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2014 Markham Vineyards Merlot

I’m not sure if anyone loves Merlot more than we do here at Markham Vineyards? Our dedication goes all the way back to 1980 when our very first Merlot was made from Nathan Fay’s grapes in the Stag’s Leap District. It led to growing Merlot on all of our estate ranches and continues to be 30% of our vineyard portfolio. Our 2014 celebrates its 35th bottling in all the cherry pie goodness for which it has been known!

From the winemaker – “A true Napa Valley blend of vineyards! Our Estate vineyards provide the backbone for the blend, totaling 50% of this bottling. Merlot from Oak Knoll gives sour cherry character while the Yountville components provide the classic Bing cherry aromas and flavors for which our Merlot is known. The
jammy notes come from blending in warmer up-valley fruit from Calistoga vineyards. Much care is taken to maximize the filtered light and allow the Merlot to hang freely within the canopy during harvest. This allows the fruit to mature and color evenly, leaving any vegetal hints behind. The wines are sent to barrels as individual lots to mature, allowing for greater understanding of the direct impact of our viticultural and fermentation practices each vintage.

Rating:

This wine was  given a 89 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2014 Chateau St. Jean North Coast Chardonnay

Chateau St. Jean was built on a family’s dream to create a world-class winery in the heart of Sonoma. With its gracious style, elegant architecture, beautiful gardens and inviting tasting rooms, Chateau St. Jean has long been recognized as the quintessential Sonoma winery. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren uses her more than 30 years of vineyard and winemaking expertise with Chateau St. Jean to highlight the best of each vineyard in the wines.

From the Wine Maker – “Chardonnay from North Coast of California. The nose has bright aromas of ripe apple, creamy lemon pie, warm vanilla and brown spice notes. The medium bodied soft palate is rich and supple with juicy fruit flavors of fresh nectarine, apple and pineapple. Pleasing notes of toasted hazelnut and subtle brown baking spice add complexity. The wine is well-balanced with a great core of fruit and bright acidity.”

This wine pairs nicely with raw and lightly cooked shellfish like crab and prawns, steamed or grilled fish, fish pâtés.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

2012 Sheriff of Buena Vista Red

The story of our founder is as long as it is colorful. One of California’s first sheriffs, Agoston Haraszthy was elected the Sheriff of San Diego County in 1850. He built the first jail and served two exciting years before moving north to pursue “purple gold” and the perfect terroir for fine wines. He found it in Sonoma County where he established Buena Vista Winery in 1857. It is his legacy that inspired this wine and the work of sheriffs everywhere that we honor with its release.

From the Wine Maker – “The Sheriff of Buena Vista is deserving of its name. This bold Sonoma County Red Wine is an authoritative blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Merlot. Inspiring dark red fruit aromatics arrest the senses while rich raspberry, blackberry and semi-sweet chocolate flavors are deliciously unleashed on the palate.”

This wine goes well with BBQ Pork, Grilled Portabella Mushrooms, Gourmet Cheeses, Lasagna Florentine.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

2015 Decoy Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Like all of our Decoy wines, our Decoy Sonoma County Chardonnay benefits from the passion, skill and experience of our Duckhorn Wine Company team. Exploring the diversity of the Sonoma County winegrowing region allows our winemaking team greater flexibility during the blending process. Stretching from Cloverdale to Annapolis to San Pablo Bay, Sonoma County encompasses an array of microclimates, soil types, elevations, and terroirs, yielding a unique and appealing expression of Chardonnay.

From the winemaker – “This bright and alluring Chardonnay offers abundant layers of citrus, white peach, and melon, as well as hints of honeysuckle. On the palate, lovely pure fruit notes are underscored by crisp acidity and a lovely supple quality from sur lie aging.

Rating:

This wine was given a 87 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2015 Seaglass Sauvignon Blanc

SEAGLASS Wine Company gets its name from the shards of glass that are polished—over decades—into beautiful, one-of-a-kind gems by the natural ebb and flow of wind, sea and fog. Our wines encapsulate the ocean air, the sandy coastline and the fresh acidity of cool-climate fruit along the Central Coast. Crafted from wind-swept vines that give us nuanced flavors in the cellar and complex notes in the glass, our wines are an unmistakable expression of California’s coastal vineyards.

From the Wine Maker – “This Santa Barbara County Sauvignon Blanc has exhilarating aromas of lemon, lime, grapefruit and fresh cut grass. A clean, crisp palate of gooseberry, tangerine and a touch of minerality paves the way for mouthwatering acidity and a lightly tart finish. We crafted this wine in the classic style of coastal Sauvignon Blanc, retaining the naturally fresh fruit flavor of the grapes by carefully avoiding any oxygen exposure during winemaking. A cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks allowed the wine’s delicate varietal flavors and crisp acidity to flourish. We chose not to employ malolactic fermentation before bottling the wine, which preserved its hallmark freshness.”

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

2014 Antica Chardonnay

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The winery is located within Napa Valley’s Atlas Peak Appellation, aptly named after Atlas Peak Mountain, which locals in-the-know also call the Blue Mountain. It’s the highest point in the region rising 2,663 feet above the valley floor. Located in Napa’s eastern hills, the peak juts out of the Vaca Range which separates Napa from the Sacramento valleys. When Piero first laid his eyes on this land, it was love at first sight. Remote, rugged, and drop-dead gorgeous, he knew that the land had the potential to make world-class wines. But not everyone was convinced. The appellation can be demanding with its high elevation, thin soils, and rocky outcrops. Yet those who see beyond its challenges are rewarded with a mountain-influenced climate with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers.

Temperatures on the mountain are typically 10 to 15 degrees F cooler than the valley floor, and since the appellation is generally above the fog line, while it can be gray and overcast in the valley below, Atlas Peak is sunny. Yet night-time temperatures drop making it a perfect combination for growing grapes with good sugars and acid. And what that means in the end is a bottle of wine that shows off its lush fruit flavors without being flabby.

From the Wine Maker – “The elegance of the Antica Napa Valley 2014 Chardonnay is obvious in its crisp, orange blossom, fresh pear, mineral-laced, medium bodied style. This wine has superb aromatic presence with impressive purity of fruit. This is a lovely, delicately oaked, flavorful Chardonnay.”

Rating:

This wine was previously given a 87 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2015 Apothic Dark Red Blend

apothic-dark-red-blendA majority of the grapes in Apothic Dark were selected from Lodi, where the intense sunlight and diverse soil structure create layers of complexity. In the cellar, the grapes for Apothic Dark were fermented at a maximum of 90 degrees to increase the extraction of dark jammy fruit characteristics. A variety of yeasts were used to bring out unique flavors and features from each lot. Following fermentation, the wine was influenced by a variety of oak to add complexity and enhance the coffee and dark chocolate flavors.

From the winemaker – “A medium-bodied, delicious red blend with dark fruit flavors of blueberry and blackberry complemented by notes of coffee and dark chocolate for a rich, yet silky smooth, palate.

This bold vintage should be served with wild game meats like; squab, pigeon, dove, pheasant, venison (deer), buffalo, boar and ostrich. Hard, savory cheeses like Parmigiano, Romano and Cheddar.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 


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