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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 2014 (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.

£15.05

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

Delicato Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (1x75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2018 edition review of Californian Cabernet Sauvignon  (see blue link below).

Black Stallion CS 2014 - April 2018 Decanter review

The 32-acre Black Stallion estate was once an equestrian centre with an indoor track and an outdoor arena that could seat 3,000 spectators. The indoor track now houses the winery but you can still make out the horse stalls around the property. Their wines are complex, elegant and really sing out their Napa heritage.

This Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from grapes grown in various vineyard sites throughout the Napa Valley, each adding a layer of nuanced complexity to the final blend.

The grapes are sorted and de-stemmed, then transferred into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. During fermentation the wine was pumped over multiple times throughout the day. The wine is then transferred into French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. Aged 18 months in barrel before bottling.

The Black Stallion 2014 is full-bodied and balanced with vibrant aromas of blackberry, plum, vanilla and toasted oak. Concentrated flavours of rich cassis, plum and dark chocolate unfold gracefully across the palate with well-integrated fruit and tannins. This wine has a long finish.

This powerful, fruit-forward wine calls for succulent, flavourful dishes such as steak, creamy blue cheeses, pork chops and duck. 

£28.60

Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2015 (1x75cl)

First coined by Dry Creek Vineyard in 1987, the term “Old Vine” has special meaning to this family winery. Although there is no legal definition, they define an old vine vineyard as having vines that average more than 50 years in age. For this bottling of the Old Vine Zinfandel, the vines are more than 95 years in age and in some cases, more than 110 years old! Old Vine Zinfandel vineyards remain the most prized and historic of all plantings in the Dry Creek Valley.

A dry and warm winter began the 2015 growing season with budbreak coming in early March. Cool weather came during fruit set, with not a lot of sunshine. A heat spike came in late June. However, the grapes ripened evenly and flavor and development were right where they wanted them to be. Yields were a bit down from previous vintages, but the quality was extremely high. This was one of their earliest recorded harvests with one of the earliest finishes in history!

The wine underwent a 10-15 day maceration and was pumped over twice daily. It then spent  16 months in French, American and Hungarian oak; 27% of the barrels were of new oak.

The complexity of the Old Vine Zinfandel lies in the spicy notes that are unique to these historic properties. This vintage presents alluring aromatics of blackberries, dried cranberries and a hint of mocha and nutmeg. On the palate, brambly layers of ripe boysenberry, raspberry and dark chocolate come forward. The wine is complex, with bright acidity complimented by a long, lingering finish of black pepper. The tannins are velvety and smooth to lend a round, rich mouthfeel.

£24.05

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 2015 (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 2015 (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
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