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Juan Gil Red Blend is made from the finest estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Monastrell (aka Mourvedre), and Syrah. The extremely old vineyards that sit 2,100 feet above sea level are head-pruned, dry-farmed, and require no herbicides or pesticides. The bunches are hand-picked, fermented, and then aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels.
Blend: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Monastrell, 10% Syrah
Dry-farmed, no pesticides or herbicides, hand-harvested, Vegan.
On the palate, the 2016 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon has blackberry, rosemary, subtle Asian spice, and a hint of Petit Verdot that rounds out the flavors. With a great mid palate weight and earthy tannic structure, there is no doubt you are drinking a Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
97+ Points- WIne Advocate
This 2013 La Jota Merlot has complex notes of mocha, plum, blackberry and a little charcoal on the palate. Subtle, fine minerality gives way to a great velvety mouthfeel that lingers through the sustained finish.
Blend: 91.5 % Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.5% Petit Verdot
A crisp, expressive, medium-bodied wine. Vibrant aromas of quince and tropical fruit. On the palate, fresh stone fruit and apple flavors are backed by refreshing acidity and minerality. A versatile food wine that will pair well with poultry, shellfish and vegetable dishes. Also fabulous as an aperitif for a hot summer afternoon. Ages beautifully over 2-5 years.
The sweet fruit flavors of the medium-bodied Pinotage make it an ideal match for spicy food, pizza, smoked pork and flavorful venison dishes, or delicious just by itself. Serve at a cool room temperature.
Aromas: Fresh ruby grapefruit, white peach, white lily, jasmine, and passion fruit.
Flavors: Fresh quince, honeydew melon, succulent pear, jasmine, and honey suckle.
Palate: Exuberant featuring dense flavors, this wine shows opulence and dances across the palate prompting salivation and a desire to take another sip.
The Cabernet Sauvignon harvested from this vintage is a fantastic example of a Bordeaux style blend hitting all the right notes. Seamless with black and blue fruits, great floral notes, structural silky tannins working in harmony for a long, balanced finish. Vegan
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder is composed of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3.5% Merlot, 1.5% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot. Deep purple-black, it sings of warm blackberries, cassis and wild blueberries with hints of violets, dark chocolate, cigar box and menthol. Full-bodied and laden with black and blue fruit, it has a firm structure of grainy tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing long."- 95 points Wine Advocate
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.
On the nose, this wine has intense aromas of black cherries, and fresh blackberries. The fruit character plays nicely with layers of fresh cut cedar, dried lavender and a hint of bay leaf. On the palate, there is a nice dance between flavors of pomegranate, raspberries and blackberry compote, wood-ear mushrooms and toasted pine nuts. The structure of this wine is fruit driven, but is given its posture by light, silky tannins and nervy acidity. This wine is firing on all cylinders now, but will get more and more complex with age. Don’t be afraid to tuck away a few bottles for 4-5 years.
In 1994, Anthony Hamilton-Russell founded Southern Right Cellars, and in partnership with winemaker Kevin Grant, the first vintage was released in 1995. Named after a whale that's often found off the coast of Walker Bay, the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc is 100% Sauvignon Blanc brought up all in tank; it has always been quite restrained - neither too green nor too fruity.
Made reductively in order to maximize the fruit personality of the vintage, while maintaining the typical Southern Right balance of Old World minerality and length with hints of New World palate coverage and body. The 2017 is a wine that favors origin expressive individuality, minerality and palate complexity ahead of pure, pungent varietal aroma. A significant percentage of fruit from clay-rich soil has added an intense mid-palate structural component and addition overall complexity to this wine.
The Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Tablas is a blend of four estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate. The wine is based on the dark red fruit, earth, spice and mid-palate richness of Mourvèdre, with additions of Grenache for forward fruit, approachability and lushness, Syrah for mineral, aromatics, and back-palate tannins, and Counoise for brambly spice and acidity.
A cool wintergreen minty note sets off deeper smoked meat, redcurrant, mocha, and juniper aromas. The mouth shows Grenache's sweet fruit and licorice on that attack, then deepens into notes of black cherry, chocolate, and a chorizo-like meatiness, all with tremendous mouth-coating texture. The long finish, with lingering flavors of wood smoke, roasted meat, plum skin and crushed rock, hints at more rewards to come with cellar aging.
"This blend of 52% Syrah, 31% Grenache, 11% Counoise and 6% Mourvèdre is a complete success. Fresh aromas of carnations, purple flowers, crushed cranberries, plump berries and dried sage lead into a taut palate of red plums, red cherries and potpourri spice."- Wine Enthusiast
Bright straw yellow color, it presents intense aromas of fruit and flowers to the nose, with very clear mineral notes, intense and persistent. On the palate it shows a good structure and a pleasant freshness, with ripen fruit and sapid hints. Ideal with fish dishes, fresh cheeses, pasta, and legume soups.
Tasting Notes : The wine offers aromas of red ripe fruits which carries well on the palate along with black cherry, blackberry and cassis. Rich and elegant with well rounded tannins, the wine has a good acidity to back it up. Majorly a gourmet wine.
Robert parker Notes : One of the high points on the red side of the ledger is the 2017 Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots, a fleshy, ample, medium to full-bodied wine that evokes notions of plums, peonies and coniferous forest floor. It has turned out very well.
Aging on fine lies. A month before the bottling, the wine from the different barrels is put in a stainless steel tank to make the blend. The wine is finally fined and lightly filtered before bottling it according to the lunar calendar ("fruit day”).
Full-bodied, powerful and rich. Aromas of toasted almonds, ripe apples, white flowers and honey. They have remarkable persistence.
Volnay combines breeding with nobility, delicacy, elegance, and feminity. A delicate violet and berry fragrance. One of the finest representatives of the Côte de Beaune. The Volnay is in the Côte de Beaune what the Chambolle-Musigny is in the Côte de Nuits. A feminine wine which is one of the only Burgundy Pinot Noir you can already enjoy and drink when young.
Pair with roasted meats and various cheeses.
Powerful bouquet, combining aromas of citrus and white-fleshed fruit with a mineral note typical of the appellation. Rich and concentrated, the palate has remarkable freshness and length.
"The 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons is showing beautifully, mingling notes of white peach and spring blossom with hints of Meyer lemon, crisp green apple and pear. Medium to full-bodied, its satiny attack segues into a tensile, vibrant and nicely concentrated mid-palate, concluding with a saline finish." Wine Advocate