Introducing our Spring ’15 Wine Club Selections

Winelandia’s commitment to the rare and obscure often leads us to wines made from exotic grapes grown in places we’ve never heard of. For our spring wine club collection, we wanted to ‘get back to basics’ so to speak, and show you that natural, organic, and biodynamic wines can be made in some of the most famous winegrowing regions in the world. This collection’s focus is ‘appellation d’origine contrôlée’ (typically abbreviated as ‘AOC’) wines from France – some classically styled, while others are not. Merlot from Bordeaux, Chardonnay from Chablis, and even a funky provençal rosé made from an indigenous grape (we couldn’t resist) make an appearance in this thoughtful collection of classic French AOC wines.

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Mixed Club – $150 plus tax & delivery:

2013 Breton “Les Galichets” Bourgueil
Classic Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. Certified organic. Fresh and vibrant with notes of cranberry and herbs.
2013 Mas del Périé “La Roque” Cahors
Biodynamic Malbec from South-West France. Deep and soulful, with notes of blueberry, spice, and smoke.
2010 Château Tour Peyronneau Saint-Émilion
Certified organic Merlot from Bordeaux. Silky and pure with notes of plum and seductive graphite minerality.
2013 Stéphane Orieux “Clos de la Coudray” Muscadet
The perfect pairing for seafood and raw oysters. Certified organic. Crisp and citrusy with intense minerality.
2013 Clos Cibonne Rosé Tradition, Côtes de Provence
A famous Provencal rosé made from the indigenous grape Tibouren. Aromatic and fresh with an intriguing saline finish.
2013 Gerard et Lilian Duplessis Chablis
Classically styled Chablis from one of the top organic producers in the AOC. Citrus, white flowers, and minerals. Pure elegance.

All-Red Club– $150 plus tax & delivery:

2013 Breton “Les Galichets” Bourgueil
Classic Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. Certified organic. Fresh and vibrant with notes of cranberry and herbs.
2013 Mas del Périé “La Roque” Cahors
Biodynamic Malbec from South-West France. Deep and soulful, with notes of blueberry, spice, and smoke.
2010 Château Tour Peyronneau Saint-Émilion
Certified organic Merlot from Bordeaux. Silky and pure with notes of plum and seductive graphite minerality.
2013 Vincent Paris “Les Cotes” Saint-Joseph
Pure Syrah from the northern Rhone. Organically farmed utilizing Biodynamic principles. Elegant and floral with savory notes.
2011 Gris des Bauries “Les Chaix” Côtes du Rhône
Easy, fresh, and fun Grenache from the famed Côtes du Rhône AOC. Medium bodied with notes of raspberries and dried herbs.
2013 Christian Venier Cheverny Rouge
A blend of Pinot Noir & Gamay from the Loire Valley. Floral, fruity, and herbal with a pleasant effervescence. No added sulfites.

All-White Club – $140 plus tax & delivery:

2013 Stéphane Orieux “Clos de la Coudray” Muscadet
The perfect pairing for seafood and raw oysters. Certified organic. Crisp and citrusy with intense minerality.
2013 Clos Cibonne Rosé Tradition, Côtes de Provence
A famous Provencal rosé made from the indigenous grape Tibouren. Aromatic and fresh with an intriguing saline finish.
2013 Gerard et Lilian Duplessis Chablis
Classically styled Chablis from one of the top organic producers in the AOC. Citrus, white flowers, and minerals. Pure elegance.
NV Francois Chidane Brut, Montlouis-sur-Loire
Rich and elegant sparkling Chenin Blanc that’s sure to impress any Champagne lover. Bone dry with fine, luxurious bubbles.
2011 Château de Puligny-Montrachet “Clos du Château” Bourgogne Blanc
100% Chardonnay from one of the most famous villages in Burgundy. Rich and luscious with balance and poise.
2013 Château la Canorgue Lubéron Blanc, Côtes du Lubéron
A white Rhone wine made with classic Provencal grapes. Floral and sumptuous with notes of golden apples and tropical fruit.

Winery Visit: Idlewild Wines

With so many wineries in California, it’s incredibly important for new producers to find an angle or niche that sets them apart from the rest. Enter Sam Bilbro, a California native who makes soulful wines under the label Idlewild Wines. His focus is primarily wines made from Piedmontese grapes, such as Nebbiolo, Cortese, Arneis, Barbera, and Dolcetto. In a sea of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay, these Italian-inspired wines are a breath of fresh air.

I first learned about Idlewild while tasting with their distributor last year. I was looking for interesting California whites and they showed me Idlewild’s 2013 Arneis. I was taken aback by how different it was – rich and broad on the palate, floral and aromatic on the nose, and balanced with a nice fresh finish. I introduced this wine to the Winelandia wine club last spring.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJust last week I had a rare opportunity to visit Sam’s new production facility (sorry kids, it’s not open to the public) – a warehouse in Geyserville which used to be home to a mushroom farm. Sam informed me that the facility provides the perfect environment to make wine – cold, damp, and smack-dab in the middle of wine country. He is the first person to produce wine in the facility, which means that it’s unlikely commercial yeasts have set up shop in the building. This is important for winemakers like Sam who utilize “ambient”, “indigenous”, or “native” yeast fermentations, as commercial yeasts tend to be a lot stronger than native yeasts and can take over un-inoculated fermentations.

We tasted through a lovely lineup of Sam’s new releases, including his Arneis, The Bee (a muscat-based white blend), The Flower (a rosé blend), “The Bird” (a red blend), Barbera, and Nebbiolo. All of the wines seemed to follow a theme – bright, joyful, high-toned, aromatic, and varietally correct. Never before have I had a Nebbiolo from California that tasted like a proper Nebbiolo. I walked away from the tasting feeling invigorated and inspired; these are the kinds of wines that excite me.

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While we don’t have any Idlewild wines in the shop at the moment, we will be picking some up very soon. Keep an eye out in the Winelandia online store for these fantastic wines. If you just can’t wait, you can buy them directly from the Idlewild Wines website.