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Review: International Wine of the Month Club Wines

International Wine Club Shipment.
Have you considered joining a wine of the month club?

I recently received two samples from the International Wine of the Month Club.
The wines I received were:

1. Au Bon Climat XXX Anniversary Nuits-Blanches au Bouge Santa Maria Valley Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2010 - USA.
2. Seghesio Barolo 2008 - Italy.

Membership Details

Every month members receive two Estate bottled wines. You can choose to receive 2 red, 2 whites or 1 of each every month. While supplies last you can re-order your favorite wines. With a 100% satisfaction guarantee, members of the International Wine of the Month Club receive:

  • Estate Bottled Wines at Exceptional Values
  • An International Variety in Every Shipment
  • Hard-to-Find Vintages and Rare Finds
  • Cellar Notes Profiling Each Wine & Winery
  • Flexible Gift Ordering — Personalized Gift Message

Included with each shipment are Cellar Notes, detailed wine profiles with comprehensive tasting notes, detailed vineyard histories and suggested food pairings.

This wine club is part of MonthlyClubs.com. They are more than just a wine of the month club. They also have Beer, Cigar, Cheese, Chocolate and a Design your own clubs. The Design your own club allows you to ship or skip in any given month, you determine the schedule and product combinations; Beer one month, Wine the next, skip a month then Cigars, Chocolate and perhaps Cheese in October. Sounds intriguing and worthy of consideration for the next birthday, anniversary or Christmas celebration.

* Note: I always allow wine shipped to me to rest at least a week, before opening, to recover from bottle shock.

Tasting Notes:
Au Bon Climat XXX Anniversary Nuits-Blanches au Bouge Santa Maria VAlley Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2010 - USA.

Color: Straw, pale green highlights.
Nose: Nutty, toast, vanilla, melon and anise.
Palate: Light body, crisp yellow apple, dry, with minerality and apple tannin on the melon finish. An interesting and structured Chardonnay, I would like to cellar this wine and taste it over the next decade. Recommended.

Closure: Natural cork
ABV: 14%
Re-order price for club members (2 bottles) $80.95
Sample provided by International Wine of the Month Club
Winemaker: Jim Clendenen
Winery annual production: 30,000 cases
Certified Organic since 2003
California

Tasting Notes: 
Seghesio Barolo 2008 - Italy

Pretty color, cherry red with a dark core.
Nose: Cherry floral, with chocolate undertone.
Palate: Dry, tannic, rustic with big backbone, cherry with gingerbread on the finish.
This bad boy needs air or more time in the bottle. It started to shine after 70 minutes with a broader nose and longer finish. At 1.5 hours the nose became a bit meaty with black pepper and cocoa, then licorice, cherry and cocoa on the palate. This is a big wine, decant or hold for three more years. Recommended.

Closure: Natural cork
ABV: 15%
Re-order price for club members (2 bottles) $79.95
Sample provided by International Wine of the Month Club

I'd like to thank the International Wine of the Month Club for sending me these two lovely wines.

Cheers!

International Wine of the Month Club
http://www.winemonthclub.com/
800-625-8238

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