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2012 Aviary Chardonnay

Aviary-ChardonnayThe 2012 vintage was a truly remarkable year for grape growing in Napa Valley. We had a warmer spring followed by a beautiful warm summer and very pleasant fall. It was a stark contrast to the challenges of recent vintages. No frost, no rain, no hail, no long stretches of high heat. The consistent temperatures allowed the grapes to develop slowly and evenly, encouraging a rich crop of fully mature grapes. It was a classic growing season with great quality and large quantity.

From the Wine Maker – “Our 2012 Aviary Chardonnay is fresh, rich, and balanced. Inviting aromas of pear, banana, vanilla, subtle spice, and toasted oak draw you in. On the palate, we find lively flavors of apricot, Golden Delicious apple, pear, banana, and star of jasmine. The experience is rich and bright, finishing with well-rounded viscosity and sparkling acidity. A real enjoyment that will age well.”

This Chardonnay is an excellent accompaniment for fish, poultry and lightly sauced entrees. Semi-hard cheeses like Fontina, Jarlsberg, Swiss or Gouda.


2013 Ghost Pines Chardonnay


From the Wine Maker – “Selected from three of California’s most recognized Chardonnay appellations, Sonoma, Monterey and Napa, our Ghost Pines Chardonnay offers expressive, fruit-forward characteristics. The artful combination of these three regions delivers baked apple, pear and lemon cream flavors, accented by an elegant finish of sweet vanilla.”

This wine is best served with Mahi Mahi, Salmon, Shark, Swordfish, and Tuna sautéed, grilled, roasted or baked with or without sauces. Semi-hard cheeses like mild Cheddar, Fontina, Jarlsberg, Swiss or Gouda, soft rind cheeses like Brie.


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


2015 Apothic White Winemakers Blend

Apothic-White-Winemakers-BlendApothic, named for the mysterious place, Apotheca, where vintners stored their most coveted concoctions in 13th century Europe, Apothic blends fuse Old World intrigue with modern sophistication. The grapes for Apothic White were pressed and allowed to settle before racking. The must was fermented in upright tanks at cool temperatures to maintain and enhance the natural aromas and flavors. A portion of this wine underwent malolactic fermentation to soften the mouthfeel.

From the Wine Maker – “Our latest release brings tropical aromas and flavors together with hints of spice, creating an enchanting white blend. Apothic White is an approachable blend that combines Chardonnay, Riesling and Moscato to create a luscious, vibrant wine in the bold style of Apothic. Intense flavors of peach, pineapple, honey and vanilla spice make this smooth white blend unforgettable.”

This wine pairs deliciously with fruit salad, sushi, white fish (snapper, grouper, scallops), as well as Cantonese, Thai, and Latin cuisines.


This wine has not been rated.

2013 Adele Chardonnay

The Adele Chardonnay comes from a 10-acre block in the well-known Vine Hill Road region of Russian River, source of some of the best Chardonnay produced in California. It is fermented two-thirds in new and used French Oak barrels, while the rest is fermented in stainless steel to maintain the bright freshness of the fruit. During its 8 month elevage, the wine sees some batonnage, adding richness and texture. The result is a full-bodied but not overblown crowd-pleaser.

From the winemaker – “2013 Adele Chardonnay Russian River a bright yellow color of medium intensity along with greenish reflections. On the nose the wine offers a medium intensity of vanilla, ripe pineapple and toffee. There might be a hint of orange rind. On the palate he wine is dry, full-bodied with mouth-watering acidity. There is a medium(-) intensity of flavors similar to the nose. The vanilla and pineapple are dominant with a hint of tangerine. The finish is clean with a medium length of lingering pineapple. There is a pleasant slight sweet attack on medium intensity at the end.”

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


This wine has not been rated.


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.


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.


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.


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


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