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Wine Spectator #27 wine of 2018
Roederer Estate Brut, the first California sparkling wine produced by Champagne Louis Roederer, builds upon a 200-year tradition of fine winemaking that has made Roederer champagne among the most sought-after in the world.
Roederer's winemaking style is based on two elements: ownership of its own vineyards and the addition of oak-aged reserve wines to each year's blend or cuvee. All the grapes for the Anderson Valley wines are grown on the Estate.
Each year, the winemaker selects a portion of the best wines for aging in Center of France oak casks. Aged from one to three years, wines from this reserve cellar are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuvee in the traditional Roederer style, known for its body, finesse and depth of flavor.
The Roederer Estate Brut debuted in October 1988, and has since established its reputation as one of California's premier sparklers, remaining true to the heritage of excellence and style of its French forebears.
"The fruit flavors are apparent, fresh and lively in this medium-bodied, beautifully balanced brut. Light pear and pineapple aromas are followed by richer pear and citrus flavors, and subtle hints of baking spices, almonds and a nice earthy touch emerge."- Wine Enthusiast
Wine Spectator #59 Wine of the Year
Producer Notes: "Slightly developed pale gold. Fresh and aromatic. Complex and developed. Bouquet with aromas of third generation. Fruity, complex, developed, very fine.
Perfect with all kind of fish; fried, grilled or boiled. Grilled seafood. Well-seasoned white meat. Very nice with pasta too." -Wine.com
Wine Spectator #67 Wine of 2017
This Pinot Gris is pale yellow to sandy in color and subtle in its bouquet, with fruity notes of pears and candied fruits. The eloquent, harmonious body emphasizes its dry, full-bodied taste and round finish.
Pairs well with light starters, fish, South Tyrolean specialities.
Wine Spectator #71 Wine of the Year
The 2015 Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District extends seductive notes of sweet black raspberries, black cherries, black currant, violets, graphite and cloves. Impenetrable purple in color, this lavish full bodied wine is decadent and mouth coating, with rich layers of dark fruits that canvas the palate leading into a nearly never ending finish.
Wine Spectator #87 wine of 2018
The grapes for the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon originate from Golan Heights and the Upper Galilee region. The wine is aged for 18 months primarily in small French oak barrels.
On the palate, the wine shows intense aromas of ripe blackberry, cherry, cassis and plum with toasty oak, vanilla and a nuance of spice and tar; full-bodied and concentrated with a long complex finish.
Serve this wine with a great meal, it will go well with full-flavored foods, such as peppered grilled steak, roast goose or roasted rack of lamb.
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.
Wine Spectator Top 100 #79 wine of 2017
"The 2013 Syrah Reva sports an inky color as well as notes of crème de cassis, charred earth, licorice, wood smoke and just hints of the classic iodine and seaweed character that really defines this cuvee. Supple, seamless, silky and opulent, with sweet, sweet tannin and a silky finish. It shows more and more spice with time in the glass, is incredibly polished, layered and balanced. Drink it anytime over the coming 15-20 years' -Jeb Dunnuck
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
Wine Spectator #1 wine of 2014
Aromatic and floral, with an excellent balance of fruit, tannin and acidity. The palate starts off with fresh green figs and ends with bitter chocolate. There is fresh acidity and a notable minerality, and no hint of any raisining or overripeness on the very long finish.
Dow's 2011 Vintage Port can be enjoyed anytime and pairs wonderfully with chocolate desserts and hard cheeses like mature Cheddar or even with a soft goat's cheese.