August SILVER Wine Club

    August SILVER Wine Club

    $200.00

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    2019 Domaine du Chateaumar Châteauneuf du Pape ‘Secret de Nos Vignes’, Rhone, France

    Winemaker Frederic Souret makes the wine for this spectacular small estate, 9km from Orange, in the heart of the Cotes du Rhone AOP.   The Castel Mar (Chateaumar) dates back to the 11th century.   Frederic and his family farm organic, but are not certified.   The grapes for this blend are always 70% Grenache and 30% Mourvedre, coming from 60-80 year old vines. 

    For fans of old school Chateauneuf du Pape and even fans of Bandol, this wine is for you.   The nose displays fruit aromas and spice with hints of smoke and anise.  The palate is dark and rich with dark berry, roasted plum, hints of wild herbs and chocolate.   The finish keeps the plums and anise going with a touch of black olive.   

    It can age for a long time, but it’s so good now, especially with any kind of short rib dish or lamb tagine.  



    2020 Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Riesling Spätlese, Mosel, Germany

    *Disclaimer… or not.   Rieslings are the darlings of all - repeat, ALL - sommeliers.  Even ones with sweetness, and especially the ones from the Mosel.   Don’t be afraid!  When a Riesling has great acidity and balance, it will always be refreshing and crisp, dry or sweet.    

    This wine is for the “heat hounds”.  The “hot heads”.   The “spice girls”   We always say, “When the food brings the heat, you bring the sweet!”  

    This medium-bodied wine displays notes of peach, grapefruit, lemon and ripe passion fruit.   It comes together on the creamy palate with candied-lemon and rich melon.   The acid is zingy, layered with the sweetness, and finishes with a long, juicy finish.    



    2017 Booker Oublié, Paso Robles, California

    Oublié is a blend of 56% Grenache, 22% Syrah, and 22% Mourvedre coming from the westside of Paso.    The namesake means “forgotten” in French, as the winemakers think rhone varietals are often not thought of when you think of great California wine.   We agree wholeheartedly with this notion. 

    Aside from the meat off the grill, this wine will go well with a large pan of paella.   A nose of rose petals and black tea will fill your glass and intertwine with a palate of blackberries, cassis, and black pepper.   The tannins are generous, but integrated nicely.   A smooth ride with or without food.   

    Eric and Lisa Jensen purchased 100 acres of the property in 2001 with the intent of growing the best fruit for some of the best wineries in the area. After making wine with Justin Smith (of Saxum) for five years and Stephan Asseo (of L'Aventure Wines) for two years the Jensens decided it was time to create their own expression with Booker Vineyard. The 2005 Vintage was Booker Vineyard's first release with the wines being made by owner Eric Jensen. The vineyard received organic certification in April of 2021. 



    2021 Dunham Cellars ‘Blushing Bear’ Rosé, Columbia Valley, Washington

    Winemaker Kyle MacLachlan grew up in the Yakima valley of Washington.  As he pursued his career in acting, he always came back home to check out the burgeoning wine scene.   In 2005 he met winemaker Eric Dunham and …Pursued by Bear was born.   2008 was the inaugural release.   

    Inspired by the classic Bandol rosés of Provence, this 76% Grenache and 24% Mourvedre blend is fresh and aromatic, with notes of wild strawberries, white peach and guava.   Whole cluster pressed grapes were fermented and aged in stainless steel for five months which delivers a fresh and lively finish.   

    Damn, this is one fine bottle of rosé!  Pair with veggie skewers, chicken sausages, and charcuterie plates.

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