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2013 Decoy Sonoma County Pinot Noir

decoy-sonoma-county-pinot-noirBuilding on the traditions established by our acclaimed Goldeneye and Migration wines, Decoy Pinot Noir expands our exploration of the depth and diversity of this varietal to Sonoma County winegrowing. Highlighting a distinctly plush and approachable expression of Pinot Noir, Decoy is crafted to be ready upon release. Varietal Content 100% Pinot Noir Cooperage 100% French Oak Burgundy Barrels (60 Gallons) Barrel Aging: 7 Months Age of Barrels: 25% new, 75% second vintage

From the winemaker – “This vibrant and enticing Pinot Noir offers lovely aromas of fresh-picked strawberry, Bing cherry and blueberry with subtle hints of mushroom, lavender, sage and white pepper. On the palate, perfectly balanced acidity and well-integrated French oak underscore the bright fruit flavors to create an elegantly structured wine.

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2014 Sterling Vintner’s Collection Meritage

sterling-vintners-collection-meritageFrom the winemaker – “A ‘whole greater than the sum of its parts,’ the Meritage is the result of the special synergy that is formed when everything comes together perfectly – in this case: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Layers of dark fruit, cassis, leather and rich earth weave together to create a complex and juicy wine. Ripe tannins and oak aging lend depth and texture, highlighted by vanilla and mocha spice.”

Balanced flavors and a long, lifted finish make this a perfect wine to enjoy with food. Pair with anything from herb-roasted chicken to grilled steaks and hearty pastas.

Rating:

This wine was given a 90 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2014 Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc

Rod Strong established our heritage Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in 1971, naming it Charlotte’s Home in honor of his wife. Today, that vineyard remains the core of our Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc, along with other select estate vineyards in the Alexander Valley as well as the Russian River Valley and Dry Creek Valley.

From the Wine Maker – “Fresh, bright and crisp, this Sauvignon Blanc is a wine of balance, richness and aromatic complexity. The Alexander Valley fruit provides the backbone to this Sauvignon Blanc, while the ocean cooled Russian River Valley fruit offers zesty citrus notes of grapefruit, lime blossoms and lemongrass. The warmer Dry Creek Valley fruit gives the wine a wonderful honeydew melon and tropical character.”

Together, the three valleys make a classic Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc that pairs wonderfully with soft cheeses such as goat cheese, vegetable quiche and a variety of seafood dishes.

Rating:
This wine was given a 90 point rating by Wine Spectator.

2013 Sterling Vineyards Napa County Sauvignon Blanc

sterling-vineyards-napa-county-sauvignon-blancLike other Bordeaux varietals, Sauvignon Blanc grows well in Napa Valley. Rocky, alluvial soils and warm days balanced by cool evenings create the perfect setting for the varietal, encouraging complex aroma and flavor development.

From the winemaker – “Our Sauvignon Blanc arrived at the winery with vibrant, rich flavors. To harness that, we pressed the grapes whole cluster, gently extracting the highest quality juice for better flavors and mouthfeel. A majority of the fruit was fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel. To build a lovely viscous texture and balance, we barrel fermented five percent of the wine in neutral barrels and stirred the lees in both tank and barrel.”

Enjoy this wine with light pasta dishes, grilled seafood or roast chicken.

Rating:

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

 

2014 Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc

Line-39-Sauvignon-BlancLine 39 offers consumers a selection of varietals from California. Line 39 refers to the latitude where many of the great wine growing regions of the world are found. California continues to impress critics with ideal growing conditions and soil compositions that allow for excellent Sauvignon Blanc. Line 39 wines are versatile and sophisticated, providing a wonderful complement to a variety of foods.

From the winemaker – “For this special bottling, grapes from the various wine growing regions throughout California were used to make this crisp and clean Sauvignon Blanc. Rich with citrus and tropical fruit aromas and rounded with flavors of green apple and lemongrass.

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This wine was previously given a 84 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2013 Horse Heaven Hills H3 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon

The vineyards in Horse Heaven Hills are the source and inspiration behind the H3 wines. The hills have been home to the Columbia Crest winery for more than two decades, and it is this heritage, combined with innovative winemaking and vineyard knowledge, that allow our winemaker to create wines that capture the unique terroir of the region.

From the winemaker – “This bold Cabernet opens with flavors of black cherries and blackberries with a touch of currants and vanilla, complemented by earth and mineral notes. Deep berry flavors lead to a soft tannin cocoa finish.”

Pairs well with cornish game hens, duck or turkey prepared in rich, hearty or heavy sauces or hard cheeses like Parmigiano or Romano and firm cheeses like Cheddar.

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This wine was previously given a 91 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2011 Antica Chardonnay

Antica-Chardonnay

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 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay has richness, yet remains elegant and delicate. There are generous flavors of pear, melon, and nectarine that are pure, focused and lingering on the palate. The finish on the wine is complex, adding to the wine’s persistence and freshness.”

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

 


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