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

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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!

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November 2018

Podere Ciona:

Franca and Franco Gatteschi were looking for a place in the countryside to retire to, after many years of working in Italy and abroad, when they came across a small, beautiful, albeit run down property: 100 acres of land, mostly wooded with 10 acres set aside for cultivation, of which 2.5 acres already had vineyards; a house from the 18th Century, abandoned for more than 40 years; and, above all, a view without equal on the Chianti hills, with Siena in the distance. They purchased the estate at the beginning of 1990 and they immediately started the reconstruction work on the main house (it took nearly three years). They also set up a small but well equipped wine cellar for making wine. In 1996 they permanently moved to live on the estate and the following year, the great 1997 vintage, saw the birth of the first “official” wine of Podere Ciona: a Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva.Between 2000 and 2003, the Gatteschis decided to replant all the available land with vines, build a new wine cellar that would be needed for the larger production and purchase another small property not far from their residence at Podere Ciona, destined to become their “agriturismo”, today Le Diacce. Today the estate is humming with activity, as the agriturismo is populated with guests throughout the tourist season, and the cooking classes by Franca’s cooking school, Tutti-A-Tavola are always in high demand. Our wine production has grown throughout the years and has been awarded in the United States and Italy. Truly a family owned and operated estate, Franca manages the Agriturismo and Franco manages the vineyards. Son, Lorenzo is the winemaker and daughter-in-law, Jennifer handles all the sales and marketing.


This is only the second vintage of the Rose that Lorenzo has produced! The first vintage was blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc, Lorenzo was so happy with the way it turned out that he decided to make it a permanent offering and increase its production. As fate would have it, during the growing season of 2016 a pesky group of local wild boars decided that the Cabernet Franc would be more suited to their dietary needs than for the 2016 Rose. Lorenzo did not let that deter him from producing what we believe is one of the finest Rose wines that we stock on Fine Wine Source’s shelves. The 2016 Ciona Rose is produced from 100% Sangiovese that is grown from vineyards that sit on a mixture of quartz arenite (aka sandstone) clay, schist, and marl soil at an altitude of 535-625 Meters above sea level. The vines are horizontal and double-spurred cordon trained and have an age of 6 to 16 years with an average yield of 1.1 Kilograms per plant. Lorenzo and his father Franco produced only 1,200 cases (100 cases) and we at FWS have worked out an exclusive deal to be the ONLY US location to offer it for purchase! Lorenzo will be joining us for the Post-Thanksgiving days and regaling us with stories from the 2018 Harvest and Wine Production. Please mark November 28th through December 1st on your calendars so you don’t miss this opportunity to speak and sip with Lorenzo Gatteschi!!!


100% Sangiovese



Tasting Notes:

Dark Salmon Pink in color with a fresh fragrance of fruits and slightly herbal & earthy tones. Well-balanced on the palate with lovely notes of strawberry, watermelon, and red licorice.

Food Pairings:

We believe that a good Rose is a great wine pairing for Turkey Day; however, this Rose is GREAT and therefore a Great Pairing for all the Thanksgiving traditions! Salute!!!

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts:

Red licorice on the nose and the palate…WOW!!! Loaded with flavor and fruit burst on the finish and best served with Turkey, Chicken, or Salmon, Cheers!

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August 2018

Klinker Brick Winery:

The folks at Klinker Brick Winery believe that great wine begins with suitable climate and soil; both of which are found in Lodi. Sandy loam coupled with the hot and cold temperature exchange that graces Lodi from day to night creates the perfect environment to cultivate warm weather varietals like Zinfandel, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. A certain level of skill, attention to detail, and harvest accuracy is a requirement for the vintner as well. What once began as a grape growing community from the early 1900’s until the late 1980’s, Lodi is now a thriving wine-producing region adorned with dozens of wineries, including Klinker Brick. Steve and Lori Felten, fifth generation grape growers in the Lodi region, continue the tradition of cultivating “Old Vine” Zinfandel vineyards that their ancestors planted in the early 1900’s.With roots in Germany, Russia and later the Dakotas, the family settled in Lodi, first producing watermelons. Recognizing that the soil and climate were ideal for growing grapes, they began to plant varieties that included Zinfandel, Tokay, Carignane, and Alicante. For over one hundred years, the family has cultivated the land with the aim of producing top quality fruit. Zinfandel was one of the first grape varieties to be planted in the Lodi appellation, although it had also been established in other parts of California. The Felten Family own and manage fifteen individual vineyard blocks of “Old Vine” Zinfandel that range in age from 40 to 120 years old. Each vineyard is planted in sandy loam soils in the Mokelumne River Appellation of Lodi and the Clements Foothills.


Part of the extended Felten Family includes their winemaking consultant, Barry Gnekow, who was responsible for crafting the wines from the inaugural vintage. Barry, a Davis graduate with over 25 years of experience of winemaking, has a unique ability to bring the best of the vineyard into the cellar, year after year, assisting in producing wines of distinction for Klinker Brick. Joseph Smith joined Klinker Brick in 2008 after starting his career in the nineties as an apprentice with Gnekow Family Wines. From there he worked under Barry at Hahn and also Michael David as a cellar master and ultimately our full time winemaker. Joseph has been producing wines of exceptional quality for Klinker Brick.


38% Grenache/30% Carignane/24% Syrah/8% Mourvedre. Harvested in August of 2017



Tasting Notes:

Old World style meets New World Fruit. Pleasant flavors of ripe strawberries, grapefruit and subtle watermelon coupled with a dry composition, gently caress the palate. The finish is incredibly clean with light, bright acidity.

Food Pairings:

Light salads, light pasta, and rice dishes; especially good with seafood, raw and lightly cooked shellfish, and grilled fish and goats’ cheeses. If you are looking for a good BBQ pairing, try it with a Turkey Burger topped with Avocado and Manchego Cheese (Google: ‘Perfect Turkey Burgers Food Network’ for a great recipe!!!); perfect for hot weather drinking!

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts:

Rich and full flavored…not a wimpy rose here! Long on the palate, a perfect summer and early fall sipper, and great with anything on the BBQ!