May Wine Club in Friday

May Wine Club in Friday

May Wine Club Due Friday

We have some excellent wines again for May Wine Club. Leading off is our first red, the 2014 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Chimeres. The Chimeres is 60% Grenache, with 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. Aged in a combination of concrete tank and oak barrels, it makes the most of a difficult 2014 vintage. There is terrific purity inits raspberry, violet, licorice and olive-laced aromas and flavors. Ripe, finely textured with bright acidity, it will drink nicely over the coming 4-5 years. ($14)

I have been after my suppliers to bring me a great Sicilian white wine for the Wine Club and we have a beauty for you this month. The 2016 Tasca d’Almerite Regaleali Bianco Sicilia is a zippy white--lithe and lively, with a pleasing mix of green melon, lemon zest, honeysuckle and grapefruit granita flavors. Made up of Inzolia (43%), Grecanico (24%), Cataratto (20%), Chardonnay (13%) it is smooth and silky with fresh, juicy fruit and tangy acidity; ripe apple and quince; long and balanced on the finish. If you don’t drink it tonight, keep it for a hot summer day. ($13)

The folks who get a second red will receive the 2013 Cr5 Meses from Spain.This 50-50% blend of Syrah and Mourvèdre delivers lively red fresh fruit flavors of plum and blackberry. The palate also offers licorice and loamy earth notes, supported by firm tannins and orange peel acidity, leaving a refreshing finish. This is a deep wine with oak notes and complex flavors that beg for grilled meat. ($16)

Our second white is the 2015 Domaine de Guillaman Cuvée Louis from France. The bouquet of the Cuvée Louis is exuberant, with enticing aromas of fresh fruit, including lemon, grapefruit, lychee, passion fruit, and a hint of acacia. The taste is well rounded, and fresh and very amenable to spring menus. There is good follow-through from the fruity bouquet with enticing aromas of fresh fruit, including lemon, grapefruit, lychee, passion fruit, and a hint of acacia. ($11.50) 

For Millennium Club members, we have the 2014 Cocodrilo Corte. "Corte" is the word used in Argentina to denote blends and the Cocodrilo is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with 14% Cabernet Franc and some 9% Malbec. It also mixes origins, as it contains fruit from Valle de Uco, Maipú and Luán de Cuyo in similar proportions. It fermented in stainless steel tanks followed by malolactic and aging in barrels (20% new) and made of American oak in oak to complete an élevage of 15 months. Tasting this side by side with other vintages, you clearly notice a riper and warmer vintage in 2014, with plumier notes, an herbal touch and nicely integrated spices. The palate is round, lush and sleek, with fine-grained, plumy tannins. ($32)