WINE AMBASSADOR TASTING NOTES
Donna Walker Cabernet Sauvignon - A classic Cabernet Sauvignon, like a hug from a dear friend. High acidity, plenty of tannins to give it structure, full bodied with plum and black cherry, spice and a long peppery finish. Enjoy with a burger or steak.
Nile Eddy Pinot Noir - A rich and full bodied pinot noir with a lot of fruit, rich with a range of cherry flavors and deep complex finish. Decant to unleash the full potential of this wine. Enough body to stand up to hot dogs, sausage and cheese.
Discoveries Grenache 2019 - This medium bodied win with strawberry, red licorice, clove, nutmeg and cedar with wonderful clarity deliver a nicely balanced wine that would pair with a wide variety of food from cioppino to pizza.
Discoveries Pinot Noir 2018 - Medium bodied pinot with interesting complexity. Earthy notes with plum, cherry, cloves and pepper, hints of dark chocolate and tobacco with grippy tannings and a very long finish. Wonderful with duck, mushrooms, roast chicken.
Nicely layered and textured with dark, brooding berry, vanilla and spice, cedar, black pepper and spice with silky tannings. Great with Greek food - try some keftedes or dolmades with this.
Dark cherry, star anise and crème brûlée nose grabs you, hints of plum and crushed berries give an edge to rich cherry and cardamom, bright and fresh yet excellent structure. Perfect with salmon.
Crisp minerality with pear, pineapple and citrus. Excellent with salads.
Black cherry, plum. Nice full bodied California style pinot noir - long finish. Enjoy with some lean grilled meats and roasted vegetables.
Nose of apple orchard and whiskey barrel, nice mid-pallet acidity with lemongrass and spice. Try with a baked brie.
Dry with great nose of rose and gardenia, notes of strawberry and guava. Excellent with a charcuterie board. Try with zucchini carpaccio.
Blackberry, currant, tobacco and black pepper. Have this with a burger and caramelized onions.
Very light color - jasmine, elderflower and grapefruit. Perfect wine before dinner on a hot summer day. Have with some raw oysters.
Featuring the nearly extinct musque clone from Bordeaux, this white blend features juicy tangerine flavor, orange blossoms and a lovely golden color with a rich mouthfeel and a long finish with hints of granny smith apple. Enjoy with some fruit and cheese or a Waldorf salad.
This complex, sophisticated blend greets you with leather aromas and wild strawberries, a full rich pallet that teases every part of your tongue. Grill some lamb or steak with this.
Start by strolling into a field of honeysuckle blossoms on a warm summer day. You'll find honey butter biscuits with hints of lemon as you explore this unctuous chardonnay. Pair with some goat cheese stuffed dates.
Lots of fresh fruit welcome you to this full bodied cab with flavors of plums, raspberries, chocolate, and black pepper. Very dry, with a structure that really shines when paired with a great ribeye and some sautéed mushrooms. Save some for dessert, when you grill some peaches and top with a dollop of ricotta, some pistachios and a drizzle of honey.
Our Priscilla Sparkling Rose has aromas of fresh fruits - with hints of strawberry, apricot and watermelon on the palate. This fruity sparkling wine has just the right balance of sweetness and acidity. Its pink hue and streams of bubbles make every day a celebration.
Our Hudson Sparkling Brut has a subtle golden color with aromas of green apple and nectarine. On the palate, this Brut has a fresh fruity flavor with a yeasty nuance followed with a lingering, delightful finish. Balanced with native acidity and wonderful effervescence our Hudson Sparkling Brut is perfect for entertaining and celebrating any occasion.
High acidity with peach, quince and marzipan in a crisp, dry wine that's extremely food friendly. Have some with your Thanksgiving dinner.
Initial delicate notes of grapefruit and white flowers lead to rich and creamy flavors of pear and apple. Pleasant acidity with just a hint of sweetness. Serve with antipasti or grilled shrimp with lemon.
Get reach for a ride with this one. Black pepper and spice set you up for intoxicating flavors of cocoa and plum in this opulent Cabernet. A rich mouthful with a finish that seems to go on forever with coffee and chocolate. Grill a steak with a coffee and spice rub and finish with a great piece of chocolate.
An endangered grape with a dark blood red appearance just in time for Halloween. Black licorice and smoke on the nose, a full rich wine with blueberry, plum and cinnamon, supple tannins and a persistent finish.
"ASHLEIGH" - A lovely Moscato in the style of a German Riesling. Creamy and to too sweet with notes of green apple and vanilla. Great with charcuterie - would stand up well to a Thai Curry.
"FREEDOM" - A full bodied with moderate acidity a wonderful rich mouthfeel, papaya and meyer lemon notes. Pairs beautifully with lobster and clams. An unexpected treat with fish and chips.
"MORE THAN MUSE" - Floral notes greet you with this rich salmon hued wine. Strawberry and papaya join with a hint of hibiscus.
"FLYER" White peach notes, slight citrus tings and a hint of pear. An element of perfume and light spice round off a refreshing white wine that, when served cold, is the perfect respite from a hot summer's day.
"KENNETH JONES 111" - A medium to full bodied Cabernet.
"WA DISCOVERIES CABERNET" This complex California Cabernet Sauvignon is a light garnet color nearing ruby. On the nose a brilliant perfume of candied red fruit, red roses, and black leather brace the senses. A hint of green banana melds with notes of anise and orange rind follows. Round and unctuous on the palate are a burst of black cherry, slight medicine chest and dried herbs de Provence. Fine grained tannins meet you at the finish line coupled with a dusting of freshly kneaded dough.
"ANTONIOU" - A big juicy Cab with elegant tannins and nice balance. Hedonistic crowd pleaser with notes of dark berries, black current, cedar and licorice. Enjoy with steak, grilled meats, sausages.
"PARABLES IN WHITE" - Viognier is no easy grape to grow. Until the vines are about 15, they don’t give their best fruit. That’s probably why the grape was heading towards extinction. In 1965 there were only a few acres Viognier in Condrieu. But thank goodness Viognier has been making a comeback. First in the south of France in now in California.
A gift of flowers in perfume. Viognier his aromatic with vibrant floral qualities, sometimes even perfumy. The Viognier part of this wine is crisp, dry and intense.
The traditional home of Chenin Blanc is the Loire valley of France. I really think it’s cool that this bottle represents both Rhône and Loire Valley. This pair of grapes is so easy on the pallet, it’s the perfect starting wine of the evening. And this blend just goes with everything. You have the beautiful floral notes combined with the soft subtle fruits of peach and pear.
"PARABLES IN RED" is intense and complex with deep aromas of dark cherry, blackberry, plum, spice and earthy notes. On the palate, it is rich and powerful capturing an elegant style while offering tiers of dark berry flavors and soft tannins.
The 2017 growing season offered superlative growing conditions with abundant rain at the beginning of the year. Harvest brought lower yields with fruit of excellent quality. Pairs well with a wide range of foods—fruitier versions make a great match with salmon or other fatty fish, roasted chicken or pasta dishes, ideal with duck and other game birds, casseroles or, of course, stews like beef bourguignon.
LAVA VINE PETITE SIRAH
The nose has notes of black berry, tar, and black pepper. You also get hints of the warm earth these grapes grow in. The palate is of tight chewy tannins that fade into mouth watering acidity; black fruit pie and subtle earthiness.
2014 Red Hills Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon
This special blend was created for Morton's Steakhouse ($400 Value) we bought the entire lot and we are including it in all NEW Case Orders as well as (4) Bottle Smartships. Cheers!
This wine is medium dark garnet in color and opens up immediately with dark berries, plums and fresh black cherries. Underneath the initial greeting, layers upon layers of complexity keep coming forward, subtle aromas of anise, dried herbs, raspberries, tar, brown spice, leather fill in the rest of the aromatic profile. The palate follows through with an elegant balance of acidity and drying tannins and from start to finish.
Pairings: The type and complexity of the aromas in this wine along with its balanced palate structure are reminiscent of a fine Bordeaux. This wine would do well paired with red meats of delicate flavor such as herb crusted prime rib roast, sous vide filet mignon and roasted pork tenderloin with rosemary. The acid and tannin structure of this wine will allow this wine to age nicely for several years to come.
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