The 2020 Wine Newsletter -V3- is Here!


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A NOTE OF THANKS TO OUR CUSTOMERS:

Dear Friends,

We celebrated our 39th Anniversary on July 3, and we continue to be grateful for your support and patronage all these years, and especially in the last four months of this Covid-19 pandemic.

It is our pleasure to serve you, and our goal is to keep you and our employees safe during your shopping experience. In that spirit, we will be offering any patron a mask if they don't have one upon arrival.

As a reminder, the store is still open to guests with adjusted hours of operation:

Monday-Saturday · 9am-9pm | Sunday · 11am-7pm

We are also offering curbside pickup of orders and delivery of our entire inventory, including pastas, sauces, meats, cheeses and snacks via Drizly.com or the free Drizly mobile app.

For all our updated policies and offerings, please visit coaltrainwine.com/covid-19-policies.

Since we are not able to conduct tastings and classes in our Tasting Room, we have participated in a few private and online events with great success. Call us if you would like to brainstorm on a private event with one of our wine, beer or spirits experts.

Hope to see you soon,

Jim & Peggy

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WINES OF THE MONTH

RED

2015 Neil Ellis Left Bank Red Blend

Stellenbosch, South Africa · $16.99 | Sale $12.99

In the 1980s, after working at several wineries, including Groot Constantia, Neil Ellis became the first South African winemaker to go out on his own without ownership of any vineyards. Since then Neil Ellis Wines has established a reputation as one of South Africa’s finest wineries (or wine farms, as the locals call them). He now makes wines from a combination of purchased fruit and vineyards that he has acquired over the course of the last three decades. The Left Bank was created to be an affordable red blend based on the wines of the left bank of the Gironde River in Bordeaux where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns supreme. Although the percentages vary from vintage to vintage, Left Bank is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. The fruit is sourced from multiple sustainably-farmed vineyards throughout the Western Cape Region. This is really an exceptional wine for the money. Give it 20 to 30 minutes to open up, and the Cabernet comes to the fore with aromas of saddle leather and rich black fruits. Medium to full-bodied with good depth of fruit and a nice, slightly-smoky finish. Excellent with grilled meats.

WHITE

2019 Sixpence Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon

Breedekloof, South Africa · $12.99 | Sale $10.99

East of Paarl and Stellenbosch, about an hour and a half drive from Cape Town is the Slanghoek Valley. Here, in another perfect valley for wine grape cultivation, is the Opstal Wine Farm. Founded in 1847, the estate has become famous for its Carl Everson Chenin Blanc, one of South Africa’s finest. They also make a line of wines they call Sixpence; a red and a white for everyday drinking they call their Lifestyle Range. The white is a blend of equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, similar to a white Bordeaux. The Sémillon adds tropical fruit nuances and a touch of lemon, while the Sauvignon Blanc gives acidity and freshness. If you want a summer porch pounder with a bit more substance, look no further. Recommended pairing: chicken salad and seafood.

ROSÉ

2019 Pannonica Rosé

Burgenland, Austria · $13.99 | Sale $11.99

In Burgenland, Austria, at the base of the rolling Leithaberg Hills is the beautiful Lake Neusiedl. On the shores of this lake are the family-owned vineyards of Höpler Winery. We were fortunate enough to have Louise Höpler visit us and host a very successful tasting back in March. One wine in particular we just couldn’t get enough of was their Pannonica Rosé. Pannonica is how Romans referred to Burgenland. Pannonica Rosé is a blend of Blaufränkisch, St. Laurent (Austrian varietals) and Pinot Noir. Light and refreshing with flavors of strawberry, pomegranate and a splash of minerality, it finishes crisp and clean. This is your summer rosé, although we recommend drinking it year round! Best enjoyed on the patio, by the pool, golfing, camping…you get what we’re trying to say.

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UNITED STATES

2017 Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling

Finger Lakes, NY · $20.99 | Sale $15.99

Over the past few decades, the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York has really evolved into arguably the best region for Rieslings that this country has to offer. This one is bright and crisp, yet has a delightful minerality which gives it depth and texture. The producer has labeled it as a “dry” Riesling; however, it’s slightly off-dry, with just a hint of residual sugar; not enough to send you into dessert land, but just enough to make this a great drink to have outside on a warm late-spring afternoon. It has acidity and slightly sweet characteristics, which make this wine a great companion to spicy food. It will pair well with Asian cuisine, poultry or shellfish.

90 points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

2017 Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling

Finger Lakes, NY · $20.99 | Sale $15.99

Over the past few decades, the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York has really evolved into arguably the best region for Rieslings that this country has to offer. This one is bright and crisp, yet has a delightful minerality which gives it depth and texture. The producer has labeled it as a “dry” Riesling; however, it’s slightly off-dry, with just a hint of residual sugar; not enough to send you into dessert land, but just enough to make this a great drink to have outside on a warm late-spring afternoon. It has acidity and slightly sweet characteristics, which make this wine a great companion to spicy food. It will pair well with Asian cuisine, poultry or shellfish.

90 points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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FEATURE: SOLÉNA ESTATE

While attending college in Bordeaux, Laurent Montalieu discovered his passion for winemaking. He graduated with a degree in agricultural engineering and soon landed an internship with Mumm Napa. When that ended, Laurent didn’t return to France; instead he fell in love with the terroir of Oregon and moved there. He obtained a job as winemaker for Bridgeview Vineyards, followed by a stint at WillaKenzie. When he married Danielle Andrus, Gary Andrus’s daughter of Pine Ridge and Archery Summit fame, they purchased 80 acres of premium vineyards in Yamhill-Carlton AVA and developed the property into Soléna Estate. Their winery is devoted to wines that show balance, vibrant acidity and the terroir of Oregon.

2018 Soléna Chardonnay

Willamette Valley, OR · $24.99 | Sale $19.99

The 2018 Soléna Chardonnay shows finesse and layers of complexity. Notes of melon, peach and citrus are found on the nose and in the palate, and graced by a light touch of French oak on the finish. When we tasted this, we knew we weren’t in California. This wine shows the delicate softer style of Oregon Chardonnays. Perfect by itself or with a variety of lighter foods. An amazing value!

2018 Soléna Grande Cuvée Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley, OR · $29.99 | Sale $20.99

Finding affordable Oregon Pinot Noir is on par with finding hidden treasure. It takes a lot of time, patience and in this case, tasting many not-so-great wines. Well folks, we struck gold! The 2018 Soléna Grande Cuvée is your answer for delicious Pinot Noir. Elegantly structured with notes of raspberries, strawberries and a touch of spice, it demonstrates a wonderful blend of fruit, earth and minerality. The finish is soft, long and held together by well-integrated tannins. Many wine critics are also hot on this Pinot. Don’t miss out on it!

92 points | Wine Spectator

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2017 Holloran Stafford Hill Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley, OR · $22.99 | Sale $16.99

The Holloran Stafford Hill is based on barrel selections from a combination of the estate’s vineyards. These sites are based on volcanic and sedimentary soils, and are located in the Willamette Valley, primarily in the Dundee Hills and the Eola-Amity Hills. All of these sites are farmed with organic and biodynamic practices. Red and black fruits dominate, with an undercurrent of citrus.

2018 Sobon Estate Old Vine Zinfandel

Amador County, CA · $15.99 | Sale $13.99

The Sobon Estate winery started in 1989 when Leon and Shirley Sobon purchased one of the oldest wineries in California. The old vine Zinfandel was retained, and this bottling is estate-grown and sustainably-farmed in the highest elevations in the Shenandoah Valley. From a vintage of unparalleled quality, this wine exhibits sharp focus and balance. Notes of licorice on the nose give way to black and red fruits with depth, yet the wine is light in body and not overly jammy. A perfect summer barbecue wine.

2014 White Rock Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa, CA · $59.99 | Sale $49.99

This Napa winery is one of the first that gave Cabernet the reputation it has in this special region. It is estate-grown, produced, and bottled one mile off Silverado Trail, east of Yountville on the south end of the Stags Leap Range with east and west facing hilltops, white volcanic ash soils in a microclimate a few degrees cooler than the valley floor. Gorgeous, well-integrated French oak (only 35%), sturdy but well-knit tannins and long, complex finish. Notes of cassis, black currant and cedar make this old-worldsy Napa reminiscent of Bordeaux, with a little more fruit.

92 points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

2015 Easton Zinfandel

Amador County, CA · $23.99 | Sale $19.99

In the late 1980s, Bill Easton created the Terre Rouge winery in Amador County with the intention of producing primarily Rhône varietals. His wines quickly garnered a following, and his Syrahs, in particular, are considered to be some of California’s finest. A few years later, after seeing the wealth of old vines growing in Amador County, he created the Easton line for non-Rhône varietals, featuring this bottling, along with a selection of old vine Zins. He uses on