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Our Gold Medal winning limited production 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel is bursting with aromas and structure of boysenberry, brambly strawberry, and ripe nectarine fruit balanced with ripe berry and cherry, laced with exotic spices. Notes subtle orange rind, clove and black currant. Color is a deep brilliant garnet. Sweet, creamy toasted oak and elegant tannins lend lush mouth feel for a delicious, lingering finish. This vintage exemplifies vibrant elements and complex flavors signature of our 90 year old-vines. Gold Medal San Francisco International Wine Competition February 2015 Gold Medal Award of Excellence Beverage Testing Institute February 2015 Gold Medal Orange County Wine Society June 2015
words classic and perfect were tossed around a lot after 2012 growing season, and this vintage will always be remembered for its lack of drama! This wine is big and unctuous with a firm structure that gives it excellent aging potential. Aromas of cassis and black cherry mingle with hints of plum, star anise and sweet vanilla. combination of fruit, oak and tannin integrate seamlessly to provide a long, powerful finish.
2014 Chardonnay highlights our commitment to artfully blending for richness, intensity and balance from long-term vineyard partners in Carneros, Monterey, and Santa Barbara counties. wine is aged for 10 months in 100% American oak barrels which contributes to richness and complexity of wine. Aromas of juicy pineapple, guava and lemon zest mingle with notes of sweet vanilla and honeysuckle. palate is round, full bodied and boasts a core of bright tropical fruit that is balanced beautifully by natural acidity.
For our 2012 Carne Humana Proprietary Red Wine we blended 100% Napa Valley fruit, preponderance of which was grown within borders of original rancho. All of fruit was co-fermented and barrel-aged as unique blends. This allowed various grape types to integrate with each other early on, and also for different vineyards to achieve greater harmony in final blend. After an extended maceration of almost 60 days, we aged wine in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels for about 18 months. Hint of sweet tobacco, maple, cherry pie filling, black licorice and an enlivened, bright acidity on entry that is quickly followed by rich, dark fruits, dried cranberry and sweet oak. Lingering finish.
Rutherford Hill Barrel Select is crafted with high quality Bordeaux varietals that demonstrate lively and bright red fruit aromas of cherry, raspberry, and plum, with a slight hint of spiciness. luxurious structure and multi-layered aromatics of this wine showcase depth, range and elegance of vineyards in which this exceptional fruit is sourced. French oak barrels cradle each harvest within estate caves for 16 months providing a unique environment that enhances wine aging process. Blend: 69% Merlot, 10% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petite Verdot, 7% Malbec James Suckling rating: 91.
It is so exciting. We are getting better and better at capturing stunning potential of Markus Bokisch's hillside Verdelho vineyard in Borden Ranches section of Lodi. vineyard is supremely rocky and full of iron; cool wind flows down from nearby Sierras to keep vines cool as fruit ripens. Once again, we pressed fruit very carefully and minimized both skin and oxygen contact. We fermented in barrel, but have kept barrels topped during five months of maturation, and we have prevented complete malo-lactic fermentation. wine is very sharply etched, with persistent minerality and a severity that makes head snap back. It also has power that marks 2013 vintage. We had great success with wine in 2012, but that wine in end seemed somewhat rustic and brutish-- raw power. This year we have produced more of a diplomat, a Roman Senator.
winemakers have been dreaming of and contemplating how they would produce their reserve cabernet sauvignon for years. Through trial and error, educated guesses, and hypotheses they discovered that barrel fermentation and flash detente were keys to unconvering what they had long been searching for. goal is to produce a wine with incredible structure, depth of fruit, and complete oak integration, without being over done. This cabernet sauvignon is rich and complex, bus still has incredible finesse. They believe their reserve cabernet can go up against some of big boys in game, but don't take their word for it and decide for yourself!
We have been dreaming of and contemplating how we would produce our reserve Cabernet Sauvignon for years. Through trial and error, educated guesses, and hypotheses we discovered that barrel fermentation and flash detente were keys to uncovering what we had long been searching for. Our goal was to produce a wine with incredible structure, depth of fruit, and complete oak integration, without being overdone. This Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and complex, but still has incredible finesse. We believe our reserve cabernet can go up against some of big boys in game, but don't take our word for it and decide for yourself! Drink. Think. Hypothesis!
I was delighted to return to home of Frederic Mugnier in cluster of houses that make up village of Chambolle, his perhaps grandest and most imposing. Those are not adjectives that would describe man himself, ever congenial and humble when I met him at domaine. I was there to taste his 2012s in barrel, but with some free time before my next appointment he kindly offered to show me his bottled 2011s. This is a producer whose wines I have warmed to in recent years. When I commenced my Burgundy odyssey in 1990s I felt that his wines were outshone by his neighbor Christophe Roumier and felt that they did not quite reach their full potential. However, in recent vintages Frederic has really honed his style and to me he seems more comfortable with level of new wood that he is using, even countenancing idea of a grand cru sans new oak. wines seem happier, as banal as that sounds. But they just sang from bottle with freshness, verve, personality and charm facets of a great Burgundy wine. Most International Wine Cellar rating: 91.
2011 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a harmonious and vibrant wine. This full-bodied, classic expression of Alexander Valley Cabernet in a cool vintage has a bright ruby-red color with purple undertones. nose exudes aromas of black cherry, cedar and black olives. On palate, its dried herb, cocoa and lavender flavors are framed by dusty tannins and a savory texture. This wine finishes with lively acidity and a lingering persistence. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2029. Our 2011 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It was blended in early 2012 and aged for 24 months in 40% new and 60% once-used American oak barrels. Early blending assures a balanced core and allows components to achieve a seamless harmony during barrel aging. After bottling in spring of 2014, wine was aged an additional 18 months in bottle before being released in August of 2015. Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 91.
Yet another near-ideal growing season provided Napa Valley with an excellent 2013 harvest to mark ZD's 45th vintage. An ample number of warm days and cool nights allowed for very slow ripening and optimal flavor development. Bright forward aromas of guava and tropical fruit are complemented by subtle hints of orange blossom and sweet vanilla. palate is full bodied and lush with notes of pineapple, mandarin and lemon rind that integrate wonderfully with natural acidity and subtle oak.
This wine is from Chile. Deep ruby black color. Aromas of melted toffee, cherry yogurt, strawberry custard, herb roasted tomato, pencil and clay. Round and silky with a rich, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body. Finishes with a long interplay of dried berries, spicy oak, and earthy herbal notes under an umbrella on fine chewy tannins. A great table wine that will sing with well marbled steaks. CABERNET SAUVIGNON^CARMENERE Wine CHILEAN STILL WINE
Luminous medium ruby; subtle aromas of pot-pourri, camphor and talc.|Barely sweet attack followed by a nice concerto of red fruit, barrel-derived spice and underpinning minerality. Black fruit flavors, licorice, and ferrous notes emerge after mid-palate; soft-edged, mouth-coating, mid-weight and elegant, with a very long finish. Engaging already, and serious, but also very promising for longer haul Wine Enthusiast rating: 90.
2013 Celani Family Siglo Red Wine Oak Knoll
Soft, floral aromas, creamy and tropical. Mouthfeel is soft, full and fruity, finishing with pronounced tangy green apple acidity. Beautifully integrated oak a nice counterpoint to pretty fruit. One-third new French barrels contribute underlying spice characteristics. Balanced and smooth enough to be an exceptionally versatile food wine. A delicious partner to Manchego cheese, crab cakes, chicken and salmon.
2013 vintage yielded what Flora Springs' winemaker calls a "perfectly balanced Burgundian style of Chardonnay," exhibiting expressive fruit including juicy pear, honeydew melon and fresh white peach alongside notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and turmeric. oak (67% new; 34% seasoned) is subtle, providing warm notes of buttered toast and a lingering marzipan and vanilla crème finish. Blend: 100% Chardonnay Wine Enthusiast rating: 90.
grapes are picked and sorted by hand, and alcoholic fermentation istriggered by indigenous yeast in temperature-controlled cement vats. Thewine stays on skins for five weeks. Malolactic fermentation in barrel. Clos des Lunelles is aged in new oak barrels for 18 to 24 months with rackingevery three months. finial blend is made just before bottling, without finingor filtering. The Wine Advocate rating: 92.
Wine Enthusiast rating: 96. 2004 vintage of this wine was ranked #6 on Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2007 Chateau Leoville Las Cases is one of largest and oldest classified growths in Medoc region of France. fruit is harvested by hand. fermentation vessels include a fascinating mix of wooden, cement and stainless steel vats. When finished wine is pumped to barrel cellar. Here it is transferred into oak barrique, between 50% and 100% new for grand vin, depending on vintage.
James Suckling rating: 97. Chateau Leoville Las Cases is one of largest and oldest classified growths in Medoc region of France. fruit is harvested by hand. fermentation vessels include a fascinating mix of wooden, cement and stainless steel vats. When finished wine is pumped to barrel cellar. Here it is transferred into oak barrique, between 50% and 100% new for grand vin, depending on vintage.
Exclusive Premiere Napa Valley Wine 2012 Auction Lot #171: Only five cases produced We've taken a special barrel from our sixth vintage for this special lot, made up of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Winston Hill Vineyard in Rutherford. wine has rested in 100% new French oak barrels since harvest 2009. If there is a single characteristic that we strive for in this wine, it is balance. Our winemaker, Todd Graff, is a genius at creating wines with seamless complexity, and this fourth effort goes a great distance in helping establish that very focus. 2009 Promise is a deep, dark, purple color. It delivers aromas of mocha and sweet caramel, layered with lightly toasted spices and graphite, and a seductive blend of blackberries and brown sugar round out aromas. Plum preserves and sweet tannins lead to a supple and fleshy, yet balanced, wine with a firm backbone. This concentrated blend shows outstanding purity and youthfulness. Aging Process: 36 months in new French oak b