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					PJ’s Wine of the Month Club
July 2007 Selection
White Package
2005 Alois Lageder “Portico dei Leoni” Vigneto delle Dolomiti Bianco IGT Alto Adige Italy Suggested retail price $14.99 PJ’s price $12.49 Location: Alois Lageder is located in the town of Bolzano, in the upper Trentino-Alto Adige appellation bordering Austria (South Tyrol, Northern Italy). Alto Adige is one of Italy’s smaller wine regions and one of the most beautiful in the world. Situated in the Italian Alps, Alto Adige is also one of the most geographically diverse. The majestic Alpine mountain ranges provide these highly elevated vineyards with protection from cold northerly winds throughout their long growing season. They also make for cool nights, which promote a slow, even ripening of the grapes with the result that the fruit develops profound aromatics and enticing flavors. Philosophy: Respect for nature has always been one of the utmost priorities for the winemakers at Alois Lageder. From the planting and nurturing of the vines to the harvest, the work in the vineyards always takes the rhythms and cycles of nature into account. The quality of the fruit on the vines is greatly increased by natural agricultural methods. Alois Lageder has been practicing sustainable, ecofriendly viticulture for many years. Art, Nature and natural vinification coexist harmoniously and complement each other at Alois Lageder. Combining technology with the natural force of gravity makes vinification for a much more gentle process. History: The Lageder family has been active in the wine trade for more than 150 years. The greatgreat grandfather of the present head of the firm, by profession a coach and wheel maker, began to provide wine for his customers in the surrounding mountain valleys, as well as beyond the region's borders. In 1855 his son founded the ALOIS LAGEDER winery on the edge of Bolzano's historic centre. Local consumers quickly appreciated the enterprise for its careful selection and quality-conscious processing of grapes. Over the years, through the untiring efforts of four generations, the Lageder family has succeeded in purchasing several vineyards and wine estates in some of Alto Adige's best wine-growing areas. Born in 1950, Alois Lageder still manages his company with the same passion as when he started it. He is actively assisted by his sister Wendelgard, who is responsible for administration and public relations and his brother-in-law Luis von Dellemann, the enologist. Winery & Vineyards: The different wines are made by Alois’ brother in law, Luis von Dellemann, in a cleverly built new winery that was opened in 1996. The 17 hectares of vineyards are mostly planted on slopes culminating at 1000 meters above sea level. They also buy grapes from local producers. Quality is rooted in this soil: dolomitic rock, glacial moraine, porphyry. Slopes that range from the gentlest to the steepest in selected vinicultural areas of South Tyrol are solid foundations for high grape quality. Alois Lageder is deeply committed to the perfect equation of varieties of grapes planted in the right terrain. Description: Alois Lageder wines carry the unique characteristics of their origins within themselves, combining elegance and finesse with body and strength; they reveal that the best wines of South Tyrol belong to the ranks of the world's finest. Produced from 55% Pinot Grigio and 45% Pinot Bianco, this refreshing white offers exuberant aromas of green apple, flowers and spice. The palate is crisp, mineral, medium bodied yet full flavored. It will surely appeal to a wide range of discerning palates. Food pairing: Fish, shellfish, chicken caesar salad and even goat cheese will complement this wine.
Info taken from www.aloislageder.eu

PJ’s Wine of the Month Club
July 2007 Selection
White Package
2006 Talai berri Hondarribi Zuri Getraiako Txakolina Spain Suggested retail price $13.99 PJ’s price $11.49 Location: The Talai-Berri winery is located at Zarautz, one of the villages that constitute the appellation "Getariako Txakolina" (Basque Country, Spain) in the north of Spain few miles west of San Sebastian. Getariako Txakolina: In September 1989, after a long renovation and updating process of the grape and wine-production sector, the Basque Government acknowledged and regulated the GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA Guarantee of Origin and, in April 1990, so did the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. There are three Denominaciones de origen dedicated to the production of Txakolina: Getariako Txakolina (Chacolí de Guetaria), Arabako Txakolina (Chacolí de Alava) and Bizkaiko Txakolina (Chacolí de Vizcaya). The DO Chacolí de Guetaria located east of Chacolí de Bizkaia (or Vizcaya) is lower in rainfall, altitude and slightly higher in temperatures, making fuller bodied white wines than in Bizkaiko (Vizcaya). History: Founded in 1992, the winery lays on the sunniest slopes of Mount Talai Mendi, surrounded by 12 ha of vineyards, east of the town of Zarautz. Bixente Eizagirre Aginaga, the owner & winemaker, represents the fourth generation, and his daughters, Itziar and Onditz, the fifth generation of a traditional family of winemaker in Txakoli. Climate: The Txakoli vineyards are particularly adapted to the Continental Atlantic climate with cold nights and high levels of rainfall. Temperatures between April and October average 60.4º F, and rainfall between the same period amounts to 26.5 inches. These levels of rainfall and temperatures are drastic and uncommon in Spain. Rainfall in this area is higher than Rias Baixas. Due to these unique climatic conditions many varietals will not be able to adapt in this area, however by the same token the main varietal (Hondarribi) does not grow anywhere else. Production: Even if the main Talai Berri production is focused on the elaboration of white wine, classic in Txakoli tradition, their desire for discovering new possibilities and improving their main product, has lead them to the production of Txakoli Orujo: Orujo of Txakoli is a local liquor obtained by distillation of the remaining grapes fruit juice after the first presses. Only the grape juices of first presses (those of best quality) are used in Talai Berri white Txakoli production. They also produce 2 more white Txakoli: Orika (light and crisp) and Jakue (more full bodied and creamier due to batonnage); and a red wine (made with Hondarribi Beltza), having always in mind their wine area character. It began with a modest production of 25,000 bottles in 1992 and reached the 90,000 bottles last year. Description: Talai Berri White Txakoli is made of the two indigenous varieties: Hondarribi Zuri, making the 90% of vineyard, and Hondarribi Beltza, making the remaining 10%. It is a young, naturally slightly sparkling wine with moderate alcohol content (10.5º - 11.5º) with a very characteristic crisp acid touch. It is produced in stainless steel tanks from which, if you visit the winery, the wine will be poured in a tumbler held at a certain distance from the vat to allow good aeration. You should pour it the same way at home. This wine needs air to reach its full potential. It has a really bright yellow-green color with expressive fine bubbles (light fizz on the tongue). It has complex aromas of white fruit, citrus and fresh dew notes in the background. The palate is a dry, balanced and structured. Although not very long, the finish is expanding nicely with fresh citrus zest and minerals. Food pairing: Oysters, sardines, anchovies, artichokes, garlic, crab, and grilled seafood.
Info taken from www.talaiberri.com

PJ’s Wine of the Month Club
July 2007 Selection
Red Package
2004 Paul Mas “Clos des Mûres” Coteaux du Languedoc France Suggested retail price $14.99 PJ’s price $11.99 Location: Les Domaines Paul Mas is a group of four family estates covering 81ha of vineyard on the hills bordering the Hérault Valley in the Languedoc. History: The story of their wines started in 1892. Their family started out as farmers in the Hérault region in Languedoc. They subsequently expanded towards Montpellier (the regional capital) and towards Pézenas. In 1892, Auguste Mas farmed 22 acres of vineyard on the Mas de Bicq. In 1934, Raymond Mas, Auguste’s son, extended the farm by buying the Montredon Estate with over 35 acres of vineyard. In 1954, Paul helped add to the family wine-farm, raising the vines area to almost 300 acres, before the brothers each went their own way in 1987. Since 1987 to today Paul Mas and his sons, Michel and Jean Claude, continue the great family wine-farming tradition. Les Domaines Paul Mas: The wines are produced in 4 different wineries: Château Paul Mas (25 acres in AOC Côteaux du Languedoc), Domaine de Nicole (Almost 30 acres of VdP des Côteaux de Bessilles and Vin de Pays d’Oc), Mas de La Bergerie (25 acres) and Domaine de L’île de Conas (70 acres). Production: The vineyard of the Domaines Paul Mas are mostly planted with Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carignan, Cinsault (for the reds), viognier & chardonnay (for the whites). They are planted on sandstone near Montpellier, gravelly soil of clay and limestone on the slopes of the Valley of Hérault and on limestone soil strewn with fossils on the hills overhanging the Pond of Thau. The resulting wines, while being charming and versatile, affirm a strong personality and a true expression of their Terroir due to the use of the most natural technique in the vineyards. Château Paul Mas is part of the Domaines Paul Mas estates and now covers a surface 44.5 acres in total. It produces AOC Côteaux du Languedoc wines in the Montpellier sandstone soil area, planted with Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. “Clos des Mûres” is one of the four wines produced exclusively at Château Paul Mas (the others are “Les Faisses”, “Vignes de Savignac” and “Vinus” de Chateau Paul Mas). The vineyards enjoy a south, southwest exposure with the cooling influence from the sea. The “Clos des Mûres” vineyard is a specific vineyard of 11 hectares, part of the Château Paul Mas, surrounded by wild mulberry (Mûres) bushes. Michel Mas and Jean Claude Mas carefully craft this wine with knowledge inherited from the 100 years of winemaking tradition in their family. 40% of the wine undergoes the malolactic fermentation in oak barrels and the 60% remaining go in oak barrels after malolactic fermentation. The wine is then aged for 9 months in French and American oak barrels (Seguin Moreau and François Frère): 30% new oak barrels, 35% 1 year-old oak barrels, 35% 2 yearold oak barrels. Description: A blend of 83% Syrah, 12% Grenache and 5% Mourvèdre, the 2004 Château Paul Mas “Clos des Mûres” is a delightful medium bodied fruit driven wine. The nose offers a medley of red and dark berry aromas mixed with garrigue, rosemary, wild flowers scents and warm earth. Slightly rustic yet smooth and very fresh, the palate is a bowl of wild berries, minerals and earthy notes balanced with a crisp acidity and structured with integrated tannins. The finish is bright, juicy and leaves your taste buds crying for food and more of this easy sipping red. The Domaine Paul Mas are often very inspiring reds and the “Clos des Mûres” is no exception to this rule. Food and Wine: best served with grilled red meat, rack of lamb, pasta, game and soft cheeses.
Info taken from www.paulmas.com

PJ’s Wine of the Month Club
July 2007 Selection
Red Package
2005 Bibich Reserva Skradin North Dalmatia Croatia Suggested retail price $15.99 PJ’s price $13.49 Location: Bibich winery is located in the hinterland of Northern Dalmatia near the famous waterfalls of the Krka River about 50 miles from the coastal cities of Sibenik and Zadar on the Adriatic Sea, in Croatia. History: This is a very, very small family winery that until about 5 years ago didn't sell their wines outside of the tiny village of Skradin, near Sibenik. After doing distribution work for Napa's Mike Grgich (at his Croatian winery), Alen Bibich (only 36 years old) returned to his family winery and revamped it. There are 20 people (all relatives) working for Alen. Terroir: They only have 3 hectares of 20-40 years old vines but the winery is slowly expanding with the addition of new vineyards due to the increasing demand. The Dalmatian Coast is characterized by a “karst” landscape - a lot of limestone in the soil (in fact, reflection of sunlight off of a limestone bed is what gives the Adriatic Sea its deep, dark blue color). It is hot and dry during the summer - with mild winters, typical Mediterranean climate. Winemaking is a 3000+ year old tradition, and it is believed the ancient Greeks introduced it into Dalmatia. Vinification: All of Bibich's wines are organically grown and produced though the certification has not yet been accepted (a project for the future as volume builds and it makes sense economically). No sulfites are added during the winemaking process - though, as with any other wine, sulfites naturally occur. It is a tiny production; only 2000 cases of this Reserva were produced. The Zin Story: The grape varietals are native to Croatia’s sun-drenched Northern Dalmatian Coast. All are close relatives of Zinfandel, whose origins were traced to Croatia in 2002 by a team of researchers from UC-Davis and the University of Zagreb, encouraged by Napa Valley winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich. Visit www.crozinfandel.com for more information about this story, or the book Zinfandel: A Croatian-American Wine Story by Dr. Jasenka Piljac-Žegarac, available on www.xlsimports.com. Marketing: In addition to the word “Riserva” (for aged in wood) on the bottle, the “zinfandel story” is what really sells this wine. It has those Zin characteristics (pepper, spice and fruit), but it is not as big, bold or woody like the Zin from Napa; it's basically a really easy drinking, friendly, wine; a nice light red for the summer. The use of American oak is a tribute to Zin, and also something Alen has chosen due to his past experience in seeing how Mr. Grgich made wine. Description: This wine offers an eclectic blend of grapes native to Northern Dalmatia (Babich, Plavina, Lasin) that are related to Zinfandel (itself a Croatian varietal). It was aged for one year in American Oak. 2005 Bibich Reserva is rather light to medium bodied for a wine made from grapes apparently related to Zinfandel and somewhat (to a certain extend) tastes a bit like an earthy yet silky Cabernet Franc. Aromas of red & dark berries with hints of spice and smoke emerge on the nose. The palate is smooth, with lively acidity and flavors of ripe dark fruits, spices, black pepper and touch of smoke. The finish is earthy, pleasantly fruity and easy going. In my opinion, if the quality is consistent with the next vintages, this wine will lead the way to many more Croatian wines coming in the US in the nearest future. Food pairing: Serve with meats, tuna and cheese.
Info given by Daniel Pedisich from XLSimports


				
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