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Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop – All California – 5pm-8pm

Iconic Wine “Sidekick” Chardonnay
2014, California

cali wines 1 29From the producers website:
The SK Series from Iconic Wine represents the finest wine we could create at everyday drinking value. We work with multiple vineyard sources from around northern California, as far north as Anderson Valley to as far south as Lodi. This allows us every year to assure we pull the best fruit for the price depending on the vintage, creating a trustworthy wine and perfect companion to you day to day adventures.

Iconic was founded on a love of Chardonnay. It was the very first wine we ever made, and we are very picky when it comes to this great grape. Like our flagship Chardonnay, Heroine, the focus is on fresh bright fruit and minerality. The grapes are slowly pressed over a long gentle pressing before fermented in vertical, temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine is apricot and white peach and full of floral aromatics.

Qupé “A Modern White” 2014 Central Coast Blend

Qupé calls itself a “modern stone age winery”. Started in 1981 by original Rhone Ranger Bob Lindquist, Qupé is so named to honor the Chumash, the indigenous people of the Golden State’s Central Coast and Channel Islands. The word means poppy, a plant traditionally used for food and medicine. Bob and his wife Louisa Sawyer Lindquist are skilled in biodynamics, and their Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard is certified Demeter Biodynamic and Stellar Organic.

“A Modern White” is a blend of Chardonnay, Viognier & Marsanne. The Viognier was harvested slightly late for richness and a touch of sweetness. The Chardonnay and Marsanne were harvested a bit early for freshness, crispness and acidity. This is a food friendly, ripe and fruity (though not sweet) white wine with lots of richness, body and depth.

Hobo Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, 2013

Kenny Likitprakong started Hobo Wine Company in 2002, at the age of 26. He grew up in Healdsburg, spending much time at Domaine St. George, the winery owned by his great-uncle Supasit Mahaguna. Kenny’s father Somchai was also involved at the winery, having been summoned there by Mahaguna while studying in NY.

Likitprakong sells his wines under three labels: Banyan Wines, Hobo and Folk Machine, all of them under the umbrella of the Hobo Wine Co. He doesn’t own any vines, instead he gets fruit from top sources, although he does farm about an acre of Branham Estate Rockpile Vineyard Zinfandel.

Fromthe start, Likitprakong intended to make lower sugar, lower alcohol, higher acid, more food friendly wiines than what was being produced in California at the time. In 2008, Gary Branham said that Likitprakong was “already doing more avant-garde things than most people do in their whole careers.”

Producers notes: The Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is an “appellation wine” and we attempt to make a wine that represents what we think the appellation is; rich, but not overripe, fruit-forward, but not a bomb, structured, but not tannic. The 2013 is a blend of Treborce, Larrick, Wellstone, and Branham Vineyards. We continue to cover the geographical and climatic diversity that the appellation has to offer from the far North Rockpile part of the Dry Creek Valley to the Southern most border of the appellation. It is our belief that the multiple sites and climates and soil types give us a representation of the appellation and a variety of different expressions and flavors.

Brea Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 “Margarita Vineyard” Paso Robles

Brea is a project between winemaker Chris Brockway of Broc Cellars and Tim Elenteny of TE Imports. This wine is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc & 5% Petit Verdot planted on granitic shale and uplifted seabed. Farming is sustainable, fermentation is spontaneous, and the wine spends 20 months in 100% used French oak barrels. Margarita Vineyard is located at 1000 ft elevation and 15 miles from the Pacific. Some consider this area too cool to make Cabernet, but the cooler maritime climate means a longer growing season. The resulting wine is elegant, soft, refined. Not so much a California powerhouse as a subtle expression of minerality and terroir. It’s really pretty gorgeous.

Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5pm-8pm

Thanksgiving Picks!

Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues “Les Grandes Vignes” Cotes du Rhone Blanc, 2014

70% Grenache Blanc, 10% Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc, 10% Viognier

Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues is a unique co-operative cellar in the small town of Estézargues. Starting in 1995, the ten different growers in this co-op began to vinify their wine separately and make single cuvées from their best plots. Soon they began to practice natural winemaking, becoming one of the first (and perhaps only) co-ops in the world to do so. Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues uses no external yeast, no filtering, no fining and no enzymes in the winemaking process.

Les Grandes Vines is from vines that vary in age from 20 to 80 years, grown on red clay and stone. This wine is rich and fruity up front, with apples, pears, apricots, flowers and hay. Just when you think it might get a little too ripe and rich, an arc of acidity and minerality comes in to balance this shimmering glass of gold. This is the perfect foil to all the rich and sweet that happens on the Thanksgiving table.

Chateau d'ÉpireChateau d’Epiré Savennieres 2014

We put this wine in last week’s newsletter, so we’re recycling the note here. We blew through the first stack, so this is one to grab quick if you want it.

This wine is a RIDICULOUS value and you should just buy it. It’ll work with Thanksgiving, it’ll work with your Feast of the Seven Fishes, it’ll work with Chinese; it’s Chenin!

Grand Cru Epiré Savennieres is one of the oldest and most famous properties in the AOC. The domaine works primarily three parcels: La Croix Picot, Le Parc, and Le Hu-Boyau, the last situated just above another famous vineyard, La Coulée de Serrant, which we also have in the shop, but at many, many times the price (granted, it’s a different beast than this one, but still). If you were in France, you would be drinking filtered Chateau d’Epiré, but importer Kermit Lynch insists that all the d’Épire cuvées that he imports be unfiltered. We don’t mind a little sediment around here!

Qupé “A Modern Red” 2013

qupe modern redQupé calls itself a “modern stone age winery”. Started in 1981 by original Rhone Ranger Bob Lindquist, Qupé is so named to honor the Chumash, the indigenous people of the Golden State’s Central Coast and Channel Islands. The word means poppy, a plant traditionally used for food and medicine. Bob and his wife Louisa Sawyer Lindquist are skilled in biodynamics, and their Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard is certified Demeter Biodynamic and Stellar Organic.

A Modern Red is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre, sourced from vineyards in Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez. This is an entry level wine in the Qupé portfolio, geared toward delivering American-grown Rhone-style wines at an everyday price. This wine is full of dark fruit and spices, it’s soft and smooth, with pleasant tannins on a long finish. It’ll stand up to all kinds of food, from roasted poultry, to grilled meats and veggies, to spicy tomato-based dishes.

LIOCO IndicaLIOCO “Indica” 2013 Mendocino Red

From the producers website: LIOCO is the result of a years-long conversation between Matt Licklider (a seasoned wine import specialist) and Kevin O’Connor (former wine director at Michelin Two-Star Spago-Beverly Hills) about whether California could produce a true “wine of origin.”

Campus notes: Indica is a field blend of Carignan, Petite Sirah, and Grenache harvested on one day, co-fermented in an open top vat, and put into neutral oak. It’s fresh, spicy, floral, inviting, full of dark fruit and earth, and relatively low in alcohol, leaving you free to drink more! Indica is also the name of a high quality strain of Marijuana, for whatever that’s worth!

Read this week’s newsletter here: Thanksgiving Wine Club; New Farmer Fizz; NOUVEAU!! Two Roads Beer Tasting!