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2014 Ghost Pines Zinfandel

Ghost Pines knows no boundaries. Without the restriction of traditional winegrowing boundaries, the grapes for Ghost Pines wines are chosen from California’s best regions solely for their quality and flavor. This philosophy delivers wines of consistent quality and a distinct combination of richness, smoothness and balance that could never be mistaken for ordinary. Named for the indigenous Gray Pines dotting Northern California’s hillsides, Ghost Pines embodies the progressive spirit of California winemaking and inspires a sense of individuality.

From the Wine Maker – “Our Ghost Pines Zinfandel blends fruit from San Joaquin and Sonoma counties to accentuate the best of what each of these phenomenal Zinfandel-producing counties has to offer. The 2014 Zinfandel opens with rich, complex aromas of ripe raspberry jam, cracked pepper and toasty oak. On the palate, the wine offers intense, jammy flavors of black cherry, boysenberry, brown spice and cola framed by lush structure and a long, multi-layered finish.”

Try with roast, steak, hamburgers, beef ribs, brisket, Beef Wellington or beef jerky. Hard cheese like Parmigiano or Romano.


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


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.


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


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.”


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


2014 Villa Antinori Scalabrone

The Guado al Tasso estate is located approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the southwest of Florence near Bolgheri, a medieval hamlet in the upper Maremma area of the Tuscan coast. The estate extends for some 2500 acres (1000 hectares) from the Tyrrhenian sea to the inland hills and includes, in addition to 750 acres (300 hectares) of vineyards, olive groves and fields of wheat, corn, and sunflowers. The wine takes its name from Scalabrone, a bandit who lived in the area in the early 19th century, a sort of local Robin Hood who attacked ships in the port and canal of Bolgheri.

From the Wine Maker – “A brilliant, light, peony pink in color, the wine shows rich and intense aromas of fruit (cherries and raspberries) an flowers. The palate is fresh and balanced with a long and fruity aftertaste.”

Great with a full range of foods, dry Rosé is one of the most versatile wines in the world for pairing. Think salmon, shellfish, grilled meats, Mediterranean, Asian, cheese & crackers and more…


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


2014 DaVinci Pinot Grigio

DaVinci-Pinot-GrigioNestled near the Tuscan hillside town of Vinci – historic home of Leonardo da Vinci – Cantine Leonardo Da Vinci brings together 200 passionate local winegrowers, who contribute their finest grapes to an extraordinary collection of authentic Italian wines. Rooted in centuries of winemaking tradition, Da Vinci wines embody the rolling hills of Tuscany. Cantine Leonardo Da Vinci works closely with growers in the delle Venezie IGT to create Pinot Grigio from Northeast Italy.

From the Wine Maker – “Our Da Vinci delle Venezie Pinot Grigio has a brilliant straw color and delicate floral aromas. The palate is full and ripe, characterized by notes of apple, tropical and citrus fruits, and a hint of minerality. Lively acidity and a fresh, crisp profile make this a wonderfully versatile white wine.”

The wine is delicious paired with delicately boiled white fish or fish prepared in light sauces, such as lemon butter. Raw, crisp or steamed vegetable dishes.


This wine was given a 82 point rating by Wine Spectator.


2014 Sterling Vintner’s Collection Merlot

From the winemaker – “Combining the profiles of various sites, we created a comprehensive representation of this world-famous growing region. A majority of the fruit comes from the deeper soils of the valley floor, which translate to a broad mouth-feel and fleshy, juicy flavors.”

Great with rack or leg of lamb, lamb chops, roast pork, pork chops or tenderloin, veal with heartier vegetable and/or bean sauces or mushroom and/or wine sauces or Parmigiano, Romano and other hard cheeses as well as cheddar and other savory, firm cheeses.


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


2014 Meiomi Chardonnay

Meiomi Chardonnay comes from California, USA.  What’s most notable about this wine is that the Chardonnay grapes are sourced from three different counties. 37% comes from Monterey County, 36% from Sonoma County and 27% from Santa Barbara County. Meiomi does this to achieve “the best expression of their respective appellations…”

From the winemaker – “Smooth, opulent layers of lemon peel and stone fruit are heightened by sweet smells of crème brûlée, butterscotch, baked apple, shortbread, roasted marshmallow, and spices. The mid-palate is fleshy and rich, followed by a clean, mineral finish.”

This wine is best served with white meats, scallops, Hard cheeses, fish, chicken, BBQ.


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


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