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Bogle Merlot 2016 (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 2016 (1x75cl)

Though the Bogle family has been farming in the Clarksburg region for six generations, their involvement in the wine business spans back 50 years. In addition to passing down a strong work ethic and dedication to quality, the success of Bogle over the years is rooted in the day-to-day involvement of the Bogle family. The family takes great pride in making wines of exceptional character and quality. From vineyard to bottle, the highest standards are set, in order to create a wine that overdelivers each and every time.

To see an excellent tasting / information sheet from Bogle themselves, please click on the blue link below.

Bogle Petite Sirah 2016 - fiche technique

£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 2016 (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.

£16.55

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)

Jerry’s instincts led him to two regions located about 75 miles apart. In the early 1970s, he chose Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco district for its cool, windy climate and rocky soils as ideal for Chardonnay. In the 1980s, he recognized the potential of Paso Robles for growing Bordeaux varietals, especially Cabernet Sauvignon – given the area’s rich soils and dramatic diurnal temperature swings between warm days and cool nights.

J Lohr Vineyards & Wines now includes more than 1,300 acres of cool-climate estate vineyards in the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands regions of Monterey County, with an emphasis on Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir. J Lohr farms over 2,300 acres of vineyards in Paso Robles, now recognized as one of the world’s best spots for Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. Nearly all the red wines in the J. Lohr portfolio come from here, affirming the foresight of Jerry’s original vision.

From this rich and diverse palette of sustainably farmed estate fruit, J Lohr crafts wines showcasing bold, concentrated flavors and a vibrant sense of place. 

Founded five decades ago and still family-owned and operated today, J Lohr Vineyards & Wines has established itself as one of the industry’s most respected wine brands. Jerry Lohr’s remarkable career continues in close, hands-on partnership with his children and co-owners Steve, Cynthia and Lawrence. One of America’s favorite wineries is poised for its next exciting, pioneering chapter.

J Lohr's wine information sheets are some of the best we see, so we'll hand you directly to them for the full details of the Falcons Perch 2016.

J Lohr Estates Falcons Perch Pinot Noir 2016 - fiche technique

£17.70

J Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot 2016 (1x75cl)

Jerry’s instincts led him to two regions located about 75 miles apart. In the early 1970s, he chose Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco district for its cool, windy climate and rocky soils as ideal for Chardonnay. In the 1980s, he recognized the potential of Paso Robles for growing Bordeaux varietals, especially Cabernet Sauvignon – given the area’s rich soils and dramatic diurnal temperature swings between warm days and cool nights.

J Lohr Vineyards & Wines now includes more than 1,300 acres of cool-climate estate vineyards in the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands regions of Monterey County, with an emphasis on Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir. J Lohr farms over 2,300 acres of vineyards in Paso Robles, now recognized as one of the world’s best spots for Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. Nearly all the red wines in the J. Lohr portfolio come from here, affirming the foresight of Jerry’s original vision.

From this rich and diverse palette of sustainably farmed estate fruit, J Lohr crafts wines showcasing bold, concentrated flavors and a vibrant sense of place. 

Founded five decades ago and still family-owned and operated today, J Lohr Vineyards & Wines has established itself as one of the industry’s most respected wine brands. Jerry Lohr’s remarkable career continues in close, hands-on partnership with his children and co-owners Steve, Cynthia and Lawrence. One of America’s favorite wineries is poised for its next exciting, pioneering chapter.

J Lohr's wine information sheets are some of the best we see, so we'll hand you directly to them for the full details of the Los Osos 2016.

J Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot 2016 - fiche technique

£15.60

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

Jerry’s instincts led him to two regions located about 75 miles apart. In the early 1970s, he chose Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco district for its cool, windy climate and rocky soils as ideal for Chardonnay. In the 1980s, he recognized the potential of Paso Robles for growing Bordeaux varietals, especially Cabernet Sauvignon – given the area’s rich soils and dramatic diurnal temperature swings between warm days and cool nights.

J Lohr Vineyards & Wines now includes more than 1,300 acres of cool-climate estate vineyards in the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands regions of Monterey County, with an emphasis on Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir. J Lohr farms over 2,300 acres of vineyards in Paso Robles, now recognized as one of the world’s best spots for Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. Nearly all the red wines in the J. Lohr portfolio come from here, affirming the foresight of Jerry’s original vision.

From this rich and diverse palette of sustainably farmed estate fruit, J Lohr crafts wines showcasing bold, concentrated flavors and a vibrant sense of place. 

Founded five decades ago and still family-owned and operated today, J Lohr Vineyards & Wines has established itself as one of the industry’s most respected wine brands. Jerry Lohr’s remarkable career continues in close, hands-on partnership with his children and co-owners Steve, Cynthia and Lawrence. One of America’s favorite wineries is poised for its next exciting, pioneering chapter.

J Lohr's wine information sheets are some of the best we see, so we'll hand you directly to them for the full details of the Seven Oaks 2016.

J Lohr Estates Seven Oaks 2016 - fiche technique

£15.70

J Lohr Estates Wildflower 2017 (1x75cl)

Jerry’s instincts led him to two regions located about 75 miles apart. In the early 1970s, he chose Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco district for its cool, windy climate and rocky soils as ideal for Chardonnay. In the 1980s, he recognized the potential of Paso Robles for growing Bordeaux varietals, especially Cabernet Sauvignon – given the area’s rich soils and dramatic diurnal temperature swings between warm days and cool nights.

J Lohr Vineyards & Wines now includes more than 1,300 acres of cool-climate estate vineyards in the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands regions of Monterey County, with an emphasis on Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir. J Lohr farms over 2,300 acres of vineyards in Paso Robles, now recognized as one of the world’s best spots for Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. Nearly all the red wines in the J. Lohr portfolio come from here, affirming the foresight of Jerry’s original vision.

From this rich and diverse palette of sustainably farmed estate fruit, J Lohr crafts wines showcasing bold, concentrated flavors and a vibrant sense of place. 

Founded five decades ago and still family-owned and operated today, J Lohr Vineyards & Wines has established itself as one of the industry’s most respected wine brands. Jerry Lohr’s remarkable career continues in close, hands-on partnership with his children and co-owners Steve, Cynthia and Lawrence. One of America’s favorite wineries is poised for its next exciting, pioneering chapter.

J Lohr's wine information sheets are some of the best we see, so we'll hand you directly to them for the full details of the Wildflower 2017.

J Lohr Estates Wildflower 2017 - fiche technique

£12.45

MacMurray Central Coast Pinot Noir 2016 (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

Raymond Vineyards, Reserve Selection, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (1x75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2018 edition review of 2014 Californian Cabernet Sauvignon (see blue link below).

Raymond Reserve CS 2014 - April 2018 Decanter review

The yet-to-be-released-in-the-UK 2015 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2018 edition review of 2015 Californian Cabernet Sauvignon (see blue link below).

Raymond Reserve CS 2015 - Nov 2018 Decanter review

Raymond Vineyards, founded in 1970, is one of the Napa Valley’s pioneering estates. The Raymond family arrived in Napa in 1933 and have become deeply connected to the valley’s winemaking origins. In 1970, they established a 36 hectare estate in Rutherford, which now comprises 121 hectares in Rutherford, St. Helena and Jameson Canyon. Raymond’s Rutherford and St. Helena estate vineyards are certified organic and biodynamic; and 100% of the winery’s power comes from renewable solar energy. Five generations of the Raymond family have created a Napa icon, with an enduring reputation for elegant wines with a beautiful balance of finesse, opulence and complexity.

In honour of the Raymond family’s first harvest in 1974, 40 years of exceptional wines are celebrated with the 2014 Napa Valley Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2014 vintage in Napa Valley was one of the earliest harvested vintages in years. A warm spring led to early bud break and created the perfect environment for flowering and fruit set. With warm days and cool nights, the ideal balance of acidity with optimum, bright fruit flavours was achieved.

The grapes for the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from the vineyards in Rutherford and St. Helena, as well as select nearby growers. The estate vineyards are located on gravelly alluvial fan soils with good drainage, necessary for growing excellent quality Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyards are diligently monitored throughout the growing season to balance the crop size and quality. Shoot thinning and leaf removal early in the growing season, followed by cluster thinning at véraison, help to achieve evenly ripened grapes with concentrated flavours.

This wine spent between 21 and 63 days on the skins, then was aged for 19 months in 100% French oak, of which 30% was new. The balance was aged in twice and thrice used French oak. The final blend includes a small proportion of additional varieties for added depth and complexity. The wine was bottled unfiltered, contributing greater texture and presence to the mid palate.

The 40th Anniversary 2014 Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon opens with fresh aromas of cherry, candied violet and red fruits with a touch of sandalwood and maple. Enveloping on the palate with flavours of blackcurrant and cocoa nibs this wine is juicy with melting tannins and a kiss of minerality on the finish. Serving Suggestion A great match with roast pork tenderloin or hearty pasta dishes.

£34.50

Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir, Russian River 2014 (1x 75cl)

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)

Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir, Russian River 2014 - June 2018 Decanter review

We can do no better here than to direct you to the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir, Russian River 2014 - fiche technique

£20.50
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