February 2018 Club Vino Selections

Elio Ottin Petite Arvine 2015

Vallee d’Aoste, Italy
Retail $27

What to expect

Sight: Straw yellow.
Smell: Delicate orange, pineapple, floral.
Taste: Smooth and silky body with crisp and citrusy finish.
Pairings: Risotto, seafood, carbonara, and cheese dishes like raclette or fondue.

This semi-aromatic, late ripening grape, made its way to the northwestern tip of Italy in the 20th century, and shows its full beauty when released from Elio Ottin’s cellar. A rising star in Vallée d’Aoste, a passionate farmer and cattle man, Elio changed the family practice of selling fruit to the local coop to vinifying his own wines. His sustainably cultivated Petite Arvine ripens in small plots above 2000 feet of elevation, followed by stainless steel ageing while remaining on the lees (yeast). The perfect conditions to gain its rich and creamy texture.

The terms Petite Arvine or Vallee d’Aoste are not common for the casual wine drinker. We are happy to introduce you to the smallest region of Italy and show you this unique grape varietal. We consider our Petite Arvine a serious white wine, well balanced with a long finish that makes it perfect for the cooler months, especially when paired with the right dishes. Enjoy the unknown!

Bouza Tannat Reserva 2015

Montevideo, Uruguay
Retail $22

What to expect

Color: Dark inky purple.
Nose: Blackberry, black cherry, violets, herbaceous and slightly woody.
Mouth: Rich and concentrated, more delicate and lively than most Tannats. Tannins woot!
Pairings: Grilled meats, sharp/aged cheeses. Look for foods with lots of fat and or rich in flavor.

Ever heard of Tannat? If you haven’t, you are not the only one and are in for a treat. Amongst the wine world, Tannat is a grape varietal that is known for big, heavy, inky wines that will knock your socks off after the first sip. While Southern France is the birthplace, Uruguay has become its second home. Wineries like Bodega Bouza of Montevideo, Uruguay have truly mastered the art of taming the beast. With the help of 13 months in French and American oak, this wine has a finesse and delicacy (for Tannat) that will make you fall in love with this grape.

Even for us in the wine world, we don’t encounter Tannat often nor do we find many wines from Uruguay. For this being one of our first Club Vino reds, it definitely met all our criteria (a different varietal, delicious and from parts unknown). Not to mention the cool wrapper and all of the winemaking notes on the back of the bottle!

Castell del Remei Gotim Bru 2013

Costers del Segre, Spain
Retail $19

What to expect

Color: Pale, ruby red.
Nose: Ripe cherry, vanilla, sweet tobacco.
Mouth: Smooth tannins, great minerality, long finish and notes of roasted coffee.
Pairings: Grilled lamb, lasagna Bolognese, a juicy burger and of course tapas!

This full-bodied blend (Garnacha, Tempranillo, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon) originates from the DO (Denoinaciones de Origen) Costers del Segre, which is Catalonia’s most inland wine region. This region offers one of the most versatile wine portfolios the country has to offer. The Gotim Bru is the flagship of the winery which is built according to the Bordeaux model surrounded by vineyards. It has an expressive yet elegant character. Aged for 10 months in both American and French oak, this versatile yet complex wine will be the ideal partner for the romantic candle light dinner or a backyard Barbecue.

This well balanced Garnacha Blend inspired us to introduce you to this new DO rather than selecting wines from the well-known Priorat or Montsant DO. Please excuse the price, it ain’t as high as a Priorat! So vibrant with a beautiful acidity and a smooth long finish – we just couldn’t resist! Hope you feel the same.