Two Special Wineries are Now in Stock

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Newsletters, Wine Blog | 0 comments

We have just received notice that two very special “American” wines have arrived. The first one Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel, was a wine which many of you tasted and purchased at our grand tasting event in October. The bad new was that we sold out of it (and everything that the wholesaler had too) The good news is that the winery has just released the 2009 vintage in time for the holidays.

The second wine is from one of the star properties in Washington State called Quilceda Creek. Simply put, Robert Parker calls the wines of Quilceda Creek “extraordinary”. And while extraordinary comes with a price tag, we have gotten our hands on one of the “relatively” affordable wine made by Quilceda Creek Vintners to offer for holidays.

Klinker Brick Winery
Lodi, California

Steve and Lori Felten, fifth generation grape growers in the Lodi region, continue the tradition of cultivating “Old Vine” Zinfandel vineyards that their ancestors planted in the early 1900’s. With roots in Germany and Russia, the family settled in Lodi, first producing watermelons. Recognizing that the soil and climate were ideal for growing grapes, they began to plant varieties that included Zinfandel. For over one hundred years, the family has cultivated the land with the aim of producing top quality fruit. Zinfandel was one of the first grape varieties to be planted in the Lodi appellation, although it had also been established in other parts of California. While most Zinfandel vineyards are cropped at about 2-3 tons per acre, Klinker Brick’s old vines are cropped at only 1/4 ton per acre.

Most of Klinker Brick’s early history is as grape growers who would ship the harvest in bulk to large California Wineries and in crates to home winemakers in the eastern part of the country. In the 80’s, they began to work toward quality in the vineyard which resulted in improved fruit. At this point, Barry Gnekow was hired to make wine which he did rather than selling all the fruit off. Barry, a UC Davis graduate with over 25 years of experience winemaking, has a unique ability to bring the best of the vineyard into the cellar, year after year, producing wines of distinction for Klinker Brick.

At Klinker Brick, only three wines are made; an Old Vine Zinfandel, a Syrah and their top wine, Old Ghost Zinfandel. 2009 was a banner vintage for Klinker Brick and these wines are now available for sale.

2009 Old Ghost Retail ~ $45/bottle
The 2009 Old Ghost is an elegant ghost, indeed. With aromas of mocha, brambleberry and exotic spice, this full-bodied wine displays layers of dark fruit on the palate, finishing with a rich, velvet texture.
“Deftly combining ripe jam with sweet oak, the luxurious ’09 Klinker Brick Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel shows that Lodi can make some of California’s finest wines; simply fine!” ~ 92 pts. Wilfred Wong-SF Chronicle

2009 Old Vine Zinfandel ~$20
Produced from vines with an average age of 85 years, this delicious wine exhibits a bright bouquet of wild strawberry and Satsuma plum, intermingled with cedar shavings. Filling the palate with flavors of black cherry and vanilla, supple tannins support good structure. The finish is smooth and long. This wine was aged 14 months in American Oak prior to bottling.
“Medium deep ruby color; ripe berry aroma, intense and fine, excellent depth; medium bodied, firm and pleasing; ripe berry flavors; lingering finish.” ~ 91 pts. Wilfred Wong-SF Chronicle

2009 Farrah Syrah ~ $22/bottle
Deep garnet in color, this wine exhibits aromas of dark fruits, tobacco, leather and pepper. On the palate, there are layers of plum, chocolate, tobacco and exotic spices. This wine is mouth filling with bright fruit, velvety texture and exceptional balance. This wine was aged in French Oak to preserve its subtle flavors.

Quilceda Creek Vintners
Snohomish, WA

Quilceda Creek, located in Snohomish, Washington, was founded in 1978 by the Golitzin family. Generally considered the premier winery in Washington State, Quilceda Creek Vintners remains a small, family-owned and operated winery. Their flagship wine, the Quilceda Creek Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, received three 100-point ratings in a four year span from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate for the 2002, 2003, and 2005 vintages. The 2002 and 2003 (rated at the same time) were the first Washington State wines ever to receive a perfect 100-point rating. The August edition of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, one of the most influential wine publications in the world, had deemed all three of Quilceda Creek’s 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon based wines as “extraordinary,” a designation reserved only for wines of “profound and complex character,” according to the journal.

While all of the Quilceda Creek wines come out with fabulous scores they also come with hefty price tags as well. The Quilceda Creek ‘Signature Cabernet’ sells for well over $200/bottle (if you can even get it) which is why we are happy to have and offer their “relatively” affordable ‘Red Wine’ to you. Quantities are very limited!!!

Quilceda Creek Red Wine ~ $80/bottle
Winemakers Paul Golitzin, Marv Crum and Alex Golitzin make the Quilceda Creek Red Wine by blending 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec. The grapes were sourced from estate vineyards Galitzine and Palengat as well as Champoux, Discovery, Klipsun and Tapteil. The wine was aged in French Oak and bottled in August 2010.
“The Quilceda Creek lineup begins with the 2008 Red Wine made up of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, with the balance Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Aromas of cedar, spice box, mineral, incense, black currant, and blackberry inform the nose of a ripe, savory, smooth-textured wine. In the glass it displays more minerality, excellent volume, and enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years. Enjoy this first-class effort now through 2020.” ~ 92 pts Wine Advocate

To see the special offer that ends Saturday December 10, 2011 just send us a note and we’ll get a copy of the email to you

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