As the country’s most esteemed wine region, Mendoza commands a certain level of high expectation for quality. The bar is set quite high, similar to wines from Napa here in the United States. Thankfully, the Encantadora easily clears the bar and helps set the standard for what Argentinian Malbecs should be. Malbec is Argentina’s signature grape because of the amazing flavors the combination of the Argentine terroir and the natural characteristics of the fruit express. This particularly enthralling Malbec features fresh fruit flavors of blackberries, cherries and ripe plums. The Malbec is lightly oaked which adds a toasty vanilla undertone to the wine. The tannins are nice and round and help contribute to a lingering finish. A simply enjoyable, easy drinking Malbec.
Spain is the definitive source for top notch Tempranillo in the world. Despite being grow in other regions internationally, it is here in Spain, where the unique characteristics of this wine shine bright. This thick skinned black grape, which makes up 100% of Buscado Tempranillo, has flavors of dark fruit, plum, vanilla and fresh herbs in this easy to drink selection. We recommend opening this wine and coming back an hour later as aeration greatly improves the aromatics.
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.
Maule Valley in Central Chile possesses some of the country’s oldest vineyards. So it is safe to say that this region in ingrained with winemaking traditional and experience with red wines being held in the highest regard. Currently undergoing a winemaking renaissance, we are seeing wines of increasing quality and that are stylistically innovative. Qapay Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine with concentrated dark berry flavors with an herbaceous vibe. If you haven’t explored much with the regions of Chile and are looking for a exciting new wine to try, you should start here with this Reserve level Cabernet from Qapay.
Inspired by a memorable vacation along the wine roads in France with guide Peter Bellchambers, celebrated landscape architect, artist and bon vivant, a top California winemaker created this rich and jammy red wine. Petite Sirah is known for ripe fruit wines with flavors of dense plum, blackberry, with spicy notes and a full tannin structure. Bellchambers is no exception and this wine adds to the standard of the beloved Petite Sirah with added notes of coffee and white pepper, making this wine an perfect accompaniment to the grilling and barbecue enthusiast in us all.
Chateau Beau-Puits is a 35 acre property located in the Entre-Deux-Mers region of France and is home to the Tarride Family, the winemaking team behind this traditional Bordeaux wine. The 35 year old vines located on the property of this Château produce a red wine with a velvety easy-to-drink quality that is perfect for wine lovers who covet wines from this region. A traditional Bordeaux Blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, Château Beau-Puits flaunts full fruit aromas with flavors of ripe cherries, fresh herbs, and hints of fresh mint accompanied by round tannins. The Tarride family is one a permanent quest for quality and value which shows whole-heartedly in this 2013 vintage.
Among the many grapes that originate from France, two come to mind that have been known to craft stunning wines. Malbec has a dark, rustic nature and Merlot with its fruit forward, soft, and herbaceous character are two wines, that when put together, craft a unique wine flavor. Cuvèe Joëlle is a perfectly balanced blend of Malbec and Merlot fusing flavors of red plum, raspberry, blackberry, vanilla and fresh herbs. This wine is meant to be paired with fun and exciting dishes like bacon-wrapped blue cheese stuffed dates, pungent cheeses, and bacon blue cheese burgers.
Check out a wine with big, ripe blackberry aromas joined by concentrated flavors of plum, currant, and berry with just a hint of toasty oak. This wine features all the signatures of a stylish Cabernet Sauvignon. Gentle tannins carry fruit flavors through to a clean, crisp finish.
River's End offers rich blackberry and cherry aromas with ripe fruit flavors complemented by hints of spice and vanilla from integrated oak. A Merlot that's a perfect choice for grilled portabello mushrooms, grilled chicken or ribs and a nice partner for tomato based pasta dishes. You'll want to stock up on this one!
Coming to us from some of the oldest Zinfandel plantings in California, the Sierra Trails Old Vine Zinfandel is a complex wine offering aromas of ripe berry, dried plum and red currants. These remarkable fragrances are echoed in the flavoring where a hint tobacco, black pepper spice and sweet oak lifts the fruit and carry them through a lingering finish.
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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.
Who says Merlot isn't enjoyable? We think quite the contrary. When this iconic grape is crafted correctly it produces very delicious results. Now this textbook Merlot comes with a twist as 5% Cabernet Sauvignon is blended in, to round out the wine and provide very enjoyable soft tannins and smooth finish. Luscious fruit of plum and black cherry, with a pinch of fresh herbs round out the flavor profile. Because of its soft tannins and luscious fruit, Merlot is a delicious wine that’s food-friendly or can be savored by itself. It works with many types of meat or fowl, such as roast turkey or chicken, grilled blackened salmon, pasta with meat sauces, pork, grilled vegetables or a steak salad.
The region of Puglia makes up the “heel” and “back of the boot” region of Italy. It is here that the Sangiovese grapes share much of the spotlight like it does in Tuscany. With unlimited coastal access, the warm Southern Italian sun and cool breezes throughout the day and night, produce balanced grapes that have big fruit and light. This combination is perfect for the acids of the tomato-centric cuisine of Puglia. Pastas, pizza, you name it. It works well. Val di botte Sangiovese flaunts flavors of red currant, raspberry, and aromatics reminiscent of potpourri and elements of clay. We recommend decanting for 30 minutes or so to lets the flavors evolve.
There is absolutely no doubt that Alex Dale’s premium label Radford Dale is the best range of wines in South Africa. And the amazing thing about Alex is that no matter the price, Alex wants to be sure that every bottle of wine you open is a value. This is equally true with the premium Radford Dale wines as with his more inexpensive offerings. With a single sip, you’ll see that with his Radford Dale Shiraz accomplishes this noble goal very well. Coming from the beautiful Stellenbosch region (South Africa’s equivalent of Napa Valley), the fruit for this wine is expertly cultivated and handpicked by the expert team at the Winery of Good Hope. Their hard work, as usual, pays off. With this Shiraz, they aim to combine Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere to make a Shiraz that is truly the best of both worlds. It has the classic spicy and peppery Shiraz notes and firm, ripe tannins, fresh acidity and persistent minerality. This Shiraz has power, backbone and fruit with just enough restraint. Another magnificent wine from Radford Dale.
A dedication to quality from the vineyard to the bottle is reflected in this “growers lot” wine from the central California winemakers of Kalder. Served with your favorite roasts or slow-simmered meat dishes, this bold, rich treat will add a special touch to everyday dining or your most important occasions. Deep purple in color, its aromas and flavors of ripe plum and wild berry are carried by soft tannins through a clean, flavorful finish.