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WINE CLUB Selections November 2018

R. Stuart & Co. Love Oregon White Sky White 2014 Oregon

Located in Willamette Valley Oregon, R. Stuart and Co. focus on making low production, high quality wines at reasonable prices. (only about 16,000 case total per year.) They are a Negociant style winery, meaning they don’t own vineyards but source their grapes from growers mostly throughout the Willamette Valley. They’ve been working in the wine business in Oregon for decades, and they know where the good fruit is!

We had this last night with Asian-ish chicken with black bean sauce and rice, and a Indian style cucumber salad. It was delicious! A kitchen-sink white blend, that’s primarily Pinot Gris, but drinks a bit like a Rhone Blend. Full flavored, round, inviting, but not sweet, YUM!

91pts Wine Enthusiast
Editors’ Choice
“This is principally Pinot Gris, blended with 7% Viognier and 12% other white grapes. Those other grapes are quite aromatic and send up pretty floral aromas immediately. When tasted this also offers a compelling streak of honey, with fruit flavors suggesting orange marmalade. It’s not sweet, just fruity, round and quite delicious.”

Michele Chiarlo Il Principe Nebbiolo 2014 Piedmont, Italy
100% Nebbiolo, the grape that both Barbaresco and Barolo are made from, can, intriguingly, seem both light and full bodied at the same time. You can see your fingers through it like a classic Pinot Noir, but it delivers powerful, yet clean, flavors. This is the kind of wine that will enhance your meal, but not dominate. A perfect choice for thanksgiving fare, it’ll go as well with turkey as it does with Ham or Roasted Beef. It’s hard to find an example of this grape at this price point, ($20) and the quality of this wine is outstanding. Michele Chiarlo has been producing wine in Italy since 1956 and is known for making great wines that speak of the terrior where they are produced.

From the winery: “Garnet red of medium intensity with brilliant reflections. Intense of good complexity and great elegance, hints of small black fruits, plums and violet. Pleasant impact, ample and balanced with silky tannins; highly pleasing and long lasting. It is well balanced at 2 years old and has a life span that can easily arrive at 8-10 years.”

“100% Nebbiolo from vineyards of Barbaresco and Vezza d’Alba in the hillsides of Roero area. The soil is made up of bluish-grey, sand-rich, clayey calcareous marl; it is a soil poor in organic substances but with a considerable percentage of manganese and potassium. Highly evident is its typicality, characterized by varietal flavours and by the influence of the Roero terroir. Il Principe is a Nebbiolo that has been left to refine in large vats for a year; its organoleptic characteristics are extraordinarily classical. It is a noble wine of excellent character and pleasantness, suited to medium ageing.”

90pts James Suckling
A red with nice chocolate and berry character, yet light, fruity and vivd.

Third Thursday November 15th Drop-In Wine Tasting 5-8pm

Come taste some wines with us!
Drop-in anytime between 5 and 8pm.
Only $5, with a $2 rebate if you buy a featured bottle!
133 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC 29841

Wine World Wines Thursday November 16th 2018:

Biscaye Baie, Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Gascony, France
Lightly tropical as well as herbal, this wine is crisp and bright. Its acidity and fresh kiwi and gooseberry flavors are balanced by a touch of pineapple and topped with intense, young acidity.

Domaine Vetriccie, Corse Blanc 2017 Corsica, France
Aromas of citrus fruits dazzle the senses. This wine is mineral and rich, yet lively as it hits the palate. It develops into a rich, smooth and unctuous mouthfeel. The finish is long and sustained with the perfect amount of acidity. Salads, Shellfish and Fish ‘ a la plancha’, and Goat’s Milk Cheeses.

Burgans, Albarino 2017 Rias Baixas, Spain
A bright greenish yellow color with golden highlights. A uniquely fruity aroma where the variety is clearly appreciated, highlighting hints of ripe apples, apricots, and peach aromas. It is rich, mellow and well-balanced. The aftertaste is fully rounded and off dry on the palate with juicy fruit flavors, clean acidity and a long, mineral-dominated finish.
91pts Decanter

Sartori, Pinot Noir 2015 Lombardy, Italy
Bright ruby with shades of violet. Alluring aromas of black-cherry jam, cloves, and chocolate with hints of spice and vanilla. Elegantly balanced with rich fruit flavors and good acidity. A long finish with light almond notes. Ideal with roast lamb, grilled salmon, poultry dishes, and aged cheese.

Michele Chiarlo “Le Orme” Barbera d’Asti Superiore 2015 Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Garnet in color, the wine is medium bodied and robust with rich, ripe cherries, currant, and earth on the nose and an elegant palate. Chicken Scallopini with Sage and Wild Mushrooms, Farfalle Pasta with Pork Sausage and Broccoli Rabe and Grilled or Roasted Red Meats. 90pts Vinous

Sterling, West Coast Cabernet 2016 California
Dark in color with red purple hues. On the nose aromas of mocha, boysenberry, currant, cooked blackberry, toasted vanilla. The palate is a crowd pleaser with clove, lavender, blueberry that leads into a long and seamless finish of black plum and mocha.