California produces about 90% of all wine made in America and contains some 1200 producers from boutique to massive global players. Although wine was introduced to California in the 18th Century by Spanish missionaries, the modern industry only dates back to the sixties. The region was put on the wine map when several Californian wines beat their French counterparts in the now-famous Judgment in Paris in 1976.One of the major contributions it has made to the wine industry is a focus on a grapes physiological ripeness. Rather than pick when the sugars and acids are in balance, most growers like to pick with the seeds are brown and ripe. At this time there is no ""greenness"" remaining in the grape and the tannins are much softer. This makes a style of wine that is easier to drink in its youth and does not require significant bottle aging. The downside is that the sugars are so high at this point that the wines produced from such grapes are much higher in alcohol than they used to be.
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 is a beautiful salmon pink with golden highlights. This wine has the classic ‘eye of the partridge’ colour. Bright and expressive on the nose, with aromas of honeysuckle, Asian pear, and Fuji apple followed by notes of vanilla and orange blossom. Flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon zest fill the palate with lively characteristics. This wine has nice acidity with a light but satisfying finish.
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.
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.
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%
Part of Spottswoode’s storied history inspired the name Lyndenhurst, a tribute to the fragrant linden trees that still bloom in the gardens today. Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon is a dynamic and inviting wine made from grapes grown in the Estate Vineyard blended with those from other acclaimed family-owned vineyards. Aged for 20 months in mostly French with some Hungarian oak ( 57% new).
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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