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Winemaker Notes: 100% Estate grown fruit from L’Aventure Vineyard. Very low yield: 2.5 tons per acre 89% new French oak and 11% 1-year-old French oak with malolactic fermentation in barrel No fining, no filtering Length of aging: 14 months. Drink:1-10 years. 57 % Syrah, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot.
Winemaker Notes: Seductive nose of cola, black tea, Mediterranean herbs and white chocolate. The mouthfeel is juicy, full of rich flavors of cassis, plum, and black cherry. This wine has a multidimensional texture highlighting the layers of different varieties used in this blend. Source: Houyi Vineyard on Pritchard Hill Winemaker: Philippe Melka Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc
Winemaker Notes: Aromatically, the 2018 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon fills your glass with a magic conjunction of red and black fruit, cedar, graphite and perhaps a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. The superb nose is followed by a palate sensation of impressive size, shape and amplitude. The wine is big, beautifully textured and impeccably balanced. The structure becomes a dimension in and of itself. The piercing, focused aroma leads to a solid core of dark Cabernet fruit. The wine is a veritable treasure trove of aroma and flavor; it finishes long and strong with moderate fine grain tannins that suggest a long and happy future. Varietal content: 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 7.5% Cabernet Franc Cases produced: 1,006 cases
Winemaker Notes: The brilliant magenta robe beckons with ripe red fruit and delicate baking spice aromas. Juicy boysenberry and ripe red berries expand in the mouth, edged with gentle floral notes and fresh-baked pastry. Round, full and fresh, this wine shows ripe tannins already falling smoothly into place, and a long, rich finish of boysenberry and warm raspberry preserves. AVA: Napa Valley Production: 3,417 cases Alcohol: 14.9%
Winemaker Notes: A brilliant garnet-red, the 2018 Saggi is elaborately fragrant, brimming with red cherries, ripe strawberries and notes of nutmeg. Vibrant and well-integrated with balanced natural acidity, this is a textured wine with great richness and flavors that linger across a generous finish. Drinking beautifully now, the wine’s concentration and structure also make it an excellent candidate for the cellar. Blend: 58% Sangiovese 30% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Syrah Production: 2,260 cases
Winemaker Notes: Dark in color with generous aromas of wild blackberries wrapped around a pleasantly earthy core that’s accented by hints of oak spice. On the mid-palate, graphite and black licorice are complemented by a burst of vibrant fruit that lingers across a lengthy finish. A beautifully integrated wine with a broad, polished mouthfeel. Blend: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon 26% Syrah 6% Petit Verdot Production: 2,190 cases
Winemaker Notes: The 2020 Sauvignon Blanc offers a great deal of complexity. On the nose, it evokes fresh peaches, honeysuckle, fresh figs, sweet tarts, and fragrant white flowers. Though crisp upfront, the mid-palate offers a medium-bodied texture. Its flavors include Bartlett pears, fruit cocktail, fresh croissant, baked apple pie, and a touch of toasted walnut. The finish has a beautiful length with fresh acidity and subtle toasty notes. Composition: 88% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Semillon
Winemaker Notes: Our philosophy has always been to express the uniqueness of site like Los Alamos Vineyard by minimal handling and paying particular attention to the type of fermentation vessel and barrel selection, as well as very simple but precise cellar work. The fermentation was in stainless steel, with a portion then aged in French oak puncheons for about a year.
Winemaker's Notes: We combined fruit from our two estate vineyards to create a bolder, more complex Cabernet Sauvignon. Both American and French oak barrels were selected to impart the distinctive flavors of each type of wood and fully round out the mouthfeel. Bolder aromas of cranberry, fennel, cedar and toasted hazelnut give way to lighter strawberry, rose water and petrichor scents. Red currant, dark chocolate-covered fig, dried black truffle and roasted coffee bean converge on the palate with a mouthwatering and lasting ending.
Winemaker's Notes: This Chardonnay is a blend of both stainless steel fermented and oak barrel fermented to provide the best of both worlds. The partial malolactic fermentation produced a smooth mouthfeel with a slight butter characteristic while maintaining crisp acidity. Citrus bursts from the nose followed by underlying pineapple and primrose. The energetic palate has a lemon meringue pie backbone with additional poached pear and white peach flavors. The lively mouthfeel finishes with smooth vanilla and lingering, yet subtle, toasted macadamia nut.
Winemaker's Notes: Winemaking practices used during fermentation increased the skin contact for greater expression of the wide variety of flavors. This rich Merlot certainly won't go sideways. Ripe raspberry jumps from the bouquet with secondary aromas of vanilla, clove and spicy toasted oak. The balanced acidity carries dried fig and cranberry with chocolate covered almond across the palate. The well-integrated tannins offer a medium mouthfeel and smooth finish. As the beautiful garnet color suggests, this wine is enjoyable with or without food.
Winemaker's Notes: Garnacha de Fuego is a young, primary fruit expression of the oldest clones of Garnacha in the world, from the high altitude mountains of Calatayud. The altitudes, age of the vines, and slate dominant soils produce a wine of tremendous character and concentration, balanced by fresh acidity that provides balance and drinkability, and elegant minerality. A full bodied garnacha from Spain with notes of blackberry, black cherry, cola and spice. Lots of earth tones on the back end that bring it all together.