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 March

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2014 Black Station Red Wine (Crew Wine Co) $12

(Dunnigan Hills, CA)

2014 Black Station Red Wine (Crew Wine Co) $12

Vineyard Notes:  “Due east of Napa, tucked away in northern California’s rolling Dunnigan Hills, is a little town called Zamora. But back in the late 1800’s, folks around here used to call it Black’s Station. At its height, this hub founded by J.J. Black boasted a hotel, two stores, a jail, blacksmith shops and a town hall. Today we grow our grapes just three miles from Zamora. We like to think that they carry with them the character and frontier-style of that old town.”

Winery Tasting Notes:  A deep dark purple, our 2014 Black’s Station Red Blend packs complex aromas of cocoa and baking spices. A big explosion of blackberry, blueberry and cinnamon flavors leads to a lengthy finish of chocolate, oak and fruit. Youthful and rugged, this Bordeaux blend is robust and aromatic with lots of grit in the finish.”

Blend: 75% Malbec, 15% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol Level: 13.9%

Cases Produced: NA

Winemaker Name: Dan Cederquist

Maturity: Drink Now – 2022

Pairings:  Grilled, BBQ, Smoked (low and slow baby) red meats & pork.  Great for tender, pull-apart meats.  Also, hard cheeses including; Cheddar, Pecorino and Manchego. 

2014 Seven Hills Red Wine $45

(Walla Walla, WA)

2014 Seven Hills Red Wine $45

Winery Tasting Notes: “Blended to express the variety of terroir in the Walla Walla Valley appellation, it boasts inviting aromas of sweet red and black fruit, hints of fresh herb and roasted coffee and enchanting, sweet spice. Ripe, warm fruit flavors are at the forefront of the palate, supported by fine-grained tannins and a balanced finish of fruit and structure.”

Blend:  85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot

Alcohol Level:  14.7%

Cases Produced:  2,264

Winemaker Name:  Casey McClellan

Maturity:  Winery suggests age-worthiness of three to five years.

Pairings:  This is a delightful blend is incredibly versatile at the table.  Enjoy with everything from pork tenderloin to serious cuts of red meat.

2011 Knockout Cabernet Sauvignon $85

(Napa Valley)

2011 Knockout Cabernet Sauvignon $85

Behrens Family Winery is a boutique winery in the truest sense. Owned by Les Behrens and Lisa Drinkward, who’ve made wine under the Behrens & Hitchcock label since 1993, Behrens Family Winery produces small lots of six or seven wines a year at its winery perched high on top of Spring Mountain in Napa Valley. Each wine is a low tech labor of love: crushed into one-ton T-bins, punched down by hand, gently transferred to barrel, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. One only has to look at Les and Lisa’s hands during harvest to know their wines are truly “hand-crafted.” The couple also gravitates toward small, interesting and low-yielding vineyard sites, working with growers who they know, like and trust, and who are as obsessive about quality as they are. For Les and Lisa, it’s all about letting the vineyards steal the show, and allowing the wines to speak for themselves.

Winery Tasting Notes: “There is a reason we call this wine “The Knockout”. Full-bodied and luscious with great structure, it has beautiful aromas of violets and black cherry pie. Flavors of dark fruits – plum and blueberry, extend through the finish. Built to go the distance, it will also be eminently satisfying in its youth.”

Blend: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot

Alcohol Level: 14.5%

Cases Produced: 327

Winemaker: Les Behrens

Maturity: Drink Now – 2026

Pairings: Charred gruyere burger, mushroom pizza with tomato sauce, marinated ribeye steak, braised short ribs.

 

2014 Seven Hills Red Wine $45

(Walla Walla, WA)

2014 Seven Hills Red Wine $45

Winery Tasting Notes: “Blended to express the variety of terroir in the Walla Walla Valley appellation, it boasts inviting aromas of sweet red and black fruit, hints of fresh herb and roasted coffee and enchanting, sweet spice. Ripe, warm fruit flavors are at the forefront of the palate, supported by fine-grained tannins and a balanced finish of fruit and structure.”

Blend:  85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot

Alcohol Level:  14.7%

Cases Produced:  2,264

Winemaker Name:  Casey McClellan

Maturity:  Winery suggests age-worthiness of three to five years.

Pairings:  This is a delightful blend is incredibly versatile at the table.  Enjoy with everything from pork tenderloin to serious cuts of red meat.

2013 William Hill Bench Chardonnay $41.50

(Napa Valley)

2013 William Hill Bench Chardonnay $41.50

Vineyard Notes:  The Chardonnay grapes were harvested by hand and then gently pressed as whole clusters to maintain their varietal aromas and flavors. The grape solids were left to settle overnight to add complexity and style to the wine. Primary and malolactic fermentation were completed in barrels to enrich the mouthfeel and add further complexity to this Chardonnay. The wine was aged sur lie for an average of 15 months using 77 percent new oak (70 percent new French oak) and 23 percent neutral oak.”

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Napa Valley’s finest vineyards to display intense fruit flavors and layers of complexity. Our William Hill Estate Bench Blend Chardonnay has complex aromas and flavors of ripe tree fruit, sweet pear and baked apple, framed by notes of toasty oak and caramel. This full-bodied wine offers layers of brown spice, with a rich mouthfeel and a lingering finish.”

“Wine Enthusiast” Review (91 pts):  “Decadent in caramel-toffee oak, this full-bodied wine has a generous helping of hazelnut and ginger cookie at its heart. Hefty in oak yet wrapped in enough acidity, it’s balanced and easily enjoyed. The finish echoes in whiskey and wood.”  –Virginie Boone

“Wine Spectator” Review (91 pts): “Offers a rich, complex fruit basket of fig, apricot, melon, green apple and citrus flavors, folding together in a stylish manner, with a good focus and a long finish, accented by a pithy citrus texture.” -James Laube

Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Alcohol Level: 14.9%

Cases Produced: 3200

Winemaker Name: Mark Williams

Maturity: Drink Now – 2022

Pairings:  Grilled/pan seared chicken, poached (butter) lobster/crab, mushroom risotto, soft cheeses including; Brie & mascarpone.

 

2015 Black Satation Chardonnay (Crew Wine Co) $12

(Dunnigan Hills, CA)

2015 Black Satation Chardonnay (Crew Wine Co) $12

Vineyard Notes:  “Due east of Napa, tucked away in northern California’s rolling Dunnigan Hills, is a little town called Zamora. But back in the late 1800’s, folks around here used to call it Black’s Station. At its height, this hub founded by J.J. Black boasted a hotel, two stores, a jail, blacksmith shops and a town hall. Today we grow our grapes just three miles from Zamora. We like to think that they carry with them the character and frontier-style of that old town.”

Winery Tasting Notes: A golden straw color with aromas of spicy, toasted oak and stone fruit, our 2015 Black’s Station is the essence of Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay. Flavors of tropical fruit and rich butter are balanced by crisp apple in the finish. Luscious and creamy, this wine can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif or paired with chicken alfredo over linguine or a garden-fresh Italian bruschetta.”  

“Wine Enthusiast” 88 pts – BEST BUY:  “his big, full-bodied wine is unabashedly bold and brassy, from the aromas of toasted oak to the buttery flavors and vanilla finish. While dry, it has a rich texture and the near-sweetness of ripe varietal flavors.”  –Jim Gordon

Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Alcohol Level: 13.9%

Cases Produced: 1,500

Winemaker Name: Dan Cederquist

Maturity: Drink Now – 2020

Pairings:  Luscious and creamy, this wine can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif or paired with chicken alfredo over linguine or a garden-fresh Italian bruschetta.

2015 Alexander Valley Vineyard Chardonnay $18

(AV)

2015 Alexander Valley Vineyard Chardonnay $18

Winery Tasting Notes:  “There are aromas of apple, pear, fresh fruit, pineapple, vanilla and floral notes in the glass. The 2015 is a rich creamy wine with citrus notes along with flavors of pear, apple, tropical fruits and apricots. The Viognier adds a slight floral component and a rich mouthfeel. This vintage has nice balance and a very long aftertaste.”

Blend:  99% Chardonnay, 1% Viognier

Alcohol Level:  14%

Cases Produced:  19,259

Winemaker Name:  Kevin Hall

Maturity:  Drink now through 2020

Winery Pairings:  “Roast chicken, seafood with lemon/citrus sauces and creamy pastas.”

2013 Martinelli “3Sisters” Chardonnay $60

(Sonoma Coast)

2013 Martinelli “3Sisters” Chardonnay $60

Vineyard Notes:  This petite vineyard is trained on a vertical trellis system with the fruit hanging just 24 inches above the ground. The vines are densely spaced and thinned between two and three pounds of fruit per vine. These practices all insure even ripening and mature fruit character in the wine. The wine is 100% barrel fermented with wild yeast, resting in 60% new French oak for 10 months before bottling. The grapes, juice, and then wine are minimally handled. The wine is neither heat nor cold stabilized, and is un-fined and un-filtered, clarified only by racking before bottling.”

Winery Tasting Notes:  “The 2013 Three Sisters Chardonnay has a nose of perfumed lemon, chalk and honeysuckle with brilliant focus. The palate offers a full, dry brightness in the core – hazelnut and baked apple, beautifully textured.”

“Wine Advocate” Review (96 pts):  Slightly more concentrated than the 2012, the 2013 Chardonnay Three Sisters again shows hazelnut, brioche, pure honeyed pineapple and orange blossom, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a long, long finish. This is a bigger cuvée of 332 cases. Drink now-2020. One of the great families of Northern California, and of course, one of the highest quality producers, the Martinellis-and rather remarkably so-only estate-bottle 15% of their production from over 300 acres of beautifully situated vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. No doubt Helen Turley, who worked at Martinelli and mentored its winemaking team, left a profound influence on the quality of the Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and Zinfandels, a fact that can’t be overstated. The Chardonnays all go through full malolactic fermentation and tend to see about 50% new oak.”  – Robert Parker

Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Alcohol Level: 

Cases Produced: 332

Winemaker Name: Bryan Kvamme

Consulting Winemaker: Erin Green

Maturity: Drink Now – 2022

Pairings:  Grilled/pan seared chicken, poached (butter) lobster/crab, mushroom risotto, soft cheeses including; Brie & mascarpone.

2015 Black Satation Chardonnay (Crew Wine Co) $12

(Dunnigan Hills, CA)

2015 Black Satation Chardonnay (Crew Wine Co) $12

Vineyard Notes:  “Due east of Napa, tucked away in northern California’s rolling Dunnigan Hills, is a little town called Zamora. But back in the late 1800’s, folks around here used to call it Black’s Station. At its height, this hub founded by J.J. Black boasted a hotel, two stores, a jail, blacksmith shops and a town hall. Today we grow our grapes just three miles from Zamora. We like to think that they carry with them the character and frontier-style of that old town.”

Winery Tasting Notes: A golden straw color with aromas of spicy, toasted oak and stone fruit, our 2015 Black’s Station is the essence of Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay. Flavors of tropical fruit and rich butter are balanced by crisp apple in the finish. Luscious and creamy, this wine can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif or paired with chicken alfredo over linguine or a garden-fresh Italian bruschetta.”  

“Wine Enthusiast” 88 pts – BEST BUY:  “his big, full-bodied wine is unabashedly bold and brassy, from the aromas of toasted oak to the buttery flavors and vanilla finish. While dry, it has a rich texture and the near-sweetness of ripe varietal flavors.”  –Jim Gordon

Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Alcohol Level: 13.9%

Cases Produced: 1,500

Winemaker Name: Dan Cederquist

Maturity: Drink Now – 2020

Pairings:  Luscious and creamy, this wine can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif or paired with chicken alfredo over linguine or a garden-fresh Italian bruschetta.

2014 Seven Hills Red Wine $45

(Walla Walla, WA)

2014 Seven Hills Red Wine $45

Winery Tasting Notes: “Blended to express the variety of terroir in the Walla Walla Valley appellation, it boasts inviting aromas of sweet red and black fruit, hints of fresh herb and roasted coffee and enchanting, sweet spice. Ripe, warm fruit flavors are at the forefront of the palate, supported by fine-grained tannins and a balanced finish of fruit and structure.”

Blend:  85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot

Alcohol Level:  14.7%

Cases Produced:  2,264

Winemaker Name:  Casey McClellan

Maturity:  Winery suggests age-worthiness of three to five years.

Pairings:  This is a delightful blend is incredibly versatile at the table.  Enjoy with everything from pork tenderloin to serious cuts of red meat.

2013 William Hill Bench Chardonnay $41.50

(Napa Valley)

2013 William Hill Bench Chardonnay $41.50

Vineyard Notes:  The Chardonnay grapes were harvested by hand and then gently pressed as whole clusters to maintain their varietal aromas and flavors. The grape solids were left to settle overnight to add complexity and style to the wine. Primary and malolactic fermentation were completed in barrels to enrich the mouthfeel and add further complexity to this Chardonnay. The wine was aged sur lie for an average of 15 months using 77 percent new oak (70 percent new French oak) and 23 percent neutral oak.”

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Napa Valley’s finest vineyards to display intense fruit flavors and layers of complexity. Our William Hill Estate Bench Blend Chardonnay has complex aromas and flavors of ripe tree fruit, sweet pear and baked apple, framed by notes of toasty oak and caramel. This full-bodied wine offers layers of brown spice, with a rich mouthfeel and a lingering finish.”

“Wine Enthusiast” Review (91 pts):  “Decadent in caramel-toffee oak, this full-bodied wine has a generous helping of hazelnut and ginger cookie at its heart. Hefty in oak yet wrapped in enough acidity, it’s balanced and easily enjoyed. The finish echoes in whiskey and wood.”  –Virginie Boone

“Wine Spectator” Review (91 pts): “Offers a rich, complex fruit basket of fig, apricot, melon, green apple and citrus flavors, folding together in a stylish manner, with a good focus and a long finish, accented by a pithy citrus texture.” -James Laube

Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Alcohol Level: 14.9%

Cases Produced: 3200

Winemaker Name: Mark Williams

Maturity: Drink Now – 2022

Pairings:  Grilled/pan seared chicken, poached (butter) lobster/crab, mushroom risotto, soft cheeses including; Brie & mascarpone.

 

2011 Knockout Cabernet Sauvignon $85

(Napa Valley)

2011 Knockout Cabernet Sauvignon $85

Behrens Family Winery is a boutique winery in the truest sense. Owned by Les Behrens and Lisa Drinkward, who’ve made wine under the Behrens & Hitchcock label since 1993, Behrens Family Winery produces small lots of six or seven wines a year at its winery perched high on top of Spring Mountain in Napa Valley. Each wine is a low tech labor of love: crushed into one-ton T-bins, punched down by hand, gently transferred to barrel, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. One only has to look at Les and Lisa’s hands during harvest to know their wines are truly “hand-crafted.” The couple also gravitates toward small, interesting and low-yielding vineyard sites, working with growers who they know, like and trust, and who are as obsessive about quality as they are. For Les and Lisa, it’s all about letting the vineyards steal the show, and allowing the wines to speak for themselves.

Winery Tasting Notes: “There is a reason we call this wine “The Knockout”. Full-bodied and luscious with great structure, it has beautiful aromas of violets and black cherry pie. Flavors of dark fruits – plum and blueberry, extend through the finish. Built to go the distance, it will also be eminently satisfying in its youth.”

Blend: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot

Alcohol Level: 14.5%

Cases Produced: 327

Winemaker: Les Behrens

Maturity: Drink Now – 2026

Pairings: Charred gruyere burger, mushroom pizza with tomato sauce, marinated ribeye steak, braised short ribs.

 

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