An increasingly important wine producing country, now the fourth largest in the world. The industry was almost completely decimated during Prohibition but it gained a lot of fame after the so called "Judgment in Paris" in 1976 when California wines beat the best of France in a blind tasting organized by Stephen Spurrier. Today there are more than 7500 wineries across every state in the country, including Alaska and Hawaii. However, 95% of all wine is produced in just four states: California, Washington, Oregon and New York.Grapes are native to the US, but these are rarely used to make wine. However, they play an important role in the wine industry, both in crosses with European Vitus Vinifera and as rootstocks for Vitis Vinifera vines throughout the world. The so-called American vine species are resistant to the Phylloxera louse which devastated Europe's vineyards in the late 19th Century and since 1900, most of the world's vitis vinifera vines are grafted to American rootstock.
The name “Balade” (French for wandering) is fitting for a wine which will be derived from a different, single vineyard location with each vintage. The 2019 version of this wine has been sourced from the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County.
Affordable California Cabernet is often produced with exceptionally high residual sugar to hide imperfections. Carmenet does not go down this road. Rich, dark red in colour, Carmenet Cabernet Sauvignon id dry, and presents a complex bouquet of berries with hints of chocolate. The palate rounds out with spice and vanilla and ends with a smooth lingering finish.
The Coastal Vines Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark, plum-colored wine. Aromas of berries and toast open up to flavors of ripe, red raspberries, plums, and vanilla on the palate, culminating in a smooth, fruity finish.
Pale ruby colour. On the nose there is classic California Pinot character with blackberry, cherry, cola and leather. The soft vanilla tones from the oak blend perfectly with the intense fruit core and soft tannins, providing complexity and balance and leading to a lingering finish.
While Chardonnay can grow in many different climates, it thrives in cool, temperate regions like Oregon. The name Elouan means ‘good light’, which is reflective of the typically cool summers, yet abundant sunshine, found in this northern winegrowing region.
Full-bodied and fruit forward, this robust and flavourful wine is all about honest to goodness ripe blackberry and dark cherry, warm spice, smoky mocha and vanilla from oak aging. The tannins are well-integrated and the finish is nice and long.
From vineyards in Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander valleys in Sonoma, this is a special blend of 88% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah, 1% Carignane, 2% Mixed Reds and aged 9 months in American and French oak.
Aromas of currant, cassis and spice box give way to a palate of freshly picked ripe cherry and hints of earth. Fine tannins, an elegant mouthfeel and focused acidity lead to a long finish, creating a delightful wine to pair with cured meats, duck confit, and roasted pork loin, as well as cream-based pastas and semi-soft cheeses. 15.4%
The majority of fruit comes from the floor of the Napa Valley to achieve the richness and elegance, and for structure and complexity, fruit from the rugged mountain slopes is added. The Napa Valley is best known for the combination of long, warm growing seasons with well-drained volcanic soils that create the optimal ripening conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon. By blending these various lots, the wine is rich and well-balanced, a true expression of the Napa Valley. Deep purple with scarlet highlights this wine is bold, layered, and complex. The Thread Count Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is rich with ﬂavours of blackberry, cedar wood, and espresso.
With its Bordeaux-like presence, this wine is deep, rich, and lingering. Firm, integrated tannins frame the concentrated, dark fruit (currant, black cherry, wild berry, plum.) Toasty oak and an earthy edge add to the wine’s great complexity. Aromas of cedar oak, currants, black cherries and ripe plums suggest the fruit flavors to come, as does the intense, deep red color of the wine. Dense, mouth-filling cherries, plums, chocolate and tobacco marry with the oak nuances. The firm tannins underlying the wine’s core provide balance, leading to a long, lingering finish.
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