International Wine of the Month Club – A Great Wine Selection!

There are A LOT of wine clubs out there and it can be really tough to pick one that offers a thoughtful selection each and every month.  I was recently invited to taste a monthly selection from the International Wine of the Month Club and was really impressed with the red and white that was sent my way.

The International Wine of the Month Club has three different membership types (all based on the price points of the wine) that allow you to select either 1 or 2 red and white wines a month.  These wines are selected by a two-tiered tasting panel.  Tier one is comprised of 10 sommeliers, professional tasters, and winemakers. Only the top 10% are sent to the secondary panel, which includes upwards of thirty or more tasters.

Here are my thoughts on the wines that were sent my way.  The cost for the 2 bottle selection is $72.95.

The International Wine Club of the Month wine selection
The International Wine Club of the Month wine selection

2011 Bellingham “The Bernard Series” Small Barrel S.M.V. 

Bellingham is a South African winery that has roots dating back to 1693.  The winery has grown and evolved to become what it is today but they maintain a minimalist winemaking approach to assure the true character of the grapes shine through.  The 2011 Bellingham “The Bernard Series” Small Barrel S.M.V. is an excellent example of a hand-crafted, terroir-reflective wine.

The S.M.V. is a blend of 70% Shiraz, 22% Mourvedre, and 3% Viognier.  The wine pours a deep purple color in the glass.  You will notice abundant, rich aromas of dark fruit, lavender, and herbs.  The palate is flavorful with tastes of blackberry, violets, and hints of oak.  The Viognier adds a noticeably bright note that really elevates the wine.   An excellent choice for grilling and definitely something that I would uncork again! (14% alcohol)

2011 Domaine Marc Colin Saint-Aubin La Fontenotte

The second bottle included in my monthly shipment was 2011 Domaine Marc Colin Saint-Aubin La Fontenotte.  In keeping with the values that seem to be important to the International Wine of the Month Club, the wine is hand-crafted with minimal intervention in the winemaking process.  Domaine Marc Colin utilizes principles such as organic farming and native yeast fermentation to assure the wines are expressive and true to the grape.

The 2011 Domaine Marc Colin Saint-Aubin La Fontenotte is a White Burgundy (100% Chardonnay) that opens with aromas of pear and citrus surrounded by hints of oak.  The nose reminds me of a spring day and really enticed me to take a sip.  The plate is bright and lively with notes of lime, lemon, pear, and minerals.  The finish is long and zesty.  A fantastically refreshing wine that would be perfect with seafood! (13% alcohol)

*Media Samples

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A Beautiful and Bright Mourvèdre from La Clarine Farm

I can’t pass up buying an interesting Mourvèdre…especially one that people I know love and constantly talk about on social media (note: social media DOES sell wine).  So, when I stumbled across a bottle from La Clarine Farm, I had to bring it home with me.  La Clarine Farm was started by Hank Beckmeyer and Caroline Hoel in 2001.  They adhere to biodynamic farming practices and produce beautiful, terroir driven wines.  I was definitely excited to pour my first glass!

La Clarine Farm Cedarville Mourvèdre 2012
La Clarine Farm Mourvèdre “Cedarville” 2012

Technical Stuff

100% Mourvèdre from the Sierra Foothills. Native yeasts, minimal CO2. Screwcap closure. 14.2% alcohol and a suggested retail of $26.

Tasting Notes

Lovely aromas of violet and earth welcome in a vibrant palate.  There are notes of red fruit, spice, and herbs along with healthy acidity.  Beautiful and bright…it’s a shame it is already sold out!

http://laclarinefarm.com/ 

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A Luscious Blend from Penfolds!

I love when I get a few new wines from Wine Chateau…they always have great deals on a pretty impressive array of wines.  Last week I received a few wines from them and decided to uncork a bottle of Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvedre first.  A rich blend at a great price!

About the Wine- From the Winery

Penfolds Bin 2 2010 is a blend of 88% Shiraz and 12% Mourvedre from regions across Australia.  The wine has 14.5% alcohol and retails for $14.97 at www.winechateau.com.

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Penfolds Bin 2 pours a deep, reddish plum color.  Rich aromas of blackberries, plums, and leather come from the glass.  The palate is packed full of dark berries, black cherries, plums, and warm spices.  A  luscious blend of intense flavors…great job by Penfolds!

My Wine Rating- B+

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair this blend with burgers, pork chops, or cheese and mushrooom quesadillas

*Media Sample

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Dry and Dynamic- Silver Wings Vincenzo’s Old Vine 2006 Mourvedre Shiraz

In continuing my tastings of Australian wines, I was able to enjoy a great blend from a small label sourced from Central Victoria.  Silver Wings Vincenzo’s Old Vine is a unique blend of Mourvedre and Shiraz (a combination I am seeing more of lately coming out of Australia) and the two varietals work beautifully together.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Silver Wings Vincenzo’s Old Vine 2006 Mourvedre Shiraz is a blend of 60% Mourvedre and 40% Shiraz from the Shepparton region of Australia.  It has 14% alcohol and retails for $29.99.  For more information see www.silverwingswines.com or www.marquee.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Silver Wings pours a blackish garnet in the glass.  It has an aromatic nose with notes of spicy berries, vanilla, liquorice, and tobacco.  The wine’s rich palate has tastes of dark cherries, blackberries, spice, and a hint of sweet oak.  The tannins are earthy and defined and are integrated into the dry, spicy finish.  This is a blend with many levels of flavors and the wine definitely benefits from decanting.  A dynamic wine that is aging gracefully.

My Wine Rating- B+

Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine pairs nicely with a grilled filet, veal chops in a porcini sauce, or lamb kabobs.

*This wine was sent to me as a sample for the purpose of review

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