|The destemmed and softly pressed grapes are vinified in stainless vats at 30º Celsius.|
During the 15 days fermentation-maceration process the must is pumped and punched down for optimal extraction. The 50% of the wine stays in first use American oak and a 10% in second use French oak. The wine is the bottled without any form of stabilization or filtration, in order to not to alter quality, and is sold after three months of bottle age.
Yearly production is about 700,000 bottles.
|Belle Glos by Caymus showcases distinctive Pinot Noirs produced from some of California’s top wine-growing regions. The vineyard locations can all be described as coastal, but the climate differences are significant, depending on the amount of fog, wind, sunlight, and soil type at each site.
Each wine is crafted to distill the purest essence of the vineyard into elegant expressions of California Pinot Noir.
Winemaker Joseph Wagner chose the name Belle Glos (pronounced BELL GLOSS) to honor his grandmother, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, a co-founder of Caymus Vineyards.|
|The vines for Almirez, situated in Valdefinjas and Toro, are 15 - 65 years old, and yield a meager 20 Hls/Hct. Teso la Monja uses only organic fertilization, and strictly avoids the use of herbicides or other chemical products. All grapes are hand harvested and rigorously sorted. Aged 12 months in new French oak (30% new).|
|Bodegas Volver currently owns some 185 hectares in Alicante. Some of the vines are ungrafted. New acreage is currently under development.The vines age from 40 to 75 years old. Tarima Hill´s vines are planted in the Vaso system, in an all-natural (almost organic) process with no irrigation. The combination of soil profile and diverse altitudes within this very small area sets up a micro-climate that is predominately Continental along with some Mediterranean influence.|
|Cardwell Hill Cellars is a family- owned Oregon boutique winery producing just over 5000 cases per
year. They use sustainable agriculture practices to achieve premium quality fruit. These practices
are certified Salmon Safe and LIVE (Low Impact Viticulture and Enology) by the parent
The 2008 season promises to be one of the best for Oregon Pinot Noir. A warm July and August
was followed by a cool September. The fall rains came late to the valley, which gave more
hang time and higher sugar levels. The gorgeous ripe berries were harvested in the cool
weather of mid - October. The fruit was processed in via gravity flow within two hours
of harvesting. Following destemming, which yields about 80% full berries, the juice was cold
soaked for 48 hours and then inoculated. Fermentation was achieved at cool temperatures not
exceeding 85F. The straight run and press wines were gravity fed to the barrel room located
below the fermentation deck/crush pad. A combination of new and used Seguin Moreau barrels
were used for aging over the next 10+ months. The wines were racked from the lees in April.
Later the wine was racked into the blender, settled and then gravity - fed into the filler corker.
Thanks to our cool climate on the Western side of the Willamette valley, this Pinot Noir has a
bracing backbone of acidity. Note the low alcohol. Cardwell Hill Cellars wines are known for
balanced alcohol and acidity due to the coolness of our vineyard site. This garnet red Pinot Noir
has an elegant nose of black cherry, ripe raspberry and a little blueberry/currant. There is a note
of cloves and cardamom from the Dijon clones. The mouth has bright raspberry and cherry
flavors showing good acid. The soft finish has a bit of spice which fades into raspberry.
This wine pairs beautifully with salmon, all white fish and shell fish. Pair it with pheasant, duck
and other fowl. It is great with venison, buffalo and lean pork. Bon Appétit!
Vineyard: 100% Cardwell Hill Cellars Estate Pinot Noir
Viniferia: Wadensvil, Pommard, Dijon 115 and Dijon 777 clones
Alcohol: 13.2%; pH: 3.35; Aged: 10 months; Produced: 2504 cases
|The property is situated in the village of Capcanes and served for several years as the village cooperative. In the 1990’s, the co-op began making kosher wines for the Jewish population of Barcelona, and from that exposure in the much larger city, the property began to attract a greater level of interest. Eric Solomon approached Capcanes and asked for a custom cuvee to be made from some of the better vines of the property. This was just the beginning of a strong partnership!|
Medium ruby with flecks of violet; exotic aromas of liquor like cherry, spicy cake; vanilla; toast; ripe and nicely concentrated but not over-matured; very Garnacha in character; a lot of fruit; medium finish with ripe, sweet tannins.
|The grounds of the Saint Julien Appellation lie on the graves massif and colluvions formed during the two episodes of the Mindel era, just like at Pauillac. This partly explains the strong presence of Grand cru classified châteaux in Saint Julien. One often says that, for climatic reasons and from its geographical position, the wine from Saint-Julien is being in-between the force of Pauillac and the finesse of Margaux. The history of the grounds confirms this assertion as Saint-Julien differs from other names of the Medoc by its terraces of average altitude from Mindel era and also by the relative balance between the two types of graves from this era.|
|Ste. Michelle's goal with this Columbia Valley Cabernet was to highlight concentrated Washington red
fruit in an accessible style. It is an inviting Cab with plenty of complexity, structure and silky tannins. It’s also very versatile with food--try it with beef, pork or pasta.
Sourced from Columbia Valley vineyards in eastern Washington including Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge Estate and Indian Wells vineyards. Aged 16 months in American and French oak, 32% new.|
|Situated in a natural ampitheatre with 360 degree aspects, this vineyard is dry grown and produces small crops of deeply concentrated Syrah with high tannin levels.|
The yield here rarely exceeds two tonnes/acre and is often much lower.
This old gone ungrafted Syrah vineyard has a unique character which I describe as 'the full meal followed by the cigar'!
This wine is made in the same manner as all the Syrah vineyards and shows it's individuality purely due to vineyard influences.
This wine develops slowly and positively for a most complete tasting experience.
|Bright aromas of orange zest and apples are complimented by a hint of minerality. Rich, lingering flavors of pear and mandarin orange are accentuated by crisp acidity, leading to a lively, vibrant finish.|
|Chile’s 2009 season was quite warm in general, and Puente Alto was no exception, although its proximity to the Andes Mountains and its very cool nights, even in this vintage, produce very well-balanced fruit that enables the wine to maintain the personality of Don Melchor with its tremendous freshness, balance, and ripe tannins.|
VARIETY: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc.
VINEYARD: Puente Alto.
HARVEST: Manual, from April 14 through May 20.
CLIMATE: Semi-Arid Mediterranean.
AGING: 15 months in French oak barrels.
COLOUR: Deep cherry red.
AROMA: Black currants and blackberries with chocolate notes.
PALATE: Well-balanced and fresh, with silky tannins and excellent structure.
Alcohol: 14,7 %
Total acidity: 3.72 (Sulfurous acid)
|The 2007 Mendocino is a little different from past vintages. Instead of being dominated by cherry aromas, this leans more towards a mixed bowl of berries. The other interesting point is an aroma like a rustic mountain cabin with fresh red meat and spices being prepared for dinner and then freshly baked wild berry pies for dessert - of course the wood stove damper is not working well so there is a little smoke in the room...|
The tannins are soft and supple, but the acidity comes through with a bit more acid structure than in past vintages and stays with you till the cows come home. We always add a little Syrah and Petite Sirah for the mid palate, filling in the hole of the donut, but this year it is a little more pronounced in the flavors and aromas, hence the gamey and meatiness underneath all the mixed fruits.
With aging the wine should evolve into a very layered and complex Zinfandel, with toast and spice from the oak picking up in intensity and the creaminess becoming more apparent after a few years.
|Zuccardi Q Malbec is the blend of three unique vineyard sites. It shows a red violet color, with bluish hues. Intense red and black fruits aromas. Spicy, violet and chocolate nuances. Silky entry with great structure, soft and mature tannins. Intense fruity flavors and a persistent finish.|
|The vineyards for Silène are hillside vineyards located in Larnage and Gervans. It is rare for Crozes to come from hillside granitic soil as most Crozes is situated on the alluvial valley floor. The granite soil produces a wine with more backbone and structure. The idea behind this Crozes is to balance the fruit of Syrah without compromising the tightness given by the granite. 50% of the Crozes comes from a parcel of young vines planted in 2003 and owned by Domaine Jean Louis Chave. The parcel sits on a beautiful terroir on the rear east-facing flank of the Hermitage hill.|
The grapes are vinified at the Domaine using indigenous yeasts and aged for 18 months in 600 liter oak casks. The result is a wine of balance and pleasure and a great introduction to Crozes.
|These grapes are from various vineyards in the Marlborough region. The grapes were predominantly machine harvested with a portion being hand picked. They were destemmed and cold soaked for up to five days then warmed and inoculated. Hand plunged, grapes were warm fermented and pressed at dryness. Post malolactic fermentation the wine was aged in a mixture of tank and older barrels for just over five months.|
Colour: Medium depth of colour with purple and crimson notes.
Aroma: An aromatic wine with black cherries and red currants on the nose, complexed with integrated oak and a smoky bacon character.
Palate: A nice combination of dark cherries and red fruit abound. This is underscored with a hint of oak and firm tannins. Persists well.
Cellar: Up to five years.
Food Match: Ideal with smoked salmon or pork chops. Suited to most rest meats and not bad as a wine to enjoy all on its own.
|La Marca Prosecco is named for the La Marca Trevigiana zone, located in the heart of Italy's Prosecco region, where its grapes are grown. Founded more than 40 years ago, the La Marca winery joins tradition and innovation, ensuring the highest quality product.|
In 2007, the winery was awarded a "Top 100 Wines of the Year" by Wine Spectator1. La Marca is the only Prosecco producer from the Veneto region to be awarded this honor.
Enjoy as apéritif or pair with mild cheeses, light hors d'oevres, salads, seafood linguine in garlic butter sauce, a lighter fish, such as sole, snapper and mahi-mahi.
To open, remove foil, untwist wire cage and loosen the base. With one hand on the base and the other grasping the cork, tilt the bottle to a 45° angle and twist the bottle slowly to loosen the cork.
Always serve La Marca Prosecco chilled between 46-50°F. A versatile Italian Sparkling wine, La Marca Prosecco can be served in sparkling flutes or white wine glasses. A full bottle serves approximately 5-7 glasses. After pouring the first round, seal the opened bottle with a bottle stopper to keep remaining wine fresh and effervescent and keep the wine chilled to 46-50°F. An opened bottle should last about 3-4 hours with the bottle closure.
|La Basseta vintage is the result of a blend from several plots of carignan, grenache and cabernet.
The vines vary in age from 15 – 100 years.
Bodegas Mas Alta's selection criteria for producing this wine is based on successfully expressing the terroir combined with a sensation of finesse and indulgence. Throughout the process of producing their vintages, they aim to obtain sensitive and complex wines.
La Basseta is undoubtedly the most feminine wine in their range. The intensity of the fruit blended with a long and silky finish make for a feminine feel...|
Selected by Michel Tardieu, their barrels originate from France’s most noble forests.
Wines are matured for 14-18 months on fine lees enabling them to obtain the quintessential expression of each vintage.
A key stage in the wine-making process, maturing adds that vital touch of personality to a great wine.
|The only white wine produced by Mollydooker, it offers ripe fruit with lovely pineapple and citrus flavours.|
|The 2006 Syrah relies heavily on grapes from Novelty Hill's estate vineyard,
Stillwater Creek (70%). The soil here is mixed with large pieces of
fractured basalt; and visitors often remark on its similarity to the
Rhone Valley, perhaps one reason why Syrah from here is so
outstanding. The balance of the wine relies on Lewis Vineyard
(30%) grapes. Known for its low yields and concentrated grapes,
Lewis is one of Mike Januik’s favorite Syrah vineyards in the state.|
|"In true romantic fashion, Belle Epoque is a marriage of the very best that Champagne can produce: wines from Cramant, Avize, Ay, Mailly and Verzenay, the region's most highly-rated vineyards. One half of the blend is Chardonnay of surpassing finesse and delicacy. The other half is Pinot Noir of noble richness and complexity. The blend of these wines yields a Champagne of ravishing fragrance and style, offered in the famous "Flower Bottle". The combination of wonderful Champagne and a beautiful package make Fleur the perfect partner to your most romantic encounters."|
The PJ Belle Epoque set is among the most tasteful and recognizable gifts in the world of wine. The Set includes one bottle of Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Champagne and two glasses, all beautifully gift-boxed. This famous "flower bottle" was formerly known as Fleur de Champagne in the US.
|In an age instant gratification, the Pillar Box is a stoic reminder of the virtues of patience. The act of writing and sending a letter is matched by the anticipation of the receiver. Their best parcels of Shiraz were selected to create this special wine. Pillar Box Reserve can be enjoyed in its youth, but will reward the patient.|
They hand selected some outstanding parcels of Shiraz from the Pillar Box project to create this reserve blend. The colour shows red-black and a scarlet rim, with an attractive mocha, native mint and ripe pomegranate aroma. Tempting cedar, spice and cocoa are incorporated into a complex structure. The fine, rounded silky tannins develop into a luscious, prolonged finish.
|Rancho Zabaco, one of the original Mexican land grants in Northern Sonoma, crosses over portions of Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley – one of the areas in Sonoma County from which these grapes are sourced. Sonoma Heritage Vines delivers an abundance of black fruit and spice aromas, demonstrating the classic and distinctive characteristics of Zinfandel. The soft, plummy, and jammy flavors and textures make this wine not only approachable, but also versatile, allowing it to be paired with a wide range of foods.|
|Maturation has changed this wine from bright red to tawny. With this slow transformation in colour has come a change in flavour to the complex, rich and satisfying characters of a mature tawny.|
Colour/appearance: Deep mahogany-tawny.
Aroma/bouquet: Bouquet of rich fruit cake with a touch of rancio.
Palate: Complex rich spicy fruit flavours. Hints of cherry syrup and sweet tobacco. Good palate length leading to a smooth finish with notes of rancio.
|From its first years of production Riserva Ducale has become synonymous with fine Chianti, and it has played a leading role in the development of the privileged position which Tuscan quality wines hold throughout the world today. In many markets this Riserva has in fact transcended its category and become known simply as "Riserva Ducale". It has managed to preserve its excellent reputation through time, thanks to Ruffino's commitment to cultivating the finest Sangiovese grapes on the slopes of the Chianti Classico hills.|
Colour: Intense ruby red.
Aroma: the 2006 Riserva Ducale is characterised by particularly fragrant, fruity notes, typical of this vintage. Sweet cherries and red berry fruits meet with delicately spicy hints of cigar box and white pepper grains and elegant scents of red roses and flint.
Tasting profile: Fruity, soothing, and well-balanced, the taste reveals velvety tannins and a enjoyable spicy sensation. The ageing in oak enriches the fruity core with hints of cacao and cloves. The long-lingering aftertaste adds intriguing notes of rosemary and figs.
|Totally full and rich southern Barossa fruit, slightly ripe summery plums with an underlayer of vanillin oak, soft and generous on the palate.|
|Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel perfectly embodies the family's goal of Sharing Uncommon Ground as only the finest lots from their oldest vineyards are selected for this composite blend. Although Old Vine is often loosely interpreted in the wine industry, the benchmark is fifty years. The average age of the vines producing this wine nears 90 years.|
|Le Telegramme is Vignobles Brunier’s second-label wine in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC area, a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre and 4% Cinsault grapes from young vines and terroirs “of little character”. These terroirs, combined with vines aged 30 years on average, yield fresh and elegant fruit, a certain minerality and appealing balance, Le Telegramme is thus best enjoyed in the early years of its life.|
|#36, Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2011|
Owner / Winemaker Roberto Guldener began making wine at Terrabianca in the heart of Chianti Classico in 1988, realizing his dream to make wine in Chianti. Obsessed with making a contemporary terroir-driven product, he set out immediately planting new vines, and clonal selection has since been a driving force in his work. He currently has 126 acres under vine. Campaccio, a blend of Cabernet and Sangiovese, was Guldener's first wine at Terrabianca, and remains the winery's flagship offering.
Growing area: 40% Chianti Classico, 60% Maremma.
Yield per vine: 1.7 kg. Density: 6,000 vines per hectare
|100% Cabernet Sauvignon. An age worthy Cabernet from the heralded Thelema estate has become a benchmark South African bottling. Sleek and stylish, it abounds with alluring flavors of blackberry and blackcurrant intertwined with complex notes of coffee, cedar, tobacco, and eucalyptus.|
|Deep reddish purple with aromas of bright berry/cherry fruit. Like swallowing a whole bowl of mixed ripe berries at once. Big body yet very balanced, with luscious layers of raspberry, cherry, and cocoa flavors. Just a hint of baking spice at the end brings it all together. Pairs well with grilled meats such as beef and pork, smoked ham, and even pizza with meat toppings. Incredibly fun to drink! Pairs well with grilled meats such as beef and pork, smoked ham, and even pizza with meat toppings. Incredibly fun to drink!|
|Primus is a racy blend of Carmenère, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon made from the highest quality grapes at the Veramonte Estate. It showcases the rare Carmenère variety, a distinctive grape that has found its home in Chile.|
Appearance: Deep, dark opaque garnet.
Aroma: Exotic spice, toast and hints of tobacco and mint.
Flavour: Massive and mouthfilling with exotic spice and ripe fruit. Lush, with blackberry and cherry notes and smooth, powerful tannins.
|The soil from 60 million year old geological formation, that looks like a beach, like white beach sand, the locals nicknamed it "the beach". Old gnarly vines, tough as nails, produce incredibly rich and intense flavors of dark fruits, with velvety tannins, yet with inviting perfume of fresh roses.|
|Yangarra 2006 Shiraz walks the tightrope between finesse and concentration. It has a stylish perfume of lemon pith (unusual for Shiraz), lipstick, raspberries and juniper. The aromas are vibrant and explosive. The palate is concentrated and seductively lush with black fruits, spicy dark chocolate, hints of vanilla bean and soft, grainy tannins.|