2017 August West Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir from a single vineyard in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands. The fruit is fully de-stemmed prior to fermentation. The wine is aged in French oak barrels, a third of which are new, for 10 months. Earthy flavors collide with succulent juicy berry flavors. A silky and seamless texture offers a sophisticated vinous experience. A minuscule production of only 115 cases made.
August West is one of the few remaining urban wineries in San Francisco. Winemaker Ed Kurtzman started his career over twenty years ago, making wine for a number of high profile wineries like ROAR, Testarossa and Fort Ross Vineyard. August West is Ed’s passion project and this wine reflects his deft hand at making Pinot Noir.
Pan-seared duck breast with a fruit sauce; ahi tuna steak on a bed of lentils; lamb Merguez sausages.
2018 Cherchi Cagnulari
Made from young vine Cagnulari grapes, this is a more approachable style of red than is typical of the variety. Devoid of oak, it is fermented in stainless steel tank and is lightly filtered before bottling. Dry and savory with soft tannins and delicate acidity on the palate, the wine’s aromas evoke notes of dried herbs, lavender and raspberry fruit.
On the island of Sardinia, the second largest in the Mediterranean Sea, the native Cagnulari has emerged from near extinction in large part due to Giovanni Cherchi’s determination and passion for the grape. After inheriting 5 acres of vines in 1970, Cherchi set out to make the best Cagnulari possible. The minerality and flavor of Cherchi’s Cagnulari is linked both to the chalky texture of the vineyards and to the short distance of the vineyards to the sea.
A slow-roasted, garlic-studded leg of lamb would be magnificent as would a platter of salumi or meat-sauced pasta.
2017 Vignobles Boudinaud
Lirac La Saumière
Made from 60% Grenache, and 20% each Cinsault and Syrah, Thierry Boudinaud’s Lirac is a boisterous, berrylicious, kirsch-soaked red. The grapes were hand-picked, aged in neutral oak barrel and bottled unfiltered. For fans of concentrated Rhône reds, this dense, fruit-driven offering will tantalize your taste buds and put a big smile on your face.
Located in the village of Fournès in the Gard region of France’s Rhône Valley, the Boudinauds can count the famous Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard as a neighbor. Fournès is situated between Avignon and Nîmes. Thierry honed his skills working harvests in New Zealand and California before returning home to the Rhône Valley to produce both red and white wine from several vineyards scattered among the Rhône and environs.
This plum-noted, jammy red is perfect for hearty holiday platters of prime rib, rack of lamb, or pork roast. If the sun is shining, barbecue works great too.
2018 Domaine Verret
Irancy Elevé en fût de Chêne
Elevé en fût de Chêne simply means aged in oak barrels, though it is the name that sets it apart from some of Verret’s other bottlings. It is a sexy, nuanced red Burgundy with plenty of ripe strawberry fruit, earth, and forest floor aromas. The palate is medium-bodied and the wine is surprisingly expressive for being so youthful. This is textbook Pinot Noir.
Domaine Verret has been in the same family for over 250 years! Proprietor and winemaker, Bruno Verret was questioned by family when he began his pursuit of viticultural and winemaking knowledge. He traveled to Chablis, Bordeaux and Australia to get his chops before returning to his ancestral vineyards. We imagine those who questioned him no longer do so, as it’s hard to speak with wine in one’s mouth.
Pinot Noir suits the Thanksgiving table quite well, though this Irancy is highly versatile. It works well with a range of meats and poultry, salads, and is great on its own.
This Holiday Edition of our newest wine club features four exceptional red wines that are perfect for any occasion. Enjoy savings off the regular retail price and get an additional discount when you buy 3 LRQ's. Make gift-giving easy this year by sending one (or three!) to friends and family.
Without further ado, we are thrilled to present the third installment of ... the Little Red Quartet!
Buy 3 Little Red Quartets to make a case of 12 bottles and the LRQ Club discounts to $80 each!