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Rocca Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville 2009

Our 2009 Collinetta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is the 4th vintage we’ve bottled from this site, and it is the most complete illustration yet of the intrinsic characteristics of this very special vineyard: deep, dense color; aromas and flavors with a pronounced emphasis on ripe black fruits; finely sculpted, sophisticated tannins; and an inherent personality of subtle, stylish elegance and refinement. The initial impression is that the wine’s dense, rich color aptly reflects its deep core of black fruit. The aromas here are intense and dark, like an extract of ripe blackberries, black currants, blueberries and black cherries. Delicate floral notes and a hint of dark chocolate provide further depth and complexity. On the palate the wine is supple and elegant, with delicious flavors that closely mirror its aromatics. Structurally, this is textbook Collinetta Vineyard: the tannins are smooth and highly polished, with a precise, linear quality that gives the wine distinctive refinement and sophistication. The finish here is pure and focused, with the flavor of fresh ripe blackberries persisting deliciously.

This twelve-acre estate vineyard is named Collinetta (Italian for "little hill") to reflect the unique topography of the site, which gives our vines a 360-degree orientation to the sun. Located in the Coombsville area east of Napa, the gentle slopes of the Collinetta Vineyard are covered with well-drained, rocky soils. This area of Napa Valley is much cooler than our Grigsby Vineyard in Yountville, allowing for a significantly longer growing season. These grapes typically ripen weeks later than their counterparts ten miles to the north, with increased color and structure.


Review:

This is a fine 100% Cabernet that's solidly in the cult style of soft, lush tannins, ripe fruit and new oak. It's rich and extracted, with blackberries, currants, dark chocolate and spicy plum flavors that are heady and delicious. Despite all that, there's subtlety. - 93 Point Wine Enthusiast 

 Wine Enthusiast: 93
Klinker Brick Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Sixteen months on French oak encouraged extraordinary dry and complex structure layered with aromas of blackberry, cassis and clove. Flavors of cherry, currant, leather and a hint of black tea couple well with the traditional and pronounced French oak.

Pairs great with lamb and cheese.

Trione Pinot Noir River Road Ranch 2013

River Road Ranch encompasses 115 acres in the heart of the Russian River Valley appellation. Located on the western bench of the Santa Rosa Plain, the vineyard thrives in well-drained soils. The region's fog-cooled nights are ideal for this varietal.

This Pinot Noir presents aromas of dark cherry, exotic spice, green tea and a slight earthiness we call forest floor. The wine is silky on the palate, beautifully balanced, with a long finish. The Pinot Noir's firm structure suggests excellent aging potential, 10-15 years.

We made this Pinot Noir in small lots, using traditional techniques —fermenting in open-top tanks and hand-plunging the caps during primary fermentation. To accentuate the outstanding fruit flavors, we added 20% whole clusters to the each fermenter. The Pinot Noir aged twelve months in French oak barrels (40% new) from coopers Meyrieux Traditional House and Remond. 

Millstone Strawberry Rhubarb Ruberry Cider 750ml

 blend of our oak aged cider with freshly picked Maryland strawberries and rhubarb. This cider crafts a snappy but lovable fellowship between two fruity and tart companions.

Latest Batch Release - No. 003 July 2015

Batch Blend: Winter Banana, York Imperial & Goldrush blended with strawberries & rhubarb, bottle conditioned with house made ice cider.

Food Pairings: Fruity Desert, Soft Cheeses, Charcuterie & Jams

Trione Sauvignon Blanc River Road Ranch 2015

Rich aromas of honeycomb, baked apple and toasted bread. The palate is firm yet rich — a seamless expression of restraint and elegance. The silky texture extends through a lingering finish with hints of Mandarin orange peel and sweet Asian spice. This Chardonnay will continue to develop over the next five to seven years.

The Royal Shiraz-Cabernet 2015

The Royal Shiraz Cabernet is made from 60% Shiraz, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
Juicy and fruity, Australian in style with blackberry, blackcurrant and spice flavors, subtle vanilla and black pepper. Smooth and well balanced, a lingering finish of berries, spice and beautifully integrated oak. Pairs well with red meat, especially classic recipes like roasted leg of lamb, grilled lamb chops and beef kebabs.

Cambon la Pelouse Haut-Medoc 2010 (magnum)

Cambon la Pelouse Haut Medoc is produced from a careful selection of the grapes. Made from 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Limited yield: 45 hl/ha.
Aged in oak barrels for 12 months (50% new oak). Intense ruby/purple color. Delicate aromas of red fruit, liquorice, vanilla and caramel. Ripe fruit flavors, well balanced, great harmonious structure, silky tannins and a good length.

Pairs well with game and red meats, cured cheeses.


 

Alain Jaume Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge Vieux Terron 2014

Alain Jaume Chateauneuf Du Pape Rouge Vieux Terron is made from 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre

An intense purple color is followed by ripe red fruit aromas, such as sweet black cherry.
The palate reveals clearly the aromatic complexity: spices and black fruit are boasted with soft tannins. The finish is long with aromatic hints of liquorice and pepper. Red raspberries, star anise and hints of cinnamon.

It will accompany game, red meat or meat in sauce and strong cheeses.

Thorn Clarke Eden Trail Riesling 2016

 

Fragrant spring blossoms with a hint of citrus peel lead into a delicate precise, mouth watering palate. Crunchy green apples and lovely minerality have the tastebuds salivating and screaming out for more.

VINIFICATION NOTES

Picked during the cool of night. An intentional minimalistic approach to winemaking to ensure the vineyard character sings. Free run juice, fermented cool, minimal fining and filtration.

BLEND

Riesling

CELLARING

Long term

 

Thorn Clarke Terra Barossa Shiraz 2015

Thorn Clarke Terra Barossa Shiraz   is made from 100 percent Shiraz

Comments

Lighter in style than usual, the wine offers aromas of sweet berry fruits, plums, pepper and spice. There is rich fruit on the palate displaying plums, blackberry and sweet spice from the subtle oak. Nice soft tannins are accompanied by great length of fruit flavour.

Vinification Notes

The grapes are crushed and de-stemmed into fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in fermenter and the ferments are pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferment temperatures remain in the 22-25 degree celcius range which will allow the fruit to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the  wine is then put into predominately American oak to mature.


Review:

"Fresh earth, toasted cumin and black tea flavors are dark and dense, with black licorice and thick tannins forming a backdrop to the blackberry and plum compote notes. Persistent on the finish. Drink now through 2028.—M.W."
- Wine Spectator (June 30th 2016), 91 pts

 Wine Spectator: 91
Krutz Family Sonoma County Chardonnay 2013

Bright and light golden-yellow in color. Exotic and sweet vanilla bean aromatics backed by pear and kiwi with a slight orange peel. The palate resonates with texture and depth as stone minerality and cream brioche to match. Flavors of roasted plantains, gravenstein apple, and lemon zest frame the wine for a long yet soft finish.

Planted in the early 90’s, this is the coolest vineyard site in the Russian River Valley, located at Lee Martinelli Sr.’s home ranch in Forestville, CA. After riding around with Lee in his pick-up truck when we visited his Woolsey Road, Zio Tony, and River Road Vineyards, he decided to take me to this gem. He kept this particular vineyard in his back pocket until we hit it off. We did, and I think you’ll enjoy the ride as well.


Review:

Elusively crisp and inviting on the nose, this is a thickly intriguing wine, floral in orange blossom and fresh apple. Structured and lengthy, it retains a tangy acidity and structured finish, the grapes sourced from a dry-farmed vineyard. - Wine Enthusiast 92 Points

 Wine Enthusiast: 92
Chono San Lorenzo Estate Red Blend 2012

Chono San Lorenzo Estate Red Blend is made from 30% Carmenere, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 10% Syrah & 10% Petit Syrah.

Our Premium comes from the organically managed vineyards San Lorenzo , located in Isla de Maipo and is produced in very limited quantities, in years where the grapes are suitable to maintain its quality standard. It is a blend of the best plots of Carmenere -Cabernet Sauvignon – Syrah- Petit Sirah  and Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged for 14 months in French oak barrels.

 


Review:

This unconventional blend is based on a bunch of grapes, Carmenère and Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc up front. There's earthy, herbal coolness to the nose and mild scratch to the palate. This woody, spicy, fully oaked number tastes of cherry, cassis and plum along with toast and chocolate on the finish. Drink through 2021. - Wine Enthusiast 91 Points

 Wine Enthusiast: 91
Trouillard Blanc de Noir Extra Brut NV

Trouillard Blanc de Noir Extra Brut NV is made from 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meunier.

Aged "sur lattes" for 2 years

The exclusive of pinot noir champagne is defined by a deep and a unique structure. This grape provides a pelt style. Its ageing gives it full bodied and power features. The color is gold with fines bubbles. It charms you with its corpulence, its structure and its vinosity.

Color: Golden, fine bubbles.
Nose: Deep, vinous with red berries notes
Mouth: Ample. Sugar dosage gives it wilderness. You will be seduced by its stout, its structure and its vinosity. You will be invaded by a sensation of freshness.

 

This sparkling wine is only vinified with white juice of black grapoes hence its name "Blanc de Noirs", which litterally translate to "White from Black". The exact varietal breakdown is 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meunier.
It is aged sur lattes, in the bottle, on the lees for 24 months minimum.
Its low sugar dosage makes it an extra dry.

Its full bodied and power features designate it to go with sweetbread, giblet, “bouchée à la reine” and whites meats

Gagliasso Barbera d'Alba Vigna Ciabot Russ 2013

Made from 100% Barbera.

Vineyards: The vineyard are located in the village of Novello ; WEST exposure with medium slope.

Average density of vines: 5500 vines per hectare

Method of cultivation: classical Guyot method with medium-short pruning; the vineyard are three, two with west exposure and one south with medium slope. Green harvest in two different times with reduction of grapes with a production per hectare around 5500 kg .

Winemaking: The grapes are harvested very ripe with a meticulous selection; the fermentation took place in stainless steel vats with temperature controlled. The fermentation is around 30°C with 8-10 days of maceration ; malolattic fermentation took place spontaneously in stainless steel vats.

Refinement: After malolattic fermentation the wine stay for 18 month in new French barriques; then the wine is bottled and refined for 12 month.

Bottle production: 3000 circa

Tasting Notes: This Barbera offers ripe dark fruit, spice and earthy sensations, as well as hints of black pepper and anisette. Heavy and brooding on the palate, but refreshing acidity will make this very food friendly. It would work well with pasta topped with porcini mushrooms or grilled meats.

Maipe Bonarda Reserve 2015

Maipe Bonarda Reserve is 100 percent Bonarda.

This purple-colored Bonarda offers a fruity, Beaujolais-like nose featuring plums and mulberries. A smooth, complex wine with intense, savory fruit flavors, great length and elegance.

Tiza Mendoza Malbec 2014

Tiza Malbec Mendoza is made from 100% Malbec, hand-harvested vineyards that total over 220 acres. Aged in new French oak barrels for 12 months. This wine offers a great intense and complex nose of wild berries and red ripe fruit with subtle spicy notes. Superb fruit flavors combine perfectly with toasty notes providing great structure, character, and a long finish.

Long Shadows Saggi Red 2014

59% Sangiovese, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Syrah. Among Tuscany's oldest and most prestigious wine families, Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari teamed with Allen Shoup to produce a wine that showcases Washington State's terroir with plenty of Italian character. Saggi (meaning "wisdom") is a stunning blend of two outstanding Washington Sangiovese vineyards. Candy Mountain Sangiovese gives the wine its dark fruit flavors and appealing notes of anise. Dick Boushey's Yakima Valley Sangiovese, planted in 1992, adds vibrancy and liveliness. Because Cabernet Sauvignon has the potential to overtake Sangiovese, the Folonaris work closely with Sagemoor Vineyards to carefully select blocks of Cabernet they know from experience deliver elegant character and refined tannins. Syrah, also from Sagemoor, adds to the wine's dark color and rich mid-palate.

Long Shadows Sequel Syrah 2014

An intensely colored wine with spicy aromas of cassis, smoked meats and a hint of olive tapenade woven throughout layers of black currant, blueberry and a trace of licorice.  Wonderfully balanced, with a broad mouth-feel and soft tannins that hold together seamlessly.

Long Shadows Chester Kidder 2013

Long Shadows Chester Kidder  67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah, 5% Petit Verdot.

Tasting Notes: Deep and dark in color, this intensely aromatic wine is loaded with dark cherry, blackberry and a hint of chocolate. With its impressive concentration of refined tannins and a lively mouth feel, the 2012 Chester-Kidder offers layers of intense fruit flavors and spice. Well balanced from beginning to end, the wine leaves a vibrant impression across a lengthy finish.

 


Review:

"The finest vintage for the cuvee to date. It’s a serious, age-worthy beauty that sports an inky purple color to go with notes of ripe black currants, toast oak, spice-box and espresso roast. Full-bodied, luxuriously textured and concentrated, it has ample underlying tannin and will see its 30th birthday in fine form!"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #225, June 2016), 94 pts

Ferraris Malvasia di Casorzo 2015

Ferraris Malvasia di Casorzo is made from 100% Malvasia.

Malvasia is a pleasant, sweet wine, low in alcohol content, that can be enjoyed at any time of day. Made exclusively from grapes grown in the hilltop vineyards of Casorzo and neighboring villages, it’s the pride and prestige of the area. It has always been the star wine of all local festivals. A comfort wine for all seasons and reasons, it has an aroma evocative of roses. The rich, aromatic wine is ruby-red, vibrant and slightly frothy. lt can be paired with desserts, fruit salads and sweets, but it can also be enjoyed as an aperirif or as a drink for any party occasion.

Color: Vibrant Ruby red
Bouquet: Sweet and aromatic, floral
Taste: Aromatic with rose frangrances

Alcohol: 5 %
Residual Sugar: 115,8 g/l
Total Acidity: 7,33 g/l – tartaric acid

Grape Varietal: Malvasia 100%
Production Area: Castagnole Monferrato, Asti District
Soil: Limestone and tuff
Growing System: Long Cordon Spur
Yield: 10 tons/ha-150 meters above sea level
Alcoholic Fermentation: Charmat Method

Fruit tarts, wild berries, hazelnut cake, chocolate lava cake, syrupy fruit and cookies.

Buty Columbia Rediviva Phinny Hill 2012

Buty Columbia Rediviva Phinny Hill is made from 84% cabernet sauvignon & 16% syrah

Alluring cherry and cream aromas hint at this wine’s lush, juicy mouthfeel, where lovely cabernet sauvignon layers of black cherry, cassis and spice are underscored by the density and richness of great Phinny Hill Vineyard syrah.

While our Columbia Rediviva is defined by the uniqueness of its blend, it is also a wine with a deep-rooted sense of place. Our 9-acre block of Phinny Hill Vineyard is located on the western side of Horse Heaven Hills at the top of a sun-drenched hill overlooking the famed Champoux Vineyard. This prized location has produced a wine with alluring cherry and cream aromas that hint at a lush, juicy mouthfeel, where lovely cabernet sauvignon layers of black cherry, cassis and spice are underscored by the density and richness of syrah.

 


Review:

Supple, open-textured and appealing, with rich plum and black cherry fruit riding easily over polished tannins, with hints of coffee and spice on the long and expressive finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Drink now through 2020. 415 cases made. - Wine Spectator 92 Points

Made from 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Syrah, this up-front wine offers aromas of herbs, dried cherry and woodspice. The dark fruit flavors are rich, layered and focused, with the tannins tightly wound, seeming to need more time in the cellar to come into their own. - Wine Enthusiast 92 Points

Bright dark red. Aromatically pure, nuanced nose combines purple fruits, flowers, cocoa powder and a meaty nuance. Suave, seamless and intense, offering lovely ripeness as well as superb energy to the high-pitched flavors of red fruits, spices and flowers. Finishes tactile and chocolatey, with refined tannins and excellent length. Boasts lovely balance for a graceful evolution in bottle.

-- Stephen Tanzer 92 Points

 

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 92 Wine Enthusiast: 92 Wine Spectator: 92