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Bertrand Cremant- A French sparkling wine from Limoux, a mountain valley near
the Pyrenees, where the first fizzy
wines were documented 100 years before Dom Perignon’s visit to the area.
Primarily made of Chardonnay with Chenin Blanc and Mauzac this wine is made in
the “tradionnelle” method. First a still
wine is produced with secondary fermentation in the bottle. Fruity and floral
with notes of biscuit, and toasted nuts.
Sauvignon Blanc- Located on the east coast of the north island Hawkes Bay is
considered a warmer region by New Zealand standards, while still be a cool
climate by world standards. With the slighter warmer region, and lowering crop
levels they are able to deliver a pleasing Sauvie without the green character.
Nice fruit up front and classic New Zealand style.
Family “Carneros” Chardonnay- Poseidon’s Vineyard Chardonnay is as close to the
waters edge as you can get without getting your feet wet. As you stand in this
vineyard you can view the mast of sailboats in the adjacent marina. The wine is
fresh and vibrant with apple, pear and cream. An elegant chardonnay made with
Hungarian oak, malolactic fermentation, lees stirring.
Morgenzon “DMZ” Rose of Cabernet- For when you can’t decide between red and
white! This 100% Cabernet is cold soaked
with the skins for about 3 hours extracting a light color and floral notes. Accented with strawberry and watermelon this
is an easy drinker all year long.
“Organic” Pinot Noir- This Pinot Noir made from grapes grown organically that
has been certified by BCS Öeko Garantie GmbH. It is appealing in its rich and
deep bright red color, and has a complex and developed nose that is governed by
sweet wild fruit aromas, where notes of cherries and berries are enhanced by
slight toasty hints. This Pinot definitely has a personality of its own. It’s
tasteful, with soft tannins and an excellent structure.
Montepulciano- This is a perfect example of Montepulciano D Abruzzo. The aromas are intensely fragrant, and the
color is deep garnet at the core and ruby red on the edges. It has a warm
medium body and fruit throughout the finish. A great table wine for all
Salice Salentino- This 100% Negroamaro is from Puglia, Southern Italy; better
known as the heel/spike of the boot. It is rich in flavor and shows great
balance between fruit, acidity and tannins. The fruit is loaded with spice and
candied notes while the finish is softened by use of neutral oak. A Gambero
Rosso Tre Bicchieri.
“Central Coast” Syrah- It would be difficult to discuss Rhone wines without out
including Qupe. They are a standard in California Rhone Varietal wines. This is a classic Central Coast syrah, combining the
spice and acidity of the cool climate grapes with the forward fruit of the warm
climate grapes. It has the balance to be age worthy
Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon- The vineyards are located in the Red Hills
appellation of Lake County. The soil type is primarily obsidian rock, or
volcanic glass, that does not offer much to the vines forcing them deep for
nutrition. Always rated 90+ points, and was ranked #23 on the most drinkable
Cab list. This is great cab without the Napa price tag.