WINE CLUB! Selections, June 2018

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The Wine buyers (Andrew and Dale) pick two wines each month for you that we love, and you will too. One white (or rose, or bubbly) and one red. The total value of wines will exceed $40, and the longer you sign up for, the better the deal! Our goal is to show excellent wines in a wide range of styles. We only choose wines we have tasted and loved. We don’t base our choices on ratings. (Although we’ll often include them, for your reference, in the write-up)

McPhearson Roussanne 2016 High Plains, Texas
So… we were looking for a single varietal Roussane. I found this one from… Texas! We asked our rep for a sample and found it to be delicious. Roussanne is part of the white Rhone blend. Funky and floral like the grapes it’s usually blended with, Marsanne and Viognier. (There are several others, but these three are the most floral and aromatic of the Rhone whites.) The “Rhone white blend” pairs well with almost anything you’d drink a white wine with, and this Roussanne will too!

Here’s what the winery has to say:
“Not very well known outside of the Rhone Valley in France, Roussanne is variety that is seemingly defined by a history of obscurity. Roussanne is typically relegated to Rhone-style blends in order to give that extra dimension, or “boost” of flavor. Celebrated for its unique candy lemon drop flavors and delicate, herbaceous, tea-like aromas, it is without a doubt a wine that deserves more attention. McPherson Cellars would like to introduce you a wine of distinction, a wine that truly should be in the limelight. Enjoy this wine with seafood, poultry, light salads, or on its own.”

Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2016 Sonoma County, California
Blend: 83% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah, 1% Syrah, 1% Carignane, 1% Barbera, 2% Mixed
We decided it was time to use a blockbuster red for June WINE CLUB! Wine World has loved and supported American Zinfandel since the 70s. Its ancestor grape, Crljenak Kastelanski, originates in Croatia, and Zinfandel is also genetically linked to Primitivo in Italy. Like Malbec in Argentina, Zinfandel has become the great American varietal, and is planted widely through California. Several vineyards over 100 years old are still in production. It’s hard to beat the Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel. Now in their fifth generation in California, the Seghesio Family has been making wine in there since 1895, when Edoardo Seghesio and his wife Angela planted what is now know as the “Home Ranch” vineyard.

Here’s what the winery has to say:
“Each vintage, we harvest multiple diverse lots of Zinfandel that span the entire Sonoma County Zinfandel landscape. Each of these lots is produced under the careful eye of our winemaker, Ted Seghesio. The best of these lots are selected to make Sonoma Zinfandel. A small amount of Petite Sirah is added to honor century old traditions and to provide color and structure. The result is a wine that offers tantalizing raspberry, blueberry, classic briary and spicy flavors with a balance of components for which Seghesio wines are known.
Pair with red sauces, pizza, barbecue, spicy cuisine and cured salami.”

93pts Wine Spectator
“Plump and loaded with rich, jammy fruit, this Zinfandel is a pleasure to drink. Bold accents of wild berry, spicy cinnamon and licorice glide dynamically toward plush tannins. Drink now through 2025.”