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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 June

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2014 Educated Guess Pinot Noir $20

(Sangiacomo Vineyard, Carneros)

2014 Educated Guess Pinot Noir $20

Winery Tasting Notes:  Our Pinot Noir is truly a labor of love. Handcrafted in every way to insure that our wine has plenty of lush fruit to balance out the bright acidity that Carneros is known for. Our Educated Guess Carneros Pinot Noir is deep, rich, and concentrated in color and texture with ripe strawberry, red cherry, and wild berry fruit. Hints of spice and cola with firm tannins in the finish.

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol Level: 14.5
Cases Produced: 5325
Winemaker Name: Barry Gnekow
Maturity: Drink Now – 2024

Pairings:   Grilled salmon, Grilled lamb, hard cheeses, Moroccan spices

Fun Facts: Unparalleled wine from the Sonoma Valley is what Educated Guess is all about. The Educated Guess Carneros Pinot Noir is crafted from fruit grown by the prestigious Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, who have been farming the Sonoma Valley since 1927. Superbly crafted, this wine takes the guesswork out of finding a great Carneros Pinot Noir at a reasonable price.

Gold Medal Winner in San Francisco Chronicle 2016 Wine Competition!

2014 Bedrock Wine Company “Old Vine” Zinfandel $24.95

(Sonoma County)

2014 Bedrock Wine Company “Old Vine” Zinfandel $24.95

A bit about the winery:  “Bedrock Wine Co. was started in 2007 by Morgan Twain-Peterson. Working out of a small converted chicken coop in a friend’s backyard, Morgan focused on making personality-filled wines wrought from a small array of thoughtfully farmed vineyards. Over time the chicken coop and its outdoor fermenters and tiny basket press gave way to production at another friend’s winery and eventually to the “elegant” tin-sided warehouse that is now called home. In addition, after six years of working alone the winery welcomed Chris Cottrell as a partner-in-crime along with a small, dedicated staff of highly decent human beings.”

Wine Advocate Review (90 pts):  “The reds start with the 2015 Zinfandel Old Vine, which comes from many different old-vine vineyards largely based around three farms in Sonoma planted in 1888, 1896 and 1905. In addition, there is a kitchen-sink blend of other old-vine sites as well. Peterson guesses that the average age of the material in the blend is at least 80 years. The bend is 90% Zinfandel and the rest Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Grenache, Carignan, Mataro and a few other eccentric black varieties. This delicious wine shows terrific fruit, loads of steak tartare, ground pepper, black raspberry and blackberry fruits, licorice, creosote and an Amarone-like character. It is dense, full-bodied, vibrant and energized. Drink it over the next 5-6 years if you can wait that long.”  –Robert M. Parker Jr.

Wine Spectator Review (93 pts): “Rich and supple, this is an explosion of pure, decadent fruit. Floral huckleberry and Chinese five-spice powder aromas open to layered blackberry, dark chocolate and licorice flavors that linger. Drink now through 2026.”  –Tim Fish

Blend: 90% Zinfandel & 10% Petite Sirah
Alcohol Level: ?
Cases Produced: 4500
Winemaker Name: Morgan Twain-Peterson
Maturity: Drink Now – 2026

Pairings:  BBQ RIBS, Smoked Pork/Beef, Grilled Poultry and Game Foul.  Hard Cheeses ie: Aged Cheddar, Gouda, Asiago

2013 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon, $75

(Rutherford)

2013 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon, $75

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Our 2013 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon is a voluminous wine with upfront sweetness and fine, powdery tannins that develop intensity. Highly aromatic and immediately expressive, the palate reflects the nose with fragrant nuances of red and black fruits that include raspberries, cherries, blueberries, plums and blackberries, all enlivened by exotic spices, notes of tobacco, and a touch of dark chocolate.  This is a big wine, one that demonstrates great texture, a freshness brought about by balanced natural acidity, and a long, rapturous finish.”

Blend:  87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot
Alcohol Level:  14.2%
Cases Produced:
Winemaker Name:Philippe Bascaules
Maturity:“It will continue to evolve over the next 10-20 years,” says the winery, and we believe it, but no one will wait that long to open this bottle.

Pairings:This wine, from film director Francis Ford Coppola’s renown estate, should be matched with a special menu. . .you sure don’t want to roll this out on burger night!  Beef tenderloin tip or a filet would work nicely.

2014 Bedrock Wine Company “Old Vine” Zinfandel $24.95

(Sonoma County)

2014 Bedrock Wine Company “Old Vine” Zinfandel $24.95

A bit about the winery:  “Bedrock Wine Co. was started in 2007 by Morgan Twain-Peterson. Working out of a small converted chicken coop in a friend’s backyard, Morgan focused on making personality-filled wines wrought from a small array of thoughtfully farmed vineyards. Over time the chicken coop and its outdoor fermenters and tiny basket press gave way to production at another friend’s winery and eventually to the “elegant” tin-sided warehouse that is now called home. In addition, after six years of working alone the winery welcomed Chris Cottrell as a partner-in-crime along with a small, dedicated staff of highly decent human beings.”

Wine Advocate Review (90 pts):  “The reds start with the 2015 Zinfandel Old Vine, which comes from many different old-vine vineyards largely based around three farms in Sonoma planted in 1888, 1896 and 1905. In addition, there is a kitchen-sink blend of other old-vine sites as well. Peterson guesses that the average age of the material in the blend is at least 80 years. The bend is 90% Zinfandel and the rest Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Grenache, Carignan, Mataro and a few other eccentric black varieties. This delicious wine shows terrific fruit, loads of steak tartare, ground pepper, black raspberry and blackberry fruits, licorice, creosote and an Amarone-like character. It is dense, full-bodied, vibrant and energized. Drink it over the next 5-6 years if you can wait that long.”  –Robert M. Parker Jr.

Wine Spectator Review (93 pts): “Rich and supple, this is an explosion of pure, decadent fruit. Floral huckleberry and Chinese five-spice powder aromas open to layered blackberry, dark chocolate and licorice flavors that linger. Drink now through 2026.”  –Tim Fish

Blend: 90% Zinfandel & 10% Petite Sirah
Alcohol Level: ?
Cases Produced: 4500
Winemaker Name: Morgan Twain-Peterson
Maturity: Drink Now – 2026

Pairings:  BBQ RIBS, Smoked Pork/Beef, Grilled Poultry and Game Foul.  Hard Cheeses ie: Aged Cheddar, Gouda, Asiago

2016 Field Recordings “CHENIN” Chenin Blanc $20

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2016 Field Recordings “CHENIN” Chenin Blanc $20

A little bit more about:  Field Recordings is 35-year old winemaker Andrew Jones’ personal catalog of the people and places he values most. Spending his days as a vine nursery fieldman planning and planting vineyards for farmers all over California, Andrew is sometimes offered small lots of their best fruit on the side. Having stood in just about every vineyard on the Central Coast, he has a keen eye for diamonds in the rough: sites that are unknown or under-appreciated but hold enormous untapped potential. As friendships are made and opportunities are embraced, Andrew produces small quantities of soulful wine from these unusual, quiet vineyards.

The Field Recordings wines are a catalog of single vineyard sites that produces wines with a sense of place and personality.  In addition to the single vineyard wines, multi-vineyard blends are put together under the Wonderwall, Alloy Wine Works and FICTION labels.

Winery Tasting Notes:  Sun-lit Ectoplasm color. Beautifully balanced aromas of Anjou pear, Meyer lemon, spiced apple and almond cookies filled by a striking palate of cardamom and Key Lime pie.

Blend: 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol Level: 11.9%
Cases Produced: 1000
Winemaker Name: Andrew Jones
Maturity: Drink Now – 2022

Pairings:  Grilled or pan-seared Veal, Trout, Pork or Poultry.  Soft Cheeses such as brie and gruyere.  Mushrooms.  Goes great w/ Sweet & Sour dishes. 

2016 Opolo Albarino $25.95

(Edna Valley, CA)

2016 Opolo Albarino $25.95

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Grapes for this wine were sourced from California’s famed Edna Valley.  Characterized by its cool, constant temperatures, Edna Valley is an ideal location for the production of premium white wines. The long cool growing seasonal lows for an extended ripening period which enables the development of intense varietal flavors.

The Albariño grapes were hand harvested very early in the morning to ensure that they arrived at the winery as cold as possible.  The whole clusters were lightly pressed and fermented very slowly in stainless steel.  This long cool fermentation process preserved the delicate flavors and aromas characteristic of Albariño.  Fermentation was arrested before malolactic fermentation occurred which contributes to this wine bright acidity.

Opens with vibrant aromas of citrus blossoms, lemon zest, and grapefruit. White peach, apricot, and fresh spring flowers assault the palate and glide into a polished mineral laden finish. Exceptional. Enjoy now.”

What is Albarino?  “It’s a variety of white wine grape grown in Galicia (northwest Spain), Monção and Melgaço (northwest Portugal), where it is used to make varietal white wines. Albariño is the Galician name for the grape; in Portugal it is known as Alvarinho, and sometimes as Cainho Branco.

The grape is noted for its distinctive botanical aroma, very similar to that of Viognier, Gewurztraminer, and Petit Manseng, suggesting apricot and peach. The wine produced is unusually light, and generally high in acidity.”

Blend: 100% Albarino
Alcohol Level: 14.1%
Cases Produced: 1108
Winemaker Name: Rick Quinn & Dave Nichols
Maturity: Drink Now – 2022

Pairings:  Raw Fish, Oysters, Steamed Clams, Green Veges, Pungent Cheeses such as Bleu or Roquefort

2016 Field Recordings “CHENIN” Chenin Blanc $20

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2016 Field Recordings “CHENIN” Chenin Blanc $20

A little bit more about:  Field Recordings is 35-year old winemaker Andrew Jones’ personal catalog of the people and places he values most. Spending his days as a vine nursery fieldman planning and planting vineyards for farmers all over California, Andrew is sometimes offered small lots of their best fruit on the side. Having stood in just about every vineyard on the Central Coast, he has a keen eye for diamonds in the rough: sites that are unknown or under-appreciated but hold enormous untapped potential. As friendships are made and opportunities are embraced, Andrew produces small quantities of soulful wine from these unusual, quiet vineyards.

The Field Recordings wines are a catalog of single vineyard sites that produces wines with a sense of place and personality.  In addition to the single vineyard wines, multi-vineyard blends are put together under the Wonderwall, Alloy Wine Works and FICTION labels.

Winery Tasting Notes:  Sun-lit Ectoplasm color. Beautifully balanced aromas of Anjou pear, Meyer lemon, spiced apple and almond cookies filled by a striking palate of cardamom and Key Lime pie.

Blend: 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol Level: 11.9%
Cases Produced: 1000
Winemaker Name: Andrew Jones
Maturity: Drink Now – 2022

Pairings:  Grilled or pan-seared Veal, Trout, Pork or Poultry.  Soft Cheeses such as brie and gruyere.  Mushrooms.  Goes great w/ Sweet & Sour dishes. 

2015 The Withers “Peters Vineyard” Chardonnay $39.95

(Sonoma Coast)

2015 The Withers “Peters Vineyard” Chardonnay $39.95

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Peters Vineyard, planted between 1991 and 1996 on land previously home to an apple orchard, is located just southwest of Sebastopol, not far from the Pacific. Morning fog and ocean breezes through the Petaluma Gap contribute significantly to the character of the fruit. Clone harvested was Dijon 4.

This Chablis inspired wine offers up beautiful citrus, tropical and wet stone flavors, highlighted by lemon essence and saline notes. The medium bodied frame is layered and textured, and buttressed by strong balancing acidity due to the partial M/L fermentation. Balanced and elegant. this wine is a perfect match for shellfish, crudo, seafood and fowl dishes. It is best served at or slightly above cellar temperature.”

Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol Level: 13.3%
Cases Produced: 135
Winemaker Name: David Low
Maturity: Drink Now – 2025

Pairings:   Shellfish, Crudo, Seafood and Fowl dishes.  Soft Cheese such as Brie & Mascarpone.

2016 Opolo Albarino $25.95

(Edna Valley, CA)

2016 Opolo Albarino $25.95

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Grapes for this wine were sourced from California’s famed Edna Valley.  Characterized by its cool, constant temperatures, Edna Valley is an ideal location for the production of premium white wines. The long cool growing seasonal lows for an extended ripening period which enables the development of intense varietal flavors.

The Albariño grapes were hand harvested very early in the morning to ensure that they arrived at the winery as cold as possible.  The whole clusters were lightly pressed and fermented very slowly in stainless steel.  This long cool fermentation process preserved the delicate flavors and aromas characteristic of Albariño.  Fermentation was arrested before malolactic fermentation occurred which contributes to this wine bright acidity.

Opens with vibrant aromas of citrus blossoms, lemon zest, and grapefruit. White peach, apricot, and fresh spring flowers assault the palate and glide into a polished mineral laden finish. Exceptional. Enjoy now.”

What is Albarino?  “It’s a variety of white wine grape grown in Galicia (northwest Spain), Monção and Melgaço (northwest Portugal), where it is used to make varietal white wines. Albariño is the Galician name for the grape; in Portugal it is known as Alvarinho, and sometimes as Cainho Branco.

The grape is noted for its distinctive botanical aroma, very similar to that of Viognier, Gewurztraminer, and Petit Manseng, suggesting apricot and peach. The wine produced is unusually light, and generally high in acidity.”

Blend: 100% Albarino
Alcohol Level: 14.1%
Cases Produced: 1108
Winemaker Name: Rick Quinn & Dave Nichols
Maturity: Drink Now – 2022

Pairings:  Raw Fish, Oysters, Steamed Clams, Green Veges, Pungent Cheeses such as Bleu or Roquefort

2014 Educated Guess Pinot Noir $20

(Sangiacomo Vineyard, Carneros)

2014 Educated Guess Pinot Noir $20

Winery Tasting Notes:  Our Pinot Noir is truly a labor of love. Handcrafted in every way to insure that our wine has plenty of lush fruit to balance out the bright acidity that Carneros is known for. Our Educated Guess Carneros Pinot Noir is deep, rich, and concentrated in color and texture with ripe strawberry, red cherry, and wild berry fruit. Hints of spice and cola with firm tannins in the finish.

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol Level: 14.5
Cases Produced: 5325
Winemaker Name: Barry Gnekow
Maturity: Drink Now – 2024

Pairings:   Grilled salmon, Grilled lamb, hard cheeses, Moroccan spices

Fun Facts: Unparalleled wine from the Sonoma Valley is what Educated Guess is all about. The Educated Guess Carneros Pinot Noir is crafted from fruit grown by the prestigious Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, who have been farming the Sonoma Valley since 1927. Superbly crafted, this wine takes the guesswork out of finding a great Carneros Pinot Noir at a reasonable price.

Gold Medal Winner in San Francisco Chronicle 2016 Wine Competition!

2016 Opolo Albarino $25.95

(Edna Valley, CA)

2016 Opolo Albarino $25.95

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Grapes for this wine were sourced from California’s famed Edna Valley.  Characterized by its cool, constant temperatures, Edna Valley is an ideal location for the production of premium white wines. The long cool growing seasonal lows for an extended ripening period which enables the development of intense varietal flavors.

The Albariño grapes were hand harvested very early in the morning to ensure that they arrived at the winery as cold as possible.  The whole clusters were lightly pressed and fermented very slowly in stainless steel.  This long cool fermentation process preserved the delicate flavors and aromas characteristic of Albariño.  Fermentation was arrested before malolactic fermentation occurred which contributes to this wine bright acidity.

Opens with vibrant aromas of citrus blossoms, lemon zest, and grapefruit. White peach, apricot, and fresh spring flowers assault the palate and glide into a polished mineral laden finish. Exceptional. Enjoy now.”

What is Albarino?  “It’s a variety of white wine grape grown in Galicia (northwest Spain), Monção and Melgaço (northwest Portugal), where it is used to make varietal white wines. Albariño is the Galician name for the grape; in Portugal it is known as Alvarinho, and sometimes as Cainho Branco.

The grape is noted for its distinctive botanical aroma, very similar to that of Viognier, Gewurztraminer, and Petit Manseng, suggesting apricot and peach. The wine produced is unusually light, and generally high in acidity.”

Blend: 100% Albarino
Alcohol Level: 14.1%
Cases Produced: 1108
Winemaker Name: Rick Quinn & Dave Nichols
Maturity: Drink Now – 2022

Pairings:  Raw Fish, Oysters, Steamed Clams, Green Veges, Pungent Cheeses such as Bleu or Roquefort

2013 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon, $75

(Rutherford)

2013 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon, $75

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Our 2013 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon is a voluminous wine with upfront sweetness and fine, powdery tannins that develop intensity. Highly aromatic and immediately expressive, the palate reflects the nose with fragrant nuances of red and black fruits that include raspberries, cherries, blueberries, plums and blackberries, all enlivened by exotic spices, notes of tobacco, and a touch of dark chocolate.  This is a big wine, one that demonstrates great texture, a freshness brought about by balanced natural acidity, and a long, rapturous finish.”

Blend:  87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot
Alcohol Level:  14.2%
Cases Produced:
Winemaker Name:Philippe Bascaules
Maturity:“It will continue to evolve over the next 10-20 years,” says the winery, and we believe it, but no one will wait that long to open this bottle.

Pairings:This wine, from film director Francis Ford Coppola’s renown estate, should be matched with a special menu. . .you sure don’t want to roll this out on burger night!  Beef tenderloin tip or a filet would work nicely.

2016 Opolo Albarino $25.95

(Edna Valley, CA)

2016 Opolo Albarino $25.95

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Grapes for this wine were sourced from California’s famed Edna Valley.  Characterized by its cool, constant temperatures, Edna Valley is an ideal location for the production of premium white wines. The long cool growing seasonal lows for an extended ripening period which enables the development of intense varietal flavors.

The Albariño grapes were hand harvested very early in the morning to ensure that they arrived at the winery as cold as possible.  The whole clusters were lightly pressed and fermented very slowly in stainless steel.  This long cool fermentation process preserved the delicate flavors and aromas characteristic of Albariño.  Fermentation was arrested before malolactic fermentation occurred which contributes to this wine bright acidity.

Opens with vibrant aromas of citrus blossoms, lemon zest, and grapefruit. White peach, apricot, and fresh spring flowers assault the palate and glide into a polished mineral laden finish. Exceptional. Enjoy now.”

What is Albarino?  “It’s a variety of white wine grape grown in Galicia (northwest Spain), Monção and Melgaço (northwest Portugal), where it is used to make varietal white wines. Albariño is the Galician name for the grape; in Portugal it is known as Alvarinho, and sometimes as Cainho Branco.

The grape is noted for its distinctive botanical aroma, very similar to that of Viognier, Gewurztraminer, and Petit Manseng, suggesting apricot and peach. The wine produced is unusually light, and generally high in acidity.”

Blend: 100% Albarino
Alcohol Level: 14.1%
Cases Produced: 1108
Winemaker Name: Rick Quinn & Dave Nichols
Maturity: Drink Now – 2022

Pairings:  Raw Fish, Oysters, Steamed Clams, Green Veges, Pungent Cheeses such as Bleu or Roquefort

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