Italy : Umbria : Montefalco : Cerrete
The Cerrete vineyard is perhaps the greatest combination of height and exposition in the appellation. The soil is similar to “Vigneto Pagliaro”, the other prime source of Sagrantino grapes for the estate, but the higher elevation and location above the cooler valley situation of Pagliaro mean the microclimate for Cerrete is a few degrees warmer, with slightly lower humidity. Fermentation begins naturally after a 45-day maceration, then the wine spends a year in steel tanks, before resting for 43 months in large oak barrels. The resulting wine is intense in nearly every aspect, with a deep violet color, robust tannins, and power that announces itself from the first aromas through the persistent finish. Despite all of this intensity, the wine is not heavy, as the terroir provides lift and elegance that enchants the senses. Only 3933 bottles were produced.
SPAIN : GALICIA : RIBEIRA SACRA
MEDIUM BODIED, RED FRUIT, FLORAL, LIGHT, BRIGHT, NEUTRAL OAK
A hauntingly aromatic, pure, and delicately sculpted wine. Finely detailed fruit on the nose that recall wild cherry tinged with blood orange and wild herbs. On the palate, it’s lucid and tender and finishes long.
FOOD PAIRING: Poultry & Pork
FRANCE : SOUTHWEST : VIN DE PAYS DES COTES DE GASCOGNE
50% Merlot, 50% Tannat
MD-FULL BODIED, RED FRUIT, SPICE, SOFT TANNINS, BAKING SPICE, NO OAK
SPAIN : PRIORAT
50% Garnacha, 50% Samso
FULL BODIED, RED/BLACK FRUIT, SUPPLE, OAK PRESENT
Exotic, sweet, floral black cherry fruit nose. Lovely supple, sweet, smooth palate showing ripe black fruits with good definition and silky tannins.
FOOD PAIRING: Braised Meats & Barbeque
California : Mendocino County
MEDIUM-BODIED, EARTH, RASPBERRY, COCA-COLA, BLACK TEA, SOLID, OAK
Dry farmed vines from this remotely located vineyard in Mendocino produce lively and youthful wines. Earthy aromas with herbal undertones integrate with berries on the nose. Fabulously new world, the palate is bursting with fruit and great acid. Mouth puckering lengthy finish.