December 2012 Wine Club Selections
Oconee Wine Club Selections
[blockquote type=”blockquote_quotes” align=”left” ]The most obvious question with respect to X Winery and proprietor Reed Renaudin is how can these wines be this good at these prices? Everyone is looking for good values today, and here are some exceptional bargains” – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate [/blockquote]
X Winery’s Reed Renaudin creates innovative blends you won’t find in any rulebook – because people don’t drink rules. They drink wines. Reed explores possibilities more traditional winemakers never consider because he follows only one rule: Make wines people love to drink.Curious? So is Parker…
The X Winery 2009 Red X is a blend of 52% Syrah, 19% Mourvedre, 17% Zinfandel, and 12 % Grenache. The 2009 Red X is a gorgeous, fleshy wine. Dark red fruit, flowers, licorice and tobacco are some of the notes that flow from this effortless, gracious red. This is another screaming value from Reed Renaudin. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015. Retail $ 15.99
The X Winery 2010 White X is a blend of 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 18% Chardonnay, 16% Riesling, 11% Malvasia Bianca. It reveals gorgeous inner perfume and a soft personality. The Riesling and Malvasia Bianca come through in the wine’s floral, spiced and tropical fruit notes. This is a lovely bottle, especially for the money. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015. Retail $ 15.99
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Captûre Wines was created and inspired by the estate vineyard, which rises nearly 2,500 feet above the Alexander Valley floor in Sonoma County. The owners share a vision of crafting a portfolio of world-class, Bordeaux-style wines. Captûre Wines represents the marriage of time-honored Bordeaux winemaking with the intense fruit character of an organically farmed mountain estate, Tin Cross Vineyards. Renowned winemaking team May-Britt and Denis Malbec, formerly of Château Latour in Bordeaux, create these wines to bring out the rich personality of the terroir. The resulting wines are elegant expressions of depth, nuance and longevity.
The Capture Traditions Sauvignon Blanc 2010 showcase the wineries commitment to mountain wine-growing, reflecting the gravelly, well-drained soils in its profile. Tradition exhibits a floral bouquet of star fruit, gooseberries and lemongrass, with hints of pink grapefruit and Key lime. Aged sur-lie in stainless steel tanks, Tradition’s mouth-feel is fresh, crisp and still fruit forward, with a nice creamy structure. Rated 88 by Robert Parker!
The red for this month is the Fleuron Red Wine Alexander Valley 2008. Capture’s second label, Fleuron’s 2008 Red Wine is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot. The fruit for Fleuron’s Tin Cross Vineyards Red Wine is grown at an elevation of more than 1,600 feet above the Alexander Valley. Aromas of black currant and juicy black cherries are followed by notes of cedar and pencil shavings. The wine is medium to full bodied, with silky tannins and a long multi-layered finish. Only 398 cases where made of this great California Red. $ 32.99