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2011 Sandstone Merlot

Since 1883, five generations of our family have handcrafted fine wines that express the very best of our vineyards and winemaking expertise. Our Estate Grown Sandstone Merlot come from a gently sloping formation of hills running along the southeastern corner of the historic Livermore Valley. With warm days, cool nights, well-drained sandstone soils, and incoming breezes from the San Francisco Bay, the Wente family’s hillside vineyard is an ideal place to grow outstanding Merlot.

From the winemaker – “Our Sandstone Merlot is a great display of grapes coming from many hillside and valley floor vineyards, each of which give distinct aromatics and structure to the wine. The estate grown vineyards that make up this wine are fermented and aged separately in barrel for about a year before they are blended together. We add Petite Sirah and Petite Verdot to the blend which then ages for another 6 months. Although lighter in structure than a Cabernet Sauvignon, this Merlot combines solid, yet silky tannins with diverse fruit flavors to make a lasting impression.”

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 given a 87 point rating by Wine Enthusiast.

 

2016 Decoy Sonoma County Pinot Noir

decoy-sonoma-county-pinot-noirBuilding on the traditions established by our acclaimed Goldeneye and Migration wines, Decoy Pinot Noir expands our exploration of the depth and diversity of this varietal to Sonoma County winegrowing. Highlighting a distinctly plush and approachable expression of Pinot Noir, Decoy is crafted to be ready upon release. Varietal Content 100% Pinot Noir Cooperage 100% French Oak Burgundy Barrels (60 Gallons) Barrel Aging: 7 Months Age of Barrels: 25% new, 75% second vintage

From the winemaker – “Building on the traditions established by our acclaimed Goldeneye and Migration wines, Decoy Pinot Noir expands our exploration of the depth and diversity of this varietal to Sonoma County winegrowing. Highlighting a distinctly plush and approachable expression of Pinot Noir, Decoy is crafted to be ready upon release.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

2015 Alamos Torrontés

Alamos-Torrontes

Argentina’s only native grape, Torrontés thrives in our soaring vineyards at 5,000 to 10,000 feet in elevation, developing incredible floral aromas, bright fruit notes and refreshing acidity. Our Torrontés is grown in Salta in the far northwestern region of Argentina. In the shadow of the Andes at higher altitudes than Mendoza and much closer to the equator, Salta is one of the most extreme winegrowing regions in the world. Blazing hot summer days can reach daytime temperatures of 100 degrees of intense sunlight, plunging to as low as 55 degrees at night as the heat evaporates into the thin air. It’s a dramatic shift that allows grapes to mature and accumulate rich, bold flavors during the day and preserve beautiful acidity and structure at night.

From the winemaker – “A delightful expression of the region, the Alamos Torrontes is crisp and extraordinarily fragrant (another benefit of our high-elevation vineyards), filled with striking floral aromas of orange and jasmine blossom. On the palate, vibrant notes of peach, ripe pineapple and fresh herbs lead to a refreshing zing of acidity at the finish.”

This wine pairs nicely with a wide variety of Thai foods because of its ability to temper the Thai dishes. Try pad kee mao (drunken noodles), masaman curry and beef noodle soup with this one.

Rating:

This wine was given a 89 point rating by Wine Spectator.

2014 Ghost Pines Zinfandel

Ghost Pines knows no boundaries. Without the restriction of traditional winegrowing boundaries, the grapes for Ghost Pines wines are chosen from California’s best regions solely for their quality and flavor. This philosophy delivers wines of consistent quality and a distinct combination of richness, smoothness and balance that could never be mistaken for ordinary. Named for the indigenous Gray Pines dotting Northern California’s hillsides, Ghost Pines embodies the progressive spirit of California winemaking and inspires a sense of individuality.

From the Wine Maker – “Our Ghost Pines Zinfandel blends fruit from San Joaquin and Sonoma counties to accentuate the best of what each of these phenomenal Zinfandel-producing counties has to offer. The 2014 Zinfandel opens with rich, complex aromas of ripe raspberry jam, cracked pepper and toasty oak. On the palate, the wine offers intense, jammy flavors of black cherry, boysenberry, brown spice and cola framed by lush structure and a long, multi-layered finish.”

Try with roast, steak, hamburgers, beef ribs, brisket, Beef Wellington or beef jerky. Hard cheese like Parmigiano or Romano.

Rating:

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

 

2014 Aviary Chardonnay

Aviary-ChardonnayThe 2014 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 2014 Aviary Chardonnay is well-balanced with smooth creamyness and bright acid. Light aromas of pear, vanilla, tropical fruit, and notes of oak . The palate is smooth with flavors of fresh apricot, tropical fruits, and toasted oak. The rounded, creamy finish will stay with you long after the glass is empty.”

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

 

2016 Sacha Lichine Single Blend Rose

A great selection of grapes that grow from vines in the South of France made with a traditional wine making approach and offering a bold and luscious new world style.

From the winemaker – “Single Blend has a bright, blush color with an elegant nose. It is both full and balanced and has a fresh finish. This wine is dry. The pressing is direct and made carefully while aged with bâtonnage.

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 85 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2014 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.

 


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