June’s Wine Club

June’s club selections are here!

Hidden Trackers –

Can we start out by saying that “Hidden Trackers” is becoming more of a defined culture? Each and every month that we sit down to discuss what we want to find and share with our wine community, we feel a need to discuss how amazing it is that you, the “Hidden Trackers,” are so open and willing to learn, experience, and share in a passion that we have. Thank you for the inspirational grapetatude!

June is here, and what the temperature happened that first weekend? (Thank goodness for Rosé!) As we kick off the triple digits, we found a few selections to fit both the refreshing “cool me down but get me a drink now” sort of wine and the “yeah its 115 degrees out but my A/C is set at 68” type of wine.

So on to an interesting varietal that is possibly used in place of water in some parts of the world, Pinot Grigio… What? …Stop making that noise. Get back here and keep reading. (You’re at work and you don’t want to read that TPS report anyway). Have you had PG? Of course you have. Who hasn’t? But have you had high elevation, cool climate, could-be-Italy-or-Austria Pinot Grigio? Those of you who have, thank you for the sigh of relief. Those of you who have not, get ready for our favorite PG quote so far: “I could drink this PG!”

Alto Adige is one of our favorite Italian regions. Why? History, climate, and elevation. Alto Adige is located in the northernmost part of Italy and a bit east. It borders Austria and Switzerland (currently). This region is Italian with very heavy Austrian/German influence. Think prosciutto sausage with pasta krut. Italian romance with German ingenuity. We say yes to these wine partnerships!

This region is mainly known for two varietals – Pinot Grigio and Schiava (a bit of Lagrein as well). Schiava is a red varietal that is very aromatic and hard to find in the US. Pinot Grigio is much more accessible in the US and thrives with versatility from this region. And as we have said before, Alto Adige is ripe with elevation, which means the vines aren’t lazy and they produce varietal characteristics that are typically more complex than vines from a valley floor.

And the June selections are…

Dürer-Weg Pinot Grigio (Alto Adige, Italy)
Sounds Italian, doesn’t it? The fact that this winery predates 1900 explains why the name Dürer-Weg is a proper fit. We don’t need to talk about how often the border changed in these parts. But we do need to bring up that the name “Dürer-Weg” encompasses the historical and cultural influences of the area. Dürer-Weg is in reference to a journey that led a German Renaissance artist to the region. This selection comes from vineyards in the Salorno region, which runs east of the River Adige. Manual harvesting is a must here as there are steep inclines in the vineyards. This harvest was also left on lees for about six months. “Lees” are the dead yeast cells left in wine after fermentation. Aging on lees can add different textures and flavors to a wine. In this case, you will find a nice creamy texture with subtle notes of spice. Enjoy this wine without the negative bias of “cheap, watered down Pinot Grigio” and you will be pleasantly surprised!

Casas Del Bosque Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo, Chile)
This was a selection that came to us via a phone call from the owner of a local distributor.
Distributor: “I have a wine that you might be interested in.”
Hidden Track: “We hear that every day.”
Distributor: “It scored 94 points.”
Hidden Track: “Points don’t make the world turn.”
Distributor: “I can offer you a deal for your wine club.”
Hidden Track: “How soon can we try it?”

Once we sampled this selection, it quickly bumped out a Napa producer for June’s red! Not to mention this was also not available in AZ until this month. Oops, we found another one. This wine way over delivers for the price. If this Cab came from Napa, you could count on paying over $50/bottle. Dark, rich extraction without any overdone jamminess. Integrated tannins. Mocha, dark berry fruit, layered, intense, soft. Oh yeah, and it scored 94 points without lining any pockets in exchange. It’s not clear how much more of this wine we’ll be able to get, so if you drink it and like it and decide you want more… Don’t wait.

Cheers, and see you soon!

Craig & Danielle