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|HELENA DAKOTA VINEYARD|
This 12.4 acre vineyard runs southeast to northwest on the eastern side of scenic Highway 128 and possesses slopes of up to 15 degrees. Prevailing westerly winds pass over a large, cold pond and blow uphill, parallel to the rows of vines. These cooling breezes slow down the ripening of the grapes and result in wines that are packed with elegance, complexity and finesse. A pure mountain stream and rocky ridge separate this vineyard from our Helena Montana vineyard.
2009 ANAKOTA HELENA DAKOTA VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON
COMPOSITION: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Knights Valley
ELEVATION: 750 feet
AGING: 15 months, French oak barrels
|Although this wine has much more Cabernet Sauvignon than the 2007, the wines seem to be more like sisters than cousins. The 2008 stands not in the shadows of 2007, but right next to it. It is a wine that although different in structure, nevertheless possesses all that it needs to satisfy now and in the future.|
46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 23%, Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot.
|The key words for this wine are balance and grace. There is a sensuality to this wine that really brings unique excitement to one’s highest calling for the grape, Pinot Noir. Look for rose petal powered red fruit of cherry and raspberry aromas. This is the “feminine” power that only Pinot Noir can capture in a wine glass. The mouth-feel is seductive and creamy textured with red fruit, spice, and violet floral perfumed flavors. Rich, long, and enticing this Pinot Noir keeps on giving. The wine begs one to enjoy another glass leaving you feeling light and joyful.|
|Benton Lane's First Class is produced only when they have a particular lot of wine that is very, very special, and the 2008 First Class Pinot Noir is such a wine. To start, they look to their favorite vineyard sites for the most balanced, flavorful and concentrated Pinot Noir. They ferment these lots in small fermenters called “pots”. They baby them every step of the way and move the best wine into new French oak barrels for sixteen months of ageing. As the wines develop, we select the best barrels to eventually become “FIRST CLASS” - the best of the best.|
The 2008 First Class Pinot Noir is a deep ruby colored wine that exhibits classic aromas of cherry, blackberries and wet earth, with complex underlying flavors of mocha, anise and blueberries. Very ripe, fine tannins and balanced acidity create a rich, velvety texture that leads into an extremely long finish. The First Class Pinot Noir represents the "best of the best" individual lots from a given year and is produced in small quantities only in vintages of optimal quality.
|Fermentation with indigenous yeasts in oak vats. Aged for 24 months in barrels made from oak chosen in our cooperage. Before bottling the wine is fined using fresh egg whites. After bottling, the wine will undergo a refining process for at least a further 12 months in our cellar.|
On the nose, it displays ripe, dark fruit, grape syrup, bitter chocolate and as it opens up, hints of spices such as pepper, vanilla and a little mountain scrub begin coming through.
On the palate, it is balanced, with a soft touch of acidity to give it good potential for cellaring. The attack is broad and long, with an evolution in the mouth which spreads silky and mineral sensations before concluding with sweet tannins which still have a bit of “grip” and will benefit from some “time out” for their full integration.
In the retro-olfaction the notes of oak and mountain scrub are more clearly defined, repeating the impressions noted in direct olfaction but with a greater preponderance. It is a vintage with “character”.
|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).|
|The Special Cuvee Brut represents the most straightforward expression of the Bollinger house style. The blend includes up to 10% reserve wines, which may be up to fifteen years old. This gives the special cuvee complexity and structure.|
|MELBURY originates from a spectacular property on the slopes north of Lake Hennessey, in the hills east of Rutherford.|
The name Melbury is in homage to an historic area in London, where the estate owners reside much of the year. Since its debut with the 1999 vintage, the consistent hallmarks of Melbury have been plush red fruits (currants, bing cherries), redolent with spice and the scent of violets. Elegance and a supple texture define the structure of this wine. The particular exposition of this rocky 7-acre hillside vineyard is southerly overlooking Lake Hennessey, allowing the vines to capture the morning sun yet moderating afternoon temperatures.
SOIL: Ancient sedimentary soil with compressed clay.
Eastern and Southeastern Exposure.
ELEVATION: 348-522 feet
|QUELLA is the name for the wine from a 9-acre site located in the eastern hills overlooking the heart of the Napa Valley.|
Making its debut with the 2006 vintage, the name is derived from the German word for a pristine source or an artesian aquifer. This property is steeply sloped facing southwest. The site is an ancient riverbed composed of cobble and rocks interwoven with pockets of tufa (volcanic ash) that were uplifted during the last volcanic activity in the area. Quella displays an almost ethereal quality of blue fruits, graphite, and a vibrant, subtle finish.
SOIL: Ancient uplifted riverbed covered with Tufa (volcanic ash).
ELEVATION: 433-595 feet
|The Bettina Bryant Proprietary Red Wine is a gorgeous blend of Bordeaux varietals sourced from three of David Abreu’s own exceptional estate vineyards – Madrona, Thorevilos, and Lucia Howell Mountain. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, and made with the same attention to detail as Bryant, this wine is beautifully layered and complex.|
|Bryant Family Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon made from a 13-acre estate vineyard atop Pritchard Hill, overlooking Lake Hennessey. This First Growth vineyard is meticulously farmed by David Abreu, with whom Bryant has worked closely for over 12 years. This wine is a beautiful expression of our unique terroir and a testament to the dedication of Bryant's winemaking and vineyard team to produce the finest possible wine from this site.|
|In 1321, under the reign of Pope Jean XXII, four barrels were brought from the papal cellar to be filled with wine in Chateauneuf. So loved was the wine, that following Popes planted new vines. And so the legend of the papal wine began. The Beaucastel estate dates back to 1549.|
Château de Beaucastel has long been regarded as one of the greatest wines in France. It is notorious for its elegance, balance and ageing potential. Beaucastel has an exceptional terroir at the Northern limit of Châteauneuf du Pape, exposed to the Mistral wind. Famously, all thirteen of the appellation's allowed varieties are used to create Château de Beaucastel. And since the sixties, and all thirteen have been organically grown.
|We can find the first evidence of Château de Beaucastel as it exists today in the sixteenth century. In 1549, Pierre de Beaucastel bought a barn with its plot of land extending to 52 saumées at Coudoulet. The manor house will be built then with the arms of Beaucastel sculpted in the stone of a wall of the drawing room.
In 1687, Pierre de Beaucastel was appointed Capitaine de la ville de Courtezon by Louis XIV, in recognition of his conversion to Catholicism. Louis XIV's letter, also signed by Colbert, is still visible at the Château.
In 1909, Pierre Tramier leads the wine estate and then transmits it to his son-in-law Pierre Perrin, a scientist that developped Beaucastel. Jacques Perrin continued the efforts of his father until 1978 and gave its noble letters to this wine.
Today, the estate is under the hands of Jean-Pierre and François, Jacques Perrin's sons that continue the beautiful story of Château de Beaucastel. Marc, Pierre, Thomas, Cécile, Charles, Matthieu and César, the 5th generation, work today all together with them. Beaucastel is first of all a family story, the story of Famille Perrin. Their main strength is to be able to mix the talents of each member of the family to run the wine estate under common values: absolute respect for land and terroir, biodynamic as a philosophy of life, the research of truth, balance and elegance.|
In 1985, Paul and Edith Chaudiere left their jobs in private industry (she was a voice therapist and he was a physical therapist) to study wine at one of France’s top wine universities at Suze la Rousse. 1989 marked the creation of the property in Mormoiron, one of the tiny villages dotting the beautiful countryside under the Mont Ventoux. Since then, they have been pushing the quality envelope in the zone, forcing other growers to raise quality as well.
This word Terrasses from the Latin terras, meaning "lump of earth". The
Côtes du Ventoux region is characterized by alternating hills and
valleys. To make the most of this exceptional terroir, grape growers
and other farmers had to accomplish the colossal feat of building
"terraces" into the steep hillsides, choosing especially well-protected,
sunny locations. Still today, the Provence countryside boasts
centuries-old olive trees planted on terraces called restanques or
rébanqués in Provençal. Paul and Edith Chaudière chose this name in
homage to the Provence countryside terraces their ancestors carved
into carefully chosen sites.
Soils: Located on the hillside at an altitude of 280 to 310 meters and facing
southeast, this vineyard is planted in gravelly soil covered with
Aging: 35 % of this vintage is aged in
oak barrels (2 or 3 years old). Bottled at the Château.
|Saint Domingue, another marvel from the same owner as Saint Dominique in Saint-Emilion. Situated next to Cheval Blanc on the edge of the Pomerol. This Saint Emilion village has all the class of a Grand Cru. Deep purple in colour. Intense aromas of stewed black berries and creme de cassis. Soft Oaky tones with hints of roasted coffee, caramel and vanilla. Powerful and rounded on the palate, with a creamy finish.|
|A very consistent vineyard, which always has very dark colour and black plum fruit with a gamey, leathery background. This has more to do with Cornas or Hermitage.|
|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.
|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.|
|One of the most sought-after pieces of land in Ribera del Duero, the estate of Villacreces sits next to Vega Sicilia, perhaps (historically) the most famous property in the region. It was owned for years by the Cuadrado family but in 2003 was sold to the Anton family, owners of a Rioja bodega Izadi and one of Spain’s most famous Michelin starred restaurants in the Basque country. All of the grapes for Pruno are grown on the estate, and aged 5 and 25 years old. The wine is aged 12 months in 2 year old French oak.|
Deep, black cherry color. Aromas of red fruit embodied with toffee oaky hints from the aging in French barrel revealing a sweety and fruity wine on the mouth. Reminiscences of ripen fruit and liquorice. It offers a pleasant and soft aftertaste.
|As with Flegenheimer Reserve Red, Ben Glaetzer, is making this 96% Grenache/4% Shiraz blend. Cuttings were taken from a very old Grenache vineyard in McLaren Vale known for producing a delicate, perfumed expression of the varietal. When ready, the cuttings were planted as bush vines on the western slope of Hammerschlag’s property. This portion of the vineyard has the hardest soil and is quite windy. In short, it is the toughest spot on the property which is exactly where Grenache should be. The varietals were harvested, made and aged separately. The wine did spent a few months in neutral barrels but was largely matured in stainless steel tanks to preserve its elegant perfume and aromatic character. After 12 months, the wine was blended and bottled with only a very light filtration.|
|The Sorì Tildìn vineyard was acquired by the Gaja family in 1967. It was first produced as a single-vineyard wine in 1970. The word "sorì" is the Piedmontese word for a hilltop with a southern exposure. "Tildìn" was the nickname of Angelo Gaja's grandmother, Clotilde Rey.|
Color: Deep purple.
Aroma: Complex aromas of toast, minerals, sour cherries, cedar and spices.
Taste: Displays the roundest tasting profile of all Gaja single-vineyard wines. The rich body, subtle texture and fine, ripe tannins are typical for this wine of great finesse, the quintessential expression of the land and the Nebbiolo grape. This wine has extraordinary aging potential--more than forty years in outstanding vintages.
|Hazaña is a recently introduced custom cuvée made in partnership between Eric Solomon and Rafael de Haan. British born and educated, Rafael joined the UK wine trade in 2000 and early on realized that he rather have a career closer to the vine. In 2001 he moved to Barcelona, brokered some wine and opened a tapas bar before setting up his first property, Bodegas Abanico, in Rioja with his partner Nuria Altes.|
Named for the ancient, poetic tales of heroism, Hazaña is made at Viñicola Real in the classical style of Rioja. The fruit comes from the vicinity of Logroño at 500 meters above sea level and on red clay and chalky limestone soils. A blend of Tempranillo with up to 15% Graciano, it is aged in French and American oak before release.
|Produced only in the best years and in limited quantities, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2003 Vigna Paganelli is made exclusively with Sangiovese grapes sourced from the eponymous vineyard, planted in 1964. An austere, "classic" and aristocratic Brunello, it is a wine that honors the blazon and the image of the wine symbol of Montalcino|
Dense ruby red color with garnet hues
The nose is rich of warm tones, red fruit, spices, liquorice
On the palate it is a thoroughbred, with a flavorful weave of silky tannins that are greeted with the freshness and structure that is typical of a great vintage. With a very long and overwhelming finish, it is a wine that will further evolve in the years to come.
|Elegant and tropical with hits of lemon and other citrus fruits. Notes of Fuji apple carry throughout this beautifully balanced and delightful Chardonnay. Lushly layered with an enchanting creamy texture and a finish that lingers on and on.|
|For centuries, the Agly valley, northwest of the medieval capital of the Roussillon, Perpignan, was famed for making some of the finest dessert wines of France. In recent years, these black slate soils and ancient vines twisted by the relentless tramontane winds, have been rediscovered for their ability to produce rich and opulent dry wines. The dark fruit flavors of Narassa pairs perfectly with beef or lamb - stewed or grilled.|
|From the creator of "The Prisoner", Papillon is a full and rich Cabernet Sauvignon blend. The fruit originates from some of Napa Valley's most celebrated appellations including Howell Mountain, Saint Helena, Rutherford, and Oakville. Marked with intensity and grip, the aim is to showcase a wine that's as fitting as the label photographed by the renowned Greg Gorman, and hand model Vince Tofanelli - a 3rd generation grape grower and friend. Papillon takes flight upon release with aging potential up to 8 years.|
The wine casts a dark shade of crimson with a tinge of magenta on the rim of the glass. Classic aromas of currant, cassis, and plum are instantly present along with soft French oak notes and some cedar box accents. Rich and opulent, flavors of Bing cherry, ripe blackberry, mocha, espresso, and black licorice welcome the palate. The density and concentration is succeeded with round and silky tannins providing an incredibly long finish.
60% Cabernet Sauvignon,
2% Petit Verdot,
Aged 16 months in French oak, 15.1% Alc./Vol.
|A core of lean citrus and vivid minerality, layered with baked apple and nectarine. The name translates to “My Daughter In-Law” in honor of Emily Michael, Paul Michael’s wife.|
|Brut Premier characterizes the timeless Louis Roederer style with the combination of fresh, youthful fruitiness and the vinous qualities of a fully matured wine. It is a structured wine with a lively attack and a smooth palate. Beginning in 2010, Brut Premier now comes in antique-colored bottles that filter out nearly 100 percent of light.|
The blend is composed of harvests from four different years, including three different years from the Louis Roederer reserve wines cellar. The reserve wines mature in oak casks for an average of two to five years. The percentage of reserve wines included in the Brut Premier blend varies from 6 percent to 10 percent.
The 'liqueur de dosage' is prepared with the greatest of care from a selected blend of eight to 10 of the very best crus from the Louis Roederer vineyard and then left to age in oak casks.
|After a cold and wet beginning, the 2005 vintage developed into a wonderfully moderate growing season that had plenty of sun and some decent hot temperatures, but contained no really aggressive heat spikes. This helped the grapes to mature very evenly and deeply with beautifully ripe flavors and rich, round tannins and allowed us to pick the vineyard calmly over several weeks when each block had reached its peak.|
This wine jumps from the glass with an animated nose of flowers, black cherries and ripe plums liberally inflected with aromas of cedar shavings, cigar box, wet river rocks and graphite. It cascades across the palate revealing rich layers of black cherries, Crème de cassis and blueberries intermixed with generous hints of black tea and cardamom, leading to a reverberant exit of spiced plums and kola nuts followed by a lengthy mouth coating finish. While drinking well now, it will benefit from and open up more fully with some additional time in bottle and should continue to develop more weight and complexity over the next 10+ years.
|Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs was created to commemorate Thibaud IV, Comte de Champagne, who planted the first Chardonnay vines in France in the 13th century. First released in 1957 with the 1952 vintage, it is produced exclusively from the delicate first pressing of costly Chardonnay grapes grown to greatest perfection in the vineyards of the communes of the Côte des Blancs, named for the suitability of its microclimates to that vine variety. Champagne Taittinger's extensive vineyard holdings of 600 acres include several parcels in the 100 percent-rated villages of Avize, Cramant, Chouilly and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs, and assure the consistent supply from year to year of the most exceptional Chardonnay grapes available.|
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is elaborated and brought to maturity in the 13th century chalk cellars once the property of the Abbey of Saint Nicaise, where each step of the méthode champenoise is performed traditionally. Following harvest, the grapes are pressed immediately in press houses located among the vineyards, yielding a first pressing, referred to as the "cuvée," which is followed by two more pressings, referred to as the first and second "tailles." The greater part of the juice, and that of the finest quality, is extracted in the "cuvée;" neither of the "tailles" are used in Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs. In all, no more than 100 litres (approximately 26 gallons) of juice per 160 kilograms (approximately 350 pounds) of fruit may be extracted from the combined three pressings. The must is then transported to the vinification facility, where a cool fermentation takes place under temperature controlled conditions. Following this, a small portion of the wine, usually approximating five percent, is matured for a few months in small, 225-litre, new oak casks. Blending takes place in the early spring, followed by a slow secondary fermentation at 45 to 50 F in Taittinger's cool cellars from which the wine acquires complexity and the fine, pinpoint bubbles characteristic of its sparkle. Prior to dégorgement, Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is aged four to six years, twice the legal minimum for vintage champagne, to fully capture the subtle bouquet, complexity and body of the Chardonnay grape.
This superb Champagne, produced only in years exceptional enough to declare a vintage, is appropriately presented in an antique-style bottle of XVIIIth century design. Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is the ultimate expression of the Taittinger style, a Champagne of great refinement, elegance and delicacy. The clean, aristocratic Chardonnay fragrance is offset by warm, toasty nuances, which carry onto a palate of finely- balanced, generous white fruit flavors underscored by a fine, crisp acidity and subtle mineral notes. The refined, toasty finish is lasting and complex.
|Wine critics and enlightened enthusiasts from around the world have raved about the Cheval des Andes. The nose opens out on to warm notes of tobacco, red berry fruit macerated in brandy, cherry stones and home-made jam, with aromas of cedar-wood, and bay leaves coming through. The attack on the palate is full, rich and warm. Silky tannins mingle harmoniously with the oak, making this wine a truly great vintage, beautifully rounded off by a full, long finish.|
|Tilia is dedicated to maintaining the best traditions of the rural lifestyle, to caring for the community of family farmers, and to stewarding responsibility in the use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many programs throughout the community to implement this credo. The Tilia family farmers all live in or very close to their vineyards and often bike to and from work every day.|
|A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, Le Désir represents the grace and opulence of the best St. Emilion-style wines. An intense purple color is followed by aromas of blackberries, tobacco, roasted coffee, dark fruit preserves and fruitcake. Rich, dense and chewy on the palate, it is smooth in the beginning, showing both black and red fruit, ending with spices, dark chocolate, caramel and coffee on the finish.|