Important Upcoming Dates Regarding the 2018 First Quarter Release:
Monday, Feb 26th: Start charging pick-up Wine Club members for their release
Saturday, March 3rd: Spring Wine Club release party (1-4pm)
Monday, March 5th: Start charging ship-to members for their shipments
Monday, March 12th: Quarterly shipments sent out to our ship-to members
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First Quarter 2018 Wine Club Recommendations (Spring Release) For the March 2018 release, our selection committee has chosen three new wines from the 2015 vintage. These are some of the first wines we have brought out from that year. I always think that dry years (those without normal rainfall) make the best wines. These three certainly support that theory.
2015 Carnival (new Rhone blend) This year’s Carnival is made from four Rhone varieties from our new vineyard I planted in 2012. It is 40% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 20% Cinsault. I love the fragrance that the Cinsault brings to the table. It is a medium density wine with wonderful mid-palate structure and layers of flavors that you pick up as it flows across your tongue. And I just love the way the new label turned out. Your price is $22.40, with additional bottles purchased before the end of March just $19.60.
2015 Petite Sirah The name of this variety implies something small, but in truth there is nothing “petite” about it. The vines have big heavy bunches that make a big, bold wine, inky dark with fruit and a healthy dose of tannin. This is the first time I’ve bottled a wine made from just this grape, and judging by the reaction we’ve been getting in the tasting room, I wish I’d done it sooner. It was aged in 100% new American oak barrels for two years. I think you will find the oak compliments the deep rich fruit expression and tannins are enhanced by new wood. While this wine is very enjoyable right now, I think it will continue to improve over the next few years. Your price is $22.40, with additional bottles purchased before the end of March just $19.60.
2015 Block 14 Zinfandel I’ve made wine from our fourteen acre vineyard for many years, but this particular vintage really stands out. It has a wonderful spiciness to it, one of the characteristics of Zinfandel that I really enjoy. The other night, I opened a bottle while we were preparing dinner, and had it with some cheese and crackers. Then, when we sipped it through the meal and into the evening, it left me thinking that here was a wine that will fit just about anywhere you want to put it. After you try it, I think you will agree. Your price is just $19.20, with additional bottles ordered this month only $16.80.
Here is a video with Jim explaining his take on the recommended wines:
Upcoming Wine Club Releases
Saturday, June 9th: Summer Wine Club release party
Monday, June 18th: Quarterly shipments sent out to our ship-to members