Famiglia Castellani Sangiovese Toscana 2014
The historic Tuscany region of Italy has been making wines since the 13th century. This little red from the Castellani family, of Chianti Classico fame, is a great value and tasty crowd-pleaser. Made of 100% Sangiovese, this will be perfect toair with dried salumi, assorted cheeses, oven roasted tomatoes and olives, or bring a couple to your favorite local Italian BYO and Buon Appetito!
James SucklingPlenty of wild strawberries and ripe red cherries to this sangiovese as well as treacle, cedar and Christmas cake. Medium-full body, round tannins and a fruit forward, juicy finish.
Château-La-Mondotte Saint Emilion 2003 750mlLa Mondotte's 4.5-hectares of vines grow on the clay-limestone plateau east of Saint-Emilion planted to 75 % Merlot and 25 % Cabernet Franc. This small gem of a vineyard has all the natural attributes of a Premier Grand Cru Classé. The terroir consists of very silty clay overlaying a rocky subsoil. This shallow, meagre soil induces excellent water regulation and is propitious to deep rooting. Fine natural drainage combined with outstanding sunshine make for early and complete ripening. The grapes, especially Merlot, are picked under ideal conditions every year. Dating from the 19th century, La Mondotte has been certified organic since 2014. The quality of La Mondotte's clay and the age of the vines (60 years on average) result in a wine that is profoundly marked by its terroir. It is silky, powerful, incomparably elegant, and has enormous minerality. Proprietor Stephan von Neipperg continues to produce outstanding benchmark wines of Bordeaux to compete with the most elite wines in the world.
Chateau Valandraud Saint-Émilion 2005 750ml'Valandraud is one of the most interesting stories in Bordeaux. The wine is made from an unheralded terroir owned by the young, obsessive/compulsive, exuberantly passionate Monsieur Thunevin. He produces a Bordeaux from tiny yields and ripe fruit, ages it in 100% new oak, and refuses to fine or filter prior to bottling. Valandraud has become the darling of speculators, largely because of (1) its fabulous quality, and (2) its limited production.' - Robert Parker Valandraud is the home property of Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud. Before they became Bordeaux winemakers, Jean-Luc was a successful Bordeaux wine merchan t. That all changed in 1989. That was the year when he and Murielle bought a small, 0.6 hectare plot of vines situated close to Chateau Pavie Macquin and Chateau La Clotte in St. Emilion. This was soon followed by another purchase further east, in St. Suplice, where they obtained 1.2 additional hectares of vines. Valandraud takes its name from a combination of its location and from something more personal. The Val comes from Vallon de Fongaban, where the vines are planted. The second part is from Andraud, the last name of Murielle. Today, all their wine is made entirely by Murielle, who is also one of the finest chefs in the Right Bank. Jean-Luc Thunevin earned the reputation of the Bad Boy of St. Emilion for doing things his way, what he thought was right. For the 2002 vintage, Jean-Luc covered 2 hectares of the Valandraud and Clos Badon Thunevin vineyards with plastic sheets to prevent potential water damage from the expected rain before harvest. IN return, t he INAO forbade the wine to be sold under the St. Emilion Grand-Cru appellation banner. The entire harvest was declassified as Table Wine and the original wine name could not be used on these bottles. Jean-Luc renamed them L’Interdit de V…D and L’Interdit de B…N T…N. The forbidden wine of… Of course, the wines produced from the parcels which were not covered were allowed to be sold with the Valandraud name and appellation. Valandraud started off as a small St. Emilion winery. In fact, their debut vintage produced only 100 cases of wine. This was the birth of the “Garage Wine” movement. Having almost no money, and not owning a cellar of their own, the wine was made in a borrowed garage. Things have changed since those early days. They own a winery, in the village of St. Emilion. Over the years, Jean Luc and Murielle have increased holdings due to continued purchases of vineyard land. Valandraud has 10 hectares of vines planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and small portions of Malbec and Carmenere. 2 of those hectares are devoted to the production of white Bordeaux wine grapes, which are planted as follows: 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon and 15% Sauvignon Gris. The parcels are located in various areas in Saint Emilion. Valandraud produces red and white wine. For the red wine, the terroir varies, but the best soils consist of clay and limestone. At Valandraud, they are one of the few Saint Emilion estates to include some plantings of all five, Bordeaux grape varieties; Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Carmenere. By 1995, Valandraud was well on its way, as they were now producing world class wine, with a price to match. For the red wines, there are a few different wines that come from Thunevin. The red wines are; Valandraud, Virginie de Valandraud, (which made its debut in 1992) and 3 de Valandraud. 3 de Valandraud is produced from declassified fruit from Valandraud and Virginie de Valandraud.
Chateau Leoville Las Cases Saint Julien 2007 750mlThis stellar estate is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc, with an average age of 35+ year vines. Located next to Chateau Latour, the wines produced here are majestic, ageworthy, and traditional. A Second Growth of Saint Julien since the classification of 1855, Leoville Las Cases not only deserves this status, it is thought by many critics and collectors to be of the highest First Growth quality. It is also considered one of the longest lived wines in virtually every vintage, including 2007.
Bryant Family Bettina Proprietary Red 2009 750mlOne of California's most sought after, cult wines, Bryant Family Vineyards is known for their luxury Cabernets. Located in the heart of the Napa Valley overlooking Lake Hennessey on Sage Canyon Road, Bryant Family Vineyards makes Cabernet Sauvignon from fruit up on Pritchard Hill in the Napa Valley. David Abreu is their esteemed vineyard manager and Mark Aubert is the winemaker.
Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 750mlOne of California's most sought after, cult wines, Bryant Family Vineyards is known for their luxury Cabernets. Located in the heart of the Napa Valley overlooking Lake Hennessey on Sage Canyon Road, Bryant Family Vineyards makes Cabernet Sauvignon from fruit up on Pritchard Hill in the Napa Valley. David Abreu is their esteemed vineyard manager and Mark Aubert is the winemaker.
Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 750mlSince 1971, some of California's most ageworthy and intensely flavored Cabernet Sauvignons have been made from grapes grown at the Eisele Vineyard, located on an alluvial fan near the northern end of the Napa Valley, just east of Calistoga. Protected by the Palisades Mountains to the north and cooled by westerly breezes from the Chalk Hill Gap, this 38-acre vineyard is planted on well-drained cobbly soils that produce a low yielding crop of exceptionally concentrated fruit. The wines produced in this remarkable place have a rare combination of forthright character with precisely defined flavors and fine textures, deep concentration without any sense of heaviness, and the capacity to develop profound complexity with age. The Eisele Vineyard was originally planted in the 1880's to Zinfandel and Riesling, and has been under vine continuously since then. The first Cabernet was planted in 1964. Robert Parker reports: 'One of the most extraordinary vineyards of Napa Valley is the Eisele Vineyard, which boasts a 40+ year history of producing compelling wines. It is hard to argue with the track record of this hallowed ground in the northeastern sector just southeast of the old cowboy town of Calistoga.'
Cakebread Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016 375mlPlease note these are Half Bottles or 375 ML : Bright, creamy, golden apple, white peach, pear and melon aromas, with hints of mineral, yeast and oak spice, introduce rich, full-bodied, apple, pear and melon flavors that persist throughout a lingering finish refreshed by vibrant citrus and mineral tones. With a round, supple texture, good concentration and depth, and balanced acidity, the Napa Valley Chardonnay drinks well upon release and will age for a few years. Cakebread Cellars has been a Napa Green Certified Winery since 2008—only the second winery ever to receive the distinction. In 2010, the winery’s team reduced total waste by 12 percent and recycled 81 percent of its total waste. All of its vineyards have been certified in the Napa Green Land program, promoting sustainable farming practices, restoring fish and wildlife habitats, and improving water quality in local streams. In 2010, Cakebread Cellars’ Suscol Springs Vineyard was the first vineyard presented with a sustainability award by the Napa County Resource Conservation District and received recognition as a model hillside vineyard development.
Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion Pessac Leognan 2015 750mlIn 1840, the vineyard of Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion was first mentioned among the first growths of the Pessac-Léognan region. Located adjacent to the illustrious Haut-Bailly, this estate has an excellent terroir of pure gravelly soil in the southern section of Graves. Larrivet-Haut-Brion is well known in European wine circles but only recently has been seen more often here in America. Michel Rolland has advised the owners in winemaking and instituted a strict selection process in the vineyard as well as recommending later harvesting for riper fruit character.
Chateau De Villambis Haut Medoc 2015 750mlPlanted to 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, with vines averaging 35 years, Château de Villambis has been classified as a Cru Bourgeois since the title was first created, and lies in the commune of Cissac, precisely 8 km due west of Château Lafite Rothschild in Pauillac. The vineyard covers 40 hectares in one block which extends south in front of the château, and the terroir is a mix of sand and gravels over a clay-limestone subsoil, typical of the interior of the Médoc peninsula as we move away from the Gironde estuary and into the cover of the oak and pine forest that stretches west, across to the Atlantic coast. The vineyards are managed according to the lutte raisonnée approach, harvesting is done by hand and vinification follows traditional methods, in a mix of concrete and stainless steel tanks. Château de Villambis is owned and managed by Vertuvin, a charitable association which bought the estate in the early 1980’s and helps mentally handicapped people to integrate into normal society through work in a protected environment. Philippe de Roeck, the Belgian vineyard director, worked as régisseur at the world-renowned Grand Cru Classé Château La Dominique in Saint Emilion, before crossing to the Left Bank and taking up the reins at Château de Villambis. Now he runs a team of experienced viticultural professionals alongside care managers and their many handicapped workers., The atmosphere at Villambis is relaxed but busy, there are always plenty of people around and there is a tangible positive energy between the co-workers, who undertake everything from pruning to picking and packaging. This vibe can also be found in the wines which are fresh and supple, the Merlot-dominated blend making them approachable when young but able to age for a decade or more. They are drinking wines, designed to give pleasure and to accompany the typical cuisine of the south west, red meats, cheese, salad – or of course the local speciality, magret de canard.
Château d'Arsac Margaux 2015 750mlChateau d’Arsac is one of the oldest properties in the Medoc with a history dating back almost 1,000 years to the 12th century. The previous chateau was destroyed during the French Revolution. The current chateau was built in the 1830’s. The estate takes its name from the commune of Arsac, where the vineyards are located. The modern era for Chateau d’Arsac could be said to begin in 1986 when the large estate was purchased by Philippe Raoux. Once the purchase was finalized, Philippe Raoux began an extensive renovation and modernization of Chateau d’Arsac from top to bottom. He brought in Patrick Hernandez as the architect who in his redesign brought in modern elements and a lot of bright, cobalt blue paint into the design, while retaining the chateau’s true, old French charms. The modern sculpture garden is famous in region. The vineyard of Chateau d’Arsac is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. 4 hectares of vines are used for Sauvignon Blanc. In total, Chateau d’Arsac has 112 hectares under vine. But as of 1995, 54 hectares of their vines became classified as being part of the Margaux appellation. The 2015 D'Arsac is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon and 31% Merlot from the Margaux appellation. This purple-tinted red Chateau d'Arsac is fragranced with red berry, toast and smoky notes due to aging process. On the palate, the attack is smooth though full-bodied with a precise, silky and balanced structure. The finish is generous, giving the sensation to crunch the grape. It is a well-produced Margaux.
Peter Michael Le Caprice Pinot Noir 2016 750ml'Peter Michael is an impeccably run, world-class winery, and there's nothing that the Peter Michael winery does that is not admirable. Consider that they work with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, they produce world-class wines from all of these varietals, and they do it from Knight's Valley and the Sonoma Coast. Of course, they have had some fabulous winemakers pass through, including the likes of Helen Turley and Mark Aubert, Luc Morlet and now his brother, Nicolas Morlet. Nevertheless, much of the credit has to go to Sir Peter Michael, the owner, who gives these people carte blanche, and expects their very best.' Robert M. Parker Jr.
Colpetrone Sagrantino di Montefalco 2011 750mlCòlpetrone became a member of the Tenute del Cerro group in 1995 and is situated in the center of Umbria, a stone’s throw from Foligno, Trevi and Bastardo. After a short time it became one of the key estates in the area of Montefalco, due to its spectacular red wine, Sagrantino di Montefalco. The Sagrantino grape, the native variety of Montefalco, is one of Italy’s oldest grapes, the most rich in tannins and polyphenols. As a result, a very careful cultivation process is required in order to enhance power and uniqueness of this wine, and in the meantime to ensure the right balance and elegance. Renowned enologist Riccardo Cottarella has produced the wines here in both a classic style along with more approachability due to smoother, more velvety tannins. It all starts with a very high quality farming system , with yields of 60 quintals per hectare, well below the 80 ones permitted by the regulations. Aged 12 months in 225 L French oak barrique followed by 26 months of bottle refinement. The designation of a DOCG appellation for Sagrantino di Montefalco in 1992 solidified the standing of both the Sagrantino varietal and Còlpetrone. Today, the estate consists of 345 acres, 155 of which are vineyards. Còlpetrone produces 200,000 bottles annually, offering consumers Rosso di Montefalco, Sagrantino di Montefalco, Gold Sagrantino di Montefalco and Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito. The traditional cuisine of Umbria includes truffle-accented dishes, sheep's milk pecorino cheese, salumi and prosciutto, roasts, game and hearty lentil soups.
Quinta do Noval Cedro do Noval 2015 750mlA top seller : great quality and great value. While Quinta do Noval has historically been renowned for its world-class Port wine, it also produces compelling dry red wines. Cedro do Noval is a fruit-forward dry red wine named after the famous 100 year old cedar tree that sits in front of Quinta do Noval, overlooking the Douro and Pinhao rivers. Cedro has rich, plummy dark fruits while remaining balanced and fresh. Dating back to 1715, Quinta do Noval is one of the oldest and best wine estates in Portugal. Although known for centuries for top quality fortified port wines (a stellar reputation which continues today), Noval excitedly released its very first dry red wine in 2004 under the direction of Christian Seely. Since the day he arrived in the Douro, Quinta do Noval director Seely knew that the Douro valley was one of the great vineyard terroirs of the world, and had incredible potential for producing unfortified, dry wines. “We are just at the beginning,” says Seely. “I told my staff when I first started here that we have to aspire to Châteaus Latour, Mouton, Margaux.” Under the ownership of the AXA company, Seely's goals have been met and the wines are thriving... After a period of ten years spent studying how the Noval vineyards might best produce a dry red wine, Noval released its first vintage, 2004, to rave reviews. “The inaugural, 2004 vintage release hit on all cylinders,” says Kim Marcus of Wine Spectator. “Christian Seely has successfully overseen the renovation of the famed Quinta do Noval Port estate…and is now managing the latest chapter in Noval’s fascinating history: table wines.” The dry red wines made at the estate are from specially selected parcels of new and mature vines around the estate, and blended from four classic port varities: Touriga Nacional, Tintao Cão, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz. True to its long history of continuous innovation, Noval has also been among the first to experiment with Rhone varieties in the Douro, with Syrah from estate plantings being blended into the Cedro do Noval. It has become a top seller from the AXA portfolio because of its tremendous quality/value ratio. It is a fruit-forward dry red wine named after the famous 100 year old cedar tree that sits in front of Quinta do Noval, overlooking the Douro and Pinhao rivers. The wine has tremendous rich, dark fruits while remaining fresh and enjoyable. Made of a native blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca and aged exclusively in French oak, Cedro do Noval can be paired with red meats, pasta, roasted or grilled poultry, cheeses and more.
Légende Bordeaux Rouge 2016 750mlThe prestigious Barons de Rothschild family has owned vineyards in Bordeaux for many generations. In addition to the wines made from their world renowned vineyards, such as Lafite and Duhart Milon, Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild has been elaborating a range of wines which called 'Légende'. Inspired by a grand tradition of quality, the Domaines teams have one priority: selection of grapes and vineyards. Their mastery and perfect knowledge of Bordelais cepages are responsible for the unparalleled quality of their wines. After de-stemming and crushing, the selected plots of Pauillac were vinified separately for this wine before blending 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. The wine was aged for 12 months in barrels, followed by fining with egg whites. Look for a beautiful deep crimson color with a complex and elegant nose dominated by aromas of red fruits, cinnamon and vanilla. The wine has a round and fleshy attack with ripe and well integrated tannins. This is elegant and silky.
Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2016 750mlWe had the great privilege of welcoming winemaker Vittorio Fiore to the Bottle Shop for one of our VIP tasting events some years ago... we had fallen in love with his 100% old vine Sangiovese, Il Carbonaione, from his winery Poggio Scalette in Alta Valle delle Greve. Poggio Scalette takes its name from the landscape, which is characterized by dry, stone walls supporting terraces on which the vineyards and olive groves are planted. From a distance the impression is of a series of stairs climbing the slopes of Greve. After the death of its previous owner, Poggio Scalette remained abandoned for years until Vittorio Fiore, one of Italy’s most famed winemakers, discovered the property in 1991 with his wife, Adriana. In 1996, 42 additional acres of land became available, enabling them to expand. It was discovered that the plot of land known as Il Carbonaione was the first area to be replanted after World War I (1914-1918), which means these vines, more than 90 years old, are a rare example of the original clone of the famous Sangiovese di Lamole variety in the Chianti Classico area. The slopes of the Greve Valley are without question some of Italy’s most ideal locations for vineyards and olive groves. The combination of exposure and soil composition contributes to the excellent quality of the wines and the extra virgin olive oils of the area. Named for the river that passes through as it travels from a medieval hilltop town, this area happens to be one of the most important historical centers of the Chianti Classico region. Il Carbonaione, Poggio Scalette’s signature wine, is the culmination of knowledge and experience and therefore an important message of quality. The vineyard was planted in 1928, it is 13 acres in size, with soils of stony, sandy silty-loam. The yields are a mere 2 tons per acre. Aged 14 months in new and one year barrels, 90% French and 10% American. Pair with grilled lamb chops, sugo all'amatriciana sauces, Bistecca alla Fiorentina, and terrine de foie gras. Vittorio Fiore dedicates this wine to Tuscany and to Sangiovese — the region and the variety that have allowed him to fulfill his aspirations to produce superb wine. It really shows his life's work in one bottle...
Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Réserve Rouge 2017 750mlAs owners of Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and La Vieille Ferme in the Côtes du Ventoux and Luberon, the Perrin family has demonstrated exceptionally high standards for nearly a century. Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Réserve Rouge is made from estate vineyards in Grand Prebois and Vinsobres, as well as from vineyards that the family leases, and from purchased grapes from producers under long-term contracts. The vineyard of Prébois has clayey limestone soils covered with stones. In Vinsobres the terraces are rich in quartz and marl limestone. All of these plots are managed and supervised by the Beaucastel team. After the harvest is sorted and destemmed, vinification takes place in stainless steel and oak. Aging occurs in tanks and foudre 25% of the year. Made of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre, this is the perfect 'everyday' drinking red to serve with Mediterranean, Italian and American cuisines. 2015 is a spectacular vintage for southern Rhône reds
Lola Wines Chardonnay 2017 750mlFounded by winemaker Seth Cripe in 2008, Lola Wines offers incredible value wines with classic California style. Based in Napa Valley, the goal at Lola is to create high quality, approachable wines for a broad audience. The winemaking approach pays tribute to the old-world tradition with carefully selected vineyards with handcrafting in small batches. Lola’s portfolio consists of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Dry Riesling from Russian River, Sonoma Coast, Mendocino and Santa Lucia Highlands. At Lola, Seth does not believe in reinventing the wheel—he makes lovely California wines that are genuinely good, honestly priced, and simply delicious. Lola Chardonnay is made from fruit sourced in the Occidental and Bloomfield vineyards with Goldridge Loam soils, and the grapes are s ustainably farmed. Fermented in cement, 20% malolactic fermention; 20% 2nd year French oak, 80% Stainless Steel. Only 1400 cases produced.
Ferrari-Carano Merlot 2016 750mlTypically made of 90% Merlot, 6% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, Ferrari-Carano Merlot is made from cool climate valley floor vineyards which produce a supple, fruit-forward wine. Hand-harvested grapes are destemmed and then fermented, blended and barrel aged for 18 months in mostly French oak. Look for a complex nose of ripe cherry, blackberry jam, cinnamon and caramel, with flavors of wild berries and chocolate-covered strawberries with a velvety finish.
Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2018 750mlMerry Edwards approaches life with graceful intensity. Now in the fifth decade of her winemaking career, Merry has earned the universal respect of winemaking peers, grape growers and academicians. A self-described perfectionist, she has constantly refined her vineyard practices, wines and techniques. Food was Merry’s gateway to wine. She recalls, “When I was a teenager, my mother had cookbooks produced by the California Wine Advisory Board. Wine was an ingredient in every recipe, so I started cooking with wine.” The unusual style of her Sauvignon Blanc has been created by a confluence of factors. A key component of this wine is the highly floral Sauvignon Musqué selection from Sancerre, which comprises one-third of the blend. The Shenandoah clone balances this out nicely with its classic herbal, somewhat grassy character. For the first time, a substantial proportion of grapes were harvested from their own young estate vineyards — nearly 30 percent. Full fermentation in barrels crafted by Tonnellerie Cadus, 18 percent new, moderates green flavors. Elevage in barrel also allows for our biweekly lees-stirring protocol, vital to developing rich mouthfeel. The bright, shimmering, green-gold hue of this Sauvignon Blanc is a visual overture to a striking personality. Its enticing aroma is highly perfumed with honeysuckle, citrus blossom, white rose and gardenia. Honeydew melon, nectarine, ripe Rainier cherry, tangerine, Kaffir lime and summer hay add complexity, along with hints of sweet oak and toasted hazelnut. On the palate, vibrant acidity is finely balanced with a rich, creamy mouthfeel creating a unique textural experience — reminiscent of a refreshing blood orange sorbet. The finish is broad and lingers with sweet pink grapefruit and Meyer lemon zest. Merry's good friend Ann Marie Montecuowas inspired by an original Sam Sifton recipe to devise a delicious Roast Chicken Provençal. The sweet Meyer lemons and the herbs make it a perfect pairing with our Sauvignon Blanc. Serve with brown rice, crusty French bread and a green salad. Enjoy!!!
Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2018 750mlIn 1870 Jacob Beringer arrived in California from his homeland in Germany to pursue his dream of making fine wine to rival the best wines of Europe. Today the winery is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley and founder Jacob Beringer's great, great grandson Mark Beringer is Chief Winemaker, while 20+ year winemaker Laurie Hook transitioned to Beringer's Winemaker Emeritus. Beringer's northernmost Chardonnay vineyard and the primary source of Private Reserve Chardonnay, Gamble Ranch, is located near the town of Yountville where daytime temperatures slowly climb as the cooling morning fog recedes south to San Pablo Bay. This significant diurnal shift allows the grapes to maintain their acidity, which is essential to balancing the ripe, rich flavors they develop during warm afternoons. Each Chardonnay lot was kept separate throughout the aging process. After sending the fruit directly to press, the juice is fermented in French oak barrels (76% new) to enhance the natural richness in the wine. Weekly lees stirring enhanced the toasty notes, and integrated the oak flavors for an overall balance. All of the wines were put through malolactic fermentation to encourage a lush creaminess. After 9-10 months aging, the most expressive lots are blended to create a richly layered wine with aromas of crème brulee and rich citrus and fruit flavors. Wine Advocate on the 2017 vintage : 'The 2017 Chardonnay Private Reserve aged for ten months in 100% new French oak. It opens with beautiful crème brûlée and candied ginger notes over a core of pineapple and green mango with a waft of brioche. Medium-bodied, satiny and with fantastic freshness, it delivers loads of tropical layers and great length. 8,100 cases produced, to be released in March 2019.'
Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018 750mlChalk Hill’s Sonoma Coast Chardonnay displays the structure one would expect from this famed California estate with the concentration of their low yield methods. The bouquet is pure with guava, nectarine, golden apple and pears. The palate is rich and citrusy with hints of butterscotch and vanilla. Serve with buttery chicken and white fish dishes, or with creamy cheeses such as Brie, Delice de Bourgogne and Fromage d'Affinois.
Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2018 750mlThe California appellation known as Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County has a long, interesting history of grape growing, which has come full circle in the last few years. In the 1790's, Spanish missionaries thought the soils and climate of the Santa Lucia Highlands would be ideal for growing wine grapes so they planted grapevines there. Yet two hundred years later, instead of vineyards, there were cattle, sheep and horses grazing the hills and acting as the primary industry of the area. In the late 1970's, Nicky and Gaby Hahn saw the potential to re-establish grape growing in the SLH. They purchased hundreds of acres of land (at a fraction of the cost they would now) and in 1980, the Hahns released their first wine from SLH. Eight years later, Nicky led the charge to establish SLH as an American Viticultural Area, a dream he saw realized in 1991. Today, Hahn Family Wines, is run by Nicky and Gaby’s son Philip, and the estate is comprised of 650 acres of sustainably farmed estate vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Santa Lucia Highlands has become well-known for producing excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The estate-bottled Hahn SLH Pinot Noir is one of the best buys from here on the market. Aged in French oak barrels for 11 months, this opens with alluring aromas of black cherry and dark currant. What follows are intense black fruit flavors balanced by ripe red plums and a hint of allspice. A slight acidity beautifully highlights the supple tannins and persistent finish. Serve with grilled chicken, lamb, salmon or cheeses. The 2014 vintage of this wine was a TOP 100 WINE OF THE YEAR 2016
Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Reserve Blanc 2019 750mlThe Perrin family is considered the most quality-driven producer in the Rhône Valley. This Côtes du Rhône white is made of local grapes: Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier giving it a floral nose and delicate notes of white-fleshed fruit (apple and peach) and terrific freshness. The mouth is clean, rich and balanced with good minerality. These are all classic Rhône characteristics in white wine, and it is wonderful to serve with Mediterranean food, white fishes, bouillabaisse and dishes seasoned with saffron. Located on the fresh and light soils of Cairanne and Jonquières, the vineyard where this wine's grapes come from is situated between the rivers of Ouvèze and Aigues. Recent alluvial deposits of calcareous origin with variations according to the river path, clayey limestone fill the soils. This wine is very aromatic with hints of white fleshed fruit and flowers, good acidity with a fresh, savory character.
Tenuta Rapitala Nuhar Nero d'Avola 2014 750mlNuhar, meaning flower, is made from Nero d’Avola, which develops rich tannins and body, with Pinot Noir, King of Burgundy, responding well to the warmth of Sicily giving color, ripeness and finesse. Look for a bouquet of dried fruits, flowers and berry. The palate is warm and full with a balanced acidity and elegant tannins. The finish is long and lingering. This pairs well with meats, game, pasta, truffle dishes, cheese and pizza. Rapitalà, much like Sicily itself, is a mosaic of influences that comes together to create its unique identity. A marriage of Sicilian soul and French know-how, Rapitala showcases the power and personality of Sicilian terroir with an elegant, French winemaking style. In 1968, the French-born Count Hugues Bernard de la Gatinais, and his wife, Gigi Guarrasi from Palermo, inherited this estate from the Guarrasi family after it was destroyed by an earthquake. The winery was soon rebuilt and vineyards were replanted to include not only indigenous varieties, but beloved French varieties as well. At the forefront of the quality revolution in Sicily, Rapitala was one of the first five producers on the island to offer estate bottled wines, starting with the 1976 vintage. Today, Rapitala’s over 550 contiguous acres are divided into 180 unique vineyard parcels. Each parcel is managed, harvested and vinified separately, crafting optimal terroir expressions. As a result, Rapitala has one of the longest harvest seasons, starting in August and ending in November, to ensure that each variety and parcel is picked at the right moment. The work, started by Hugues de la Gatinais and his wife Gigi, is now carried on by their son, Laurent, with the same care and passion. He oversees Rapitala’s continuing mission to integrate and improve sustainable practices and new technologies into the property in order to achieve the purest expression of this region’s distinct terroir. Pushing beyond sustainability, Rapitala is starting to certify some of its vineyards as organic.
Old Forester Single Barrel 90 Proof Bottle Shop Barrel 750mlOur very own Old Forester barrel was bottled at 90 proof and gives the Bourbon lover a classic high quality whiskey at an incredible price. For the last few years we have been seeking and choosing singular barrels of whiskey from the best distillers in the USA. These barrels give our clients 'Bottle Shop Exclusive' whiskies tasted and chosen by our staff for both sipping and creating inventive cockOld Forester was created in 1870 and is the only bourbon continuously distilled and marketed by the founding family... before, during and after Prohibition. Taste profile: Summer fruits and banana gently greet you as they mingle with classic bourbon notes of light vanilla, oak, and caramel on the nose. The palate delivers a deep experience with heavy hints of oak, leather, and chocolate with hints of dark cherry and vanilla. The overall finish is rich and flavorful and most whiskey drinkers will appreciate this beauty for its classic nature.
Neirano Barolo 2015 750mlTenute Neirano is a small DOCG estate, and part of the company founded in 1911 by Antonio Sperone beginning with fortified wines and vermouth in a small cellar just outside of Turin. Sperone wanted to focus on high end wines in Piemonte in the 1980's so the family purchased a 25 hectare property in the heart of Monforte d'Alba, a region famous for its compressed sandstone soils, crafting intense, structured wines with great power and longevity. It is there, in an ancient 17th century villa, that this fine Barolo is produced. It spent 3 years in large Slovenian oak barrels and 1 year in bottle before leaving the winery for export. The 4th generation of the family is now making the wine.
Cellier des Dauphins Cotes du Rhone Reserve 2018 750mlThe Cellier des Dauphins vineyards lie in the Rhône Valley, with the foothills of the southern Alps rising in the distance. In these terroirs, sun-drenched vines swaying in the southern breeze, grow the renowned grape varieties that have made the Côtes du Rhône famous: Syrah, Grenache, Viognier and other local grapes. Such diversity enables the winemakers at Dauphins to produce aromatic blended wines of great complexity. This Côtes du Rhône Reserve is made from grapes g rown on sunny slopes and harvested at the peak of ripeness from the villages of Richerenches, Vinsobres, Puyméras, Tulette and Saint Maurice. Made of Syrah and Grenache, look for a deep ruby red color and a rich mix of sun-baked black fruits on the palate and soft ripe tannins on the long finish. *** DECANTER MAGAZINE GAVE THE DAUPHINS 2018 CÔTES-DU-RHÔNE RÉSERVE 97 POINTS AND A PLATINUM MEDAL AT THE 2019 DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS *** This is an elegant French café style red wine…easy-to-drink yet full of flavor. Côtes-du-Rhône is typically made of mostly Grenache, a red fruit-driven grape which picks up hints of thyme, pepper and purple flowers from the soils of the beautiful sun drenched vineyards in the south of France. Serve with chicken with Provencale herbs, Mediterranean fare, spicy bean soups, cheeses, olives, rosemary flatbreads and more.
Cloudline Pinot Noir 2018 750mlCloudline is one of the best values for high quality Pinot that we have found. With its pure, ripe fruit flavor, balanced acidity and a silky, smooth texture, Cloudline is an exuberant glass of wine. The talented winemaker Veronique Drouhin-Boss oversees the production of Cloudline, as well as making the wine at her family's estate Domaine Drouhin Oregon in the Willamette Valley. Look for a ripe core of cherries, raspberries and red plums with accents of violets, vanilla and roses. Veronique Drouhin-Boss' family has been growing and making fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in France's Burgundy region since 1880 under Maison Joseph Drouhin. She herself has been making wine in Oregon's Willamette Valley for over 20 years… serve this fine quality value with salmon, chicken, cheeses, beet salads, baby lamb chops and more.
Fleur Pinot Noir Carneros Select 2017 750mlWith an enthusiasm for the red wines of Burgundy and a confidence in northern California’s potential for producing good Pinot Noir, Francis & Kathy Mahoney have realized their dream. On a modest budget, a small, functional winery was built in 1972. Francis knew that his best tool was his palate. Calling on his experience in the cellars of Burgundy, the profile of superb Pinot Noir was in his memory, soon to be expressed at Fleur de California Winery. Veteran Pinot Noir winemaker Ken Foster oversees production at Fleur de California. Foster was Winemaker/Production Manager at David Bruce Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California where he held positions in winemaking and production for 15 years. During that period, he helped to convert the focus of the winery from Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel. This Pinot's expansive array of fresh, ripe red fruit aromas are accentuated by a spicy perfume note. Generous flavors envelop the palate with similar spicy red fruit flavors. This is a richer, denser Pinot than you expect at this price.
Luigi Voghera Barbera d'Alba 2017 750mlThe Voghera family have been farmers in Neive in Barbaresco for many, many generations. They grew grapes for a modest production of family wine, but also cultivated grain and fruit trees. The estate as we know it today was born in 1974, when Luigi Voghera, the father of the current owner, dedicated his farm entirely to the production of grapes and started to vinify and bottle his own production. Luigi’s son Livio adheres to his father’s old-school and time-tested methods of production: longer maceration on the skins, and aging in large oak cask. All of Livio’s offerings are estate bottled, and across the board tremendous values. Made of 100% Barbera from vines up to 30 years of age, this is sourced from three hectares in the Cotta cru of Neive and grown at an elevation of 200-250 meters above sea level. Cotta is one of our favorite vineyards for Barbaresco, always very pretty and fresh, so we love this expression of the Barbera from this great site. Fermentation and maturation occur in stainless steel tanks. 1,600-2,000 cases produced annually.
Eisacktaler Kellerei Cantina Valle Isarco Sauvignon Alto Adige 2018 750mlTasted and loved by our staff, this is clean, fresh, dry, aromatic and thirst quenching, filled with mineral, lemon/lime citrus and herb flavors. Made by Cantina Produttori Valle Isarco, which is high quality co-operative founded in 1961. Located in the Isarco Valley of Alto Adige in northern Italy, this Cantina has 130 members from 11 municipalities of Alto Adige: Varna, Bressanone, Funes/Tiso, Velturno, Chiusa, Laion, Castelrotto, Villandro, Barbiano, Fié and Renon. The grapes for each bottling are blended to express the classic nature of the wines of this region, known for its exceptional white wines. Originally from France, the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety was brought to Alto Adige about 100 years ago but only much more recently to the Valle Isarco. The porphyry-rich, warm, frost-protected soils of the lower Valle Isarco with their SE exposure are perfect for this variety, and express its noble character. Serve with asparagus, snails, poached or grilled fish, or as the perfect aperitif. Substitute your Friday night Sancerre with this, you will be very happy.
Monte Degli Angeli Piemonte Pinot Noir 2018 750mlFrom the region of Piedmont of northern Italy, this well-made Italian Pinot has red and black fruit flavors with hints of vanilla, chocolate and purple flowers. Quite complex and long for the price, this is smooth, ripe and supple. Made by two quality-driven brothers, Antonio and Paolo Sperone, who also produce delicious, well-priced Barolo which we also carry. Serve with grilled tuna, roasted chicken, lamb, or with light pasta dishes, especially topped with shrimp and plum tomatoes.
Caparzo Rosso di Montalcino 2018 750mlCaparzo was established towards the end of the 1960’s. The company has grown and adapted with the times all while maintaining and respecting the traditions of the terroir. The rustic and elegant Caparzo villa, La Casa, located at the bottom of Montalcino is available for rent for those who want to fully experience the beauty and tranquillity of the Tuscan countryside. This is Rosso di Montalcino is from the acclaimed 2018 vintage. Rosso di Montalcino is typically made from the younger vines of the Sangiovese Grosso, which also make each estate's Brunello wines. Therefore, Rosso di Montalcino has earned the nickname of 'baby Brunello.' Also, Rosso di Montalcino wines spend less time in wood compared to Brunello di Montalcino, and are perfect for more simple meals of classic Tuscan fare and/or Italian cheeses and olives. Caparzo was listed by Wine Spectator as one of Brunello di Montalcino's 'Cream of the Crop' producers. The estate is comprised of 475 acres, with 125 total acres planted to vineyards on all 5 sides of the hill of Montalcino, the only estate with this benefit. This gives owner Elizabetta Gnudi Angelini, with her winemaker Massimo Bracalente, access to all of the different terroirs of the appellation, from soil differences to unique microclimates to varying altitudes of vineyards.
Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec 2018 750mlSpecially reserved due to its exceptional features, the Norton Reserva wines are characterized by their elegance and complexity. The Malbec Reserva is made from carefully selected grapes from vineyards aged between 30 and 50 years old. The wine is then aged in French oak barrels and then additionally in bottles before release. The harmonious coexistence of fruit and wood over time has made this a great wine, characterized by elegance and complexity. Look for an intense red color with purplish hues. In the nose, it is an expressive wine with ripe black fruits, violets, spices and tobacco. In the mouth, it is wide and fleshy with a lingering finish.
Stafford Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018 750mlStafford Hill is the 'second label' of famed Holloran Vineyard Wines, and is an outstanding value for handcrafted, small production wines. The Stafford Hill wines are produced from the same vineyard sources and use the same hands-on, traditional winemaking approach as the Holloran wines. Made from p rimarily Holloran Le Chenaie Vineyard with volcanic soils in the Eola Amity Hills located near Salem, Oregon. These are elegant Oregon wines made in a classic style. The Pinot Noir has limited use of new oak to keep the wine fresh and approachable for everyday drinking. Beautiful wines and great, everyday values. Small lots, mix of indigenous yeast and cultivated yeasts. 100% destemmed, hand punch downs. Malolactic fermentation is also natural and occurs in barrel. Aged 11 months in 100% french oak barrels (medium toast), 10% new. Only 1200 cases made. The lots used for this wine are aged for 11 months in up to 15% new French oak. The nose offers sweet cherry fruit and forest underbrush, with food-friendly acidity and structure on the palate, and a floral perfume in the mouth and finish. Made in the style of traditional Burgundy, the fruit is sourced from non-irrigated vines with fermentation occurring in small open-top tanks that are punched down by hand. Many of the lots are fermented with native yeasts, and all malolactic fermentation occurred naturally. This wine is both unfined and unfiltered. Natural sediment may occur over time.
Lyrarakis Kotsifali 2018 750mlNew Greek Red! This may be new to the Bottle Shop, but Lyrarakis Kotsifali is made from an ancient grape variety grown since around 3000 BC. A native grape of Crete, Kotsifali is a dry red, with medium-full body, and a terrific red for grilled meats, Greek lamb dishes, pasta, pizza, cheeses, and all kinds of Mediterranean foods. We tasted and loved the Lyrarakis family's Kotsifali here, with its excellent purity and balance of fruit, acidity and tannin. Traditionally, the Kotsifali grape has a black color, and comes from vigorous, high yielding vines that have a medium burst period and a medium ripening time. The grapes usually ripen between the end of August and early September in Crete. The resulting wines are high in alcohol and have a low acidity. However, Lyrarakis has produced a red wine with a nice balanced level of alcohol and a nice burst of acidity in a juicy, smooth style. This is no doubt due to their hard work in the vineyards, and their gentle approach to the winemaking. Farming is sustainable and organic, and the wines are made with certified Vegan methods. Look for c lassic Kotsifali aromas and flavors of spices, herbs, plums, blackberry, beetroot, salinity and 'Mediterranean' nuances. #welovethis!!! Vintage 2018—2019 JancisRobinson.com, 16.5 points
Viña Zorzal Garnacha Navarra 2019 750mlBrothers Xabi, Iñaki and Mikel Sanz created Viña Zorzal in 2007, taking advantage of their long history and tradition as a winemaking family in Correla, Navarra. Their family winery, Bodegas Correlana, had been run by their grandfather and father to great success in the region, and they became a reference point in the industry. But while the older generation had been more preoccupied with having a viable and commercial trade, the current one decided to take a holistic approach to agriculture, and make artisanal wines, focusing on single-parcels and single-vineyards, and on the terroir of Fitero, this subzone of the D.O. Navarra. Their landscape differs from the much flatter areas of Navarra where Garnacha and Tempranillo are cropped in high volumes. Their vines grow on rocky and stony soils with variegated clays (heterogeneous), and limestone and composite soils. The fact that the clay-based soils are non-homogeneous makes them much more permeable and resistant to erosion than the soils of the Ebro Basin. They own 40 hectares, 25 of which planted with the traditional Garnacha of the land. The wild bush vines are old, many centenarian, and are farmed organically. The remaining land is planted with Graciano (which quickly made their fame), Tempranillo, and some Garnacha Blanca and Chardonnay. The wines are made in a remodeled part of the family’s old winery, and the work in the cellar follows the work on the land, which they summarize here: “We practice low intervention, environmentally-friendly viticulture; we do not till the vineyards, and all processes are carried out manually; we use selected native plants for ground cover fertilizing with compost to improve the vine’s resistance to diseases. This philosophy is carried through to the winery, where our wines ferment spontaneously. We avoid racking, and don’t filter nor clarify. No additives are used, only a sufficient, moderate amount of sulphur.” The fruit for this delightful little Garnacha comes from different plots in the Fitero village. Serve with cured meats and cheeses, stews, roasted vegetables, game and meat dishes.
Pierre Andre Bourgogne Chardonnay Reserve 2018 750mlFounded in 1923, the firm of Pierre André was born at the foot of the hill of the grand cru Corton vineyard. Today Pierre André continues to produce top grand cru wines, along with village wines from up and down the Côte d'Or. The overall house style is one that represents the terroir of each village and vineyard, while also exposing concentration of fruit flavors, and balancing the classic acidity and tannin of Burgundy. All of the grapes are handpicked by vineyard manager Jacques Briday's team, and minimal intervention is used by winemaker Mathieu Carrara. We tasted and positively loved this Bourgogne Blanc from the charming 2018 vintage. Dry, crisp and ripe in style, the citrus, white flower and mineral flavors dance on the palate with a hint of acidity. Serve with shellfish, lemony white fish dishes, creamy cow's milk cheeses and Marcona almonds.
High Note Malbec 2018 750mlHigh Note is a wonderful new discovery here at the Bottle Shop. Crafted from a blend of the finest vineyards in Uco Valley including Vista Flores, La Consulta, Altamira, Eugenio Bustos and Gualtallary, when it comes to vineyard locations, Altitude is everything. Altitude is essential to providing the vineyards with intense sunlight and cool temperatures. This perfect paradox allows the winemaker at Vista del Sur in Mendoza to craft a Malbec with a deep violet hue, smooth velvety texture & vibrant fruit flavors, and name it 'High Note'. Vista del Sur is a state-of-the-art winery high in the Andes foothills of Argentina’s famed Uco Valley of Mendoza. Ranging in altitude from 3,300 to 5,000 feet, Vista del Sur’s vineyards are among the highest in the world and enjoy the perfect combination of elements for growing the finest Malbec. Intense desert sunlight, very cool nightly temperatures, low humidity and dry, sandy soil with excellent drainage provide the fruit with extended hang times that result in a slow, balanced ripening cycle with good acidity and concentrated flavors without excessive sugar. These conditions also help reduce vine disease and provide a long, dry growing season producing low yields of small grapes with concentrated flavor, color and tannins. While other wineries around the world are planned to create multiple varietals using the same equipment, Vista del Sur was designed from vine to bottle to enhance the quality of the Malbec it produces. Grapes are sourced from five vineyards with sandy loam soils, ranging in elevation 3,300 - 5,000 feet above sea level. Vista Flores vineyard has flavors of spice, red fruits and minerality. La Consulta adds black fruit and mid-palate weight while Altamira's fruit has notes of violets. Eugenio Bustos vineyard offers racy acidity and floral notes while adding to the violet color. Gualtallary vineyard, at the highest altitude, brings deep purple color and additional floral and black fruit notes balanced with acidity. Fernando Buscema is a fourth-generation winemaker whose early childhood memories are set in his grandfather’s vineyards. Buscema earned his bachelor's degree in enology and food science from the Universidad Maza in Mendoza, where he graduated top of his class. His winemaking experience was gained through his work at reputable wineries all over the world including Vicenza, Italy; Napa Valley, California; and Mendoza, Argentina. At Vista del Sur, Buscema is devoted exclusively to Malbec where he remains at the forefront of oenological research and development.
Chateau-Siaurac Lalande de Pomerol 2015 750mlOur family has had a long-time love affair with Ch â teau Siaurac in Lalande-de-Pomerol. The estate has been producing beautiful wines for 200 years, in the 'satellite' appellation of Lalande-de-Pomerol. Long associated and marketed with Château Pétrus in Pomerol, we always considered Siaurac such an incredible value for an authentic, velvety, delicious red Bordeaux. As a 'satellite' of the esteemed Pomerol area, Lalande-de-Pomerol has a similar climate and similar soils to its famous, luxurious neighbor. The owners of Siaurac are oriented toward quality, not quantity, and strive to express the unique typicity of the soils and climate (which we call the terroir ) . The Ch â teau has also been certified organic since January 2009. The average age of the vineyard is between 25 and 30 years. Today, Siaurac is owned by the owner of Château Latour, Francois Pinault and the Artemis group. It i s therefore made by an exceptional, world class team : the technical director from Chateau Latour, Penelope Godefroy, has worked with Jean-Claude Berrouet, the winemaker at Pétrus for 40 years. The 2015 Siaurac is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. It tastes rich, velvety and pure with notes of cherry, mocha, licorice and rose petals. We have enjoyed many bottles at home over the last 25 years of this under-the-radar, classic Bordeaux red. Pair with filet mignon, lamb chops, roasted pork, Comté Gruyere cheese, Petit Basque sheep's milk cheese, meat pâté and/or cured meats.
Raymond Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Red Velvet Label 2017 750mlThe Raymond family arrived in Napa Valley in 1933 and became connected to the Beringer family via marriage in 1936. Roy worked as winemaker for Beringer from 1933-1970, when in 1970, he and his two sons set out on their own with the 90-acre estate property in Rutherford where the winery is located. They released their first commercial wine under the Raymond Vineyards label in 1974 and never looked back. Today, the Raymond winery is owned by Boisset Family Estates. Jean-Charles Boisset serves as president of Boisset, one of the world’s leading family-owned wine companies, with wineries in Burgundy, Beaujolais, the Rhone Valley, the South of France, and expertise in French sparkling wines. Boisset’s August 2009 purchase of Raymond Vineyards expanded the company’s footprint in the New World, which already included properties in Canada and California’s Russian River Valley, making it one of the top twenty-five producers in the US.
Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2015 750mlTasted and loved by our staff, Marques de Murrieta has a long, meaningful history at the Bottle Shop. When we were first learning about wines, it was very important to our dad for us to know the best, most classic wines of every great winemaking region in the world. In Spain, Marques de Murrieta was at the top of his list. We had the opportunity to taste old wines from Murrieta from vintages such as 1968 and 1959 with him while we were still in the infancy of our wine training. The estate is very much a traditional estate in style. While rich and deep in flavor, the fruit is multi-layered but not 'New World jammy'. Red and black fruits, cedar, leather, hints of spices, even hints of tar are revealed. We would pair this with Spanish-inspired cuisine, especially pork or lamb dishes. WINE ADVOCATE reports: 'Yes, this is one of the oldest wineries in Rioja, created back in the 19th century, and they keep their traditions, but now but each wine is selected from specific plots, something that they have done since the year 2000, a year that marked a big change in the winery. I feel more balance and better integration of the oak with the wine in recent vintages. I really liked the wines I tasted and was very excited to be shown a tank sample of the 1986 Castillo de Ygay Gran Reserva Blanco. Yes, you have read it correctly, it was a tank sample which is waiting to be bottled after almost 21 years in wood and 6 years in tank that will be released sometime in the future. I simply loved it.'
Montes Classic Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 750mlThis Cabernet has been a huge success at the Bottle Shop. Made of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, this was aged for 6 months in French oak, and has good body with cassis, black cherry, mint and spice complexities. Made from grapes grown in Chile's Colchagua Valley, which has become famous for good Cabernet's, this is one of the greatest value in Cabernet in the market. Winemaker/Owner Aurelio Montes was named "Winemaker of the Year" by Wine Spectator in the years 2002 and 2006. Montes and his partners run a great, quality-driven operation in both Chile and in Argentina at Kaiken.