It’s February, and if your significant other hasn’t already reminded you, this is the month of love, per our favorite saint: St. Valentine. And, of course, we know the language of love is often à la Français, so we’ve got you covered. Your inspired wine club has found wines not only irresistible, but also French! Yes, these are delectable treats that will help set the tone with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day or any other day you seek some romance. Whether you lean toward whites or reds, this month features two amorous wines ready to bring a little passion to the day. In the immortal words of Earth Kitt, c’est si bon!
Schröder & Schÿler 2015 Chartron la Fleur, Bordeaux, France
With 86 points from Wine Enthusiast, you’re bound to enjoy this light and bright Sauvignon Blanc sourced from the Entre-deux-Mers region of Bordeaux. This wine is light, crisp and fruity, simultaneously citrus and floral. Its lime and grapefruit notes provide a vibrancy. A tang of lemon zest give the wine an even fresher character. Celebrating your Valentine’s Day with a lobster Newburg? An elegant seafood soufflé? Maybe oysters on the half shell? This is the wine to round out that meal. It complements any fish or seafood.
Arnoux & Fils Vacqueyras, Rhone, France
Another award-winner, this wine has been described by the Wine Advocate as “a more modern-styled, less –typique- as the French would say, well-made, dense wine with more pain grille/toast notes intermixed with espresso roast, kirsch, black currants and licorice.” We would probably just say that it’s a gorgeous blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. Its origin from old vines and 12 months of aging in oak barrels provides an impeccable richness. It is a bold, full-bodied wine, ready to marry up with a creamy steak au poivre, a succulent prime rib or even a garlicky pork roast. The only thing missing is Cupid.
Rhône Rangers to the rescue!
This month we take you a little on the wild side with a pair of lovely red “Rhône Rangers” that are perfect for those rainy spring days when the weather isn’t quite as warm as a new spring promises. Both wines have a bit of fruitiness to keep the hope of nearing warm days alive as they help you dispense with any lingering winter chill. They’re also a perfect accompaniment as you renew life at your backyard grill.
Robert Hall Rhône de Robles 2006 – Paso Robles
Robert Parker has said that creative blending in these wines is what is producing some of the best Rhône wines in California, and here is a wonderful example of that. The wine is predominantly split between Grenache and Syrah, but enhanced by the addition of Cinsault to offset the high alcohol of the Grenache and the tannins of the Syrah, and a wee bit of Counoise that augments the deep fruity flavors. Robert Hall has produced a deep ruby red with cherry and cranberry flavors to accompany Spring’s budding cherry blossoms. The hints of black pepper and spice and tamed, silky tannins make it a wonderful wine for a hearty meal, such as grilled steak or a robust beef or lamb stew.
Matchbook Syrah 2005 – Napa Valley
This wine will light your fire! As a nod to his own wild, pyro-maniacal days, John Giguiere founded Matchbook winery. And this Syrah will certainly warm you up. Including about 10 percent Cabernet, the wine presents full-bodied with raspberry, spice, tobacco and cassis flavors and a hint of vanilla to finish. The Cab addition helps with the wine’s structure and smoothes the Syrah’s touchy tannins. This is a particularly good year, too. Due to their length on the vines, these grapes started out high quality, and their time spent in a combination of new French oak and older barrels created a wonderful richness. This is a wine that is up to pairing with spicy sausages, cured meats and other grilled meats such as chicken, beef and lamb.
Special Case Pricing Available Wine Club Members Only
Robert Hall Red $215.89/case ($17.99/btl) Matchbook Syrah $151.09/case ($12.59/btl)
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