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CALIFORNIA & OREGON

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  • “Sandstone” Merlot 2016, Wente Vineyards, Livermore Valley, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Sandstone” Merlot 2016, Wente Vineyards, Livermore Valley, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    USR19

    In 1883, C. H. Wente, a first-generation immigrant from Germany, purchased 47 acres in the Livermore Valley . Recognizing that the warm days, cool nights and gravelly soils of the Livermore Valley were ideal for growing grapes, he planted vines and founded Wente Vineyards. Over 130 years later, Wente Family Estates continue to be family owned and operated by the fourth and fifth generation Wente’s

     

    “Sandstone” Merlot comes from a gently sloping formation of hills running along the southeastern corner of the historic Livermore Valley. With warm days, cool nights, well-drained sandstone soils, and incoming breezes from the San Francisco Bay, the Wente family’s hillside vineyards are an ideal place to grow outstanding Merlot.

     

    All the fruit – 85% Merlot,  8% Petite Sirah,  4% Petit Verdot & 3% Cabernet Sauvignon,  is estate grown.

     

    Sandstone Merlot has delicate fruit aromatics – dark cherry & ripe raspberry with a hint of cocoa powder. Refined and well-balanced with soft tannins and finishing with bright acidity.

    £16.02

  • “Morning Fog” Chardonnay 2018,Wente Vineyards, Livermore Valley, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Morning Fog” Chardonnay 2018,Wente Vineyards, Livermore Valley, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    USW8

    In 1883, C. H. Wente, a first-generation immigrant from Germany, purchased 47 acres in the Livermore Valley . Recognizing that the warm days, cool nights and gravelly soils of the Livermore Valley were ideal for growing grapes, he planted vines and founded Wente Vineyards. Over 130 years later, Wente Family Estates continue to be family owned and operated by the fourth and fifth generation Wente’s.

     

    Wente Estate Grown “Morning Fog” Chardonnay is named after the morning coastal fog pushed by Pacific breezes that streams into the bowl of the San Francisco Bay, and then inland because of the Livermore Valley’s unique East-West orientation. This daily phenomenon moderates the climate to produce excellent, beautifully balanced Chardonnay.

     

    Produced from a variety of clones, which are all harvested and vinified separately, the variation within the vineyards adds to the complexity of the wine.

     

    50% of this wine was barrel fermented in French, American and Eastern European oak. The other 50% was fermented in stainless steel tanks in order to preserve the natural fruit flavours inherent in Chardonnay.

    The barrel fermented portion was aged sur lie for 7 months. Bâtonnage, the art of stirring the barrels, was performed monthly. This adds a creamy note to the wine and greatly enhances the texture. Of the remaining 50% of the stainless steel portion, half was aged on lees for 7 months while the other half was racked clean to preserve the fresh fruit characters.

     

    Crisp flavours of green apple and tropical fruit, balanced by vanilla and a touch of toasty oak from barrel ageing. With a mouth-filling body and balanced acidity, this wine delivers a medium-long, refreshing finish.

     

    £16.02

  • Chardonnay 2017, Cuvaison Estate, Carneros, Napa Valley, 14.1% vol, 75cl

    Chardonnay 2017, Cuvaison Estate, Carneros, Napa Valley, 14.1% vol, 75cl

    USW1

    Established in 1969, Cuvaison produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown exclusively on its estate vineyard in the heart of the world-renowned region of Carneros in Napa Valley. Cooled by fog from the San Pablo Bay, the rolling hills of this certified sustainable estate have produced distinctive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for over 30 years.

     

    The Estate Chardonnay is blended from 44 different blocks of the Carneros estate vineyard. Each block is vinified separately with barrel fermentation adding a creamy intensity. Partial malolactic fermentation gives the wine extra structure and supporting acidity and minerality. After blending, the wine is aged for 8 months in French oak barriques, a third of which are new.

     

    The Estate Chardonnay displays lovely aromatics of honeysuckle, lily, acacia blossom and clove spice. Upon tasting this wine, it demonstrates a charming mix of white peach, apricot, nectarine and lime zest all tied to a bright, long, refreshing finish.”  –  Winemaker, Steve Rogstad

    £26.88

  • “Juvenile” Zinfandel 2018, Turley Wine Cellars, Napa Valley, 15.5% vol, 75cl

    “Juvenile” Zinfandel 2018, Turley Wine Cellars, Napa Valley, 15.5% vol, 75cl

    USR15

    Larry Turley and his winemakers Tegan Passalacqua and Karl Wicka produce great wines from some of California’s oldest, dry-farmed Zinfandel vineyards. They have managed to persuade the owners of some of California’s finest old vineyards to let them take total control of viticulture; farming organically, reducing yields to extremely low levels and picking very late.

     

    Winemaking is gentle and totally unmanipulated, with very gentle extraction. Only natural yeasts are used in fermentation. The wines are matured for 14-16 months in 75% French, 25% American oak barrels (25% new) and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

     

    Juvenile is made from young vines that have been replanted in several of Turley’s old vine sites.  The vines that make up Juvenile range in age from about 6-25 years, and include fruit from several of their best vineyards across California, including Hayne, Ueberroth, Pesenti, Salvador, Vineyard 101, Fredericks and Kirschenmann.

    £28.02

  • Pinot Noir 2017, Santa Maria Valley, Au Bon Climat, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Pinot Noir 2017, Santa Maria Valley, Au Bon Climat, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    USR6

    Jim Clendenen, the “Mind Behind” Au Bon Climat, creates internationally recognized, Burgundian-focused wines of balance and intrigue – but in California.

     

    Au Bon Climat’s Santa Maria Valley is a very approachable, fruit-forward Pinot. Lifted strawberry and raspberry aromas on the nose follow through to a palate that is full of juicy berry flavours and hints of spice and cloves. Not too hefty but with good balancing fresh acidity, gentle tannins and just a touch of Pinot spice and  earthiness.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    £30.18

  • Pinot Noir 2017, Cuvaison Estate, Napa Valley, Los Carneros, 14% vol, 75cl

    Pinot Noir 2017, Cuvaison Estate, Napa Valley, Los Carneros, 14% vol, 75cl

    USR1

    Established in 1969, Cuvaison produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown exclusively on its estate vineyard in the heart of the world-renowned region of Carneros in Napa Valley. Cooled by fog from the San Pablo Bay, the rolling hills of this certified sustainable estate have produced distinctive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for over 30 years.

     

    The Estate Pinot Noir is carefully crafted from 10 blocks of the Carneros estate vineyard. Each block is vinified separately using gentle techniques such as open top fermentation, gentle punch downs, basket pressing and oak maturation – 11 months in French oak barriques a third of which are new. All these elements are designed to preserve the wine’s delicacy and freshness.

     

    The Cuvaison Pinot Noir has both red and black fruit characteristics – the intense fruit flavours are a consequence of the cool climate enjoyed by the Carneros district.

     

    “The Estate Pinot Noir is brimming with bright strawberry, raspberry and fresh cherry and plum flavours made more intriguing with a subtle hint of allspice, persimmon and violet. The wine shimmers on the palate with vibrant acidity and round, graceful tannins.”   –   Winemaker, Steve Rogstad

    £30.72

  • Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2016, Chanin Wine Company, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2016, Chanin Wine Company, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    USR18

    Chanin Wine Co. is dedicated to crafting wines from Santa Barbara County where cool coastal winds, diverse marine based soils and a long growing season provide an exciting and unique environment for Burgundian varieties. Wine maker Gavin Chanin prefers to make his wines without the heavy alcohol and powerful character often found in California wines, prefering instead to concentrate on balance, finesse and complexity.

     

    The Chanin Santa Barbara Pinot Noir is mid ruby in appearance with a nose of ripe red fruit (cherry and raspberry) with a hint of spice and smoke. The palate is medium bodied with generous fruit – red and black fruit flavours – some gentle spice and a good balancing acidity that gives it great elegance and poise.

    £31.14

  • Merlot 2016, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, 14.2% vol, 75cl

    Merlot 2016, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, 14.2% vol, 75cl

    USR11

    Eugene Trefethen and his wife Catherine purchased 600 acres in 1968 to create Trefethen Vineyards. At the time, there were fewer than 20 wineries in the Napa Valley which put the Trefethens in a small group of wine families dedicated to a vision of crafting world class wines from Napa Valley. Their first wine was released in 1973 and at the 1979 Gault Millau World Wine Olympics, their 1976 Chardonnay won “Best Chardonnay in the World”.

     

    Rich fruit, crafted in an elegant, age-worthy manner are the hallmarks of the Trefethen style.  The third generation is now active with Loren and Hailey poised to put their generation’s stamp on the Trefethen motto of ‘One Family, One Estate, One Passion.’

     

    86% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon & 5% Malbec from the Estate’s Main Ranch vineyard.

     

     

    A very dark appearance, almost opaque, with a purple rim. The nose has lots of dark fruit aromas – plums and blueberries – with a touch of cedar and smoke. On the palate, the wine is well structured with flavours of blackberry and plum, with a hint of dark chocolate, leather and cloves. The mouthfeel is full and rich, with velvety soft tannins that continue through to the long finish.

    £36.00

  • “Geyserville” 2016, Ridge Vineyards, Alexander Valley, Sonoma, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    “Geyserville” 2016, Ridge Vineyards, Alexander Valley, Sonoma, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    USR20

    Ridge has made the Geyserville as a single-site Zinfandel in every year since 1966. The grapes are grown in three adjoining vineyards on a defined stretch of gravelly soil approximately one-and-a-quarter miles long and a half-mile wide located on the western edge of the Alexander Valley, Sonoma County.

     

    The youngest vines are 10 years old and the oldest over 120 years. 65% of the vines are in excess of 45 years old.

     

    The blend of the 2016 Geyserville is 73% Zinfandel, 17% Carignane, 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Alicante Bouschet

     

    The sustainably farmed, hand-harvested estate-grown grapes were destemmed and crushed. Fermentation was with native yeasts, followed by full malolactic. Ageing was for 12 months in American oak barrels – 20% new, the balance 1-4 years old.

     

    Winemakers tasting note:

     

    Deep ruby in colour. Plum and black cherry fruit aromas, mint, and gravelly earth. Ripe bramble fruit on entry, balanced acidity, and elegant tannins. Long finish.

     

    Eric Baugher – winemaker at Ridge

     

     

     

     

    £47.52