September 2020 Wine Club Wines and Notes

As we round the corner out of Summer and into Fall in this very odd year we would like to thank each and every one of you for being supporters of Nectar. Looks like we still have a few good weeks of patio weather upon us so get down here and enjoy with your favorite glass or bottle of wine or a delicious craft pint. Tastings have returned with our featured beer tastings on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month and our featured wine tastings on the 2nd and 4th Thursday. Join us September 10 as we taste the wines selected for the September wine club. See the notes below!

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This month’s wine club selections feature wines Greece, Italy, California and Washington.

WHITE #1 – Hedges DLD Rhone White (WA) $24.99 – Hedges is Washington’s Red Mountain Chateau. Known mostly for their affordable CMS red blend Hedges also makes several higher end estate red and white wines. The DLD Rhone White. The blend is 62% Marsanne and 38% Viognier. This wines were produced in a combination of steel and new oak barrels. The six oak barrels that were used went through malolactic fermentation with lees stirring every three days. This helps produce a full and robust mouth feel of pear, peaches, ginger spice, vanilla wafer and honeydew.

WHITE #2 – Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Viola (GR) $19.99 – Our first ever Greek offering in the club. Assyrtiko is the wine grape and the region is from the Eastern area of Crete. Complex aromas of citrus and white fleshed fruits with notes of ginger. Marvelously ripe grapes have given this wine a crispy and rich mouthfeel with a mineral and chalky character. Organic and biodynamic.

RED #1 – Tenudo Guado Tasso Il Bruciato (IT) $29.99 – One of the best prices you will find on this Antinori project from the Tuscan Coast. There’s a very fresh array here of thyme, newly picked blackcurrants, iodine, crushed stones and sea salt. The exuberant fruit is matched nicely to fine and elegant tannins, which paint a compact and neat picture on the medium-to full-bodied palate. 94 Points James Suckling; Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah.

RED #2 – Starmont Merlot (CA) $26.99 – Many people dismiss Merlot but don’t count this guy out. 90 Points Wine Enthusiast the wine is 85% Merlot and Blended with 15% Malbec. The wine is reductive and high toned, with fresh acidity lifting its otherwise intensely built layers of clove, toasted oak, cedar and iron. Red-currant flavor provides a worthwhile contrast and crisp finish. I promise you’ll be back for more.

RED #3 – Decoy by Duckhorn Limited Pinot Noir (CA) $28.99 – Crafted using grapes from the finest Pinot Noir regions on the Sonoma Coast, including the Russian River Valley, Green Valley, and Carneros, this alluring wine combines silky sophistication with a bright cool-climate energy. On the palate, soaring flavors of blackberry, red currant, cherry, cedar, and sweet baking spices glide to a long, vibrant finish; 92 Points Wilford Wong

PREMIUM WINE – Lancaster Estate Winemakers Cuvee (CA) $79.99 – Look this big boy up! The 2016 Winemaker’s Cuvée is medium to deep garnet-purple in color and scented of cassis, blackberries and preserved plums with suggestions of cedar chest, wood smoke, dried herbs and tapenade plus a waft of charcoal. Full-bodied with tons of black fruit and wood-inspired flavors, it has a solid line of ripe tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long. 94 Points Robert Parker; 97% Cabernet 3% Merlot


Craft Crowlers are Here

Beer lovers know the frustration and love affair with the glass or stainless steel growler. Draft beer just tastes better and often times the craft product is offered in limited runs and aren’t always available canned or bottled. Remembering to take your growler with you can be an issue and committing to 64 ounces can sometimes leave the beer tasting flat before you are able to finish it. Growlers can also be time consuming to fill and they aren’t the most sanitary and should be washed before re-using.

Enter the CROWLER. Crowlers are fillable and sealable cans that allow a safe, sanitary fill of your favorite draft beer TO GO to be consumed later. One added benefit is that an unopened crowler will stay fresh for up to a month.

It is wall known that Nectar has one of Spokane’s craftiest 16 beers on tap. We travel the Northwest to bring draft beer to Spokane that is not normally found here. We even have beers made exclusively FOR Nectar from time to time. Nectar offers 32 oz CROWLER fills of any of our beer on tap. Come down, give a taste of  a few and take your favorites home to enjoy on your own patio, at the lake or on your next camping trip.


August 2020 Wine Club and Notes

As 2020 grinds on it is clear that great craft beer and wine are essential to survival. You, our amazing members, have been awesome to see during these times. Thank you again for understanding and adhering to the regulations set forth in our capacity and mask mandate. This month I (Josh) tried about 100 wines as I was making the decisions for the wine club. I hope you enjoy the selections as much as I do and we look forward to opening the bottles on Thursday, August 14 from 6 to 8pm. Pre-reservations are no longer required. Drop in and enjoy the wine club reveal. Check out the notes below. We are also archiving them on our website now so you can go back and look at previous months notes.


First WHITE – Chateau du Chamilly Burgundy White (FR) $24.99 – There is nothing like a well made Burgundian or Loire Valley white! I loved the crispness and vivaciousness of this wine. One would be hard pressed in a blind tasting to call this out as 100% Chardonnay. Serve with shell fish, white fish and warm summer nights on the patio.

Second WHITE – Qupe A Modern White (CA) $21.99 – Qupe is a unique wine project in the Central Coast of California. They focus on cool climate Rhone whites and reds. This is a fun blend of Chardonnay, Rousanne and Marsanne. The nutty characteristics are complimented by baked apple pie and white pepper. This is a heartier white wine.

First RED – Lapostolle Alexander Cuvee Carmenere (CH) $24.99 – Those that know me know that I love Carmenere. This once thought to be extinct wine grape is thriving in Chile. I love how the leafy complexity of dried sage, pine cones and forest floor combines with earth and paprika, but then with very fresh fruit, such as blueberries and citrus. Medium to full body, chewy and grainy tannins and a bark-laden finish. 94 points James Suckling.

Second RED – Sansonina Merlot (IT) $29.99 – I really wanted this wine in the lead spot but the distributor didn’t have enough. This is a beautiful expression of older vine Merlot out of Veneto Italy. This is a masterful balance of elegance and lush flavors. You’ll want to buy more!

Third RED – NW Cellars 5th Anniversary Malbec (WA) $24.99 – This single vineyard Malbec (Verhey Vinyard) just got double gold in the Seattle Wine Awards. Layers of tobacco, blue fruits and juicy berry are paired with savory spices.

Premium RED – Duckhorn Cabernet (CA) $69.99 – Looking for a classic expression of Napa Cabernet for less than $100? Duckhorn delivers! 94 points W&S There’s black-currant clarity to this clean and luscious cabernet, a blend of Duckhorn’s estate-grown fruit with purchased grapes. The dark fruit is layered with brighter black-raspberry flavor and rich chocolate tones from its time in French oak barrels (50 percent new). Relatively light in weight but saturated in flavor, the wine sustains a lovely mineral tension as it opens with air. No more at this price. New price is $79.99


July 2020 Wine Club and Notes

Not a Nectar wine club member? Join today and get the following benefits:

  • Never Ending Happy Hour
  • 15% off all six packs
  • Half priced Thirsty Thursday Tastings
  • Free delivery for online orders of $50 or more
  • Waived ‘drink it here’ fees (great way to drink cheap)
  • Discounts on various events

July Wine Club Selections

Another round of delicious wines are ready for you to pick up. We will do a tasting of these wines on Thursday, July 16 2020.

FIRST WHITE: Angela’s Estate Chardonnay (OR) $27.99 – After some research it seemed we haven’t done an Oregon wine in the wine club all year! What an offering to present! This is a stellar single vineyard wine from an up and coming Willamette Valley producer. Great depth and texture without being too “fat.” The wine is creamy without being overly viscous. 6 months in 40% new French oak. Retails at the winery for $35.

SECOND WHITE: Eladio Pineiro La Ola Albarino (SP) $22.99 – This is definitely a STAFF FAVORITE. This Albarino from Rias Baixas Spain benefits from the salty seawater air and aging on the yeast (lees). Each sip presents a new layer of minerality, meyer lemons, salinity, and sexy acidity. Trust us, you’ll be back for more. 

FIRST RED: 2013 Gamache Nicolas Red Blend (WA) $29.99 – Another Nectar price exclusive. Searches high and low price this wine between $40 and $50 bottle. The wine is an homage to Bordeaux with 58% Cabernet, 19% Merlot, 13% Malbec and 10% Cab Franc.  Vineyard sources are impressive Gamache, Ciel du Cheval and Champoux.

SECOND RED: Montana Rioja Reserva (SP) $24.99 – Pronounced MonTANYA is 90% Tempranillo, 7% Graciano and 3% Mazuelo. Aged 18 months in new American Oak. Spice and leather complement the deep blackberry fruit and ferrous minerality of Rioja’s red soils. Mouth-filling yet fresh, with the structure for improving in the bottle for a number of years.

THIRD RED Maal Imposible Malbec (AG) $27.99 – This is the big brother to one of Nectar’s best selling Malbec’s, The Biutiful. This is a high elevation Malbec with minimal intervention. 91 PTS Jeb Dunnuk Made from 100% Malbec aged 8 months in a mix of barrel and tank, the 2016 Malbec Imposible offers more purity and freshness, with lots of blackberry, peppery herbs, violets, and smoke. It’s pure, medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, has integrated acidity and a great finish.

PREMIUM WINE: Allegrini Amarone (IT) $79.99 – Amarone involves one of the most unique processes in making wine. The grapes, traditionally Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella are harvested and then dried on racks for up to 120 days. This intensifies the fruit and sugar in the grape. The fermentation process can last up to 50 days at low temperatures. For a decadent but sleek wine, the ripeness level is spot-on here. It opens with glazed cherries, dried berries, vanilla, eucalyptus, caramel and wet earth, before following through to a dusty palate with tons of dried fruit, supported by fine acidity and a sweet-and-sour character. 94 points James Suckling.


COVID-19 Update

UPDATE: July 2 – Test results have come back for all staff members as NEGATIVE for Covid-19. We look forward to safely serving you. Happy 4th of July weekend.

It has been brought to our attention that one of our team members has tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test was identified on June 29. This team member’s last shift worked was June 20. They began feeling symptomatic on June 23 and subsequently got tested and self isolated.

The safety of our guests and staff has always been paramount to Nectar. During these times we have taken the necessary precautions outlined by the phase 2 regulations under the Stay Home, Stay Safe order and the protocol from the Spokane Regional Health Department. Our staff is asked a series of health questions at the start of their shift, has their temperature taken, wears masks during the entirety of their shift, routinely washes hands and sanitizes the space. We have implemented the required distance of our table spacing and reduced our capacity to 50%. In addition to these precautions we have hand sanitizer at every table, limit staff interaction with guests with a single server to a table policy and physical barriers at the bar and cash register areas.

Upon receiving the positive test notification we closed for the day for a deeper version of our sanitization routines. No other team members are showing symptoms but all have been tested. Staff will be allowed back to work upon notification of a negative test result. Nectar is fortunate to have two separate teams of workers and will remain open with a team that has never had interaction with the COVID-19 positive team member.

Our guests can be assured that Nectar Wine and Beer is a safe environment in which to enjoy socially distanced socializing. We have been at the forefront of implementing safety measures and will continue to keep to our high standard for everyone who chooses to enjoy our establishment.

As always our customers can order our carefully curated craft wine and beer selection through our online store for safe, contactless, curb side pick up.


Josh Wade