A beautifully balanced wine that is delicate, soft and approachable yet refreshingly crisp. Fruit takes center stage in both aromas and flavors of meyer lemon, pink grapefruit and peach. Grapes for the Tied Knot Riesling come from one of the first vineyards planted to Riesling in California. This is a wine that pairs well with richly sauced seafood, poultry or fruited rice dishes.
After the stunning success of the earlier vintages of Carma Carménère, the vintners at Carma stepped it up yet again for this next vintage. The grapes used for the impressive 2013 Carma Carménère come from the winery’s estate vineyard in the sector of Palmilla, a region considered by many to be in “the center of gravity” when it comes to Chilean wine. The 10 year-old vines benefit from deep soils that are clay-like and sandy, are trained onto vertical shoot-positioned trellises, and cane pruned. The wine is a violet red color and the aroma is of fresh red fruit—raspberries and cherries—along with notes of herbs and toasted coffee beans. The aromas follow through on the palate with red fruits, spices and bittersweet chocolate. It is an elegant wine with juicy concentration and persistence.
A claret style Zinfandel with full, jammy flavors of blackberry, raspberry, black cherry and wild berry flavors with a hint of black pepper and anise. A nice touch of acidity makes a clean, food friendly finish. Our expert wine panel enjoyed it from appetizers through to dessert and wished they had more.
After two solid days tasting Zinfandels at the annual ZAP festival in San Francisco (the largest gathering of Zinfandel winemakers and enthusiasts in the world), this wine captured our attention immediately – unpretentious, understated and easy drinking. Aromas focus on sweet berry and licorice. Delicate fruit flavors complement the aromas while gentle tannins permit the flavors to shine through a nicely structured texture.
Certainly, when you think of Portuguese wine, the first thing that comes to mind is the signature port. Port is delicious but the layers of Portuguese winemaking are so much deeper than that. Albarrada is a new and exclusive winery that makes amazing wine that showcases local grapes. This red wine (or vinho tinto, in Portuguese) features a local grape, called Castelão. Native to the soils of Portugal, Castelão. It is unusual, finding a better home in the drier and harsher climate of Portugal than the normally more grape friendly soils of temperate climates. When well cared for, the wine that results is aromatic and fruit-forward with notes of red berries and slight hints of floral notes. This profile has made Castelão one of the most beloved grapes of Portugal and this Albarrada is a brilliant representation of the native grape.
Certainly, everyone recognizes that Riesling is a German grape. However, there can be absolutely no denying that the varietal has flourished in Washington State, becoming one of the signature grapes from the state. As one of the leading producers in the region, Hyatt Vineyards can showcase exactly what makes the Riesling of the area so superb. Instantly attractive, the nose is full of fruit, with peach and apricot taking the lead. These flavors continue on the palate, met by the hallmark stone-fruit notes of Riesling. These luscious flavors meet a perfect balance between acidity and sugar to ensure this wine, simply put, stuns. As with many great Rieslings, this wine can be paired beautifully with spicy Asian cuisine, soft cheeses or all by itself, as a great aperitif.
It’s dinner time and Thai food delivery is on its way. You’re really excited for some pad thai and spring rolls. Who wouldn’t be, right? Now it’s time to decide what to enjoy with dinner and an ordinary white wine just simply won’t do. Out of the corner of your eye a shiny blue bottle with a beautiful bird and flower grabs your attention. It’s Redbreast Riesling, an effervescent, slightly sweet, white wine dances with spicy foods such as Thai and Indian like the Argentine Tango. Flavors of peaches, tangerines, and melon along with a light and pleasing finish make this wine an absolute delight. After you’ve finished enjoying this delicious wine you can use the decorative bottle to put flowers in, creating a lasting memory of food and wine together.
This is a sumptuous South African wine that is just right with mild preparations of shellfish, fish or white meats like chicken or veal. The wine’s silky texture also makes it a wonderful match with pâté or dishes featuring butter and cream sauces. Lemon curd and baked red apple aromas greet as you approach the glass and lead to bright lemon, apple and apricot flavors. This is a treat you’ll want to stock up on!
Delicious as an aperitif, but its complexity and verve make this Sonoma County treat a great match with seafood and even pork or rotisserie chicken. From a state-of-the-art, “go-to” winery near the little town of Graton, this crisp yet creamy wine was produced with grapes grown in a heritage vineyard established nearly one hundred years ago. The care and expertise used to create the wine are evident in every sip.
Both Zinfandel and Merlot are popular grapes on their own and this combination with Syrah proves that the sum can be greater than its parts. Concentrated blackberry and cherry aromas are joined by notes of black currant, plum, spice and violet. Fruit forward flavors are accented with a touch of sweet tobacco and spice. A smooth texture and ripe tannins make this wine very food friendly.
Fresh fruit flavors of green apple and citrus follow a bracing, mouthwatering acidity, leading to a clean dry, finish and a refreshing, lingering minerality.
This excellent Portuguese red brings out the best in light meat dishes, such as pork, or flavorful, hard cheeses, such as Italian cow and sheep’s milk cheeses. Dark red in color, with crimson highlights and intense, mature red fruit aromas, the wine’s amazing flavors are nicely structured with a full-bodied elegance, and mature, round tannins, leading to a long, persistent finish.
Chile’s Central Valley (Valle Central in Spanish) is the hot bed of the country’s burgeoning wine industry. The Kiyapura Cabernet is composed of grapes from two of the region’s vineyards. One is right near the gorgeous Maipo River and the other is in the cooler Maule region. The combination of the two vineyards results in a stunningly balanced wine. A bright ruby red, this wine has charming aromas of ripe red fruit and spices like black pepper with maybe even a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied with elegant tannins, there is no mistaking that this is a juicy red. Chocolate and red berries define the palate with a subtle of coffee in the finish. Brilliant.
Exploring the wines of Chile is certainly a great adventure, especially because they are becoming so renowned in the wine world. Chile’s Central Valley (Valle Central in Spanish) is the hot bed of the country’s burgeoning wine industry. The Kiyapura Cabernet-Carmenere is composed of grapes from two of the region’s vineyards. One is right near the gorgeous Maipo River and the other is in the cooler Maule region. The combination of the two vineyards results in a stunningly balanced wine. A bright ruby red, this wine has charming aromas of ripe red fruit and spices like black pepper with maybe even a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied with elegant tannins, there is no mistaking that this is a juicy red. Chocolate and red berries define the palate with a subtle of coffee in the finish. Brilliant.
Argentina has been on a hot streak for more than 10 years now producing incredible wines for an amazing price. More and more people are turning to wines produced in Argentina on a daily basis. Case in point, if you love Chardonnay, our newest find, Viña Antigua Special Selection Chardonnay from Mendoza is perfect for you. A very well balanced wine with the optimal amount of green apple and pear notes with creamy layers and a vibrant but delicate finish that is absolutely pleasing to the senses. Not too oaky, not too buttery, not too acidic, just right.