Wine Club Tasting Notes Online. . . Exclusively

Welcome to Carpe Vino’s Wine Club Tasting Notes Online, where each month you’ll find information about all of our current selections. After wines have been billed and are ready to be picked up or shipped, Wine Club members will receive an email notification. Simply select the club in which you are enrolled below. You can view the tasting notes online, download a PDF and view notes for other clubs. The best part is all notes are archived, so if you cellar your wines, you can come back and locate any tasting notes.

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Wine Club Tasting Notes for August

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Martin Codax ‘Ergo’ 2015

(Rioja, Spain)

Martin Codax ‘Ergo’ 2015

Winery Tasting Notes: The Tempranillo offers sweet dark cherry flavors, while the Garnacha softens the palate and lends nuances of spice and dark berry to the blend. Undertones of vanilla and toasted oak are framed by a juicy texture and a long, smooth finish.

Blend: 88% Tempranillo, 12% Garnacha
Alcohol Level: 14%
Maturity: Drink now – 2022

Pairings: Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew, or paella.

Fun Facts: Bodegas Martín Códax was founded in 1986 and was named after the most known Galician troubadour whose medieval poems, the oldest of Galician-Portuguese language with the original music, are preserved. In the poems, the troubadour sings to love and to the sea of our coastline..Highly regarded for distinctive and age-worthy red wines, Rioja is Spain’s most celebrated wine region.Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions.

 

Alma Rosa Pinot Noir 2015

(Santa Rosa Hills, CA)

Alma Rosa Pinot Noir 2015

Winery Tasting Notes: Bright nose, with dusty raspberry, sage and thyme, laced with butterscotch and light-toast coffee bean cues from the French oak barrels. Flavors of ripe raspberry, red cherry and baking spices are lifted by the fresh acid backbone. On the palate, it is focused and medium-bodied, with fine grip from the seed tannin.

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol Level: 14.1%
Winemaker: Nick De Luca
Production: 1750 cases
Maturity: Drink now – 2024

Pairings: Grilled corn, Grilled Pork Chops,aged cheddar

Fun Facts: Alma Rosa is deeply rooted in the winemaking history of the Santa Rosa hills, inside the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Growing conditions combine here more sunshine than Southern Europe with the powerful cooling influence of onshore winds and fog from Pacific Ocean. The unique geography, moderate climate and clay-loam soils attracted Richard Sanford to this area in the early 70’s, where he pioneered Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara County decades before the “Sideways” movie craze. In 1983 he established on our home ranch one of the first organic-certified vineyards in the Central Coast.

 

Rapp Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

(Coombsville, CA)

Rapp Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Winery Tasting Notes: Dark Berry in color, this full bodied 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts aromas of black cherry, cacao and fig with hidden hints of mint, earth, and coffee. Soft and silky on the palate with flavors of berry pie, cedar, licorice, and caramel. Finishing with juicy, rich and fine tannins that linger longer and longer with each sip.

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol Level:  15.3%
Winemaker:  Rudy Zuidema
Maturity: Drink now – 2025

Pairings: Tri-tip, roasted rosemary potatoes, hard cheeses

Fun Facts: Tucked away in the heart of Napa’s newest appellation of Coombsville lays the beautiful Rapp Ranch Vineyard.  These 12 acres of premium vineyard were planted in 2002 to an array of five different Cabernet Sauvignon clones.  The distinctive rocky-mineral rich soil and microclimate of cool coastal breezes from the nearby San Pablo Bay result in low yield production yet intensely complex fruit which best showcases the perfect balance of a challenging topography and a mild climate. The variation in flavor, acidity, tannins, and density profiles of the grapes makes it some of the most unique and sought after fruit.  

 

Alma Rosa Pinot Noir 2015

(Santa Rosa Hills, CA)

Alma Rosa Pinot Noir 2015

Winery Tasting Notes: Bright nose, with dusty raspberry, sage and thyme, laced with butterscotch and light-toast coffee bean cues from the French oak barrels. Flavors of ripe raspberry, red cherry and baking spices are lifted by the fresh acid backbone. On the palate, it is focused and medium-bodied, with fine grip from the seed tannin.

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol Level: 14.1%
Winemaker: Nick De Luca
Production: 1750 cases
Maturity: Drink now – 2024

Pairings: Grilled corn, Grilled Pork Chops,aged cheddar

Fun Facts: Alma Rosa is deeply rooted in the winemaking history of the Santa Rosa hills, inside the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Growing conditions combine here more sunshine than Southern Europe with the powerful cooling influence of onshore winds and fog from Pacific Ocean. The unique geography, moderate climate and clay-loam soils attracted Richard Sanford to this area in the early 70’s, where he pioneered Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara County decades before the “Sideways” movie craze. In 1983 he established on our home ranch one of the first organic-certified vineyards in the Central Coast.

 

Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2016

(Swartland, South Africa)

Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2016

Winery Tasting Notes: Notes of honeysuckle and citrus are balanced by a bright, seamless acidity.

Blend: 100 % Chenin Blanc
Alcohol Level:  13.5%
Winemaker: Vincent Careme
Maturity: Drink now – 2022

Accolades:  93 Points – Wine and Spirits

Pairings:  Pear preserves, Brie cheese, Baked Halibut

Fun Facts:  Vincent Carême of Domaine Vincent Carême in the Loire Valley, brings his expertise and techniques from France to Swartland in this flagship bottling of which 2016 marks the third vintage. Vincent is passionate about Chenin Blanc, making several styles of the varietal, and he firmly believes that the quality of the wine is determined in the vineyard. “Swartland” translates to mean “the black land,” taking its name from the endangered, indigenous renosterbos (rhino bush) which once turned the land a dark color at certain times of the year.

 

Portalupi ‘Cal-Ital’ Vermentino 2017

(Las Brisas Vineyard, Carneros, CA)

Portalupi ‘Cal-Ital’ Vermentino 2017

Winery Tasting Notes: Nutty, with a pronounced aroma of stone fruit and preserved lemon. These characteristics follow through on the palate, buoyed by crisp acidity. The finish offers more voluptuous mouthfeel and weight.

Blend: 100%Vermentino
Alcohol Level: 13.8%
Winemaker: Tim Borges
Maturity: Drink now – 2020
Pairings:  Mussels,clams, hamachi sashimi

Fun Facts: Portalupi Winery began many years ago in the small coastal town in Northern California where Tim Borges and Jane Portalupi first met as children. Destiny prevailed, they reunited in 2001 and were married. With Jane’s background in retail marketing and Tim’s 40 years of experience in winemaking in California, they decided their talents were the perfect complement to start Portalupi Wines.

 

Chateau Sainte Marguerite ‘Love’ Provence Rose 2017

(Cotes de Provence La Londe, France)

Chateau Sainte Marguerite ‘Love’ Provence Rose 2017

Winery Tasting Notes: Clear and bright with a light pink hue. Aromas of white flowers and passion fruit. Delicate minerality with notes of peach, orange, peel and exotic fruits. Finesse, elegance and aromatic pleasure….

Blend: Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah
Alcohol Level: 13%
Maturity: Drink now – 2021

Pairings: Truffle and scallop risotto, seafood, sushi & Thaï dishes

Fun Facts: Cru Classé Côtes de Provence • Accreditation : Certified Organic Wine,  Vegan Label – Vegan Society. Soil : Flinty clay structured by round river stones and fragments of quartz. Well draining, superbly exposed hillsides. Hot and dry coastal Mediterranean climate.

 

Chateau de Chamirey Mercurey Blanc 2015

(Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France)

Chateau de Chamirey Mercurey Blanc 2015

Winery Tasting Notes: Lightly gold in color, this wine expresses a well-balanced and floral nose with white fruits aromas such as white peach. On the palate, it is full, rich and nicely balanced with a lovely aftertaste.

Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol Level: 13%
Maturity: Drink now – 2023

Accolades: 90 Points- Wine Spectator

Pairings: Mushroom risotto, poultries with a cream and peppery sauce, quiche lorraine

Fun Facts: In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. Built in early XVIII Century, Château de Chamirey is an elegant château, influenced by the Italian architecture, looking down on French garden. Built on a rocky headland, Château de Chamirey has a unique position on Mercurey vineyard.

 

Martin Codax ‘Ergo’ 2015

(Rioja, Spain)

Martin Codax ‘Ergo’ 2015

Winery Tasting Notes: The Tempranillo offers sweet dark cherry flavors, while the Garnacha softens the palate and lends nuances of spice and dark berry to the blend. Undertones of vanilla and toasted oak are framed by a juicy texture and a long, smooth finish.

Blend: 88% Tempranillo, 12% Garnacha
Alcohol Level: 14%
Maturity: Drink now – 2022

Pairings: Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew, or paella.

Fun Facts: Bodegas Martín Códax was founded in 1986 and was named after the most known Galician troubadour whose medieval poems, the oldest of Galician-Portuguese language with the original music, are preserved. In the poems, the troubadour sings to love and to the sea of our coastline..Highly regarded for distinctive and age-worthy red wines, Rioja is Spain’s most celebrated wine region.Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions.

 

Chateau Sainte Marguerite ‘Love’ Provence Rose 2017

(Cotes de Provence La Londe, France)

Chateau Sainte Marguerite ‘Love’ Provence Rose 2017

Winery Tasting Notes: Clear and bright with a light pink hue. Aromas of white flowers and passion fruit. Delicate minerality with notes of peach, orange, peel and exotic fruits. Finesse, elegance and aromatic pleasure….

Blend: Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah
Alcohol Level: 13%
Maturity: Drink now – 2021

Pairings: Truffle and scallop risotto, seafood, sushi & Thaï dishes

Fun Facts: Cru Classé Côtes de Provence • Accreditation : Certified Organic Wine,  Vegan Label – Vegan Society. Soil : Flinty clay structured by round river stones and fragments of quartz. Well draining, superbly exposed hillsides. Hot and dry coastal Mediterranean climate.

 

Rapp Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

(Coombsville, CA)

Rapp Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Winery Tasting Notes: Dark Berry in color, this full bodied 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts aromas of black cherry, cacao and fig with hidden hints of mint, earth, and coffee. Soft and silky on the palate with flavors of berry pie, cedar, licorice, and caramel. Finishing with juicy, rich and fine tannins that linger longer and longer with each sip.

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol Level:  15.3%
Winemaker:  Rudy Zuidema
Maturity: Drink now – 2025

Pairings: Tri-tip, roasted rosemary potatoes, hard cheeses

Fun Facts: Tucked away in the heart of Napa’s newest appellation of Coombsville lays the beautiful Rapp Ranch Vineyard.  These 12 acres of premium vineyard were planted in 2002 to an array of five different Cabernet Sauvignon clones.  The distinctive rocky-mineral rich soil and microclimate of cool coastal breezes from the nearby San Pablo Bay result in low yield production yet intensely complex fruit which best showcases the perfect balance of a challenging topography and a mild climate. The variation in flavor, acidity, tannins, and density profiles of the grapes makes it some of the most unique and sought after fruit.  

 

Chateau Sainte Marguerite ‘Love’ Provence Rose 2017

(Cotes de Provence La Londe, France)

Chateau Sainte Marguerite ‘Love’ Provence Rose 2017

Winery Tasting Notes: Clear and bright with a light pink hue. Aromas of white flowers and passion fruit. Delicate minerality with notes of peach, orange, peel and exotic fruits. Finesse, elegance and aromatic pleasure….

Blend: Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah
Alcohol Level: 13%
Maturity: Drink now – 2021

Pairings: Truffle and scallop risotto, seafood, sushi & Thaï dishes

Fun Facts: Cru Classé Côtes de Provence • Accreditation : Certified Organic Wine,  Vegan Label – Vegan Society. Soil : Flinty clay structured by round river stones and fragments of quartz. Well draining, superbly exposed hillsides. Hot and dry coastal Mediterranean climate.

 

Ruggeri Giall’oro Prosecco NV

(Treviso, Italy)

Ruggeri Giall’oro Prosecco NV

Winery Tasting Notes: The colour is light straw – yellow tending to pale green. Its crystal clarity is laced with a persistent perlage of fine bubbles. The bouquet, although persistent and intensely fruity, is extremely delicate which brings mature golden apples and acacia flowers readily to mind. It is gently sweet and fresh on the palate and pleasantly light in alcohol, extremely smooth and well-balanced with long and fruity finish.

Blend: Glera, Verdiso, Perera
Alcohol Level: 11%
Maturity: Drink now – 2022

Pairings: Light appetizers, hard cheeses, shortcake with peaches

Fun Facts: The Ruggeri winery was established in 1950 by Giustino Bisol, whose family boasts a deeply rooted, centuries-old tradition in viticulture in the Valdobbiadene area. The placename “Case Bisoi” (that is “the Houses of the Bisols”) is to be found on the oldest maps of the area, in the heart of the zone now known as Cartizze and once called “Chartice” or “Gardizze”. It is here, according to property/tax assessment documents in the public archives, that the Bisol family has been cultivating vines since many centuries.

 

Bailly-Lapierre Brut Rose Cremant de Borgogne

(Burgundy, France)

Bailly-Lapierre Brut Rose Cremant de Borgogne

Winery Tasting Notes: This Rosé Crémant comes from lightly steeped Pinot Noir and Gamay grapes. The first variety brings a winey character, the second its unmistakable aromas of red berry fruit. A wine for easy enjoyment par excellence, it possesses a delicious softness free of anything sugary. Entirely fresh and with real finesse, its mousse displays an almost frothy, airy lightness.

Blend: Pinot Noir, Gamay
Alcohol Level: 12%
Maturity: Drink now – 2021

Pairings: Smoked salmon, balsamic roasted summer vegetables, fresh strawberries and cream

Fun Facts: Bailly, is the birthplace of the AOC Crémant de Bourgogne. Since 1972, in an underground quarry providing unique natural conditions, we have produced sparkling wines that belong to a world of enchantment. They come from superb noble grapes, hand-harvested then vinified and patiently matured. Our wines, sprung from the bedrock yet finely chiselled, carryone away with their intense, truly mineral freshness.

 

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