Sandhi Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay 2013
|Region||California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills|
The wine is aromatically complex with notes of ripe meyer lemon, key lime, almond skin, dried ginger and apricot, and subtle hints of jasmine and fresh mint. The complexity of the old vines is most evident on the palate as its broad, exotic, and persistent texture carry through this full and restrained wine to its finish.
Chablis-like, showing a flinty austerity, with citrus, blood orange, tart white peach and nectarine notes. Drink now. 324 cases made.
Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2007Winemaker Notes #8 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010 Flaccianello combines all the wild and old-world characteristics of the Sangiovese grape with the modern vinification techniques of what may be the top winemaking house in Tuscany today. The wine is like a taming and training of a beautiful black mustang stallion that has spent just enough time in the wild to retain its fiery disposition. It opens up with brambly notes of berries and currants, cloves, lavender, violets and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. I wonder at the grace of the wine as I delight in the first sip that is supple and cool on the mouth but full of warm flavors that light up the palate with bright notes of cherries and strawberries, tempered with touches of earthy leather and cherry-nut chutney. The wine crashes into the mid-palate on a wave of currants, blackberries, and more, riper straw-berries as it balances itself at the same time on pure tannins and pinch or two of new, vanilla oak. The finish…oh the finish…Well made Sangiovese never disappoints and the Flaccianello rolls on and on seemingly forever. Finally it fades with light herbal notes…a hint of mint…a dash of licorice basil…then it's gone like a shooting star winking out in the night sky.
Schug Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014This supple and generous Cabernet Sauvignon blend is crafted in the classic Bordeaux style that Walter Schug pioneered in the 1970's as winemaster of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. A ripe mouthful of currant and cherry flavors is framed by fine tannins and a touch of spicy oak. It has a classic bouquet bursting with berries, cassis and spice. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot are blended in to add depth and elegance, further enhancing the bright berry flavors and lively acidity. Try this wine with hearty stews, wild mushrooms and grilled meats. Though ready to enjoy now, it will develop gracefully with 5 to 7 years of additional cellaring.
Chateau Lilian Ladouys Saint Estephe 2015The 2015 vintage has a very deep garnet color, amplified by superb purple hues. It reveals fresh aromas of peppermint combined with notes of orange peel and cocoa. Mix with the aeration of the fragrances of white flowers, blueberries and light vanilla plum compote. The full-bodied and powerful attack develops on raspberry and cedar notes. The mouth is supported by a texture of chalky tannins, conferred by our clay-limestone soils on which our Merlots flourish wonderfully. It concludes with a fresh and lively finish.
Abbazia di Novacella Lagrein 2015Appearance: Intensely deep in colour, almost black tinged with purple. Aroma: Very open on the nose with concentrated aromas of violets, blackberries and black cherries all meshed with savoury flavours, coffee and dark chocolate; supple youthful tannins and superb length. Food Pairing: Balsamic roast pork, mature cheeses, pan-seared ribeye steak.
Jean Luc Colombo Cornas Terres Brûlées 2015WS 91 Color-A deep ruby-black with purple hints Bouquet-Blackcurrant, dark cherries and blackberries, with spices, licorice and cocoa. Taste-A very rich mouthfeel with flavors of black fruit, jam, vanilla, spice and mineral notes. The wine has firm tannins and a long lasting finish.
Justin Justification 2016Dark ruby purple core with blue/black secondary hue, a medium rim with thick tears showing slight staining on the glass. Aromatic and complex with ripe red cherry, black currant and a little berry with vanilla, cinnamon and licorice spice, cedar and graphite notes, oak, leather, dried autumn leaves and a minty hint of camphor. Moderate plus to full bodied, dry, with ripe cherry and cassis mixed with baking spice on entry joined by cedar and oak on the mid-palate with complex savory, herbal elements. The finish is long, balanced and clean, with returning red and black fruit and perfectly proportioned, fine, mouth-filling tannins. The 2016 JUSTIFICATION is elegant with a perfect balance of fruit, savory and textural elements making it a versatile food pairing wine. Try it with a wide range of dishes from Rotissierie Chicken, or Duck Confit, to Entrecote Bordelaise et pomme frites, a classic regional dish from Bordeaux of pan seared steak with a red wine shallot and thyme pan sauce served with crispy fries.
Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove 2016Le Serre Nuove dell' Ornellaia 2016 benefits again from an exceptional vintage that highlights all the features of Bolgheri's exceptional climate. Dark in colour, the wine shows a charming nose of perfectly ripe red fruit and spices. The palate is rich and well-rounded with beautiful velvety-textured tannins that coat the palate. A wine that combines immediate pleasure and great ageing capacity.
Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2016Appearance: Vivid garnet in the glass. Aroma: Lively aromas of boysenberry, black cherries, and anise. Flavor: Alluring flavors of mocha and dried bay leaf against a backdrop of pencil lead, graphite, and subtle oak notes. Mouth Feel: Bright red fruit accompanies the soft texture with integrated tannins leading into a deliciously lingering finish. Food Pairing: Roasted chicken, grilled pork and beef, rich, tomato-based pasta dishes.
Schug Carneros Pinot Noir 2017Aroma: A complex wine with a rich bouquet of cherries, berries and hints of spicy new oak. Palate: It has flavors reminiscent of black cherry, currant and strawberry, followed by a rich, spicy texture and a long silky finish. Pairings: This wine pairs nicely with lamb, duck, even grilled fish, and will improve with additional cellaring for 2 to 5 years.
Castello di Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2014A wealth of fruit yet remains fresh and vivid with blueberry and black cherry character. Some bark and dried earth. Full body, integrated tannins and a flavorful finish. The elegance and harmonic body of the wine permit its combination with many complex and complicated dishes such as red meat, feathered and furry game also accompanied by mushrooms or truffles. Brunello, in addition, is excellent with cheeses: aged tomes, parmesan, Tuscan pecorino. It also makes an excellent combination with meat dishes of international cuisine or with complicated sauces. Because of its characteristics, Brunello is also a pleasant meditation wine
Ceretto Barolo 2015The idea of combining different sensations to create a good balance is the basis of the original concept of Barolo; the more traditional producers have always tried to avoid prioritising the single expression of the vineyard in lieu of the right balance in the glass. And so it is in our classic Barolo, two souls of the appellation coexisting: the more gentle one, whose area is defined by the Tortonian soils of La Morra and Barolo, of which Brunate is an example, and the more austere and masculine one, coming from slopes with typical Helvetian soil, such as those at the base of Gabutti in Serralunga. It's a stylistic choice, that of trying to interpret the taste of the appellation's namesake, which gives us a rich and virile wine, able to be enjoyed young or after its evolution, for the passionate.
Domaine Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes 2017A nice shiny red colour with dark purple highlights. The nose is elegant and complex. This very aromatic Chateauneuf-du-Pape is elegant and long in the mouth. A powerful wine with a cellar potential for many years. Served at room temperature, this powerful wine perfectly matches with jugged hares, game, and truffle omelettes.
Chateau Gloria Saint Julien 2017
Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017Cocoa, raspberry jam, and dried fig highlight a bright, fresh nose that quickly settles into a steady parade of baking spices, black pepper, and earth. Deceptively soft initially, the wine builds with its viscosity and concentration amidst layers of ripe plum, very fine tannins, and espresso bean. A lively ginger note adds a touch of spice, bolstered by dried cherry, tobacco, and fresh bright cranberries. The finish is laser-focused, mineral-driven and persistent, not unexpected in young Cabernet. Delicious now, it will add breadth and polish with time in glass.
Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2015Organoleptic description Typical aromas of ripe fruit, fruit preserve and cherry are immediately perceived on first olfactory examination. Particularly striking is the incredible long length that lin- gers on the palate, when the wine displays all its strength through a warm an ele- gant body. Pairing and serving It is an excellent partner to red meat, boiled meat, flavoursome risottos and hard cheeses.
Grgich Hills Fume Blanc 2018
Morgante Nero d'Avola 2017
Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi 2014This ruby-red wine has a full, complex spectrum of aromas, particularly of violet and blackberries. On the palate, it is full-bodied and mouth-filling, with persistent and elegant notes of plum, bitter cherry, strawberry jam and black pepper. Radici Taurasi pairs flawlessly with roasted meats, larger game, spicy Middle Eastern dishes, truffles and aged, flavorful cheeses.
Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016A classic expression of Napa Valley Cabernet, this wine combines beautiful complexity with rich intensity. Layers of blackberry, huckleberry and black currants are supported by firm, dusty tannins that frame the fruit. On the palate, it is juicy and bright, with luxurious cassis and dark berry flavors supported by notes of fig, cardamom, clove and cracked black pepper that linger on the long, wellstructured finish.
Domaine Zind Humbrecht Zind 2017
Chateau d'Armailhac Pauillac 2010The colour is dark and intense, almost black. The nose opens on fruit aromas, especially black cherry, followed by toasted, roasted notes. The wine is immediately full and powerful on the attack, with well-rounded tannins and fruit flavours that develop notes of vanilla, roasted coffee and toasted nuts. The long finish is sustained by slightly toasted, oaky flavours. A powerful Château d'Armailhac of considerable refinement.
Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016Aromas of blackberry crisp and flavors of cherry, clove and a hint of dark chocolate. Full-bodied and smooth with a lingering finish.
Frank Family Zinfandel 2016A robust, fruit-forward wine with plenty of ripeness, the 2016 Napa Valley Zinfandel offers perfumed aromatics of savory spices and dark coffee. Brambly blackberry, black cherry, and peppery cinnamon intermingle on the full-bodied palate. e right amount of acid and tannin balance out the concentrated palate, leading to a long finish.