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CALIFORNIA & OREGON

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  • “Riverbank” Riesling 2015, Wente, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, 13% vol, 75cl

    “Riverbank” Riesling 2015, Wente, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, 13% vol, 75cl

    USW4

    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.

     

    Riverbank Riesling is from the Arroyo Seco region which is within the Salinas Valley and the Monterey Appellation. Created by the flow of the Arroyo Seco river as it spills down from the Santa Lucia Mountains, this funnel-shaped region appears at the edge of steep slopes where the river has cut a deep ravine, forming an imposing riverbank. On the southern edge of this ravine, Riesling flourishes in the deep rocky soils.

     

    The grapes were cold fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain their natural vibrancy and the wine then aged in stainless steel tanks.

     

    Harvested from our estate grown vineyards in Arroyo Seco Monterey, our Riverbank Riesling gracefully walks the line between the old-world Germanic style and the supple, fruit forward styles of the New World. Balancing the slight sweetness with ample acidity is the key to each vintage. We cold ferment this wine in stainless steel tanks to retain and express Riesling’s beautiful floral and tropical notes.”

    - Karl D. Wente, Fifth Generation Winemaker

    £14.94

  • “Morning Fog” Chardonnay 2017, Wente Vineyards, Livermore Valley, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Morning Fog” Chardonnay 2017, 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

  • “Sandstone” Merlot 2015, Wente Vineyards, Livermore Valley, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Sandstone” Merlot 2015, 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

  • “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

  • “Wild Boy” Chardonnay 2016, Santa Barbara County, Au Bon Climat, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Wild Boy” Chardonnay 2016, 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 well balanced.

     

    “Wild Boy” is made in a full, rich style 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”

    £28.02

  • Pinot Noir 2016, Santa Maria Valley, Au Bon Climat, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Pinot Noir 2016, 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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    £30.00

  • “Mount Jefferson Cuvée” Pinot Noir 2016, Cristom Vineyards, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Mount Jefferson Cuvée” Pinot Noir 2016, Cristom Vineyards, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    USR10

    Cristom Vineyards was founded in the early 1990’s by Paul & Eileen Gerrie. Today the estate is run by their son Tom and daughter Christine with Steve Doerner the chief winemaker.

     

    The four estate Pinot Noir vineyards – Eileen, Jessie, Louise and Marjorie, named after Gerrie family matriarchs – each possess natural variances in soil, elevation and aspect.

     

     

    The Mount Jefferson Cuvée is named after the 2nd-tallest peak in all of Oregon; the mountain itself was named in honour of President Thomas Jefferson.

     

     

    Made from a blend of fruit from each of the estate vineyards, the wine has lovely red and black fruit aromas and smokey notes on the nose. The palate is full and rounded with layers of ripe black and red fruit flavours mixed with spice and hints of classic Pinot “forest floor”.

    £34.68

  • “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

     

     

     

     

    £46.92

  • “Lytton Springs” 2016, Ridge Vineyards, Sonoma County, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    “Lytton Springs” 2016, Ridge Vineyards, Sonoma County, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    In 1972, Ridge made its first Lytton Springs from vines planted on the eastern half of the vineyard at the turn of the century. Both the eastern and western portions of the vineyard were purchased in the early 1990s, and Lytton Springs, in Sonoma County, became part of the Ridge Estate in 1991. The vineyard is planted to Zinfandel and its principal complementary varietals.

     

    The 2016 Lytton Springs is 69% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignan & 2% Mataró (Mourvèdre).

     

    The sustainably farmed, hand-harvested estate-grown grapes were destemmed and crushed. Fermentation was with native yeasts, followed by full malolactic. Ageing was for 14 months in American oak barrels – 15% new, the balance 1-5 years old.

     

    Winemakers tasting note:

     

    Complex aromas of vanilla, raspberry and black pepper. Full bodied with firm acidity, focused blackberry fruit and an elegant lingering finish.

    £46.92