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2016 La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

la-crema-sonoma-coast-chardonnayOur original name, La Crema Vinera, means “best of the vine,” setting the standard for all we do since 1979. Our family-owned and operated winery focuses exclusively on cool-climate appellations. We’re continually exploring these very special regions – passionate in our belief that they make uniquely expressive and elegant wines.

From the Wine Maker – “This wine opens with layered aromas of fresh Meyer lemon, shortbread and ripe pear. On the palate are flavors of baked, locally grown, Gravenstein apple framed by hints of sweet spice and white peach. The end result is a broad, juicy, and beautifully balanced mouthfeel.”

Classics include cracked crab, lobster, shrimp and scallops prepared in a buttery, creamy sauce. A simple roast chicken. Butternut squash risotto is a brilliant choice. A bottle of Chardonnay will even last into the desert course. Try it with Key lime pie for a taste sensation.

Rating:

This wine was given an 88 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

McManis Pinot Noir

mcmanis-pinot-noirFrom the Wine Maker – “The McManis Family Vineyards Pinot Noir is light purple in color with a lustrous hue. Fresh Cherry, Strawberry and Raspberry flavors are perceptible as the round silky wine passes through the mouth. Vanilla undertones, lent to the wine from oak aging, are perceptible in the clean, but supple finish. Ripe Strawberry, Cherry and Raspberry aromas are joined by a cream and Vanilla bouquet.”

Try this great wine with Roast beef, steak, brisket, meatloaf, hamburgers, Beef Bourguignon or beef prepared with a mushroom sauce.

Rating:

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

Awards:

Gold Class Champion 2016 Houston Rodeo International Wine Competition Silver Medal 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

 

2014 Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay

talbott-chardonnay-kali-hartFrom the Wine Maker – “A pure fruit expression of our vineyard, Talbott Chardonnay, Kali Hart is lush and lively. Minimal winemaker influence allows Kali Hart Chardonnay to showcases the strength of Talbott’s estate vineyards. The rich, inviting nose shows bright tropical notes that continue on the palate, where refreshing flavors of pineapple and honeydew are complimented by refreshing acidity. A generous mid-palate leads to a long citrus and tropical fruit finish with hints of French oak and minerality. Kali Hart Chardonnay is named after Robb Talbott’s youngest daughter.”

This Chardonnay is an excellent accompaniment for fish, poultry and lightly sauced entrees. Semi-hard cheeses like Fontina, Jarlsberg, Swiss or Gouda.

Rating:

This wine was previously given a 88 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2015 Cannonball California Cabernet

cannonball-california-cabernetAn exciting revival of a classic style. It has the best characteristics of traditional California and old world Bordeaux. Winemaker Dennis Hill’s deep knowledge of the best California Cabernet Sauvignon climates, soil types and vineyards, coupled with long-term relationships with premiere growers, allow sourcing for the finest grapes to craft the ultimate Cannonball flavor profile.

From the Wine Maker – “The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has dark fruit, black plum, spice and a hint of tar in the aromas. It is full in the palate with good concentration, dark fruit flavors and considerable structure in the finish.”

Pairs beautifully with burgers, NY steak, short ribs, lamb chops, pizza.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

2015 667 Pinot Noir

One of the newer French “Dijon” clones, 667 is best known for having much deeper color and more tannin than typical Pinot Noir, resulting in wines with great structure and black fruit flavors with spicy notes. We blend it with a small amount of other clones like 115, which doesn’t have as much structure but has extraordinary aromatics and enhances the nose.

Because the 667 Pinot Noir clone is naturally tannic and concentrated, winemaker James Ewart adopts careful vinification techniques to bring out its best. He cold soaks the crushed grapes (called “must”) for two to three days, using gentle pump-overs to bring out the color and flavor without extracting any bitter seed tannins. He also ferments it at cooler temperatures to lock in that deep color and flavor profile. In fact, he says, “I treat it more like a white wine.” After fermentation and aging in a combination of French and American oak, he blends in a few lots of additional clones that add specific aromatic qualities to the finished wine. This gentle care results in a balanced, cool-climate Pinot Noir that showcases clone 667’s concentrated flavors and supple tannins.

From the Wine Maker – “Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir exhibits appealing aromas of black cherry, earth and a touch of vanilla. Plush tannins and balanced acidity support core flavors of ripe Bing cherry, bittersweet cocoa powder, and delicate hints of sage.”

667 Pinot Noir can be enjoyed on its own or with poached salmon, veal Parmesan, or grilled lamb.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

2013 William Hill Centrial Coast Pinot Noir

william-hill-centrial-coast-pinot-noirWith roots deeply anchored in the Napa Valley, William Hill Estate crafts luxury Chardonnay and Bordeaux varietal wines from the undiscovered vineyards of California’s most celebrated regions. Beginning with William Hill Estate’s 140-acre benchland vineyard near the Silverado Trail, Winemaker Mark Williams turns to the hidden corners of southern Napa, the North Coast and the Central Coast to create a unique collection of rich, expressive wines.

From the winemaker – “Deep and rich, our William Hill Central Coast Pinot Noir opens with aromas of black cherry, toasted oak spice and lavender. On the palate, enjoy ripe flavors of raspberry and boysenberry. A firm acidity and smooth mouthfeel lead to a lingering 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.

Rating:

This wine was given a 86 point rating by Wine Spectator.

2014 William Hill North Coast Sauvignon Blanc

william-hill-north-coast-sauvignon-blancWith roots deeply anchored in the Napa Valley, William Hill Estate crafts luxury Chardonnay and Bordeaux varietal wines from the undiscovered vineyards of California’s most celebrated regions. Beginning with William Hill Estate’s 140-acre benchland vineyard near the Silverado Trail, Winemaker Mark Williams turns to the hidden corners of southern Nap

From the winemaker – “Our 2014 William Hill Estate North Coast Sauvignon Blanc offers nuances of ripe citrus fruits, including Meyer lemon, ruby grapefruit and exotic Kaffir lime. These flavors meld with rich notes of guava, melon and a touch of pineapple. A full, round mouthfeel leads the way to a refreshingly crisp finish.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 


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