Archive for the 'Cherry' Category

2013 St. Francis Merlot

st-francis-merlotOur founder Joe Martin was the first grower to plant Merlot in Sonoma Valley. Merlot thrives in this picturesque valley where warm days are cooled by evening breezes and fog from the Pacific Ocean. The grapes in our Sonoma Valley Merlot come from our Certified Sustainable Estate Behler and Wild Oak vineyards, as well as from top growers throughout the area. Each carefully selected vineyard contributes distinctive and individual qualities to the finished wine.

From the Wine Maker – “This polished Merlot shows off layered aromas and flavors of espresso, red cherry and chocolate that finish with a touch of savory spices. Medium-to-full bodied with good structure and a long, lingering finish.”

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 given a 90 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2014 Primarius Pinot Noir

Primarius Pinot Nior represents Oregon’s finest cool climate regions and are a true reflection of the state’s most famed varietal, Pinot Noir. Made up of 95% Pinot Noir and 5% Syrah.

From the Wine Maker – “This Pinot Noir is a blend of all of our vineyard sources throughout Oregon and is representative of one of Oregon’s great vintages. Aromatics suggest brambly cane berries and Bing cherries accented by some subtle notes of cinnamon and clove. The palate carries these aromas on and compliments them with lively acidity and just a hint of oak sweetness. The mouthfeel is round and pleasant and yields some further depth suggesting Morello cherries and nutmeg. The finish lingers with soft, silky tannins and leaves an aftertaste of sweet red and black fruits and Christmas spice.”

This wine pairs nicely with roast pork, pork chops, pork tenderloin, ham or mild sausage. Mild, firm cheeses like Swiss or Gouda.  Hard cheeses like Parmigiano or Romano and savory cheese like Cheddar.

Rating:
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…

Rating:

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

 

2010 Sassoregale Sangiovese Maremma Toscana DOC

Following traditional red wine vinification (with meticulous maceration on the skins) and the malolactic fermentation, the wine is aged for a brief but important period in small oak barrels.

From the Wine Maker – “Its color is a bright ruby-red. On the nose, it is clean and precise, with hints of morello cherries, wild berries and a moderate spiciness. On the palate it reveals a full and firm flavor, expressing all its intensity and elegance.”

Ideal with grilled red meats, but also with cured meats or the traditional sheep’s milk cheeses of Tuscany.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

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.

Rating:

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

 

2007 Giovanni Rocca Barolo

giovanni-rocca-baroloAzienda Agricola Rocca Giovanni consists of 22 hectares of vineyards in Monforte d’Alba, stationed in several parts of the village. All the most prestigious and earthly areas and zones of the Langhe belong to the family for three generations, and they have kept their form and position throughout the years.

From the winemaker – “The pure cherry flavor is framed by mineral and tobacco accents and stern tannins in this linear red. Shows fine balance and builds to a long finish.“

Rating:

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

2014 Estancia Merlot

estancia-merlotEstancia relies on the benefits of boutique-style winemaking techniques, including whole-cluster fermentation, gentle punch downs, and basket pressing. Our Monterey-based winery uses gentle gravity flow systems to minimize aggressive tannins and bitterness. It is this hands-on crafting of the wines—from grapes to bottle—that results in our consistent and superior wine quality.

From the winemaker – “We’re convinced that the world’s best wines showcase the true essence of their origins. The Central Coast encompasses Monterey County—where our winery is located—plus a myriad of unique California vineyards. Merlot fruit from cooler Monterey lends exquisite texture and suppleness to this wine, while fruit from other winegrowing areas—notable for warm days and significantly cooler nights— contribute concentrated fruit aromas and flavors. The flavor shows soft fleshy fruit, cherry cola, with pleasantly lingering toasty vanilla.”

This vintage pairs nicely 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. Cheeses like Parmigiano, Romano and other hard cheeses as well as cheddar and other savory, firm cheeses.

Rating:

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

 


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