September Mix Six

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Mix Six, Newsletters, Wine Blog | 0 comments

2011 Pinot Gris – Signature, King Estate, Oregon
$16.99/bottle $13.59/bottle (mix six $)
King Estate, celebrating 21 years of Oregon winemaking this year, is located southwest of Eugene, Oregon and produces Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and limited amounts of Chardonnay. Founded in 1991 by the King family, King Estate is committed to producing Oregon wines of exceptional quality using organic & sustainable farming methods, meticulous fruit selection, impeccable winemaking practices and judicious blending.
The estate, which is just over 1000 acres, is certified organic. Aside from almost 500 acres of vineyards, flowers and vegetables are also grown organically. The Estate is crowned by the charming, European-style winery, where the winemaking process is also certified organic. Light and crisp, with pear and melon flavors stepping lightly through the finish.
Drink with seafood or light first courses.

2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Spy Valley, New Zealand
$13.99/bottle $11.19/bottle (mix six $)
Bryan and Jan Johnson established the first of their 380 acres of estate vineyards in 1993. Pioneers in what was then a Marlborough sub region, the Lower Waihopai development continued with fruit being grown and sold to other wine companies. Beginning with the 2000 vintage, wine has been produced and sold under the Spy Valley label. The brand name Spy Valley is derived from the presence of a satellite communications monitoring station (spy base) nearby, part of the Echelon Global Network.
“Infused with ripe peach, pear and guava flavors, this is smooth and refreshing, ripe and juicy. Spicy finish.” ~ 89 points Wine Spectator
Great for salads and grilled chicken.

2008 Station Ten, Hook & Ladder, California
$18.99/bottle $15.19/bottle (mix six $)
The Russian River Valley is an appellation that offers vintners many blending opportunities. Hook & Ladder’s oldest vineyards thrive in the cooler section of land just west of Santa Rosa. Here the morning fog gently blankets the 100 year-old vines and allows the pre-prohibition Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Alicante to ripen to full maturity. Hook & Ladder is owned by retired firefighter, Cecil DeLoach, former owner of DeLoach Vineyards.
“Station Ten” is a bold, fruit-forward, well structured Zinfandel blend. The 2008 vintage yielded an excellent crop of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane. These grapes are with a small amount of old vine Alicante from the same field. The varietals were aged in European and American oak for over a year before blending and bottling.
Great with braised beef dishes.

 2009 Cotes du Rhone, Charles Thomas, France
$9.99/bottle $7.99/bottle (mix six $)
Charles Thomas is a 140 acre organically farmed vineyard. The vineyard is traditionally farmed including a horse drawn plow. Four different varieties are planted, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Carignane, though only 3 are used in the Cotes du Rhone. The average age of the vines is 30 years.
“From a 140+ acre estate near the well-known Cotes du Rhone village of Pont Saint Esprit emerges this juicy Cotes du Rhone, a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre. Well-made, with loads of berry fruit and a heady, meaty, peppery nose with a hint of Provencal herbs, the wine is fresh, lively, and best drunk over the next 2 years” ~ 87 points Wine Advocate
Great for burgers or steaks.

2011 Tempranillo, Campos Reales, La Mancha, Spain
$7.99/bottle $6.39/bottle (mix six $)
La Mancha is the largest wine producing region in Spain (the whole world as a matter of fact). It is the home of many ‘new world’ wineries like this one. What sets Campos Reales apart from the pack is the quality and the price. The grapes come from a thirty-year-old vineyard. It is among the best values in Spanish Tempranillo.
Bright purple in color. The primary dark berry aromas are complemented by licorice and dark chocolate. The wine is straightforward and a bit youthfully grapey, with sweet blackberry and cassis flavors, supple texture and a late candied floral quality. This became firmer with air but is in no way hard. Very easy to drink.
Great with roasted meats and tomato based sauces.

2011 Ugni Blanc – Colombard, Domaine Tariquet, Gascogne, France
$8.99/bottle $7.19/bottle (mix six $)
Grapes have been grown in southwestern France for centuries to be used in the production of the regional brandy, Armagnac. It is only in the past few decades that the grapes are used to make commercially available wines.
Tariquet has been the cradle of an entire family since 1912. First of all, the home of Hélène and Pierre Grassa, who began the tradition with their love of fine Armagnac. Then it became the home of their children Maïté and Yves, both fervent winemakers, who have now been joined by Yves’ sons, Armin and Rémy, the third generation of winegrowers in the family. Together they manage the Tariquet estate, which has always remained an independent and, now more than ever, family-owned company. Yves Grassa was the first in the region to dare to plant Chardonnay, Sauvignon or Chenin grapes, which were far from popular in those days. Even so, it is the ancestral grapes of Gascogne, Ugni Blanc and Colombard, also used to make Armagnac, that are the blend in this wine.
This wine is lean and crisp dry, with just enough acid snap to give it a vibrant edge. This is a perfect everyday house white.
Perfect for poached fish, both to drink and as the poaching liquid.

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