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June 2022 Wine club

No Brainer

Comtesse Marion Rose

The Vic family are fifth generation wine growers and are at the helm of a dynamic property with roots dating back to the 12th century.  The heart of the property is an old Chateau built from the volcanic black rock that is the bedrock of the Comtesse vineyards.  The family farms use neither pesticides or herbicides and use only fruit grown on the estate.  Along with the dominance of the property’s rocky volcanic soils, they also have sites with more sandy clay and riverbed based topsoils. From this rich mosaic they make varietal wines that are textured, balanced, fresh and most importantly, wallet friendly. Everything is done traditionally at this domain and the wines exhibit an exceptional rich yet mouth wateringly delicious fruit.

Cinsault is a perfect variety for Rosé, giving this wine its energetic pulse of minerality and juiciness. Flavors of rhubarb, pomegranate, and red cherries add depth and complexity to this delightfully refreshing French Rosé.

Colosi Nero

Sicily is Italy’s southernmost region and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. For more than 2500 years, Sicily (Sicilia in Italian) has been a significant center of Mediterranean viniculture, although the reputation and style of its wines have changed significantly over that time.

Dark ruby red color. The bouquet on the nose is intense and typical with hints of dark cherries and blackberries together with more complex aromas of wet leather, black olive and Indian ink in the background. On the palate it is dry, rich, full-bodied, with a refreshing, long and fruity finish. Perfect with red meats, pasta with tomato sauce, oven-baked pizza and aged cheeses.

Ventisquero Cabernet Reserva

Inspired by his passion for the land and a love for farming, Chilean Gonzalo Vial decided to launch a new project: a winery that would honor Chile’s origins in its processes and wines. In 1998, the first vines at the Trinidad property were planted in the coastal region of the Maipo Valley, where the new winery was built.

This ruby-coloured wine has an expressive nose revealing aromas of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackcurrants, together with notes of black pepper, caramel, tobacco and chocolate from the oak-ageing. In the mouth, it has a great body and structure with balanced acidity and ripe tannins, together with a big, fruity finish.

Bottle Popper 

Pecchenino San Luigi

The Dolcetto that goes into San Luigi is cultivated on 54 acres in the area with the same name. This sometimes problematic varietal reaches better maturity in the calcareous soils of the San Luigi, resulting in a final wine with sweet tannins and a rich color that is considered a signature of the appellation.

San Luigi is an excellent introduction to Pecchenino’s line of elegant Dolcetto wines which showcase their unique profile.The color is ruby red with violet highlights. The bouquet is fruit-forward with notes of currants, raspberries, blackberries and prunes. The flavor is well-balanced with sweet tannins and good acidity.

Palacios Vendimia

La Vendimia, meaning “the harvest,” represents the quality potential of a Spanish jóven, wines that have been aged for less than six months in oak barrels. Made by famed Spanish winemaker, Alvaro Palacios, La Vendimia is a blend of Spain’s two original star varieties: Tempranillo and Garnacha.

The wine displays a blend of floral notes and red fruit characters of ripe cherries both in the nose and on the palate. Juicy orchard fruit and soft minerality lead to a long, refreshing finish. Fine tannins give the wine a silky texture. Meant to drink now through the next three years, this enjoyable wine can also be served slightly chilled.

Savvy Sipper 

Giovanni Rosso Barolo

The Giovanni Rosso Nebbiolo vineyards are located in the best and most historical sites of the Serralunga d’Alba Barolo cru. They have around a dozen different plots within the commune, in addition to the newly acquired Valle del Mondo vineyard just south of the communal boundary in Roddino. They farm as organically as possible, using no artificial chemical treatments. The harvest is done exclusively by hand, as well as the pruning and tilling of the soil beneath the vines. Green harvest is carried out as necessary and they allow plant growth between the rows of vines to encourage soil health and biodiversity in the vineyards.

Deep ruby red color.

The nose is intense and complex with charming scents of cherry liqueur, violet, star anise, dried leaves and blueberries. On the palate it is well-structured and well-balanced, with smooth tannins and a very long finish.

Long Meadow Ranch Pinot Noir

2018 will be remembered as a colder and slower season in Anderson Valley, producing wines with profound elegance and delicacies. Bud break started about a month later than the last 5 vintages, and at a date recognized as being more in line with the historical averages. A mild spring allowed for a nice crop set and it was followed with a “cold” summer for Northern California standard. It resulted in slow maturing and perfect conditions for Pinot Noir, retaining freshness while developing intricate complexity of flavors.

“The nose is intense and mixing violet, rose and black cherry components. Grace and harmony show on the palate with a mix of gentle spice,violet, rose and red fruit dancing together. The depth and complexity of the wine is obvious and continues with a long and energetic finish. Around a core of mineral notes, it shows balance and freshness, a true picture of the best of what Anderson Valley can provide.” – Stéphane Vivier