WBC Scholarship Wine Club – May Selections

Spring!  It’s official!  Though it’s hard to tell given the confused weather here in California, it is indeed Spring, and with that comes the Spring WBC Wine Club Shipment.

Arriving in mid-May, this shipment is sure to tickle your tastebuds with some great small production wines.

Not a member of the wine club yet?  Here’s the scoop!

  • 3 boutique, hand crafted, hand selected wines a quarter
  • 4 shipments a year in February, May, August, and November
  • $99 per shipment (that’s just a little more than $1 a day for some scrumptious wines you probably can’t find anywhere else!

  • Drink for charity!  For each new wine club member, we are one step closer to funding a blogger / content creator in attending the 10th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference this fall.  Fifty percent of the profits from each shipment are donated to the scholarship so it really si #drinkingforcharity.

 

  • Virtual tastings of select wines will occur frequently online, allowing to hear directly from the winemakers, and like-minded wine lovers who are enjoying the wine!

And now to the May wines:

 

Paix Sur Terre 2016 Kiler Grove Vineyard Ugni Blanc

Ugni Blanc is a rare grape in the New World. but is a workhorse white in the Old World where it is also known as Trebbiano.  It is important in Cognac and Armagnac production, and is often used in large production wines in Italy.

Jumping across the pond to Paso Robles, Paix Sur Terre harvested a bountiful crop, which is good news for the cult following of this wine.  Typical of this varietal, the wine has tons of mineral tension, taut acidity and lots of refreshing citrus notes. Picked on September 10th at 22.8 brix, the fruit was whole cluster pressed to tank, chilled to 45 degrees Fahrenheit and racked into stainless Muellers.  All barrel fermented with Champagne yeast, the Ugni Blanc was aged in 100% stainless steel barrel giving it a fresh and fruity finish.

 

Kita 2013 “Spe’y” Central Coast Red Blend

Founded in 2010, Kitá Wines is a small, premium winery located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. The word “Kitá” means “Our Valley Oak” in the Santa Ynez Chumash native language of Samala.  Camp 4 Vineyards, the estate vineyard, once owned by Fess Parker, was purchased by the Santa Inez Band of Chumash Indians and the winery was founded.

Winemaker Tara Gomez, a member of the Chumash Band, always loved wine and received a scholarship from the Chumash to study enology at Fresno State.  Gaining hands on experience at Fess Parker during her studies, she was one of two female enologists to graduate in 1998.  Continuing her work at Fess Parker after graduation, and honed her skills both locally and internationally.

When the Chumash purchased the property, Tara returned to her roots at Kita, focusing on sustainable methods and a blend of old world and new world winemaking techniques.

This wine’s name means “Flower” in the Native language of Samala. This Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignane highlight the beauty of these varietals. A deep colored wine that is bursting with exuberant freshness and complexity with aromas of violet, blueberries, and cherries are accompanied by hints of coffee and cinnamon. The palate is full-bodied, yet balanced with traces of spice, blueberries, and rose petals. The acidity in the wine emphasizes the balance of dense tannins to its elegant long finish.

 

Nobelle 2013 Paso Robles Carmenère

Carmenère, originally hailing from Bordeaux, is a member of the Cabernet family and means “crimson”; it was used to produce deep red wines and often for blending instead of Petite Verdot.  In fact, Carmenère was originally thought to be Merlot in plantings in Chile!

Grown in VERY small quantities here in Califrornia, Colbert in San Miguel is one of the only vineyards to carry the varietal in the region. Carmenère always ripens late; mid-October to mid-November is the usual picking time. The leaves turn black in fall, which is very surprising and rare! 100% Carmenère. The fruit came cleanly to the winery and right after crushing (less than 24 hours later) we inoculated the batch with classic Bordeaux yeast. After press we moved the wine to a Le Roi pungeon where it aged for 24 months. 76 cases produced.This varietal has a light and delicate perfume. The density of the wine is very interesting, a lot of weight, followed by long and smooth spice. It will go perfectly with a rack of lamb with rosemary or similar, the simpler the better!

 

Be sure to sign up my May 1st if you’re not yet a member so you don’t miss out on these fabulous wines!

 

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