Are we a little late on the uptake for posting this month's September Wine Club picks? Perhaps. Better late than never! Here are the features for the rest of this beautiful month:
Michael Shaps Petit Verdot 2010: This wine is amazing and if you remember the boldness and fruit of the 2009 you will be even more impressed. This is a phenomenal red from Virginia rich in smooth tannins and deep, dark fruit, and can be appropriately described as an iron fist in a velvet glove. Aged in 50% new oak for two years with 1 year in bottle to aid in integrating tannins and the develop length. It is drinking well now, but will reach its prime in 4-5 years.
Michael Shaps Odette 2013: Named in honor of Michael’s mother, Odette, this is an intriguing and complex dry white blend of Petit Manseng, Riesling, Chardonnay and Viognier. The initial crispness and citrus fruit on the nose develops into an incredibly aromatic, balanced and luscious wine with big, bright, and ripe fruit. Balanced acidity and a full body lead to a lingering finish. The wine is partially fermented in barrel and stainless steel before being briefly aged in French oak. The Odette is a great wine for serious wine enthusiasts. A classic wine in the making.
Maison Michael Shaps 2009 Bourgogne Pinot Noir: This is a special limited offer to introduce you to Michael’s wines made in Meursault, France. The Bourgogne Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown in the Cote Chalonnaise and in the Haute Cote de Beaune. We blend the two vineyard sites together during the aging in barrels. Both are made the same way, with destemming before going in the tank. A cold maceration period of three days takes place before allowing the native yeast strains to start the fermentation. Daily punch downs and pump-overs take place to extract the color and tannins. A post fermentation maceration also takes place with the fermented wine staying on the skins for up to two weeks. The Bourgogne Pinot is aged in older oak barrels as not add any weight or over powering oak to this fruity, but elegant wine.
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