d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2015The Footbolt is always such a reliable McLaren Vale Shiraz. Tasting the 2015 version is almost a nostalgic experience for me, harking back to childhood memories of boysenberry pie, buckets of freshly picked mulberries and blackberries, that unmistakable smell of Darrel Lee liquorice. Generous and rich in texture. Tannins that are craftily woven into the juicy fruit providing a pleasant chewiness and a structural backbone to the mouthfeel. There's a real sense of cohesion, everything in its place, fruit, acid, tannin, oak. On the topic of oak, its there in the background, perhaps a subtle hint of chocolate brioche or mocha, but it is in no way a distraction to the hero of this wine, the fruit. When I'm not in the mood for flamboyance or challenge, I always reach for a Footbolt, it's just like catching up with an old friend, honest, reliable and comforting. Makes you wonder why you don't catch up more often.
Picollo Ernesto Gavi di Gavi Rovereto 2017Intense yellow colour. Flower and fruity smell with a special hint of peach and apricot. Full and rich taste with aromatic notes. Is perfectly with haute cuisine; ideal for fish dishes and aperitif.
WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey 15 year oldAt 92 proof & our oldest whiskey, this is the first WhistlePig product finished in Vermont Estate Oak harvested right from our farm. Vermont oak has more rings than the standard oak used in whiskey barrels, and each ring is an opportunity to impart more flavor and depth in the whiskey. With a score of 97 points from Wine Enthusiast and perfected over 15 years, we are proud to offer this pure expression of Vermont's best. Nose: Deep and rich, dominated by caramel, vanilla, and oak with hints of allspice and burnt orange. Palate: Warm, rich, and slightly creamy. Loads of butterscotch and baking spice with leather and a hint of tobacco. Finish: Ultra long and rich, warm, and inviting.
Barrell Whiskey Rye Batch 001Appearance: Burnished cinnamon hues becoming crystal clear at the edges. Tight swirls of the glass bring further bursts of iridescent raw copper, each swirl stained by streaks of late fall. Nose: Cinnamon dusted rye toast with a piercing core of crushed minerals, a touch of the 117.0 proof heat reveals itself without overpowering the nose. Palate: Roasted peaches baked into an opulent custard tart steaming from the oven followed by spice infused malted chocolate and orange zest. Finish: Air-dried citrus peels dipped in candy sugar gently fading into a lazy, rainy Sunday afternoon finish.
Bodegas Avante Tineta 2013
Château-de-Ribebon Bordeaux Superieur 2015"Quality is not possible with quantity, and I want my wine to capture the essence of our fantastic terroir." -Amélie Aubert
Evesham Wood Pinot Noir 2014Although the Willamette Valley bottling is our least expensive and largest production bottling we put just as much of ourselves into it as our top cuvées. Vineyards such as Eola Springs, Illahe and Mahonia who Evesham Wood has been working with for decades make up the bulk of the blend and those grapes are fermented in small lots and punched down twice a day. Very forward with plum, dark cherry, red cherry with a slightly sweet smokiness reminiscent of a toasted marshmallow. It will be fun to watch this wine evolve over the next five years.
Fattoria Petrolo Toscana Torrione 2015Torrione is made mainly from Sangiovese coming from a combination of historic vines of the 70s and ones more recently planted. The 2015 is a blend of Sangiovese (80%), Merlot (15%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%). The recent vineyards were planted under fortunately rigorous guidelines based on the number of vines per hectare and on strict zoning. The yield per plant is notably restricted (max 2.5 lbs per vine plant), allowing a concentration of all the noble components of the grape, fundamental for the full-bodied character of this wine.
La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2008Outstanding dark-cherry red; intense, bright and clean. The first impression on the nose is of great freshness provided by notes of cherries and blackcurrants knit with notes of black pepper, tobacco, nutmeg, coffee, caramel and vanilla from barrel ageing. Pleasant entry. Tasty, with a soft freshness, nice structure, balanced acidity and fine, elegant tannins. Silky finish, with a lovely aftertaste, where liqueur-like notes of blackcurrants intermingle with toasty notes and sweet spices turning this especial edition of Viña Ardanza into a fine, elegant wine. The ideal partner for roasted and grilled meats, barbecues, poultry and game, Iberian ham and sausages, as well as semi-cured cheeses.
Gramona Gessami 2016Appearance: Pale green with brilliant highlights. Nose: Great aromatic intensity reminiscent of a walk in the springtime. It evokes the cool, fresh air, a bunch of white flowers, jasmine, and orange blossom. Aromas of chamomile tea and linden infusions. Apricots, peaches, a citrus breeze. All bound up in a very fragrant, fresh halo. Palate: Pleasant on entry, light bodied and silky on the palate. Fantastic freshness on the finish. The balance of its fruity and floral character is such that it shifts between delicate softness and structure, smoothness and freshness. Food Pairings: Appetizers, salads, and grilled vegetables. All kinds of fish or seafood. Very good with Japanese food. Rice, paellas.
Albet I Noya Classic Tempranillo 2016On the nose, this wine expresses notes of dark fruits such as blackberries. Medium-bodied in style, it is well-structured on the palate with soft, rounded tannins. Flavors of sweet berries such as strawberry and cherry abound. Vinified in stainless steel, the Albet i Noya Tempranillo is a pure expression of one of Spain's most popular varietals. This wine will evolve nicely over 2-3 years.
Gerard Bertrand Perles De Sauvignon Blanc 2017The Sauvignon is characterized by its attractive citrus, and sometimes menthol, aromas and is nicely rounded on the palate. The ageing of a part of the wine in oak barrels gives structure and length in mouth. Food Pairing: Serve at 8-10°C as an aperitif, or with shellfish, grilled fish or fresh goat's cheese.
Montinore Pinot Gris 2016The 2016 Pinot Gris is a lovely example of the great balance that we can achieve in the Northern Willamette Valley with this variety. It emerges with aromatics of pear, Meyer lemon zest and fresh mint. It opens up on the palate with a silky and light texture to offer a foundation of stone fruits, melon and bright citrus, with zippy acidity. It finishes with stony minerality and white pepper, with lush and rich texture. As people have come to expect from our Pinot Gris, the 2016 is an excellent food wine that pairs well with anything from salads and seafood to grilled chicken and light meats.
Naked Earth Rouge 2015Beautiful concentration, with rich and dark crimson hues, showing raspberry-red tinges at the edges. An impressive nose of strawberry and vanilla, with accents of cinnamon and smoke. Thick, rich and concentrated upon entry, moving into notes of ripe fruits like strawberry and blueberry. The finish is long and elegantly spicy, ending with hints of dark cherries, espresso and chocolate. Serve with red meat, hearty pastas, pizza and spicy dishes.