May 2017 Wine of the Month Club Newsletter - page 4

WINE OF THE MONTH CLUB • 1-800-949-9463
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John and Karl Giguiere grew up on a
ranch in Yolo County, 30 miles north-
west of Sacramento. In 1973, the broth-
ers returned home from college to “save
the family farm.” Over the next 25 years,
they planted 3,000 acres of vines, built a
winery, and developed several extremely
successful wine brands. Today, the fam-
ily focuses on producing custom labels
like Crusted Pie, as well as their Crew and
Matchbook Wine Companies.
Back in 1993, the Giguiere’s’ were also
instrumental in establishing the Dun-
nigan Hills AVA, which literally, put Yolo
County on the map as a distinct, world-
class viticultural region. The northwest-
ern portions of the county extend into
the eastern foothills of the Vaca Range,
which separates Yolo County from Napa
and Lake Counties to the west. The gently
rolling topography, fast-draining gravel
soils, and dry Mediterranean climate
make the area ideal for producing bright,
medium to full-bodied reds. Enter:
Crusted Pie’s Winemaker’s Reserve.
This release is a ménage of 3 varietals
with the backbone being Syrah. The
Giguiere’s’ pick and vinify each compo-
nent separately. They age them in their
own oak barrels, and blend in the winery
to create a wine whose whole is greater
than the sum of its parts. On the nose
and palate, primary notes of ripe black-
berry and baked plum effortlessly sup-
port more subtle notions of dried herbs,
mocha and smoky vanilla, which is pro-
vided compliments of the ambitious
wood regimen.
While the non-carnivorous (or vegetarian)
will appreciate its flexibility with grilled
vegetables as well as many kinds of
cheese, its masculine nature and pleasing
grip beg for fatty animal protein. Think
flank steak sandwiches, bacon-burgers,
grilled sausages, or, of course, a “Crusted”
beef pot “Pie.”
CRUSTED PIE
Winemakers Reserve, 2014
Baked Plum,
Blackberry
Fleshy, Smooth
Now through 2020
Red Meat
Dark Garnet
Warm, Pleasing Grip
Region: Yolo County, California • Alcohol:
13.9%
ITEM #:
C0517R2DC
Retail Price: $17.99/each
Member Price: $11.98/each
Reorder Price: $7.99/each
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