave the vineyards time to slowly mature the fruit to peak flavor. The fruit was harvested in late September and early October, with each lot kept separate throughout fermentation and aging to preserve the unique flavors and characteristics of the wine. It was then aged in oak barrels for 9 months, resulting in a classic, medium-bodied Sonoma California Pinot Noir.

Varietals:

99% Pinot Noir & 1% Syrah

Alcohol:

13.5%

Tasting Notes:

Blackberry, black raspberries, Bing cherries, mocha with a touch of vanilla greet the nose and lead into a classic California Pinot Noir with balanced acidity, soft tannins and a medium body.

Food Pairings:

Pinot Noir is the most versatile wine for food pairing. Think oily fish, like cedar plank salmon on the grill, or poultry, like a chicken Marsala. An interesting pairing would be the Kenwood Pinot Noir with a hand tossed and homemade mushroom pizza drizzled with a fig balsamic vinegar. For the vegan, mushroom risotto or Mediterranean style dishes; Greek, Lebanese, or North Africa stylings.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts:

Begins elegantly and ends with a rich and full finish. Great producer in Kenwood, Great Grape in Pinot Noir, and Great are in Sonoma: The end result is fabulous! This Pinot Noir is best served with oily fish and grilled meats or vegetables.

This Merlot captures the eye with a ruby red color, and the nose with an even palate of red berries, black berries and stone fruit. The transition into the mouth is pleasant and rewarding with lingering warmth of soft tannins in the finish.

Food Pairing
This Merlot provides enjoyable pairings with savory foods that benefit from the softer tannic structure of this remarkable Merlot. It also pairs well in the role of a Merlot, with hard cheeses and grilled meats.

FWS Price per btl. $34.99
Case Price per btl. $29.99

“Our exceptional team is made up of two accomplished winemakers: Sara Gott, internationally acclaimed for her success at Joseph Phelps and her brilliant stint at Quintessa, is our head winemaker. We were thrilled to have Marie-Laure Ammons join Oakville East to assist Sara in 2009. After working in France at Domaine Lejeune in Pommard, Chateau de Pressac Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Dulong Negociant in Bordeaux, Marie-Laure arrived in California in 1998. She also works with Philippe Melka and brings a remarkable French point of view to our winemaking and blending.”

A complex mix of refined Bordeaux varieties, with spice, currant, cedar, mineral and tobacco notes. Full-bodied, with a pleasant olive edge, turning more subdued and delicate on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Wine Enthusiast
91 Points: This shows classic valley-floor aspects of dusty tannin, brushy sage and cedar, staying true to the Bordeaux varieties it holds. Pencil lead and mocha accent the medium-bodied background, while soft, pillowy tannins are approachable.

FWS Price per btl. $99.99
Case Price per btl. $79.99

tasting notes from the vineyard……
This monstrously beguiling wine, sutures together a full bodied, dark garnet preposterously multifaceted vivacious wine. A shockingly mischievous elegance defined by bewitching intense sweet blackcurrant, Fuji apple, hibiscus, plum, raspberry, cinnamon, and mocha aromas galumph into a fiendishly bright and balanced fruit, tannin and acid structure.

The grotesquely bright mid pallet fruit shuffles in exquisitely balanced flavors of blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, key lime, stone fruit, cherry and plum that excite horror in those unfamiliar with our miscreant Cabernet Franc. Boris and Igor are very happy!

Wine Enthusias
90 Points: Leather and peppercorn jump from the glass in this soft, strong wine, powerful in tannin and dusty earth. A gravelly, rocky component plays on the palate around waves of chocolate and black currant, finishing in herb.

FWS Price per btl. $99.99
Case Price per btl. $79.99

Bursting with blackberries, our 2014 Soberanes is more jubilant than brooding. With layers of cola, sarsaparilla, cigar box, and cedar, this wine is nuanced and deep. Berries, mocha, and dried herbs lift the palate. She reveals complexity in the glass and smoothness on the finish. Drink now through 2024.

Wine Enthusiast
93 Points: Hearty sagebrush, rust and dust meet with dried Montgomery cherry and tart pomegranate aromas on the nose of this bottling from a Healdsburg-based producer. It’s luscious on the palate with ripe plum fruit and tons of baking spice, from cinnamon to clove cream, nutmeg and vanilla.

Wine Spectator
91 Points: Weaves together a firm mix of dusty berry, cedar, raspberry and anise flavors. Deftly balanced, long and persistent on the finish. Drink now through 2022.

Robert Parker
91 Points: Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard has a lovely potpourri, kirsch and underbrush perfume with hints of wild thyme and damp loam. Light to medium-bodied, it has a very soft-spoken character, with beautifully silken tannins and great persistence.

FWS Price per btl. $44.99
Case Price per btl. $39.99

Skyfall Vineyard was named for massive car-sized boulders scattered among the vines, appearing to have fallen from the sky. These glacial rocks were left in the wake of the ancient Missoula floods that cut the Columbia River. Floods deposited silty loam soil mixed with volcanic ash for soil conditions that create complex, elegant wines.

Dave Minick, 3rd generation Washington State grower, oversees all vineyard management for consistent, perfectly ripe grapes across Skyfall vineyard sites. All vineyards receive the same environmentally responsible care with minimalist intervention including a new compost program for naturally enriching soils and use of low impact vehicles in vineyards.

Skyfall Vineyard fruit is sourced from Washingtons top AVAs within Columbia Valley including Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope, and Yakima Valley. Columbia Valley has optimal growing conditions with hot days allowing grapes to ripen and cool nights where acidity develops. This means Skyfall Vineyard wines are well balanced between the crisp acidity, firm tannins, and ripe fruit structure, ready for immediate enjoyment.

Wonderfully developed plum, vanilla and leather aromas swirl in the glass. Juicy flavors of cherry candy coupled with hints of cocoa powder weave through the palate. Balanced acidity and polished tannins on the finish. Very easy drinking and wonderful with meats off the grill.

FWS Price per btl. $18.99
Case Price per btl. $16.99

Fine Wine Source Wine


April 2018

Ixsir:

The name IXSIR derives from ‘Iksir’, the original Arabic word for ‘Elixir’, a word common to many languages that defines the purest form of all substances – a secret potion that grants eternal youth and love. The vision behind IXSIR is to reveal the best terroirs of Lebanon, some long since forgotten. Cultivated with respect to sustainable agriculture, IXSIR’s vineyards are spread across the mountains of Lebanon on clay-calcareous and limestone soil, from Batroun to Jezzine, benefiting from microclimates that are unique to Lebanon. IXSIR’s vineyards culminate at an altitude of 1,800 metres, making them the highest in the Northern Hemisphere. Winemaking takes place in a vineyard located on the hills of Batroun where a 17th century traditional Lebanese house presides over a contemporary winery with sustainability at its core. Recognized several times for its green credentials, the IXSIR winery was named by CNN as one of the greenest buildings in the world. It has also won the international Architizer A+ Award, the Good Green Design award, and the Green Mind MENA Award. IXSIR’s winery proudly consumes 75% less energy than any other winery in the world and is built across distinct levels, allowing wine to be made using the method of gravity fermentation. Having stood the test of time, the gravity fermentation method requires very little pumping during the processing of grapes, allowing IXSIR’s painstakingly produced wine to free-flow from one level to the next. Having made its way down, IXSIR stores its wines in a cellar that is built 12 meters underground so that it benefits from the natural thermal protection of the soil and reducing the need for mechanical refrigeration. Earth is also used to insulate the winery, with a botanical garden set on the roof of the building that helps to keep it cool during the hot summer months. The garden is Lebanon’s largest planted roof, enabling visitors to view more than 22 different grapes varieties. Zenithal skylights on the roof also help to maximize the use of sunlight across all floors, reaching the cellar 12 meters underground and reducing the amount of energy IXSIR’s vineyards reach from the north to the south of Lebanon, promoting sustainable farming and helping farmers and their families to remain on their own land. IXSIR offers vine growers a high fixed price as part of a long-term buying contract, which has so far helped over 250 families. Vine growers are also given technical support and strict quality control guidelines, helping to create a more sustainable industry and a safer working environment than through the production of illicit crops.

About:

Ixsir has 120 hectares planted to Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Touriga Nacional, Merlot, Tempranillo, Caladoc, Cinsault, Beidy, Viognier, Muscat, Chardonnay, & Sauvignon Blanc. The soil is comprised of clay-calcareous, limestone, and granite. Harvest is done by hand under temperature controlled conditions. The 2011 Altitudes Red is the first Ixsir wine to be featured at the FWS! We are proud to announce that we will be welcoming Naji Boutros from Ixsir to the store, as well as Vertical, in May of 2018; so, keep an eye on your email for the date, time, and wines that will be featured!!!

Cepage:

Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Caladoc, and Tempranillo

Alcohol:

13%

Tasting Notes:

Black cherry color with garnet reflections, this wine unleashes fresh aromas of red and black fruits with just a hint of oak. Its unique blending gives the wine a supple and delicate character with a synthesis of blackberry and currant berry.

Food Pairings:

Think creamy cheeses, fatty meat, and earthy vegetables with savory old world spices!

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts:

France goes to Lebanon, with a touch of Spain! Lebanon is a former French colony. The wine is reminiscent of Left Bank Bordeaux; elegant with spice and a long silky finish. Best with Shawarma or any lamb dish!

Fine Wine Source Wine


April 2018

Cosentino Winery:

Cosentino Winery is the first stop when entering Napa Wine Country, located on the historic St. Helena Highway. In 1980, Cosentino Winery made its inaugural vintage that released in 1981. In 1989, they released ‘The Poet,’ which is one of the first designated and licensed US Meritage wines. In 1990, they launched THE Series wines, designed to showcase the best grapes from the Lodi Appellation. Recently, they partnered with partnered with Marty Peterson (Vice President, Winemaking Operations, Vintage Wine Estates Winemaker, Cosentino Winery). Marty comes from a family with a rich farming history. In 1904, his great-grandfather, Carl A. Peterson, made his way by ferry to Lodi, an agricultural community at the mouth of the Sacramento River Delta, 60 miles east of San Francisco, where he founded the family ranch. For more than a century, the Peterson family has farmed 100 acres in the Lodi region, now planted to fine wine grape varietals, as well as Bing cherries. The fourth generation of growers from the family property, Marty grew up in a community of farmers who shared a similar commitment to the land. The childhood friends and family relationships forged over many years are still firmly in place, giving him an insider’s insight—and connections— into this important, emerging winegrowing region. Marty received his Bachelor of Sciences in Enology from Fresno State University in 2002, giving him expertise on the cellar side and refining his natural farming knowledge. Peterson joined Vintage Wine Estates in 2011 as winemaker for Viansa Sonoma; in May of 2015 he was then appointed Winemaker at Cosentino Winery, where he draws on his deep roots in the Lodi region, as well as his knowledge of the Napa and Sonoma appellations, to create uniquely expressive wines of balance and complexity.

About:

The grapes for THE Cab were hand-harvested in Lodi, an AVA known to benefit from the cooling Delta influence. The 2016 harvest was notably even and steady, providing balanced yields of quality fruit, allowing us to craft a wine with intensity and interest. A great wine on its own or with your favorite red wine friendly cuisine—enjoy now or over the next three years.

Varietals:

Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, with a hint of Petit Verdot

Alcohol:

14.5% Aged 11 months in French Oak

Tasting Notes:

“Our 2016 THE Cab is a rich ruby color in the glass with sultry aromas of boysenberry, black currant, baking spice and vanilla. The luxuriously supple palate reveals flavors of blackberry cobbler, cedar spice and a balanced finish marked by velvety tannins.”

Food Pairings:

Blow the dust off the grill and fire it up with some steaks, burgers, or ribs. To be more specific, think braised short ribs, garlic chicken wings; or, for the vegetarians olives with roasted garlic & tomatoes, Zucchini Gratin with tomato confit, and grilled Portabella mushrooms with garlic and a balsamic glaze.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts:

A full throttle wine, rich & bold, layered with complexity. Best served with big red meats, broiled or barbequed!

Fine Wine Source Wine

March 2018

Chateau Tarin:

Chateau Tarin is tucked away in The village of Cazaugitat is located in the Southwest of France in the Entre Deux Mers region, 48 km from the city center of Bordeaux. Known as the Garden of Eden, it is a sleepy town with only 255 inhabitants. Entre-Deux-Mers is a wine region in Bordeaux, in France. It is situated between the rivers Garonne and Dordogne, and is bounded in the east by the border of the Gironde department and in the west by the Bec d’Ambès, the confluence of the Garonne and the Dordogne. At 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres), it is the largest sub-region of Bordeaux, although, as there are large areas of forest, relatively little of it is used for growing grapes. The total area under vine is about 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres), with about 250 growers making wine there. The name of the region is derived, not from the French word “mer” (“sea”), but from “marée” (“tide”). Thus, it means “between two tides”, a reference to its location between two tidal rivers. The village of Cazaugitat is a small village located south west of France. The town of Cazaugitat is located in the department of Gironde of the french region Aquitaine. The town of Cazaugitat is located in the township of Pellegrue part of the district of Langon. To put the size (or lack thereof) of the population in perspective, there are only about 17 inhabitants per Kilometer, and there are 100 main residences, 14 second or occasional homes and 12 vacant homes.

About:

Chateau Tarin has approximately 98 acres of gravelly soil planted to Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2015 Chateau Tarin Vin de Bordeaux is fermented as per the traditional method, in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. It is cold soaked and then fermented between twelve and twenty-one days.

Cepage:

70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol:

13%

Tasting Notes:

Bright cherry and deep currant greet the nose and lead to a dark and brooding flavor profile of black cherry fruit on the palate enhanced by balanced acidity on the finish. This is a young wine that will reward patience in cellaring, but can be enjoyed on the table after at least an hour or two decant and/or aeration. You may even want to go as far as opening the Tarin, sampling a glass, replacing the cork and allowing it to open in the bottle overnight.

Food Pairings:

Steak frites (steak and duck fat fries) might just be the perfect complement to red Bordeaux. The boldness of Bordeaux compliments the umami in the meat and the wine’s “grippy” tannins are smoothed out by the dish’s fat content. In fact, Bordeaux wine will taste sweet and fruity against this rich meaty backdrop. The steak frites example shows us that when pairing foods with Bordeaux, you’ll want to seek out foods with a.)plenty of umami and b.) fat to counteract tannin. Beyond this, you can get creative with your pairings. Here are some examples: (Meats) Black Pepper Steak, Roast Pork, Filet Mignon, Beef Brisket, Buffalo Burgers, Chicken Liver, Pot Roast, Venison, Duck, Goose, Dark Meat Turkey, (Cheeses) Ossau Iraty, Basque Cheeses, Manchego, Swiss Cheese, Comté, White Cheddar, Provolone, Pepper Jack, (Spices)Black Pepper, White Pepper, Oregano, Rosemary, Mustard Seed, Cumin, Coriander Seed, Anise, (Vegetables) Roast Potatoes, Lentils, Mushrooms, Onion, Green Onion, Green Bean Casserole, Chestnut.

Jim Lutfy’s Thought’s

Soft & supple with flavors of cedar & tobacco and a long earthy finish. A wine that needs at least an hour of decanting, best served with grilled meats.