Mamete Prevostini Sassella Valtellina Superiore 2013
Ancient Peaks Merlot 2014The 2014 Merlot delivers rich black and red fruit aromas with intriguing hints of cedar, mocha and eucalyptus. The palate is juicy and rounded, offering a flavor tapestry of black cherry, raspberry, vanilla and brown spice. Firm tannins and luscious acidity take this Merlot to the next level, finishing with a refined heft that is rooted in its Margarita Vineyard terroir. Pairing: The 2014 vintage appeals to classic Merlot pairings while also holding its own against heavier weight dishes. Recommended matches included pan-seared duck breast, bacon- wrapped filet mignon, grilled veal chops and pasta with savory lamb ragu.
Bodega Noemia de Patagonia A Lisa 2014A dense violet and plum color, with a bouquet of dark berries, cherry, minerals, and cocoa. Medium-bodied with an excellent structure, notes of cherry and cassis; with balanced, persistent tannins. Food Pairing: A flexible wine that can be served by the glass on its own; pairs well with pasta, fish, white meats and red meats.
Jack Ryan Beggars Bush Single Malt Irish Whiskey 12 year oldJack Ryan 'Beggars Bush' Single Malt Irish Whiskey 46% has been aged for 12 years, with no chill filtration, allowing the true flavours of the whiskey to be retained. The whiskey has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels hand-picked by the family themselves, to deliver a unique taste. The golden amber glow and nose of sweet, oaky vanilla, sets you up for a delicious mouthful of silky, honey sweetness with a long, warm-hearted, lingering, spicy finish.
Villa Symposia l'Equilibre 2013Villa Symposia was founded in 2003. The goal is to become more accurate in choosing to develop deep and rich wines, with respect for the authenticity Languedoc.
The Arran Malt Single Malt Scotch Whisky 14 year oldColour: Sunset Copper Nose: Dried fruits, vanilla and toffee up front. With a little water a salty tang appears, with caramelised fruits inidicating a depth of flavour. Palate: An initial burst of brine leads onto warming toffee appleas and hazlenuts. This is followed by dates, chocolate orange and spiced tea cake. The mouthfeel is overwhelmingly rich and weighty. Finish: a A trademark Arran finish with cinnamon spices leading back to where the experience began, with a classic island-style salty wave balancing the sweet-fruit of the palate.
Bertani Secco-Bertani Original Vintage Edition 2012Dark ruby core, red to platinum rim. Bouquet of plum, cocoa powder, cherry cordial. Dried aromatic herbs. Sour cherry palate, black tea and cherry pit. Dusty tannin profile with mid-palate grip and a generous coffee bean finish. Alcohol and acid are moderate and balanced. Good concentration. Pure and linear. Lovely old-vine complexity though it seems youthful at this point. Dry, well-balanced with a pleasing hint of freshness in its lingering finish. Secco-Bertani has been in continuous production for over 150 years and is rightly extolled as the "grandfather" of Veronese wines. Secco-Bertani "Vintage Edition" is our tribute to the past as a way of enriching the present. It is an opportunity to rediscover a time period by taking a leap back to the past. Secco-Bertani created the Verona style of wine-making, well before Amarone and Ripasso, by using the best technology and the best grapes available at the time. That is why Bertani is the only company that can convincingly create a Vintage Edition by drawing inspiration from its own tradition.
von Strasser Rudy Pinot Noir 2013Using some of the finest fog swept Monterey Pinot Noir grown, Rudy's 2013 namesake is a madly tasty wine that's worth checking out before it runs out. Follow us into one of the sweetest spots for Pinot Noir in all of CA, where names like Talbott and Sleepy Hollow helped set the bar fairly high. Go Rudy.
Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2015Color: Ruby red. Bouquet: Red fruit with notes of spices, white pepper and anise. Flavor: Balanced with bright fruit. Pairings: Pairs well with pizza, pastas with simple sauces, sausage, ham, charcuterie and spicy dishes.
Neudorf Vineyards Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2014Without wishing to enter into a neighbourhood debate, we do aim to create Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of maturity. Playing to our regional dfference of cool, ripe fruit and oral characters, supported with fine acidity, we work with a touch of neutral oak and lees complexity to get beyond the land of overwhelming fruit to a place where adults live. The Neudorf house style con nues with the 2014 vintage - dry, but luscious with textural interest and the ability to age. A pastiche of fruits; guava, feijoas, nectarines lifted by Asian notes of lemongrass and kaffir lime against a background of warm crusty bread. Subtle oak handling fills out the palate creating a wine of elegance, intensity and verve. It may be dry but the palate is plump and flows easily. It also ages well, a characteristic not always understood by a market which continues to see Sauvignon as an antipodean version of Beaujolais nouveau. Low cropping fruit from Maggie's Block was fermented in older barrels for added richness, texture and complexity. Living in Nelson, I could say we drink it with those first raw scallops, fresh from the dredge, awash with sea water. But quite simply it is the very best wine with fish and chips, vegetarian foods, and a setting sun.
Eikendal Vineyards Charisma 2013Rhône meets Spain meets Italy! New world, fruit driven, upfront style. Intense fruit on nose which follows through to the pallet. Silky tannins with a hint of sweetness ensure a smooth wine with delicious juicy fruit. Exuding classic violets and spice nuances, the Shiraz lends a clean, fresh structure to the wine, whilst the Petit Verdot adds black fruit, spice and spunk to the blend, and the Sangiovese the final, refined touches with its clean fruit and smack of tomato paste.