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CALIFORNIA & OREGON

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  • “Mount Jefferson Cuvée” Pinot Noir 2017, Cristom Vineyards, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Mount Jefferson Cuvée” Pinot Noir 2017, 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

  • 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

  • “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.

    £47.52

  • “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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, 14% vol, 75cl

    Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, 14% vol, 75cl

    USR13

    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.’

     

    Trefethen’s Cabernet Sauvignon vines are planted in gravelly soils in the northwestern quadrant of their estate vineyard.  These well-drained soils, combined with limited yields, produce Cabernet Sauvignon fruit with bright and complex flavours.

     

    84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc & 3% Petit Verdot from the Main Ranch vineyard.

     

    Deep purple in colour, the wine has fruit driven aromas of plum, cherry and a hint of bay leaf. The palate is rich and concentrated with flavours of red fruits, all spice and vanilla.

     

     

    £48.60

  • “Dragon’s Tooth” 2016, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, 14.6% vol, 75cl

    “Dragon’s Tooth” 2016, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, 14.6% vol, 75cl

    USR16

    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.’

     

    47% Malbec, 27% Petit Verdot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon & 3% Merlot, Dragon’s Tooth” is a reminder of the Trefethen family’s Welsh origins with the red dragon of Wales on the label. The wine is from new plantings of Malbec and Petit Verdot from the rockiest part of the vineyard.

     

     

    This powerful blend is almost completely opaque in appearance with a nose full of sweet fruit (cherry and blueberries) with hints of cinnamon and smoky spice. The palate is very big and soft with warm spice and toasty oak flavours giving way to a long, chocolatey finish. Malbec brings a mix of fruits, Petit Verdot adds colour and structure,  Cabernet Sauvignon offers dark fruits and elegance & a splash of Merlot gives a bit of fleshy roundness to balance the Malbec.

     

     

    A wine that definitely needs to be decanted or given several hours to “breathe” before drinking.

    £48.60

  • Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Ridge Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Ridge Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    From the famous Monte Bello Vineyard, this is the “baby brother” to Ridge “Monte Bello” and the wine that, until 2008, was called “Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet”.

     

    The Monte Bello vineyard, situated a mere 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean, sits at an altitude of 2,600 ft, high up in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, California’s coolest Cabernet producing area.

     

    77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot & 2% Cabernet Franc from between fifteen of twenty estate parcels.   The oldest vines date back to 1949 with further plantings in 1968/9, 1972, 1982, 1987/8, 1990, 1995, 1997/8 and 2008. 

     

    The grapes were de-stemmed, and carefully sorted before being fermented using the native yeasts. The wine was pressed after six days. Natural malolactic was initiated in tank and finished in barrel with additional 16 weeks of lees contact.

     

    The wine was aged for 17 months in American oak barrels – 35% new wood, the balance 1-3 year old wood.
    Winemakers tasting note:

     

    Opaque purple in colour. Aromas of cassis, blueberry, cola, liquorice and sweet oak. Ripe blackberry fruit on entry, full bodied, rich textures, exotic spices and toasted oak. Complex long finish. Enjoyable now, this excellent vintage will reach full maturity within fifteen years.

     

    Eric Baugher – winemaker at Ridge

     

    £65.58