January 19, 2018

December Wine of the Month Tasting Notes

December, 2012
Wine of the Month Club
Selections and tasting notes

Featuring “The Best-of the Best” Wines!

Whereas my goal in November was to find the best possible Thanksgiving wines for you (within the price limits of the club), my task this month was to find the best wines I could get to our members for $15.00 or less. To give myself a little extra “breathing room” I decided (like last December) to give members $3.00 off per bottle instead of the usual $2.00.
Every month of the year I try and establish a theme of some sort: wines of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo; Southern France; unusual varietals from Argentina. These are a few from this past year. For November and December, however, I let go of those constraints and simply looked for the best wines PERIOD regardless of origin. Consequentially, this month’s offerings are quite different from each other… a Semilllon from Washington State and an Argentine Malbec!
I would estimate that every month I taste over 100 wines. Very few of these are brought into our wine program here at Tinnell’s and even fewer make the cut as a Wine of the Month. When it comes to December I practically drive myself and my wine reps nuts tasting, re-tasting and narrowing down the possibilities. I am quite pleased with this month’s choices and, as usual, I would love to hear what you think. When you are next in the store please hunt me down and give me feedback on this (or any) month’s Club selections. Your input will only help me continue to improve Tinnell’s Wine of the Month Club as we move forward together!
Happy Holidays and Many Thanks,

L’Ecole No. 41 2010 Semillon
Columbia Valley, Washington

L’Ecole has been making Semillon since 1983 and is recognized in the industry as one of the top producers of this varietal. Few Semillons show their richness and complexity as those produced in Washington State. Cool harvest nights help to ensure crisp natural acidity, making this a wonderful food pairing wine.
Remarkably brilliant with vibrant fruit and balanced acidity, this wine shows fragrant citrus blossom and honey aromas, with pretty layers of lemon bar, apricot and keylime expanding on a balanced finish. Pair with grilled or sautéed seafood, cheeses or a simple French salad.
This wine is a blend of 86% Semillon and 14% Sauvignon Blanc, the two most common grapes use in the production of Bordeaux Blanc. Bottled in June 2011 and released in January of this year, it has an acidity level of 6.4 g/l and an alcohol by volume of 14.5%.

Club price: $14.99 (Regular price: $17.99)

Benegas S.A. 2010 Estate Vineyards Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina

This wine is made from grapes grown in the “La Encerrada” Vineyard located at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Uco Valley, Mendoza at an altitude of 4,750 feet. The high altitude, the pure thaw water coming from the Andes for irrigation, the unique soil, and the selection of the best grapes all result in this elegant, immense but balanced Malbec.

Here’s what Mendoza Malbec is all about. From organic vineyards and older vines, this wine opens with a pure perfume of plum and raspberry fruit with floral and spice accents. Round and complexly textured and flavored in the mouth, the fruit stays in the front with accents of stone, coffee, and cocoa. It displays a long and lingering finish over sweet, ripe, tannins. An extraordinary value!

Club price: $14.99 (Regular price: $17.99)

For information on the Wine of the Month Club please visit this link: Tinnell’s Wine of the Month Club


Adam Markham,
Beverage Manager – Tinnell’s Finer Foods
540.345.7334 – adammarkham@live.com

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