I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Beginning with a subtle nose, I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey leaves hints of caramel and vanilla then melts into velvety bursts of wood and spice. The finish is sweet and pleasant with subtle fruit notes.
The vanilla aroma carries hints of fresh-cut pear and apple, but the flavor is woody, not as sprightly and fresh as the aroma suggests. Nonetheless, it shows vanilla and almond plus warming nutmeg and cinnamon on the drying finish.
Fontaine du Clos Vacqueyras Reflets de l'ame 2013Crystal colour with garnet tints. Delicate first nose, then notes of blackcurrant bud, strawberry and raspberry coulis, nutmeg and salted butter caramel. Round attack, ample, on the Mara des Bois and Garriguette notes. Nice tannins grain. Serve with red meat, game, stews and all types of cheese.
Domaine Fontaine du Clos Cotes du Rhone Confidences 2016Silver medal - IWSC 2017 FOOD AND WINE PAIRING: You can savor this wine with red grilled meat as well as with soft-paste cheese. GRAPE VARIETIES: Grenache, Syrah TERROIR: Calcareous-clayey soil VINIFICATION: The grapes are scuffed and crushed before being put in tank for 15 days. Two daily reassemblies allow an infusion between the marc and the must, which brings colour, structure and aromas. TASTING: Limpid colour with carmine tints. Charming record of red berries and licorice. Gourmand and fleshy mouth.
Relief Wines Firestorm Chardonnay 2018Production: 2800 cases Elegant and expressive with bright fruit character, creaminess with intense fruit and crisp acidity. The 2018 Firestorm Chardonnay aged sur lie in barrel and tank for enhanced complexity, flavor and texture. The feel of the wine is creamy and rich with a full palate of mouth-watering acidity. With its wonderfully long finish this wine screams for happy hour with friends or some great seafood or a rich sauce over a savory meat dish. Enjoy! After wine country’s devastating fires of 2017, Napa Valley vintners Ryan and Crystal Waugh wanted to find a way to help the people and communities who were affected. From this desire, Relief Wines was formed. A 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, Relief Wines will give 100 percent of its profits to three causes that are important to the Waugh family.
Antiche Terre Venete "Baorna" Single Vineyard Amarone 2016Baorna Amarone is a single vineyard wine that comes from restricted block right next to the winery. Baorna is the name of the water source that flows close to the vineyard that helps, in addition with the special micro-climate, to get the most specific representation of the area. Limited production: 9,000 bottles 20 years-old vines Aroma: Red berries and spices that perfectly matches up with a fine and elegant oak hint given by the barrels aging. Taste: Round and full-bodied feeling in the mouth that up with a fine and elegant oak hint given by the ends up with a long and deep closing, giving a retro-aromatic persistence that lasts for minutes. Soil: lime-clay soil, well-balanced in loam and organic compounds that allows the root to spread deeply in the ground.
Harlan Estate Red 2012Perhaps Robert Parker has said it best: "Harlan Estate might be the single most profound red wine made not just in California, but in the world." Harlan Estate, owned by Bill Harlan, is located in the western hills of Oakville. Harlan is known for its commitment to creating a wine that is a California "First Growth," on par with those of the old world. The entire estate consists of 240 acres, including a homestead and plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Consulting oenologist Michel Rolland and winemaker Bob Levy lead the production of Harlan's wines, producing two Bordeaux-style blends: Harlan Estate's namesake proprietary red and "The Maiden." These wines have been received to great acclaim by reviewers and collectors alike, commanding high prices and a competitive waiting list. Both wines are complex, full-bodied and have the ability to age for decades. With an opulent style, rich with dense fruit and elements of black currant, spice, and minerals, Harlan is both graceful and elegant, ranking it among the top tier of California Cabernet producers.
Frank Family Patriarch Cabernet Sauvignon 201595 Points - Wine Advocate 94 Points - Wine Spectator 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast Since its debut vintage in 2012, the Patriarch has achieved recognition as one of Napa Valley’s greatest Cabernets, most recently appearing on Forbes’ “World’s 30 Best Wines of 2019” list. "We are confident the remarkable 2015 vintage will continue this legacy. Patiently aged for 21 months in French oak, the 2015 Patriarch is a symphony of structure and sophistication, with seamless layers of cassis, spiced plums, leather, and roasted espresso beans." The historic 2015 vintage was one of the smallest harvests in decades, which led to intensely flavored fruit, but smaller yields. As such, the 2015 vintage of Patriarch was the smallest we ever produced. This limited-production wine hails from our iconic Winston Hill Vineyard in Rutherford, where only the very best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are hand selected for this 100% varietal wine.
Bond Vecina Napa Valley Red 2011VECINA is coined from the Spanish word for neighbor. This is our endeavor with the property situated directly southeast of the BOND winery. The beautifully terraced volcanic soil slopes of this property reside in Oakville's western foothills. The 11-acre site faces due east and is the recipient of cool morning sun. Vecina, which appeared with the 1999 vintage in the inaugural BOND release, is always powerful, intense and savory. Vecina's other hallmarks are blackberry fruit, with wild forest floor and mineral associated overtones.
Neal Family Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013Growing conditions during 2013 allowed fully ripe flavors to develop along with great chemistry in all of our Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards. This is a blend of Howell Mountain, Rutherford and St. Helena estate property grapes, allowing a mix of various classic Cabernet flavors from valley and mountain conditions. The differences from each site's soil and climate, as well as a range of harvest dates from early September to early October, create a rich and complex wine without having to blend in other varieties. This bottling reminds us of some of our best vintages with comparisons to 2001 and 2002. Coming from a warm and therefore ripe vintage, this year's Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of cocoa, cassis and dark berry fruit plus hints of incense, earth and cedar notes from new French oak. As is our tradition, this is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon with very dark color and a nice concentration of tannin that carries with it a firm, complex mouthful of flavors. The cherry (and surprisingly blueberry fruit) flavors sweetened by a chocolate character make the texture very mouthwatering. We hold the wine in barrel and in bottle longer than most Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon until convinced the texture has evolved and is ready to drink. This is a wine that will be greatly enhanced with decanting at a young age as evidenced by showing even better the day after opening. Additional cellaring will further improve the complexity and structure. Harvest Information: Harvest Dates: September 10th to October 8th, 2013 Vineyard Locations: St. Helena (41%), Howell Mountain (29%) and Rutherford (30%) 6 clone blend Cooperage: Barrel Aged 21 Months - 51% New French Oak Bottled July 2015 Cases Produced: 3122 Technical Data: 100% Napa Valley 100% Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 100% Organically Grown Grapes Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.85 TA: 5.5
Canaletto Pinot GrigioCanaletto Pinot Grigio has a lovely floral aroma, with masses of fresh fruit flavours on the palate and a rush of citrus acidity, making it perfectly balanced and totally refreshing. An elegant style of wine which is ideal on its own, or with creamy pasta sauces, fish dishes or white meats.
Trefethen HāLo 2015The 2015 HāLo Cabernet Sauvignon has power, balance, and beauty. Rich, structured and impressively elegant, this wine has exquisite notes of dark cherry and boysenberry accompanied by hints of cedar and Herbes de Provence. The palate is as brilliant as the nose with gorgeous, lush dark red fruit flavors beautifully balanced with vibrant acidity. The finish is enduring and enticingly graceful. Collectors will recognize and appreciate the splendor of what is to come with more time in the cellar. THE VINTAGE : With a warm spring, the vines got off to an early start. The weather turned cool during bloom which impacted fruit set and resulted in fewer grapes per cluster. The size of the crop was further reduced as the dry soils, from a lack of late rains, led to smaller grapes. The weather was warm throughout the summer leading right into one of our earliest harvests ever. The resulting wines are fantastic as the smaller grapes and fine weather contributed to ideal ripeness with very concentrated flavors. 95 POINTS Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine December 2019 93 POINTS International Wine Challenge December 2019
Aimé-Roquesante Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018Pale salmon color, with silver highlights. Powerful nose, with crushed strawberry and citrus fruit aromas. Ample, rich, with flavors of red fruit supported by a light acidity.
Bodegas Morca Flor de Goda GarnachaOpaque purple in color, the wine exhibits richness and finesse both on the nose and palate. Layers of blackberry, blueberry, plum, mocha and mineral notes are complemented with spice box details edged with dark chocolate, licorice and cracked pepper. The richness continues on the lingering finish. Gil Family Vegan
Sabe World Kumosabe Bouble Barrel Imported Nigori SakeKumosabe Double Barrel Nigori Sake is a revolutionary east meets west nigori sake with a lusciously creamy finish ideal for sipping yet perfect for sweeter cocktails. Bottled at 24% ABV (48 proof), Kumosabe Double Barrel Nigori Sake has a soft texture with layers of flavor that will liven up your taste buds unlike any nigori sake that you have tasted before. Bold, full strength nigori not watered down. Exceptionally fresh. Creamy and sweet with waves of flavors. Sip chilled by the glass with spicy foods. Or mix in cocktails.
Finca Bacara 3015 Monastrell Organic91 Points - James Suckling Red purple and bright. Floral aromas and pleasant shades of red and black fruit. Elegant character, tannins very well integrated, soft and mature, pure treat. 3015 evokes a time where nature and live beings give us shelter in a world without resources, destroyed by ourselves. This organic wine delights us with its taste, but also encourages us to reflect about the fragility of nature that we must cherish. "This has plenty of rich and ripe dark berries with a smooth, blackberry core and a wealth of rich and ripe tannin, carrying such ample and generous flavor. Drink now."
Oscar Tobía Seleccion de Autor Rioja 201590 Points - Vinous 90 Points - Decanter Brilliant and clear aspect. Cherry red color with intense burgundy trims. Complex, intense and clean aroma. Firstly, black fruits (raisins prunes, blackberries) come up, blended with notes of spices like black pepper and nutmeg Over a backdrop of aromatic herbs like eucalyptus .
Costador Metamorphika Sumoll Blanc Brisat (Orange) 2018100% Sumoll Blanc From 80 year old vines planted on 2 hectares of stony white clay soils. The vineyards are not certified but the vineyards are worked biodynamically. The grapes are hand-harvested between the middle of September and October, with vineyard and cellar sorting before being de-stemmed and allowed to macerate for six weeks with partial whole clusters. Fermentation occurs in clay amphorae (2500L) with indigenous yeasts that lasts for six weeks under temperature control. The wine spends about five months on lees with only minimal battonage. Aged in amphorae and used French oak barrels (500-600L) for 5-7 months. Not filtered. Manual harvest. Grapes Ferment in skin 14 weeks in clay amphorae. The wine is aged in clay amphorae for 5 months.
Vina Nora Albariño 201990 Points - James Suckling 88 Points - Wine Enthusiast 87 Points - Wine Spectator It is a bright, straw-yellow colour wine with green shades. It has a high aromatic intensity, where the great complexity of aromas and sensations stand out. Fruity, with notes of pear and white flowers, such as honeysuckle. The varietal aromas of the Albariño variety and the mineral character of the soil are emphasised in this wine. On the palate, it is a well-structured, full-bodied and elegant wine where the signs of a good evolution in the bottle can be tasted. It can accompany any type of crustacean, oysters, razor clams, fish, Japanese cuisine, and soft cheeses.
Antiche Terre Venete Amarone della Valpolicella 201691 Points - Wine Spectator 92 Points - James Suckling Deep garnet color. Nose has notes of plum and cherry with hints of raspberry. Full-bodied, soft and slight aromatic lingering aftertaste. Excellent with red and grilled meats, game and aged hard texture cheeses.
Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva 201595 Points - Wine Spectator Intense ruby red with violet nuances. A complex nose with sour cherry, ripe blackberry, and cassis with undertones of cinnamon, nutmeg, and freshly ground pepper. On the palate, soft and fresh, with the alcohol rounding out the harshness of the tannins. Finishes with a long, toasted note. Will age well for more than ten years.
Caracol Serrano Jumilla Red BlendTop 100 Best Buys - Wine Enthusiast 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast Ruby red color with purple hints, well covered. On the nose plum, blackberries and ripe raspberry aromas together with subtle notes of white pepper, when the wine has been decanted. On the palate it is round with soft tannins and well balanced acidity. Long aftertaste, reminiscent of ripe red fruits.