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March 25, 2020 | Wine Club | Carl Hudson

Wine Club Selections for April 2020

All of us at 4.0 Cellars hope you are safe, in good health, and somehow coping with the craziness brought on by the Coronavirus.  Yes, the tasting room is closed, but wine sales continue via curbside delivery.  Check the website for details (www.fourpointwine.com).  And, although the Wine Club Pickup Events have been cancelled, you can still pickup your April wine club selections via curb service.  We sincerely appreciate our wine club members, and wish to do everything we can to keep you safe, and amply supplied with wine from our owner-partners:  Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars.  Stay tuned as future notices will let you know when things begin to return to “normal” and we can once again open the beautiful facilities at 4.0 Cellars to wine club members and the general public. 

There are three very tasty red wines in the April 2020 Wine Club Allocation.  From Brennan Vineyards are featured a new bottling of Brennan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, and a re-release of the Winemaker’s Choice “V”, a very special blend by Todd Webster at Brennan Vineyards.  A playful Red Blend called Sadie honors the winery and vineyard dog at Lost Oak Winery in Burleson.  We believe you will enjoy all three of these red wine selections. 

Brennan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Texas (High Plains)         

Grape(s):  Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Soleado Vyd, Seagraves, TX, Gaines Cty, Alicante Bouschet 25%, Diamante Doble Vyd, Tokio, TX, Terry Cty
Machine harvested, fermented cool in SS tanks (3-5 weeks), blended & aged 18 mo in American & French oak barrels; 14.4% ABV, 0.1% RS (DRY)
Deep ruby color; aromas of cherries, rhubarb, pipe tobacco, smoke & delicate notes of violets; flavors of sour cherries, bramble berries, with notes of caramel, brioche and five spice blend; fine balance between fruit & acidity with sturdy tannins on a long finish; perfect pairing with grilled & smoked meats

Lost Oak Winery Sadie Red Blend 2018 TX High Plains                    

Grape(s):  Montepulciano sourced from Krick Hill Vyds, Levelland, TX, Hockley Cty (63% 2018 & 10% 2017); Merlot 27%, Diamante Doble Vyds, Tokio, TX, Terry Cty (2018)
Fermented separately in SS tanks; average 12 mo aging in oak barrels (10% French); blended & bottled at 14.3% ABV, 1% RS (essentially DRY)
Named after the Lost Oak winery dog, this blend pays homage to all winery & vineyard dogs.  Cheery & bright in color, berry jam & ripe plum aromas with a hint of chocolate; flavors of cherry with notes of vanilla & baking spices; soft tannins; like a good winery dog, this blend is friendly, playful, & a little bold; enjoy with hearty stews, pork ribs, & roasted rack of lamb

Brennan Vineyards Winemaker’s Choice “V” N.V. Texas                       

Grape(s):  Cabernet Sauvignon 58% (22% Newburg Vyd 2016, 36% Soleado Vyd 2017, Seagraves, TX, Gaines Cty), Cabernet Franc 25% 2017 Blackwater Draw Vyd, & Carmenere 17% 2017 Lahey Vyd, both near Brownfield, TX, Terry Cty
12-day skin contact fermentation; aged in oak barrels-18 mo for the 2016 CS, 8-9 mo for the 2017 cuvées; blended, bottled at 14.5% ABV, <0.1% RS (DRY)
Dark ruby color; cherry, violet, rhubarb, & pipe tobacco aromas; cherry, black berry & black currant fruit flavors with notes of brioche & five spice blend; well-balanced acidity with sturdy, ripe tannins; pairs well with Texas steaks & most grilled meats

Each of our owner-partners offers a white wine selection.  A new bottling of Lily from Brennan Vineyards offers fun flavors and enjoyment as warmer springtime events unfold.  Texas Duet, a dry Riesling and Muscat blend from Lost Oak Winery opens a different approach to these two varieties that are usually produced in a sweeter style.  And, a delicious white Rhone variety blend, EVS Windblown, from McPherson Cellars will make a great accompaniment for springtime picnics and grilled white meats. 

Brennan Vineyards Lily 2017 Texas (High Plains)                           

Grape(s):  Roussanne 55%, Reddy Vyd, Brownfield, TX, Terry Cty, & Malvasia Bianca 45%, Farmhouse Vineyards, Brownfield, TX, Terry Cty
Mechanically harvested, fermented cold at 52oF; aged on the lees in SS tank with no malolactic transformation; 13.9% ABV, <0.1% RS (DRY)
Straw color with green hues; aromas of honeydew melon, lychee fruit, nuances of gardenia & orange blossoms; flavors of granny smith apple, pineapple, pear, & key lime with lingering notes of wild honey; beautiful acid balance on a sturdy finish designed for patio sipping, mild cheeses, & charcuterie

Lost Oak Winery Texas Duet 2017 TX High Plains                            

Grape(s):  Riesling 50% & Orange Muscat 50%, Diamante Doble Vyds near Tokio, TX, Terry Cty
Fermented cold; aged 13 mo in SS tank; 12.0% ABV, <0.1% RS (DRY)
Light-bodied, crisp wine with lovely aromas of white & yellow flowers; pomelo & other citrus fruit flavors coat the tongue leading to a lingering finish; enjoy with soft cheeses, smoked salmon, and spinach-mushroom white pie pizza 

McPherson Cellars EVS Windblown White 2018 TX High Plains              

Grape(s):  Viognier 43%, Roussanne 35%, & Marsanne 22%, sourced from Bingham, Lahey, & Timmons Estate Vyds in Terry Cty
Fermented 30 days at 57oF with no skin contact; aged on the lees in SS tank (no oak); 13.1% ABV, 0.3% RS (DRY)
Classic rich aromas & flavors from these Rhone-origin grapes that grow so well on the arid, sunny, sandy, high-elevation Texas High Plains; wine is soft on the palate, yet rich & well-balanced - another example that embodies the award-winning wines that Kim McPherson is notorious for producing

The three sweet wines in this allocation represent some new versions of old favorites that should please our club members with a sweet tooth.  Three White Chicks, at 2.5% residual sugar (RS), from Brennan Vineyards, Dolce Rouge, at 4% RS, from Lost Oak Winery, and Sweet Moscato, at 3% RS, also from Lost Oak Winery, are all quality sweet wines designed for poolside or patio sipping, or to accompany spicier cuisine like fajitas, Indian or Thai dishes, and spicy BBQ or smoked ribs.

Brennan Vineyards Three White Chicks 2018 Texas                           

Grape(s):  Muscat Canelli 82%, Texas High Plains, & Muscat Alexandria 18%, Newburg Vyd, Comanche County, TX
SS Tank fermented cold, aged on lees in SS tank, stabilized & bottled at 13.0% ABV, 2.5% Residual Sugar (medium sweet)
Pale straw color; aromas of cantaloupe, honey dew melon, & jasmine flowers; fruit flavors of gala apple & white peach with notes of wild honey; nicely balanced to go with poolside merriment, spicy fajitas, or Indian cuisine

Lost Oak Winery Dolce Rouge N.V. TX High Plains                             

Grape(s):  Ruby Cabernet 77%, Krick Hill Vyd, Levelland, TX, Hockley Cty; Merlot 23%, Bingham Family Vyds, Meadow, TX; Terry Cty
Fermented & aged 12 mo in SS tank; sweetened at bottling to 4% R.S., 13.0% 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)

Lost Oak Winery Sweet Moscato 2017 TX High Plains                        

Grape(s):  Muscat Canelli 100%, Diamante Doble Vyd, Tokio, TX, Terry Cty
Fermented cold & aged 13 mo in SS tanks; blended, sweetened to about 3% RS (sweet); stabilized & bottled at 12.0% ABV

Aromas of ginger & sweet pea flowers; flavors of nectarine & blood orange; a pleasure for those with a sweet tooth   

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