Are you ready to embark on a delightful wine journey this July? First Street Wine Company is thrilled to present our carefully curated Wine Club selections for this month. From captivating red blends to elegant white varietals, our July offerings are sure to satisfy every wine lover’s palate. Let’s explore the wines included in each club and the exclusive benefits that come with your membership.
Connoisseurs Red Club:
If you have a passion for red wines, our Red Connoisseurs club is designed with you in mind.
As a member of the Red Connoisseurs club, you’ll not only two remarkable red wines monthly, but also enjoy exclusive benefits. You’ll receive two complimentary tasting flights* per month, providing the opportunity to explore a variety of wines. Additionally, you’ll receive a 5% discount on all purchases, making it easier to expand your wine collection. All this is available for $44.95 per month!
This month, we present two standout reds:
2019 Niner Estates Bootjack Red – Estate Grown
Blend: 34% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 5% Grenache, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot
This exceptional red blend from Niner Wine Estates showcases the beauty of Paso Robles vineyards. With its combination of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Grenache, Petit Verdot, and Merlot, this wine offers a complex array of flavors. From dry tannins to juicy fruit notes, it represents the essence of an excellent vintage.
2018 Tre Leoni Red Blend | WhiteHall Lane, Napa Valley
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel
Tre Leoni, a delightful blend crafted by Whitehall Lane, is a perfect representation of their winemaking expertise. With a nose filled with black cherry pie, licorice, and vanilla, this wine tantalizes your senses from the start. On the palate, enjoy a burst of fresh blackberries, toasted walnuts, and chocolate-covered cherries. The silky smooth tannins and balanced structure make it a versatile choice for any occasion.
Connoisseurs White Club:
If your preference lies in the world of elegant white wines, our White Connoisseurs club is a perfect fit.
The same as the Red Connoisseurs club, the White Connoisseurs club members receive not only two remarkable white wines monthly, but also enjoy exclusive benefits. You’ll receive two complimentary tasting flights* per month, providing the opportunity to explore a variety of wines. Additionally, you’ll receive a 5% discount on all purchases, making it easier to expand your wine collection. All this is available for $44.95 per month!
Experience the finesse and complexity of white varietals with our handpicked selections for July:
2021 Talbott Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay – Santa Lucia Highlands
Talbott Sleepy Hollow Vineyard sits at the northern edge of the Santa Lucia Highlands, 21 miles from the coast. Sandy, gravelly soils and a dramatic maritime influence increase hang time, producing a Chardonnay of intense varietal character, balanced acidity and rich flavor.
Founded in 1982 by Robert Talbott this vineyard crafts luxurious, estate-grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Monterey County’s prestigious Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. Talbott Vineyards is defined by its iconic Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, where conditions are ideal for exceptional, cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Sleepy Hollow surrounds the estate winery in the breathtaking foothills of the Santa Lucia Highlands, affording the winemaking team, led by Winemaker David Coventry, the luxury of control with both their grapes and winery on the same site.
2020 Trefethen Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Chardonnay
Trefethen is a legendary estate in a legendary region of the United States. Started in the sixties when no post-Prohibition wineries had been successful, they’re proud to say they’ve never purchased fruit from outside of the estate. The 2019 Chardonnay is exquisite, with notes of lemon-lime, apple blossom and white peach, and vanilla and biscuits (from nine months of oak aging). This wine pairs quite well with shellfish and dishes with tarragon, so get cooking and open up a bottle tonight!
Oak Knoll, Napa Valley- “Liquid sunshine” in the glass, our Chardonnay delights the palate with aromas of poached pear, lemon cream, toasted brioche, and bright honeysuckle. A full, viscous mouth is balanced by classic Trefethen fruit- bright and crisp pear and lemon.
This delectable chardonnay would pair perfectly with a zesty summery feast, like our lemon garlic clam recipe from last month! Be sure to check it out and give it a try this July.
For the discerning wine aficionado and collector, our Collectors Club provides a prestigious selection of wines with outstanding quality and rarity.
As a member of the Collectors Club, you’ll receive two handpicked wines each quarter, representing the pinnacle of winemaking craftsmanship. These exceptional wines, with a retail value of $130 or higher, are truly remarkable and sought after by wine enthusiasts. The Collectors Club membership is available for $99.95 per quarter.
Delve into the world of limited-production wines with our July selection:
2020 Crown Point Relevant Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA
100% Estate Grown & Bottled
Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot.
Crown Point’s Relevant offers a delightful olfactory experience of ripe blackberry, currant, and plum aromas artfully blended with sweet tobacco, oak, and vanilla notes. On the palate, the flavors of black fruit, cocoa, and toasted oak melt together seamlessly, with a balanced, well structured and silly tannin presence adding depth and length.
The mild spring and summer provided ideal temperatures ranging from the high 80s to the low 90s. Our costal location moderated the late summer heat wave, allowing the vines to recover providing preise acidity, low sugar levels, and intriguing flavors. As a result, the 2020 vintage was considered the best over the last decade.
We fermented the grapes using a combination of oak and concrete fermenters. We barreled the wine down in 33% new French oak and aged it for 20 months.
2017 Whitehall Lane Leonardini Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley
Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2017 year began with abundant rainfall, followed by a mild Spring resulting in extended flowering with little shatter. The summer warmed up nicely, allowing the fruit to mature at an even rate and make optimum conditions for flavor development. A Labor Day weekend heat event kicked harvest into high gear, then cool weather allowed sugar levels to return to normal. The grapes were harvested in mid-September and the first week in October. The Cabernet Sauvignon in this wine was harvested from our Leonardini, Millennium MM, and Fawn Park estate vineyards.
Upon hand harvesting in the early morning hours, our Cabernet Sauvignon was carefully destemmed and sent to tank for a whole-berry fermentation. The grapes were cold-soaked in tank at 45 ̊F for 4-7 days, allowing for increased color, aroma, and flavor extraction. After inoculation, the grape must (juice, skins, and seeds) fermented at 82 ̊F, which allowed for a hot extraction on the skins. For fermentation cap management, we pumped juice over the skins two times per day, wetting the cap evenly for a nice healthy fermentation. After fermentation and pressing, the wine was sent to 65% new French oak, 35% neutral French oak barrels, aging for 26 months. The final blend for the Leonardini Estate is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
This 2017 Leonardini Estate wine is a quintessential Cabernet Sauvignon. It begins on the nose with rich, ripe red raspberries, blueberry compote, cassis, graphite, tobacco leaf, tar, and spice box. Its balance and mid-palate are most notable, providing long, plush tannins alongside its dense fruit character. On the palate, it delivers mixed berry pie, black plums, toasted walnuts, brioche, pencil shavings, and cedar on the finish. The beautiful underlying tannin structure, complexity, and ample fruit will evolve over time and age gracefully for 15-20 years.
Join First Street Wine Company’s Wine Club and Elevate Your Wine Experience.
By becoming a member of First Street Wine Company’s Wine Club, you gain access to extraordinary wines, handpicked by our experts, and a wealth of exclusive benefits. Whether you choose the Red Connoisseurs, White Connoisseurs, or Collectors Club, you’ll embark on a journey of wine discovery, expanding your knowledge and enhancing your wine collection.
As a Wine Club member, enjoy complimentary Flights, discounts on purchases, and the opportunity to connect with fellow wine enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in a world of exquisite wines, indulge your senses, and create lasting memories with First Street Wine Company’s July Wine Club selections. Cheers to a month filled with remarkable wines and unforgettable experiences!