fine Wine Source Wine Club

January 2017
Christopher Michael Wines: The wine business is a somewhat unlikely landing point for brothers Eric Christopher and Ryan Michael Harms. The Harms brothers were born and raised in the Midwest where drilling or dairy farming might have been more likely ventures. But for reasons that can only be deemed as fate, they landed on the West Coast in the wine business-Ryan in Oregon and Eric in California. After more long-distance brainstorming than either can remember, small inklings for how they might one day work together gave way to one big idea for what is now an expression of their collective experiences under one label—Christopher Michael Wines. Ryan is a winemaker by trade and Eric is a financial analyst in the wine business, so each has their own unique skill sets to contribute to the venture which began in 2009. Not afraid of vineyards in the far reaches of any growing region, the Harms brothers are focusing their efforts on finding expressive fruit that produces vibrant and fresh wines. Without worrying about geographic boundaries, Ryan & Eric look to work with growers that farm sustainably and seek out the best expressions of their grapes. Be it Oregon Pinot (a past wine club selection) or Washington Cabernet, what matters most to the brothers behind Christopher Michael Wines is finding fruit that will make a delicious wine regardless of varietal or origin.
About: The 2014 vintage in Washington started out warm, bud break was early, and vineyards went through flowering under ideal conditions. Warm, dry conditions persisted throughout the season and resulted in the warmest summer on record. This unusually warm weather continued into the harvest window as they began to pick under optimal conditions. This was a rare year as both quality and quantity of fruit was exceptionally high. The resulting wines are showy with ripe fruit flavors and great concentration. The vineyard sources for the 2014 Christopher Michael Red Blend were 83% Wahluke Slope and 17% Columbia Valley.
Varietals: 54% Syrah, 20% Barbera, 10% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petite Verdot, 4% Malbec, 3% Grenache
Alcohol: 13.9%
Tasting Notes: A bright and expressive nose leads into dark fruit flavors of blackberry and cherry with hints of baking spice with nutmeg and cinnamon.
Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: A juicy fruit forward red loaded with purple fruit flavors of blueberry and pomegranates. Big Red Wine here, with a powerful finish; great served with a juicy hamburger or any red meat.


Our Pricing:
Regular Price -> $16.99
Case Price ( 12 Bottles Per Case )->$14.99
Country: Italy
Region: Salento IGT
Blend:
Negromaro 85%
Primitivo/ Zin 15%
Body: Full
Alcohol: 14%
About Wine :
Verso is a full-bodied, luscious wine made with a small percent of ‘appassimento’, or raisined, grapes. While this wine is made by the Botter Family whose main vineyards are located in Molise (an obscure area near Abruzzo), this blend comes from vineyards in Salento (located in the heel of Italy).
Rich and dark fruit on the nose with spicy earth. The palate is filled with black berry and plum with dark cherry, nice oak adding weight with light tannins on the finish. Our favorite note about the wine may well be from the importer Small Vineyards: “It is a hedonistic experience that captures the polished side of Negroamaro and Primitivo.


Our Pricing :
Regular Price -> $16.99
Case Price ( 12 bottles per Case) -> $14.99
Appellation: California
Blend:
83% Cabernet Sauvignon
7% Cabernet Franc
5% Malbec
4%Petit Verdot
1% Merlot
Alcohol: 13.5%
Winemaking Philosophy:
At TRIM Wine always using only the best fruit in
California. The goal is to make a wine with
concentrated fruit flavors and balance, without
compromising on quality. By producing a wine
with these complex attributes, This Wine can be bottled if it had early accessibility,also it has the
potential to age for years to come.
2013 California Harvest Notes: “Early, even and excellent,” are three words that have been
used to describe the 2013 growing season. A warm, dry spring brought early bud break,
helped with canopy vigor and berry size and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit
set under sunny skies. Winemakers from around the valley agree that the 2013 vintage
shows exceptional promise and potential and exceeds expectations following on the heels of
2012 – another year that has been described as “nearly perfect.”
Vineyard Notes: TRIM is a well-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon from outstanding vineyards in
California. Our winemaking team works with some of the best vineyards to produce a lush,
well balanced and fruit forward Cabernet Sauvignon.

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February 2016

Domestic Wine: 2012 Hedges Family Estate C.M.S., Columbia Valley, Washington

Hedges Family Estate:  The history of Hedges Family Estate begins in June of 1976, with the marriage of Tom Hedges & Anne-Marie Liégeois in a 12th century church in Champagne, France. The convergence of separate cultural upbringings provides a strong backdrop for creating a modern day, but traditionally inspired wine estate. In 1986, Tom & Anne-Marie created an export company, American Wine Trade, leading to a negociant-inspired wine called “Hedges Cellars.” They quickly learned that the success of this ancient trade would be based on the site of its vineyards; a developing wine region called Red Mountain. At this location, American Wine Trade transformed itself from negociant & wine trader to the classic model of a wine estate. The second generation of the Hedges Family Estate belongs to Tom & Anne-Marie’s children, Christophe & Sarah. Each has a special set of skills for understanding the terroir. Sarah is the head winemaker of the estate, doing her best to express the terroir with minimal intervention, while Christophe is working on the completion of the estate using modern biodynamic arts. Tom, Anne-Marie, Christophe, Sarah, & the entire Hedges company believe place of origin is the keystone of authenticity. Their goal is to treat the wines with reverence & let the Red Mountain terroir speak for itself.

About:  2012 was another excellent & more normal vintage in Washington State. The “fading” La Nina current brought warmer & even spring and summer temperatures & an extended warm, dry autumn with perfect 80-85 degree afternoon highs and 40-50 degree lows without rain. The result was great set that yielded ripe, disease free fruit with good natural acidity. The resulting wines reflect the excellent qualities of the fruit and are a pleasure to drink; probably one of the top 5 vintages in Washington State’s history.

Varietals:  50%Cabernet Sauvignon, 44%Merlot, 6% Syrah (60%French Oak & 40% American Oak).

Alcohol:  13.5%

Tasting Notes:  Dark, deep ruby color leads into a nose of black cherry, blackberry, plum fruit & sweet toasted oak, dried herbs, & vanilla with hints of cocoa powder. Good body on the palate with lively acidity, dark berry fruits, cocoa, sweetness, & a well integrated tannic structure linger on the finish.

Food Pairings:  The balance of acid & tannin make this a great wine for roasted red meats, steaks, venison, or lamb. Use C.M.S. to sauté some onions & mushrooms to accompany a juicy ribeye!

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts:  Rich & flavorful, loaded with black & red fruits and a long, lingering finish. Best served with any red meats.