Fermentation took place in a small tank. At dryness, the wine was pressed and racked into French oak barrels, 100% new, where it was then aged for 15 months.
Yield of Vineyard. The yield per plant was less than one pound of grapes. (1/3 of a bottle of wine) This is equivalent to 0.75 tons per acre, or 14 hectoliters per hectare.
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.
Running northeast to southwest on the eastern side of scenic Highway 128, the Helena Montana vineyard offers ever-changing topography, including rolling hills and steep benches with slopes of up to 30 degrees. This juxtaposition of hills, knolls and trees routes cool, westerly winds away from the vines. Planting vines perpendicular to the prevailing winds provides even more protection. A pure mountain stream and rocky ridge separate this vineyard from our Helena Dakota vineyard.
2009 ANAKOTA HELENA MONTANA VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Promis, from the Latin abbreviation, promissio, meaning promise truly lives up to its name. The grapes are grown in the terre brune (rich, dark soils) of the Ca'Marcanda vineyard. The soil consists primarily of loam and clay. The climate--hot summer days, freshened by brisk sea air and cool nights--is ideal for the grapes grown here.
Color: Light garnet
Aroma: Bright and fruity with a jammy nose.
Taste: A delightful wine that combines the elegance and suppleness of Merlot and Syrah with the austerity of Sangiovese. Balanced, almost musical, its a pleasure to drink from an early age and also has an aging potential of 5-8 years.
The CADE Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is sourced from five small growers on Howell Mountain: CADE Estate Vineyards, Ink Grade Vineyards, Outpost Vineyards, True and Eagle Summit Vineyards. The 2009 harvest on Howell Mountain began on October 11th and lasted through October 30st. The 2009 vintage was a challenging one on Howell Mountain but the decision to thin heavily in our estate vineyards as well as our grower?s vineyards paid huge dividends in October when the small crop achieved physiological/phenolic ripeness.
Medium-dark to opaque ruby-purple. Blackberry confiture and cassis are highlighted by notes of eucalyptus, peach, and spice. On the palate, medium-full to full-bodied but amazingly precise and focused, with flavors of blackberry and one of my favorite holiday desserts, persimmon pudding. Montafi has been on a roll lately with the 2007, 2008, and 2009 all besting previous vintages. Drinkable on release but given the verve and energy of this wine, enjoy from 2013 through 2019.
My family is fortunate to have lived and farmed in the center of the Napa Valley for five generations, During my childhood, our farmhouse was surrounded by vines as my parents were grape growers who sold their crop to local wineries. My dad, Charlie was also known as a talented home winemaker, so it was no surprise when he planted Cabernet wines on our land. The home wine he produced from those vines was very impressive and the impetus behind our decision to start a family winery- which is now in its third generation. We chose the name Caymus, a historical name given to our area of the Valley during the 19th century. This wine exemplifies our style of Cabernet out of a great vintage-deep colour, rich, concentrated and balanced. 2012 celebrates 40 years of producing our pride and joy, Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. -CHUCK WAGNER, OWNER/WINEMAKER
More than a classic example of Caymus Cabernet, this wine exemplifies the uniquely singular Caymus “house character.” The intention over the decades has been to make subtle changes in order to improve wine quality – in the vineyard and in the winery. One may ask why change a good thing? In short, my answer is that Napa Valley, while born with great climate and soils for grapes (especially Cab), is a hotbed of competition, and this has generated improvements. Can you imagine, in one small valley, hundreds of winemakers all struggling to make their mark? Napa may be the most competitive wine community in the entire world – and continued change is just part of the fabric.
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.
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.
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.
Planted in the Onkaparinga Valley in the Clarendon Hills area, this wine is always very peppery and spicy with nuances of Leather and minerals. A most individual wine - always very deeply coloured and with abundant tannin.
Hickinbotham Shiraz Vineyard planted in 1965 on hard clay and ironstone soil facing north into the Onkaparinga Valley.
Louise is dark ruby in color. It is more savory than overtly fruity, showing caramel, pekoe-tea leaf and vanilla latte on the nose. Dark-chocolate-covered strawberries come to mind on the palate. The flavors are persistent into a long sweet finish. The wine has an uplifting acid structure and a smooth texture, which are the requisite building blocks to evolve in your cellar for several years.
This young Pinot Noir is medium ruby in color. Aromatically, the wine is showing high-tone floral notes that are reminiscent of a rose petal potpourri. There are also some cinnamon-spice notes. It is a medium weight wine that has an appealing and mouth-watering texture with persistent length. It’s approachable now but will continue to develop in your cellar for the mid-term.
As legend has it, the Benedictine
Monk, Dom Periginon invented Champagne. That is not the whole story.
A few facts first. Champagne is 3 different things; First, it is a sparkling
wine made in France. Second, It is a geographic area in France about 1 hour
from Paris, and the only area where Champagne, the wine, can be produced. Finally
it is a name associated with large deposits of limestone (chalk) in the earth.
This deposit is present in the Champagne region, but is also found in Cognac.
The Cognac region has an area referred to as Fine Champagne. These Cognacs are
not made with Champagne (the drink), but the grapes used in production comes
from an area which also has a large Limestone layer.
The first commercial sparkling wine was produced in the Limoux area of France
about 1535. They did not invent sparkling wine, no-one knows who first made
Dom Perignon, the man, was born about 1638. His full name was Pierre Perignon.
He was a Benedictine Monk at the Abbey of Hautville near Riems in France. Wine
was already being made in the Champagne region before Pierre was born. Dom Perignon's
legacy to the world was a procedure for production of Champagne. This included
riddling the ageing bottles so the sediment can be removed, adding a dosage
for a secondary fermentation, and use of corks to seal the bottles. These steps
combined with the availabilty of stronger bottles which could hold the added
pressure, allowed the commercial production of Champagne to begin in about 1700.
Dom Perignon died in 1716. His famous statement "I see stars" was
uttered upon his first taste of Champagne.
Dom Perignon, the Champagne, was first produced in 1936. Moet et Chandon which
purchased the Abbey of Hautville 120 years earlier produced a super cuvee which
celebrated the Monk's exploits. The Champagne is only produced in exceptional
vintages; in 2 styles, the Brut and the Brut Rose and in 2 sizes, 750ml bottle
and 1.5Liter bottle. The name has become synonomous with class and stature.
A gift of Dom Perignon will express that only the best will do.
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.
Brilliant dark ruby color. Black plum, blackberry, lifted cherry, and wet stone after rain aromatics that are pure and focused. Black tea and cherry pipe tobacco notes add complexity. A crisp fresh entry which expands into a rich and vibrant mid-palate. The lively tannins provide grip and depth and are framed by spice and berry compote notes that persist on the long finish.
The wine from Mount Veeder is built to last and this wine is no exception. Powerful blueberry, violet, mineral and coffee characters in the nose and on the palate combine with concentrated tannins and acid to give any wine enthusiast a true flavor experience.
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.
The Prisoner is an innovative red blend that takes its stylistic cue from the drinkable “mixed blacks” first made by Italian immigrants who originally settled the Napa Valley. In the late 90’s there were a handful of Napa producers beginning to make this style of wine again. The blend soon began to incorporate not only Zinfandel, but also Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono, and Grenache.
The wine has a dense red and black hue that is framed in vibrant crimson. Aromas of Bing cherry, espresso, roasted fig and vanillin oak accents are persistent. The entry is powerful and generous supported with lively acidity while flavors of ripe raspberry, pomegranate and wild berry fruit linger harmoniously. Soft, integrated tannin chains allow the wine to be approachable now and provides for a pleasant finish.
Vineyards: Heitz Ink Grade, Rodgers, Somerston,
Mabel Tiedemann, Solari, Korte, Page
Nord, York Creek, Tofanelli, Luchtel,
Rancho Chimiles, Black Sears, Stagecoach
The Estate Old Vine bottling is the opposite or perhaps, more accurately, the inverse of the Estate bottling. The Old Vine has a red core of sweet fruit, spice and an exceptional degree of minerality and salt to it with an outer casing of subtly, darker fruit notes and some refined toastiness from the barrels. Texturally this wine shows the utter loveliness that Ribbon Ridge has to offer. In contrast to the firmness of the Estate this wine is simply amazingly plush with tannins that glide off the back of the tongue creating depth, complexity and tremendous length. Of the four wines they bottle from their Estate Vineyard this is the most suave and cool. The fruit is quite refined, the palate is deft and mid-bodied and the minerality is palpable. This wine will age gracefully and be a seamless and extraordinary Pinot Noir for many, many years. Don’t mistake these notes to read that this wine lacks concentration. There is more than ample substance to this Pinot, it is just contained in an extremely well-defined package.
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.
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.
In 1893, newlyweds Edoardo and Angela Seghesio purchased their first home in Alexander Valley. As winemaker for the most prominent winery in Sonoma County, Edoardo recognized great vineyard potential surrounding the modest home. In 1895, he planted the Home Ranch and began the familys lineage of Sharing Uncommon Ground.
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.
The 2008 L'Orage is a blend of 65% Cabernet and 35% Cabernet Franc this wine has a deep black center leading to a dark purple rim, with an alluring nose of sweet dark fruit with hints of spice, coffee and cocoa. In the mouth the wine has huge body with length and width that just go on and on. In the mouth this massive wine displays blackberry, cassis, mocha and layers of spice. The tannins are broad and refined giving the wine a finish that seems to go on forever. Due to this wines structure and size, it should be laid down for a minimum of 5 years, but if you must open a bottle please double decant AT LEAST 8 HOURS before drinking.
ARTEMIS, named after the Greek goddess of the hunt, is a wine that truly reflects its name. It’s the culmination of our hunt for the finest grapes from Napa Valley which, when combined with estate-grown fruit, combine to create a Cabernet Sauvignon that expresses the regional character of Napa Valley with the signature style of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. This approach results in a wine of lush fruit flavors balanced by extraordinary structure and elegance. Whereas our Estate Cabernet Sauvignons showcase the distinctive characteristics of each vineyard, ARTEMIS demonstrates how astute grape selection and skillful blending can create a wine that represents the sum of Napa Valley’s best Cabernet Sauvignon parts.
Imagine taking an aerial tour of Napa Valley, flying over the patchwork of vineyards that have made the valley and its wines famous. The grapes for ARTEMIS are sourced from a unique collection of these sites. The 2010 blend is derived from a spectrum of fruit grown for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars by independent growers from across the Napa Valley. Each site lends its personality to the aroma, flavor, structure and texture of the finished wine. Twelve percent Merlot was blended with the Cabernet Sauvignon for another layer of complexity. The wine was aged for 18 months in a combination of new and used French oak.
A perennial favorite on restaurant wine lists, ARTEMIS Cabernet Sauvignon offers pleasing aromas of black cherries, red plums, violets, nutmeg and sandalwood along with a hint of dried herbs. The cherry and plum notes carry over onto the palate and combine with ripe, mixed berries. The wine has a smooth, supple entry with good mid-palate structure with fine-grained tannins that lead to a lingering berry-cherry finish.
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.
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!
Machine picked fruit. Fruit was crushed and de-stemmed into open top fermenters. Time on skins varied from 9 to 21 days. At pressing, all free run and pressings are combined in tank and matured together.
Colour: Very deep black in colour.
Aroma: An interesting bouquet that displays a gentle perfume of aniseed, roasted nuts, lavender, mineral, earth, tar and espresso.
Palate: A big, even and persistent coating entry of pure fruit weight. Rounded purple to black fruits that continue on an extended and long finish, with a wealth of classy tannins that make the finish very soft, rounded and balanced.
A blend comprised primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon that is articulate and powerful, La Joie expresses the richness and depth of a Pauillac-style wine. It begins with a deep, dense purple color, offering up aromas of black currants, coffee, caramel, spicebox, herbs, and smoke. This is a full-bodied, complex and multi-layered wine with vanilla, chocolate, cassis and black fruits on the mid-palate followed by coffee bean flavors and youthful tannins on an exceptionally long finish.
French for “truth”, the wines of Vérité result from a confluence of old world experience and new world fruit. Each is an amalgam of distinct components harvested from small vineyard blocks (micro-curs), resulting in a carefully considered convergence of grape varieties, climate, soil exposition and winemaking technique. Vigneron Pierre Seillan refers to this conjunction as droit du sol, “right of the soil”.
This wine possesses a superb deep color, followed by a nose of black cherries. The initial impressions are very rich and powerful. The tannins coat the inside of your mouth with a lasting impression. The oak is well integrated and elegant from start to finish. Will drink well after 7 years of aging.
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.
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.
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