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.
This is opulent and teeming with balance. Wild berries and fresh roasted coffee on the nose lead to complex stone fruit flavors and the peppery nuance associated with whole-cluster fermentation. A master juggler, this wine handles tannin, new oak, and minerality with remarkable finesse. Driven by quintessential Red Hills locales and flavors, the wine is a culmination of a 25-year legacy—an opus to special surroundings.
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.
This wine is everything for which classic Dry Creek, Alexander Valley, and Russian River Valley Zinfandels are renowned. Extended fruit maceration (up to 30 days) and generous oak treatment (12 months in American and French barrels) has resulted in a pretty big yet dry red.
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.
This wine brings together Pinot Noir from three distinct terrains along Oregon’s premiere Western vineyards. The diversity of these cool climate areas combined with an elongated growing season creates wine with intensity of fruit flavor, structure, and a fresh vibrant acidity. This is a bespoke rosé where grapes were grown and harvested with the specific intention of making rosé; and not a saignée rosé, which can be a by-product of making red wine. This wine should be enjoyed well-chilled. It is finished with a screwcap to preserve the crisp, clean aromas and tastes.
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.
Joe Wagner’s Tuli begins with top tier Chardonnay vineyards growing throughout Sonoma County’s cool Pacific Coast. The diversity of micro climates in Sonoma’s vast coast allows for an amazing opportunity from the start.
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.
The backbone of this Cabernet Sauvignon is derived from the Truchard Vineyard in Carneros, with vineyard sites extending into the lower hillsides of the Mayacamas mountain range. The balance of fruit is sourced from the Suseri Vineyard in Chiles Valley, adding layers of rich fruit to the palate. The small berry clusters and intense fruit from low-yielding vines create a wine with full flavor and longevity.
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