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Below are the February, 2007 Featured Wines for the Wines by Jennifer Wine Club.

White Wine

2005 Clos LaChance

Glittering Emerald-Throated Chardonnay

Monterey County, California


2005 Clos LaChance Glittering Emerald-Throated Chardonnay Hummingbirds have been a part of Clos LaChance lore since the first vintage in 1992. Vintners Bill and Brenda Murphy chose the hummingbird as the symbol for Clos LaChance Winery due to its territorial nature and ability to chase away the grape-eating birds from the vineyards. Each wine in the Hummingbird Series is named for a true species of Hummingbird that they feel has similar characteristics to the varietal. Glittering Emerald-Throated Hummingbirds are found only in South America. The preferred habitat of the species is open and semi-open spaces, including gardens. The males have a “glittering” green throat, while the females are easy to identify with a white strip in the middle of the “glittering” green. Fortunately, the species is not endangered at this time.

The grapes for the Glittering-Emerald Chardonnay were sourced from vineyards owned by longtime Monterey County grape grower Scheid Vineyards. It is an ideal Chardonnay growing location - the beach creates excellent air flow and the southwestern exposure maximizes available sunlight, allowing fruit to ripen slowly and evenly. The gentle slopes are well-drained and water permeability is moderately slow. Warm days followed by cool winds in the late afternoon present excellent climactic conditions for growing top quality wine grapes.

Rains in the early spring and summer created vigorous vine growth early on. Harvest started on schedule, however the cool weather slowed things down, with the last grapes coming in around Thanksgiving. Yields were through-the-roof all throughout the state. Clos LaChance’s winemaker Stephen Tebb ran out of tank space halfway through harvest. Fortunately, the weather cooperated and Stephen literally stored the grapes on the vine for several weeks. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the resulting wines are some of the best Clos LaChance has produced.

The fruit was whole-cluster pressed then cold settled in a tank for 48 hours. The wine was then racked to stainless steel tanks and fermented at 50-55 degrees. Post-fermentation the wine was racked, filtered and bottled. This Chardonnay has not been aged in oak or put through malolactic fermentation.

WINEMAKER STEPHEN TEBB'S TASTING NOTES: This wine opens up with strong aromas of freshly cut green apple, melon and pear. A bowl full of tropical fruit salad (pineapples, bananas, mangos and papaya) is in there, as well as a hint of floral apple blossom. On the palate, the refreshing flavors of crisp apple and fresh citrus are balanced with an acidic component. The finish is fairly long considering that there was no oak used when making this wine. I really enjoy the lingering tropical fruit flavors of pineapple and banana.

FOOD PAIRING RECOMMENDATIONS: Scallops with Mango Salsa, Chinese Chicken Salad, Camembert Cheese


Monterey County, California Wine Map

Red Wine

2004 Wildekrans

Cabernet Franc/Merlot

Walker Bay, Overberg, South Africa

2004 Wildekrans Cabernet Franc MerlotWildekrans Estate is a family-run wine farm and boutique winery. Nestled in the serene Bot River Valley, the winery and vineyards are located in the Walker Bay wine ward, approximately 100km from Cape Town.

Wildekrans was selected as one of the 21 most exciting New World wineries by the International Decanter magazine. Bruce and Jo Elkin are the owners. Bruce now makes all the wines after changing his career path from dentist to a full-time farmer and winemaker.

This wine is a deep ruby red with zesty aromas of ripe raspberries and strawberries, which continue on to the palate. On the palate, it is excellent and well-structured, with fruit-balanced tannins giving the wine a long, lingering finish.

Try with filet mignon, Hungarian beef goulash, Italian meatballs in tomato sauce, Parmesan chicken, blue cheese and brie, pasta with bacon and mushroom sauce, or chicken liver pate.

Drink now and for the next several years.


Wine Map of South Africa


Wines 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.


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