This wine is spectacular, and represents the perfect foil for grilled steak. Rich, full bodied and muscular, Alto Moncayo has riveting intensity and palate staining extract; this Spanish red is inky/purple, full-bodied, and rich. This pedal-to-the-metal offering should age handsomely for a decade.
"Dark violet. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red and dark berries, incense, vanilla and candied flowers, along with a vibrant mineral overtone. Juicy, concentrated and focused on the palate, offering intense black raspberry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out steadily on the back half. An impressively long, mineral-laced finish features silky, even tannins and an echo of lavender pastille."- Vinous / Antonio Galloni
Made from vines between 30 and 50 years old, and aged in barrels for 16 months. It is a wine with an attractive collection of balsamic notes, of chocolate and black fruits, very warm on the palate and an extremely pleasant finish.
100% Garnacha from Borja.
Blend: 50% Garnacha, 50% Samso
"Graceful and harmonious, this red shows good depth, balancing juicy cherry and berry flavors with notes of vanilla, mountain herb and mineral. Drink now through 2022."-Wine Spectator
An annual favorite, Randall Grahm brings us his intentional Vin Gris made from bespoke grapes, harvested at the appropriate ripeness level for its style with minimal skin contact. The essential principle here is that less is more—this wine is seductively subtle. This year’s blend is 57% Grenache, 18% Grenache Blanc, 9% Mourvèdre, 6% Rousanne, 5% Carignane, and 5% Cinsault.
This year our Rosé is 21% Grenache, 58% Zinfandel, 13% Mourvedre, 4% Syrah and 4% Carignane.
The grapes are harvested early, whole cluster pressed, and finished dry. Then the juice is fermented cold using indigenous yeast with no ML. The wine is very pale in color, beautifully aromatic and crisp on the finish, what a fine accompaniment to the optimism of spring!
The Grenache grapes for this wine were picked with the intention to make a Rosé and its expression showcases this. The true Grenache fruit comes through, with subdued hints of strawberries and cream, cranberries, fresh summer watermelon rind and orange peel. The delicate notes of rose petals and mineral are balanced by juicy berry, bright vivid acid and just a hint of tannin to create a wine that is perfect for summer days on the patio. This Rosé is made from 100% Grenache, harvest from Peter Mathis’s Vineyard in Sonoma Valley (He also makes an outstanding Rosé). The Mathis Vineyard is 7.5 acres of glorious south facing slopes with low vigor volcanic soils.
2018 San Francisco International Wine Competition Double Gold Award Winner
Eucalyptus and sweet cassis on the nose, juicy fresh fragrant fruit palate dry firm well integrated tannin, lovely long finsih
Blend: 60% Syrah, 20% Grenache, and 20% Mourvedre
With a beautiful intense carmine-red color, this 2015 Beaucastel has a lively attack and very quickly reveals aromas of beautiful red fruit. The finish has delicate notes of licorice with powerful but not aggressive tannins. A great vintage of Beaucastel red.
Blend: 30% Mourvèdre ; 30% Grenache ; 10% Counoise ; 10% Syrah ; 5% Cinsault ; 15% Vaccarèse, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc, Roussanne ; 5% Roussanne, Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul, Clairette, Picardan.
Nearly black in color. The nose is very delicate and powerful at the same time, red fruit, black currants, blackberries, spices, thyme and lavender. The bouquet is very elegant, rich and round. Figs, cherries, black currants and stewed fruit, all with a great acidity. The tannins are present but very delicate.
"Not yet bottled, the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape is one of the few inky colored wines in the vintage. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and ripe with notable tannin, it offers beautiful notes of blackberry, shitake mushrooms, licorice and pepper meats. It plays in the 2014 vintage’s forward, supple nature, but has real depth and concentration. I don’t think it will be the longest lived Beaucastel, but it will have 15-20 years of overall longevity."- Wine Advocate
Grown on the slopes of the Esterel mountain, not far from Antibes and Cannes, these wines rank with the very best of Provence. Although the first vines were planted at Rouët in the 18th Century, it was only after a forest fire in 1927 that the current vineyards were laid out. They were planted in strips, approximately 1 kilometre in length, to act as firebreaks. Prior to the French revolution, Rouët was owned by the Marquis de Villeneuve, who supplied Louis XVI’s court with his wines. Since the revolution the property has been in the same family.
Chateau du Rouet has a refreshing blast of rose petal aromas with crisp minerality loaded with notes of cherry blossom, raspberry and strawberries. This classically dry Provencal rosé is made from 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 20% Cinsault. It is bottled in the iconic hourglass shape made famous by the region.