World Classics Club 6-Pack Mixed
Enjoy these 6 delicious selections hand picked by the Wine Insiders Expert Tasting Panel. As a added bonus, receive a wooden-handled waiter's corkscrew with your shipment.
Center Cut Merlot
2004 marked a decline in Merlot sales so impactful, some vineyards in California had to stop remove the vines and plant something new in its place. The reason, it's easy to speculate but a lot of industry people believe in the power of pop culture to drive sales and when the character in the movie "Sideways" said he wasn't drinking anymore Merlot, well lets just say people listened. What people don't realize that Merlot is an amazing grape that is the staple in some of the world's finest wines, if Bordeaux has taught us a thing or two. California Merlot is back on the rise and we found a new one from Central California that is a cut above the rest. An incredibly versatile wine, Center Cut Merlot offers up rich aromas of dried fig, black currant, and cinnamon. Flavors of anise, licorice, and blackberry jam dominate the palate with notes of clove and caraway
Alta Max Cabernet Sauvignon
Alta is a native Spainish and Portugese word for High and the name is fitting. This wine is crafted from grapes that grow high in elevation in high-altitude vineyards in western Mendoza, the heart of Argentine winemaking. Balance, deep intense red, with round and persistent tannins that leaves you wanting more. In the mouth one can perceive green peppers, spices and ripe red fruits. Ideal to accompany red or game meats like deer, rabbit and boar.
Sierra Trails Old Vine Zinfandel
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.
Hamilton Estates Chardonnay
Innovation and a curious spirit guide many different approaches to winemaking, but for the Napa winemaker, the goal is always quality over quantity. Blending grapes from different vineyards means being able to make a wine of greater complexity. Another way to create a unique, distinctive wine is to focus on a single place or single vineyard. Winemakers in Napa Valley have become famous for doing both. Golden color, aromas of guava and pear with hints of orange blossoms. The palate is full bodied and rich and balanced; the delicious fruit forward mouth feel is complex but structured and solid structure. A pleasure to enjoy young, it will age and develop gracefully for several years.
Granite Ridge Chenin Blanc
Chenin Blanc is a French grape that also is likely to have been one of the very earliest planted in South Africa, centuries ago. Combine the history of the grape in the country with Granite Ridge’s knack for making tasty wine, and you’ve got a surefire winner. Chenin Blanc is extremely versatile and can be used for just about everything in the white wine spectrum. However, it is hard to argue with Granite Ridge’s use of it to create their lively and fruity dry version. The fruit that is present on the palate tastes of pears and is joined with flavors of sherbet and even a hint of flintiness. The fresh fruit flavor lingers and the finish is notable for a hint of lime and minerality that leave the imbiber refreshed. Truly a great wine to be had any day you like, it is easily enjoyed outdoors with a salad or appetizer of your choice.
Chocolate Box Chardonnay
We love the idea of wines that change our perceptions. Most people think of Chardonnay as a buttery, oaked, luscious wine. Not this Chardonnay. This wine is lighter, refreshing, and fun that goes with food or to sip at a cocktail party. It’s a have your cake and eat it too mentality that we can’t help but respect from Rocland Wine Company who produces these fantastic Chocolate Box Wines. This is Chardonnay for the non-Chardonnay drinkers. It screams possibilities, and I have to think that if you blind tasted the die-hard Chardonnay fans in your wine circle, they would love it too. A blend of fruit from California Central Coast, this wine has a nice vibrancy about it, and juicy notes of apricots and pears. It’s perfect for those summertime dishes like seared ahi tuna salads and tequila lime chicken.
Included in your Wine Insiders introduction shipment, a $14.95 value.