Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
|Region||California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley|
Fresh granny smith apples, floral and spice aromas dominate the nose; pink grapefruit, tangerine, citrus blossom, and apple pie flavors are balanced by a bit of wet stone. The oak influence creates a nice mid-palate, yet the wine still shows a balanced acidity that carries through the long finish. Pair with cracked crab with drawn butter.
Well-structured, with a smoky richness to the mineral-infused apple and pear tart flavors. The fresh, spicy finish lingers with a creamy texture. Drink now through 2022.
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.
Raymond Reserve Chardonnay 2016This impeccable Reserve Chardonnay is a beautiful golden color in the glass with fragrant tropical aromas. Notes of blanched almonds and stone fruit flavors coat the palate with a creamy custard texture. Mango, pear and honeysuckle accentuate the bright acidity in this beautifully balanced wine with a hint of minerality on the finish.
Morgan Highland Chardonnay 2017This focused, elegant Chardonnay's aromas feature pear, clove, green apple, and caramel. Aromas are complemented by a light touch of meyer lemon, graham cracker, and nutmeg. Incredibly food-friendly, the 2017 Highland Chardonnay is a perfect match for cream-sauced pastas, roast pork, and seafood.
Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018The Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is produced with minimal use of new oak, which allows the bright varietal character to shine through. It was harvested from select vineyards located in the Sonoma Coast appellation, including the cooler microclimates of western Carneros, southern Sonoma Valley and the Petaluma Gap. It has a spicy apple aroma with hints of nutmeg and cream. Silky textured, it has delicate flavors of fresh fennel, pear and ripe apple. Try it paired with aged cheeses such as Gouda or Manchego, or with delicate seafood dishes, soups and pastas.
Terredora di Paolo Falanghina 2019Pale yellow color. Offers a rich and intense aroma of fruit with hints of apple, pineapple, quince and pear. It is fresh and clean in the mouth with excellent acidity, good structure and a floral finish. A wine for the whole meal equally at home with hors d’oeuvres, soups, fish dishes, cold dishes, buffalo mozzarella and fresh cheeses.
Catena Chardonnay 2018The Catena Chardonnay combines the unique expressions of three high altitude vineyard sites. The wine shows an intense greenish color with yellow notes. The extraordinary combination of these vineyards offer honey and tropical fruit flavors while lending notes of citrus, pears, peaches, and white flowers with a strong minerality and a delicated note of vanilla. The mouthfeel is clean, with a fresh, clean acidity. This wine would be a fantastic companion a variety of poultry dishes, dishes finished with a Nantua sauce, or to a rich seafood dish like Shrimp and Herb Risotto.
Buena Vista Winery Carneros Chardonnay 2015A beautiful honey color in the glass. Delicate aromatics of Fuji apple, marzipan and peach blossom. Layered flavors of Asian pear, lemon curd and baked peaches are complemented by notes of vanilla oak and soft spice. Medium bodied, this wine coats the palate but is balanced with bright acidity on the finish.
Chamonix Chardonnay 2017
Fess Parker Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2018Straw color. Aromas of golden delicious apple, pear, pineapple, honey, graham cracker, biscotti, almond, vanilla. Flavors of citrus, lemon cream, green apple, pear, mineral, toasty oak, vanilla.
Calera Central Coast Chardonnay 2016Vibrant and inviting, this wine captures the essence of Chardonnay grown on the cool, windswept Central Coast. Aromas of jasmine, vanilla bean and passion fruit rise from the glass revealing this wine's youthful charm. On the beautifully fruit-driven palate, layers of green apple, grapefruit and pineapple are framed by subtle oak and a refreshing acidity that carry the flavors to a bright, focused finish.
Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2017Winemaker's Notes This barrel fermented, full bodied Chardonnay has mouth filling citrus fruit and a palate cleansing, bright finish. It will become richer and more complex with age.
Mossback Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018Mossback Chardonnay is an elegant example of fruit harvested from the Aquarius Vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley. This wine was primarily cold-fermented to accentuate the classic characteristics of grapes grown in this cool-climate, Sonoma County appellation. Beautiful pear and flfloral aromas lead to flflavors of stone fruit, tangerine, honey and lime zest. A small percentage of the wine was fermented and aged in oak to add texture and a pretttty vanilla note. This is a bright and vibrant Chardonnay with a fifinish that lingers with the creaminess from the French-oak aging. Pair this with spring rolls, oysters, ceviche or a lobster bisque.
Seven Falls Chardonnay 2016Bold, ripe aromas of poached pear, caramel and papaya lead to a long-lasting, full, round and rich mouthfeel with hints of butter and brown sugar.
Red Tail Ridge Sans Oak Chardonnay 2017Tasting Notes: The nose opens up with Bosc pears, tart apples, undertones of stoniness and hints of citrus. The palate begins with white cherries and golden delicious apples, highlighted with a slight spritz mouthfeel to keep the wine lively. Minerality and lemon oil notes linger on the palate.
Byron Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 2015
Meerlust Chardonnay 2018Appearance: Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. Aroma: Complex, appealing nose with pear, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. Palate: The wine is medium bodied and linear but retains generous focused citrus fruit flavors with sleek, balanced and crisp acidity. The wine remains vivacious and fresh on the finish with clean citrus fruit and stony minerality. The wine has a long, very pleasant lingering finish. Decanting and exposure to air opens the aroma and palate of the wine. Food Suggestions: Grilled fish, white and red meat. Ideally served at 12°-14°C.
DeMorgenzon DMZ Chardonnay 2017DeMorgenzon, ’the morning sun,’ was so named because it is the first part of the Stellenboschkloof valley to see the sun because of its high altitude and aspects. We cover the top southern and eastern slopes of Ribbokkop, overlooking the pinnacle of Kanonkop from where a cannon was fired to alert the farms in the region that a ship had put into Table Bay. The first road from Cape Town to Stellenbosch ran through the Stellenbosch Kloof.
Sauska Unoaked Furmint 2016A fragrant bouquet of pear and green apple is balanced by herbal undertones, such as bay leaf and thyme. Sauska’s unoaked Furmint is refreshing on the palate with vibrant acidity and excellent minerality. This crisp white is best alongside sushi or light tapas. Best within a couple of years of the vintage.
Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Chardonnay 2018Colour: golden yellow with green shades. Nose: intense and complex. Notes of ripe fruit, especially apricot and peaches, combine with further notes of honey, hazelnut and almond. These aromas are enhanced by delicate hints of vanilla, a product of its barrel ageing. Palate: this wine stands out for its balance and harmony. Its body, volume and roundness provide it with a great presence and lengthy finish.
Terranoble Chardonnay 2018This Chardonnay of bright pale-yellow color, shows aromas of fresh fruits, especially pears, apples and pineapple. On the palate the wine displays a fresh and delicate style and a balanced acidity, making it very easy to drink. Pair with crab cakes, pasta alla carbonara, or fried chicken. Great as an aperitif or paired with seafood.