Tuesday - Saturday
12 PM - 8 PM
are the November, 2007 Featured Wines for the Wines
by Jennifer Wine Club.
Ugarte was founded in 1957, and is one of
the few long-standing, family-run wineries in Spain
that oversees the
start to finish: from growing the grapes, to making
the wine and selling the finished product to consumers.
wine, like most whites of La Rioja, is 100% Viura.
and crystalline in appearance, the nose shows clean
herbaceous aromas with hints of lemon. It is
delicious on the palate,
with a grand final sensation of fullness and
winegrowing region of La Rioja is comprised of 50,000
hectares of vineyards, divided between La Rioja,
Navarra and the Basque Country. Average
yearly wine production amounts to 190 million litres,
75% of which
is in the form of red wine, with the rest being rosé and
Ugarte is located in a unique spot between the
two tectonic basins of the northern
Iberian peninsula: the semi-arid area of the Ebro
Valley, awash with Mediterranean sunlight, and the
humid area of the Basque Country, which is bathed
by cool Atlantic breezes. It falls within the municipality
of Laguardia, the capital of the Rioja Alavesa region.
on the aging process, the following categories have
been established for Rioja wines:
wines: Wines in their first or second year that
still conserve their primary characteristics of freshness
wines: Wines that have aged for at least three
years and that have been barrel-aged at least one year
as well as bottle-aged for some months. For white wines,
the minimum period of barrel-aging is six months.
wines: Wines from the finest vintages that
have been selected for their outstanding qualities
and aged for three years, at least one of which should
be in the barrel. For white wines, the aging period
is two years, of which at least six months should
be in the barrel.
Gran Reserva wines: Wines selected from
exceptional vintages that have been aged at least
two years in
the barrel and three in the bottle. For white wines,
the aging period is four years, of which at least
six months should be in the barrel.
Gordon Brothers Syrah
In 1980, Jeff Gordon, along with his wife, Vicki and brother
Bill decided to plant wine grapes on a sagebrush-covered
slope overlooking the Snake River in southeastern Washington’s
Columbia Valley. In 1985, he released his first small lot
of Chardonnay wine produced from their estate vines, and
today the Gordon Brothers brand is growing in both production
Before planting the vineyard, Jeff sought out the expertise
of Walt Clore, the “Father of Washington Wine.” Together
the two inspected a 200-acre parcel of sagebrush-covered
land near the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers.
Walt strongly approved of the land that would soon become
itself, and the Gordon Brothers tradition of respectfully
nurturing its full potential, has always been central
to the success of the winery. The vineyard is fertilizer
free and the surrounding apple and cherry orchards
are certified organic. With a unique volcanic soil
breakdown that includes basalt, sandy loam, clay
loam and gravelly loam, the earth of the Gordon Brothers
estate vineyard produces grapes of great depth and
of the 100-acre estate vineyard is planted with Cabernet
Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
and Gewürztraminer, with small experimental
lots set aside for Tempranillo and Malbec.
was an ideal growing season. Spring conditions led
to an even bud break and the absence of rain made
for a beautiful fruit set. Summer temperatures were
above average and rainfall was below average, resulting
in very even and predictable ripening. Very warm
September temperatures led to full ripe flavors in
of the vintage for this wine was aged in small oak
barrels, the majority being from French forests, for
oak seems to bring out the spice and dark
chocolate in the Syrah. Gentle racking of the barrels
allowed for the
removal of solids without filtration.
Syrah shows great varietal expression laced with
layers of rich cassis, dark
chocolate and pepper. It is smooth on the
palate, with a long-lasting finish. A great glass
of wine by itself, Gordon Brothers Syrah can be paired
with roasted lamb or spicy Asian cuisine.
Medal - 2007 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
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.