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New Solune
Wine Club Name:

The VeryGood
wine club.

So, from now on, don't be surprised to get your VeryGood wine club discounts simply because you are
VeryGood members !
(took us 7 years to come up with a name for our wine club, about the time it takes for a vineyard to start producing wine, from vine planting to full cropping and then bottle release !)

Tannat Haiku
by a
wine club member
(Penn Martin - thanks)

Vineyard sun-drenched grapes
Fattan naturally, plump
Dark juices sweeten


Tannat Health Benefits
Tannat has ben reported to contain a high level of compounds rich in anti-oxidants, therefore not only very tasty, but also VeryGood for your health (if consumed in moderation, of course).

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Many of our VeryGood wine club members (see left panel for new club name) dropped by over the past weekend to pick up their Holiday Wine Club release and get acquainted with Tannat. This is a new varietal we are introducing, grown/produced mostly in France & Uruguay.  Only a few vineyards/wineries in California grow/produce this very interesting grape/wine (click here for more info). 

The new Tannat, along with our new 2011 Cabernet Franc are now both available for sale.

As part of this introduction, we held a VeryGood Tannat tasting which included:
- 2 French Tannats from the Madiran region (Pyrénées Foothills - Basque region) brought back by Jacques on his last trip to France earlier this year.
- 1 from Uruguay (the largest Tannat producer outside of France - it is the national red wine in Uruguay, brought over from France by Basque immigration in the 1800's).
- 2 from California (Tablas Creek, a California Tannat pioneer, and Solune).

All tasters were asked to vote on their favorites.  Participants could select any of the 5 wines they tasted (just checked the wines they liked - no ranking involved). The results, given as a % of voters for each wine (totals more than 100% because each voter could vote for multiple wines), are as follows:

Comparative Tannat Tasting (tasted in order of increasing tannins):
- Tablas Creek Vineyard (2011), Paso Robles (95% Tannat, 5% Cab. Sauv.). => 42%
- Solune Winegrowers (2010/2011/2012 estate blend), Sierra Foothills (90% Tannat, 10% Zinfandel). => 89%
- Chateau de Sabazan (2010), Saint Mont/Madiran/France (70% Tannat, 20% Cab. Sauv., 10% Pinenc). => 38%
- Pisano RPF (2007), Progreso/Uruguay (100% Tannat). => 16%
- Prenium de Crouseilles (2010), Madiran/France (Tannat, with some Cab. Sauv. & Cab. Franc). => 62%

As you can see, the Solune Tannat did very well, although Jacques personal favorite was the Prenium de Crouseilles (most depth & complex bouquet coming from older vines), with the Solune a close second choice (vines are still young).  So, the Solune Tannat was able to more than hold its own in an international Tannat flight and you will taste it getting better in future releases as our vines get older (we are already tasting the deeper flavors in our 2012 & 2013 vintages).

For the taster's trouble (?), we did a raffle of all the entries, with the grand prize a very exclusive item (not for sale, only for employees), a Solune apron.  And the VeryGood member winner is: Margie Mirken !

This was a fun experience for everybody involved (including us), another reason for being a member (or joining) of Solune's VeryGood wine club

A VeryGood 2014
to all !
A Votre Santé,
Andrea & Jacques,
Solune Winegrowers

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