Twelve Bottle Club
For the September Wine Club release, we are excited to share two extremely special three bottle verticals. Each wine in their respective verticals are made from the same grape varietal and from the same vineyard, but harvested in three consecutive years. Tasting them side-by-side enables you to experience the evolution of a specific wine over time, as well as better understand the effects of other influences such as weather, technique, and blending. It is rare to be able to offer a three-vintage vertical and we are very excited to share it with you.
IN YOUR SHIPMENT
95% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah
Rich and full-bodied with flavors of juicy strawberries, spice, and smoky notes. It has medium tannins and a long finish.
The oldest of the three vintages, the 2014 Syrah has a more mature profile with lighter fruit and hints of smoke and must. The tannins have softened, creating a well-rounded, complex wine.
96.5% Syrah, 1.5% Dolcetto, 1.5% Grenache, 0.5% Mourvèdre
Full-bodied with medium tannins and flavors of blackberries, black pepper, and a hint of smoke.
The 2015 is a balance of age and youth. The flavor profile is expressive with moderate tannins.
99.5% Syrah, 0.5% Tempranillo
Full-bodied and fruit-forward with firm tannins and flavors of dark berries and spice.
The youngest of the three vintages, the 2016 Syrah has bold fruit flavors and youthful tannin expression.
2014 Petite Sirah
93% Petite Sirah, 5% Zinfandel, 2% Mourvèdre
This wine has rich aromas of black plum, blackberry, and black licorice. It lingers on the palate with a floral note and a hint of toasted oak. The finish is smooth and balanced.
The oldest of the three vintages, the 2014 has a more mature fruit flavor. This wine has aged gracefully and now fully expresses its depth and complexity.
2015 Petite Sirah
85% Petite Sirah, 15% Syrah
Full-bodied with moderate tannins and rich, layered flavors of blackberry and mocha.
In-between the two other vintages, the 2015 Petite Sirah has a balanced representation of fruit and tannin.
2016 Petite Sirah
95.5% Petite Sirah, 3% Zinfandel, 1% Grenache, 0.5% Petite Verdot
Full-bodied with firm structure, flavors of black currant and tobacco, and a long succulent finish.
The youngest of the three vintages, the 2016 has robust fruit, but also a strong presence of tanning.
The 2017 Barbera exhibits aromas of plum, dried strawberry, and a hint of cinnamon. It is well balanced with expressive fruit, making it a delightful sipping wine as well as a wonderful meal companion.
2016 Cabernet Franc
The 2016 vintage offers intriguing aromas of blueberry, violet and spice with a subtle smoky note. It is a rich, full-bodied red with moderate tannins and a long fruity finish.
The 2016 Merlot is designed for intensity and elegance combined. It has an enticing nose of red licorice and vanilla. It shows firm on the palate with a flavor profile including ripe apple, dried cranberry, and chocolate. The tannins are moderate yet structured making it a wonderful companion for both savory dishes and rich sauces.
This Sierra Foothills Zinfandel is medium-bodied with aromas of brambly raspberry, red cherry, and spice. The palate is lively with layered fruit, soft tannins, and balanced acidity.
ABOUT VERTICAL TASTINGS
Vertical tastings are a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends while learning something new about wine.
Vertical wines are typically served in chronological order, from youngest to oldest. By tasting in chronological order, the progression allows the wine-taster’s palate to build throughout the tasting.
Add a twist to the vertical tasting and do it “blind.” Conceal the bottles by wrapping in foil or placing in brown bags. The objective could be to determine which wine is the younger and which is the older of the three.
Whether you are a connoisseur or a novice, there is always something new to discover about wine. We here at Nevada City winery are excited about this vertical and thrilled to be able to share it with our members.
Pair Syrah with grilled meats, vegetables, wild game, and beef stew.
Petite Sirah food pairings should be as big and bold as the wine. Stick with red meats, stews, short ribs, hamburgers and barbecue of all types. It also pairs well with ethnic foods with lots of spices and herbs.
The bright acidity in this wine balances nicely with rich fatty or high tannin dishes. We recommend pairing with dark meats, mushrooms, herbs, herbaceous cheeses like blue cheese, and higher tannin foods like root vegetables and braised greens.
Cabernet Franc is a food friendly wine. Pair it with roast chicken, pork, roasted or grilled beef, duck, sausage, lamb, veal, and hearty fish dishes.
Pair this wine with beef, particularly grilled or roast beef and filet mignon. It also pairs with grilled or roast chicken, blue, cheddar, and gorgonzola cheese, garlic, mushrooms, lamb, roast pork, and pork loin.
This Zinfandel is best paired with anything from the meat aisle including barbecued pork ribs, leg of lamb, and other hearty meals. It is also a favorite with burgers and pizza.