The International Wine of the Month Club’s Premier Series is pleased to offer four exceptional wines in July from three countries. Leading this month’s features is the 2021 J. Bouchon Canto Sur, which emanates from old dry farmed vines from Chile’s Maule Valley. Brilliant in color with violet notes the 2021 J. Bouchon Canto Sur dazzles the eye and beckons the taster to dive right in. And one draught of this fresh vivacious wine is all one needs to know that this is no ordinary, bland varietal offering. Savory scents of red and black fruits, hints of black pepper, and dried herbs grace the nose. Blackberry, raspberry, and wild cherry flavors infused with a cachet of wild herbs fill the mouth and glide gleefully down the throat on a bed of ripe gentle tannins. J. Bouchon’s 2021 Canto Sur is a wine for all seasons to enjoy with abandon or to linger over as it reveals gratifying hints of exotica. Enjoy!
Our next Premier Series feature is the lovely 2022 Graffito Mendoza Riesling. Jimena Lopez’s 2022 Graffito Riesling bears little or no resemblance to those sugary German Rieslings of yesteryear. For starters, the 2022 Graffito Riesling is bone dry, fresh, and hauntingly aromatic with ethereal scents of white peach, apricot, and citrus. In the mouth, the wine’s ethereal fruit flavors burst in the mouth and are carried with laser like precision on juicy, mouthwatering acidity. Fresh, clean, and explosive, the strapping young 2022 Graffito Riesling finishes with a bang. Although primal and nowhere near its apogee Jimena Lopez’s tribute to the late, great winemaker Esther Knewitz is a joy to drink now, and it will pay dividends for years to come.
Next in this month’s quartet is the 2020 Mendel Lujan de Cuyo Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon. Harvested from the estate’s premier vineyards and matured in 100% oak barrels for 12 months, the 2020 Mendel Lujan de Cuyo Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon rocks from the moment it’s poured. Bold and beautiful in flavor, yet impeccably balanced, the 2020 Mendel Cabernet Sauvignon may be the finest quality and value Cabernet Sauvignon in the market today, as it easily puts to shame most Cabernets costing two and three times its price. Sporting a deep purple color, amplifying aromatics ripe with blackberry, cassis, and dark chocolate, and a boatload of flavors, which are carried on ripe sensuous tannins, the 2020 Mendel Cabernet Sauvignon is nothing short of delicious. Add beautiful mineral notes, a deft touch of spice, and well-integrated oak tones that flow harmoniously in the wine’s long satisfying finish and the 2020 Mendel Cabernet Sauvignon more than earns its keep. Enjoy!
Rounding out July’s Premier Series portfolio is the 2016 Wildberry Estate Reserve Margaret River Chardonnay. Aged to perfection and approaching its zenith the hand harvested 2016 Wildberry Estate Reserve Margaret River Chardonnay offers a brilliant golden glow, enticing aromas, and the complexity of the finest white Burgundy wines – no coincidence considering Wildberry’s Estate Chardonnay is barrel fermented with 100% natural yeast in French oak barrels. A beguiling aroma of stone fruits, brioche, lemon curd, and spicy vanilla tones greet the nose. Rich, textured, and constantly changing in the mouth, Wildberry’s 2016 Estate Reserve Chardonnay delights the palate with pear, melon, white peach, and a citrus twist. Long on the finish and impeccably balanced this is a serious world-class Chardonnay.
The International Wine of the Month Club’s Collector Series is proud to offer three exceptional wines in July, beginning with Ernesto Catena’s 2018 Tikal Júbilo, a classic Bordeaux blend from Argentina’s Uco Valley of Malbec (60%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), which integrates the best characteristics of each grape variety, resulting in a seamless, bold flavored red that puts many high-priced red Bordeaux and New World varietal bottlings of Cabernet and Malbec to shame. The 2018 Tikal Júbilo offers an enticing bouquet redolent with the savory scents of blackberry, dark cherry, and plum interlaced with hints of cacao and vanilla. In the mouth, the wine’s deep berry fruit, cacao, and woodland flavors unfold delightfully in a stream of polished tannins that add depth and structure with nary an edge. Rich in flavor, yet beautifully balanced, Tikal’s Júbilo is truly a joy to drink. Enjoy!
Our next July Collector Series offering is Jamek’s 2021 Stein am Rain Grüner Veltliner Federspiel. Wines express not only the personality of the vineyard, they also reveal the character of the winemaker, which is certainly true of Josef Jamek’s 2021 Stein am Rain Grüner Veltliner Federspiel. The handiwork of a great winemaker and the extraordinary 2021 vintage, the 2021 Josef Jamek offers crystalline intensity and laser-like precision. Lightly fruity with green apple, pear, and lemon zest Josef Jamek’s Stein am Rain Grüner Veltliner Federspiel is racy, delightfully fresh, and increasingly complex. Great minerality adds additional vivacity and an explosive finish. Intense and long in the mouth Jamek’s youthful 2021 Stein am Rain Grüner Veltliner Federspiel is a joy to drink now, yet it will continue to mature and evolve in bottle for several more years. Enjoy!
Completing this month’s Collector Series is the certified organic 2020 Emile Beyer Eguisheim Pinot Noir, the scion of 40-50-year-old estate vines. Aromatic and hauntingly beautiful, the deep ruby red 2020 Eguisheim Pinot Noir offers up savory scents of red and black cherry fruit, cranberry, and rose petal. Fresh and vibrant in the mouth Beyer’s 2020 Eguisheim Pinot Noir graces the palate with pure red and black cherry, cranberry, and currant flavors along with touches of sandalwood, wood smoke, and crushed stones. Vibrant and layered with racy acidity, which adds lift and longevity, the 2020 Emile Beyer Eguisheim Pinot Noir pleases from start to finish. Burgundy, look out!