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 February

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12 E Mezzo Primitivo Del Salento by Varvaglione Vigne & Vini

(Taranto, Italy)

12 E Mezzo Primitivo Del Salento by Varvaglione Vigne & Vini

Winery Tasting Notes: Great structure, smooth and full of ripe tannins, this wine has a very elegant ruby red color, with intense fruity scents of mature plums, tobacco leaves and cocoa. Slightly spicy, its finish is reminiscent of vanilla.

Blend: 100%  Primitivo
Alcohol Level: 12.5%
Maturity: Drink now – 2023
Pairings: Grilled meat, pasta and pizza

Fun Facts: “A new brand from the Varvaglione family – producers of Pinnacoli – made for today’s younger generation. These are traditionally made, sustainable wines produced with a modern approach. Created by Marzia, Angelo and Francesca, the 3 “under 30” children of the Varvaglione family, the brand focuses on lower alcohol and fashionable labels – combining the millennial style of easy drinking, quality wines with cool, eyecatching design.”

Seven Hills Red Wine 2014

(Walla Walla Valley, WA)

Seven Hills Red Wine 2014

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%
Maturity: Drink now – 2024
Cases Produced: 2264
Pairings: Duck Ragu Pappardelle, pot roast with spring onions

Fun Facts: At the foothills of the Blue Mountains, tucked into the southeastern corner of Washington, lies the Walla Walla Valley. Back in 1980, it was the land of this valley that inspired the McClellan family to embark on the adventure that led us to where we are today. Benefiting from a unique temperate microclimate, and deeper, silt-based soils, vineyards in this highly- regarded appellation are at the heart of our Bordeaux varietal program. Along with our own original plantings at Seven Hills Vineyard Old Blocks, we are honored to source from a selection of Walla Walla Valley vineyards that truly reflect the beauty and grace of the appellation.

Substance “Jack’s Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

(Walla Walla Valley, WA)

Substance “Jack’s Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Winery Tasting Notes: A big fist in a velvet glove. Tar, black fruit, cassis is just the beginning. Earth, tobacco and graphite bring this generous smooth mouth-filling wine home. ”Gorgeous notes of cassis, tobacco leaf, earth and graphite in a voluptuous, supple, gorgeously textured package. Possessing ripe tannin, no hard edges and a beautiful elegance, drink it over the coming decade.”

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol Level: 13%
Maturity: Drink now – 2025
Pairings: Charred burger, mushroom pizza, marinated ribeye steak, or braised short ribs.

Fun Facts: Growing up just outside of Sacramento, California, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Charles Smith began craving worldly travel at a young age due to his Welsh mother and French father. His wine journey began as a migrant restaurant, spending winters in Palm Springs and summers in Lake Tahoe or Napa Valley from the ages of nineteen to twenty-nine.  This period of his life became a catalyst for his passion for wine. In 1989 Charles decided to move to Denmark (for a lady friend he met in the states). While in Scandinavia, Charles spent the next nine years managing rock bands and concert tours throughout Europe, including the famed Danish duo, The Raveonettes. Wining, dining and hard partying while on the road ultimately triggered the career he has today.

Seven Hills Red Wine 2014

(Walla Walla Valley, WA)

Seven Hills Red Wine 2014

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%
Maturity: Drink now – 2024
Cases Produced: 2264
Pairings: Duck Ragu Pappardelle, pot roast with spring onions

Fun Facts: At the foothills of the Blue Mountains, tucked into the southeastern corner of Washington, lies the Walla Walla Valley. Back in 1980, it was the land of this valley that inspired the McClellan family to embark on the adventure that led us to where we are today. Benefiting from a unique temperate microclimate, and deeper, silt-based soils, vineyards in this highly- regarded appellation are at the heart of our Bordeaux varietal program. Along with our own original plantings at Seven Hills Vineyard Old Blocks, we are honored to source from a selection of Walla Walla Valley vineyards that truly reflect the beauty and grace of the appellation.

Stewart Chardonnay 2016

(Sonoma Mountain, CA)

Stewart Chardonnay 2016

Winery Tasting Notes: Aromatics of honey suckle and bees wax on the nose with subtle hints of ginger coming from the oak. Fresh, clean and elegant it seems to float over the pallet finally being drawn down by the crisp acidity. Lemon, lime and white peach dominate the pallet with the oak accenting the flavors not dominating them, giving great length

Blend: 100%  Chardonnay
Alcohol Level: 14.1%
Winemaker: Blair Guthrie
Maturity: Drink now – 2020
Cases Produced: 1267
Pairings: Poached chicken breast with herbed butter. Lightly tossed pasta

Fun Facts: Founded in 2000, Stewart Cellars is the collaborative project of founder Michael Stewart, his son James Stewart, daughter Caroline Stewart Guthrie, and son-in-law Blair Guthrie. Together, the family oversees all aspects of the winery’s operations: James, an artist who left behind a burgeoning career in television and music for hands-on work in sales, marketing and distribution; Caroline, who leads the day to day operations along with each wine’s development; and Blair, the winemaker who works closely alongside acclaimed consulting winemaker Paul Hobbs to capture the signature terroir of Stewart’s premier vineyards and vineyard sources.

Le Monde Pinot Grigio 2016

(Italy)

Le Monde Pinot Grigio 2016

Winery Tasting Notes:  Amber yellow with light copper tints. Fine and elegant with sharp bouquet and persistent floral notes. Evident sensations of white fruit on the palate giving distinct freshness and sapidity.

Blend: 100% Pinot Grigio
Alcohol Level: 13%
Maturity: Drink now – 2021
Cases Produced: 5800
Winemaker: Giovanni Ruzzene
Pairings: Appetizers,fish ,hard cheeses

Fun Facts: Le Monde lies between the banks of the Livenza and Meduna rivers, close to the border between the provinces of Treviso and Pordenone in Friuli Grave. The winery headquarters, built in the eighteenth century maintains the architectural characteristics of the time.

Bevan Cellars Chardonnay 2015

(Sonoma Coast, Ca)

Bevan Cellars Chardonnay 2015

Winery Tasting Notes: This is a Chardonnay lover Chardonnay. It has lively acidity, with Mandarin Orange and Meyer Lemon notes and the textural energy that will make it a natural to pair with food.

Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol Level: 14.4%
Maturity: Drink now – 2022
Pairings: Pork Tenderloin with stewed apples, Rotisserie Chicken

Fun Facts: One Couple’s Journey from Virtual Reality to the Vineyard Posting about wine on the Internet led Russell Bevan and Victoria DeCrescenzo into winemaking It’s not uncommon for people to cultivate their love of wine on the Internet, but it’s rare to make the move from the computer to the vineyard. Russell Bevan and his ancée, Victoria DeCrescenzo, may just be the rst couple to go from being wine web geeks to winemakers.

Stewart Chardonnay 2016

(Sonoma Mountain, CA)

Stewart Chardonnay 2016

Winery Tasting Notes: Aromatics of honey suckle and bees wax on the nose with subtle hints of ginger coming from the oak. Fresh, clean and elegant it seems to float over the pallet finally being drawn down by the crisp acidity. Lemon, lime and white peach dominate the pallet with the oak accenting the flavors not dominating them, giving great length

Blend: 100%  Chardonnay
Alcohol Level: 14.1%
Winemaker: Blair Guthrie
Maturity: Drink now – 2020
Cases Produced: 1267
Pairings: Poached chicken breast with herbed butter. Lightly tossed pasta

Fun Facts: Founded in 2000, Stewart Cellars is the collaborative project of founder Michael Stewart, his son James Stewart, daughter Caroline Stewart Guthrie, and son-in-law Blair Guthrie. Together, the family oversees all aspects of the winery’s operations: James, an artist who left behind a burgeoning career in television and music for hands-on work in sales, marketing and distribution; Caroline, who leads the day to day operations along with each wine’s development; and Blair, the winemaker who works closely alongside acclaimed consulting winemaker Paul Hobbs to capture the signature terroir of Stewart’s premier vineyards and vineyard sources.

Le Monde Pinot Grigio 2016

(Italy)

Le Monde Pinot Grigio 2016

Winery Tasting Notes:  Amber yellow with light copper tints. Fine and elegant with sharp bouquet and persistent floral notes. Evident sensations of white fruit on the palate giving distinct freshness and sapidity.

Blend: 100% Pinot Grigio
Alcohol Level: 13%
Maturity: Drink now – 2021
Cases Produced: 5800
Winemaker: Giovanni Ruzzene
Pairings: Appetizers,fish ,hard cheeses

Fun Facts: Le Monde lies between the banks of the Livenza and Meduna rivers, close to the border between the provinces of Treviso and Pordenone in Friuli Grave. The winery headquarters, built in the eighteenth century maintains the architectural characteristics of the time.

Seven Hills Red Wine 2014

(Walla Walla Valley, WA)

Seven Hills Red Wine 2014

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%
Maturity: Drink now – 2024
Cases Produced: 2264
Pairings: Duck Ragu Pappardelle, pot roast with spring onions

Fun Facts: At the foothills of the Blue Mountains, tucked into the southeastern corner of Washington, lies the Walla Walla Valley. Back in 1980, it was the land of this valley that inspired the McClellan family to embark on the adventure that led us to where we are today. Benefiting from a unique temperate microclimate, and deeper, silt-based soils, vineyards in this highly- regarded appellation are at the heart of our Bordeaux varietal program. Along with our own original plantings at Seven Hills Vineyard Old Blocks, we are honored to source from a selection of Walla Walla Valley vineyards that truly reflect the beauty and grace of the appellation.

Stewart Chardonnay 2016

(Sonoma Mountain, CA)

Stewart Chardonnay 2016

Winery Tasting Notes: Aromatics of honey suckle and bees wax on the nose with subtle hints of ginger coming from the oak. Fresh, clean and elegant it seems to float over the pallet finally being drawn down by the crisp acidity. Lemon, lime and white peach dominate the pallet with the oak accenting the flavors not dominating them, giving great length

Blend: 100%  Chardonnay
Alcohol Level: 14.1%
Winemaker: Blair Guthrie
Maturity: Drink now – 2020
Cases Produced: 1267
Pairings: Poached chicken breast with herbed butter. Lightly tossed pasta

Fun Facts: Founded in 2000, Stewart Cellars is the collaborative project of founder Michael Stewart, his son James Stewart, daughter Caroline Stewart Guthrie, and son-in-law Blair Guthrie. Together, the family oversees all aspects of the winery’s operations: James, an artist who left behind a burgeoning career in television and music for hands-on work in sales, marketing and distribution; Caroline, who leads the day to day operations along with each wine’s development; and Blair, the winemaker who works closely alongside acclaimed consulting winemaker Paul Hobbs to capture the signature terroir of Stewart’s premier vineyards and vineyard sources.

Substance “Jack’s Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

(Walla Walla Valley, WA)

Substance “Jack’s Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Winery Tasting Notes: A big fist in a velvet glove. Tar, black fruit, cassis is just the beginning. Earth, tobacco and graphite bring this generous smooth mouth-filling wine home. ”Gorgeous notes of cassis, tobacco leaf, earth and graphite in a voluptuous, supple, gorgeously textured package. Possessing ripe tannin, no hard edges and a beautiful elegance, drink it over the coming decade.”

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol Level: 13%
Maturity: Drink now – 2025
Pairings: Charred burger, mushroom pizza, marinated ribeye steak, or braised short ribs.

Fun Facts: Growing up just outside of Sacramento, California, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Charles Smith began craving worldly travel at a young age due to his Welsh mother and French father. His wine journey began as a migrant restaurant, spending winters in Palm Springs and summers in Lake Tahoe or Napa Valley from the ages of nineteen to twenty-nine.  This period of his life became a catalyst for his passion for wine. In 1989 Charles decided to move to Denmark (for a lady friend he met in the states). While in Scandinavia, Charles spent the next nine years managing rock bands and concert tours throughout Europe, including the famed Danish duo, The Raveonettes. Wining, dining and hard partying while on the road ultimately triggered the career he has today.

Contadi Castaldi NV

(Italy)

Contadi Castaldi NV

Winery Tasting Notes:  A wine that starts to be enjoyed by the eyes. Very bright pink in colour, with a fine and persistent perlage. A bold, modern and intriguing Franciacorta. The nose detects clear notes of small fruits, bilberry, blackberry, raspberry and strawberry, and rose petals. A note of hay in he finish. In the mouth it is voluminous, fullbodied, smooth and well balanced.

Blend: 65% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Nero
Alcohol Level: 12.5%
Maturity: Drink now – 2023
Accolades: 90 Points -Wine Enthusiast

                        93 Points – James Suckling

Fun Facts: “You’ll love the soft and subtle way this light pink sparkler spreads throughout the mouth. A sensation of plush volume is backed by creamy foam and delicate tones of wild berry, pink grapefruit and freshly baked bread.” ~ 90, Wine Enthusiast August 2013

Bohigas Reserva Brut Cava NV

(Spain)

Bohigas Reserva Brut Cava NV

Winery Tasting Notes: Dusty, leesy aromas of apple and vanilla are sturdy. This brut Cava is fresh and modestly elegant on the palate, with lime, apple and tarragon flavors. A dry, confident finish offers apple and citrus flavors and a sense of ease.

Blend: Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Parellada
Alcohol Level: 12%
Maturity: Drink now – 2022

Fun Facts: Fermí Bohigas is a family-owned winery that has roots dating back to the 13th century. The estate is located in the town of Òdena in the River Anoia valley, about 45 minutes west of Barcelona. The current family and their ancestors have been growing grapes and making wines at this location consecutively since 1290. Their first bottling took place in 1870. They first used the name “Bohigas” on a wine label in 1978. Today, the family’s estate encompasses 300 hectares of which 110 are split between two separate vineyard properties, named “Can Maciá” and “Can Batllevell”, both of which have their own cellars.

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose NV Champagne

(France)

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose NV Champagne

Winery Tasting Notes: A ‘Champagne Rosé’ that uses Chardonnay for added lightness and elegance with no skin contact during maceration. Pinot Noir is blended in as a red wine for the light, unique color and red fruit flavors. It consists of three vintages with up to 40% reserve wines. Very low dosage: 7-8g/L

Blend: 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier
Alcohol Level: 12%
Maturity: Drink now – 2027

Fun Facts: In 1818, Nicolas François Billecart and his wife Elisabeth Salmon founded the house of Billecart-Salmon in Mareuil-surAÿ, which now stands as the oldest continuously family-owned and operated house in Champagne. The estate is currently managed by the family’s seventh generation, brothers François and Antoine Roland-Billecart, while the cellars lie in the hands of renowned “chef de cave” François Domi.

Bohigas Reserva Brut Cava NV

(Spain)

Bohigas Reserva Brut Cava NV

Winery Tasting Notes: Dusty, leesy aromas of apple and vanilla are sturdy. This brut Cava is fresh and modestly elegant on the palate, with lime, apple and tarragon flavors. A dry, confident finish offers apple and citrus flavors and a sense of ease.

Blend: Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Parellada
Alcohol Level: 12%
Maturity: Drink now – 2022

Fun Facts: Fermí Bohigas is a family-owned winery that has roots dating back to the 13th century. The estate is located in the town of Òdena in the River Anoia valley, about 45 minutes west of Barcelona. The current family and their ancestors have been growing grapes and making wines at this location consecutively since 1290. Their first bottling took place in 1870. They first used the name “Bohigas” on a wine label in 1978. Today, the family’s estate encompasses 300 hectares of which 110 are split between two separate vineyard properties, named “Can Maciá” and “Can Batllevell”, both of which have their own cellars.

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