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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 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

Charles Smith Velvet Devil Merlot 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded 88 pWinemaking is the new rock ‘n’ roll. Or in Charles Smith’s case it is the new Danish thrash metal. Charles spent a decade in Europe managing various bands you have never heard of (unless you misspent your youth in disused warehouses near the Copenhagen ring road) before seeing the light and heading to Washington State to plant vines.

This little devil is wrapped in a velvet robe. Full with density and bursting with flavour, dark fruit, cherry, blackberry. Brimming with cedar, pipe tobacco and earth.

Truth in a name: Velvet!

This wine is a good match with roast pork as well as steak.

£14.05

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

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.

£14.35

Columbia Valley Syrah, Chateau Ste Michelle 2014 (1x 75cl)

Produced by Chateau Ste. Michelle, the founding winery of Washington State, this Columbia Valley Syrah has an inviting velvety texture, brimming with red and dark berry flavours. The fruit is harvested from the Wahluke Slope vineyards, a site with ideal growing conditions for traditional Rhône varieties. The wine is given 18 months in oak barrels to give a smooth richness to this approachable, fruit-forward style.

£14.00

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

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.

£19.80

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
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