We are very excited about this month's Wine Club. The timing is just perfect, being football season and all. 3 of the 4 selections come from decorated football star, Charles Woodson's label called Intercept. He developed a love of wine while in Napa Valley playing for the Oakland Raiders.
According to Woodson, football overlaps with wine, "When you watch a game on Sunday, you just see the final output of all the time us players put in the week before, maybe even the summer before. It's the same with wine. You buy a bottle of wine, you open it, you drink it and hopefully you're satisfied with what you're getting. You get to enjoy the final product, but don't necessarily see all the work that went into it. The weather, the terroir, the blending, everything that affects the bottle" The last selection is a Catena White Clay which is a Semillon/Chenin Blanc blend.
We hope you enjoy these selections...even the non-Michigan fans.
The 2020 Intercept Red Blend has aromas of blackberry preserves, sweet tobacco, and caramelized sugar. The wine is full-bodied with fine grained tannins on the mid- palate and along spicy finish.
Varietal: 35% Zinfandel, 28% Syrah, 27% Petite Sirah,
6% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Mourvedre 15.5% ABV
This wine goes through cold settling at less than 50oF to extract aromas. The juice is then fermented for around 25- 45 days with a post- fermentation maceration of approximately 6 hours. Elevage: 4-6 months in contact with the lees in 100% French Oak barrel. 30% second and third use Oak barrels.
Varietal: 60% Semillon, 40% Chenin Blanc
The 2019 Intercept Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of ripe blackberries, red currants, and dried herbs. The wine is full-bodied with flavors of baking spice and plush ripe fruit with along, fine grained tannin finish.
Varietal: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
2021 Intercept Chardonnay is medium bodied with notes of ripe peaches, shortbread, and spiced apples. Rich from barrel fermentation and sur lie aging, the wine has
bright acidity with a lingering toasty oak finish.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay 14.5% ABV