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  • “Sandstone” Merlot 2013, Wente Vineyards, Livermore Valley, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Sandstone” Merlot 2013, 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.

     

    The estate grown grapes that make up this wine – 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petite Sirah & 5% Petit Verdot – are fermented and aged separately in barrel for about a year before they are blended together and then aged for another 6 months. Although lighter in structure than a Cabernet Sauvignon, this Merlot combines solid, yet silky tannins with diverse fruit flavours to make a lasting impression.

     

    Sandstone Merlot exhibits aromas and flavours of black cherry, blackberry and plum with hints of toasted oak.  A smooth mouthfeel and inviting tannins lead to a long, fruity finish.

    £14.82

  • “Charles Wetmore” Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Wente, Livermore Valley, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Charles Wetmore” Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Wente, Livermore Valley, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    USR12

    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.

     

    Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon is named after one of the Livermore Valley’s most prominent pioneers, California’s first agricultural commissioner renowned for planting vine cuttings from many of Bordeaux’s top Châteaux in the temperate Livermore Valley in the 1880s. From their origins in Margaux in the 19th century to the present, only the best of these Cabernet Sauvignon vines have been selected for each new generation planted. And they are prized for making wines with intensity, depth of flavour, and rich, lush body.

     

    The various components - 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Petite Sirah & 5% Malbec – were fermented separately in upright stainless steel tanks where it was gently pumped over twice daily, increasing the extraction of aromas and textures.

     

    The wine was then aged for 14 months in a combination of American, French, Eastern European and neutral oak barrels.

     

    Rich aromas of black cherry, mocha and a subtle hint of vanilla from the oak join lush flavours of cherry, chocolate and oak on the palate. With balanced acidity and a fullbodied mouthfeel, this wine delivers a bold, long-lasting finish.

    £16.74

  • “Riva Ranch” Pinot Noir 2014, Wente, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    “Riva Ranch” Pinot Noir 2014, Wente, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    USR17

    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.

     

    Riva Ranch” Single Vineyard Pinot Noir is sourced exclusively from Wente’s vineyard in Arroyo Seco, Monterey. Arroyo Seco is an ideal region to grow Pinot Noir because of the long, cool growing season, which allows the grapes to fully ripen and develop deep fruit flavours. The gravelly-loam soils found here, rich with shale and limestone deposits, impart desirable earthy and mineral qualities to the wine. They grow 8 carefully selected Pinot Noir clones each adding different flavours, textures and aromatics to the wine.

     

    2014 provided ideal growing conditions in Monterey with daily cycles of early morning fogs, warm afternoons, and cool nights which allowed the grapes to ripen then rest and for the flavours to fully develop.

    This wine was fermented in small stainless steel tanks and pumped over twice daily to maximize the extraction of the aromas, flavours, and textures. Ageing was for 16 months in French oak barrels.

     

    Our Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Pinot Noir is a true and elegant expression of Monterey’s finest grapes. Our signature Pinot Noir comes from our estate grown, single vineyard in Arroyo Seco and showcases beautiful aromas and flavours of cherry and red apple with notes of black tea. The wine’s bright natural acidity gives way to a long, smooth finish.”

    - Karl D. Wente, Fifth Generation Winemaker

     

    £20.58

  • “Riva Ranch” Chardonnay 2014, Wente, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    “Riva Ranch” Chardonnay 2014, Wente, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    USW6

    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.

     

    This Single Vineyard Chardonnay is sourced exclusively from Wente’s Riva Ranch Vineyard in Arroyo Seco, Monterey.  Arroyo Seco is widely regarded as one of the best places in California to grow Chardonnay. The cool growing season with the deep gravelly soil ripen the Chardonnay  perfectly, which gives a natural balance of sugar and acidity.

     

    To compliment the rich flavours, most of the wine (90%) is barrel fermented in a combination of new and 2nd use French and American oak barrels. Batonnage, the art of stirring the barrels, is performed every three weeks. This adds a creamy note to the wine and greatly enhances the texture. The remaining 10% is stainless steel fermented, which delivers crisp fruit flavours.

     

    The wine was aged “sur lie” for 8 months in French, American, and Eastern European wood of varying ages. The barrels were stirred monthly.

     

    Riva Ranch is a beautifully rich, yet balanced style of Chardonnay that represents what the Arroyo Seco appellation has to give. In addition to the classic Chardonnay aromas of apple and pear, Arroyo Seco consistently delivers aromas of tropical fruits and stone fruits. This is distinctly a California style of Chardonnay, but is consistently well balanced with ample acidity.

    £20.58

  • Pinot Noir 2013, Cuvaison Estate, Carneros, Nappa Valley, 14% vol, 75cl

    Pinot Noir 2013, Cuvaison Estate, Carneros, Nappa Valley, 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.

     

    “Our Estate Pinot Noir captures, in body and bouquet, the wonderful, sun-kissed season we enjoyed in 2013. The wine is brimming with bright strawberry, raspberry and fresh cherry flavors 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

    £25.98

  • “Wild Boy” Chardonnay 2015, Santa Barbara County, Au Bon Climat, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Wild Boy” Chardonnay 2015, Santa Barbara County, Au Bon Climat, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    USW7

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

     

    Au Bon Climat has been making balanced, food friendly Chardonnays since 1982. Even in the early 2000s when ripe, oaky Chardonnays were all the rage, Au Bon Climat stuck to a more subtle and refined style, with minerality and intensity.

     

    “Wild Boy” is made in a fuller, richer style than the Santa Barbara County Chardonnay, but still retains a fine balance between the ripe fruit with its tropical fruit flavours, toasty oak and supporting minerality and acidity.

     

    Jim “Wild Boy” Clendenen at his very best!

     

    I said “Hey dude, make a wine on the Wild Side”

    £27.42

  • Pinot Noir 2013, Santa Maria Valley, Au Bon Climat, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Pinot Noir 2013, 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 earthiness. Very versatile.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    £27.66

  • Chardonnay 2013, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, 14% vol, 75cl

    Chardonnay 2013, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, 14% vol, 75cl

    USW2

    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 credo of ‘One Family, One Estate, One Passion.’

     

    100% Chardonnay from the Main Ranch vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. The excellent growing season of 2013 has resulted in truly exceptional wines—full of ripe flavours, that are balanced by natural acidity from the cool nights.

     

    Barrel fermented and then aged for 9 months in predominantly French oak, 25% of which is new.

     

    Fruit aromas of white peach and apple with hints of toast and a touch of spice. The palate is fresh and zingy with bright acidity. Ripe apple and pear fruit flavours are backed with lovely tropical and pineapple flavours. A round and creamy mouthfeel finishes with a crisp and clean finish.

    £31.08

  • Merlot 2013, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, 14.8% vol, 75cl

    Merlot 2013, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, 14.8% 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.’

     

    95% Merlot, 4% Malbec & 1% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Estate’s Main Ranch vineyard.

     

    The 2013 growing season was characterised by warm days and cool nights. After fermentation the wine was aged for 18 months in a combination of French, American and Hungarian oak.

     

    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 and leather. The mouthfeel is full and rich, with velvety soft tannins that continue through to the long finish.

    £31.08