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  • April's Red Wine Club Wines

    The sun is out and the grill is calling your name.  Take some time, head over to Double D Meats and pick up a couple of New Yorks.  Start the grill on high and let it get nice and hot!!  Sprinkle some Vignalta salt on both sides of that beautiful cut of beef and set them on the grill.  After a quick sear...turn the gas down and pop the wine.  Here's what we have for you this month.
    2009 Renzo Marinai Chianti Classico Riserva - Marinai Chianti Classico Riserva has a deep ruby red color, a harmonious perfume with a very pervasive, elegant and persistent bouquet; dry in the mouth, balanced and warm, with considerable body.  Try this with a roast, red meats and braised meats. 
    2013 Agricola Matilde Bonarda Dell' Oltrepo Pavese - Martilde is the creation of Antonella Tacci and Raimondo Lombardi. In 1991 they left their life in Milan working for IBM to start a small winery in the hills of the Oltrepo Pavese in the northwest of Italy. Located in the the commune of Rovescala, long reputed the birthplace of the Bonarda * grape, the estate covers some 15 hectares. While Antonella and Raimondo pay particular attention to Bonarda, they make many types of wine, some traditional, others innovative. Their labels are delightfully whimsical paintings by Antonella, mainly of their beloved animals. In fact the winery itself is named after two of their cats, Martina and Matilde.

     

    N.B. The Bonarda dell’Oltrepo Pavese is also known as Croatina, and is believed to be a different grape to the Bonarda Piemontese, which makes a lighter, more supple wine. The Croatina makes a deep-colored, fruity wine, often with some tannin and a slightly bitter finish. It can be a difficult grape as it is a late-ripener, and can vary enormously in crop size from year to year.

    Small production of 2100 cases. Old vineyards with low yields (30 hl/ha), replaced vine by vine. A couple of new vineyards planted 5000 plants/hectare. Soil is clay with a little limestone (good for producing red grapes with high sugar levels). The rows between the vines are planted to grass, rather than ploughed, for maximal water management, and a degree of competition for the vines. Minimal treatments applied to the vines, and no pesticides, insecticides or chemical weedkillers. Besides the signature Bonarda (Croatina) and BarberaUva Rara and Pinot Noir are grown, as well as Malvasia and Riesling ItalicoVinifications vary with grape and vintage, but hew to the traditional.

    2012 Godiolo Rosso di Montepulciano - With a blend of Prugnolo gentile 98%, Cannaiolo-Colorino 2%, this is one dirty old boy!  Dark fruit with some forest floor undertones.  Dirty dirty on the nose and palate so you'll need to give it some open air time.  The palate is pretty amazing with more dark fruit but with tannins and structure.  I love this wine.

  • Domaine Hauvette Release

    Last week I tasted something new to the Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant portfolio..Domaine Hauvette.  The wines Dominique makes are something of magic.   You know you're drinking something special when you have the juice swishing past your gums & hitting the back of your throat and all you do is smile.  Now for the downside...there is not a lot of this around.  In the new world they would call Domaine Hauvette an "allocated wine" where as in the rest of the world they call it...limited production.  You see, the domaine only makes around 3300 cases of which here in the good old Evergreen state we only received around six cases of each red (two different vintages of the same wine), three cases of her 2013 rosé (current vintage) and four cases of the blanc.  Here's the dirty on the wines.
    I first tasted the 2012 Domaine Hauvette Alpilles Blanc "Jaspe" which at first did not have much on the nose but once it warmed up it started to come around.  A nose of sea salt and light tropical fruit.  The palate was a different story.  High acidity, loads of minerals with a very sharp palate.  More sea salt or saline if you may, yet the acidity was still there and the minerality was pretty intense.  I liked it but honestly...for the shop I think it is a no go.  It's a very complex wine than needs food and some serious thought. Really though...most people will not understand the wine and I just feel it would be a waste of your money.  If you'd like some...let me know asap and I'll see if I can secure a few bottles for ya.  It runs $36 for a 750ml bottle.
    Next up was the 2013 Domaine Hauvette Les Baux de Provence Rose "Petra".  This was a killer rosé.  At only $33 a bottle...this is what I call a serious rose from Provence.  A blend of 70% Cinsault, 15% Syrah 15% Grenache.  A little darker than rust in color.  Don't let the color fool you...this wine means business and to top it off...we took 1/3 of the states allocation!  It was kinda closed up on the nose until you take a sip and then it starts to show you it's core.  Floral notes on the palate with some solid texture and a killer finish.  Bright acidity makes this so food friendly it might become the best part of the meal.  Only 36 bottles came in...I took 12 so far.
    Then I was poured the 2005 Domaine Hauvette Les Baux de Provence Rouge "Cornaline".    A blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.  The 2005 is very silky soft yet has the tannins to back up a nice steak.  Soft, wet spices with the elegance to back it up.  Wine will age for another 10+ years.  At 11 years old...this is truly a graceful wine from Provence.  This wine has only begun to evolve into what it should be.  Being that the domaine has only been making wine for 28 years now...this is a great example of how a wine should be made for long time cellaring yet still being able to crack open at a young age and enjoy with friends & family.  Only 72 bottles were brought into the state.  This wine sits at $48 per bottle.
    The last wine which I inhaled was the 2008 Domaine Hauvette Les Baux de Provence Rouge "Cornaline".  You know how sometimes people will pour the youngest wine first then the oldest?  Yeah, there's a good reason why the '05 was poured first.  The 2008 is brass, big, rich and ballsy....kinda like Donald Trump yet in this case...you'll all love this corked up juice.  Same blend as the 2005 just with less age on it.  This wine is like a KISS concert in your mouth!  Fireworks going off, it's loud, people are jumping up and down (in this case the wine is jumping out of the glass) and yes...it's heavy!  Things you'll need for this wine...a decanter, a few hours and some serious meat!  Three years makes a HUGE difference. $46 a bottle and again...only 72 bottles were brought into the state.
    So there you have it.  One of the two newest producers added to the KLWM portfolio.  If anyone wants any...please let me know.  These wines from Provence are more scarce than Domaine Tempier Rosé (& less money).  I've already started taken orders for all three.  
    Cheers.
    Santo
  • March White Wine Club Wines

    There are a few of you brave souls that really love white wine and for you...these are your March picks.
    2012 Le Rote Vernaccia di San Gimignano - Vernaccia di San Gimignano has the honor of being Italia’s first ever D.O.C. wine (1966), promoted in 1993 to D.O.C.G. This wine is a bright, exciting, floral delight with cleansing citrus and a lush body. Made by the Scotti family, this is the best Vernaccia we have come across in years. Why? These 35 year-old vines pack loads of Old World minerality into every sip.  Again...salty ham is what this wine craves to be paired with! ($15)
    2013 Les Pentes de Barene - Made from the nearly extinct grape Baroque, which grows only in this corner of Southwest France, along with Gros Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc,  and Petite Manseng.  Melange of mirabelle plum, peach pit, passion fruit, tangerine, lime, floral, beeswax, and grilled nut qualities with fairly full body. ($15)
    2012 Domaine du Tariquet Premieres Grives Cotes de Gascogne - Offers a remarkable vintage allocated with a wonderful freshness. This cuvée "Premières Grives " is greedy, fruity (exotic fruits, soft honey), skillfully balanced between vividness and mellowness, it leaves in the mouth roundness and freshness at the same time. This wine strokes your taste buds with skillfulness and delicacy. ($20)
  • March Daily Drinking White Wine Club

    For the month March I was thinking of strews and ham.  I mean Easter is just around the corner so why not some wines that will go with the big old salty slab?
    2013 Alandra White Wine - This is a blend of Antão Vaz, Aristo & Perrum.  Yeah...got that?  Nice floral and fruit notes on the nose.  On the palate this thing is crisp, refreshing with notes of citrus and pure fruit.  At only $8 a bottle...I was knocked to the floor at how good this little white wine from Portugal could be.  These are the kinda wines I love.  Cheap yet delivers like a high-end escort! ($8)
    2011 Chateau Coupe Roses Champ du Roy de Blanc - The "Champ du Roy," or field of the kin, takes its name from Coupe Rose's 3.7 acre parcel of Viognier. This wine is a blend of Grenache Blanc and Marsanne for body and richness; Viognier for acid and perfume; and a touch of Muscat for exotic aromatics. These grapes were harvested by hand from very low-yielding mountain vineyards, making for a deliciously full yet fresh wine. Cotes du Brian is a zone named after a rugged river valley near Coupe Roses, a leading domaine in the Languedoc appellation of Minervois. Now it may be that I'm still hungry from lunch but I think this wine would go great with chicken & dumplings! ($16)
    2012 Le Rote Vernaccia di San GimignanoVernaccia di San Gimignano has the honor of being Italia’s first ever D.O.C. wine (1966), promoted in 1993 to D.O.C.G. This wine is a bright, exciting, floral delight with cleansing citrus and a lush body. Made by the Scotti family, this is the best Vernaccia we have come across in years. Why? These 35 year-old vines pack loads of Old World minerality into every sip.  Again...salty ham is what this wine craves to be paired with! ($15)
  • March Red Wine Monthly Club

    For this months red wine club I was thinking of how cold and rainy it's been.  I mean really...when will it let up?  We pay our dues!  We deal with the corrupt city politics, have to listen to the media blasting all day plus the rain and cold?  Well these wines will make all that go away.  If the wine doesn't help...you're doing it wrong.
    2013 Clos La Coutale CahorsThe Clos La Coutale, a 60 hectares estate spreads over a stretch of land on the alluvial floor of the valley amid the meanders of the river Lot. Its soil is particulary suitable for vines, for it contains gravels, silicates and limestone clays. Because of the lie of the land, facing south-west, the estate is sheltered from the cold winds that blow from the ”Causse” region (an upland plateau), and consequently it enjoys a micro-climate which ensures that the vines and their fruit ripen fully early in the season. The vine-plants belong to the two types that are traditionnaly used in the making of the Cahors wine : COT or MALBEC. This is the basic vin-plant, 80%. Its round grapes, their thick skin, rich in coloring matter and in tanin, lend character to this laying-down wine. Merlot. Up to 20%, it tones down the youthful hardness of Cahors wine, and it improves the bouquet. Meat!  You want meat with this! ($15)
    2012 Domaine Catherine Le Goeuil 'Cariante' Cotes du Rhone Villages -   51% Grenache, 35% Syrah/Mourvèdre, 14% Carignan/Counoise.  You have to taste this wine to believe it!  We tasted this wine one weekend and people were blown away by it.  It's to a normal CDR red wine by all means.  It's gonna make you think about what your drinking.  Matter fact, some might even have a hard time staying on point with this one.  It's pretty complex and has massive depth.  The wine has prime rib written all over it!  It's a serious wine than you really need to pay attention to.  Give her a few hours in the decanter if you really want to understand her.  She needs it.  ($25)
    2009 Villa di Geggiano Chianti Classico Riserva - This sucker is 97% Sangiovese with only 3% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Rich, dark fruit with loads of spices and elegant tannins.  This is a serious Chianti for someone who wants a textbook wine.  You'll wanna let it sit open for a few hours as it needs to open up a bit.  Trust me...with the air it will open up and show you her true colors.  Not a little daily Chianti! You might want to call Uber after you're done with this wine...your mind will ever look at Chianti the same.  Don't let the power of the wine scare you.  I'd still go with a traditional pasta in a red sauce but maybe add some Périgord black truffle to bring out the earthiness of the wine. ($35)
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