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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.

 

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.

 

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

2015 Apothic Red Winemaker’s Blend

apothic-redApothic is a true original. Named for a mysterious place, Apotheca, where vintners stored their most coveted concoctions in 13th century Europe, Apothic blends fuse Old World intrigue with modern sophistication. Winemaker Boyd Morrison lets the character and flavor of each varietal guide the shape of his wines. Apothic offers a portfolio of enchanting blends that are bold in style and taste.

From the winemaker – “In 2012, Apothic Red was crafted from a blend of primarily Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. These varieties come together seamlessly for a fruit-driven wine with fresh dark fruit flavors and jammy red fruit notes. The Zinfandel offers bold dark fruit flavors and spicy notes, complemented by the soft mouthfeel of Merlot. The Syrah adds layers of smooth blueberry, while the Cabernet Sauvignon delivers ripe fruit flavors and a firm structure. This decadent blend is framed by hints of oak, vanilla, and mocha.

This bold vintage should be served with wild game meats like; squab, pigeon, dove, pheasant, venison (deer), buffalo, boar and ostrich. Hard, savory cheeses like Parmigiano, Romano and Cheddar.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 


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