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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.

£14.05

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

£15.35

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.

£19.50

Charles Smith Boom Boom Syrah 2015 (1x75cl)

In the maker's words: Boom Boom! exploded on the wine industry in 2007, and this spicy Syrah has been one of Washington State’s signature wines ever since. It’s a tribute to Charles’ first love lost—a woman nicknamed “Boom Boom” O’Brien—and it’s one of the biggest and boldest Syrahs of all time. It’s not surprising that wine drinkers everywhere have fallen in love with it.

More conventionally expressed: This wine is made by Charles Smith, a self–taught winemaker who brings his rock and roll spirit to the vineyards of Walla Walla, Washington. As a romantic young man, Charles Smith moved across the world to Denmark to follow his love for his girlfriend at the time. In Scandinavia, he became a recognized manager for rock bands such as The Raveonettes. While travelling on the road with these bands, he developed his passion for wine. In 1999, he moved back to Washington, opened a wine store and became friendly with a French winemaker, later convincing him to move to Walla Walla to make wine together.

96% Syrah, 3% Viognier and 1% Grenache from vineyards in the Columbia Valley, Washington. The grapes are (unusually) co-fermented and the wine spends time in previously-used oak.

Aromas of fresh picked herbs and wet earth. Rich black cherry and tobacco are followed by hints of lavender on the finish. An explosive dark cherry bomb! We'd agree with other tasting notes we've seen that read, "blackberry, boysenberry, dry-hung meat, white pepper, savoury herbs". The "crushed granite" bit... not so much.

£16.80

Charles Smith Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (1x75cl)

As the maker says: "A lot of the full-bodied Cabs out there are either full of themselves or just full of it. Not Chateau Smith. It stays true to the old-world winemaking style from Bordeaux and honest to everyone who drinks it. And while we don’t actually have a chateau…this award-winning dry Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% the real deal".

More conventionally expressed: This wine is made by Charles Smith, a self–taught winemaker who brings his rock and roll spirit to the vineyards of Walla Walla, Washington. As a romantic young man, Charles Smith moved across the world to Denmark to follow his love for his girlfriend at the time. In Scandinavia, he became a recognized manager for rock bands such as The Raveonettes. While travelling on the road with these bands, he developed his passion for wine. In 1999, he moved back to Washington, opened a wine store and became friendly with a French winemaker, later convincing him to move to Walla Walla to make wine together.

97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc.

From the first aromas of black fruit, pencil lead and forest floor, you’re in for something special. This is a benchmark of dry Pacific Northwest Bordeaux-esque Cabernet Sauvignon - with intense flavor, depth and complexity. This is a wine long and rich in the mouth. Aromas of black cherry, wet earth, anise and a touch of toasted herbs with flavors and a finish to match. 

"This is a fresh, extremely drinkable wine that is and incredible value for the money. The tannins are silky and there is a nice amount of acidity that balances out the fruit. There is also a nice herbal note in the background that make this wine very savory". (www.vinepair.com)

"Coming from a downright hot vintage, this wine offers quite pure aromas of black currant and black fruit. The palate brings more of the same, giving a very pure unencumbered-by-new-oak look at Washington Cabernet. Lightly grippy tannins provide support". (Wine Enthusiast)

£20.15

Charles Smith Velvet Devil Merlot 2016 (1x75cl)

The maker says: "When Hollywood’s surprise hit Sideways suddenly spawned anti-Merlot sentiments everywhere, Charles set out to rebuff the movie’s unflattering depiction of this great varietal. One sip of this bold, sultry creation and you’ll know he succeeded at making Merlot sexy again".

More traditionally put: This wine is made by Charles Smith, a self–taught winemaker who brings his rock and roll spirit to the vineyards of Walla Walla, Washington. As a romantic young man, Charles Smith moved across the world to Denmark to follow his love for his girlfriend at the time. In Scandinavia, he became a recognized manager for rock bands such as The Raveonettes. While travelling on the road with these bands, he developed his passion for wine. In 1999, he moved back to Washington, opened a wine store and became friendly with a French winemaker, later convincing him to move to Walla Walla to make wine together.

94% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc make up this velvety rich wine from Charles Smith vineyards from the Columbia Valley in Washington State. Washington is known for cooler temperatures and a misty climate. The Cascade mountains help to shield a lot of damaging weather to the vineyards. The soil is mostly sandy allowing for good drainage and the prevention of phylloxera.

The aromas are that of cherry, cedar and black cherry, with an intense cherry, blackberry and some tobacco on the finish which is clean and lingers for a full mouth feel.

Letting this wine sit in the glass for 10 to 15 minutes will help to enhance the flavors and bring out the aromas while burning off any surface alcohol. The best foods to pair with this wine are lamb chops, steaks, pork chops, beef stew and hearty soups. This wine can also be enjoyed by itself due to its rich velvety texture on the palate.

£14.20

Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Ste Michelle 2015 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2019 Claret Alternatives article (see blue link below)...

Chateau Ste Michelle, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 - February 2019 Decanter review

... and awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in the Weekday Wines feature in the same issue (see blue link below)!

Chateau Ste Michelle, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 - February 2019 Decanter review

Please click on this link to see a most informative video about this wine which has been made by Ray McKee, red winemaker at Chateau Ste Michelle. Also, please see blue link below for the excellent, 2015 fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers at Chateau Ste Michelle.

Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 - fiche technique

"Great wine can only come from Italy or California" was the misconception Chateau Ste Michelle’s founding fathers set out to prove wrong when they first broke ground and pioneered the Washington wine region, shortly after the repeal of Prohibition in the USA. They have certainly opened our eyes to some of the wonderful wines that Washington State has to offer.  Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one for red and one for white. The whites are made at the Chateau in Woodinville, WA, while the reds are made at their Canoe Ridge Estate winery in Eastern Washington.

“We craft our Columbia Valley Cabernet to highlight concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. This is an inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. It’s also very versatile with food. Enjoy it with beef tenderloin or pasta.” Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker.

The grapes used to make this wine were sourced from Columbia Valley vineyards throughout eastern Washington including their Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge Estate vineyards. Columbia Valley vineyards lie in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains and receive just 6-8 inches of rainfall annually. Warm, sunny days and cool evening temperatures create ideal conditions for intense aroma and flavour development in the ripening grapes.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

The ripe grapes were destemmed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity. Gentle pumpovers during fermentation were used to extract colour and flavour and produce soft, supple tannins. The wine was aged for 14 months in American and French oak, 32% of which were new.

The rich, concentrated Washington red fruit for this easy, accessible style of Cabernet Sauvignon is produced by Chateau Ste. Michelle, the founding winery of Washington State. The palate delivers complexity and structure, with its robust blackcurrant and plum flavours, and soft, silky tannins. A wine to savour on its own or with a mouth-watering rare fillet steak.

£14.50

Columbia Valley Syrah, Chateau Ste Michelle 2016 (1x 75cl)

Please click on this link to see a most informative video about this wine which has been made by Ray McKee, red winemaker at Chateau Ste Michelle.

"Great wine can only come from Italy or California" was the misconception Chateau Ste Michelle’s founding fathers set out to prove wrong when they first broke ground and pioneered the Washington wine region, shortly after the repeal of Prohibition in the USA. They have certainly opened our eyes to some of the wonderful wines that Washington State has to offer.  Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one for red and one for white. The whites are made at the Chateau in Woodinville, WA, while the reds are made at their Canoe Ridge Estate winery in Eastern Washington.

To read Chateau Ste Michelle's excellent tasting note and information on this wine please click on the blue link below.

Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Syrah 2016 - fiche technique

£14.15

De Loach Heritage Reserve California Pinot Noir 2016 (1x75cl)

Note: the 'Heritage Reserve' series is increasingly termed the 'California' series by De Loach.

The winery and vineyards were originally owned and run by 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.

All the De Loach wines are made and bottled at their estate facility. The Pinot Noir was made from fruit grown in premium vineyards throughout northern and central California, helping to achieve a unique balance of delicate Pinot characteristics and more intense fruit flavours.

In the autumn of 2016, California suffered from frost, hail and very heavy rainfall. This partially relieved the drought but also caused some flood damage. Cooler than normal temperatures in August allowed for steady ripening, which produced high levels of natural acidity in the fruit.

Fruit for this Pinot Noir was primarily sourced from the Delta region of California and underwent minimal handling. A pre-fermentation cold soak was followed by fermentation in closed-top fermenters. Post fermentation warm maceration took place to extract good colour and ripe tannins. A small portion of the wine was barrel aged to add some slight oak complexity, but most was kept in stainless steel tanks in order to stay true to its lighter, food-friendly style.

The 2016 California Pinot Noir is an elegant and well-balanced wine. Offering mouthwatering flavours of cherry and strawberry, it is accented beautifully with just a touch of spice and earthiness.

Please click the blue link below to see a full technical/tasting note for this wine from De Loach themselves.

De Loach Heritage Reserve/California Pinot Noir 2016 - fiche technique

£16.70

De Loach Heritage Reserve California Zinfandel 2016 (1x75cl)

Note: the 'Heritage Reserve' series is often termed the 'California' series by De Loach.

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 and biodynamic by Demeter.

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.

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.

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.

Please click the blue link below to see a full technical/tasting note for this wine from De Loach themselves.

De Loach Heritage Reserve/California Zinfandel 2016 - fiche technique

£14.55

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 10 months in French oak barrels (25% new oak) 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.

Please click the blue link below to see a full tasting note for this wine from De Loach themselves.

De Loach Russian River Pinot Noir 2015 - fiche technique

£22.60

De Loach Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 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.

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 10 months in French oak barrels (25% new oak) 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.

Please click the blue link below to see a full tasting note for this wine from De Loach themselves.

De Loach Russian River Pinot Noir 2015 - fiche technique

£22.75

Firesteed Pinot Noir 2014 (1x75cl)

Firesteed aims to produce wines that are true to type with a forward and accessible character, offering great value for money. The estate owns 121 hectares of vineyard in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and buy the remainder of the grapes they need from growers with whom they have long term contracts. Established in 1992, the change from 'virtual' to 'physical' came in 2003 for Firesteed when Howard Rossbach bought the Flynn winery in Oregon, allowing the brand to evolve from the virtual winery it had been since its inception to something more tangible. The estate is now one of the leading wineries in Oregon, particularly renowned for its complex Pinot Noirs.

The grapes were sourced from a number of regions in Oregon including the Willamette, Umpqua, Rogue and Walla Walla Valleys.

In 2014, a warm spring and the earliest bloom in 25 years set the stage for Firesteed's earliest harvest ever, beginning in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley on 13th September and a week later in the comparatively cooler Willamette Valley. Excellent weather continued throughout picking, which concluded on 7th October.

The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts propagated from cellars in Burgundy, pressed during the last days of fermentation and racked as soon as the wine finished malolactic fermentation. A small amount of barrel-aged wine was included in the blend to round out the flavours and enhance complexity.

Lively and expressive, this wine's aromas of raspberry, cinnamon, blueberry and flavours of cocoa powder and ripe cherries encourage a second sip before flowing into the soft, lingering finish.

£19.95

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

£17.85

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

£15.75
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