Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker
August 11, 2011 | Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker

CWC Wine Club - Fall 2011 Shipment

As the summer comes to an end and the brisk breezes and falling leaves are just weeks away, we wanted to take you on an oenphile’s odyssey through three of France’s most significant wine regions. So pour a glass, sit back & relax and enjoy the journey!

With the Fall 2011 shipment, you will travel to the pastoral Loire Valley with our 2010 Sauvignon Blanc; the revered and sophisticated region of Bordeaux with the 2009 Cabernet Franc; and the ancient Rhone Valley once home to the vineyards of the Romans, with our 2009 Syrah.

Known as the “garden of France” and home to many grand castles, the Loire River Valley is one of the largest wine regions in France (nearly every type of wine is produced here!).  The most significant wines from the region, notably Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, are characterized by crisp acidity and are created to be a pure expression of the terroir.  The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, with its well-balanced fruit and hints of citrus and green tea is a great representation of our terroir in the Cliffside Vineyard.

France’s most recognizable wine region is home to many of the world’s most coveted and finest wines (Perhaps you’ve heard of Chåteau Pétrus?  Or maybe Chåteau Mouton Rothschild?).  Wines produced in Bordeaux (80% of which are red) are almost always blends of two or more varietals. Geologically very similar to “Left Bank” Bordeaux, our vineyard is a natural home for all of Bordeaux’s red grapes- Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and our newest addition- Malbec.  The 2009 Cabernet Franc is a perfect representation of our Bordeaux-like terroir, with its bright violet, blueberry and spice.

Divided into two climatologically distinct regions- North and South, wines from the Rhone Valley are some of the most “untamed”.  According to the Wine Bible (a fabulous resource- if you don’t have a copy, get one!), “The wines’ howling spiciness has no parallel.  Rhones are the wine equivalent of a primal scream.”- couldn’t have said it better ourselves.  The only grape permitted and grown in the Northern Rhone is Syrah- yep, that means that all red wines from that region are made up of earthy, gamy and spicy Syrahs.  Drastically different with Mediterranean-like climate and its clay, sandy limestone and gravelly soil, Southern Rhone Syrahs are a key player in the wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  With our hot days and cool nights in the Grand Valley, our terroir is much like that of Southern Rhone and the 2009 Syrah is a nearly perfect representation of the region, characterized by minerality and earth with pleasant aromas of coffee and toast.

We hope you enjoy these wines whether you’re at home on the couch or on your relaxing in your villa in Positano.  Feel free to share your experiences at Enjoy!



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