Dearest Club Members,
We hope that you have had a nice, relaxing summer filled with fun activities, beautiful weather, and of course, delicious food, wine and company. Napa Valley has had a fairly warm year, which began in early Spring and has continued into Fall. With the combination of warm temperatures and little rain, the grapes developed rapidly and abundantly making this another great Harvest.
It has been six long months since we last put together a special selection of wine for you, and many of you have been asking when the next club shipment will be. Well… wait no longer because your Fall wine club shipment is here and it has your name on it!
For the Fall 2014 Wine Club Shipment, we would like to offer you… drum-roll please…
The first wine in the October selection is Laird's light and crisp, yet intensely aromatic and fruity, 2013 Big Ranch Sauvignon Blanc from the Oak Knoll district of Napa Valley. Next up is our 2013 Red Hen Chardonnay from our home vineyard. This Chardonnay has a natural affinity to French Oak where it picks up subtle nuances to create a complex flavor profile and because it tends to sell out before the next vintage is released we recommend ordering extra if it's your favorite Chardonnay.
Then to please the dark side of your palate, we are offering the 2011 Flat Rock Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, a limited release wine that is known for its full bodied structure and luscious fruit characteristics, and its consistent high ratings since its debut in 2008. And last, but not least… we are offering… for the first time ever… a Club Laird only wine… brand new to our family of wines… the 2011 Flat Rock Ranch MALBEC! We are extra excited about this wine as it is a perfect marriage between its winemaker, Paul Hobbs and our highly acclaimed vineyard, the Flat Rock Ranch. This vineyard was specifically scouted as the ideal location for growing amazing Malbec.
2013 Big Ranch Sauvignon Blanc
Retail: $20.00 / Club Laird: $16.00
Notes: Delicate straw color and alluring aromatics shine in our racy summer stunner: dandelion, clover, honeysuckle, pineapple, and Asian pear delight on entry. Balanced, yet vibrant core of acidity evokes an impression of pink grapefruit and tangerine; a gossamer layer of flint and eggshell conveys a dimensional minerality mid-palate. The elegant, botanical finish opens into resplendent white peaches, nectarines, and hint of fresh herbs.
2013 Red Hen Ranch Chardonnay
Retail: $35.00 / Club Laird: $28.00
Notes: An elegant nose of flint and dried flowers precede the slightest trace of toasted oak. Slightly leaner than its counterpart, hints of botanicals play with soft layers of citrus that pleasingly coat the palate. This food - versatile Chardonnay will pair well with rich, earthy sauces (think curry) and seasonings with its apricot, sage and baking spice finish. Expect Red Hen to continue to evolve, though it shines in the present with an array of savory fare.
2011 Flat Rock Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Retail: $90.00 / Club Laird: $72.00
Notes: Opaque garnet hue; saddle and unlit cigar make for an alluring, masculine nose. Cherry fruit leather dusted with white pepper mid-palate later reveal deeper tones of fennel and caramelized plum with a finessed grip. Melted road tar and rich blue fruit deliver a persistent, velvety finish.
2011 Flat Rock Ranch Malbec
Retail: $65.00 / Club Laird: $52.00
Notes: Deep red-violet appearance gives way to a rich bouquet of black current, cigar box, and blackberry. Rich juicy palate with leathery tannins, notes of roasted coffee beans and red plum with just a hint of eucaplytus.
HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR SHIPMENT
If you desire to make additions or any other changes to your shipment, either call us at (707) 257-0360 ext. 26 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to customize is Monday, October 13th. For "will call," your wines will be ready on Monday, October 20th. You may visit our website, www.lairdfamilyestate.com, to see our current wine list.
We sincerely thank you for your continued support and look forward to satisfying your thirst in the future. From our family to yours, cheers!
Terra, Clarke, Scott, Madeleine, Andrew and Rebecca
Laird Family Estate
5055 Solano Ave.
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 257-0360 ext. 26