As the balmy days of summer gently give way to the golden hues of autumn, we are thrilled to introduce a trio of wines that will undoubtedly become cherished companions during your family gatherings. These exclusive selections have been carefully curated to enhance the joy and togetherness that define this season of transition. We invite you to embark on a journey of flavors and emotions, as you savor the exquisite offerings that we have been very patiently waiting to share with you. This quarter, I am pleased to share the following thrilling new releases for your enjoyment: 2021 Timbre Winery “Rare Groove” Cabernet Blend, 2021 Lahat Wines Single Vineyard Syrah, and 2021 Marchand “Hautes de Nuits” Burgundy Pinot Noir.
First among our delightful lineup is the 2021 Timbre Red Blend, a wine that beckons you to discover the profound significance of Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon. While the 2021 vintage was even and balanced, “up north” in Napa it was considered to be a lighter styled year. Not so on the Central Coast, as evidenced by this burly yet balanced Cabernet dominated blend. The notes of ripe dark fruits and harmonious spices are reminiscent of the season’s bounty, while the smooth texture and lingering finish provide a harmonious backdrop to the rich cuisine of the Fall festivals. My personal memory of this wine was an eye opening blending session of our various lots from the 2021 harvest, and creating this luscious cuvee while simultaneously tasting through previous vintages of the same. As you uncork a bottle of this exceptional blend, come along to a sensory journey of past and future, that captures the essence of both the wine and the thoughtful efforts of many winemakers and winegrowers behind it. Crafted to perfection, whether you’re indulging in a casual barbecue or an elegant alfresco dinner, the 2021 Timbre Red Blend promises to be the perfect companion.
Next, we proudly present the 2021 Lahat Wines Single Vineyard Syrah from the captivating landscapes of Israel. This exquisite offering is a testament to the unwavering dedication of expert winemaker Itay Lahat, who has harnessed the essence of a single vineyard to craft a Syrah of unparalleled elegance and complexity. Itay is one of the only winemakers who manages all the farming himself, in this case the extremely well regarded “Elkosh” Vineyard, ensuring the highest level of quality from grape to glass. As you savor this wine, you’ll be transported to the sun-drenched hills of the Upper Galilee, where the vines bask in the Mediterranean breeze. Each sip peels back layers of flavors—rich dark berries, subtle spices, and a delicate whisper of floral notes—that unfold in perfect harmony. The velvety smoothness and tingly, lingering finish are a tribute to the artistry that defines this remarkable creation, in a style that is a very clear nod to the noble syrahs of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. Deceptively approachable but showing great depth and promise, this wine is an Israeli Syrah “First Growth” If there ever was one.
Rounding out our triumphant trio is the 2021 Marchand Hautes Cotes de Nuits Pinot Noir, a gem that brings the storied terroir of Burgundy to your glass. From the revered vineyards of the Hautes Cotes de Nuits, this Pinot Noir is a masterpiece that captures the very essence of the region’s winemaking tradition. With each sip, you’ll be enveloped in an intricate tapestry of red berries, delicate florals, and a touch of earthiness that is the hallmark of Burgundy’s Pinot Noir. The velvety tannins and graceful structure elevate the tasting experience, leading to an enduring finish that lingers on the palate. This wine is a celebration of time-honored craftsmanship and lives up to the rich heritage of Burgundian winemaking. The 2021 Marchand Hautes Cotes de Nuits demonstrates the balance of the 2021 harvest – not terribly mild and not overly intense. Rather, a balanced performance of harmonized fruit and acid, matching tannin and texture. Compare this elegant edition with other Club releases of Pinot Noir from Burgundy and beyond, to view this gem of a grape from its many different facets. The pursuit of Pinot is a passion that consumes wine lovers of all experience levels, and our exclusive Marchand line is the perfect means to get consumed by Burgundy.
In celebrating the arrival of autumn and the bonds that unite us, I am honored to share these exceptional wines with you and your family. I eagerly await your feedback and look forward to hearing about the heartwarming gatherings that these wines enhance.