Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2014
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Overall 2014 was a good year. Spring produced great set, and despite a third year of drought conditions in our area vines produced ideal yields. Overall warmer temperatures during the summer months allowed fruit to achieve mature ripe flavors. Food Pairing: This versatile Chardonnay pairs perfectly with seafood, poultry, white meats and dishes with cream sauces. Try preparations that include citrus, butter, cream, cheese, bacon, nutmeg, thyme, basil or toasted nuts.
Chateau Joinin Bordeaux 2010Chateau Joinin, a family-owned estate for several generations, was taken over in 1989 by Madame and Monsieur Mestreguilhem who decided to vinify their wine themselves. Also owners of Chateau Pipeau, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, in Saint-Laurent-des-Combes, with experience and know-how acquired over several years, they are able to put this to excellent use in the care taken of both vines and vinification necessary to produce a very high quality Bordeau red wine.
Alphonse Dolly Pinot Noir 2014Family-owned estate in Sancerre Vineyards just outside the Sancerre appellation All stainless steel Pure essence of Pinot Noir bright, clean, fresh, light red with great acid balance and lovely aromatics Serve chilled to bring out the cherry flavor This family owned estate in the Loire riverside village of Thauvenay in the Sancerre appellation has been producing exceptionally bright, fresh clean Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs for several generations. Old sea bottom vineyards with clay-limestone soils, some combined with flint outcroppings, provide perfectly balanced fruit for the Sancerre, Pouilly Fume, and Menetou-Salon appellations. The white wines are fermented for 4 weeks in temperature-controlled stainless steel and kept 5 months on the lies for extra body and texture. The reds undergo a 48 hour maceration and spend 9 months in Troncais oak barrels.
Mayu Pedro Ximenez 2015Pedro Ximenez is a stylish white wine that offers appealing floral and fruit aromas and flavours balanced by fresh acidity. It can be served with a range of foods, especially shellfish and other seafood.
Saracina Unoaked Chardonnay 2013The Chardonnay hails from our CCOF-certified-organic, estate vineyard, located just a stone's throw from the Russian River, which runs the length of the property. These same vines provided grapes for the original Sundial Chardonnay, which was the first unoaked, no malolactic chardonnay ever produced in California. Pale straw in color, our 2013 Chardonnay offers snappy aromas of barely ripe Gravenstein apples, Bosc pears, and a nectarine note. The palate is all beautifully naked Chardonnay, with pure fruit character and bright acidity unadorned by oak or malolactic influences.
Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2011Bright yellow in color with an elegant and complex bouquet of tropical fruits and toasted hazelnuts, intermingling with clean, mineral notes. Soft, silky texture on the palate backed by a pleasing acidity, with a long, flavorful finish.
Cantina del Nebbiolo Barbaresco 2011Made from nebbiolo grapes grown on vineyards in Barbaresco, Neive, Treiso and Alba. Fermentations with lengthy stays on the skins followed by ageing in oak casks produce an intensely red wine with slight hints of garnet, a complex nose of ripe red fruit and spicy overtones, and a warm, mouth-filling flavour with soft tannins, great elegance and an excellent finish. Recommended serving temperature 18-20°C.
Dierberg Chardonnay 2011The 2011 Dierberg Chardonnay leads with vivid aromas of deep mango, rich lemon, a hint of fresh lemon peel, and creamy hazelnut. On the palate the wine is lush citrus: lemon curd, lemon blossoms, and lemon rind with a slight tasted sesame seed accent. The wine finishes with the focused acidity and a tightly wound structure that the Dierberg Chardon- nays have come to be known for.
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2010Our Brunello di Montalcino is the expression of a territory and the specific subdivision that it is made up of. Our classic Brunello with its Casanova di Neri stamp and its white label was the first to be produced and is the expression of the most elegant Sangiovese of Casanova di Neri. Cerretalto and Tenuta Nuova are unique expression of Sangiovese di Montalcino, where the terroir defies any possible categorization and classification, offering incomparable and individual characteristics that lead to wines of striking distinction.
Argiano Non Confunditur 2012NC is a wine with a decisive, full-bodied character, smooth tannins and a persistent finish. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah andSangiovese reveals an exciting potency, with the innate gentleness of Merlot creating a bridge between the evident earthiness of Sangiovese, the aromatic blackcurrant flavour of Cabernet and the warm red berries of Syrah. The result is a generous, rounded red wine, destined for short to medium ageing, with delicious aromas of currants and generous fruit flavours, versatile enough to develop in greater depth during long months in the bottle.
San Felice Brunello di Montalcino Campogiovanni 2008The most prestigious of Tuscany's noble wines, a true prince among royalty: lean and finely structured, assertive and expansive--a wine whose authority, needless to say, is recognised by most other well-known reds. This is perhaps our most celebrated wine, for San Felice has shown how to achieve a Brunello that is remarkable for its fine balance, solid structure, and remarkable capacity for lengthy ageing. Anyone who loves fine wine must, at least from time to time, fall under the spell of this wine.
Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 2010All Fontodi wines are produced from grapes coming from their own vineyards, picked by hand, chosen with care and vinified in a way that exalts the character of the vines and the territory. Vigna del Sorbo with south-west exposure with 30 years old vines. Fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts for at least 3 weeks. Ageing in Troncais and Allier barrels 50% new for 24 months.
Domaine du Bouscat Bordeaux Superieur Caduce 2010
Catena Zapata Alta Cabernet Sauvignon 2010The Catena Cabernet Sauvignon shows a dark ruby color with violet tones. On the nose, it offers intense aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry, and cassis with notes of pepper, clove, and a touch of cedar. On the palate, it is full-bodied and rich and displays layers of black currant and black raspberry with notes of cedar, tobacco and vanilla. This Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant wine with silky tannins that provide structure and a long and persistent finish.
Domaine Vincent Paris St. Joseph Les Côtes 2013His St Joseph red is made from 10 and 20 year old vines, and is vinfied 2/3 in barrel and 1/3 in tank.
Bodegas El Nido Clio 2014The wine exhibits a glass-coating opaque purple color with an expressive nose of pain grille, underbrush, brier, mineral, blueberry, and blackberry fruit leading to a plush, opulent wine with great density, savory flavors, and a lengthy finish. Pair with rice, pasta, (noodles, spaghetti, macaroni), vegetables, mushroom, stewed meat, sausage, pork, roast meat, red and/or white meat with sauces, grilled meat, short or medium cheeses.
Bedrock Wine Co. Ode To Lulu Rosé 2016The 2016 Lulu follows closely on the footsteps of the 2015: The vineyard and blend composition is similar and it is, as always, from old and low yielding vineyards. The Mataro element comes from two lovely but quite different vineyards. Live Oak Vineyard, planted sometime around the inauguration of William Mckinley, is an Oakley vineyard own-rooted in sand. Pagani Ranch, which needs little introduction, was planted close to the onset of Prohibition in Kenwood. To complement these two we blended in Grenache from the 1880s planting at Gibson Ranch in McDowell Valley (Mendocino). All lots were picked at low potential alcohol and whole-cluster pressed. This year's iteration is more aromatically explosive than I remember last year's being-the oftentimes stentorian Mataro showing off a bit more playfulness and the Grenache providing oodles of crunchy bright fruit.
Picollo Ernesto Gavi 2015Straw coloured Bouquet of fruit and flowers Perfectly with fish and white meat dishes, ideal for aperitif To be served at 10/12°C
Sacha Lichine Le Poussin Rose 2016Grenache and Cinsault. This wine combines the best of French winemaking Know-How with modern winemaking technology.Low temperature pre-fermentation. Gentle extraction and pumping-over. Vatting time: 12 to 18 days. Pale pink and gray color. Floral scents. Lots of fruits, soft tannins. Fresh, bold, alive and smooth. Try it with a tuna steak and black olives, or simply as an aperitif. Let you be carried away by Edith Piaf, « La vie en rose » ! Our Consulting Oenologist, Patrick Leon. Patrick Leon has unparalleled experience in making among the great wines of the world. A Bordeaux native with an extensive education in Oenology, Patrick studied this subject in his home town as well as business management. In 1972 Patrick joined Alexis Lichine & Company in Bordeaux beginning as a purchasing manager for its French wines. Additionally he held positions as a Technical Manager & Co General Manager of Château Lascombes Crus Classé in Margaux & Château Castéra in Lesparre-Médoc. Patrick also worked with Alexis Lichine on developing content for his books. These positions went through the mid eighties at which point Patrick would work with Baron Phillipe de Rothschild for nearly twenty years. For Baron Phillipe de Rothschild, he would serve as a Managing Director, overseeing technical departments including the company’s vineyards and winemaking facilities for Chateau Mouton Rothschild, d’armailhac, Clerc Milon, le Petit Mouton, Aile d’Argent, Opus One in California, Almaviva in Chile, Domaine de Lambert & Baron d’Arques in the Languedoc, Mouton Cadet in Bordeaux as well as other wines in the BPHR portfolio including Escudo Rojo in Chile. Patrick’s wide breadth of experience and knowledge has established the foundation to becoming a consulting oenologist and working with Sacha Lichine in this capacity.making all the Lichine wines as great as they are.
Poggio Bonelli Poggiassai Toscana 2012The Poggio Bonelli estate lies in the heart of the Chanti Classico in Tuscany and covers about 83 hectares of vineyards. The area has a lot of sandy subsoil and the vineyards are mainly positioned towards the south. Here the grapes can optimally enjoy the sun yet have a good isolation. Poggio Bonelli provides a strict and selective selection to guaranty only the best grapes are being used during the production of their wines After selecting the grapes they are destemmed and bruised, and placed in thermo-conditioned stainless steel casks. Here the grapes are being exposed to various conditioned temperatures to retain and even increase the organoleptic properties. The fermenting process takes 10 to 20 days. The further aging happens the first months in small oak barrels, from 10 to at least 21 months depending on the kind of wine. Finally, the maturation is ended by resting for three to six months in the bottle A wine with great personality, intense ruby red in colour. The nose open s with a bouquet of red fruits, mushroom, tobacco, pepper and chocolate. Soft on the palate, its texture is lavish and well-structured, rich in well-balanced tannins, never too exuberant in alcohol and freshness. The addition of Cabernet Sauvignon creates a beautiful structure, depth and a smooth note Recommended pairings: Grilled and roast red meat and medium to mature cheeses.
Fantasia Di Fiori Pinot Grigio 2014
Louis Latour Grand Ardèche 2011The Grand Ardèche 2011 has a lovely shimmering yellow-green colour. It has a delicate bouquet with a subtle oaky touch. Still young, one must leave it for a few months in order for the the woody notes to be perfectly smooth. It is a very balanced wine with a certain nervousness present on the finish which gives it a very promising future.
Jeff Carrel Les Darons Languedoc Rouge 2014Les darons means "the fathers" because the cuvee is made in its majority of grapes from vines over 40 years at the origin from the appellations "Languedoc Grenache & Carignan.
Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc 2015Ferrari-Carano's 2015 Fumé Blanc is a delicious wine with aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit, pineapple, lemon grass, lychee, kiwi, honeydew, orange blossom, guava, white peach and lemon lime with a touch of minerality. This wine has bright acidity and crisp freshness from the cool, stainless steel tank fermentation, while the subtle oak character from neutral French oak barrels adds body, complexity and depth. Food Pairings: Our Fumé Blanc pairs well with simple seafood and poultry dishes, and also holds up nicely with white meats such as veal and pork. This wine has lively flavors that go well with spicy and ethnic cuisines such as Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Mexican and Southwestern dishes.