Tuesday - Saturday
12 PM - 8 PM
are the January, 2007 Featured Wines for the Wines
by Jennifer Wine Club.
1997, José María Vegas founded Bodegas
y Viñedos Vega Real, a winery dedicated to
the production of quality wines from the Ribera del
seeking to capitalize on the increasing quality
that the wines of Rueda were showing,
the winery decided to market white wines from the
D.O. Rueda. The family winery of Bodegas
Cerrosol was chosen for this venture.
winery is located
in Castilla y León, a
privileged area not only because of its
location, but because it is also surrounded by
old Verdejo grape
vineyards. The founder's
philosophy has been to craft wines sourced from these
old vineyards using the
most current technology and wine making methods
in order to obtain
the maximum potential from the Verdejo grape which
is so prevalent in this area.
winery sources all the fruit from the surrounding
village's vineyards, mostly from small plots of less
than three hectares each. Bodegas
Cerrosol is now the leading wine producer in
the Rueda D.O. with 3.5 millions liters annually.
wine is green-yellow, clean and bright. Very intense
on the nose,
where tropical fruits predominate
over a floral background with memories of lime and
camomile. Round, soft and unctuous on the palate,
with an elegant and persistent finish.
2004 Hedges CMS Red
Sauvignon - Merlot - Syrah
Valley, Washington State
Aromas of toasted oak, butterscotch, black licorice,
clove spice, and dark fruit. On the palate, raspberry
and blackberry with toasted oak, vanilla, clove,
and hints of caramel and cassis. Firm but balanced
tannins, medium-plus body, fruit and vanilla sweetness,
nice acidity and a long finish.
The pleasing, soft, fruit-forward entry of this wine
makes it drinkable now but the darker, richer fruit,
acidity and firm but balanced tannins, in addition
to the large percentage of Red Mountain grapes used
the blend, should make this wine one that will improve
over the next two to five years.
Grapes come from the Yakima Valley Vineyards of O’Brien
and Willard, the Horse Heaven vineyard Destiny Ridge,
the Columbia Valley vineyards of Bacchus, Weinbau and
Sagemoor (all part of Sagemoor Farms) and Goose Ridge
and the Red Mountain Vineyards of Bel Villa, Hedges
and RMV (21% Red Mountain total). About 80% French
oak and 20% American oak, with some lots stored for
up to one year in barrels.
The blend is 39% Cabernet, 57% Merlot, and 4% Syrah.
by Jennifer is also proud to announce our new "Cellar
Club", featuring a new wine each month suitable for
long-term aging. Call the shop and ask for Jennifer for all
the details on this exciting new Club, or visit our Featured
Cellar Club Wine page for details on this month's selection.