2016| Campo de Borja, Aragon, Spain
Rich, full bodied and muscular, Alto Moncayo has riveting intensity and palate staining extract; this Spanish red is inky/purple, full-bodied, and rich.
Wine with good structure and modern which presents: intense ruby red color with slight garnet reflections. Vinous bouquet with a delicate scent of currant, moderately spicy. Dry, savory and persistent flavor, very pleasant in its harmony.
1997| Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Beausejour Duffau Lagarrosse is known for their stunning, 1990 vintage which is sought after by collectors all over the world. In fact 1990 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse has earned legendary status among wine collectors due to its 100 Pt score from Robert Parker. Robert Parker called it one of his desert island wines. The small, 6.75 hectare vineyard of Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse is planted to 80% Merlot, 19.5% Cabernet Franc and .5% Cabernet Sauvignon. This shows a moderate increase in the amount of Cabernet Franc and a reduction in the Cabernet Sauvignon. The goal here is to continue increasing the amount of Cabernet Franc. The vineyard is quite well placed in a single parcel on top of the Saint Emilion plateau.
2017| St. Emilion Grand Cru, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Quinault l’Enclos comes from a very gravelly soil with great drainage, but there’s not a lot of water during dry periods. Adeptly produced by the team of Cheval Blanc (who purchased the estate in 2008), the wine nonetheless maintained its poise under the dry and warm ripening conditions of 2017, coming in at a respectable pH of 3.67 and relatively moderate alcohol of 14.1%. The 2017 Quinault l’Enclos has a deep garnet-purple color and beautifully expressed notes of baked black cherries, ripe black plums and boysenberries, plus hints of violets, dark chocolate, star anise and tobacco leaf. The medium-bodied palate has a gorgeous velvety texture and oodles of freshness supporting the perfumed black fruits, finishing long and fragrant. This vintage is a blend of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, aged in 50% new oak and the rest in one-year-old 500-liter barrels and foudres.
2018 | Santa Rita Hills, California, United States
This exclusive blend is made of Pinot Noir, Syrah and Sangiovese. It sees 10% New French Oak and 90% Neutral Oak for 26 months. The fruit comes from Santa Rita Hills and the Santa Ynez Valley. Nerdy Red has mouthwatering red fruit, spice, pepper and a hint of strawberry. This fruit forward red is a great way to start your wine journey.
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2019| Napa Valley, California, United States
Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon explodes with vivacious scents of crushed blueberries, chocolate-covered cherries and blackcurrant pastilles with hints of menthol, unsmoked cigars and cardamom. The concentrated, full-bodied palate (15% alcohol) has a solid foundation of firm, fine-grained tannins with seamless freshness and a long, spicy finish. 300 cases were made.” – Robert Parker 97+ Points
“I continue to love the wines from Celia Welch. Her 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is medium to full-bodied, elegant, and seamless, with quintessential Cabernet notes of black fruits, tobacco, earthy, herbal nuances, and a touch of chocolate. The balance is spot on, it shows the seamless, balanced style of the vintage, and it’s a joy to drink. It will last for 20-25 years.”- Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points
“For the 2019 Corra Cabernet Sauvignon, this “season of excellent timing” provided the foundation to create a “vintage of excellent balance”. Vibrant cassis, blackberry, dark cherry and vanilla aromas combine with a touch of cocoa powder and a bit of toasty oak in the aromas. On the palate, the wine shows vibrant fruit at entry, a solid core but well-resolved tannins and crisp acidity at the finish. As with prior vintages, this Napa Cabernet was crafted from grapes grown on the steep west-facing rocky slopes in the Pritchard Hill area (east of Rutherford) as well as on the western bench lands ,of Rutherford and Oakville. Each vineyard source was vinified separately, then blended carefully after one year in oak, return to the barrels and aged for an additional 10 months. The final product is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from Napa Valley, matured in 100% French oak (70 % new) for 22 months.
Mom’s Brisket “Danny Style”
Central Coast, CA
Black cherry in color with aromatics of boysenberry and dark plum, accompanied by suggestions of fine leather and cardamom. This Pinot Noir is bold, with excellent structure and firm tannins, leading to a lasting, rich and supple finish.
Notes of dried cherry, cranberry, anise and rose petal. Hints of cardamom and truffle emerge with time in the glass. The palate is soft and approachable in its delivery with easy going tannin and gentle acidity. Firm, structured and wound up tightly in the mouthfeel, packed with fresh red berries and black cherries.
Napa Valley, CA
Handcrafted primarily from those highly regarded Rutherford grapes, Handwritten’s 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is made from 85% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, strategically blended with 9% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Sirah to create a pure classic flavor and aroma. Then wine offers a lighter body than the Winery’s other wines of this vintage.
Expert tasting notes reveal, “Elegant aromas of cocoa nib, black tea leaf, and violet are well complimented by ripe fruit and smooth tannins on the palate. Enjoy now with a firm decant of up to three hours or cellar for five to seven years.”
Further, this high-end Cabernet Sauvignon wine exhibits earthy undertones of saddle leather and cigar box balanced by fruit notes of blackberries and dried lavender. Over time the tannins have melted away perfectly, leaving a long-lasting finish. This Cab is a perfect accompaniment for braised short ribs or grilled pork chops.
Columbia Valley, WA
An impressive array of black currant, baked raspberry and wild cherry aromas and flavors are enveloped in savory notes of sage and dried herbs. Powerful yet elegant with refined tannins that lend texture from entry to finish create a bold flavor profile and offer a balanced and layered finish
Napa Valley, California, United States
The opaque black color with a brilliant purple rim primes the sense for the rich boysenberry and cassis aromas. The expansive palate has great range with flavors of ripe blackberries, tobacco leaf and savory herbs. Round chewy tannins bolster the finish that lingers with hints of crushed graphite and slate.
Heirloom Carrot Risotto
2018| Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States
Elderberry essence, blueberry perfume, blackberry tea, some grapefruit rind, and granite. Medium body, vibrant acidity, fine tannins and a fresh, citrusy finish with tons of tangy fruit.