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January 30, 2019 | Wine Club | Carl Hudson

Wine Club February, 2019

Happy New Year!  As is typical for this time of the year, Texas weather is weird.  One day it is spring, the next is winter, always bringing some confusion as to how to dress for any given activity.  Well, there are several activities on the horizon at 4.0 Cellars as February Wine Club Release parties are scheduled for Sundays 3-Feb, 10-Feb, and 17-Feb.  If you, as a Wine Club Member, would like to join the party and share time with lots of other club members, check the website (www.fourpointwine.com) and make your reservations.  We would love to share your company, and remember that you can enjoy the 30% discount on wine purchases on-site on Club Sundays or online during the week-days in between. 

For this Feb-2019 allocation, three very tasty reds are included, as noted below. 

Brennan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Texas                                   

Grape(s):  Cabernet Sauvignon 75% (42% Newburg Vyd, & 25% Comanche Vyd, Comanche County; & 8% Soleado Vyd, Seagraves, TX, Gaines County) and Alicante Bouchet 25%, Diamante Doble Vyd, Tokio, TX, Terry County
Fermented in SS tanks; 12-day skin contact with frequent delestage events (aggressive pumpovers); blended & aged 6 mo in SS tank, then 12 mo in oak barrels; 13.9% ABV, <0.1% RS (DRY)
Dark ruby color; cherry, violet, rhubarb, & pipe tobacco aromas; sour cherry & black berry fruit flavors with notes of brioche & five spice blend; well-balanced acidity with sturdy, ripe tannins pairs well with grilled meats
Fermented with 12-day skin contact; frequent delestage events; blended & aged 6 mo SS tank & 12 mo in neutral oak barrels; 13.9% ABV, <0.1% RS (DRY)

Lost Oak Winery Tempranillo 2017 Tx High Plains                 

Grape(s):  Tempranillo 85%, Bingham Family Vyds, Meadow, TX, Terry County; and Petit Verdot 15%, Sprayberry Vyds, Midland, TX, Midland County
Fermented in SS tanks, blended & aged 10 mo in American oak barrels (mix of new & used); 15.6% ABV, <0.1% RS (DRY)
Pretty garnet red hue; ripe cherry & vanilla flavors and aromas complement subtle smoke & tobacco notes; nice balance of toasty oak, vanilla, & cherry fruit on a rich & lingering finish

McPherson Cellars Cinsault 2017 Texas High Plains                          

Grape(s):  Cinsault 100% from Lost Draw Vyds, Meadow, TX, Terry County
Fermented 8 days in SS tank (20 days skin contact); aged in SS tank (no oak) to highlight bright fruit; 13.1% ABV, 0.4% RS (essentially DRY)
Cinsault grows well in warmer climates with lots of sun & drier, well-drained soils (think Tx High Plains – DUH!); often used for dry rose’ wines or blending, easy drinking flirtatious red shows off the seductive side of Cinsault; just enough tannin to pair well at the table, or with rich Veldhuizen cheeses

The white wines for this allocation include an offering from each of the owner-partners at 4.0 Cellars. 

McPherson Cellars Roussanne 2017 Texas (High Plains)                         

Grape(s):  Roussanne 100%, sourced from Bingham Family Vyds, & Oswald Vyds, both near Meadow, TX; and Lahey Vyds near Brownfield, TX, all in Terry County, Texas High Plains
Fermented cold for 27 days with no skin contact; aged in SS tank (no Oak); 13.2% ABV, 0.5% RS (essentially DRY)
Roussanne has adapted to the warm, arid climate of Texas; rich aromatics of citrus, stone fruit & herbaceous tea-like notes; subtle lemon drop flavor; pairs beautifully with veal, pork, Asian dishes, seafood, & chicken pot pie

Brennan Vineyards Lily (White) 2017 TX High Plains                      

Grape(s):  Roussanne 52%, Reddy Vyds, Brownfield, TX, Terry County, & Malvasia Bianca 48%, Farmhouse Vyds, Brownfield, TX, Terry County
 Fermented cold at 52 degrees; blended & aged on the lees in SS tank; 13.9% ABV, <0.1% RS (DRY)
Delightfully fresh melon & floral aromas; apple, pear & key lime fruit flavors with subtle honey notes; bright acidity frames a flashy finish

Lost Oak Winery Blanc du Bois 2017 Texas                                    

Grape(s):  Blanc du Bois 78% (70%) from Skinner Bridge Vyd, Canton, TX, Van Zandt Cty, & (8%), Lost Oak Winery’s Village Creek Vyd, Burleson, TX, Johnson Cty; Muscat Canelli 22%; Diamante Doble Vyds outside Tokio, TX, Terry Cty
Fermented cold (no skin contact); aged in SS tank (no Oak); 12.0% ABV, 0.4% RS (essentially dry)
Light-bodied, crisp wine with distinct mineral notes; stone fruit (peach) couples with citrus flavors; pairs with light fare or enjoy on the patio to greet the warm days of Texas spring

The three sweet wines for this allocation represent new versions of some past favorites. 

McPherson Cellars La Diosa Sangria 2017 TX High Plains                    

Grape(s):  Blend of Texas High Plains grapes – white & red
13.0% ABV, medium sweet
Dark color; sweet cherry & plum aromas; flavors of cherry & cranberry compote with citrusy notes; round & fruity finish with good acidity to balance the sweetness.  This warm-day “patio sipper” was created for La Diosa Cellars, a Bistro & Tapas Bar owned by Sylvia McPherson, located across the street from McPherson Cellars in downtown Lubbock, TX

Lost Oak Winery Gewurztraminer 2017 TX High Plains                        

Grape(s):  Gewurztraminer 100%, Diamante Doble Vyd, Tokio, TX, Terry County
Fermented cold & aged in SS tanks; sweetened & stabilized at bottling to about 1% R.S. (semi-dry); 12.0% ABV
Aromas of nectarine & green fig; flavors of key lime pie & white raspberry on a bright, crisp finish; made in the style of wines from Alsace, France

Lost Oak Winery Dolce Rouge TX High Plains                                  

Grape(s):  Ruby Cabernet 60%, Krick Hill Vyd, Levelland, TX, Hockley County; Merlot 20% & Tempranillo 20%, Bingham Family Vyds, Meadow, TX; Terry County
Fermented & aged 12 mo in SS tank; sweetened at bottling to 4% R.S., 13.5% ABV  (semi-sweet)
Fruity & smooth, medium-bodied with spice notes; good balance between sugar & acidity; good choice for spicy, fiery cuisine, red-sauced pasta, BBQ’d meats, or just simple sipping (check website for Lost Oak Sacred Sangria recipe)


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