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Fine Wine Source Wine


November 2019

Les Vignobles Foncalieu: The origins of the Vignerons du Pays d’Ensérune date back to the beginning of organized winegrowing with the construction of the first cooperative winery in France in the village of Maraussan in 1901. Upholding the tradition launched by the Vignerons Libres de Maraussan, our cooperative winegrowers have preserved their ancestors’ knowledge over the years, and their same remarkable capacity for innovation. With each era they have shown courage and ambition with the creation of new economic models, while at the same time preserving and developing a powerful work ethic of mutual support. Our vineyards cover more than 3,000 hectares, from the Mediterranean coast to the foothills of Mount Caroux. Due to this enormous expanse, our vineyards offer an incredibly rich variety of terroirs. We benefit from the plains of the lower Aude valley, with large areas of wetlands that are home to remarkable biodiversity, the pale soil of Capestang and Montady that lies on ancient marine deposits, the red soil of Maraussan and Cazouls, due to iron concretions, and finally the limestone slopes of the St Chinian appellation in the communes of Cazedarnes and Puisserguier. This diversity of terroirs enables the expression of wide range of exceptional aromas and flavors. But what really sets us apart is the introduction of varieties that are not usually grown in the region, such as Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, and the rehabilitation of old varieties like Piquepoul Noir, which require unusual vinification methods for the Languedoc, resulting in interesting wines.

2016 Ensedune Petit Verdot: At the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, the Oppidum Romain d’Ensérune dominates the terroir of the Ensédune wines. It is characterized by one of the warmest and dryest climates of France located at the west of Béziers. Proud of a 1000 year tradition, the Ensérune winegrowers were keen to develop their vineyards by acclimatizing grape varieties from various horizons. Created by teamwork, the Ensédune range is the product of generations of collaboration by winegrowers and presents unusual grape varieties for mono-varietal wines. 100 % Petit Verdot. A Bordeaux grape variety recommended in the Gironde region for its resistance to powdery mildew, it is the last to be harvested (late-harvesting with a very long growth cycle, hence its name “petit vert”, meaning “little green”). It needs water and heat, and is not very drought-resistant. The grapes are harvested towards the end of the morning and taken to traditional tanks in the winery for seeding with selected yeasts. Extraction is carried out by alternating pneumatic crushing, pumping over and gravity rack-and-return operations. When the required level of bouquet and concentration is reached, the wine is left to macerate in the tank for three to four weeks to obtain the optimal concentration of the extract before pressing and malolactic fermentation.

Varietal: 100% Petit Verdot

Alcohol: 12.5%

Tasting Notes: Very colourful, peppery, spicy and fragrant, a connoisseur’s wine. Fruity (raspberry, wild strawberry, citrus fruits) and floral (licorice, peony, juniper berry) notes.

Food Pairings: Best served with grilled red meats or with a cheeseboard. Serve between 18°C and 20°C

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Big rich layers of spice and intensity. Best served with lamb or beef.

Wine Club Member HOT Deal: 2015 Chateau de Jacques Fleurie Grand Cru Gamay…A perfect expression or Terrior and indigenous Bourgogne fruit. These won’t last, so grab one fast to experience the best of Beaujolais! Wine Club Member Price $29.99

Fine Wine Source Wine


November 2019

Rabble Wine Company: Rabble Wine Company was founded by Rob Murray, an upstart grower who bootstrapped his winery from the trenches of the vineyard. The challenges imposed by nature were numerous, but he was determined to gain the upper hand. To this day, Rabble remains rooted in this core aspiration. Rob Murray is a longtime grower whose vineyard-first mindset will always drive our wines. He works with each vineyard and maintains a final say in all aspects of farming; every block is painstakingly grown to meet the vision for Rabble, Tooth & Nail, Amor Fati and Stasis wines. Mossfire Vineyard is found on the San Miguel bench overlooking the Paso Robles valley floor. A cobbled streambed runs through it, and the sandy-gravelly loam soils provide excellent drainage and optimal vine stress. Mossfire is a red variety stalwart for us, producing richly rendered Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The labels all incorporate beautiful public domain art rooted in history: woodblock prints from the 1500s, illustrations by John James Audubon, and etchings from William Blake and John Boydell. Download the Rabble Wine Co. Interactive app (Google Play or Apple App Store) and watch the labels come to life!

Rabble Red Blend: Winemaker Jeremy Leffert leans toward the philosophical and views himself more as a shepherd than a maker: “My approach is to treat everything with such care that it’s almost transparent and you hear this voice from the vineyard,” he says. He is ever alert to avoid what he calls “the dominance of the winemaker’s hand.” Vineyard expression must only be accentuated, and never obstructed. Jeremy’s mindset is technically and physically demanding. It is a quest to match non-saccharomyces, saccharomyces and wild yeast strains to each wine and vineyard; to optimize individual lot maturation from a mix of oak barrels, foudres, concrete tanks and other alternative vessels; and to go to great lengths at every step, such as removing barrel heads to conduct micro open-top fermentations. The native energy that you taste in our wines is no accident—it is the outcome of a discerning winemaker working in concert with nature’s intent. Recommended decant 1 to 2 hours. Aging potential of 3-7 years.

Varietals: 65% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petite Sirah. Barrel Aged 10 months.

Alcohol: 14.5%

Tasting Notes: Enticing notes of dark ripe plums fill the glass. Vibrant flavors of blackberries and boysenberries with hints of vanilla and cocoa powder harmonized together for a luxurious mouthfeel. Tannins and natural acidity balance out nicely and leave a seamless finish.

Food Pairings: What doesn’t go with a nice Merlot based red blend; save delicate dishes? Savory meat stews, rump roast, juicy steaks, burgers, roasted chicken, or duck will make the Rabble Red Blend stand out on the palate as much as the bottle does on the table.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: High levels of fruit in perfect balance with acidity; a big wine with an elegant finish. Best served with chicken, fowl, or rich oily fish dishes.

Wine Club Member HOT Deal: 2016 Blue Rock Baby Blue Red Blend…A wonderful Bordeaux style field blend that showcases the vibrant fruit of the Alexander Valley. Wine Club Member Price $29.99. A great value and a spectacular wine for a chilly evening paired with a warm and comfy night at home!

Fine Wine Source Wine


September 2019

Chateau de Costis: Château de Costis, which belongs to the group of Laurent Mazeau’s vineyards, is located in the heart of Entre-deux-Mers, near the village of Targon and facing the medieval Château de Benauge. Half of the vineyard was part of the original family estate and the second half was purchased in 1972. The original family estate was bought in 1928, by Charles Mallet, the great grandfather of Laurent Mazeau. In 1949, Michelle Coullon, the granddaughter of Charles Mallet, married René Mazeau and she inherited the family estate in 1950. From 1950 until his retirement in 1985, René Mazeau ran the vineyard with the help of his wife Michelle. During this period the vineyard evolved and grew successfully to become a technical and commercial model. In 1985 René Mazeau retired and they donated the estate to their four sons. The four brothers decided to administer their heritage separately. Consequently the Vignobles Laurent Mazeau-Bergström was born.
Vignobles Mazeau started with 48 hectares of vines under the names of Château de Costis and Château Rougi. In 1986 a new and modern wine cellar, combining modern techniques and the respect of traditional wine producing, was inaugurated. From 1985 until today new plantings have allowed the estate to become a vineyard of over 100 hectares.

2016 Chateau de Costis Rouge: The Vineyards consist of 66 hectares of red vines planted on 60% southern hills, 10 northern hills, and 30% plateau. The soil is 60% clay/limestone, 30%clay/silicium, and 10% gravel. Vinified in the cellar at Targon, the grapes are brought into the cellar in airtight containers, protected with CO2 gas, and sent into the tanks for fermentation. The temperature is automatically controlled between 26° C and 29° C depending on the grape variety and the expected final result and filtered lightly to preserve character.

Varietal: 40% Merlot, 35% Cab Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol: 12.5%

Tasting Notes: Château de Costis has an extraordinary deep, shiny, red color. The aroma is powerful with a lot of fruit. The taste is soft with a good amount of tannin for a Bordeaux wine. It is a very well balanced wine.

Food Pairings: A great charcuterie wine, think cold roast beef, cheddar, goat cheese, mild brie, and camembert. Simple grilled meat or sausage, roast duck, or a good October Mac-N-Cheese!

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Rich, ripe and opulent with layers of complexity. Long and dry lingering finish makes this best for beef. Pork, or lamb dishes.

Wine Club Member HOT Deal: 2016 Agricola Punica Montessu Isola dei Nuraghi from Sardinia, Italy. This very old-world blend of Carignan, Cab, Cab Franc, Merlot, & Syrah is so elegant and stunning it is breathtaking! Wine Club Member Price $39.99!!!

Fine Wine Source Wine


September 2019

Broadway Vineyards: Broadway Vineyards embodies the essence of the Sonoma lifestyle, producing authentic estate grown wines from hand-tended vineyards; they handcraft delicious, ultra-small lots of artisanal Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah wines. In 2002 a prime property was found just 2 miles south from the Historic Square in downtown Sonoma and purchased by Jim and Marilyn Hybiske. Six of their wine loving friends joined forces to develop a small vineyard and produce exceptional Sonoma County wines exclusively for their family and friends. Work was begun on the vineyard in the spring of 2004 with special attention taken to choose the finest grape varietals and clones for this unique Carneros location. In 2006 the first harvest produced very promising fruit and Broadway Vineyards began to thrive. The winemaker, Philippe Langner, began his winemaking career at Chateau Clarke, a Rothschild property, in Bordeaux, France. Philippe had the unique opportunity to work with two of Bordeaux’s most respected winemakers: Jacques Boissenot and Michel Rolland. Learning from these masters, Philippe participated in all aspects of viticulture and winemaking and learned the art of making and recognizing great wines. Philippe’s family ties to the Rothschild’s allowed him to enter the closed world of Bordeaux’s great Chateau, helping him develop benchmarks of excellence.

Broadway Vineyards Merlot: Three varietals are grown on The Estate Vineyard — Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah. All were carefully chosen to thrive in the area. The unique terroir and cool nights and warm days, allow the grapes to develop rich and complex flavors. As the sun heats up the vineyards and mountainsides of the Northern Sonoma and Napa Valleys, the rising hot air draws in cool air and fog from San Pablo Bay. The intrusion of this cool air over the Carneros area in the afternoon moderates the vineyard temperatures, providing just the right conditions for growing cool-climate varietals. The Merlot is a Bordeaux Clone from Gironde root stock hand-harvested in mid-September. It is all Estate grown fruit aged 22 months in both new and used French oak barrels.

Varietals: 100% Estate Merlot…under 250 cases produced

Alcohol: 14.2%

Tasting Notes: Our estate grown Merlot is marked by black cherry, blueberry, toast, and vanilla flavors. It is remarkable and complex and as it opens up in the glass.

Food Pairings: An excellent choice with pasta, red meat, duck and smoked or grilled foods; The perfect pairing for a cool autumn night with that special someone.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Perfect harmony of fruit and acidity. Lush powerful finish with finesse. Serve with beef or chicken.

Wine Club Member HOT Deal: 2017 Celani Family Robusto. This 100% Celani Family Estate Merlot offers a fruit forward kaleidoscope of aromas; mountain grown boysenberries layered with crème de cassis, fresh violets, blackberry liqueur and anise. Following are secondary aromas of pencil lead, toasted almonds and suede. The wine showcases delicious concentrated flavors of exotic berries framed within a fine matrix of tannins. This wine is designed to drink in its youth and its approachable quality makes it easy to enjoy glass after glass. Wine Club Member Price $29.99…a real steal of a deal!!!

Fine Wine Source Wine


August 2019

Le Siepi di San Giovani: The Estate of Le Siepi di San Giovanni is located in the Northern Appennines, in the picturesque Santerno River Valley near the ancient city of Bologna in the Emilia-Romagna region. The Estate, owned by the Zuffa family was started in 1960. The second and third generation family members are now gearing up for the third-millennium wine making era, founded on the strength of a long tradition based on consistently using natural products and many years of industry-specific experience. The property is about 40
hectares and comprises about 11 hectares of vineyards. The grape production is located in the heart of the
property on the slopes of the gentle rolling hills that surround the property and are an integral part of the lush
landscape. The elevation of the vineyards is around 550 to 650 feet.

Le Siepi di San Giovani Sangiovese Superiore: Entirely manual harvesting in late September/early October, followed by a short trip to the grape pressing area for immediate crushing, fermentation for 10/12 days at 27/28 °C (80F).

Varietal: 100% Sangiovese

Alcohol: 13.5%

Tasting Notes: Intensely bright ruby red colored wine opening with fresh notes of mulberry & floral notes on
the nose. Slightly tannic but with a suitable level of softness, and a peppery aftertaste on the palate. Perfect for a summer’s evening patio chill session with charcuterie or meats on the BBQ.

Food Pairings: Pairs well with fresh egg pasta dishes, meat sauces, grilled, roasted and stewed red meat, but also with hard to semi-hard mild cheeses.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Elegant Sangiovese perfectly aged over the past seven years. Earthy mushroom pork flavors makes this great to serve with fowl and oily fish dishes.

Wine Club Member HOT Deal: 2015 Bos Wine Moon Bos Harvest Red…This lovely red blend from Michigan native turned California wine maker David Bos, is a quaffable stunner! Syrah and Mourvedre are complimented with Zinfandel and make this a perfect summer sunset sipper. Wine Club Member Price $34.99.

Fine Wine Source Wine


August 2019

The Underground Wine Project: The Underground Wine Project is a
collaboration between Washington wine makers Mark McNeilly (Mark Ryan
Winery) and Trey Busch (Sleight of Hand Cellars). Mark and Trey are close friends of nearly 14 years and have both have word) with Pearl Jam and Mark has a love (not nearly as strong as Trey’s) for the band as well. The first wine from Underground Wine Project was called ‘Idle Hands’ after a Gutter Twins (Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees and Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs) song of the same name. “My eyes have seen, they have been shown, This is an occupation to stand alone”- Idle Hands by The Gutter Twins.

And Why am I Mr. Pink Rose: Since its debut in 2015, Mr. Pink has captured the hearts and palates of Washingtonians. Its popularity has now gone nationwide with the 2017 vintage taking the #70 spot in 2018’s Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buys. The 2018 vintage was just recently rated by Seattle Magazine as the Top Rose Wine for their Top Washington Wines of 2019. 2018 had one of the coolest Aprils and then one of the warmest Mays on record. Temperatures went from almost two weeks behind to a bit ahead by June. Bloom began in late May and conditions were ideal. July and August were warm with temperatures cooling off resulting in near perfect conditions through harvest. 2018 gave us all the right weather in the right order. We loved the wine so much that we think even Steve Buscemi would be happy with the name, and if he bought a bottle at Vertical he may even leave a tip!!!

Varietals: Undisclosed percentages: Sangiovese & Syrah

Alcohol: 12.5%

Tasting Notes: Packed with flavors full of fresh Rainier cherries, crisp watermelon and pomegranates, with lip smacking acidity that balances out mouth-watering fruit.

Food Pairings: Pork, often referenced as the other white meat, can be a great Rose pairing, as can salmon, white fishes, turkey, or chicken. Think picnic fare on a hot summer’s day: sandwiches and salads, summer vegetables, crab or spinach dips, shrimp, seafood, and even some lightly smoked meats. Always a good option for vegetarian or vegan dishes!

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Rich yet elegant makes this a perfect summer sipper. Great served with charcuterie and cheeses or antipasti.

Wine Club Member HOT Deal: 2018 Chateau la Genestiere Tavel Rose. This Grenache & Syrah stunner is from the original Rose region in France’s Southern Rhone Valley. This dark and delicious Rose, that often appeals to the red wine drinker that may be reticent to step outside their comfort zone, is a great addition to any summer patio party!
Wine Club Member Price $19.99

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.

Fine Wine Source Wine


June 2019

Les Maitres Vignerons de la Vidaubanaise: Translated to English means, “The Master Winemakers of the Vidaubanaise.” Is a cooperative located in Provence, France. Established in the town of Vidauban in 1922, the Maîtres Vignerons de la Vidaubanaise today controls 600 hectares of vines in the heart of the Appellation Côtes de Provence. The vineyards are located on the limestone foothills of the Maures massif in the southern Var, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps. The terroir benefits from the Mediterranean climate and allows for traditional southern varietals such as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Carignan and Rolle to flourish to their full potential. The various vineyard parcels are vinified separately, allowing for more character and complexity. Wines from the Maîtres Vignerons annually win numerous awards at competitions such as the Mondial du Rosé and the Concours General Agricole, as well as receiving regular references in the French wine press such as the Guide Hachette. Le Provençal is our selection from the highest quality cuvées produced by the Maîtres Vignerons.

About Le Provencal 2018 Rose: The grapes are grown in vineyards under sustainable farming practices with light, sandy soils on ancient limestone terraces. The vines are from 10 to 30 years of age covering 600 hectares in the Var of the Cotes de Provence appellation and yield around 40hl/hectare. After harvest, a portion of the grapes undergo a cold maceration at various temperatures and lengths of time according to the grape variety, in order to extract a broader array of aromas. The remaining grapes are vinified by a direct pressing; the traditional method of vinifying rosé in Provence. The wines are blended, the cuvées selected, and élevage is in stainless steel tanks until early February, when the young rosé is bottled for maximum freshness.

Varietal: Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, Syrah & Mourvèdre

Alcohol: 12%

Tasting Notes: Inviting bouquet of red currants, strawberries and melon. At once it is delicate yet flavorful on the palate with a long, refreshing finish. Perfect for a warm summer’s day!

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: It wants to be white; light and fragrant with zippy acidity, lively and fresh. Best served with cold seafood or pate.

Wine Club Member HOT Deal: Yet another stunning vintage of Lorenzo’s Podere Ciona Rose is waiting for you to help it find a home! Made from Podere Ciona’s estate vineyards in Gaiole in Chianti, the 2017 Rose is 100% Sangiovese and is a perfect foil for this month’s classic Provence Rose! Wine Club Member Price $14.99, Salute!

Fine Wine Source Wine


June 2019

Purple Star Winery: In 2008 winemaker Kyle Johnson and his wife Amy set out to start a winery with a specific vision: to embody the soul of wine from vineyard to bottle to table. Our philosophy is that wine should be accessible, approachable, and affordable. But most of all, they believe a wine’s purpose is to bring together family and friends! With 10 years of viticulture and winemaking experience in Washington State, they know a thing or two about making wine. For starters, Purple Star’s varietal blends are grown from some of Washington State’s finest appellations; including, Wahluke Slope, Yakima Valley and Red Mountain. With grapes handpicked at their optimal flavor profile and juice fermented at cooler temperatures for longer periods, their wines exhibit softer tannins and retain more varietal character..
From Keith and Amy: As a family we find ourselves blessed with good health. Our good fortune comes with a realization that others are less fortunate. As a result we have chosen to donate 15% of Purple Star Wines’ proceeds to Seattle Children’s Hospital to benefit uncompensated care—a gesture we hope will lighten the financial burden of families overwhelmed by the expenses associated with critical medical care. It’s our way of “paying it forward.”

Purple Star Syrah: Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed, retaining 60% whole berries. Punch downs and pump overs by hand for 8-14 days, depending on lots. Aged for 14 months in 100% French Oak barrels with 1036 cases produced. The fruit was sourced from three of Washington State’s best Syrah vineyards: 75% Weinbau-Wahluke Slope,
16% Red Heaven-Red Mountain, and 9% Kiona-Red Mountain.

Varietals: 100% Syrah

Alcohol: 14.5% (6.4g/L Acidity, 3.84PH, .03g/L Residual Sugar)

Tasting Notes: Black berries, plum and smoke aromas lead to black raspberry and pepper. Followed up by moderate acid structure and fine grained tannins, this wine will age well over the next few years, but is very approachable now.

Food Pairings: Syrah in general pairs very well with roasted leg of lamb, vegetables, wild game, beef stew, mushrooms, and barbequed meats; especially, BBQ chicken, smoked pork, or BBQ spareribs. On the charcuterie board, Syrah is best with salami, chorizo, and pastrami as well as with aged hard cheeses like Cheddar and Gouda. One of the best uses for Syrah, other than drinking it, is in the kitchen is as a demi-glaze reduction.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Rich, opulent and loaded with black and red fruit makes it lush with a long and lingering finish. Best served with braised beef short ribs or beef kabobs.

Wine Club Member HOT Deal: Also from Washington State, we are featuring Sleight of Hand’s 2016 The Spellbinder. This enchanting and charming medium-bodied red blend, which Keith Johnson had a “hand” in making, casts a spell on the drinker with its blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 12% Syrah, and 18% Merlot. Wine Club Member Price $24.99…Take this magical bottle home before it disappears!!!