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.
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.
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.
Winemaking 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 earthTruth in a name: Velvet!
This wine is a good match with roast pork as well as steak.
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.
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 RhÃ´ne varieties. The wine is given 18 months in oak barrels to give a smooth richness to this approachable, fruit-forward style.
Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition in Steven Spurrier's Fine Wine World column (see blue link below).
The winery and vineyards were originally owned and run by the De Loach family, with Cecil De Loach as winemaker. 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. The vineyard is located within the Olivet bench region of the Russian River Valley on goldridge soils. The vines are cane-pruned and farmed biodynamically.
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 in order to stay true to its lighter, food-friendly style.
The wine opens with subtle fresh fruit aromas of strawberry and blueberry heightened with hints of anise. The deep aromas lead to enticing flavours of dark, ripe fruit and plums with just a touch of white pepper on the finish.
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.
Dark in colour this wine is rich with spice on both the nose and 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.
Opening with enticing red berry fruit, the aromas seamlessly blend with hints of cherry and forest floor. Delicate notes of anise and cola accompany the fruit. A rich palate of black cherry and strawberry is supported by medium fine-grained tannins. The finish lingers with subtle, toasty undertones and excellent balance.
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.
Throughout the growing season the grapes were regularly checked so that the optimal time for picking could be determined. The fruit was then harvested in the coolness of the early morning which helps to preserve the flavours in the finished wine. After fermentation in steel tanks the wine was drained from the skins and gently pressed. The wine is then put into oak barrels and allowed to mature for 16 months. The oak barrels are 80% French and 20% American - 35% of the barrels used to age this wine are new. Each vineyard block was kept seperate during the fermentation and ageing process to allow for full flavour development. The final cuvee is a result of multiple trial blends, all assessed on taste.
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 chocolateunfold 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.
Beautifully balanced and elegant, with distinctive jammy characters. Aromas of raspberry and red berry immediately leap from the glass. On the palate, the wine exhibits denser elements of blackberry, anise and pepper. The combination of cooler Russian River and warmer Dry Creek Valley fruit is on display, finishing with a smooth and balanced finish.
Garnet in colour with aromas of raspberries, cedar, leather and exotic spices, the wine`s berry and cherry flavours are framed by soft tannins and continue throughout its on the lingering finish.