Tuesday, December 27, 2016

WOW: The Countdown is ON - 5 Days Until NYE2017!

WOW: Wine of the Week

The Countdown is ON - 5 Days Until NYE2017!
Line 39 Wines

Where did 2016 go?!  ShopUncorked.com is particularly excited as 2017 is our 10-year anniversary!  What better way to celebrate another year behind us and a new year ahead of us than to toast with California bubbles with a Champagne taste and a price that will keep you coming back for more - this sparkler is UNDER $20 per bottle!  Stock up today, New Year's Eve is just around the corner!

Product Description

"The history of Scharffenberger Cellars begins in 1981 in the heart of California's Anderson Valley. Situated only miles from the coastal influences of the Pacific Ocean, Scharffenberger Cellars also enjoys the deep soils and sunshine within the protected valley. Originally founded by John Scharffenberger, the company has undergone many transitions, including a name change when it was formally known as Pacific Echo from 1998 until July 2004. Today, the name has been restored back to Scharffenberger Cellars under the management of Maisons Marques & Domaines.
Scharffenberger Brut Excellence is made by the traditional méthode champenoise process – whereby the wines are individually bottle-fermented before being riddled and disgorged. The wine is approximately two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay and undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation. Scharffenberger Brut is made from its own 120-acre vineyards in the Anderson Valley. In addition, Scharffenberger Cellars has long-term contracts with select vineyards in the greater Mendocino County. This type of vineyard selection allows us to choose from the best vineyards in the area which enables us to produce our trademark cuvée." - Winery Notes

Scharffenberger Brut N/V Reviews

"Beautifully balanced between maturity and freshness, this elegant bubbly combines appetizing cherry, almond and ginger flavors with a suave texture and long finish. It achieves a level of personality and sophistication beyond simple fruitiness. " - 91, Wine Enthusiast
"A delightfully racy sparkler, with tart apple and floral anise aromas leading to zesty lime and lemon flavors, presenting accents of cinnamon and spicy ginger." - 90, Wine Spectator

Scharffenberger Brut N/V Tasting Notes

The wine is two-thirds Pinot Noir which produces a red fruit (cherry and plum) forward nose combined with one-third Chardonnay which adds the tropical expression of litchi nut and mango. The 100% malolactic fermentation adds a vanilla cream character producing a round and full-bodied wine. After approximately two years on the yeast lees, there are notes of freshly baked bread and pastry that enhances the more fruit forward style of the wine. Finally, after several months on the cork the wine develops caramel and hazel complexors.

Monday, December 19, 2016

WOW: Tamarack is BACK!

WOW: Wine of the Week

Tamarack is Back!
Line 39 WinesBack by popular demand are selections from Tamarack Cellars in Washington State.  This week ShopUncorked.com is pleased to feature their Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc.  Tired of Cabernets, Red Blends and Merlots?  Treat your palate to a new varietal with this selection.

Product Description

"Ron Coleman is closing in on 20 years of winemaking in the Walla Walla Valley, and he’s focused Tamarack Cellars’ latest release of Cabernet Franc on Weinbau Vineyard, a historic site within one of Washington state’s hottest growing regions. That helps to explain why there is just a touch of mint in this Cabernet Franc that’s focused on lots of rich fruit amid a balanced structure. " - Winery Notes

Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Franc 2014 Tasting Notes

"Aromas of dark cherry, black currant, blueberry and French oak vanilla spice carry into a creamy mouth feel of black currant, elderberry and blueberry. Fine-grained tannins and raspberry acidity are capped by a touch of chocolate." - Winery Notes

Monday, December 12, 2016

WOW: It's a MAJOR Award!

WOW: Wine of the Week

It's a MAJOR Award!
Line 39 Wines'Tis the season for festive wines and this one is SURE to please!  Remember that holiday classic, "A Christmas Story?"  Well, here's your chance to bring some of that same 80's nostalgia into your home or gift it to your favorite hostess.  The label feels like velvet and boasts that ever familiar lamp that once stood proudly in the bay window of Ralphie's home - and at just $13 per bottle, this is one you'll want to order by the case!

Product Description

"With another year in the record books, the 2014 vintage came in at the third-largest grape harvest ever, down eight percent from the previous year. A mild winter and spring with drought conditions persisting, bud break occurred early. From southern to northern California winemakers have stated that it was an even earlier harvest then years before, starting with sparkling grapes in July and ending mid-October for later ripening varieties. Despite the drought, California will produce another great vintage. Arid conditions have given the grapes a chance to struggle, which thins out the vines and allows the clusters to gain concentration of -avor, intensity and complexity." - Winery Notes

Big Smooth Old Vines Zinfandel 2014 Tasting Notes

"Our 2014 vintage is a dynamic blend that truly showcases what California Zinfandels are all about. Lively aromas of blackberry, purple basil, and cocoa draw you in as the fragrance of roasted almonds emerges. The oak aging is highlighted in this robust blend through hints of molasses, dried blueberry and raspberry. With the Merlot adding mid-palate structure and the Petite Sirah contributing to a well-rounded and velvety feel, this wine has not only a memorable start but an impressive finish as well." - Winery Notes
Blend: 80% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 7% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon

Big Smooth Old Vines Zinfandel 2014 Pairings

This wine is the perfect accompaniment to roast quail, beet and feta salad or apricot marinated lamb chops.