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What/Types: Your Wine Club Choices.

Our wine club has really good wines! Sure, it's easy to say, but what wine club(s) truly deliver the best wines?

As you consider the Back Room Wine Club, here are some examples of wines you may receive. The tasting notes you see below are the same that accompany the wine shipments. Wines in your wine club membership depend on the wine budget you choose.

 

California Red Wine Club
6 bottles per quarter, and here are four wines we might include:

Stellareese Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga, Napa Valley 2013 $42
Husband/wife winery making only this Cabernet from a tiny, organic vineyard in Calistoga. Sports ripe, slightly jammy black cherry smells and flavors along with cocoa, vanilla bean, a pinch of tarragon & sage and pomegranate syrup smells & flavors. Very rich, full-bodied and layered. Youthful tannins give structure while allowing the flavors to shine. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. 400 cases made.

Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc "214" Napa Valley 2009 $50
"Two-Fourteen" is the clone of Cabernet Franc grape. The vineyard is 4 miles south of Downtown Napa, heading down Highway 29. A library selection, this 2009 is now perfectly mature. Tasted 9/21/2016: ripe blueberries, mocha, black olive, soy sauce, tarragon & thyme. Fruit still shines through. Bottle bouquet adds dimension. Drink now thru 2025.

Lunar Ridge Syrah, Coombsville, Napa Valley 2009 $28
Vineyard in front of the owners' home, 2 miles from here in the Coombsville District. Spicy aroma: black pepper, roast coffee beans, anise, dried blueberries. In the mouth get loads of dark, deep, ripe black and blueberries. Has a liqueur-ish concetration, with Syrah spice and the oak complementing the fruit. Big time flavor. 75 cases made.

Hyde & Sons Pinot Noir Carneros 2014 $65
Larry Hyde is one of Napa’s legendary growers, with many of the best producers sourcing grapes from his vineyards since the late 1970s. With his sons Chris and Peter, the family now make fabulous wines themselves. This Carneros Pinot Noir is rich and opulent with deliciously ripe strawberry and raspberry aromas. Very, very tasty. Better every time we try it.

 

California Mixed (Red & White) Wine Club
6 bottles per quarter, and here are four wines we might include:

Bos Ode to Fume Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2015 $28
Two biodynamic vineyards ( in Calistoga and Soda Canyon) go into this homage to the great Sauvignon Blancs of the Loire Valley. 9 months in a combination of concrete egg, stainless steel and neutral oak, no stirring. Taste and smell gooseberries, lemon zest, parmesan rind, orange blossoms. Chalky on the finish. Bracing acid. 190 cases made.

Grow Chardonnay "Ruhl Vineyard" Mt Veeder, Napa Valley 2015 $34
Drive west out of Napa, climb up Mt Veeder and you’ll discover “Ruhl Vineyard” above the fog-line and looking down on the Carneros. Cool climate and lots of sun makes for a Chardonnay with both richness and healthy acidity. Smell and taste pineapple cake, baked apples, caramel, peaches, and clover honey drizzled over wheat toast. 15% Malolactic, 10% new French oak. 288 cases made.

Por que no? Napa Valley Red Wine 2014 $26
Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot join forces to make this delicious, robust, dark berry fruit and spice driven red wine. Smell and taste black cherry liqueur, allspice, incense, mocha, fruitcake, blueberries and more. One of our favorite wines to recommend if you want local, unique, delicious and very fairly priced.

White Rock Claret, Napa Valley 2014 $55
76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Bordeaux-style blend in the “classic Napa” style (think 70’s-80’s). All estate fruit from the base of Atlas Peak. Cassis, black cherry liqueur, blackberry, cocoa, mandarin rind, graphite and a distinct chalky quality to the tannins, courtesy of compressed white volcanic ash soils. Fantastic now, will age gracefully for at least 15 years.

 

 

International Wine Club
6 bottles per quarter, and here are four wines we might include:

Domaine Saint-Remy Vieilles Vignes Riesling 2015 $23
“Vieilles Vignes” in this case equals 30 year old vines. Certified biodynamic vineyards farmed by the same family since 1725. Remarkably full and intense for a “base model” Riesling. Get a bushel full of apple, pear and pineapple on the nose and palate, with a pinch of key lime pie on the long, mineral-driven finish. Petrol and white flowers emerge with air. Great acidity, nicely structured. Sweetness: 1.5/10

Rafael Palacios "Louro" Godello Valdeorras 2016 $22
Rafael is the youngest of the 9 Palacios brothers, helping revolutionise Spanish winemaking. Valdeorras in north-west Spain is the DO, Godello the grape – both of them revived by Rafael. Godello has a naturally fresh acidity and a rich, full body. Find a stone, mineral, beeswax texture, with green apples, citrus, and nectarine aromas, and an acacia and honeysuckle nose. Complex, concentrated, and vibrant.

Chateau Peymartin Saint-Julien 2012 $43
Around 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot and a little bit of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, and aged for 12 months in 1/3 new oak. This is classic left-bank Bordeaux, with a firm tannic structure lifted by a fresh acidity. Smoky, with fleshy black fruit aromas of blackcurrants and plums, together with licorice and dark chocolate. Surprisingly approachable already, but can easily age for another ten years.

Domaine Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015 $64
80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah, 3% Cinsault. The family dates back over a thousand years – old even by French standards! They only got round to making wine in 1989, working biodynamically with old vines. This is the great 2015 vintage at its most expressive: pure, ripe red fruits, herbal and spicy, and delicious. A top drop by any standard!.

 

Whatever your preference:
Napa Valley cult club, Sonoma Pinot club, or a "Wines of the World" club, you'll be thrilled by the range and quality of these wines.

 

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