Wine and Champagne
Wine and Champagne
Altocedro Gran Reserva
Very dark, but juicy and driven, with a mouthwatering streak of briar and anise that pushes the muscular core of raspberry, fig ad boysenberry fruit. Graphite and black tea notes flash in the background. The finish is long and structured.
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon shows beautiful depth of color, and aromas of ripe, dark fruit with a touch of sweet vanilla.
Bright with cherry and floral aromas and flavors, this red also reveals spice and mineral elements. Its tannins are dense and dusty, yet a sweetness prevails as this plays out on the cranberry-tinged finish.
Intensely citric in the mouth, with earth and herb undertones. Beaujolais substitute, with more weight and power. No fat, chewy and lean. Raspberry flavor kicks in late in the finish.
Billecart Salmon Champagne Brut Reserve NV has plenty of structure in this dry Champagne, but it needs more flavor intensity mid-palate to fill out its lean frame. Apple and citrus are the main themes, with a hint of mineral.
Excellent, luminous green/yellow color. Lifted zesty, lemongrass aromas with some sweet apple blossom characters. Fruit dominant on the palate but typical tight structure with citrus acid finish. Initial lime plus cut grass flavors. Perfect balance of fruit, alcohol and acid. An impressive Semillon from a year that will reward early drinking or cellaring.
Cadaretta SBS (Sauvignon Blanc Semillon)
Blend of semillon and sauvignon with spectacular aromatics of flowers and tangerines. The acid level is just right for food and if you felt like letting a few bottles, this wine will develop for years to come.
Cafaro Cabernet Sauvignon
Joe Cafaro's estate Cabernets get better and better each vintage, not just because we are dealing with expert winemaking from a veteran producer, but because his home vineyard is finally maturing, growing lovely fruit. This is old-fashioned Napa boldness: big, chewy and tannic, full-bodied and with a true sense of place.
FX Barc Chinon
Francois-Xavier Barc has partnered with wine makers who share his philosophy and passion for wine to create Complices de Loire. Pleasure and quality are the main focus, stringent parcel selection, sustainable winemaking, precise vinifications to highlight Loire Valley appellations such as Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgeuil, Bourgeuil, Chinon, Saumur-Champigny and Touraine.
In the Loire Valley, Timonerie is used as a synonym for Castle. Grown on clay and gravel soil, this 100% Cabernet Franc from Chinon, is fruity, soft and exudes aromas of red berries. A great match with grilled meats. --Winemaker Notes
Rich apple, honeydew and quince are all over this wine, which is texturally fantastic with a well integrated and balanced finish and juicy length with verve and pizzazz. Native yeasts, organically farmed, minimal addition of sulphites and NO OAK is used in the production of this fantastic expression of 100% Romarantin.
Delille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc
This vintage of Chaleur Estate Blanc features grapefruit, gooseberry, orange blossom, and a bit of straw on the nose, with hints of grilled brioche and toasted almonds brought in by the barrel fermentation. Spring citrus notes of ruby grapefruit and gooseberry lead the rich and unctuous palate, supported by inpired notes of honey and fig. The finish echoes on with honey, creme brulee, and grilled nuts, along with subtle tropical fruits.
Domaine De Couron
Flavors of blackberry, plum, and some toasted vanilla. Rich, creamy texture. The tannins are both spicy and sweet. A big juicy Red.
Ecker Roter Veltline
It is a floral and sappy blend of pomaceous fruit, cinnamon spice, and great acidity
F - Cremant De Bourgogne
Cremant de Bourgogne is the appellation for the white and rose sparkling wines of Burgundy, made predominantly from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes in the methode traditionelle. Created in October 1975 to complement Bourgogne Mousseux (the title for sparkling red wines), the appellation is now applied to more than 13 million bottles of wine every vintage.
This very sophisticated malbec carries a deep magenta hue and aromas of dark berries and anise. On the palate, intense, pure flavors of just-picked raspberries, black plum and graphite unfold in velvety layers. Exotic notes of ginger and white pepper carry through the mid-palate to intermingle with firm tannins and notes of cedar on the finish.
Graham Beck Gamekeepers Reserve
This exemplary Chenin starts with aromas of peach, pineapple and vanilla, rolling into juicy flavors of melon, honey and rich fruit. Balanced and with a slightly creamy mouthfeel, the wine is elegant but approachable enough for every day. Pair with salad, seafood.
Graham Beck - Brut Rose
Pale silver-pink. Aromas of raspberries, cherries and a few secondary whiffs of minerality. A lively mousse but fine in the mouth, with subtle red berry flavors enlivened by bright acids. Brisk on the palate, showing hints of oyster shell and fresh lavender. Flirtatious and fun, yet elegant and structured, it's perfect for all seasons and settings.
Grand Reve Vintners creates artisan wines that showcase the pinnacle of Red Mountain's terroir, achieved by meticulously matching the finest Red Mountain grown fruit with an all-star ensemble of Washington winemakers.
H. Billiot Fils Champagne
H. Billiot Fils Brut Reserve Champagne has big bold flavors, lots of richness with great red berry intensity that lasts till the finish.
Aromas of raspberry, currant, black tar and light mineral characters make up the nose our 2006 right bank Bordeaux blend. The entry is bright with red fruit, soft, elegant and extremely approachable. The mid palate has good weight, and exhibits flavors of mushroom, wet stone, cedar and caramel. Slightly dusty tannins from the Cabernet Franc blend perfectly with vibrant fruit from the Merlot, to make this wine elegant and seamless from start to finish. The finish is a bit tight, showing the age worthiness of the wine.
Ken Wright Cellars
From the Abbott Claim Vineyard, this Ken Wright Cellars wine has a "style", which follows pretty close that Oregon stereotype: big, creamy, "fruit bomb" Pinot. But there's a thing to know about Ken Wright: he sources grapes from specific (and mostly famous) vineyards from around Oregon. The nose is oak/vanilla, dust, clove, pepper, and violet. It tastes of strawberry, pepper, and violet with a creamy mouthfeel. It finishes strong with cherry and vanilla.
La Bernardine Chateauneuf
Rather big and distinctly warm climate wine that is rich with alcohol. The tannins of Grenache are modest, so this wine requires a little aging to be enjoyed; yet it can improve over the course of a decade. Rich strawberry and red cherry tones in Chateauneuf with complicating notes of herbs and lavender. There are frequently notes of game, leather and tar, typical of Syrah and Mourvedre - two other important components of many wines.
Lacrima Di Morro d'Alba
Lacrima is an ancient grape and its parentage has yet to be discovered. It is rarely found outside of the town, Morro d'Alba. The grape shape is similar to a tear, hence the name. Dried grapes are added after the first racking, inducing another round of fermentation. It was often sweet in years gone, but today, dry is the new black Morro d'Alba.
Known for its enticing aromatics, Lacrima is very floral and can be a bit spicy as well. It can be tannic, though is never heavy and sometimes gracefully floats on the palate. While oak treatment is common, it is not always necessary as a large part of the wine's lure is the natural bouquet. By law, up to 20 percent of Montepulciano or Verdicchio, a white grape, can be added to the wine.
Loimer Pinot Noir Terrassen
Shiny ruby hue; fine creamy bouquet; lengthy palate with fresh Pinot fruit and elegant tannins.
"The Wahluke Slope is Washington's warmest growing region. It produces wines with great concentration and texture. Our 2005 Legacy Cabernet is deeply colored and blessed with aromas of black cherry, boysenberry, currant, sweet chocolate, allspice and toasty oak. The flavors are rich, bold, balanced and layered with cassis, sweet oak and spice. The finish is long and supported by finely polished tannins."-Winemakers Description *Sourced from www.milbrandtvineyards.com
Nattenheimer Schutzenhaus Riesling
West of the village, Schuzenhaus faces south-southwest and rises in altitude to 328 feet above sea level to about 150 meters/492 feet. The site is relatively long and slopes toward the west, thereby protecting it from cold easterly winds. The soils in the meadows closer to the Rhine consist partly of deep loess and loess-loam, and partly of Tertiary marl mixtures. Because they are deep, they are able to store considerable water reserves - especially valuable in dry years to ensure the vines' water and nutrient supplies, and crucial to producing wines with high extract values.
This is a Chilean take on top-flight Bordeaux. A rich and textured Cabernet at its best, with beautiful, sweet oak flavours to complete a quite sensational package. The winemaker describes it as a deep burgundy red, with aromas of ripe red berries and spices, highlighted by touches of dried fruit and vanilla. Overall it's a very well structured wine with mature tannins and a smooth finish. Lavish and decadent
This scrumptious 100% Chardonnay Champagne is highlighted aromas of flowers, brioche and a hint of fresh lobster. This is a powerful full force Champagne fit for great celebrations. Tanzer gave it 89 points and the Spectator gave 89 points respectively.
The Pinot Project
The Pinot Project drinks as an absolutely delicious, yet serious, Pinot Noir that any wine lover would be proud to pour liberally at their dinner table! Hand-crafted from the finest California Pinot Noir grapes. Pure Pinot aromas and flavors -- black cherries kissed by oak and complimented by just the right amount of Asian spice. Extremely versatile with a host of your favorite dishes.
The Prieler wines are always powerful with potential and presence on the palate. They encourage the wine aficionado to carefully consider them, try them again and still remain curious about the next ship.
Winemaker Notes: We are very proud of the 2008 Prisoner. It marks the first full vintage with our viticultural consultant Larry Bradley. His diligence and good sense helped make this wine what it is.
Raats Cabernet Franc
This sexy, uber-elegant Cabernet Franc shows the stunning heights this grape can attain! It combines a core of luscious blackberry, black cherry, and plum with expressive notes of cinnemon, tobacco, coffee, and spice. Silky tannins caress the palate, and hints of dark chocolate and a great minerality. This wine has a long and supple finish.
Raspay Quiles Primitivo
Made from low-yielding 100% monastrell grapes grown in this exceptional winemaking region and produced in small batches using traditional techniques before being aged in old oak barrels and then, for a longer period, in bottle. An intense, jammy and richly woody bouquet. In the mouth, this is mellow, rounded, mature and full-flavored with hints of subtle wood, spices and ripe fruit. Ideally suited to lamb, stews and pork.
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A beautiful Cabernet. Pretty tannic now, so if you drink it, decant and have with a rich oily meats and cheeses. But the heart of black cherries, and cassis, and the overall balance, enable this wine to develop ove the next 6-8 years."
Red Car Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Bartolomei Vineyard
Medium red. Cinnamon, orange peel and botanical herbs accent redcurrant and strawberry on the nose. Light-bodied but nicely concentrated red fruit and spice flavors are complemented by a palate-numbing note of cracked pepper and offer impressive clarity. The orange peel and strawberry notes repeat on the long, brisk, sneakily sweet finish. Shows very good finesse and surprising flavor impact.
Remirez De Ganuza
Deep, bright black-cherry colour with lighter red hues at the rim. In a still glass, the nose is subtle aromas of cranberries and minerals. Perfect integration with the oak in which hints of vanilla and milky touches can be detected. An elegant palate an finesse at the finish. It can be characterized as a wine for transatlantic tastes as a feature of the vintage.
The result is an elegant, fragrant wine with a lovely steely tightness and a gentle and lengthy finish. Not a touch of hardness on the tail of the back palate.
Rosso Di Montalcino
Light red color, slightly brownish at the edges. Typical sangiovese nose of earth, pine needles, some tobacco, licorice. Silky smooth with good midpalate. Good acidity. Milk chocolate, red and dark fruit on the palate. Medium finish.
Rustenberg Stellenbosch John X Merriman
Plum and cigar box aromatics prelude a multi-layered palate with an elegant tannin structure.
Savigny Les Beaune
"Narbantons," with its stony terroir and smoky profile, is like "Gravains" structured for extended aging of the wine. The nose is pure and concentrated, with notes of tobacco and an almost Bordeaux tannic grip. Great structure and a very noble profile. Definitely one to treasure for five-to-10 years.
Champagne Brut is the title given to dry champagne wines, a style pioneered by Perrier-Jouet in the mid-19th century. The French word brut literally means 'crude' or 'raw' ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ a reference to the fact that these champagnes are supposedly not treated with a dosage prior to final bottling. Despite this name, almost all brut champagne does receive a dosage, but the sugar levels are kept very low. The official term 'brut nature' and the less-official 'zero dosage' are used to indicate champagnes with no dosage at all.
This is a blend from 2 vineyards in Jonkershoek Valley. The higher elevation vineyard has a finely textured decomposed granite soil and produces a more elegant wine with softer tannin, while the lower vineyard is very rocky and gives a denser, more tannic wine. The grapes were hand-harvested in late-February and cooled overnight before being carefully hand-sorted and crushed into small open fermentation vats. The must was cold-soaked before being inoculated with a mix of domestic and imported Rhone yeasts. Vigorous punchdowns were given every 4 hours for the first half of fermentation, then every 8 hours. At dryness, it was basket pressed and racked directly to barrel for malo-lactic fermentation and subsequent barrel maturation. A mix of coopers was used, all French oak, all 300 litre. After 22 months barrel maturation, the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon
Nose of black violets, cocoa nibs, eucalyptus, mint, cedar and Mexican chocolate. The texture is almost indescribable; very '07-esque with soft, well-integrated tannins and plush ribbons of fruit that take the palate on a layered ride of caramel, toasted marshmallow, mineral notes and shitake-umami flavors. Drink now through 2014.
Dark and brooding, but incredibly well balanced. Full and fresh, with spice, leather and a hint of smoke.
"Lithe, generous and beautifully proportioned, offering a seamless array of dark plum, blueberry and sandalwood flavors wrapped in a veil of fine-grained tannins. Finishes with an intriguing face-off of sweet fruit and spice that keeps on for quite a while. Best from 2011 through 2019." --Wine Spectator
Weingut Schloss Gobelsburg "Gobelsburger" Riesling
An excellent value. Cool, minty, lime & tea-like aromas lead to a juicy, bright, faintly bittersweet palate. The fruit is grown in soils of volcanic sandstone, mica slate & alpine gravel which lend a distinctively salty, pungent sense of minerality.