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April 2022 Wineclub 

No brainer

Ventisquero, Cabernet

Deep red color, with ruby color. With a characteristic fruitiness of Maipo costa, red fruits such as strawberries, raspberries and cassis are mixed with aromas of black pepper, some moist soil and tobacco. Of elegant and smooth body, of balanced structure, good acidity that increases the complexity. Tannins present and soft at the same time, ending with a prolonged end-of-mouth sensation.

Reunion, Malbec

This sustainably farmed, single vineyard estate wine is composed of 100% hand harvested Malbec from the Los Sauces of Mendoza. It has a deep, concentrated red color with purple hints. It is a very expressive wine with ripe, fruity aromas of plum and cherry, as well as notes of chocolate. Reunión Malbec is soft and round on the palate with velvety and mature tannins; it has a well balanced and full-bodied long finish.

Domaine Jean Aubron, Sauvignon Blanc

Since 1843, Jean Pascal Aubron’s family has been tending their vineyards around the town of Vallet, outside of Nantes, near the Atlantic Coast. With the more famous Loire River Vally wine regions of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume getting most of the attention of Sauvignon Blanc lovers, this western most region is quietly producing outstanding quality wines at rougly half the price. This delicious Sauvignon Blanc, produced from 40+ year old vnes, has bright acidity and refreshing citrus flavors making it ideal for shellfish and white flesh fish dishes. 

Bottle Popper 

JL Chave, Mon Coeur

Jean-Louis makes these négociant wines to showcase what he believes to be the potential appellations with which he works. The Côtes du Rhône ‘Mon Coeur’ is a blend of four distinct terroir located in and around Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Though the blend varies year to year, it is roughly 50% Syrah and 50% Grenache. Vine age is between 20-60 years.This unfurls a pure beam of crushed plum and black cherry fruit, inlaid gently with singed bay leaf, pepper and anise notes. A light smoky edge runs through the finish. Drink now. 9,000 cases made. --Wine Spectator

Varner, Pinot Noir

Santa Barbara, California - Crafted from 100% destemmed fruit and aged in French oak barrels, of which just 30% were new. It clocks in at just 13.2% alcohol and yet it's plenty generous with the fruit. 

Savvy Sipper 

Chateau Haut de la Becade Pauillac 2010

Aged Pauillac from a classic vintage is unheard of at this price. Haut de la Becade is owned and operated by the Rainaud family since 1933. The 2010 is JUST now hitting its stride. It has concentrated dark cherry fruit, graphite minerals, baking spice, toast and a seriously long finish. A powerful wine, this will age graceully many more years.

Domaine de Compostelle Pomerol 2016

Named after the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostella that still pass through Pomerol, this pure Merlot is rich in bold black fruits with an opulent texture. The wine has plenty of tannins as well, giving it aging potential. It should be ready from 2023.