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.

Wine pricing shown with the notes is full retail; wine club pricing is shown on your receipt when you pick up your wine. We hope you find this process helpful and easy to use. And for your privacy, your membership information will be kept confidential. Carpe Vino does not share our information with any outside companies or other organizations.

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Wine Club Tasting Notes for February

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2014 Barter & Trade Merlot $22

(Columbia Valley, WA)

2014 Barter & Trade Merlot $22

Tiny batches of grapes were obtained through barter & trade to create this unique cuvee that we hope you enjoy tonight with neighbors.  Every season different.  Never to be repeated.  Local Knowledge. Traditional Techniques.

Winery Tasting Notes:  

Aromas of Turkish rose, Mexican chocolate and Cedrela odorata. Tastes of black cherries, pecans and Rum cake. Soft tannins with a spicy finish.

Blend: 92% Merlot, 8% Syrah

Alcohol Level: 14.1%

Cases Produced: 500

Winemaker Name: Andrew Jones

Maturity: Drink Now – 2024

Pairings:  Fruitier pinot w/ Salmon or fatty fish, roasted chicken or pastas.  Larger more tannic pinots better with duck, pheasant, lean meats and of course beef bourguignon. 

2014 Citizens Band Pinot Noir $24

(Santa Lucia Highlands)

2014 Citizens Band Pinot Noir $24

As a wine grape broker (Anthony Bozzano), driving from my home in SLO to vineyards and wineries all over California, I spend hours on the telephone, talking shop with wine business friends and colleagues. Citizen’s Band reflects the life of the long-haul trucker and the camaraderie around the CB Radio. Over and Out.

Winery Tasting Notes:  

Silky with aromas and flavors of rich dark fruit and cherries.  Hints of anise and cola. Bright acidity, soft tannins and a touch of spice.

***Key thing here is that it is a 100% Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands for under $25/bottle…AWESOME!

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Alcohol Level: 14.5%

Cases Produced: 500

Winemaker Name: Anthony Bozzano

Maturity: Drink Now – 2022

Pairings:  Fruitier pinot w/ Salmon or fatty fish, roasted chicken or pastas.  Larger more tannic pinots better with duck, pheasant, lean meats and of course beef bourguignon. 

2014 Daou Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $54.95

(Paso Robles)

2014 Daou Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $54.95

Winery Tasting Notes:  “A classically styled Cabernet with a highly perfumed nose offering black cherry, cassis, anise and black olive, together with notes of plum, graphite, dried herbs, crushed gravel and Oregon blackberry. Secondary aromas of leather, cigar box and incense reveal deep, harmonious complexity. Powerful, bold and brooding, bursting with layers of black and blue fruits. Boysenberry, blueberry, spicy currant and black plum with accents of sandalwood and toffee. Dark roast espresso, hints of vanilla and lavender potpourri. Flavors are focused in their intensity and beautifully structured, balancing power and finesse throughout the mid palate. A continuing evolution of pure fruit flavors is experienced with this wine’s amazingly long and elegant finish.”

Wine Advocate, 93 Points:  “Offers full-bodied, ripe and voluptuous notes of crème de cassis, black currants, coffee beans and ample sweet oak. It has a serious, tightly wound and tannic feel, and will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age.

Blend:
  75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot

Alcohol Level:  14.5%

Cases Produced:  1,000

Winemaker Name:  Georges J. Daou

Maturity:  Up to 15 years, according to Robert Parker

Pairings:  This is a big but graceful wine that would mate amicably with tenderloin tip or a big, juicy choice chunk o’steak.

2013 Solid Proprietary Red Wine $27

(California)

2013 Solid Proprietary Red Wine $27

Solid Wine Cellars founded in 2012 is a partnership between Samantha Lloyd and Adam Ivor. Both have deep roots in wine country and over two decades of wine experience for the Coppola and Sebastiani families. Sam from Napa and Adam from Sonoma combine to make SOLID wines together.”

Winery Tasting Notes: “52% Sonoma Valley, 48% Napa Valley Bordeaux blend. Medium-bodied, elegant cedar up front with soft gripping tannins and structure in the mid palate with a long finish of chocolate strawberry. 24 months in a combination of new and used French and American Oak.”

Wine Enthusiast Notes: 90 Points “Bold, well-structured and nicely dry, this wine has plenty of dark-red color, appetizing black-cherry and wild-berry aromas, and ample but not overripe fruit flavors. A full-bodied, grown-up kind of wine, it doesn’t overdo anything and will be great at the dinner table.”

Blend: 52% Sonoma Valley, 48% Napa Valley Bordeaux blend

Alcohol Level: 14.4%

Cases Produced: 750

Winemakers: Samantha Lloyd and Adam Ivor

Maturity: Drink Now – 2022

Pairings: Filet Mignon, Roast Pork, or Roasted Turkey.  Great with hard cheeses like Manchego

 

2015 Prim Chardonnay $25.50

(Santa Lucia Highlands)

2015 Prim Chardonnay $25.50

Vineyard Notes:  Hand-picked at night to seize the fruit at a lower temperature, all grapes went direct press as whole clusters. After pressing and settling the juice was racked to barrel for fermentation at 50-55F. Once dry and complete with malo-lactic fermentation the wine was Sur lie aged with biweekly bâtonnage, and aged in barrel for 12 months in 50% NEW French oak barrels prior to bottling.  Rudy von Strasser has been named by Wine & Spirits Magazine as one of the 2014 Wineries of the Year.He graduated from the UC Davis Winemaking Program in 1985, and began an internship at Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. He later worked as the Enologist at Napa’s Trefethen Winery and at Newton Vineyards as Assistant Winemaker. Rudy von Strasser began his own winery in 1990.”

Winery Tasting Notes:  “A full flavored, rich textured wine. Light tropical fruits complement white peach and ripe nectarine with a lovely hint of vanilla and sweet oak. The palate is long and has a wonderful acid line, with lemon meringue and citrus zest on the finish.”

Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Alcohol Level: 13.5%

Cases Produced: 228

Winemaker Name: Rudy von Strasser

Maturity: Drink Now – 2022

Pairings:  Fresh tomato sauce with basil, Grilled chicken breast, salty hard cheeses

 

2015 Four Graces Pinot Blanc $24.95

(Willamette Valley, WA)

2015 Four Graces Pinot Blanc $24.95

Winery Tasting Notes:  “White nectarine and honeysuckle followed by hints of vanilla bean, honey and Asian pears. On the palate tropical fruits like pineapple and guava mingle with Satsuma oranges and finish with a soft cream and velvety texture.”

Wine Enthusiast, 91 Points:  Refined flavors of lime, grapefruit, pineapple, citrus skin and stone combine in a clean crisp delightful wine. The naturally bright and refreshing acidity puts a pleasant pucker into the finish, and will have you reaching quickly for that next glass.”

Blend:  100% Pinot Blanc

Alcohol Level:  13%

Cases Produced:  2,900

Winemaker Name:  Mark Myers

Maturity:  Drink now

Winery Pairings:  “Drink alone as an aperitif or pair with a goat cheese or triple cream brie.”

 

2014 Fisher Estate “Mountain Estate Vineyard” Chardonnay $79.99

(Sonoma County)

2014 Fisher Estate “Mountain Estate Vineyard” Chardonnay $79.99

Founded in 1973 by Fred and Juelle Fisher, Fisher Vineyards grows and produces wines from both its Napa Valley Estate and Spring Mountain Estate (Sonoma County). Today, Fred and Juelle’s three children, Whitney, Robert and Cameron, have joined Fisher Vineyards and are leading the way to a second generation of fine wines.

Winery Tasting Notes:  “The 2014 Mountain Estate Chardonnay is a beautiful pale straw color in the glass. On the nose are hints of lime custard, honeydew melon and a subtle note of salinity. As the wine warms, notes of passion fruit and lemongrass intensify along with notes of green apple, caraway seed and vanilla. The palate expands on these aromas with flavors of lemon pot de crème and honeyed apple. The wine shows lively play between salty citrus caramel and papaya honeydew melon that persist on the palate into a lengthy finish.”

Wine Advocate Review (94 pts):  “The 2014 Chardonnay Mountain Estate from an Old Wente clone and aged in 50% new French oak is full-bodied with beautiful notes of tangerine oil, orange marmalade, lemon custard, brioche, white peach and pineapple. There is some underlying wet gravel, giving it a stunning minerality. This is a beauty to drink over the next 5-7 years.”  – Robert Parker, Jr.

Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Alcohol Level: 14.5%

Cases Produced: 1,050

Winemaker Name: Whitney Fisher

Maturity: Drink Now – 2023

Pairings:  Fried/Smoked Chicken or Turkey.  Soft cheeses including; Brie, Fontina, Camembert. Mushroom Risotto

 

2015 Pono White Wine $45.00

(Napa Valley)

2015 Pono White Wine $45.00

Pono Story: The search for balance and connection – this is what ancient Hawaiians call living Pono. It is a continuous celebration of living in the moment. An appreciation for where we are and where we are going as we embrace life’s journey.

The Hawaiian fishhook, known as Makua, symbolizes all positivity that exists in this world. When given as a gift, it promises  prosperity, strength and good fortune. Pono Wines founder and native Hawaiian son, Dave Sedeno, invites you to open a bottle and savor the here and now. It’s time to enjoy and share the Pono in your life.

Dave Sedeno, native Hawaiian and Pono Wines founder, experienced a journey of his own to get to where he is today. Two decades ago he began working with many world-renowned wineries and winemakers in Napa and Sonoma. During that time, he met winemaker Grant Long Jr. Their friendship was fostered by their shared deep knowledge of wine and their passion for sharing it with a world of waiting explorers. Together, they created Pono Wine.

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Fresh lime peel and green melon meld well with the floral notes of honey suckle and lily. The pallet is flush with cardamom spiced pear, ripe white peach and lemon candy. The acidity is round and rich but has a brightness that lingers.”

Blend: 82% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon, 8% Pinot Gris

Alcohol Level: 14.1%

Cases Produced: 50

Winemaker Name: Grant Long, Jr.

Maturity: Drink Now – 2022

 

Pairings:  Grilled fish, Raw fish, Asian stir fry, Chicken curry

 

2015 Four Graces Pinot Blanc $24.95

(Willamette Valley, WA)

2015 Four Graces Pinot Blanc $24.95

Winery Tasting Notes:  “White nectarine and honeysuckle followed by hints of vanilla bean, honey and Asian pears. On the palate tropical fruits like pineapple and guava mingle with Satsuma oranges and finish with a soft cream and velvety texture.”

Wine Enthusiast, 91 Points:  Refined flavors of lime, grapefruit, pineapple, citrus skin and stone combine in a clean crisp delightful wine. The naturally bright and refreshing acidity puts a pleasant pucker into the finish, and will have you reaching quickly for that next glass.”

Blend:  100% Pinot Blanc

Alcohol Level:  13%

Cases Produced:  2,900

Winemaker Name:  Mark Myers

Maturity:  Drink now

Winery Pairings:  “Drink alone as an aperitif or pair with a goat cheese or triple cream brie.”

 

2014 Barter & Trade Merlot $22

(Columbia Valley, WA)

2014 Barter & Trade Merlot $22

Tiny batches of grapes were obtained through barter & trade to create this unique cuvee that we hope you enjoy tonight with neighbors.  Every season different.  Never to be repeated.  Local Knowledge. Traditional Techniques.

Winery Tasting Notes:  

Aromas of Turkish rose, Mexican chocolate and Cedrela odorata. Tastes of black cherries, pecans and Rum cake. Soft tannins with a spicy finish.

Blend: 92% Merlot, 8% Syrah

Alcohol Level: 14.1%

Cases Produced: 500

Winemaker Name: Andrew Jones

Maturity: Drink Now – 2024

Pairings:  Fruitier pinot w/ Salmon or fatty fish, roasted chicken or pastas.  Larger more tannic pinots better with duck, pheasant, lean meats and of course beef bourguignon. 

2014 Fel Pinot Noir $38

(Anderson Valley)

2014 Fel Pinot Noir $38

“Established in March 2014, FEL Wines produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris from the Anderson Valley and the Sonoma Coast. Meticulously crafted by Winemaker Ryan Hodgins, FEL also features a unique portfolio of vineyard designate wines, including both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from our estate Savoy Vineyard.

The letters in FEL represent Florence Elsie Lede, Founder Cliff Lede’s mother, a home winemaker who provided the early inspiration for Cliff’s love of wine.

Growing up in Alberta, Canada, Cliff remembers the tulip as signifying the end of winter, bringing with it a freshness and excitement of warmer days ahead. The FEL Wines label, featuring an illustration of an opening tulip, is a tribute to Florence’s passion for gardening.”

Winery Tasting Notes: “The aromatics this wine are bright with sweet notes of black cherry, pomegranate, boysenberry, and truffle. Hints of cinnamon, caraway, and toast are reflective of both Anderson Valley’s spice driven terroir, and the extended aging in French oak barrels. In the mouth, the wine is loaded with rich flavors of dark fruit, cocoa, and spice. The palate is refined with pleasant acidity and elegant tannins that continue to unfold after the last sip. This is a generous wine that will continue to evolve and drink well for at least half a decade.”

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Alcohol Level: 14.4%

Cases Produced: 2,634

Winemaker: Ryan Hodgins

Maturity: Drink Now – 2020

Pairings: Spiced Duck, mushroom risotto, chicken with beurre rouge, white pizza.

2015 Pono White Wine $45.00

(Napa Valley)

2015 Pono White Wine $45.00

Pono Story: The search for balance and connection – this is what ancient Hawaiians call living Pono. It is a continuous celebration of living in the moment. An appreciation for where we are and where we are going as we embrace life’s journey.

The Hawaiian fishhook, known as Makua, symbolizes all positivity that exists in this world. When given as a gift, it promises  prosperity, strength and good fortune. Pono Wines founder and native Hawaiian son, Dave Sedeno, invites you to open a bottle and savor the here and now. It’s time to enjoy and share the Pono in your life.

Dave Sedeno, native Hawaiian and Pono Wines founder, experienced a journey of his own to get to where he is today. Two decades ago he began working with many world-renowned wineries and winemakers in Napa and Sonoma. During that time, he met winemaker Grant Long Jr. Their friendship was fostered by their shared deep knowledge of wine and their passion for sharing it with a world of waiting explorers. Together, they created Pono Wine.

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Fresh lime peel and green melon meld well with the floral notes of honey suckle and lily. The pallet is flush with cardamom spiced pear, ripe white peach and lemon candy. The acidity is round and rich but has a brightness that lingers.”

Blend: 82% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon, 8% Pinot Gris

Alcohol Level: 14.1%

Cases Produced: 50

Winemaker Name: Grant Long, Jr.

Maturity: Drink Now – 2022

 

Pairings:  Grilled fish, Raw fish, Asian stir fry, Chicken curry

 

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