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2011 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 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.”

Rating:

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

 

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.

2012 Aviary Chardonnay

Aviary-ChardonnayThe 2012 vintage was a truly remarkable year for grape growing in Napa Valley. We had a warmer spring followed by a beautiful warm summer and very pleasant fall. It was a stark contrast to the challenges of recent vintages. No frost, no rain, no hail, no long stretches of high heat. The consistent temperatures allowed the grapes to develop slowly and evenly, encouraging a rich crop of fully mature grapes. It was a classic growing season with great quality and large quantity.

From the Wine Maker – “Our 2012 Aviary Chardonnay is fresh, rich, and balanced. Inviting aromas of pear, banana, vanilla, subtle spice, and toasted oak draw you in. On the palate, we find lively flavors of apricot, Golden Delicious apple, pear, banana, and star of jasmine. The experience is rich and bright, finishing with well-rounded viscosity and sparkling acidity. A real enjoyment that will age well.”

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

 

2014 B Side Cabernet Sauvignon

Side-B-Cabernet-SauvignonB Side wines tell the story of the flip-side of Napa Valley. Nestled in rural areas and rolling hills along the eastern edge of the valley, these vineyards are just a few miles from the glamorous, high-priced wineries featured along Highway 29. The eastern side of Napa Valley includes areas such as Pope Valley, Chiles Valley, Wooden Valley, Stags Leap District and lower Calistoga. Vines in these areas are grown in thin volcanic soils, which yield smaller, more concentrated fruit.

From the winemaker – “Our 2014 B Side Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an exciting expression of layered fruit, with tiers of dense dark berry and delicate touches of mocha and chocolate. The aromas speak for themselves and carry through to the rened palate. Core flavors of blackberry, pomegranate and black currant reduction are framed by notes of cappuccino, bitter-sweet chocolate and dark caramel. This wine presents well-integrated oak from the fourteen month, 90% French oak regimen. A persistent finish lingers on the palate, echoing the core flavors and reminding us of the finesse of this Cabernet Sauvignon.”

Enjoy on its own or pair with slow-roasted beef brisket, blackened swordfish atop herbed couscous, or a wild mushroom tart with chevre topping.

Rating:

This wine was previously given a 81 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2015 Stags Leap Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Stags-Leap-Napa-Valley-Sauvignon-BlancStag’s Leap Wine Cellars began making Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc in the early 1980s. We combine estate-grown grapes with those purchased from a handful of skilled, fastidious farmers to create a wine that is complex, yet crisp and refreshing, and versatile with a wide range of dishes and occasions – from patio aperitif to elegant dinner party.

From the winemaker – “Inviting aromas of orange blossom, tangerine and a hint of grass. On the palate, the wine has bright citrus flavors with lingering fruit on the finish. The wine is refreshing with a nice weight and texture and the crisp acidity makes it a perfect food wine.”

Grilled oysters with mignonette sauce, grilled prosciutto-wrapped shrimp, fresh fish ceviche with cilantro

Rating:

This wine was given a 92 point rating by Wine Enthusiast.

 

2014 Charles Krug St. Helena Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

charles-krug-st-helena-napa-valley-sauvignon-blancFrom the winemaker – “Delightful aromas of white peach and honeydew melon commingle with citrus and white grapefruit flavors that burst forth in this refreshing, crisp and balanced wine. To achieve the crisp minerality and bright acidity in the wine, we harvest at night for optimal fruit freshness that ensures our signature Sauvignon Blanc style.

The 2014 growing season started off two weeks late compliments of a cool spring coupled with late rains followed by a an even cooler summer. Brief and inconsequential heat spikes resulted in late ripening reds. Early winter rains threatened a few lingering blocks of cabernet in late October. Once the fruit started to come in, half of the harvest was picked in less than a two-week period. Overall the crop was lighter by 25% in some cases. In spite of the challenges, the harvest provided quality, concentrated fruit that will translate into some memorable wines.”

Rating:

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

 

2013 Bridlewood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Bridlewood-Estate-Cabernet-SauvignonWhile the high daytime temperatures allow for complete ripening, it’s the low night temperatures that create the thickening in the skins producing the aroma and flavor precursors that winemakers the world over search for. The Sunnybrook Ranch in southeast Paso Robles is situated on rolling hills with southern exposures offering early morning warming, protection from drying afternoon winds and cold nights slowing sugar accumulation, increasing tannins and flavor compounds resulting in extended hang time and delaying harvest until late November!

Three different fermentation techniques were used to enhance different characteristics from each of the vineyards used. The upright pumpover tanks extract aromatics and allow for softer tannins producing a perfumey fruit forward wine. The Rotary fermenter maintains skin contact resulting in a wine with deeper color and richer tannins while the cone-sweep tanks are used to remove pips allowing for more time on the skins without developing bitter components.

From the winemaker – “In the mouth, Bridlewood Cabernet Sauvignon yields a noticeable sweetness upfront from the notes of dark fruit, chocolate and caramelized sugar, but finishes with a surprising firmness. We chose to blend about eight percent Syrah for added layers of red berry flavors and a touch of Petite Sirah to enhance the dark fruit characteristics and create a plush mouthfeel.”

Rating:

This wine was previously given a 85 point rating by Wine Spectator.

Availability:

2013 vintage in a 750 ml –Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $16.99 a bottle, $91.75 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $163.11 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#25909


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