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Bogle Merlot 2015 (1x75cl)

Concentrated and full-bodied, the Merlot is a study in contrasts. Subtle and silky, yet bright and intense, this deep red wine is multifaceted. Black raspberry and dark cherry greet the nose, while the brighter fruit of ripe summer plum dazzles the palate. The toast and spice of twelve months in American oak seamlessly integrate with the tannin structure of this wine, leaving a long, lingering finish.

£13.90

Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel 2015 (1x 75cl)

This supple and mouth-filling vintage leads with juicy raspberry and ripe boysenberry fruit. Hints of spiced chocolate integrate well with fruit that is surprisingly luscious and silky on the palate, partnered with black pepper backbone that gives structure and weight. Flavours of toasted oak and pipe tobacco create further structure, allowing this wine to stand up to a variety of hearty fare.

£15.20

Bogle Petite Sirah 2015 (1x75cl)

Full-bodied on the entry, aromas of black plum jam and toasty oak set the stage for what is to come. Vibrant boysenberries and luscious fruit are framed by serious tannins, while wisps of leather and vanilla seduce just enough. A final touch of acidity finishes the wine with a precisely balanced mouthfeel.

£15.20

Bogle Phantom 2014 (1x75cl)

Deeply luscious and succulent blackberries, aromas of anise and sweet fig are embraced by touches of black pepper. Subtle notes of cloves and vanilla emerge and compliment the concentrated fruit character of the wine.

£19.35

De Loach Heritage Reserve California Pinot Noir 2015 (1x75cl)

Deep ruby in colour with aromas of cherry, cola and eucalyptus. Red fruit mingles with hints of black pepper on the palate and a round mouthfeel is accented by smooth tannins and a nice acidity. This is a balanced wine with a lengthy finish.

£15.40

De Loach Heritage Reserve California Zinfandel 2016 (1x75cl)

The winery and vineyards were originally owned and run by the Cecil and Christine De Loach. In 2003, the family run Burgundian estate Jean-Claude Boisset purchased De Loach and brought the focus back to the estate's original high quality winemaking philosophy, with specific emphasis on small lot winemaking, particularly of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. The winery's 17-acre estate vineyard has been completely restored and converted to organic and Biodynamic® viticulture, a tradition upheld by many foremost Burgundian vineyards. The De Loach estate vineyards are certified organic by CCOF.

For the Heritage Reserve wines (previously the California series), De Loach combine their Russian River Valley grapes with those from selected growing regions in California to produce good value, approachable wines. Each is made and bottled at their estate facility. This Zinfandel was made from fruit grown in vineyards in the Central Coast appellations where the coastal fog and cool evenings create a good environment for extended ripening.

Pre-fermentation cold soak followed by post-fermentation warm maceration took place in stainless steel tanks to extract good colour and ripe tannins. During fermentation, the cap was punched down by hand. The wine was aged in 227 litre French oak barrels.

Dark in colour, this wine is rich with spice on both the nose and the palate. Flavours of ripe strawberry, raspberry and blackberry blend nicely with notes of blackcurrant and molasses. This wine is full bodied with soft tannins and lingering ripe flavours of pomegranate on the finish.

£14.40

De Loach Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2015 (1x75cl)

The winery and vineyards were originally owned and run by the Cecil and Christine De Loach. In 2003, the family run Burgundian estate Jean-Claude Boisset purchased De Loach and brought the focus back to the estate's original high quality winemaking philosophy, with specific emphasis on small lot winemaking, particularly of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. The winery's 17-acre estate vineyard has been completely restored and converted to organic and Biodynamic® viticulture, a tradition upheld by many foremost Burgundian vineyards. The De Loach estate vineyards are certified organic by CCOF.

The Pinot Noir is sourced from four vineyard sites across the Russian River: the BCD Vineyard, the Becnel Vineyard, the Heintz Vineyard and the Murray Vineyard. Each of these Russian River Valley Vineyards contributes their unique complexities to the final blend. The vines are grown on Huichica clay loam soils.

Following a very dry 2014, drought was a threat in California during the 2015 growing season. Luckily during February and April, sufficient rain fell which meant that the vines thrived. Problems at flowering and fruit-set lowered yields in some areas. Summer was sunny and fairly warm, which accelerated ripening and meant that by mid-August, harvest had begun. In spite of the low yields, the wines from 2015 have lovely concentrated fruit.

Crafted using traditional Burgundian techniques, the grapes were hand-sorted then fermented in small vats with all punch-downs done by hand. The wine was aged for 11 months in 16% new French oak barrels to create a complex, multi-layered Pinot Noir.

The 2015 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir opens with inviting aromas of raspberry, strawberry and a touch of vanilla. Silky on the palate, the wine offers flavours of strawberry, rhubarb, clove and plum. It is well balanced with moderate tannins and bright acidity.

£22.60

J Lohr Estates Falcons Perch Pinot Noir 2016 (1x75cl)

Aromas of cherry preserves, fresh strawberries violet and crème brulée lead to a rich, soft palate with fine grained tannins and plenty of fruit. Acidity is clean and fresh which invites a wide range of food pairings.

£17.70

J Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot 2016 (1x75cl)

Dark crimson with a vibrant hue. Aromas of black cherry and blackberry fruit with a signature, light chestnut oak note to complement the flavors of currant and cranberry. Medium-bodied with firm and structured tannins, with a finish that is bright and activates the palate.

£15.60

J Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (1x75cl)

Dark ruby-red in colour with aromas of cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry and violets. The bouquet is an elegant blend of vanilla, chocolate, truffles, cedar and thyme. Showing ripe and velvety soft tannins with a plump structure supported by good acidity that balances the ripe fruit and helps create an elegant and lengthy palate.

£15.70

J Lohr Estates Wildflower 2016 (1x 75cl)

A vibrant, red-purple in color with bright aromas of boysenberry, bing cherry, raspberry and banana. The fruit complexion on the palate is equally bright, dominated by boysenberry and raspberry. The luscious fruit and lingering acidity make this wine ideal as an aperitif.

£12.45

Littorai Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2018 edition review of California Pinot Noirs (see blue link below)

Littorai Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016 - June 2018 Decanter review

Husband and wife team Ted and Heidi Lemon are behind this family run winery, established in 1993. Ted began his career in Burgundy and has worked for some of the region's top estates including Domaine Guy Roulot in Meursault where he was winemaker and vineyard manager, the first American to ever hold such a position in Burgundy! Heidi has similarly worked for some of California's top producers including Robert Long Vineyards and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. Ted and Heidi's mission with Littorai was to find the best spot to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay along the littoral (coastal) zones of the U.S.A. They searched the west coast before finally finding their top spot in the 'true' north of California - the coastal mountains of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. All the vineyards have been farmed biodynamically since 2001 and there is minimal intervention in the winemaking.

The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir comprises declassified fruit from Littorai’s vineyard designated wines and from additional Sonoma Coast vineyard sites. The wine is a blend of sites farmed conventionally, others farmed organically and others farmed using biodynamically. The cool climate in this beautiful part of California gives wines of superb elegance.

In 2016, California experienced very heavy rainfall in autumn. Although it partially relieved the extended drought of the region, it also caused some flood damage. Lower than normal temperatures in August allowed for a steady, gradual ripening, which produced wines with higher-than-average natural acidity and great balance.

The grapes were whole cluster fermented in traditional open-top fermenters with native yeasts, after which the wine underwent full malolactic fermentation. It was then aged in French oak barrels, 15% of which were new, for a period of ten months.

This Pinot Noir has a light body but great depth of flavour. With aromas of red and black fruits, and a touch of white pepper and chocolate. On the nose, the palate is balanced and fresh, with supple tannins and good acidity.

£51.00

MacMurray Central Coast Pinot Noir 2015 (1x 75cl)

The 2014 vintage was awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2018 edition review of California Pinot Noirs (see blue link below)

MacMurray Central Coast Pinot Noir 2014 - June 2018 Decanter review

With estate vineyards in some of the world's most sought after wine regions, MacMurray Estate Vineyards craft an award winning collection of Pinot Noir from Sonoma County and the Central Coast. Their winemaker oversees everything from rootstock selection to barrel ageing, to create a portfolio of wines that illuminate the unique flavours of each eastate vineyard.

This Pinot Noir was crafted almost entirely with fruit from the Olson Ranch , a spectacular vineyard in the Central Coast’ s Santa Lucia Highlands appellation known for producing elegant, nuanced Pinot Noir. This phenomenal site is heavily influenced by the nearby Pacific Ocean, making this a cool and windy site characterized by clay lo am soils over fractured limestone. Pinot Noir grapes grown here deliver classic, cool climate Pinot flavours of red cherry and raspberry.

The grapes were destemmed , but not crushed, and cold soaked for up to five days to enhance the extraction of colour and flavour. They fermented mostly free-run juice in upright stainless steel tanks at a maximum temperature o f 28°C using yeast selections RC212, RB2 and D254. This wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged on its lees for 8 – 9 months to develop a smooth and rich mouth feel. French oak barrels were used.

Deep ruby in colour, the MacMurray Estate Vineyards Central Coast Pinot Noir opens with delicate notes of black cherry, raspberry and pomegranate, accented by a distinct spice character that typifies Olson Ranch. Velvety soft tannins meld with ripe red fruit flavours to create a smooth mouth feel and long finish.

£15.60

Painter Bridge Zinfandel 2016 (1x 75cl)

This wine has great colour density with youthful garnet red hues. The aromas are reminiscent of ripe red fruits - raspberry, blackcurrant and strawberry jam with black tea, white and black pepper spice. The palate delivers a fruity, plump, yet supple wine with some spicy Zinfandel.

£10.60

Parducci Wine Cellars Small Lot Blend Zinfandel 2014 (1x 75cl)

Parducci Wine Cellars is a family-run winery with an 85-year legacy of winemaking, committed to protecting the health of their vineyards for future generations. To produce their legendary wines, the carbon neutral winery runs on 100% green power and uses sustainable wine-growing practices that forge deep roots.

This wine was aged for 12 months in neutral barrels before being bottled.

The Small Lot Zinfandel offers lovely flavours of fresh blackberry and sweet cherry fruit with complexities of coffee, cocoa and black pepper.

£13.69
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