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With a warm, dry spring hastening the onset of budbreak, the 2013 growing season began full of promise. The perfect weather persisted for flowering and fruit set, producing smaller canopies and small berries with intense concentration and firm tannins. With the exception of one heat spike in late June, the consistent, moderate temperatures, lack of major heat spikes, beautifully long season, and a very early harvest made for one of the most superb vintages in Napa Valley’s history. Our grapes were hand-picked between September 16th and 27th, fermented individually in small tanks, aged in 100% new French oak barrels and bottled after 23 months in barrel on August 28th, 2015.
On the nose, this wine is full of black fruit aromas enlivened by notes of black tea, savory spices, chaparral and tobacco leaf. In the mouth, the wine envelops the palate with super plush, fine-grained tannins and intense flavors of brambly fruit, coffee, and dark chocolate, overlying a core of superb minerality that continues into a lingering and deliciously satisfying finish. Notes winemaker Francoise Peschon, This wine, with its generous aromas, flavors and supple tannins, reflects the fine terroir of the vineyards and the extraordinary vintage.
"Debut vintage of the Araujos' new venture. Mid (not deep) crimson. Light and lifted on the nose. Very distinctive. Very racy and new wave. Françoise Peschon is the winemaker, Michel Rolland the oenologist. Polished. The winery that bought the rest of the grapes kept them on the vine for another three weeks! Very long. Drink 2018-2030."- Jancis Robinson
"Accendo's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a surprisingly open-knit, succulent wine for the year. There is good lift and creaminess throughout, but less of the energy, depth and structural intensity that is such a signature of this vintage. Mocha, black cherry, spice, and tobacco are some of the notes that open up in the glass. This is one of the more supple, accessible 2013 Cabernets readers will come across."- Vinous
Established in 1971, Adelsheim is a family-owned and operated winery with estate vineyards located in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley. Over the past 41 years, the Adelsheim Vineyard estate has grown to include twelve exception vineyard sites throughout the Valley, totaling 237 acres. Company co-founder David Adelsheim has done work throughout the years to benefit both the Oregon and American wine industries: grape and wine research, wine labeling, industry education, and promotion. He is recognized for his "outstanding service" to the industry and has played a vital role in building the Oregon wine industry and establishing its reputation worldwide. Today, together with Winemaker David Paige who has been with Adelsheim since 2001, he leads a current generation of passionate staff devoted to leading the industry in crafting consistently transcendent wines.
With its broad array of origins and clones, this wine displays aromas of cocoa, pomegranate and raspberry on the nose and the palate as well as a light touch of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. True to our house style, it is elegantly textured with seamlessly integrated, silky, polished tannins.
"All of the 2011 Syrahs will be in bottle by the time you read this. The 2011 Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard offers a cool-climate, pretty and perfumed style to go with lots of pepper, violets, iodine and dark fruits, with just a hint of vanilla and oak. Full-bodied, fresh and lively, with bright acidity and fine tannin, it's a Northern Rhone look-alike that will have 15-20 years of longevity. I had a great visit with John Alban, whose estate is located at the southern end of the Edna Valley and in one of the coolest AVAs in California. Despite this, he makes some of the most concentrated, rich and age-worthy reds and whites from the entire state... As for the 2011s, this was the coolest vintage on record in California and the smallest crop ever for Alban. The wines are distinctly different from past vintages, and dare I say, have plenty of northern Rhone-like character. Despite the freakishly cold weather, these are no lightweight wines and they have shocking concentration in the vintage. These will need short-term cellaring but I doubt they'll be as long-lived as the larger framed vintages. Nevertheless, they're beautiful, singular wines. As I said last year, it remains a mystery to me why no one else in the Edna Valley tries to make wines of the quality that is so often achieved here."- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Bright ruby red with garnet reflections. Fine, elegant, fruity, raspberry, strawberry and black cherries on the nose. Dry, warm, quite smooth, fresh, medium-bodied, rightly tannic, intense, quite persistent, fresh and fruity finish.
"Subtle scents suggesting black-skinned fruit, iris, cake spice and a whiff of toast come together on this. The juicy, accessible palate doles out layers of fleshy berry, black cherry, cinnamon and nutmeg alongside soft, supple tannins."- Wine Enthusiast
Purity of fruit accompanies concentrated texture and weight, with excellent balance and expression enhanced by two years in bottle prior to release.
"Deep ruby. A complex, perfumed bouquet evokes dark berries, cola, smoked meat and mint. Supple and expansive on the palate, offering gently sweet blackberry and cherry-cola flavors that are firmed and lifted by juicy acidity. The smoky note repeats on the finish, which hangs on with very good tenacity and a whisper of fine-grained tannins. A fine effort for the vintage and delicious right now."-Vinous Media
The Pesquera Tinto's cherry red color reveals its youth and fruitiness. Its aspect is clean and appears to be glyceric. On the nose, the wine's intense bouquet reveals the best dark fruit marked by impeccable wood aromas. Hints of fallen leaves and spices such as vanilla. On the palate, the smooth entry becomes lush with abundant ripe tannins and an excellent balance between its acidity and heat. The presence of the well-integrated oak complements the fruit and spice beautifully to display a wine of great balance. A refined, long-lasting and elegant finish.
Pairs perfectly with roasted meats, farm yard poultry, veal stews as well as semi-cured cow and/or goat cheese.
"Black cherry and red plum flavors are fresh and lively in this juicy red. Light, firm tannins and citrusy acidity keep this focused. Balanced and energetic. Drink now through 2023. Tasted twice, with consistent notes."- Wine Spectator
Alto Moncayo Veraton offers attractive collection of balsamic notes, as well as notes of chocolate and black fruits. It is very warm in the mouth and has an extremely pleasant finish. 100% Garnacha from Borja.
"Opaque ruby. Fresh red and blue fruits on the highly perfumed nose, complicated by candied lavender, vanilla and five-spice powder notes. Juicy, deeply concentrated raspberry and boysenberry flavors show a smooth, supple texture, and mocha and white pepper notes emerge with air. Closes on an appealingly sweet note, with supple, even tannins folding steadily into the plush fruit."- Vinous Media
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
Dark red cherries, mocha, plums, mint, new leather and cedar open up as the 2010 shows off its hugely appealing personality. Floral and lifted, yet also wonderfully expressive...
Ampère High-Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon conveys the true expression of the Pine Mountain terroir, our high-elevation farming practices, and the artistry of winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. Our vineyard, located northeast of Cloverdale on the upper western flank of Pine Mountain, sits at an elevation of 2,200 to 2,800 feet and delivers fruit intense in color and flavor.
This medium body wine reveals herbal notes of Italian seasonings, cherry, crushed leaf and red plum on the nose with dark chocolate, cherry, raspberries on the palate. This wine is fresh and youthful and ready to drink.
Antiquum Farm is unusual in its ability to ripen lush fully mature deep dark fruit, and yet retain abundant natural acidity, given its high elevation vineyard: formerly Old School Vineyards, winemaker Stephen Hagen bought the property in 1999 and planted about 21 acres of wine grapes. Their 800 feet elevation is considered the viable elevation limit for growing Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley. Diurnal variation is extreme which tends to allow the grapes to hold onto acidity. The soil is uniquely bellpine, a silty clay loam over sandstone parent material. It is the most depleted of all classified vineyard soil types in Oregon.
This vineyard produces grapes with loads of fine-grained fruit-driven tannin. Generous treatments of French oak (40% in the Juel) never overwhelm the unique attributes of this site. There is a vibrant tension between shining acidity and opulent depth of fruit. Deep bramble and confectionary fruit are offset by singing tropical notes, rose and hints of lavender and violet. Background notes of aged balsamic, tobacco and blood orange are present, too.
This new Village Series insures that each wine, which bares the name of its origin, is a unique representation of village where the grapes are grown. They are wines of personality and character, and Artadi's new Vinas de Laguardia is the standard for fruit-forward wines with complex flavors and delicate tannins. Made with 100% Tempranillo
"A dense, dark color and ripe and raisinated black fruit aromas welcome one into this multi-vineyard Rioja. On the palate, it's loaded with berry and vanilla flavors, its textured finish showing a hint of toast." -Wine Enthusiast
Ata Rangi translates as dawn sky. Owner Clive Paton first planted vines in Martinborough, New Zealand in 1980, a time when there was no significant wine industry in the region. The site had been a small sheep paddock when Paton bought it. His first vintage was 1985. With the contributions of Paton's winemaker spouse, Phyll Pattie, and highly educated winemaker Oliver Masters (who is married to Paton's sister, Alison), the foursome brought Ata Rangi worldwide recognition by the early 1990s.
Martinborough's deep, lean, free-draining gravels, high wind, low rainfall and exposure to the southern ocean mean average Pinot Noir yields here are the lowest in the country. These factors, along with the significant age of their vines, contribute to the consistency of quality year after year. The Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is considered a true benchmark wine for the Martinborough region.
This is a very complex, structured wine, beautifully perfumed in the classic Ata Rangi style. Exotic spice, dark cherry and rose petal are offset by a more savory array of aromas and flavors on the finish. This is a very complete and graceful wine; succulent and generous on the palate yet supple, sinewy, long and fine.