March 2018 Club Vino Selections

Weninger Sopron 2013

Sopron-Balf, Hungary
Retail $21

What to expect

Sight: Opaque garnet with a purple blemish
Smell: Fresh blackberry and blueberry, bright herbaceous character
Taste: Very dry, smooth tannins, plum, chalky minerality
Pairings: Light ‘artisanal’ pizza, roasted vegetables with balsamic, light stews

The Weninger family has cultivated the same land since 1828 surviving two World Wars. The generation today is mindful of the history and importance of their land and have taken every step to protect and preserve the biodiversity by being certified Organic-Biodynamic.

Sopron is the region which lies on the Hungarian side of the border, but Weninger has vineyards in both Austria and Hungary. The grape varietals are Bläufrankisch and Merlot. Bläufrankisch originally came from Slovenia but is now the most important red varietal planted in Hungary and Austria. It often exhibits dark fruits, rich tannins and a spicy character.

I guess the question should be, how can we not pick this wine? Not only is the wine delicious, different and affordable, but also a piece of history and insight to the Weninger family and their land. Not only is it very difficult to farm bio-dynamically but rare to find a producer who is willing to go beyond ‘Organic’. We hope you enjoy this wine just as much as we did.

Tenute Dettori Vermintinu 2016

Sardegna, Italy
Retail $26

What to expect

Sight: Cloudy golden yellow, slight amber-brown
Smell: Baked apples, orchids, lemon curd, honeysuckle
Taste: Dry, ripe yellow peach, honey
Pairings: Sautéed vegetables, baked salmon and other fish

This is a story of a natural wine producer who believes that wines are what they have to be and not what you want them to be. The single vineyard, single variety grapes are macerated in cement vats where they remain for two to three years before bottling. No added sulfur or filtration makes this wine as natural as possible with an explosion of ripe fruits and a slight oxidative finish. Detorri are “artisans of the earth” that produce wines that belong to their culture.

This Vermentinu, that originated on this Island over 4000 years ago, truly shows its richness and complexity by letting the grapes mature and ferment naturally. We didn’t mean to throw you off with some of the unusual and evolving aromas, but this is the result of a stubborn family that doesn’t make wine for the market but to show you a true taste of their region!

Three Mataro 2014

Contra Costa County, California
Retail $27

What to expect

Sight: Dark, deep purple with a touch of ruby red
Smell: Rich, ripe black and red fruits, earthy notes and sweet spices
Taste: Sweet blackberry and boysenberry, vanilla bean, fresh pepper with a long finish
Pairings: Red-sauced pasta dishes, barbecue, roasted meats

The winery ‘Three’ is the current brainchild of the accomplished winemaker Matt Cline. His first winery, Cline Cellars, was awarded one of the top ‘American Wineries of the Year’ in 1999 and 2001. Matt decided to take a more personalized, small production approach to winemaking and created ‘Three’, his third and final winery. It is a collaboration of his experience and passion to preserve the historic varietals of California.

Mataro is more commonly known as Mouvèdre (France) or Monastrell (Spain) but it has a long history of viticulture in California, dating back to the 1800’s. The vines that compose this wine are 128 years old! What makes Old Vine’s so great is that as they age, they produce less fruit making the juice and flavor compounds more concentrated. This wine is a great example of a true old vine from California, rich and complex fruit with a subtle touch of oak.

This is our nod to a true California old vine wine. To be able to enjoy something that has a 128 year history is truly special. Only a winemaker like Matt Cline will be able to respect a vineyard like ‘Spinelli’ and showcase what these vines have to offer.