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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.

 

2011 Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon

Stonestreet-Cabernet-SauvignonFrom the winemaker – “The 2011 Stonestreet Estate Cabernet Sauvignon conveys vivid aromas and flavors of black cherry, satsuma plum and blood orange with bay leaf, fresh tobacco and cocoa nib adding further dimension. The palate offers a generous, beautifully extracted texture, all of which is kept in balance by the freshness of the fruit that one finds on the mountain, and an indelible stony signature — wrapped in ripe, chalky tannins that satisfy immediately and yet will easily reward a decade of cellar time.”

This wine pairs nicely with Roast Beef, steak, steak prepared with dark and hearty sauces or red wine sauces, beef stew, short ribs, Beef Stroganoff and Beef Wellington.

Rating:

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

 

2014 R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

raymond-r-collection-cabernet-sauvignonThe R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the finest vineyards throughout California, with each area adding a unique layer into the overall taste profile. Minimally intrusive winemaking techniques allow the true California terroir to shine through in every glass poured and bottle enjoyed.

From the Wine Maker – “Our 2014 R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, deep garnet in the glass, opens with alluring aromas of dark red fruits, boysenberry pie and a touch of a lightly candied violet. Upon the palate this luscious Cabernet Sauvignon presents rich flavors of dried plums, Medjool dates, red currants and bright berries. This succulent Cabernet has a medium weight and soft, round tannins that lead to a memorable finish.”

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

2014 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.

 

2014 William Hill North Coast Chardonnay

William-Hill-North-Coast-ChardonnayTucked away near the Silverado Trail, just minutes from some of the world’s most renowned Chardonnay vineyards, William Hill Estate crafts luxury Chardonnay and red Bordeaux varietals with rich, expressive flavors. Winemaker Ralf Holdenried makes William Hill’s extraordinary collection of elegant wines to showcase the other side of Napa – the side that is off the beaten path.

From the Wine Maker – “Our William Hill Estate North Coast Chardonnay offers aromas and flavors of ripe tree fruit, underscored by hints of brown spice, citrus and tropical fruit. Hailing mostly from Sonoma and Solano, this well-integrated wine has excellent acidity and a creamy mouthfeel.”

Great with grilled poultry, roasted pork, sweet or spicy fruit chutney, and soft-ripening cheeses.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

2013 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon

Rodney-Strong-Cabernet-SauvignonAt Rodney Strong Vineyards we focus on modern artisan winemaking, exclusively from Sonoma County, California. Our family-owned winery is committed to quality wines and to protecting our resources for the future. We are solar-powered, certify ed sustainable, practice Fish Friendly Farming and Sonoma County’s first carbon neutral winery.

From the winemaker – “Our 2013 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is rich with dark cherry, plum and baking spices. The delicious fruit is accompanied by crushed violet and black pepper notes. The palate has medium tannins, lingering spicy oak flavors and a lush finish. Enjoy this Cabernet now with grilled steak, pot roast, pork shoulder or pasta with a tomato sauce.”

Enjoy 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 previously given a 89 point rating by Wine Enthusiast.

 

Mionetto Prosecco Brut D.o.c

Prosecco is unusual in the world as it is almost always used to produce the sparking wine of the same name from Italy’s Veneto region. The wines tend to feature a light orchard fruit tone, recalling white peaches and pears, with bright acidity and light body. Many versions of Prosecco have a touch of sugar that adds fullness to the wine though there is a movement towards producing drier wines, particularly under the Cartizze denomination.

From the winemaker – “The Mionetto Prosecco Brut D.o.c has an intense fruity bouquet with a hint of golden apples. It is very dry, fresh, light in body and well-balanced.”

This wine is perfect alone as an aperitif or as a delightful complement to appetizers such as prosciutto or mild cheeses. Excellent as a base for Bellinis and other sparkling wine cocktails.

Rating:

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

 


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