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 June

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Resolute Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

(Red Hills Lake County, CA)

Resolute Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Winery Tasting Notes: Opens with aromas of blackberry, plum, cola, fig, cigar tobacco, vanilla, cherry, and cocoa. Smooth upon entry, this medium bodied wine leads to a balanced mid palate with pleasant acidity. Flavors of toasted brioche, toffee, cola, and clove come together for a lingering finish.

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol Level: 14.1%
Winemaker: Aaron Pott & Kyle Mizuno
Maturity: Drink now – 2022
Production: 240 barrels

Pairings: Sirloin steak on the BBQ with blue cheese and roasted cipollino onions

Fun Facts: Lying between 2000 and 2600 feet in elevation, these mountain vineyards  in the Red Hills Lake County AVA are the result of the same volcanic and tectonic processes that formed the terroir of many of the North Coast’s classic regions. As one would expect of mountain viticulture, elevation moderates temperature extremes and diurnal shifts, allowing for a long growing season that results in complex flavor development. The intensity of flavors is magnified by vine stress from well-drained, iron-rich vineyards littered with black obsidian, quartz crystal, and volcanic gravel.

Honest Poetry GSM 2016

(Santa Ynez Valley, CA)

Honest Poetry GSM  2016

Winery Tasting Notes: Juicy, smooth wine with a medium body and balanced acidity offers notes of caramel and vanilla. Warm highlights of dried cherry and fig

Blend: 74% Grenache, 24.96% Syrah, .004% Mourvedre
Alcohol Level: 14.6%
Winemaker: Doug Margerum
Maturity: Drink now – 2021

Pairings: Roast duck, slow cooked pork belly

Fun Facts: Robert Louis Stevenson famously said that “wine is bottled poetry.” At Honest Poetry we strive to be as hands-off as possible so the grapes can speak for themselves.

Honest Poetry GSM 2016

(Santa Ynez Valley, CA)

Honest Poetry GSM  2016

Winery Tasting Notes: Juicy, smooth wine with a medium body and balanced acidity offers notes of caramel and vanilla. Warm highlights of dried cherry and fig

Blend: 74% Grenache, 24.96% Syrah, .004% Mourvedre
Alcohol Level: 14.6%
Winemaker: Doug Margerum
Maturity: Drink now – 2021

Pairings: Roast duck, slow cooked pork belly

Fun Facts: Robert Louis Stevenson famously said that “wine is bottled poetry.” At Honest Poetry we strive to be as hands-off as possible so the grapes can speak for themselves.

Caymus-Suisun Grand Durif (Petite Sirah) 2016

(Suisun Valley, CA)

Caymus-Suisun Grand Durif (Petite Sirah) 2016

Winery Tasting Notes: Deep, majestic purple, with a nose of blueberries, wet earth and saddle leather. The initial impression on the palate is broad, smooth and weighty, then springs into gear with rich harmonious tannins. Oak plays a significant role in providing vanilla character.

Blend: 100% Petite Sirah
Alcohol Level: 14.6%
Winemaker: Chuck Wagner
Maturity: Drink now – 2025|
Pairings: BBQ brisket with a slightly sweet sauce, and other rich meat dishes.

Accolades: 93 Points – Wine Spectator

Fun Facts:  ‘As we set our sights on producing a Caymus-style wine from one of the world’s heavyweight varieties, we made a promise to ourselves that “a new wine bearing the Caymus name would have to be great – or, it would not be bottled”.  We determined that Durif planted on local soils appeared to be exceptional and was the best choice in varietal. While the Suisun climate is like Napa, Suisun soils are different.’

Oak Farm Sauvignon Blanc 2017

(Mohr-Fry Ranches, Lodi, CA)

Oak Farm Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Winery Tasting Notes: Aromas of citrus, mango and a touch of lime. On the palate, these citrus notes compliment tropical fruit flavors of guava and passion fruit. Balanced with crisp acidity and juicy flavors for a lingering finish.

Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol Level: 13%
Production: 1,715 cases
Maturity: Drink now – 2020
Pairings: Baked white fish, asparagus, sushi

Fun Facts:  ‘We utilize the same clone (clone 1) that had help put New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the map. Lodi produces a more citrusy style, but our wine still has hints of grassiness, without being too herbaceous.

Honest Poetry Chenin Blanc

(Santa Ynez Valley, CA)

Honest Poetry Chenin Blanc

Winery Tasting Notes: Bright acidity balances nicely with a delicate sweetness in this 100% Chenin Blanc made from 30-year old vines in the Santa Ynez Valley. Refreshing notes of apple, passionfruit, peach and pear shine.

Blend: 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol Level: 13.5%
Winemaker: Doug Margerum
Maturity: Drink now – 2020

Pairings: Oysters, roasted chicken salad or a plate of Spanish cheeses such as Manchego or Iberico.

Fun Facts: Robert Louis Stevenson famously said that “wine is bottled poetry.” At Honest Poetry we strive to be as hands-off as possible so the grapes can speak for themselves.

Long Meadow Ranch ‘Estate’ Chardonnay 2015

(Anderson Valley, CA)

Long Meadow Ranch ‘Estate’ Chardonnay 2015

Winery Tasting Notes: Pale and refined straw green. The nose shows fine-drawn expression of perfectly ripe pit fruit, floral, citrus and lightly spiced aromas. On the palate, a balance of grass and minerality. The freshness is always present in a focused package. Terrific length and definition.

Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol Level: 14.5%
Production: 1,798 cases
Winemaker: Stephane Vivier
Maturity: Drink now – 2021

Pairings: Dungeness Crab with Meyer lemon, Black Cod with country ham, Foie Gras and quince

Fun Facts: Owned by Ted, Laddie, and Christopher Hall, LMR employs an integrated, organic farming system, using simple, sustainable methods. Each part of the Ranch contributes to the health of the whole. Vineyards and wine making, olive orchards and olive oil making, cattle and horse breeding all work together in complementary fashion, as do the egg-laying poultry flock and the organic vegetable gardens. All crops are certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and are grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers.

Eighty Four Albarino 2017

(Napa Valley (Carneros), CA)

Eighty Four Albarino 2017

Winery Tasting Notes: Fills the glass with bright aromas and flavors of citrus blossom, pineapple, grapefruit zest, warm apricot, white peach, and kumquat all tied together with freshness and racy acidity.

Blend: 100% Albarino
Alcohol Level: 13.8%
Production: 300 cases
Winemaker: Elias Fernandez
Maturity: Drink now – 2020

Pairings: Clams, mussels, oysters, hard salty cheese

Fun Facts:  “We started making wine together in 1984. The first few years were challenging – experimenting, working long hours, learning from our mistakes, pushing ourselves to make the best wines we could. They were exciting years. This wine represents two friends going full circle – making wine together, trying new things, doing what we love. That’s the spirit of Eighty Four. Enjoy!”
Elias Fernandez & Doug Shafer

Oak Farm Sauvignon Blanc 2017

(Mohr-Fry Ranches, Lodi, CA)

Oak Farm Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Winery Tasting Notes: Aromas of citrus, mango and a touch of lime. On the palate, these citrus notes compliment tropical fruit flavors of guava and passion fruit. Balanced with crisp acidity and juicy flavors for a lingering finish.

Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol Level: 13%
Production: 1,715 cases
Maturity: Drink now – 2020
Pairings: Baked white fish, asparagus, sushi

Fun Facts:  ‘We utilize the same clone (clone 1) that had help put New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the map. Lodi produces a more citrusy style, but our wine still has hints of grassiness, without being too herbaceous.

Honest Poetry GSM 2016

(Santa Ynez Valley, CA)

Honest Poetry GSM  2016

Winery Tasting Notes: Juicy, smooth wine with a medium body and balanced acidity offers notes of caramel and vanilla. Warm highlights of dried cherry and fig

Blend: 74% Grenache, 24.96% Syrah, .004% Mourvedre
Alcohol Level: 14.6%
Winemaker: Doug Margerum
Maturity: Drink now – 2021

Pairings: Roast duck, slow cooked pork belly

Fun Facts: Robert Louis Stevenson famously said that “wine is bottled poetry.” At Honest Poetry we strive to be as hands-off as possible so the grapes can speak for themselves.

Honest Poetry Chenin Blanc

(Santa Ynez Valley, CA)

Honest Poetry Chenin Blanc

Winery Tasting Notes: Bright acidity balances nicely with a delicate sweetness in this 100% Chenin Blanc made from 30-year old vines in the Santa Ynez Valley. Refreshing notes of apple, passionfruit, peach and pear shine.

Blend: 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol Level: 13.5%
Winemaker: Doug Margerum
Maturity: Drink now – 2020

Pairings: Oysters, roasted chicken salad or a plate of Spanish cheeses such as Manchego or Iberico.

Fun Facts: Robert Louis Stevenson famously said that “wine is bottled poetry.” At Honest Poetry we strive to be as hands-off as possible so the grapes can speak for themselves.

Caymus-Suisun Grand Durif (Petite Sirah) 2016

(Suisun Valley, CA)

Caymus-Suisun Grand Durif (Petite Sirah) 2016

Winery Tasting Notes: Deep, majestic purple, with a nose of blueberries, wet earth and saddle leather. The initial impression on the palate is broad, smooth and weighty, then springs into gear with rich harmonious tannins. Oak plays a significant role in providing vanilla character.

Blend: 100% Petite Sirah
Alcohol Level: 14.6%
Winemaker: Chuck Wagner
Maturity: Drink now – 2025|
Pairings: BBQ brisket with a slightly sweet sauce, and other rich meat dishes.

Accolades: 93 Points – Wine Spectator

Fun Facts:  ‘As we set our sights on producing a Caymus-style wine from one of the world’s heavyweight varieties, we made a promise to ourselves that “a new wine bearing the Caymus name would have to be great – or, it would not be bottled”.  We determined that Durif planted on local soils appeared to be exceptional and was the best choice in varietal. While the Suisun climate is like Napa, Suisun soils are different.’

Domaine Eugene Carrel & Fils Brut Blanc NV

(Savoie, France)

Domaine Eugene Carrel & Fils Brut Blanc NV

Winery Tasting Notes: Delicate mousse and vividly bright, aromatic and savory fruit: green apples, citrus zest, white flowers and toast for the Cremant Blanc. Their long and complex finishes resonate of their Alpine origins in the vineyards of Jongieux.

Blend: 60% Jacquere, 20% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir
Alcohol Level: 12%
Winemaker: Olivier Carrel
Maturity: Drink now – 2024

Pairings:  Sea bass with lemon-verbena crema, oysters

Fun Facts: Domaine Eugène Carrel is located in the village of Jongieux,  in the northern part of the Savoie region, at the beginning of the French Alps. Winemaker Olivier Carrel represents the third generation at the estate. They cultivate all of the traditional varieties of the region, namely Jacquere (sold as Vin de Savoie Jongieux Blanc), Altesse, Gamay and the unique red Mondeuse. Domaine Carrel’s clients include virtually every local restaurant from bistros to top Savoie gastronomic destinations.

Juve & Camps Brut Rose Cava NV

(Spain)

Juve & Camps Brut Rose Cava NV

Winery Tasting Notes: Beautiful, salmon-pink in color. On the nose, the delicate aromas evolve from notes of fresh red apple and strawberries to hints of honey white flowers and toasted almond. On the palate the texture is rich and creamy with a fine perlage

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol Level: 12%
Winemaker: Joan Juve Toni Cantos and Antonio Orte
Maturity: Drink now – 2023

Pairings: sushi, salmon pâté, strawberry sorbet, and foie gras.

Fun Facts: In 2015, Juvé & Camps was granted certification for our organic winegrowing. To do so, we made the necessary changes in our agricultural processes and restructured the vineyards, eliminating any chemical insecticides and herbicides. Only authorised organic products are used to neutralise and combat the fungi that can attack the grapevines. Furthermore, fallow periods of up to 7 years let the land rest and recover. The result: healthy, balanced, top-quality grapes.

Ridgeview Blanc de Noirs 2013

(South Downs, England)

Ridgeview Blanc de Noirs 2013

Winery Tasting Notes: A deep golden color with a persistent fine stream of bubbles. Rich, earthy red fruit aromas are followed by a complex toasted palate. The finish is long-lasting and beautifully balanced.

Blend: 55% Pinot Meunier, 45% Pinot Noir
Alcohol Level: 12%
Winemaker: Simon Roberts
Maturity: Drink now – 2024

Accolades: 92 Point – Robert Parker

                       91 Points – Wine Enthusiast

Pairings: rich canapes, lamb, mushrooms

Fun Facts: Ridgeview has been at the forefront of the recent evolution of English sparkling wine production. A second-generation family company situated in the South Downs National Park producing world class sparkling wines.

Marcel Martin Cremant de Loire NV

(Loire Valley, France)

Marcel Martin Cremant de Loire NV

Winery Tasting Notes: Pale yellow with green highlights and a line of fine bubbles. Balanced wine with complex aromas of white flowers and dried fruit complemented with an ample, long finish.

Blend: 80% Chenin blanc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Chardonnay
Alcohol Level: 12%
Winemaker: Marc Brieau
Maturity: Drink now – 2023
Pairings: white fish, a green salad, or on its own as an aperitif

Fun Facts: Geography isn’t the only difference between a Champagne and a Cremant. The other involves the grapes that may be used to make the wine. In Champagne, the “allowed” varieties are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. For a Cremant, it’s pretty much anything goes, although certain varieties — such as Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc — are better suited for bubbly than others.

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