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1979-09 September Classic Newsletter

September 1979 Selection of California Wine


The grapes from which this wine was made came from the River Oaks Vineyards in Alexander Valley, located some seventy miles north of San Francisco. This area is influenced by ocean fog which rolls over the coast range thus creating an ideal micro-climatic zone. Information on the winery and its philosophy appears in the information supplied by them and is reproduced for you inside.

The chardonnay is the classic variety from which the famous white Burgundies of France are made. Grown in California it produces some truly fine white wines. This River Oaks selection is produced from 100% chardonnay. The Winemakers notes for this wine are also reproduced inside.

River Oaks Chardonnay has a light golden-straw color. It is fruity, and very clean on the palate and finishes very nicely. Serve chilled with seafood or salad. A remarkable value.

$5.49/fifth $59.29/case # 139

September 1979 Selection of Imported Wine


The country of Spain when connected with wine gen­erally brings to mind the sherries, for which it is most famous. Spain does however, produce a rather sig­nificant amount of dry table wine. The best of these comes from the region of Rioja. This region takes its name from the Oja River or rio Oja, which is a trib­utary of the River Ebro in Northern Spain. This area was settled in the 1880's by the French who brought their winemaking techniques from Bordeaux. The finest wines from this area are most certainly its reds.

The varieties of grapes grown in the Rioja region include the Garnacha, Graciano, Mazeula and Tempranillo, all of which are Spanish varieties. Each grower blends according to his own taste, and thus establishes his style of wine for the market. Siglo is a trade name for a red Rioja produced by the well known Bodegas of Felix Azpilicueta Martinez.

The wines from this area are characterized as being rather light and fine textured, with some breed. This Siglo Rioja is a splendid example of red Rioja from this area. Serve at room temperature with a light entree.

$4.49/fifth $48.49/case # 140

River Oaks Vineyards is a unique complex among North Coast wineries. From 1970 to 1974, the organization acq­uired and planted over 500 acres of pre­mium varietal vineyards located in Alex­ander Valley in Sonoma County.

Approximately 25% of the plantings are Chardonnay and 25% to Cabernet Sauv­ignon grapes. The balance of Pinot Noir Gamay Beaujolais, Zinfandel and Johann­isberg Riesling.

River Oaks Vineyards has certain goals and philosophies from which its wine growing standards are created: 1) All wines are made from River Oaks Vin-yards grapes. This ensures total con­trol of the quality. 2) We select only the best grapes for the limited prod­uction of wine under label. The balance of the crop is sold off. 3) River Oaks plans to offer its wines to consumers at a fair value ($2-$6 retail). 4) To take maximum advantage of the intense fruitiness we have discovered in the River Oaks Vineyards grapes, the style of our vinification will be to enhance and highlight the natural varietal char­acteristics. Wood aging will be used it River Oaks wines only where it under­scores the varietal components. 5) River Oaks wines will be made 100% from each variety named unless otherwise des­ignated on the label.

1978 Chardonnay-Alexander Valley WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS

These grapes were picked in mid-September at approximately 22.5° sugar brix and 0.08% total acidity. The must was allowed to sit on the skins over­night before the free-run juice was pul­led off into jacketed stainless steel tanks and a twenty day fermentation pro­cess begun at 55° F. The wine was bot­tled in May, 1979 after storage exclus­ively in stainless steel. Though rel­atively young, this wine is a perfect representation of the true Chardonnay character from the California North Coast region. It has a complex apple-like flintiness in the mouth, with a round, smooth after-taste. This wine will continue to improve for several years as a nice bouquet develops in the bottle. #139 $ 5.49/fifth $ 59.29/cs

Gewurtztraminer-Washington- STE. CHAPELLE VINEYARDS 1977 (Idaho) #141 $ 5.75/fifth $ 62.10/cs
Gewurtztraminer-Special Harvest, Washington- STE. CHAPELLE VINE- YARDS 1978 (Idaho) #142 $ 7.25/fifth $ 78.30/cs
Johannisberg Riesling-Idaho- STE. CHAPELLE VINEYARDS 1978 (Idaho) #143 $ 6.25/fifth $ 67.50/cs
Johannisberg Riesling-Special Har- vest-Idaho-STE.CHAPELLE VINEYARDS 1978- (Idaho) #144 $ 7.25/fifth $ 78.30/cs
Fume Blanc-Washington-STE. CHAPELLE VINEYARDS 1977 (Idaho) #145 $ 6.50/fifth $ 70 /cs
Rkatziteli-Livermore-CONCANNON VIN- YARD 1978 #146 $ 5.00/fifth $ 54.00/cs
Cabernet Sauvignon-HEITZ WINE CEL- LARS n.v. #147 $ 6.89/fifth $ 74.42/cs
Cabernet Sauvignon-HEITZ WINE CEL- LARS-Lot n.v. 46 #148 $ 7.09/fifth $ 76.48/cs
Cabernet Sauvignon-Fay Vineyard- HEITZ WINE CELLARS 1975 #149 $ 13.59/fifth $146.78/cs
Chablis-HEITZ WINE CELLARS-n.v. #150 $ 3.39/fifth $ 36.62/cs
Zinfandel-El Dorado County-SUTTER HOME WINERY 1978 #151 $ 3.75/fifth $ 40.50/cs
Chardonnay-Santa Ynez Valley-FIRE- STONE VINEYARDS 1977 #152 $ 7.50/fifth $ 81.00/cs
Johannisberg Riesling-Santa Ynez Valley-FIRESTONE VINEYARD 1978 #153 $ 5.00/fifth $ 54.00/cs
Sauvignon Blanc-STONEGATE WINERY 1978 #154 $ 5.49/fifth $ 59.30/cs
Cabernet Sauvignon-Sonoma-STONEGATE 1976 #155 $ 6.00/fifth $ 64.80/cs
Pinot St. George-Late Harvest- MONTEREY PENINSULA WINERY 1976 #156 $ 9.50/fifth $102.60/cs
Cabernet Sauvignon-DRY CREEK 1976 #157 $ 6.50/fifth $ 70.20/cs
Sylvaner Riesling-CORBANS OF NEW ZEALAND 1978 #165 $ 3.49/fifth $ 37.40/cs
Select Medium Sherry-CORBANS OF NEW ZEALAND #166 $ 3.25/fifth $ 35.10/cs


At a recent trade tasting from this small importer in Northern Cal­ifornia, we selected the seven wines that follow as the best out of 40 that they showed, considering price versus quality.

Wiltinger Scharzberg, Riesling Kab- inett, HALLGARTEN/MAX ERBEN 1977 #158 $ 4.69/fifth $ 50.66/cs
Niederhauser Hermannsberg, Riesling QBA HALLGARTEN 1977 #159 $ 5.32/fifth $ 58.22/cs
Bourgogne-(White) PIERRE BOUREE 1976 #160 $ 7.99/fifth $ 86.30/cs
You won't believe this one - The label is misleading.
Barbaresco-FRANCESCO RINALDI 1974 #161 $ 7.89/fifth $ 85.22/cs
Barolo-GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO 1969 #162 $ 7.29/fifth $ 78.74/cs
Chianti Classico-VILLA CAFFAGIO 1976 #163 $ 3.69/fifth $ 39.80/cs
Ay Champagne-Brut, Cuve Reserve RENE BRUN #164 $ 12.69/fifth $137.06/cs

CELLARMASTER "WINE OF THE MONTH CLUB" – for a fun way of discovering new wines each month We select one domestic and one imported wine and feature it in our wine shop. We send you a bottle of each selection monthly. We send you a newsletter describing the wine and its background. We restrict our selections to the popular price range, not to exceed $10.00 for the two bottles of wine each month. We deliver to the Palos Verdes Area at no charge. We ship statewide at nominal charges of whatever our cost is for such shipping. If you are new to wines, it is a good way to learn about them. If you are a seasoned connoisseur, we invite you to test our evaluations and make your recommendations for future selections. Please send me the domestic and imported selection each month. NAME PHONE STREET CITY ZIP □ Charge my regular account at your shop. □ Bank America □ Visa □ Master Charge No._________________________Expiration__________ Date_____________Signature________________________ "WINE OF THE MONTH CLUB" CELLARMASTER SELECTIONS Mail to: Palos Verder Wines & Spirits 77 MALAGA COVE PLAZA PALOS VERDES ESTATES, CALIFORNIA 90274 ------------------------------------------------------------- WINE ORDER FORM Use the form below for ordering any wines or items you wish from this newsletter, or any other wines available. We deliver in Palos Verdes at no charge ($20 minimum). We ship statewide nominal charges of whatever our cost is for such shipping. PLEASE SEND ME THE WINES LISTED BELOW: NO. BOTTLES NO. CASES NUMBER & NAME OF WINE PRICE TOTAL □ Send C.O.D. □ Charge my regular account SUB TOTAL___________ □ BankAmericard □ Mastercharge □ Visa 6% SALES TAX________ No.________________________________________ TOTAL_______________ Expiration Date:______________________________ Signature_____________________________ Name (print)______________________________ Address____________________________City_________Zip_______Phone_______________ Mail to: 77 Malaga Cove Plaza Palos Verder Estates, CA 90274

California's Exciting Cabernets

"Every year is a vintage year in California!" How often we hear this, and like most cliche's, a great over simplification. While California's wine growing areas are blessed with the most predictable climate of any wine area of the world, California still has significant weather vari­ations from one year to the next.

While Europe's winemakers are praying for enough sun, California may be blessed with excessive sun, which means too little acidity and too high sugar.

California's premier red wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, depends not only on the grape quality to produce out­standing vintage, but also on the winemaker's skills in crushing, blending, and ageing. The winemaker may vary these, too, with each vintage.

Still another important factor in a study of California Cabernets is the many new premium wineries, prod­ucing grapes on different soil in different microclimates.

The Manhattan Beach Chapter will be illustrating these variations in an exciting comparison of the '75 and '76 California Cabernets. Featured in this seminar will be both pre and current releases of our top Cabernets. The enclosed flyer gives the details. Reserve early to insure a seat.

Al Hausrath, Chapter Director