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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.

 

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.

 

2013 Bridlewood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Bridlewood-Estate-Cabernet-SauvignonWhile the high daytime temperatures allow for complete ripening, it’s the low night temperatures that create the thickening in the skins producing the aroma and flavor precursors that winemakers the world over search for. The Sunnybrook Ranch in southeast Paso Robles is situated on rolling hills with southern exposures offering early morning warming, protection from drying afternoon winds and cold nights slowing sugar accumulation, increasing tannins and flavor compounds resulting in extended hang time and delaying harvest until late November!

Three different fermentation techniques were used to enhance different characteristics from each of the vineyards used. The upright pumpover tanks extract aromatics and allow for softer tannins producing a perfumey fruit forward wine. The Rotary fermenter maintains skin contact resulting in a wine with deeper color and richer tannins while the cone-sweep tanks are used to remove pips allowing for more time on the skins without developing bitter components.

From the winemaker – “In the mouth, Bridlewood Cabernet Sauvignon yields a noticeable sweetness upfront from the notes of dark fruit, chocolate and caramelized sugar, but finishes with a surprising firmness. We chose to blend about eight percent Syrah for added layers of red berry flavors and a touch of Petite Sirah to enhance the dark fruit characteristics and create a plush mouthfeel.”

Rating:

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

Availability:

2013 vintage in a 750 ml –Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $16.99 a bottle, $91.75 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $163.11 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#25909

2013 Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz

jacobs-creek-reserve-shirazFrom the winemaker – “The nose shows lifted ripe blackberry, chocolate and clove aromas, enhanced by cedar and vanilla notes from the influence of oak. A rich, full-bodied palate showcases the classic varietal plum and forest berry flavors complimented by light vanilla and regional chocolate notes. The supple ripe tannins are typical of the Barossa Shiraz, culminating in a long, satisfying finish.”

This is a versatile companion to hard cheeses or hearty meat dishes such as braised lamb shanks or eye-fillet of beef.

Rating:

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

 

2011 Bridlewood Estate Blend 175

Bridlewood-Estate-Blend-175At Bridlewood, we like to take our time. We hand select our grapes from California’s vast Central Coast AVA, and we pour our passion into winemaking. Our tasting room sits on a picturesque 105-acre estate which rests on a high bench of ancient seabed, facing the Pacific breezes that meander through the Santa Ynez Mountains to the south and the Purisima Hills and San Raphael Mountains to the north. Days are warm, nights are cool and the abundant sunshine is tempered by wind and fog. This is Central Coast Wine Country at its best.

From the winemaker – “Handcrafted from a blend of Central Coast vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley, Paso Robles and the Edna Valley, we tasted the different lots 175 times before we blended them together, a practice that lent itself to the naming of this wine. A well-balanced expression of the Central Coast region, the final blend is comprised of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Viognier. This full-bodied blend’s dark, jammy fruit flavors and rich, soft tannins are framed nicely by notes of sweet oak and end with a graceful, lingering finish.”

Rating:

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

Availability:

2011 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $14.99 a bottle, $80.95 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $143.91 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#25376

2011 Antinori Chianti Classico Peppoli

Antinori-Chianti-Classico-PeppoliIntroduced in 1988 with the 1985 vintage, Pèppoli Chianti Classico DOCG is the archetypal modern Chianti Classico. In a departure from traditional Chiantis, Pèppoli combines the complexity and structure of a well-aged riserva with the fruity fragrance of a young wine. This style is made possible by a unique microclimate where east-northeast facing vineyards are planted in a small heat-retaining valley on mineral-rich rocky soils that are perfect for growing very fruity, lively Sangiovese. The wine further benefits from the use of better Sangiovese clones, severe grape bunch selection, delayed and cluster harvest when necessary.

From the Wine Maker – “Ruby red in color, the 2011 Pèppoli shows notes of cherries well-integrated with the chocolate and vanilla aromas of the oak aging. The palate shows much Sangiovese varietal character. The tannins are soft and silky, and the flavors are long and well sustained.”

The wine is delicious paired with cold starters, pasta, cheeses. Also perfect as a wine by the glass.

Rating:

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

Availability:

2011 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $27.99 a bottle, on sale for $19.99 a bottle 01/02/2015 to 13/31/2016. SKU#10917


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