Fine Wine Source Wine


July 2019

Chateau Bel-Air Laclotte: Nestled in the Gironde, Saint Gervais is 22km from the city center of Bordeaux. Owner, Earl Vignobles Stephan Motut was born on the property and inherited 32H of the vineyard, the chateau, and the outlying fields in 2004.The vineyards are planted in clay-limestone soils that are perfect for the Merlot and Cabernet Franc in this vintage’s offering. Mindful cultivation of the vineyards has helped to produce a Vin de Bordeaux wine that is well balanced and exemplary of the classic, supple and harmonious wines of North Eastern Bordeaux.

The Côtes de Bourg: Côtes de Bourg is an Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) for Bordeaux wine situated around the small town of Bourg-sur-Gironde near Bordeaux, France. The first vineyards in the area were founded by the Romans. In the Middle Ages, Bourg was a major port for wine and the vineyards developed at the same tempo as the estuary traffic. At the time, the inhabitants of Bourg were fishermen, sailors, or winemakers; the latter benefited from the perfect combination of a commercially minded town and a soil made for the vine. Historians date the first vineyards from the 2nd century AD, when the Roman occupants planted the first “Vitis Biturica”. They understood that the combination of rich soil, climate and exposition of the east bank were ideal for cultivating the grape. Until the 9th century, the wine trade operated alongside the tin trade which in turn complemented quarrying. Currently, the area has many abandoned limestone quarries that provided stone for building the city of Bordeaux. All of this makes up the history of the growth of winemaking in the area since the appellation has a range of gravel, alluvium, clay and limestone soils. The Atlantic Ocean plays an important role in the temperate climate of le Bourgeais and this accentuates the expression of terroir, aided by the regulation of temperatures by the effects of the Gironde estuary. According to scientists, the Côtes de Bourg benefits from 10% additional sunlight, 1° to 2° less extreme temperatures and a 10% to 25% lower rainfall depending on the year, in comparison with other regions of Bordeaux.

Varietal: 70% Merlot & 30% Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 13.5%

Tasting Notes: Blackberry, Raspberry, and Red Plum are fleshed out on the palate.

Food Pairings: This wine is lovely with a piece of beef, or a leg of lamb; it is Ideal with grilled veal or beef tenderloin.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Rich and loaded with complexity and layers of flavor; including, earthy terroir and a hints of tobacco and leather. Best served with lamb, beef, or pork heartily seared on the grill!

Wine Club Member HOT Deal: The 2015 Blason d’Issan is the 2nd label offering from 3rd Growth Producer Chateau d’Issan in Margaux. Utilize your Wine Club Member discount to sample this Cabernet dominant Bordeaux from the Left Bank. Wine Club Member Price $44.99.

Fine Wine Source Wine


July 2019

Tortoise Creek Wines: Tortoise Creek is an outstanding line of varietal wines that have been sourced from vineyards predominately in the Lodi region. Great importance is placed on sustainable practices in both the vineyard and winery and the large majority of the Tortoise Creek wines are certified sustainable. The wines all represent the purist possible examples of single varietal wines and all are remarkable value. Starting with the 2009 vintage Lodi Zinfandel “The Chelonian” (April 2019 Wine Club featured the 2016 vintage), Tortoise Creek Wines has partnered with the Chelonian Research Foundation (CRF) to donate a portion of the annual profits to benefit the conservation of turtles and tortoises. The Chelonian Research Foundation, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1992 by Dr. Anders G.J. Rhodin for the production, publication, and support of worldwide turtle and tortoise research, with an emphasis on the scientific basis of chelonian diversity and conservation biology. More information can be found at www.chelonian.org.

Mission Grove Pinot Noir: “Mission Grove” refers to the native Californian Olive cultivar, originally planted at the San Diego Mission by Franciscan monks. Mission olives grow throughout California and close to areas where we source our Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is a grape variety that demands optimum growing conditions. Sixty percent of our blend comes from vineyards in the Clarksburg region where the clay and loam soils combined with a cooling effect from the Sacramento Delta, balances the acidity in the ripening of the fruit. The other forty percent is grown from vineyards in the Monterey region that benefit from direct sunshine and shelter from the Pacific winds by the Santa Lucia Mountains. This is where the low temperature during the nights and the warm days are just perfect for Pinot Noir. A seven day fermentation process occurs, during which the wine is cold soaked for 2 days and then pumped over twice a day. It is then allowed to go through malolactic fermentation and later aged on French Oak for 12 months.

Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir

Alcohol: 13.6%

Tasting Notes: Our Pinot Noir “Mission Grove” has lovely aromas of violets and ripe cherries and is soft on the palate, delicate but with delightful impressions of raspberries and other red fruits.

Food Pairings: Cedar plank salmon on the grill, any seafood if you want a nice red wine alongside, anything pork or chicken, and for the meatless folks go with mushroom dishes, or something with a Mediterranean flair.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: A lovely wine with hints of rhubarb, dried cherries, and strawberries! Best served with seared salmons, oily rich fishes, or poultry dishes.

Wine Club Member HOT Deal: 2016 Loring Wine Company Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a delicious offering from Brian Loring that represents Pinot Noir from a more Southern CA region. Some of our Members may remember the last time Brian Loring visited us with this gem in his offerings! Wine Club Member Price $35.99…Save yourself a Fiver.