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2014 Decoy Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

Since 1978, Duckhorn Vineyards has been exploring the character and complexity of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Drawing on our winemaking team’s expertise working with this varietal, Decoy Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon offers a rich and appealing expression of the varietal crafted to be ready upon release.

From the winemaker – “From its deep ruby and violet hue to its enticing fruit-forward aromas of blackberry, currant and black cherry, this wine showcases what we love about great Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. On the palate, the lush fruit is balanced by smooth, rich tannins and lovely layers of spice, cocoa and hints of sweet and toasty French oak.

Rating:

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

 

2014 Chateau St. Jean North Coast Chardonnay

Chateau St. Jean was built on a family’s dream to create a world-class winery in the heart of Sonoma. With its gracious style, elegant architecture, beautiful gardens and inviting tasting rooms, Chateau St. Jean has long been recognized as the quintessential Sonoma winery. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren uses her more than 30 years of vineyard and winemaking expertise with Chateau St. Jean to highlight the best of each vineyard in the wines.

From the Wine Maker – “Chardonnay from North Coast of California. The nose has bright aromas of ripe apple, creamy lemon pie, warm vanilla and brown spice notes. The medium bodied soft palate is rich and supple with juicy fruit flavors of fresh nectarine, apple and pineapple. Pleasing notes of toasted hazelnut and subtle brown baking spice add complexity. The wine is well-balanced with a great core of fruit and bright acidity.”

This wine pairs nicely with raw and lightly cooked shellfish like crab and prawns, steamed or grilled fish, fish pâtés.

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This wine has not been rated.

 

2016 Tilia Malbec

From the winemaker – “Aromas of black cherries and plums are accompanied by notes of violets and vanilla. On the palate the wine is rich and full-bodied with flavors of juicy blackberries, cranberries, and black currants abound, followed by notes of vanilla and sweet spice.”

Pair this Malbec with a meat dish that mirrors its tangy berry flavors like cranberry pot roast or roast duck with sour cherry sauce.

Rating:

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

 

2014 Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC

Cantina-Zaccagnini-Montepulciano-dAbruzzo-DOCThis Montepulciano d’Abruzzo From Montepulciano  d’Abruzzo grapes. Fermentation with the skins by temperature control in stainless steel tanks. Aging in oak barrels for 6 months. Another 3 months refining in bottle.

From the winemaker – “Intense ruby red colour with violet nuances; intense, characteristic bouquet of the primary grape aromas; fruity component, full-bodied and robust, well-balanced with tannin and oak features.”

Enjoy with beef, duck or veal dishes or a bleu cheese.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

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.

 

2015 Alamos Chardonnay

alamos-chardonnayAlamos crafts quality wines from Argentina, offering the best of the country’s high altitude vineyards at an incredible value. Alamos grapes are grown at the foothills of the Andes Mountains at elevations of 3,000 to 6,000 feet, where intense sunlight,cool evening temperatures and mineral-rich irrigation from mountain snowmelt translate to bright aromatics and rich flavors.

From the winemaker – “The 2015 Alamos Chardonnay offers layered aromas and flavors of crisp green apple, peach and citrus blossom. On the full and round palate, flavors of pear and pineapple emerge, balanced by subtle notes of vanilla, butterscotch and sweet brown spice. A lingering finish is accented by clean acidity and citrus zest.”

This wine is best served with white meats, scallops, Hard cheeses, fish, chicken, BBQ.

Rating:

This wine was given a 88 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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