Monday, April 28, 2014

WOW: August Briggs Feature - LIMITED time!

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August Briggs Features
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Please welcome back August Briggs to for a limited time!  This brand needs very little introduction as their quality is consistent and well respected...without further ado...

Winery Information

"August Briggs Winery is an 'employees turned owners' winery in Napa Valley dedicated to producing very limited quantities of great wines from carefully selected vineyards across  Napa and Sonoma counties. Founder Joe Briggs brings a quarter-century of winemaking knowledge in working with quality grape growers to produce our signature style of balanced wines with intense fruit character.
Our eclectic portfolio includes single vineyard and appellation bottlings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Pinot Meunier, Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Charbono – each one an expression of restrained winemaking and site signature." - Winery Notes

August Briggs Leveroni Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay 2011 Tasting Notes

"This wine opens with aromas of pineapple and mango, with a touch of vanilla.  On the palate, the texture is rich from barrel fermentation, but enough acidity remains to keep it fresh on the palate, with flavors of pear, pineapple and honeydew melon." - Winery Notes

August Briggs Monte Rosso Cabernet 2009 Tasting Notes

"Our 2009 'Monte Rosso Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon is another winner from this famed vineyard. The wine is supple and creamy-textured, with ripe plum and cherry flavors that show touches of dried herbs." - Winery Notes

August Briggs Monte Rosso Cabernet 2010 Tasting Notes

"The 'Monte Rosso' or 'Red Mountain' vineyard is so named for its rich, red volcanic soils. Nestled in the majestic Mayacamas Mountain range, almost 1,000 feet above the Sonoma Valley floor, this steep and rugged mountain vineyard has a desirable western exposure that produce intense, decadent, powerful wines." - Winery Notes

Monday, April 21, 2014

WOW: How do you define "Syn3rgy?"

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How do you define "Syn3rgy?"
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The definition of "Synergy" is as varied as the number of people asked to define it.  But for the purposes of this WOW and truly excellent wine, this week favors the definition by the two founders of B Cellars!

Product Description

"The two passionate wine collectors-turned-vintners Jim Borsack and Duffy Keys, who founded B Cellars, made a great choice when they hired young phenom Kirk Venge to be their winemaker. The son of Napa winemaker Nils Venge, Kirk is considered one of the area’s rising stars and has all the advantages one might expect of an insider scion-connections to great growers and access to fruit and information that might elude someone new to the valley. B Cellars is the kind of project that might entice any young winemaker looking to burnish his résumé, though. It’s focused entirely on handcrafted, no-expense-spared Napa Valley wines. A blend of three single-vineyard Cabs, Syn3rgy is a new wine for B Cellars. While the team loves the expression of single vineyards, in this case they believe the whole surpasses the sum of its parts. Hours and hours of blending were required to get just the perfect wine, which only amounted to 200 cases." - Winery Notes

b Cellars "Syn3rgy" Cabernet 2010 Tasting Notes

"The dark, brooding nose suggests red currant, black currant, licorice and mocha.  Expressive ripe-fruit flavors and exquisitely etched fine, silky tannins characterize this Napa Cab." - Winery Notes

b Cellars "Syn3rgy" Cabernet 2010 Pairings

The B Cellars Syn3rgy’s intensity requires an entrée with ample substance and fat as a counterbalance. Look to simply flavored beef, lamb and game dishes, particularly those that are grilled or roasted. Accent ingredients like lentils, mushrooms and root vegetables will play up the wine’s earthy notes, while fresh herbs and leafy green vegetables will harmonize with its minty, herbaceous character. Outside of meat, look to meaty vegetables like eggplant and mushrooms to stand up to the wine.

Monday, April 14, 2014

WOW: A Place Called Kokomo...

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A Place Called Kokomo...
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No, contrary to popular belief, this winery name was NOT inspired by The Beach Boys song.  This winery derives its name from the founder's hometown of Kokomo, Indiana!

"Perched on 120 acres of prime Dry Creek Valley east benchland vineyards known as Timber Crest Farms, Kokomo Winery concentrates on small production, single-vineyard wines. Started in 2004 with the production of a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Kokomo Winery focuses their terroir-driven philosophy on Sonoma County and its distinct appellations. Owner and Winemaker Erik Miller named the winery after his hometown of Kokomo, IN, and decided on a Coastal Cypress Tree for the logo to signify his move out west. Joined by his best friend from Purdue, Josh Bartels, as Kokomo's assistant winemaker, Erik partnered with legendary grower Randy Peters, who has nearly forty years of wine grape growing experience under his belt. The three have formed quite the successful alliance, as Kokomo Winery has now joined the elite boutique wineries of Sonoma County, gaining more 90+ ratings and Gold Medals with each anticipated release." - Winery Notes

Taste true inspiration from the Miller family and enjoy these two new wines to for around $20 per bottle.

Kokomo Chardonnay 2012 Tasting Notes

"This Chardonnay has pineapple, green apple, and honeysuckle aromas.  The bright and fruit-forward mouth feel is followed by apple pie and vanilla with a clean finish." - Winery Notes

Kokomo Zinfandel 2012 Tasting Notes

"Our 2012 Zinfandel gives a ravishing display of ruby red color that leads into a pleasant bouquet of blackberry fruit, coco, and holiday spice.  While sipping, your palate will be delighted by blackberries and plum, refineds tannins, a full body and a finish that lingers." - Winery Notes

Monday, April 7, 2014

WOW: What is a Claret?

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New Additions: What is a Claret?
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In the spirit of Bordeaux, this Napa Claret is sure to please even the most discerning of palates.  New flowers, new buds on trees and new additions to'tis the season! particularly likes this explanation from Dr. Vinny of Wine Spectator:
"Before 'claret' was the nickname for Bordeaux wines, it meant 'clear,' 'pale' or 'light-colored' wine ('claret' being derived from the Latin word for “clear”). This is back in the 14th and 15th centuries, when wines from Bordeaux were actually paler, almost like rosés. In the late Middle Ages, 'claret' also referred to a heated wine poured over a bag of spices.
The first known references to 'claret' as dark red Bordeaux wines were in the 1700s by the British trade. History buffs will recall that France and England were at war during this period, and it was right around then that the English started seeking out Portuguese wines to satisfy their thirst.
These days 'claret' is used as a generic way to refer to Bordeaux wines (or wines styled after Bordeaux) and the associated dark red color that’s also used to describe anything from nail polish to yarn."

Product Description

"Steltzner Vineyard is located in the Stags Leap District where we farm 30 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, along with small amounts of Sangiovese, Malbec and Petit Verdot.  Our family has owned this property since 1965.  We currently make our wine at Folio Custom Crush and source only grapes from throughout Napa Valley to create our Claret blend." - Winery Notes

Steltzner Claret 2011 Tasting Notes

Beautiful full fruit balanced with dark toasted oak notes.  Classic Bordeaux blend with just enough Merlot and Cabernet Franc to give the underlying Cabernet finesse and grace.  Dark berry fruits with hints of cedar box on the finish.