Grill and Chill -- June 2017 Wine Club Preview

Grill and Chill -- June 2017 Wine Club Preview

Whether you're taking advantage of the warmer days of June for planting gardens or spending time in the great outdoors, it's the time of year again to get some great grillin' and porch sippin' wines from the Wine Club.


2013 Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Australia ($17.50)

 A superlative vintage for this wine, it shows plenty of approachability and supple fruit style. Red cherry and blackberry show up on the nose. Vanilla, tobacco and cherry notes start things off on the palate and extend through the long
finish. Wine Enthusiast has it rated at 91 points with a Best Buy
designation. has it on sale this week for $23.99. It comes to Wine
Club members at the very reasonable price of $17.50.

2009 La Cuna de la Poesia Riserva , Temperanillo, Rioja ($14.50)

A classic Rioja Reserva with lifted notes of black fruits, figs and vanilla on the nose which lead in to a palate that is packed with rich, ripe fruit flavors along with hints of spice and a smooth and long-lasting finish. It is made from hand selected grapes, spends over a year in oak and over two years in the bottle. This supple red offers dried cherry and sweet berry flavors, backed by vanilla, candied orange and tobacco notes. Light tannins and citrusy acidity keep this lively through the vanilla-soaked finish. 


2015 Opta Dao Branco, Portugal ($11)

A great wine for the warmer weather and outdoor dining, the 2015 Opta Dao Branco was
another wine for June that rated a Best Buy from Wine Enthusiast. The nose is floral and aromatic due to a good percentage of Malvasia and the aroma had me hooked at the first whiff. The Branco is delicious, citrus- and yellow fruit-flavored, crisp and intensely fruity. With layers of acidity, a zesty texture and a bright aftertaste, it's already to drink now. Like many Portuguese wines, it is relatively low in alcohol, has less than .5% residual sugar and the mouthwatering acidity makes it a perfect pairing for summer fare. 

2016 Cavatappi Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley ($13)

Cavatappi is the Italian word for corkscrew as well as the eponymous spiral pasta. It is also the name of our second white, the 2016 Cavatappi Pinot Grigio. This Walla Walla Pinot Grigio has fragrant nose of lime and grapefruit with a touch of stonefruit character perfectly balanced by the crisp acidity and just a touch of spice. It boasts vibrant bright citrus, fresh
grass, and river rock minerality on the finish. 

Millenium Club

2015 Day Sonoma County Zinfandel, Columbia Valley ($32)

Millennium Club members will be treated to the 2015 Day Sonoma County Zinfandel. This Zin is the first release from Ehren Jordan, the famous wine-maker of the renowned Turley Zinfandels and the owner of the highly regarded Failla wines. The 2015 Vintage was extraordinary for a number of reasons. Four years into a drought, vine stress among these old head trained vines was intense. The vintage was early and compact with more even-ripening than is typical for the variety. This provided the winemaker with tremendously fresh, healthy and concentrated fruit---leaving Jordan with blessed little to do in the cellar. The 2015 Day Zin came out bold and rich, with a lively, structured core, plus black raspberry and pepper aromas, and ripe, zesty black cherry and sweet black licorice flavors. You can drink it tonight or cellar it for 10 years. For those of you keeping score at home, Wine Spectator had it rated at 92 points.