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February 1, 2018 | Wine Club | Carl Hudson

Wine Club February, 2018

The Holiday Season is now past.  Texas weather, as expected, is weird!  And, another 4.0 Cellars Wine Club Release is upon us.  The Wine Club Pickup Parties are scheduled on Sundays:  4-Feb & 11-Sep.  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 or online) on Club Sundays and during the week in between. 

Three very nice red wines are included in this allocation, as noted below. 

Brennan Vineyards Winemakers Choice IV NV Texas                                  

Grape(s):  Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 44%, Newsom Vyd, Plains, TX, Yoakum County; Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 34%, Brennan Vyds, Comanche County; Syrah 2015 13%, Brennan Vyds, Comanche County; and Aglianico 2016 9%, Perissos Vyd, Burnet County, TX. 
A portion of Cabernet Sauvignon fruit experienced Flash Détente technology at Bending Branch Winery near Comfort for maximum color, flavor, and tannin extraction.  This barrel reserve blend is 14.1% ABV, <0.1% RS (DRY).
Dark ruby color; cherry, currant & black berry fruit; campfire (from toasted oak), leather & fine pipe tobacco notes; good acid balance with lush tannins; pairs well with heavier dishes, especially that perfectly grilled Texas steak. 

Lost Oak Winery Cabernet Franc 2016 Texas                                           

Grape(s):  Cabernet Franc 75%, Burning Daylight Vyd, Rendon, TX, Tarrant County; Merlot 25%, Diamante Doble Vyd, Tokio, TX, Terry County
Fermented in SS tanks, blended & aged 13 mo in American & French oak barrels (mix of new & used); 13.9% ABV, <0.1% RS (DRY)
Strawberry, red cherry & red currant aromas & flavors; fruit-forward wine with nice balance of toasty oak, rich vanilla, cedar & spice notes, and mouth-watering acidity on a lingering finish

4.0 Cellars Merlot 2016 Texas High Plains                                            

(produced by Lost Oak Winery, Jim Evans & Gene Estes, Wine Makers)

Grape(s):  Merlot 91%, Bingham Family Vyds, Meadow, TX, Terry County; Ruby Cabernet 9%, Krick Hill Vyds, Levelland, TX, Hockley County
Fermented in SS tank, aged 13 mo. in oak barrels (mix of French and American); 14.9% ABV, <0.1% RS (DRY)
Classic Merlot characteristics of black cherry fruit, aged tobacco leaf, mocha chocolate, and herbal spice notes.  This bold wine with a velvety finish will pair well with grilled fare and lighter meat dishes. 

The white wines for this allocation include two offerings from McPherson Cellars and one updated blend from Lost Oak Winery. 

McPherson Cellars Vermentino 2015 TX High Plains                                 

Grape(s):  Vermentino 100% sourced from Texas High Plains Vineyards
Fermented cold & aged 6 mo in SS tanks; 13.0% ABV, 0.6% RS (essentially DRY)
Vermentino grows well in Texas, producing fine wines like this crisp, flavorful white with pineapple, clementine, and pear fruit; floral aromas plus notes of citrus, honeysuckle, and toasted nuts; spicy, palate-tingling finish 

Lost Oak Winery Texas Duet 2016 Texas                                               

Grape(s):  Riesling 50%; Orange Muscat 50%, Diamante Doble Vyds outside Tokio, TX, Terry County
Fermented cold & aged 13 months in SS tank; 12.1% ABV, 0.7% RS (essentially dry)
Light-bodied, crisp wine with tropical aromas of guava & papaya; flavors of citrus & apricot; soft finish with floral notes; perfect for warm afternoons on the porch

McPherson Cellars Clara’s Tribute White 2016 Texas                                   

Grape(s):  Muscat Canelli 50%, Chenin Blanc 50%; Vineyard sources not designated
 Fermented cold at 52 degrees & aged in SS tank without malolactic fermentation; 13.2% ABV; 0.1% RS (DRY); pH 3.39. 
Crisp wine perfect for warm spring afternoons; flavors & aromas of pear & tart apple fruit with delicate minerality, and a light, but lively finish 

The three sweet wines for this allocation represent new versions of two old favorites, and one new offering, all from the team at Lost Oak Winery. 

Lost Oak Winery Sweet Duet 2016 TX High Plains                                      

Grape(s):  Riesling 50% & Orange Muscat 50% from Diamante Doble Vyds outside Tokio, TX, Terry County
Fermented cold and aged 13 mo in SS tanks; 12.0% ABV, 5% RS (sweet)
Aromas of ginger, sweet pea flowers & ripe apples.  Flavors of blood orange and nectarine.  Nicely balanced finish for those with a sweet tooth. 

Lost Oak Winery Riesling 2016TX High Plains                                            

Grape(s):  Riesling 100%, Diamante Doble Vyd near Tokio, TX, Terry County
Fermented cold & aged in SS tanks; sweetened & stabilized at bottling to about 4% R.S. (semi-sweet); 12.6% ABV
This medium-bodied sweet wine with natural peach flavor has a velvety, rich peach aroma & flavor, perfect for spicy foods and basic warm weather sipping

Lost Oak Winery Dolce Rouge 2016 TX High Plains                                      

Grape(s):  Mourvedre 100%, Diamante Doble Vyds outside Tokio, TX, Terry County
Fermented cold in SS tank; aged 14 mo. in SS tank with no oak treatment; sweetened at bottling to 4% R.S., 14.3% ABV  (semi-sweet)
A fruity and smooth, medium-bodied red with spice notes; good balance between sugar and acidity; a good choice for spicy, fiery cuisine, red-sauced pasta, BBQ’d meats, or just simple sipping

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