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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

2014 Apothic Dark Red Blend

apothic-dark-red-blendA majority of the grapes in Apothic Dark were selected from Lodi, where the intense sunlight and diverse soil structure create layers of complexity. In the cellar, the grapes for Apothic Dark were fermented at a maximum of 90 degrees to increase the extraction of dark jammy fruit characteristics. A variety of yeasts were used to bring out unique flavors and features from each lot. Following fermentation, the wine was influenced by a variety of oak to add complexity and enhance the coffee and dark chocolate flavors.

From the winemaker – “A medium-bodied, delicious red blend with dark fruit flavors of blueberry and blackberry complemented by notes of coffee and dark chocolate for a rich, yet silky smooth, palate.

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.

 

2013 Chateau Souverain Merlot

chateau-souverain-merlotThe story of Chateau Souverain begins in 1944 when J. Leland “Lee” Stewart harvested his first crop of grapes from Howell Mountain vineyard in Napa Valley. In the years that followed, Stewart used innovation, meticulous standards and his natural gift for winemaking to establish Souverain as one of the great California wineries.

From the winemaker – “Chateau Souverain Merlot opens with dark red fruit aromas reminiscent of black cherry, plum, and fresh blueberries complemented by hints of brown spice and baking chocolate. This Merlot finishes with soft acidity and a fruit-driven balance that gives the wine a polished sense of elegance.”

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 has not been rated.

 

2014 R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

raymond-r-collection-cabernet-sauvignonThe R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the finest vineyards throughout California, with each area adding a unique layer into the overall taste profile. Minimally intrusive winemaking techniques allow the true California terroir to shine through in every glass poured and bottle enjoyed.

From the Wine Maker – “Our 2014 R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, deep garnet in the glass, opens with alluring aromas of dark red fruits, boysenberry pie and a touch of a lightly candied violet. Upon the palate this luscious Cabernet Sauvignon presents rich flavors of dried plums, Medjool dates, red currants and bright berries. This succulent Cabernet has a medium weight and soft, round tannins that lead to a memorable finish.”

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

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

2012 William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

With roots deeply anchored in the Napa Valley, William Hill Estate crafts luxury Chardonnay and Bordeaux varietal wines from the undiscovered vineyards of California’s most celebrated regions. Beginning with William Hill Estate’s 140-acre benchland vineyard near the Silverado Trail, Winemaker Mark Williams turns to the hidden corners of southern Napa, the North Coast and the Central Coast to create a unique collection of rich, expressive wines.

Varietal Content: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Petite Sirah, 1.5% Cabernet Franc

From the winemaker – “Dark and rich, our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas and flavors of blackberry and ripe plum, with hints of clove and earthiness. Notes of brown spice and vanilla enhance the palate for a lusciously full mouthfeel, culminating in a long finish.”

Pairs well with cornish game hens, duck or turkey prepared in rich, hearty or heavy sauces or hard cheeses like Parmigiano or Romano and firm cheeses like Cheddar.

Rating:

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

Availability:

2012 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $39.99 a bottle, $215.95 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $401.90 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#15852

2013 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend

14-Hands-Hot-to-Trot-Red-BlendThis red blend is comprised of Syrah, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Mourvedre from vineyards throughout Washington state, including Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Wahluke Slope and the Yakima Valley. A wine with generous aromas of ripe berries and dark stone fruits open this ruby-hued wine.

From the Wine Maker – “This polished red wine offers aromas of cherry, red currant and tea. Flavors of ripe berries and dark stone fruits, supported by a frame of refined tannins, give way to subtle notes of baking spice on a persistent finish.”

This wine goes well with BBQ Pork, Grilled Portabella Mushrooms, Gourmet Cheeses, Lasagna Florentine.

Rating:

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

Availability:

2013 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $11.99 a bottle, on sale for $9.99 a bottle 01/01/2015 to 12/31/2016. SKU#24420


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