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Newsletter: 10/26


Greetings from CT Wine Authority
 
Welcome to our weekly newsletter detailing information and updates on all things wine and spirits.  Look for our communications early each week for upcoming wine tastings, events, and exciting new products.  We encourage you to visit our website at www.ctwineauthority.com for wine details, rating information, to find your favorite wine, or to order directly online.

Check out these deep sale prices, two very popular wines, great new prices!

Featured Wines:
 
Clos du Val Cab Napa 2006 750ML
Clos du Val Cab Napa 2006 750ML  
sku: 6441

Wine Enthusiast: A beautiful young Cab, built along classic Napa lines. Stands at the elegant end of the stylistic spectrum, with relatively low alcohol, less ripe fruit and a delicate mouthfeel. Shows flavors of herbs, cherries and blackberries. Drink now through 2015. Good value in an upscale Cab. -S.H.

French born winemaker Bernard Portet and American businessman John Goelet founded Clos Du Val in 1972. After traveling the world for two years in search of wine growing regions of great potential, Portet selected two sites in the Napa Valley- 130 acres in the Stags Leap District for growing Bordeaux barietals and 180 acres in the cooler Carneros region to launch Clos Du Val's Pinot Noir and Chardonnay program.

Today, winemaker John clews joins Portet in delivering our classic, elegant style of wines, as Clos Du Val has consistently expressed for more than thirty years. Clos Du Val has created world-class Cabernet Sauvignon since 1972, and this latest vintage continues the winery's tradition of balanced, elegant and complex wines made to enjoy with a meal.

Deep purple-black in color, the 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of black currant, cassis and spice. Intense flavors of black fruit, dried herbs and a hint of spice fill the mouth. The wine has a powerful, solid middle and a chalky, lingering finish. Expect this Cabernet Sauvignon to age gracefully for an additional 5-10 years. Appellation: Napa Valley

Composition: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon
6% Cabernet Franc
5% Merlot
4% Petit Verdot

Fermentation: Closed top tanks with pumpovers; 30 days with skin contact

Aging: 17 months in French oak barrels, 25% new barrels

Soil Type: Gravelly clay loams

Age of Vines: 8-25 yearsmore

Suggested Price: $33.99
Sale Price: $21.99

buy Clos du Val Cab Napa 2006 750ML

Beringer Chard Napa 2007 750ML
Beringer Chard Napa 2007 750ML  
sku: 1251

Robert Parker: Another great bargain is the 2006 Chardonnay Napa. Crisp and lean, with copious amounts of lemon oil, guava, and nectarine aromas, it is a medium-weight, dry, refreshing white to enjoy over the next 1-3 years.

Beringer's Chardonnay vineyards span several sub-appellations in southern Napa Valley, where fog from the San Pablo Bay works its way north each afternoon during the growing season, cooling the vineyards and allowing a longer maturation period.

The cooler vineyards to the south produce grapes with crisp apple, pear and citrus characteristics, while vineyards closer to Yountville yield Chardonnay with a rich texture, and tropical fruit and pineapple aromas and flavors. Winemakers Ed Sbragia and Laurie Hook chose complementary lots from each of these vineyards to craft a wine that exhibits bright fruit, richness and complexity.

WINEMAKING
When making the 2006 Napa Valley Chardonnay, Laurie kept each lot separate and used several different techniques to retain the bright fruitiness in the wine while also adding richness and complexity.

After the grapes were gently destemmed and crushed, slightly more than half of the juice was fermented and aged for 8 months in French oak barrels to enhance its natural richness and roundness, but she chose to use one quarter new barrels and limited battonage significantly so aroma and flavor components from the oak and yeast lees would not be overpowering.

The remaining juice was stainless steel fermented to retain more of the pure fruit character. Additionally, to maintain a balancing crispness in the wine, Laurie chose only 20% of the wine to undergo malolactic fermentation.

WINEMAKER COMMENTS
"We are using a mix of barrel and steel fermentation (a longer, cooler fermentation) to highlight the different characteristics we get from our four Chardonnay vineyards, and the 2006 vintage is an exciting example of this exploration featuring almost half of the blend fermented in steel tanks. Lemon zest, apple, pear, vanilla and toasty spice aromas carry into the flavors with a refreshing tanginess and a bright fruit finish." - Laurie Hook, Beringer Vineyards Winemaker

Whole cluster pressed to enhance delicacy, and aged partially in French oak barrels for a round rich texture, and partially in stainless steel to retain the pure varietal character of our Napa Valley vineyards. Notes of apple, pear, citrus, spice, a touch of toasty oak and mineral character lead to a long finish.more

  Suggested Price: $19.49
Sale Price: $12.99

buy Beringer Chard Napa 2007 750ML

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ANNOUNCEMENT

Join us every Saturday in Fairfield from 1PM - 6PM for an in-store wine tasting hosted our locally renowned wine manager Owen Carty.  Each week Owen will be sampling interesting and distinctive wines from around the world. Please stop by and tap into Owen's vast knowledge on all aspects of the winemaking process.


Thank you for your business and continued interest in our products.  We look forward to future opportunities to serve you.
 

Sincerely,

The Staff


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Fairfield, CT 06824                                                   

 
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