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 May

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2014 Turnpress “Deep Dark” Red Wine $14.95

(Paso Robles)

2014 Turnpress “Deep Dark” Red Wine $14.95

Winery Tasting Notes:
“In spite of the continuing California drought, grape growing conditions for the 2014 vintage were very good. The vintage provided an abundant and quality driven crop. Good-fortune years like this are a blessing, and the wines show good depth of character.

Grapes were destemmed directly to stainless steel tanks for temperature-controlled fermentation. The must was cold-soaked for two days before inoculation with yeast. The new wine was pressed-off at dryness.

Dark black cherry, brambly blackberry, vanilla, and cocoa aromas. Soft strawberry jam and juicy black fruit flavors combine in the mouth for a complex blend of fruit flavors. Tannins are soft and rounded with a rich, juicy mouthfeel.  The finish is smooth and warm, ending with a lacing of toasty vanilla.”

Blend: 25% Petite Sirah, 24% Syrah, 22% Zinfandel, 22% Tempranillo, 4% Grenache, 3% Petit Verdot
Alcohol Level: 13.9%
Cases Produced: 8400
Winemaker Name: Kendall Mix
Maturity: Drink Now – 2022

Pairings:  GRILLED/ROASTED/SMOKED Red Meats, Poultry or Pork.  Hard Cheeses including; Cheddar, Pecorino & Manchengo.  Spices and Pepper.

2014 Shiner 17.1 Cabernet Sauvignon $30.00

(Napa Valley)

2014 Shiner 17.1 Cabernet Sauvignon $30.00

Gary’s Tasting Notes:
The first Shiner release for 2017, the 17.1 Cabernet Sauvignon is our latest negociant adventure where we source great juice—without revealing the winemaker or exact vineyard—and bottle under Carpe Vino’s proprietary label.  The idea is to find great wine produced by an established and talented winemaker, then bring it to our customers at a very affordable price.

This effort exhibits all the quality and flavor components you would expect from a cab produced in the Napa Valley.  Great color—a deep ruby—with violets and cherries on the nose.  You get complex flavors of red berries, a hint of vanilla and a nuanced nudge of pepper.  Nice and round on the palate with a smile-inducing finish.

Though it was aged for 27 months in 80% new French oak barrels, the tannins are tamed and tempting with no danger of overt puckering.  Eminently drinkable tonight. . .and after preparing these notes, I know what I’m having with dinner tonight!”

Blend:  100%
Alcohol Level:  14.9%
Cases Produced: 
70
Winemaker Name: 
Not revealed
Maturity: 
Drink now through 2024


Pairings: 
Incredibly versatile and adaptable, feel confident serving this wine with a variety of cuts, from your favorite steak to bone-in pork chops to barbeque ribs.  Rustic Italian pasta dishes with hearty meat sauce would be ideal.

2013 Sergio “Dr. Reid Vineyard” Malbec $75

(Napa Valley)

2013 Sergio “Dr. Reid Vineyard” Malbec $75

Winery Tasting Notes:
“The 2013 Sergio Dr. Reid Vineyard Malbec bursts from the glass with an intense nose of blueberry, huckleberry compote and white pepper. The dark fruit backbone is seamlessly integrated with a fascinating spice component and toasty oak. The silky tannins, voluminous mouthfeel and vibrant acidity are followed by a layer of sweet vanillin”

“Wine Advocate” Tasting Notes: 94 Points
“Many people consider the Dr. Reid Vineyard in Coombsville the finest vineyard in all of Napa for Malbec. The 2013 Malbec Dr. Reid is the real deal, capable of challenging some of the high-elevation Malbec vineyards in Argentina. Full-bodied, black as a moonless night, with loads of licorice, white flowers and blackberry fruit, it should drink well for 10-12 years.”

Blend: 96% Malbec – Dr. Reid Vineyard, Coombsville / 4% Cabernet Sauvignon – Arcano Vineyard, Atlas Peak
Alcohol Level: 14.6%
Cases Produced: 50
Winemaker Name: Anna & Mario Monitcelli
Maturity: Drink Now – 2025

Pairings:  black pepper buffalo burgers with blue cheese, bbq brisket, lamb, and pork shoulder

2014 Shiner 17.1 Cabernet Sauvignon $30.00

(Napa Valley)

2014 Shiner 17.1 Cabernet Sauvignon $30.00

Gary’s Tasting Notes:
The first Shiner release for 2017, the 17.1 Cabernet Sauvignon is our latest negociant adventure where we source great juice—without revealing the winemaker or exact vineyard—and bottle under Carpe Vino’s proprietary label.  The idea is to find great wine produced by an established and talented winemaker, then bring it to our customers at a very affordable price.

This effort exhibits all the quality and flavor components you would expect from a cab produced in the Napa Valley.  Great color—a deep ruby—with violets and cherries on the nose.  You get complex flavors of red berries, a hint of vanilla and a nuanced nudge of pepper.  Nice and round on the palate with a smile-inducing finish.

Though it was aged for 27 months in 80% new French oak barrels, the tannins are tamed and tempting with no danger of overt puckering.  Eminently drinkable tonight. . .and after preparing these notes, I know what I’m having with dinner tonight!”

Blend:  100%
Alcohol Level:  14.9%
Cases Produced: 
70
Winemaker Name: 
Not revealed
Maturity: 
Drink now through 2024


Pairings: 
Incredibly versatile and adaptable, feel confident serving this wine with a variety of cuts, from your favorite steak to bone-in pork chops to barbeque ribs.  Rustic Italian pasta dishes with hearty meat sauce would be ideal.

2015 De Morgenzon “Reserve” Chenin Blanc $35.95

(Stellenbosch, South Africa)

2015 De Morgenzon “Reserve” Chenin Blanc $35.95

Winery Tasting Notes:
“This show stopping white displays effusive aromas of white flower, stone fruit, honey and toast which erupt into opulent flavours of pear, orange blossom, caramel and spice. It’s a world class wine offering that strikes a brilliant balance between lush fruit and crisp, mouth-watering acidity.” 

“Wine Spectator” Tasting Notes: 92 Points
“A broad, creamy, honeyed version, with an alluring toasted hazelnut accent framing the core of creamed peach, apricot and melon flavors. The long finish lets matchstick and dried quince notes in. Not shy in style. Drink now through 2019.”

“Wine Enthusiast” Tasting Notes: 92 Points
This is a lush, creamy Chenin, brimming with rich notes of honeycomb, honeydew, ripe peach and orange cream. The palate is full and toasty, though ample acidity helps to keep the mouthfeel bright. Notes of baking spice and toasted nuts unfold on the back and linger long on the close. It’s delicious now, but should hold and evolve well through 2021.

Blend: 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol Level: 13.5%
Cases Produced: 300
Winemaker Name: Carl Van Der Merwe
Maturity: Drink Now – 2021

Pairings:  perfect for Thanksgiving Dinner, smoked salmon, pork chops, semi-soft cow’s milk cheeses like brie or gruyere

2016 Zolo Torrontes $11.95

(Mendoza, Argentina)

2016 Zolo Torrontes $11.95

Winery Tasting Notes:
“After the grapes are cooled they enter a pneumatic press with a nitrogen blanketing system (the only press of its kind in Argentina). Before and during the gentle pressing of the grapes, nitrogen is introduced which eliminates all contact with oxygen during the whole process. This creates greater aromatic intensity.”

Blend: 100% Torrontes
Alcohol Level: 13.3%
Cases Produced: 7000
Winemaker Name: Fabian Valenzuela & Jean Claude Berrouet
Maturity: Drink Now – 2020

Pairings:  Cured Meats, Oyster, Fish, most any cheeses…definitely great with spicier cuisine such as Thai

2015 De Morgenzon “Reserve” Chenin Blanc $35.95

(Stellenbosch, South Africa)

2015 De Morgenzon “Reserve” Chenin Blanc $35.95

Winery Tasting Notes:
“This show stopping white displays effusive aromas of white flower, stone fruit, honey and toast which erupt into opulent flavours of pear, orange blossom, caramel and spice. It’s a world class wine offering that strikes a brilliant balance between lush fruit and crisp, mouth-watering acidity.” 

“Wine Spectator” Tasting Notes: 92 Points
“A broad, creamy, honeyed version, with an alluring toasted hazelnut accent framing the core of creamed peach, apricot and melon flavors. The long finish lets matchstick and dried quince notes in. Not shy in style. Drink now through 2019.”

“Wine Enthusiast” Tasting Notes: 92 Points
This is a lush, creamy Chenin, brimming with rich notes of honeycomb, honeydew, ripe peach and orange cream. The palate is full and toasty, though ample acidity helps to keep the mouthfeel bright. Notes of baking spice and toasted nuts unfold on the back and linger long on the close. It’s delicious now, but should hold and evolve well through 2021.

Blend: 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol Level: 13.5%
Cases Produced: 300
Winemaker Name: Carl Van Der Merwe
Maturity: Drink Now – 2021

Pairings:  perfect for Thanksgiving Dinner, smoked salmon, pork chops, semi-soft cow’s milk cheeses like brie or gruyere

2014 Roberts and Rogers Reserve Chardonnay $45

(Carneros, Napa Valley)

2014 Roberts and Rogers Reserve Chardonnay $45

Winery Tasting Notes:
“The Reserve Chardonnay is a blend of fruit sourced from the Finest Vineyards in Napa Valley & Carneros – the gateway to the Wine Country. The Los Carneros AVA region has ideal growing conditions for cool climate Chardonnay. A longer growing season allows the grapes to mature slowly, developing a refined complexity with depth & concentration. Blending of the fruit creates layers of distinctive flavors of ripe pears & melons rarely found in Chardonnay. The grapes are cold soaked in Stainless Steel to extract all the flavors & fermented in 100% French Oak barrels to provide the perfect balance of fruit with a Creamy Vanilla finish!”

Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol Level: 13.9
Cases Produced:
Winemaker Name: Barry Gnekow
Maturity: Drink Now – 2022
Pairings:  Grilled salmon, Shrimp Scampi   

Fun Facts: This Meursault-style Chardonnay won a Gold Medal at the  2016 San Francisco Chronicle Tasting.  Barry Gnekow is an award-winning winemaker whose credentials are impeccable and his successes many, including Double Gold, Best of Class and Gold ratings. Having grown up in a winemaking family business, he was exposed early on to wine, fostering a passion and palate early in life. Barry has been winemaker for Roberts + Rogers from the beginning, bringing his decades of wine making knowledge and experience to the organization.
Barry’s education, background and talent – along with the high quality of the Roberts + Rogers  vineyard sources – have combined to produce superior wines.

2016 Zolo Torrontes $11.95

(Mendoza, Argentina)

2016 Zolo Torrontes $11.95

Winery Tasting Notes:
“After the grapes are cooled they enter a pneumatic press with a nitrogen blanketing system (the only press of its kind in Argentina). Before and during the gentle pressing of the grapes, nitrogen is introduced which eliminates all contact with oxygen during the whole process. This creates greater aromatic intensity.”

Blend: 100% Torrontes
Alcohol Level: 13.3%
Cases Produced: 7000
Winemaker Name: Fabian Valenzuela & Jean Claude Berrouet
Maturity: Drink Now – 2020

Pairings:  Cured Meats, Oyster, Fish, most any cheeses…definitely great with spicier cuisine such as Thai

2014 Shiner 17.1 Cabernet Sauvignon $30.00

(Napa Valley)

2014 Shiner 17.1 Cabernet Sauvignon $30.00

Gary’s Tasting Notes:
The first Shiner release for 2017, the 17.1 Cabernet Sauvignon is our latest negociant adventure where we source great juice—without revealing the winemaker or exact vineyard—and bottle under Carpe Vino’s proprietary label.  The idea is to find great wine produced by an established and talented winemaker, then bring it to our customers at a very affordable price.

This effort exhibits all the quality and flavor components you would expect from a cab produced in the Napa Valley.  Great color—a deep ruby—with violets and cherries on the nose.  You get complex flavors of red berries, a hint of vanilla and a nuanced nudge of pepper.  Nice and round on the palate with a smile-inducing finish.

Though it was aged for 27 months in 80% new French oak barrels, the tannins are tamed and tempting with no danger of overt puckering.  Eminently drinkable tonight. . .and after preparing these notes, I know what I’m having with dinner tonight!”

Blend:  100%
Alcohol Level:  14.9%
Cases Produced: 
70
Winemaker Name: 
Not revealed
Maturity: 
Drink now through 2024


Pairings: 
Incredibly versatile and adaptable, feel confident serving this wine with a variety of cuts, from your favorite steak to bone-in pork chops to barbeque ribs.  Rustic Italian pasta dishes with hearty meat sauce would be ideal.

2014 Roberts and Rogers Reserve Chardonnay $45

(Carneros, Napa Valley)

2014 Roberts and Rogers Reserve Chardonnay $45

Winery Tasting Notes:
“The Reserve Chardonnay is a blend of fruit sourced from the Finest Vineyards in Napa Valley & Carneros – the gateway to the Wine Country. The Los Carneros AVA region has ideal growing conditions for cool climate Chardonnay. A longer growing season allows the grapes to mature slowly, developing a refined complexity with depth & concentration. Blending of the fruit creates layers of distinctive flavors of ripe pears & melons rarely found in Chardonnay. The grapes are cold soaked in Stainless Steel to extract all the flavors & fermented in 100% French Oak barrels to provide the perfect balance of fruit with a Creamy Vanilla finish!”

Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol Level: 13.9
Cases Produced:
Winemaker Name: Barry Gnekow
Maturity: Drink Now – 2022
Pairings:  Grilled salmon, Shrimp Scampi   

Fun Facts: This Meursault-style Chardonnay won a Gold Medal at the  2016 San Francisco Chronicle Tasting.  Barry Gnekow is an award-winning winemaker whose credentials are impeccable and his successes many, including Double Gold, Best of Class and Gold ratings. Having grown up in a winemaking family business, he was exposed early on to wine, fostering a passion and palate early in life. Barry has been winemaker for Roberts + Rogers from the beginning, bringing his decades of wine making knowledge and experience to the organization.
Barry’s education, background and talent – along with the high quality of the Roberts + Rogers  vineyard sources – have combined to produce superior wines.

2014 Shiner 17.1 Cabernet Sauvignon $30.00

(Napa Valley)

2014 Shiner 17.1 Cabernet Sauvignon $30.00

Gary’s Tasting Notes:
The first Shiner release for 2017, the 17.1 Cabernet Sauvignon is our latest negociant adventure where we source great juice—without revealing the winemaker or exact vineyard—and bottle under Carpe Vino’s proprietary label.  The idea is to find great wine produced by an established and talented winemaker, then bring it to our customers at a very affordable price.

This effort exhibits all the quality and flavor components you would expect from a cab produced in the Napa Valley.  Great color—a deep ruby—with violets and cherries on the nose.  You get complex flavors of red berries, a hint of vanilla and a nuanced nudge of pepper.  Nice and round on the palate with a smile-inducing finish.

Though it was aged for 27 months in 80% new French oak barrels, the tannins are tamed and tempting with no danger of overt puckering.  Eminently drinkable tonight. . .and after preparing these notes, I know what I’m having with dinner tonight!”

Blend:  100%
Alcohol Level:  14.9%
Cases Produced: 
70
Winemaker Name: 
Not revealed
Maturity: 
Drink now through 2024


Pairings: 
Incredibly versatile and adaptable, feel confident serving this wine with a variety of cuts, from your favorite steak to bone-in pork chops to barbeque ribs.  Rustic Italian pasta dishes with hearty meat sauce would be ideal.

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