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November 6, 2019 | Wine Club | Carl Hudson

Wine Club November, 2019

Well, the weather has finally given some indication that summer is over and fall is on the way to the Texas Hill Country as temperatures have cooled, some rain has fallen, and the grape harvest is finally nearing completion.  It is time to start thinking about the upcoming fall and winter holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Attending a November Wine Club Pickup Party would be a good way to get in the mood, and learn about some delicious wines to select for the holiday parties and dinners.  Join other 4.0 Cellars Wine Club members for the November 4.0 Wine Club Release parties scheduled on Sundays, 3-Nov, 10-Nov, and 17-Nov.  If you 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 Nov-2019 allocation, three new vintages of traditional red wines are being offered.  The 2017 version of Brennan Vineyards Buffalo Roam made from Mourvèdre and Syrah will be wonderful for your roasted and barbecued fare.  Lost Oak Holiday Red is back and will be a popular addition to any holiday table.  The popular Dawson Red, made by Lost Oak Winery and bottled this vintage under the 4.0 Cellars label, provides a rich and tasty wine based on Merlot and Ruby Cabernet. 

Buffalo Roam 2017 Texas                                                                  

Grape(s):  Mourvèdre 50%, Newburg Vyd, and Syrah 50%, Comanche Vyd, Comanche County, TX
Fermented in open-top bins with significant skin contact to provide a deep color; portions aged 12-24 months in used American & French oak barrels; blended & bottled at 14.9% ABV, <0.1% RS (DRY)
Ruby red with a light brick rim; fruit forward with aromas of sour cherry & cranberry; medium-bodied wine with flavors of sour cherry, red plums, & notes of smoke, pipe tobacco, & wet leather; well-balanced with medium tannins for a silky mouth feel; pair with beef tenderloin, grilled game birds, & rich pasta dishes.  This wine also goes great with TX BBQ!

Lost Oak Holiday Red 2017 TX High Plains                                                                      

Grape(s):  Merlot 50%, Diamante Doble Vyd, Tokio, TX, Terry County, and Ruby Cabernet 50%, Krick Hill Vyd, Levelland, TX, Hockley County
Fermented in SS tanks; aged 10 months in oak barrels (20% new); blended & bottled at 14.0% ABV, 1% RS (just at the edge of dry & hint of sweet)
Dark ruby color; aromas & flavors of fresh berries & a hint of vanilla (from oak aging); a wave of fruit washes over the palate to a delicate finish with baking spices & soft tannins.  This versatile blend is made to complement traditional holiday fare – turkey, ham, beef, tamales for Christmas, & your favorite side dishes & desserts.  Enjoy!

4.0 Cellars Dawson Red 2017 Texas (by Lost Oak Winery)                                                 

Grape(s):  Merlot 80%, Diamante Doble Vyd, Tokio, TX, Terry County, and Ruby Cabernet 20%, Krick Hill Vyd, Levelland, TX, Hockley County
Fermented in SS tank for 10 days (27 days skin contact); aged 19 mo in French & American oak barrels (mix of new & used), 13.1% ABV, 0.8% RS (essentially DRY)
Dark ruby hue; relatively full-bodied; aromas of ripe cherries, cinnamon & anise; flavors of blackberries, brown figs, and hints of mocha chocolate. Ruby Cabernet was added to darken the color & soften the Merlot tannins.  Pair this with pot roast, thick stews, salmon with red wine sauce, Veldhuizen mixed milk gouda, & dark chocolate. 

The white wines for this allocation include a new vintage of McPherson Cellars Roussanne Reserve, a favorite for 4.0 Cellars staff.  Jim Evans at Lost Oak Winery has prepared a very tasty Mourvèdre Rosé that will help bridge from warm to cool weather, and pair well with most holiday fare.  Brennan Vineyards is introducing something new to their line-up.  The Prickly Poppy Sparkling White will be a festive addition to any holiday party or event.  Although the fruit for this version came from California, plans to source Texas fruit for this wine in the future are already in place. 

McPherson Cellars Roussanne Reserve 2018 Texas High Plains                                           

Grape(s):  Roussanne 100%, Lahey Vineyards, Brownfield, TX, Terry County
Fermented 20 days at 57oF; aged 6 mo on its lees in SS tank; 13.5% ABV, 0.3% RS (DRY)
Wonderful to have this terrific wine back at 4.0 Cellars; delicate, herbaceous, tea-like aroma; rich lemon drop & fresh peach flavors; hints of cream & vanilla on the long, rich finish make this wine truly distinctive – to grace any table or special occasion. 

Lost Oak Winery Mourvèdre Rosé 2018 Texas High Plains                                                 

Grape(s):  Mourvèdre 100%, Diamante Doble Vyd, Tokio, TX, Terry County
Limited skin contact to provide a delicate Salmon orange-pink hue; fermented cold; aged 8 mo. on its lees in SS tank; 12.0% ABV, 0.8% RS (essentially DRY)
A dry rose made in the traditional style with aromas of raspberry & light citrus notes; flavors of raspberry & lychee fruit; balanced acidity gives a bright & refreshing mouth feel; this is a versatile, food friendly wine that pairs especially well with brie & jam, cream cheese & Fischer & Wieser raspberry chipotle sauce, salads with apples or grapes, & strawberry or raspberry shortcake.  Try this with grilled pork or chicken marinated in raspberry vinaigrette. 

Brennan Vineyards Prickly Poppy Sparkling White N.V. American

Grape(s):  Pinot Gris 80% and Viognier 20%, sourced from Lodi, California. 
This is an introduction to a Brennan Vyds dry, sparkling wine style that will someday soon be made from all-Texas grapes.  12.0% ABV, essentially dry
Crisp, dry, light-bodied with flavors of tropical fruits, melon, & mango.  Well-balanced acids provide a crisp and refreshing mouth feel.  Pair with seared fish, roasted chicken, creamy sauced dishes, or enjoy for any celebration. 

The three sweet wines for this allocation represent new versions for two past favorites, Lost Oak Winery Rosa Blanca and McPherson Cellars Moscato.  Brennan Vineyards is introducing a new sweet red wine for the holidays called Sweetarrow Red produced from Montepulciano and Muscat of Alexandria.  Most of the grapes for all of these sweet wines were grown by Jet Wilmeth in his Diamante Doble Vineyard located west of Brownfield, TX, and just south of the village of Tokio, TX, in Terry County. 

Lost Oak Winery Rosa Blanca 2018 Texas High Plains                                                       

Grape(s):  Muscat Canelli 93% & Merlot 7%, Diamante Doble Vyd, Tokio, TX, Terry County
Fermented cold & aged 10 months in SS tanks; blended, sweetened, & stabilized before bottling; 13.8% ABV, 5% RS (sweet)
Technically a blush wine (white with red added to just the right tint); bright berry color; aromas of raspberry; flavors reminiscent of popsicles & sweet lemonade; fruity, sweet, & smooth medium-bodied red for your picnic, pool, or porch.  Serve chilled with glazed ham, spicy pork ribs, or berry cobbler. 

Brennan Vineyards SweetArrow Red 2017 Texas                                                             

Grape(s):  Montepulciano 73%, Diamante Doble Vyd, Tokio, TX, Terry County, & 27% Muscat of Alexandria , Newburg Vyd, Comanche County, TX
Fermented cold in SS tanks; sweetened & stabilized before bottling; 12.6% ABV, 4.0% RS (sweet)
Vibrant crimson in color; aromas of sweet cherries & raspberries; flavors of cherries & raspberries; very fruit forward; great wine for making sangrias, or chill for fun, easy sipping.  Pairs well with cherry pie, plum tart, & most chocolates.  Goes great with spicy Texas BBQ sauce, too.

McPherson Cellars Moscato 2017 Texas                                                                         

Grape(s):  Muscat Canelli 100%, Texas High Plains vineyards
Fermented cold; aged on its lees in SS tank; 12.1% ABV, 4% RS (sweet). Aromatic with tropical fruit & delicate florals; sweet, yet crisp with bright citrus overtones; pair with spicy cuisine or your favorite dessert. 


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