Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2014
Clos du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012This wine delivers everything we are looking for from a great vintage. The color is an inky purple hue and the wine has aromas of black fruits, baking spices, dark chocolate and leather. The palate is rich and complex, full of flavors of berry pie, mocha, cedar, black pepper and vanilla toast. The texture is creamy, round and full with well structured tannins that are approachable now or will cellar well for decades.
Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012Our 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon artfully combines the classic elegance of the old world and the ripe fruit of California. It displays an opaque garnet color with a bouquet driven by fruity aromas of blackberry liqueur. It also offers the savory components of sage and molasses. These complex aromatics are complemented by sandalwood and nutmeg characteristics indicative of American oak aging. This is a well-structured wine with a compact and rich mid-palate buttressed by silky tannins and generous acidity. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2037. Excellemt for gifts, important client meetings, special dinners, to add to your wine cellar. The 2012 vintage was broadly described as outstanding, exceptional, ideal and a gift from Mother Nature. This is the first of three consecutive heralded vintages. The dry winter was the beginning of the extended drought period in California, but well-timed rainfall in February and March, as well as two inches in mid-April, filled the soil profile before the coming season. Budbreak was even and bloom progressed quickly, leading to clusters with both high quality and high quantity potential. The summer weather was wonderfully cooperative, with only a single day’s high above 100 degrees from May through the end of September before a short heat event on October 1st and 2nd. We began harvest on September 11th and concluded on October 19th, after which an inch of much-needed rain fell on October 23rd.
Montepeloso A Quo 201240-45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Montepulciano, and the balance Sangiovese, Marselan and Alicante Bouschet. From Montepeloso's vineyards in the Suvereto, Maremma, Tuscany. 50-100m in elevation. Lime-rich petrified clay and silex soil. Hand-harvested. Average yields are less than 40HL per hectare. Grapes are 100% destemmed. Unfiltered. Aging four months in second passage barriques.
Le Cirque Rouge 2013Big and bold, with smoky, spicy black cherry, cassis and garrigue aromas. Full-bodied, with a long finish. Excellent with grilled meats and vegetables.
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.
Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2013Presents an inky/opaque almost black with dark magenta hue. Aromatically it offers sweet spice, aniseed, rousting herbs, mulberry, black berry and vine fruits. Exuberant palate with juicy purple fruits of the blue berry, black currant type hoisted upon chalk like fine grained tannins, finishing long and juicy. This wine is ideally suited to good food, good friends and good conversation.
Hogue GewurztraminerDuring the grape growing season, Eastern Washington boasts warm summer days followed by cool nights, ensuring that grapes ripen fully while retaining ample natural acidity. "Gewürz" means "spice" in German. True to its name, our Gewürztraminer offers up varietal spiciness, along with intense aromas and flavors of lychee, tangerine, orange, peach, melon, apple, honey, and cream. It has an excellent balance of sweet, rich fruit and crisp acidity, along with a slight minerality. Restrained and off-dry, our Gewürztraminer is excellent with Southeast Asian dishes. Serve with Thai coconut milk curries or pork skewers with a peanut-ginger dipping sauce. It also pairs well with sausages and sauerbraten.
L'Ecole No 41 Columbia Valley Chenin Blanc 2013This fresh and vibrant Chenin Blanc shows abundant expressive aromatics of jasmine, passion fruit, and orange blossom with flavors of star fruit and apple on a balanced, crisp mineral finish. We have produced this old vine, crisp and aromatic Vouvray-style Chenin Blanc since 1987.
Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2013White stone fruit, white peach, apricot, cool and delicious. Think Fuji apple, shiro plum, lime leaves. Focused and a verya long, minerally finish. Kung Fu Girl.....too pure! Food Pairings: Spicy Thai dishes or grilled seafood
La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012Deep ruby colour, with purple shadows. The bouquet shows rose, delicate red fruits similar to currant and raspberry, pepper, clove and accents of brush. Medium-bodied, in the mouth is velvety, with hints of plum, blueberry and licorice, with fresh and energetic tannins. FOOD PAIRING Timbale, lamb meat and medium-aged cheese.
Domaine Barville Chateauneuf du Pape 2014
O'Shaughnessy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013Our second vintage of our Napa Valley Cabernet brings together wines from both our Howell Mountain and Mount Veeder Estates. This wine is dark with a rich purple hue. Aromatics of blueberry and black raspberry evolve into warm spices and subtle black tea. slight scent of cigar box and beautiful oak tones. The flavors are rich, pure and powerful. Seamless tannins with lush, long lasting fruit make this wine enjoyable now or over the ages.
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.
Orin Swift Locations E2An alluring cast of blooming crimson and deep red shades are immediately present in the glass. Complimenting the appearance is an impressive intensity on the nose with elevated dark cherry and exotic spice notes. The entry is rich with youthful berry compote, floral, and plum flavors, complimented with bright acidity. The finish is expansive and pleasing with a persistent mocha tinge and silky tannins. A blend of Grenache/Garnacha, Tempranillo, Monastrell, and Carignan/Cariñena. Priorat, Jumilla, Toro, Rioja, and Ribera del Duero are among the most noble growing regions on the Iberian Peninsula and purposely chosen for the second release of our Spanish red wine. A continuation of an original concept to seek out particular vineyards and make an eclectic blend, we have discovered new sites to advance our original purpose. Super concentrated fruit from old vines with low yields are accented with a judicious oak program for a balanced and distinctive wine.
Melville Estate Pinot Noir 2012Ruby red in color, fresh fruit aromatics of mandarin orange, black raspberry and grilled watermelon spring from the glass. On the palate, pretty nuances of rose petal, gardenia and oolong tea mingle with herbal notes of sandalwood, star anise, fresh thyme and fennel seed. The mouthfeel is plush and velvety yet finishes with significant persistence and volume.
Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2012
Owen Roe Ex Umbris Syrah 2012The 2012 Ex Umbris is a great expression of the bold fruit flavors from that year. Bursting with aromas of red plum, blueberry and pink peppercorn. The palate is filled with refreshing flavors of fresh summer blackberries, currant, and dark chocolate with noticibly structured acidity and silky tannins.
Chandon Etoile RoseIn keeping with the traditional method, we add a small amount of red wine (Pinot Noir) prior to tirage to create the distinctive salmon color with copper hues. The wine's aroma is rich yet elegant with plum and dark cherry fruit layered over notes of nutmeg and cocoa. A bold, yet refined palate structure characterizes this wine with subtle but persistent flavors of raspberry and French toast. The wine finishes with excellent length and richness that will stand up to a variety of foods. The understated power of this wine with its bold but elegant character is an excellent match with the richness found in foie gras. It would be a natural accompaniment to salmon or trout dishes or for the adventurous chef - duck confit with plum salad. For even more fun, try this elegant wine on a romantic picnic.
Napanook Red Wine 2012Made solely from grapes grown at the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, Napanook is blended from blocks in the vineyard that were carefully selected for their lively fruit, soft tannins and early maturing characteristics. The 2012 Napanook is a clear expression of an exceptional vintage. Pure aromas of fresh strawberry, caramel and minty sage fill the nose. Vigorous and rich with firm, yet integrated tannins, the wine offers earthy complexity, dark cocoa and roasted almonds on a long lingering finish. Napanook 2012 is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. This wine is created to be consumed young and enjoyed with food, but will also age well for more than a decade. Christian Moueix recommends decanting young wines before serving to allow them to reach their full potential. Celebrating its 17th vintage, Napanook dons a new label in 2012. The bold black and white design reflects the wine's maturity, definition and class.
Pasquale Pelissero Barbaresco Bricco San Giuliano 2011This classic-style Barbaresco comes from the oldest vines on the estate, from a vineyard enjoying southwest exposure, situated at an altitude of about 400 meters above sea level, with clayey/calcareous soils. Carefully selection of the bunches starts in the vineyard, where the grapes are hand-harvested starting in the end of September through mid-October. After soft pressing of the grapes, the juice is macerated on the skins for at about 30 days as per traditional methods at a controlled temperature. Then, the wine is aged for at least 24 months in large oak barrels, smaller barriques and tonneaux.
Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz 2015The Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz has an incredibly lifted nose. Aromas of ripe blackberry, dark cherry and mocha greet you, followed by rich black liquorice and vanilla pod notes. The careful use of American oak hums seamlessly in the background and finishes with a beautiful creamy mouthfeel. The Fruit WeightTM and intensity of the Blue-Eyed Boy never ceases to amaze us.
Bedrock Wine Co. North Coast Syrah 2012As with the 2012 Old Vine this wine hopefully punches way above its price tag. The 2012 is composed of Weill Vineyard, Hudson Vineyard, a couple barrels of Griffin's Lair, Rossi Ranch, and even a barrel of the gorgeous 2012 Alder Springs Syrah. All of the vineyards were fermented with 40-80% whole-cluster and the wine saw roughly 15% new French oak. This is like a hybrid of the dense 2009 and the intensely perfumed 2011 with all the beautifully savage aromatics of game, pepper, olive, violets and hart blood and with dense, smoky fruit and structure. Hopefully a great domestic alternative to Gonon or Graillot- the two G's of greatness.