Monday, March 31, 2014

WOW: New Additions - Ernesto Catena Selections

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New Additions: Ernesto Catena Selections
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New flowers, new buds on trees and new additions to'tis the season! is THRILLED to bring two new wines from Ernesto Catena to our clients.  These two red wines are perfectly priced at just $12 each!

Ernesto Catena, the owner of Ernesto Catena Vineyards in Argentina, is the eldest son of Nicol├ís Catena of Catena Zapata. A 4th generation winemaker, Ernesto has traveled and lived around the world, and along the way has earned a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Economy, a Master’s in Design in Milan and a degree in history in London. Defined by many as the "bohemian" side of the Catena family, Ernesto is a tireless and avid reader, painter, art collector, horseman, polo player and archer.

Product Description

"Ernesto Catena Selections are an expression of Ernesto Catena's intense passion for wine, Argentina, art, and life. A Mendoza native, Ernesto personally selects the fruit from the prestigious sites of Tupungato, La Consulta, Vistalflores, Altamira, Tunuyan in the Valle de Uco that is carefully crafted into wines of distinct character and typicity. Tahuan wines highlight Argentina's premier grape varieties, expressing seamless varietal character, enhanced by the microclimate of Mendoza. Structured and intense, Siesta wines capture the depth and complexity produced by the distinct combination of altitude, climate, and soil that define this exciting region which has been a great inspiration to international winemaking." - Winery Notes

Ernesto Catena Selections Tahuan Cabernet 2010 Reviews and Tasting Notes

"Good dark red.  Expressive aromas and flavors of redcurrant, plum, tobacco, licorice, chocolate and herbs.  Sweet and fresh on entry, then juicy and firmly built, showing excellent energy and lift (and a bit of unabsorbed CO2) and conveying an impression of solid extract.  Nicely balanced, honest cabernet with a firm spine of sweet tannins and noteworthy length." - 90, International Wine Cellar
A much softer, gentler, fruitier wine that can be enjoyed when only a year or two old, a blackcurrant juice feel, a vague whiff of milk chocolate, followed up by something ever so slightly salty on the palate.

Ernesto Catena Selections Tahuan Malbec 2011 Reviews and Tasting Notes

"A dense red, with terrific depth to the jammy blackberry, plum skin and fig paste notes, tightly woven with fine tannins and layers of mesquite, cocoa and spice. Drink now through 2017." - 90, Wine Spectator
The Tahuan Malbec opens to not quite a full purple color. On the nose the wine offers lots of toasty aromas, but then, after only a few minutes, the aromas of fresh and juicy red fruits -such as strawberry and cherry- take center stage. There are also intriguing hints of wild flowers and violets. It is a very well balanced wine in the mouth, delivering sweet, yet firm tannins, and with a soft and pleasant taste where all kinds of fruits freely express themselves.

Monday, March 24, 2014

WOW: Evolution Sparkling!

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Evolution Sparkling Wine!
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Spring is in the air and wants to celebrate!  What better way than to feature a bottle of bubbles for this week's WOW?!  Well under $20 per bottle, this Oregon beauty is sure to delight!  Grab a bottle of these bubbles and let them uplift your spirit into Spring and the warmer weather to come!

Product Description

"The great sparkling wines of the world are blends or as the French would say, 'Assemblage,' of multiple grape varietals, from multiple vintages, with different oak treatments and differing levels of malolactic fermentation.  These wines are blended to make a complex sparkling wine that matches the taste profile desired by the winemaking team.  With this in mind, we have thought for many years that Evolution (a blend of nine white wines) would make an amazing base wine for the productions of a true, method champenoise, sparkling wine.  So here it is!" - Winery Notes

Sokol Blosser Evolution Sparkling N/V Tasting Notes

"Although it is made with Evolution White wine as its base, Evolution Sparkling takes on a new dimension. Designated as Brut, Evolution Sparkling comes across as drier than Evolution White even though it has the same amount of residual sugar. This happens because the bubbles and acidity make for a much more vibrant wine that dances on the palate. The aromatics are that of apricot, green apple, Bosc  pear, with hints of white peach and citrus.  The mouthfeel is slightly creamy from the secondary fermentation in the bottle with a light flintiness.  Dry on the pallet, it finishes crisp and clean."  - Winery Notes

Monday, March 17, 2014

WOW: Three is not ALWAYS a crowd...

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Ridge "Three Valleys" Zinfandel: Three is not ALWAYS a crowd!
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Uncorked is taking this week to reintroduce a household favorite and recognized name: Ridge Winery!  Well known for their outstanding single vineyard Zinfandels, they too have a blended Zinfandel stemming from more than just one flagship vineyard.  As you will see below, this particular blend has come from seven (7) vineyards in all, proving that three (or seven!) is not ALWAYS a crowd!

Product Description

"The history of the Ridge Sonoma County Three Valleys began with the release of the 2001. The wine contains grapes from a number of Sonoma vineyards - this year, seven. We take great care in selecting the fruit, which is hand-harvested, then crushed and fermented at both Monte Bello and Lytton Springs. Unlike our single-vineyard wines, which reflect the distinctive character of each site, Three Valleys represents the blending of vineyards - winemaking - at it's finest. Zinfandel determines the wine's varietal character; old-vine carignane contributes bright fruit and acidity; petite sirah spice, depth of color, and firm tannins; grenache brings briary fruit and lively tannins. " - Winery Notes

Ridge "Three Valleys" Zinfandel 2011 Reviews

"Editor's Choice:  Ridge hews to a leaner, lower alcohol style than most California wineries these days, resulting in wines that aren’t blockbusters, but are complex and food-friendly. This bottling defines such a style. It’s dry and lithe in the mouth yet gently tannic, with suggestions of berry jam, bacon, grilled mushrooms and hints of balsamic and soy sauce." - 91, Wine Enthusiast

Ridge "Three Valleys" Zinfandel 2011 Tasting Notes

"Aromas of briar fruit, dried herbs, clay earth, and sweet oak. Fresh raspberry and cherry flavors together with savory oak spice. Medium bodied with moderate acidity, round tannins, and a lively finish." - Winery Notes
65% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 9% Carignane, 3% Mataro, 2% Alicante Bouschet and 1% Grenache.

Monday, March 3, 2014

WOW: Sonoma Origin with Rhone Roots?

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Sonoma Origin with Rhone Roots?  It's More Complicated...
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Trentadue is far more complicated than what initially meets the eye.

This wine has been perfected by an Italian family, imparting a Rhone feel from Sonoma County, CA. THAT is a complex family tree!

This wine benefits from three very distinct influences and shows the best of all three!

Product Description

"The Trentadue family arrived in Sonoma County long before their region gained a reputation as the Wine Country. Life-long, hands-on agriculturists, Evelyn and Leo Trentadue contributed significantly to the advancement of their region over the years. In 1959, the Trentadues decided to flee the developers encroaching on their apricot and cherry orchards in Sunnyvale, the area known today around the world as Silicon Valley. To preserve their way of life, these hard-working Italian ranchers purchased 208 acres of land in Sonoma County's then remote Alexander Valley." - Winery Notes

Trentadue Winery Old Patch Red "Lot 36" 2011 Tasting Notes

"The 2011 Old Patch Red blend#36 is predominately a Zin blended with Petite Sirah resulting in a very fruity and Rhone like wine. The wine has a dark red color with intense dark cherry aromas, blueberries and cherry cola as an immediate impression. With aeration nuances of vanilla, maple and cocoa are showing with slight dose of oak and toast. On the mouth the wine is fresh and juicy with youthful brightness, finishing long and fruity. Our 2011 OPR Lot# 36 is delicious now but it will reward your patience with 2-3 years of aging." - Winery Notes