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Made by Kent Rasmussen, the Ramsey label (named for his wife) has been around for decades. It is often found on restaurant lists, as
Kent chooses grapes and blends with great care to achieve stylistic continuity, year in, year out, at reasonable price points. This Pinot has wonderful deep flavors dominated by dark red fruit, bramble-berries and rose characters, but it doesn’t stop with those simple descriptors. It is rich and complex, yet full of bright fruitiness and spice. There are bright cherry notes, toasty oak and a good hit of classic Burgundian complexity. Over it all is a bright balance of cardamom spice. The tannins are in just a little drying, sort of like chewing on a marigold, and offset the fruit nicely. And all for under $20!
Tropical notes of juicy Satsuma, ripe kiwi and mango are highlighted by aromas of candied lemon peel, apple blossom and refreshing minerality. The palate supports the nose, revealing the Stainless winemaking with its round, weighty mouthfeel. Crisp acidity and flavors of white nectarine, papaya and key lime pie round out the clean, lingering finish.
Bright acidity lends a crisp freshness to the flavors of peach, passionfruit, and lemongrass, artfully balanced by a touch of freshly squeezed grapefruit and lime. Juicy and refreshing, with aromas of jasmine, peach, and grapefruit rind. Medium-bodied, with a lingering finish.
"Grapefruit, lime and lemon zest flavors are crisp and elegant, with a pretty note of chamomile on the finish. Drink now."-Wine Spectator
Masciarelli Villa Gemma
Turnbull Wine Cellars is a small, family-owned, multi-generation business with 145 acres of vineyards within the Oakville Viticultural Appellation. The grapes are first picked over three passes. Next, the whole cluster fruit is lightly pressed to preserve freshness and fruit aromatics. The resulting Sauvignon Blanc is then fermented first in terracotta amphora, and finally aged in seasoned French oak and acacia barrels, and a small stainless steel tank. The wine rests on the lees for four months, with weekly battonage and the final product sees delicate aromas of white stone fruit blossoms, lychee, and a hint of wet flint. It displays a soft entry, with crisp acidity and a thrilling structural core.
The Auchere family’s winemaking tradition has been passed from grandfather to father to son for generations. At the head of the family estate Jean-Jacques Auchere personally approves each wine to assure quality and consistency. Nose combines mostly fruity aromas of citrus and exotic fruits (grapefruit, lychee, white peach aromas). Clean and crisp on the palate, balanced with a good richness. Persistent, fine and elegant finish. A classic Sancerre!
- Color – Very deep, it tells of the excellent quality of the grapes.
- Perfume – Balsamic, typical of the main grape variety in the blend.
- Taste – Round, pervasive, with sweet tannins, perfeclty balanced. Complex, long, yet not overpowering.
- Food pairing suggestions – From appetizers like cold cuts, to steamy pasta dishes in meat sauces. Not to be forgotten, the pairing with seasoned cheese, stewed meats and dry chocolate biscuits.
An irresistible pink! Charming, refreshing, refined, and with plenty of juicy, enticing, strawberry and berry fruit. This is a rosé that should be in everyone’s cellars, without exception. Drinkable is an understatement and you’ll keep on coming back for seconds… We defy you to resist.
"Alluring, with a creamy feel to the mix of white peach, mango and white cherry fruit flavors that stay nicely defined on the finish, thanks to a subtle mineral edge." -Wine Spectator
This wine leads with a bouquet of red fruits and cherry blossom aromas. The silky palate is layered with notes of cherry, hibiscus, mandarin peel and a faint coppery counterpoint to the fruit. In addition, one might find a hint of dark plum. The finish is fine-boned and harmonious.
Banshee Wines was founded by three friends Noah Dorrance, Baron Ziegler, and Steve Graf from the Midwest and East Coast who shared a passion for wine and a lifelong dream of owning their own winery. In 2009, they pooled their money together to make the 1st vintage of Banshee Wines Pinot Noir, and they've been doing it ever since.
Deep gold colour. Complex citrus and stone fruit aromas with a hint of freshly bailed hay on the nose. A gorgeous creamy texture in the mouth. Fresh lemon zest and dried apricots combine with more complex spicy mandarin and orange flavours followed by a balanced acidity with hints of orange peel and grapefruit pith phenolics.
“The aromatics build in intensity and are seamless in intensity, revealing ethereal detail. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the flavours of green stonefruits, herbs and florals are restrained, gently unveiling leaf, stalk and herb notes. This has a very fine-grained structure and phenolic line, with balancing, crisp, refreshing acidity. This has subtle richness and sweetness, and nutty, leafy and chalky mineral elements emerge and are carried to an elegant, dry and stylish finish with good length. This is an elegantly concentrated, fine-textured Sauvignon Blanc with freshness and restraint.” – Raymond Chan
The signature white wine of Talley Vineyards, the Estate Chardonnay represents a pure expression of the calcareous soils and cool maritime climate of the Arroyo Grande Valley produced in a classic old world style, incorporating barrel fermentation and aging. This bottling dates to the inaugural vintage of 1986 and was the first Chardonnay produced in the Arroyo Grande Valley.
Pale gold in appearance, the 2015 Estate Chardonnay offers aromas of cantaloupe, yellow apple skin, and a hint of toasted bread crumbs. The palate is juicy and bright. Notes of peach nectar, stone fruit pith, wet river rock, and lemon curd lead to a refreshing and slightly toasty finish.
Try pairing this Chardonnay with black cod and truffled cauliflower or lemony grilled chicken and spinach.
A dark wine with aromas of chocolate, blueberry pie and spices. Medium-to-full bodied with notes of French oak and vanilla bean. A rich finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak create a delicate balance between fruit and body. This vibrant red blend reflects another excellent vintage in the Napa Valley
At harvest, clusters were field-sorted and then hand picked, and then at the winery hand-sorted (berry-by-berry) at an average of 24.6 Brix. Cold soaking for 3 days in open-top temperature-controlled fermenters developed color and flavor (in the absence of alcohol). Fermentation began spontaneously with prevailing yeasts and one daily punchdown kept the cap immersed in must, extracting superb flavor and structure. After inoculation with cultured yeasts and twenty-nine days on their skins the must was gently pressed into French oak barriques at about 5 brix where it completed fermentation. One Oakville District Merlot lot was used, adding really nice mouthfeel and mid-palate. Barrels were 100% French, 30% new, three-year air-dried, medium-plus toast and hand-bent by Cadus and Francois Freres in central France. Thirteen months barrel maturation with only one racking and one organic egg white fining integrated flavors and developed its wonderfully smooth mouth-feel. We believe it is a “textbook” example of this noble variety grown in this outstanding appellation and that it can be enjoyed for several years to come.
Blend: 84% Sauvignon Blanc, 16% Semillon
Siduri was founded in 1994 by husband and wife team Adam and Dianna Lee. In an article a couple years ago, Wine Spectator had this to say about Siduri: “In a relatively short order, the Lees' Siduri label has become a beacon for California Pinot Noir. Since debuting with the 1994 vintage, Siduri has earned outstanding ratings (90 to 94 points on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale) on more than 40 percent of its wines. With a modest, 8,000-case annual production, the winery can make upwards of 25 separate Pinot Noirs in a given vintage, many in lots as small as 300 cases."
And just a couple months ago, Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media said “It has been about a year since Siduri was acquired by Jackson Family Wines. Aside from some refocusing on the lineup and a new tasting room in Healdsburg for the public, I don't see too many changes here. As always, the Siduri Pinots are plush, fruit forward and easy to drink upon release.” Adam Lee is staying on for now as winemaker, and the winery will function as it has, but will have access to the many K-J vineyards – and without the added effort of sourcing their own grapes, this should allow Adam to focus his skills more tightly on producing great wines.
A deep ruby red color. The nose evokes aromas of red fruit, blackberries, black cherries and licorice. In the mouth one finds hints of wild thyme and a finely structured wine that shows very good length.
"Bright violet. Intense dark berry and cherry compote aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice and candied flowers. Palate-caressing black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors pick up peppery spice and lavendar qualities on the back half. Rich yet lively, showing no excess fat. The juicy, focused finish is given shape by silky, harmonious tannins and leaves behind a gently sweet dark berry note."- Vinous Media
Beautifully bold and bright in color, the 2013 Les Cadrans de Lassegue is robust, complex, and well-balanced. Aromas of wild strawberries, raspberries, and a subtle woody note immediately emerge from the glass. The wine is smooth on entry, with a palate dominated by red fruits. Alongside the persistent flavor of red fruits, a striking minerality shines through from the old vines of Lassegue. A pleasurable wine that can be enjoyed young.
Blend: 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
"There's an open-knit, almost airy feel to this vibrant Champagne, which carries a concentrated range of juicy pear and black raspberry fruit, with hints of crystallized honey. Shows gingersnap biscuit and verbena flavors on the chalky texture, gaining momentum on the racy, zesty finish. (AN)" (10/2015) - Wine Spectator