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2011 Ghost Pines Red Blend

Ghost-Pines-Red-BlendNamed after the Ghost Pines Vineyard purchased in 1964 by Napa’s historic Louis M. Martini Winery, Ghost Pines produces unique and contemporary wines from some of California’s premier appellations. Winemaker Michael Eddy enjoys the freedom to choose the best grapes he can find, regardless of AVA. Inspired by the free-form character of its namesake tree, Ghost Pines embodies the progressive spirit of California winemaking – “excellence has no boundaries.”

From the Wine Maker – “Our Ghost Pines 2011 Red Blend showcases the complexity and balance that the right combination of the right grapes can achieve. The Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in this blend act as the stoic Dr. Jekyll, while the Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Sangiovese are a classic Hyde: assertive, aggressive and maybe even a little disturbed. Aromas of blueberry and blackberry pie are framed nicely by salted caramel, spice and truffle notes. Rich and full-bodied, this blend offers chewy tannins and a long, luscious finish.”

This wine is best served with roast beef, steak, steak prepared with dark and hearty sauces or red wine sauces, beef stew, or short ribs. Hard cheeses like Parmigiano or romano and firm cheeses like cheddar.

Rating:

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

Availability:

2011 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $20.99 a bottle, $113.35 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $201.51 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#27847

2013 Dreaming Tree North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

When Steve Reeder and Dave Matthews first met, they realized they had a few things in common, like a passion for making wine at least as strong as their passion for drinking it.

They set out into wine country, looking for a way to make quality wines accessible to everyone. Along the way, they found inspiration in the down-to-earth characters and unforgettable flavors that give the region its rare kind of charm.

From the Wine Maker – “When you’re working with Dave, you want to make sure whatever you’re doing has soul. The rhythm of our North Coast Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon highlights classic aromas of blackberry, cherry and herbal notes wrapped by toasted vanilla. It’s an easy-drinking wine with a lot of character. —Steve Reeder.”

Vietnamese style grilled ribs and jasmine rice

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs baby back pork ribs
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons garlic chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • Jasmine rice (recipe below)

Directions

  1. Pre heat your oven to 300°F.
  2. Add chicken stock, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic and ginger into a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  3. Cut ribs into two piece sections and place in one layer in an oven proof baking pan.
  4. Pour sauce over ribs and back in oven for 1 ½ hours or until meat peels from the bone.
  5. Remove ribs from pan and set aside.
  6. Pour sauce into a small pot. Cook over high heat and reduce liquid by half.
  7. Add hoisin sauce, garlic chili paste and Chinese five-spice powder. Season with salt if needed.
  8. Finish ribs on the grill regularly basting with the sauce and turning about every 7 minutes until cooked through and browned.
Serves 4
  • 2 cups Jasmine rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 piece star anise
  • 3 pieces clove
  • 3 pieces cardamom pods
  • 1 tablespoon Szechuan peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Jasmine Rice Directions

  1. Place all spices in a small sauté pan and toast over low-medium heat until fragrant about 3 – 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and create a sachet to hold spice mixture using cheesecloth tied with cooking string.
  3. Place water in sauce pan, add spice sachet and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of salt.
  4. Add rice, cover pan and lower to a simmer.
  5. Cook until done about 15 – 18 minutes.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

Availability:

2013 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $19.99 a bottle, on sale for $14.99 a bottle 01/01/2015 to 12/31/2016. SKU#26899

2010 Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Conn-Creek-Cabernet-SauvignonFour vineyards contribute 71% of the fruit for this wine. Collins Holystone Vineyard in St. Helena, owned by Conn Creek Winery founders Bill and Kathleen Collins, is the largest component at 37%. The vineyard’s site enjoys a warm climate and good drainage leading to consistent early season maturity. Surber Vineyard from Calistoga added 13% and Tall Trees from Yountville another 12% of the blend. The well-known Stagecoach Vineyard in the Atlas Peak appellation in the Vaca Mountains contributed 9%. The remaining 29% comes from the Oakville, Chiles Valley, Oak Knoll, Rutherford, and Mt. Veeder appellations. The combination of the various vineyard sites and their expressions of terroir all make contributions to this complete and complex Cabernet Sauvignon.

From the winemaker – “Opening aromas of blackberries, plums and dark chocolate carry through to the palate. Accents of spring wildflowers, spiced honey, and pie crust highlight complexity. Ripe focused tannins follow the flavors to a lingering cocoa powder finish.”

This wine goes well with dishes like espresso crusted steak or roasted rack of lamb.

Rating:

This wine was given an 90 point rating by Wine Enthusiast

Availability:

2010 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $28.99 a bottle, $156.55 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $278.31 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#27084

2010 Black Stallion Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Black-Stallion-Napa-Valley-Cabernet-SauvignonLocated on the grounds of a historic equestrian center, Black Stallion Winery is the latest addition to the distinguished collection of wineries in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Each of the varietals we produce is handcrafted and carefully blended from small vineyard lots. Each lot is fermented and aged separately in our cellar until just prior to bottling when we carefully blend these lots together to achieve wines of balance with layers of complex flavors.

From the Wine Maker – “This Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of blackberry, brown sugar, tobacco, cedar and violet. Flavors on the palate show black cherry, baking spice and cocoa with finely structured tannins and a long, lingering finish.”

Great with beef, duck or veal dishes or a bleu cheese. Other flavors that go well with this bottle are dark chocolate, mustard, paprika, rosemary, thyme, cloves, ginger and nutmeg.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

Availability:

2010 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $25.99 a bottle, $140.35 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $245.50 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#26655

2011 Gascon Reserva Malbec

Mendoza is a mountainous province at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Cuyo, a region along the western edge of Argentina. Mendoza, regarded as the most important wine-producing province in Argentina, makes more than 80 percent of Argentinean wine. Mendoza’s high valleys, each at a different elevation and with a different temperature profile, sustain a multitude of microclimates. The high altitude allows for intense sunlight that produces fruit with thicker skins. This delivers extraordinary color, body, aroma and structure, and creates unique flavor and aromatic expressions in the finished wine

From the Wine Maker – “Our 2011 Reserve Malbec has distinctive flavors of dark blackberry with integrated brown spice and oak. Flavors of plum and black cherry meld with hints of chocolate and oak to add complexity to this wine, complementing the round tannins and full structure.”

Enjoy with baked, barbecued, broiled or roasted chicken, Chicken Cacciatore, chicken in mushroom or red wine sauce, chicken marinated in herbs and grilled, Coq au vin. Hard cheeses like Asiago, Parmesan and Romano or semi-hard cheeses like Cheddar, Fontina, Gouda or Swiss.

Rating:

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

Availability:

2011 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $22.99 a bottle, on sale for $19.99 a bottle 01/01/2014 to 12/31/2015. SKU#22958

2012 Line 39 Cabernet Sauvignon

Line-39-Cabernet-SauvignonLine 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 fruit. Line 39 wines are versatile and sophisticated, providing a wonderful complement to a variety of foods.

From the winemaker – “Our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits rich fruit flavors of currant and blackberry with hints of pepper on the palate. The wine finishes with subtle tannins that don’t overpower this easy-to-drink Cabernet Sauvignon.

Rating:

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

Availability:

2012 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $9.99 a bottle, $53.95 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $95.91 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#28891

2012 Sterling Vintner’s Collection Pinot Noir

Sterling-Vintner's-Collection-Pinot-NoirA majority of our fruit came from Edna Valley, a distinctive coastal region with a reputation for producing lovely, fruit-driven Pinot Noir. Located in San Luis Obispo, this unique valley is oriented east to west, drawing in the nearby marine breeze and creating one of the coolest and longest growing seasons in California. The long hang times translate to fruit with ripe tannins and elegant black cherry flavors. A small amount of fruit came from Monterey County, which provided brambly, berry-jam character. By using several vineyards, we were able to create depth and complexity in the wine.

From the winemaker – “Lifted aromas of cherry, blackberry, cocoa and sweet earthy notes open our Pinot Noir. On the palate, the expressive bright fruit evolves to darker blackberry jam, chocolate covered cherries and soft oak. Fine tannins lend velvety, lush texture as the flavors extend into a long, satisfying finish. Pair this inviting Pinot Noir with comfort foods, such as herb-roasted chicken or wild mushroom pasta.”

Rating:

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

Availability:

2012 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $13.99 a bottle, $75.55 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $134.31 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#07287

2012 Red Rock Winery Winemaker’s Red Blend

Red-Rock-Winery-Winemaker's-Red-BlendIn the winery, we take care to achieve a delicate harmony between fruit and hints of oak, balancing body with flavor. Our Red Rock Winery Reserve Winemaker’s Blend was crafted with balance in mind, using a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. The Petite Sirah adds unique characteristics to this blend, revealing concentrated aromas of dark plum jam and blueberry from the wine.Plush and balanced, this blend offers rich blackberry on the finish, with hints of spice and vanilla.

From the winemaker – “Our Winemaker’s Blend exhibits concentrated aromas of dark plum jam and blueberry with light caramel notes. The wine has a plush mouthfeel with flavors of blackberry, light brown spice and vanilla.”

Our Winemaker’s Blend is an excellent match for a wide range of foods, offering a delicious balance to creamy pasta dishes, light desserts or mild cheeses.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

Availability:

2012 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $12.99 a bottle, $70.15 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $124.71 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#26045

2012 Noble Vines 181 Merlot

Noble-Vines-181-MerlotThe 181 Merlot clone traces its origins to Pomerol in Bordeaux, where it is highly valued due to its suitability to the red clay soils of the region. Clay soil retains water well and stays cool longer in spring, thus delaying bud break, an ideal outcome for Merlot. The red soils of our Clay Station Vineyard in Lodi are similar to the red soils in Pomerol – the perfect environment for 181 Merlot to thrive and produce wines with concentrated flavors and supple tannins.

From the winemaker – “181 is classic Bordeaux-style Merlot, elegantly opening with aromas of cherry, blackberry and sweet herbs. Fresh fruit flavors of black cherry and ripe plum fuse seamlessly with hints of spice leading to a lingering and luxurious finish.

With balanced tannins and acidity, this medium-bodied wine is a perfect companion to oven-roasted turkey, Italian sausage, braised short ribs and mild to medium hard cheeses like Port Salut, Edam and Gouda.

Rating:

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

Availability:

2012 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $12.99 a bottle, on sale for $10.99 a bottle 01/01/2014 to 12/31/2015. SKU#21534

 

2011 Stags Leap Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon

A perennial favorite on restaurant wine lists, Artemis is generous in flavor and velvety in texture. Mainly comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon 90%, a 7% Merlot,2% Syrah, and 1% Petit Verdot finish this wines big bold blend.

From the winemaker – “Textbook Cabernet Sauvignon aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cedar and forest floor get a boost of complexity from hints of rosemary, gentle fresh herbs, baking spice and vanilla caramel. The wine is deep, dark and intense, yet also signature Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars: medium-full-bodied, firmly structured, powerful yet elegant, and with a long, succulent finish.”

Enjoy this wine with braised short ribs on a cold winter’s night or with a porcini and gorgonzola burger for you gourmet grillers.

Rating:

This wine was given a 94 point rating by Wine Enthusiast.

Availability:

2011 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $57.99 a bottle, on sale for $39.99 a bottle 01/01/2015 to 12/31/2015. SKU#39160


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