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2014 Markham Vineyards Merlot

I’m not sure if anyone loves Merlot more than we do here at Markham Vineyards? Our dedication goes all the way back to 1980 when our very first Merlot was made from Nathan Fay’s grapes in the Stag’s Leap District. It led to growing Merlot on all of our estate ranches and continues to be 30% of our vineyard portfolio. Our 2014 celebrates its 35th bottling in all the cherry pie goodness for which it has been known!

From the winemaker – “A true Napa Valley blend of vineyards! Our Estate vineyards provide the backbone for the blend, totaling 50% of this bottling. Merlot from Oak Knoll gives sour cherry character while the Yountville components provide the classic Bing cherry aromas and flavors for which our Merlot is known. The
jammy notes come from blending in warmer up-valley fruit from Calistoga vineyards. Much care is taken to maximize the filtered light and allow the Merlot to hang freely within the canopy during harvest. This allows the fruit to mature and color evenly, leaving any vegetal hints behind. The wines are sent to barrels as individual lots to mature, allowing for greater understanding of the direct impact of our viticultural and fermentation practices each vintage.

Rating:

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

 

2014 Villa Antinori Toscana

This wine was first created and marketed by Marquis Niccolò Antinori, father of Piero Antinori, in 1928 and was the first Chianti intended as a long-lasting wine capable of improving with age. In 2001 Piero Antinori inaugurated a new phase for Villa Antinori, which became a Tuscan IGT produced from a selection of better grapes grown exclusively in the vineyards of the Antinori proprietary estates in Tuscany. The design of the label has remained as it was in 1928, with only minimal adjustments,  first in 1990 and then in 2001. This Italian gem is a great red blend of 55% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Syrah.

From the Wine Maker – “The wine is ruby-red in color with intense aromas of cherries, mint, and, particularly, chocolate. On the palate the wine is ample in body, supple and with velvety and soft tannins, long and savory.”

This wine is an excellent companion for fish and meat carpaccios, shellfish, spicy seafood, seafood pasta and soup dishes.

Rating:

This wine was given a 90 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.

 

2014 Sterling Vintner’s Collection Meritage

sterling-vintners-collection-meritageFrom the winemaker – “A ‘whole greater than the sum of its parts,’ the Meritage is the result of the special synergy that is formed when everything comes together perfectly – in this case: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Layers of dark fruit, cassis, leather and rich earth weave together to create a complex and juicy wine. Ripe tannins and oak aging lend depth and texture, highlighted by vanilla and mocha spice.”

Balanced flavors and a long, lifted finish make this a perfect wine to enjoy with food. Pair with anything from herb-roasted chicken to grilled steaks and hearty pastas.

Rating:

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

 

2015 Château Montaud Côtes de Provence Rosé

2009 Chateau Montaud Côtes de Provence Rosé

Destalked and then crushed, the grapes macerate for a short time to extract color from the skin and flavor from the pulp. The grapes are then gently pressed in a low-pressure bag press. Juices ferment at a low temperature in stainless steel vats sprayed with cold water. This lengthy process maintains the youth and the flavor of the rosé wine.

From the winemaker – This is the perfect way to discover classic Côtes de Provence Rosé from a great vintage! Made of a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, this wine is ‘concentrated, with an intense juiciness to the dried berry, cherry, red currant and white fruit flavors. A well-defined core of dried cherry, herb and mineral flavors features hints of white pepper that linger on the crisp finish.”

Amazing 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 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.

 


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