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This Month's Wine Club

Love this month's wine club selection? Want to pick up a few more bottles of that Cab from a couple of months back? Here's are the selections we've brought you most recently.

October 2023

2021 Lightwell Survey 'Strange Collapse'
Varietal: Rose
Region: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
Tasting Notes: Juicy red fruit aromas lead into full flavors of strawberry and watermelon rind, aided in their richness by some whole cluster, semi-carbonic maceration, and six weeks of skin contact for the Vidal Blanc. Wet stones add gorgeous minerality, bringing us to a satisfyingly long finish.
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Rosemont of Virginia
Varietal: Red Blend
Tasting Notes: This medium-bodied red opens with red fruit aromas of plum, cranberry, and cherry. On the palate come hints of raspberry, black pepper, and dark chocolate. Cedar and vanilla suggest some oak aging, combining with the fruit’s natural characteristics to create a balanced wine that’s both quaffable and serious.
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September 2023

2020 Weinreider Klassik
Varietal: Gruner Veltliner
Region: Weinviertel , Austria
Tasting Notes: Enticing aromas of tree fruit and spices lead into mouthwatering flavors of green apple, pear, peaches, quince, and white pepper. Minerally slate and sea salt tones complement the pepper. Bright and citrusy, it makes the mouth tingle with hints of lemon, lime, and grapefruit. Dry and juicy yet refined, with a long, stony finish.
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2018 Marie Maria 'Greviere'
Varietal: Tannat
Region: Madiran, France
Tasting Notes: Full-bodied and grippy, with rich blackberry and blueberry that complement hints of cherry, red currant, and vanilla. Smoke and spices lead into a long, leathery finish that will soften with age. 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast.
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August 2023

2022 Canepa Koch 'The Dude'
Varietal: Pinot Noir Rose
Region: Russian River Valley, California
Tasting Notes: Bright aromas of red fruits, flowers, and citrus waft out of the glass enticingly. Juicy flavors of strawberry, raspberry, watermelons, and cranberries promote fruitiness, and yet hints of magnolia add intriguing complexity.
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2019 Bodega Gieco Special Selection
Varietal: Cabernet Franc
Region: Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina
Tasting Notes: Aromas of white pepper, red fruits, and black fruits. Raspberry, black cherry, blueberry, plums, and peppercorn flavors frame the palate, which is bold yet juicy in a surprising balance. Hints of roasted red pepper, cayenne, cocoa, and herbs continue along the smooth body.
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July 2023

2022 Sonder
Varietal: Grenache Blanc
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Tasting Notes: Aromas of apple, stone, and tropical fruits waft out of the glass, leading into complex flavors of Asian Pear, mango, and cumin. Spicy hints of fenugreek are accompanied by a refreshing, slightly bitter taste of almond that balances the wine’s natural creaminess.
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2019 Armstrong Family
Varietal: Syrah
Region: Walla Walla, Washington
Tasting Notes: Enticing aromas of ripe red and black fruit lead into flavors of blackberry, tobacco, bacon, and olives on the palate. 16 months in 50% new French oak lends cedar and vanilla tones, creating a gorgeous balance of fruitiness, earthiness, and structure.
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June 2023

2022 Atlantis
Varietal: Albarino
Region: Rias Baixas, Spain
Tasting Notes: Delightful saline minerality and zippy acidity are accented by citrusy lemon, grapefruit, and nectarine aromas. Thirst-quenching, juicy flavors of apple, lemon, and pineapple dance along the persistent palate, which continues with subtle hints of honeysuckle, pith, and melon. A tinge of pear leads into a long, sea salt finish.
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2020 Poor Boy Red Blend
Varietals: Grenache, Tempranillo
Region: Calatayud, Spain
Tasting Notes: Aged in highly prized Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon barrels. Red and black fruit aromas lead into a smooth palate of cherry, blackberry, and vanilla. Spices underlie the body, which boasts a gorgeous, grippy structure. At 15.5% ABV, leathery tannins and massive fruit are supported by the subtle sweetness of the barrels.
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May 2023

2022 Mirabeau 'X' Rose
Varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet, Cinsault, Grenache Blanc
Region: Provence, France
Tasting Notes: Intense aromas of yellow peaches, nectarines, and pear lead into a hint of almond blossom. Delicate flavors of frangipane, vineyard peach, and citrus are accompanied by a round and delicious mouthfeel. It is a fresh and mouthwatering rose that is a stunning example of the region.
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2017 Belasco de Baquedano 'AR Guentota'
Varietal: Malbec
Region: Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina
Tasting Notes: This outstanding Malbec is produced from 100+ year old vines. It was aged for 12 months in French Oak barrels. The result is a complex wine with cedary aromas that lead into flavors of plums, currant, and berries. It is well balanced, with soft tannins and an elegant finish. 91 Points, James Suckling
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April 2023

2022 Black Cottage
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Tasting Notes: The perfect wine to welcome spring's warm weather! A complex nose of passionfruit and pineapple are accented by lemongrass and crushed herbs. The palate is juicy and ripe, with tropical fruit flavors that lead into notes of sweet pea and green pepper.
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2019 Artadi 'Vinas de Gain'
Varietal: Tempranillo
Region: Rioja, Spain
Tasting Notes: This outstanding red earned a 94 Point score from James Suckling and an additional 92 Points from Wine Advocate. Flavors of blackberry, tobacco, and herbs lead into a big yet well-balanced and velvety finish.
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March 2023

2020 Haut Espoir 'Cloudfall'
Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay
Region: Franschhoek, South Africa
Tasting Notes: This blend has a crisp bouquet of lime zest and white stone fruit. On the palate there are flavors of peach, white pear, apple, and hints of passionfruit, with notes of green melon and hazelnut that linger through the long, rich finish. Elegant, rich, and fresh.
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2020 Backsberg 'Pumphouse'
Varietal: Shiraz
Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Tasting Notes: The 2020 ‘Pumphouse’ Shiraz is a powerhouse of a wine. Aromas of smoky campfire and a hint of toasted oak immediately waft from the glass. Black cherry and mulberry flavors give way to aniseed and vanilla on the palate. The long finish exhibits a wonderful velvety depth.
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February 2023

2021 Chateau de Passavant Anjou Blanc
Varietal: Chenin Blanc
Region: Loire Valley, France
Tasting Notes: Entrancing aromas of peach and apricot. On the palate, flavors of yellow apple mix with a beautifully concentrated minerality that takes center stage without overpowering the fruit. This wine is spectacularly bright, with invigorating freshness and a delicately spicy finish.
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2019 Domaine du Joncier "L'O"
Varietals: Grenache, Syrah
Region: Rhone Valley, France
Tasting Notes: Powerful aromas of red and black fruits lead into a palate with notes of cherry, raspberry, and a hint of spice. On the finish, there are lingering flavors of black pepper and minerality. The selection has excellently balanced acidity, silky tannins, and a soft finish.
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January 2023

Cantine Colosi
Varietal: Grillo
Region: Salina, Italy
Tasting Notes: Crisp and clean with refreshing acidity and flavors of apple, ripe pear, peach, and floral undertones. This wine is aged for 4 months in Acacia barrels, an unusual and rare practice. This gives an elegant vanilla hint and a pleasant roundedness without altering the aromas.
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2019 Tenuta di Collosorbo ‘Le Due Gemme’
Varietals: Sangiovese, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Region: Montalcino, Italy
Tasting Notes: This delicious Super Tuscan is fresh and fruity, with good structure that is balanced by a surprising softness. Fruit-forward on the nose with hints of raspberry and plum. On the palate, flavors of cherry, cocoa, and barley accompany a subtle oak note. The well-rounded palate leads into a pleasant, lingering finish.
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December 2022

Maria Casanovas Brut de Brut
Varietals: Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Parellada
Region: Cava, Spain
Tasting Notes: Aromas of ripe citrus and tree fruits are accented by a touch of white flowers and yeast. On the palate, notes of pear, orange peel, and honey lead into lingering flavors of toast and citrus. Crisp and clean yet beautifully complex.
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2018 Haut-Maco 'Jean Bernard'
Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Bordeaux, France
Tasting Notes: This classic Bordeaux blend is concentrated and powerful. Rich aromas of ripe red and black fruits are accented by hints of toasted vanilla and oak. Well structured on the palate, with flavors of wild berry, sweet plum, and baking spice. Grippy tannins and fresh acidity lead into a structured, long finish.
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November 2022

2019 Fledge & Co 'Hoeksteen'
Varietal: Chenin Blanc
Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Tasting Notes: Bright aromas of citrus blossom, golden apple, and honey on the nose. On the palate, flavors of toasted almond, yellow plum, and red pear are accented by hints of ginger and rooibos. Round and creamy, with a smooth finish.
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2021 Scenic Valley
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Tasting Notes: Produced by one of the oldest wineries in Oregon. Rich, Burgundian flavors of red cherry, strawberry, pomegranate, and earthy mushrooms shine through on the palate. Ten months of barrel aging round out the tannins and acidity, creating a soft and lingering finish.
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October 2022

2021 Field Recordings 'Skins'
Varietals: Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Albarino, Vermentino, Albillo Mayor, Verdelho
Region: Central Coast, California
Tasting Notes: Aromas of orange peel, white peach, and floral notes lead into flavors of apricot and Haitian orange. Smooth on the palate, with hints of marzipan and persimmon. The skin contact provides body and texture, with a soft tannic grip that leads into a soft finish.
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2017 Miguel Torres 'Vigno'
Varietal: Carignan
Region: Maule Valley, Chile
Tasting Notes: Big flavors of blackberry and wildflowers accent hints of bay leaf and mint. Expansive on the palate, with juicy tannins and a beautifully smooth finish. This stunning wine earned to impressive 93 Point scores: one from Vinous and one from Wine Advocate.
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September 2022

2021 The Hare & The Tortoise
Varietal: Pinot Gris
Region: King Valley, Australia
Tasting Notes: Delicate aromas of freshly cut pear, lemon, and subtle spice lead into a mouth-filling burst of flavor. Bosc pear, granny smith apple, and white flowers on the palate are accompanied by refreshing acidity.
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2020 Darby 'Purple Haze' Red Blend
Varietals: Cab Sauv, Malbec, Merlot, Cab Franc, Petite Sirah
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Tasting Notes: Bold aromas of dark currant, cherry, and plum lead into hints of smoke, caramel, and cedar. Flavors of blackberry, plum, and cassis are complemented by notes of earth that add depth. The palate is rich, with a silky-smooth texture and soft tannins. 18 months of oak aging softens the wine and provides a generous finish.
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August 2022

2020 Basa Lore 'Igartzeta' Txakoli
Varietals: Hondarrabi Zuri
Region: Basque, Spain
Tasting Notes: Beautiful aromas of white flowers, apple, and citrus zest on the nose. Fresh flavors of lemon, green apple, and a touch of salinity are accompanied by a fresh acidity. Because this wine is aged for 10 months on lees, it develops a velvety mouthfeel that leads into a long finish.
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2020 La Domitienne
Varietals: Mourvedre
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Tasting Notes: Fruit-forward aromas of raspberry and cranberry accompany flavors of strawberry, red cherry, and a hint of thyme. The grapes are selected from the best old vines which results in bold, concentrated flavors. Soft and silky on the palate, the wine reveals fine and supple tannins that lead into a long, pleasant finish.
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July 2022

2021 Tsiakkas Xynisteri
Varietals: Xynisteri
Region: Cyprus
Tasting Notes: Flavors of peach, white flowers, and lime zest are accompanied by bright and energetic acidity. The island climate and ocean breezes lend hints of sea salt and minerality to the palate. It is crisp on the finish with a pleasant, almost smoky aftertaste. This wine is a perfect selection to enjoy well chilled on a warm day!
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2018 Ijalba Rioja Crianza
Varietals: Tempranillo, Graciano
Region: Rioja, Spain
Tasting Notes: Aromas of dried fruit, dark plum, and toasted almond are accompanied by flavors of ripe red fruit, tobacco, and vanilla. The wine is aged for 12 months in oak barrels, allowing the oakiness to permeate the wine and contributing to the silky texture. It has a long, lingering finish with velvety-smooth tannins.
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June 2022

2021 Chateau de la Clapiere
Varietals: Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah
Region: Provence, France
Tasting Notes: Chateau de la Clapiere opens with aromas of dried strawberries and rose, with a hint of spice. The palate is fresh with a bit of roundness. Flavors of raspberries, strawberries, and cherries complement the crisp acidity and lingering finish. This stunning wine earned a score of 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast.
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2020 Domaine La Florane L'Echevin
Varietals: Syrah, Grenache
Region: Rhone Valley, France
Tasting Notes: Aromas of blackberries and blueberries lead into more complex hints of tobacco and vanilla. Fresh and fruity on the palate, with notes of red cherry and strawberry. Supple tannins lead into a long and balanced finish, with lingering flavors of black pepper, baking spice, and leather. Aged for 12 months in concrete and French oak.
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May 2022

2020 Sebastien Treuillet
Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Pouilly-Fume, France
Tasting Notes: Vibrant aromas of lime, green apple, and elderflower lead into hints of flint and smokiness. On the palate this minerality is at the forefront, with accompanying flavors of lemongrass, gooseberry, and a hint of melon. It has a juicy acidity, with depth and elegance leading into a clean and enjoyable finish.
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2019 Vina Robles 'The Arborist'
Varietals: Syrah, Petit Sirah, Grenache, Tannat
Region: Paso Robles, California
Tasting Notes: The wine opens with aromas of dark cherry and plum. Flavors of dark stone fruits are accompanied by hints of cocoa, spice, and fine tobacco. Medium-bodied, with textured tannins that lead into a smooth finish.
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April 2022

2020 Morgadio
Varietals: Albarino
Region: Rias Baixas, Spain
Tasting Notes: aromas of ripe honeydew melon, lemon zest, and subtle floral notes. The palate is juicy and a little viscous, but still bright with mouthwatering acidity. Flavors of citrus fruit, green apple, ruby grapefruit, and sea salt are complemented by granitic minerality and hints of ginger and nectarine.
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2018 Knuttel Family 'Bill's Hidden Track'
Varietals: Pinot Noir
Region: Sonoma, California
Tasting Notes: Bright aromas of wild raspberry, pomegranate, violets, and red plum. Fresh, pronounced flavors of wild strawberry coalesce with hints of earth and tea. Elegant structure and mouthfeel give way to integrated tannins, crisp acidity, and a hint of baking spice on the finish.
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March 2022

2020 Pfeffingen Blanc de Noir
Varietals: Pinot Noir
Region: Pfalz, Germany
Tasting Notes: This Blanc de Noir is a white wine made from red grapes. Aromas of green apple, white flowers, and peach lead into flavors of citrus, raspberry, and light minerality. The palate is dry, with zesty acidity and a touch of effervescence. The wine ends with a juicy and medium finish with a light chalky note.
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2018 La Colombera 'Vegia Rampana'
Varietals: Barbera
Region: Piedmont, Italy
Tasting Notes: This intense yet medium-bodied wine displays a beautiful ruby red color. Red fruit, cherry, and oak aromas lead into flavors of juicy cherry, green herbs, and plum. Smooth and warm, with a freshness from the acid and strong but refined tannins.
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February 2022

2020 Domaine Cauhape L'Eclipse
Varietals: Gros Manseng, Lauzet
Region: Jurancon, France
Tasting Notes: Tropical and floral aromas lead into flavors of mango, kiwi, white peach, and grapefruit. Juicy and citrusy, it has a medium body and a long finish. This wine is great if you love both Viognier and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, showcasing the body and floral tones of the former with the tropical and fruity notes of the latter.
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2018 Spring Seed 'Scarlet Runner'
Varietals: Shiraz
Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Tasting Notes: This wine opens with aromas of blackcurrant, cherry, and oak.  The red fruit aromas lead into flavors of plum and sour cherry that are complemented by minerality, leather, and black pepper.  A full-bodied Shiraz with silky tannins and medium acidity. 
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January 2022

2020 Noble Hill Sur Lie
Varietals: Chenin Blanc
Region: Simonsberg-Paarl, South Africa
Tasting Notes: The wine is fermented with wild yeast populations and left to age on its fine lees for nine months with regular stirring, allowing it to develop fullness and depth. The result: intricately layered aromas of fresh lime blossom, honeydew melon, and green apple, leading into notes of tropical fruit and citrus on the silky palate.
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2019 Remhoogte 'Free to Be' Red
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon & Cinsault
Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Tasting Notes: Bountiful red fruit, plum, and smoky aromas lead into a palate with flavors of red cherry, raspberry, black currant, and pepper. Unfined and unfiltered, it is medium-bodied with bright, juicy acidity and a long, earthy finish.
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December 2021

Antech Brut Tradition
Varietals: Mauzac, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay
Region: Limoux, France
Tasting Notes: Aromas of peach, pear, and honeysuckle lead into classic Mauzac flavors of apple, honey, and grass. Mauzac is also known for contributing high acidity, which lifts this wine and makes it feel very fresh. Produced in the traditional method, it drinks a lot like Champagne with a steady balance of fruitiness and toastiness.
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2019 Barter & Trade
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Tasting Notes: This voluptuous, structured Ancient Lakes Cabernet offers bright acidity and moderate tannins.  Aromas of black cherry, vanilla, and plum lead into concentrated flavors of blackberry compote, cassis, and tobacco leaf
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