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 2020 version of this wine has been sourced from the Santa Rita Hills AVA.
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.
From vineyards in Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander valleys in Sonoma, this is a special blend of 88% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah, 1% Carignan, 2% Mixed Reds and aged 9 months in American and French oak.
Highly acclaimed and considered one of the “Super Sauvignons” (a term coined by wine writer Karen MacNeil to describe a rare class of wines considered to be among the world’s utmost expressions of this noble grape),
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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