Fine Wine Source Wine

March 2019

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.

Les Jamelles Grenache: Grenache is a grape variety which performs best when it grows in arid regions. The red Grenache “Les Jamelles” is smooth and fruit-forward. It is an easy-drinking wine, perfect for informal gatherings and picnics. This Grenache was cultivated in the Pays d’Oc region in the South of France, between Béziers and Perpignan near the Mediterranean coast. The 10-20 year-old sloping vineyards are located on clay-silty soils coming from the old Aude River, and from the clay-limestone soils of the Minervois. The Pruning method is “Cordon de Royat” ( a spur trained trellis system that is widely used in the Champagne region of France to grow Pinot Noir). and the yield is approximately 50 hectoliters per hectare. The grapes are totally destemmed and undergo a long temperature-controlled maceration with regular pumping over. Malolactic fermentation is completed. 5 to 10% is aged in oak barrel for 7 to 9 months.

Varietal: 100% Grenache

Alcohol: 12.5%

Tasting Notes: Deep purple in color with vivid highlights, it is a rich, rounded, and fruit forward wine (raspberry) with spicy undertones (pepper, cinnamon, tapenade).

Food Pairings: It can be easily served with Terrines (Pate) or with Mediterranean cuisine, as well as grilled meats (lamb and meat stew) or sauced meats. Serve at 62-65 degrees.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Loaded with spicy flavors of Paprika and fresh Red Pepper; the wine has an explosion of flavor on the palate. This Grenache is best served with Chicken, Pan Seared, or Smoked Salmon.

Wine Club Member’s Great Buy: Utilize your Wine Club Member Discount to enjoy the 2015 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio from the recently classified AOC of France’s Maury Sec. This 94 Point blend of Grenache & Carignan is an outstanding value! Wine Club Member Price $19.99

Fine Wine Source Wine

March 2019

Primary Wines: Primary Wines was born out of the desire to bring good wines at great prices to people who aspire to live free and drink well. At the same time, it was imperative to stay true to our ideals, one of which is the essential understanding that all good wines are created equal, but if and only if they reflect their primary and wholesome source, which is the grapes that they are produced from. Finally, we wanted to embrace and encourage the natural intelligence and inquisitiveness of our fellow drinkers by giving them a little insight into the often opaque language used by wine connoisseurs, hence the brief lesson appearing on our labels. In our communal quest to live well, we invite you to go back to the basics and enjoy our fruit-driven, thirst-quenching Primary Wines.

California Cabernet Sauvignon: Cabernet Sauvignon has been referred to as the king of red wine grapes. Cabernet Sauvignons and blends where the variety predominates are some of the most prized wines produced in California. The grape is also the main ingredient in blends for many of the famous red wines in the world. Cabernet Sauvignons are dry, full flavored and made to be long lived for many labels. The aging potential can be upwards of 10-20 years, though five to nine years is more usual and many can be enjoyed upon release. Fans of Cabernet Sauvignon are familiar with the wine’s common descriptors: berry, currant and cassis or herbaceous, bell pepper and toasty oak aromas and flavors. For traditional California table wine volume sold in U.S. food stores, Cabernet Sauvignon is the second leading varietal after Chardonnay, according to the Nielsen Company & Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates. DNA genetic fingerprinting research at the University of California at Davis has revealed Cabernet Sauvignon to be a cross between the Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The variety is California’s most widely planted red wine grape with 90,782 acres reported in 2016. Napa Valley, San Luis Obispo County, Sonoma and Lodi/San Joaquin County are the regions with the most plantings.

Varietals: 100% California Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol: 12.5%

Tasting Notes: Full-bodied with aromas of cassis, dark plum, crushed berry and slight notes of dried herb and vanilla. Lingering fruit flavors carry through with mid weight tannins on the finish.

Food Pairings: The moderate to high tannin levels and concentrated flavors in Californian Cab make it a sensational food wine. It’s superb with porterhouse steak, braised pork belly, hearty lamb stews, Portobello mushrooms and grilled burgers.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Big & rich with layers of complexity and a long, lingering finish. Best served with Steak or Pork dishes.

Wine Club Member’s Great Buy: Utilize your Wine Club Member discount to enjoy the 2016 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon. The wholesale cost increased with the release of the 2016 vintage, but we did not raise the price…for now. Don’t miss out on this great value from Rutherford in the Napa Valley! …Wine Club Member Price $39.99/Bottle.