Each daybreak, the ocean-cooled California coastal fog slowly rolls into the open valleys, blanketing Pinot Noir vineyards. These small areas across California are the haven for Pinot Noir producers as these unique micro-climate regions produce some of the best Pinot in California. This creates one of the world's finest wine grape growing regions. This elegant, light-bodied Pinot Noir opens with graceful aromas of sweet cherries, strawberries and a slight earthiness, followed by soft flavors of vanilla, light oak and ripe raspberry.
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!
Benessere is Italian for ‘well-being’ and the Benish family named the winery to describe the feeling of life in the Napa Valley. Classic varietal aromas of Bing cherry, a hint of strawberry and fruit leather lead to flavors of piecrust, blackberry and vanilla with a touch of spice on the long finish. This hearty Sangiovese pairs wonderfully with traditional fare such as grilled steak or Portobello mushrooms.
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.
Looking for a wine with immense fruit flavors with a dramatic expression of unique aromatics that will leave you savoring each and every sip? Check out this Pinot Noir from California. One of the more difficult grapes to grow in California, this wine is a shining example of how Pinot can thrive beautifully if grown with special attention to detail.
This Cabernet Sauvignon from Colchagua Valley, Chile is a shining example of how Chilean winemakers are using modern techniques to produce high quality, great tasting Cabernet Sauvignon at an amazing value. Camartina is a produce to continue to watch in the future as its' modern practices and efforts in sustainability puts Camartina on our do not miss list.
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.
This enchanting Napa Valley red blend is dark and seemingly ominous in color. While on the palate, it bursts juicy red fruits with a slightly sweet and sensuous body with a hint of dark espresso chocolate. It's a good kind of hex.
Brace yourself for a harmonious and balanced wine with velvety tannins and ripe black fruit flavors of blackberry and cassi. Licorice and cedar add complexity to a smooth finish producing a drink that's a perfect match for meat and mushrooms.
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.
Inside Tuscany, the winemaking industry has very strict laws about what grapes you can use within a region of Italy, including the amount, and blending composition. To most, this means nothing but to us, we know that when we select wines for our customers, we are ensuring a level that would be expected from wines from this region. But with this, it limits innovation and in the 1970s, winemakers were bursting through the boundaries of blending and were creating wines that would rival many and score extremely well among critics. So in the 1980s, “Super Tuscans” were taking the stage of what would become a wine making revolution in Tuscany. Sangiovese, the principal grape of Tuscany was being blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to create truly dynamic wines. Bigger in color and flavor from normal Tuscan wines, this elegant and enthusiastic red wine has bold cherry and strawberry fruits mixed with plum and a hint of fig. It’s herbaceous, has hints of smoke, earth, tobacco, and is a delight to drink. Gather up some Italian food, good friends and enjoy.
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.
There is nothing more enjoyable than discovering a bold, rich Cabernet at a great value, and that’s exactly what you get with this sumptuous 2013 Pearce Vineyards wine. Medium-bodied and smooth in texture, it features delicious notes of black currant, black cherry, and plum. To be sipped on alongside full-flavored, elegant meat dishes like roasted prime rib or lamb chops.
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.
It’s time to face facts folks, It’s hard to resist a California Cabernet, especially when it’s delicious and at such an amazing value. This is one we are particularly excited about. Bringing you a barrel select vintage from California, this exclusive wine is very very tasty. First off, we recommend opening it and walking way. I know, I know, it’s a difficult thing to do but letting it open up for 30 minutes allows this wine stretch its legs and really show its stuff. First pass with your nose brings enticing aromas ripe cherries, flowers, and cotton candy. After your nose has had its fill of this intriguing blend of aromatic flavors, it’s time take the first sip. Savor bright cherries, cassis, ripe blackberries, that contributes to a mouth feel that is full and pleasing with a smooth, easy going finish. All in all, a great wine for the money. Unfortunately, this wine is in limited quantities so get all the Bear Hug you can get your arms around, while you can.