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May 2022 Wine Club

       
 
Monthly Wine Club
5/12/22
 
 
2020 Vinos Pinol Raig de Raim Blanc, Terra Alta, Spain   $18.00
Winery and Vineyard
Raig de Raïm (The Gleam of the Grape, in Catalan)  Terra Alta's high elevation vineyards coupled with Piñol's organic viticulture produces a wine that communicates the freshness of this rewarding region, relatively unknown until now. The story of Cellar Vinos Piñol mirrors the ascendance of Spanish wines in world markets over the past ten years, a story of how a reverence for old, treasured vineyards and the best family traditions have been combined with new winemaking methods to make the finest wines possible. You may ask, what makes this wine unique?  Well, Raig de Raïm Blanc is a single varietal expression of 100% organically grown Garnacha Blanca from its birthplace, DO Terra Alta. This focused expression of the native varietal is unadulterated, unblended and unoaked. Producing exclusively from estate fruit allows for the winery to maintain lower yields, increasing aromatic intensity and concentration in the wine.
Grapes: 100% Garnacha Blanca
On the Nose and Palate:
Youthful white wine with pale lemon hue. Enticingly aromatic with hints of yellow apple, Bosc pear and tropical pineapple combined with floral notes of acacia and herbal notes of wild thyme and rosemary. Round in mouth with well-balanced acidity and lingering finish.
Food Pairings:  Pairs well with shellfish, oysters, garlic sautéed shrimp, salade Niçoise, soft cheeses and summery cold pasta salads with fresh herbs and vegetables.
Anfitrião Vinho Verde, Portugal   $10.00
Winery and Vineyard
Vinho Verde comes from a small region in Northern Portugal known for its super-value whites, reds, and rosés. These wines are loved for mouth-zapping acidity, subtle carbonation, and lower alcohol – making them a great choice for summer! The vast majority of Vinho Verde wines are white and are made with six grapes (you’ve probably never heard of): Alvarinho, Arinto, Azal, Avesso, Loureiro, and Trajadura. Vinho Verde wines range slightly in style, but most are a touch fizzy, mostly dry, and have green fruit notes.
Grapes: Arinto, Azal, Loureiro, Trajadura
On the Nose and Palate
Lemonade, White Melon, Gooseberry, Grapefruit, and Lime Blossom
Food Pairings: Fresh Summer salads, fish tacos, picnic foods and of course, poolside or lounging on the beach!!
2019 Vins de Pedra Folls Negre, Conca de Barbera, Spain $20.00
Winery and Vineyards
Vins de Pedra is a personal project from Marta Pedra. She has always had a passion for wine and wanted to re-encounter her origins. The smell of the winery during the fermentation of the wines, red hands stained with wine, the frenzied noise of the bottles being labeled–all these sensations are coming back again for this young oenologist. Her great-grandfather was an oenologist from the region of Tarragona. He traveled from winery to winery, tasting wines from this tank or that barrel. This passion for the vines and wine seems to have been passed down silently from one generation to another, until it re-emerged in Marta.
Grapes: Grenache, Tempranillo, Trepat
On the Nose and Palate
Cherry colored with violet tones, bright, young and lively. Highly aromatic, combining raspberries and other red berries with spicy notes, hints of liquorice and black pepper. This wine has well integrated tannins with a balsamic and fresh finish.
Food Pairings: Pesto grilled chicken, grilled chimichurri pork chops or spinach and cheese stuffed portobello mushrooms!! Yum!

2019 Fita da Fitapreta, Alentejano, Portugal  $19.00
Winery and Vineyards
FitaPreta is António Maçanita’s estate winery located outside the ancient Roman city of Evora, set among the sun-drenched hills of Alentejo. António only works with indigenous varieties and ambient yeast ferments, crafting wines that are keenly representative of Alentejo, but with a balance and freshness that few others in the region have been able to match. Painstaking vineyard work, nighttime harvests and entirely gravity-fed winemaking are elements of António’s process that yield wines that are “full of sun,” as he says, but with lift and elegance instead of cloying power and over-extracted fruit. António operates on the Portuguese idea of “Palpite,” or intuition, to communicate terroir, with a foot firmly planted in both camps of tradition and modernity. He allows each parcel to ferment slowly and separately, combining the final blend to showcase a tapestry of the landscape of Southern Portugal. 
Grapes: 50% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 30% Touriga Nacional, 20% Alicante Bouschet
On the Nose and Palate
On the nose you’ll find floral and fruit aromas of violets and black raspberries with a hint of toast and spice as well. The palate is lush and ripe with abundant black currant and brambleberries. A bit of minerality and touch of smoke finish out this lovely red wine.
Food Pairings: This is a versatile wine with lush primary fruit that pairs well with coffee crusted prime rib of beef with roast fingerling potatoes, blue cheeses like Cambozola to Roquefort as well as aged cheese and charcuterie.
 
 
2020 Grupo Yllera Coelus Joven, Rioja, Spain  $15.00
Winery and Vineyard
The Yllera family has been making wine for 6 generations and are currently run by brothers Marcos and Carlos Yllera. They’re located in the town of Rueda in the province of Valladolid (origin of the Castilian white wine, Verdejo) and it’s here that the singular labyrinth underground wine cellar of Grupo Yllera can be found. The winery unites wine, art, mythology, history and culture, opening up a world of sensations. Inside an impressive cave 60 feet underground (that goes for almost a mile), wines are guarded in different rooms, making up an almost labyrinth connection. The Yllera family sought to renovate these wine cellars and create a new space for visitors to learn about the history and origin of winemaking. They’ve created a link between the family wines and the Minotaur Myth to spice things up even more. Definitely worth a visit to try the wines and unravel the “thread of Ariadne”!
Grapes: 100% Tempranillo
On the Nose and Palate
SInce this Tempranillo is produced in the Carbonic Maceration method it’s very bright with cherry red color, very good intensity of strawberry, raspberry and licorice on the nose. 
Food Pairings: It’s very versatile: it pairs well with a multitude of dishes such as red and white meats, pasta dishes, vegetables and salads, sausages and all kinds of cheeses.
 
 
 
2020 SPÑ Red Wine, Vino de La Tierra De Castilla, Spain  $14.00
Winery and Vineyards
SPÑ comes from La Mancha, an elevated plain in the heart of Spain with an extremely hot, dry climate that naturally produces ripe, structured wines from the clay and limestone soils.  SPÑ Red is a Tempranillo heavy blend with 20% Syrah and 20% Merlot blended in to add complexity. “La Mancha” literally translates to “parched Earth,” a perfect descriptor for the arid landscape. You have to be a hearty grape varietal to survive these conditions! Airen is the main grape in this region (a white grape) with Tempranillo (called Cencibel in this region) the most popular red varietal. La Mancha is the largest delimited wine region not only in Spain, but in the whole of Europe. “Delimited” just means that they don’t have as many rules for winemaking like France.
Grapes: 60% Tempranillo, 20% Merlot, 20% Syrah 
On the Nose and Palate:
Deep ruby color, an inviting nose of Craisins, black licorice, dark cherries, and molasses. Pomegranates and raspberries on the palate with some spicy notes on the finish. Medium body with good acidity and plenty of tannins. 
Food Pairings: This wine will pair perfectly with meats, pasta and cheese.
 
2018 Bodegas Iranzo Tarantas Crianza, Utiel-Requena, Spain  $15.00
Winery and Vineyards
Bodegas Iranzo is the oldest estate bottled wine in Spain! The first recorded written evidence of the vineyard estate (owned by the Iranzo family) dates back to 1335. Their cellars were built between 1916 and 1929 in a modernist architectural style. They continuously rehabilitate the cellars to incorporate the most modern oenological technology while retaining the original, classic construction elements. Traditional artisan organic winemaking passed down through the generations combined with agriculture on lime-crusted sandy soils within a National Reserve Park? Yeah, that’ll create some superb Spanish wines. Bodegas Iranzo grows and produces Spanish wines made with 100% organic grapes with several of Spain’s most famous indigenous varietals including Bobal, Tempranillo and Spanish Cabernet. All wines are vegan-friendly, using no animal byproducts in production. The wines are also Non-GMO Project Verified.
Grapes: 100% Tempranillo
On the Nose and Palate
Caramelized eggplant with a spicy nose, soft and silky on the first sip, notes of sour cherry, watermelon rind and oak aged mossy earth.
Food Pairings: Ideal with Spanish cheeses, Spanish Tapas (are you sensing a theme?), roasted meats, stews or pasta with spicy red sauce. This will also pair with a staff favorite dish, Chicken Paprikash!
2018 Gota Prunus Tinto, Dão, Portugal  $18.00
Winery and Vineyard
Natalia Jessa arrived in Portugal from Poland by way of Ireland where her experience as a buyer and student of wine gave her a macro point of view on the world of buying and selling wine. A subscriber to the “drink it, don’t overthink it” mantra, Natalia saw the undiscovered potential in many Portuguese wine regions, and knew she could make wines that over delivered in every sense. The mission of Gota Wines is to showcase the top regions of Portugal in ways that everyone can enjoy. Natalia works closely with small growers to make authentic expressions of each region using only local varieties.
Grapes: 80% Jaen, 10% Tinto Roriz, 5% Alfrocheiro Preto, 5% Touriga Nacional
On the Nose and Palate
Elegance on a grand scale. Lightly oaked and perfectly balanced, with a silky texture and crisp edge. The nose is cram-packed with plums, mulberries, blackberries and anise. On the palate, black cherry and raspberry fruit tones with creamy and chocolaty oak flavors. Delicious with poultry and pork dishes.
Food Pairings: This is the perfect wine for barbecue chicken or pork!
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