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Featured Wine

The Prisoner – Napa Valley, California

the-prisonerThis month’s featured wine is The Prisoner from Napa Valley, California. According to the Prisoner Wine Company, this red blend is based on the “mixed blacks” made by Italian immigrant wine makers in the early days of Napa Valley.

The Winemaker notes include:

“…enticing aromas of Bing cherry, dark chocolate, clove, and roasted fig. Persistent flavors of ripe raspberry, boysenberry, pomegranate, and vanilla linger…”

The vineyard claims to have started a Napa Valley trend with this unique blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Charbono.
The Prisoner features a piece of art taken from Francisco Goya’s “The Disasters of War” engravings. If you’re in the mood for something new and exciting, consider The Prisoner!

 

Carlo & Sylvia Piemonte Brachetto

carlo-sylviaOur featured wine for July is 100% Brachetto, an Italian red wine grape from the north western Piedmont region. Brachetto may be still frizzante (lightly sparkling).

Carlo & Sylvia Piemonte Brachetto

Wine Maker Tasting Notes

“Floral and musky notes – with light nuances of forest fruits. Sweet, aromatic and balanced in the mouth, with an enjoyable savoury finish.”

Carlo & Sylvia Piemonte Brachetto is frizzante. The winemakers suggests serving Carlo & Sylvia Piemonte Brachetto as an apertif or with desserts and fruit.

We also have a Carlo & Sylvia Mosacto D’asti, a sparkling white wine, native to the same region. If you’re a dessert wine fan, Mosacto D’asti is a wine to consider.

 

Protea Dry Rosé & Cabernet Sauvignon

proteaFor June we’re featuring a pair of wines from South Africa’s Protea Wines, Dry Rosé and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Protea Dry Rosé is made of 63% Mourvedre, 20% Shiraz, 16% Cinsault, 1% Grenache from South Africa’s Darling, Swartland and Wellington regions.

The vineyard describes Protea Dry Rosé  as:

“a vivacious mouthful of juicy strawberry and cherry flavor.”

Protea Cabernet Sauvignon is described by the winemaker’s as:

“A beautiful deep ruby…immediately shows aromatic notes of blackberry, espresso and spice. On the palate the wine is full and juicy.”

Both of these Protea wines come in beautiful clear glass bottles with frosted artwork. Visit the Protea Wines website for ideas on making use of the bottle when you’re finished.

Summer Rosés

bertrand-hecht-roseOur featured wine for May is a pair of fantastic Rosés, perfect for Summer.

From France, we have Hecht and Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016. If you’re familiar with this wine, the winemaker describes the 2016 vintage as having a more “elegant balance” and lower ABV.

If you’re new to Hecht and Bannier’s Rosés, know that with each vintage, they set out to create a wine that is “pale, fruity and round, soft and well balanced.”

Decanter awarded Hecht and Bannier Rosé 2016 a rating of 92 points.

The second of this month’s pair of Rosés, also from France, is Gerard Bertrand Côtes de Rosé.

Gerard Bertrand’s Rosé is a work of art, both inside and out.Turn the bottle over and you’ll discover an intricate rose design in the glass. A unique and elegant touch.

Inside is a Rosé the winemaker describes as “big and fresh and fruity”.

Rosé Wines for April 2018

We’re excited to feature a nice selection of Rosé Wines for April 2018.

Rosatello Rosé – California’s R0satello specializes in sweet wines. They describe their Rosé as a “sweet blush wine with its tempting aromas of pomegranates and red currants.”

Elouan Rosé – This Rosé comes from Oregon, and is made from grapes collected up and down the Oregon coast. According to the winemaker, this variety provides an “intensity of fruit flavor, structure and a fresh vibrant acidity.”

Lobetia Rosé – This organic Rosé comes from Spain, made with organic grapes from the Dominio de Punctum estate, which uses an advanced biodynamic growing practice. The winemaker claims a gentle filtration helps to “keep all natural aromas and characteristics of the grape and vine.”

Dark Horse Rosé – This California Rosé  is made from Grenache, Barbera, Pinot Grigio, Tempranillo and Zinfandel. Dark Horse claims this Rosé  holds up well with a variety of foods, including backyard BBQs.


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Cantine San Marco ‘Romae’ Roma Rosso

Roma-wineOur featured wine for March comes from the Roma Region of Italy – Cantine San Marco ‘Romae’ Roma Rosso. Like most Roma wines, ‘Romae’ is a blend, made from 80% Montepulciano and 20% Sangiovese.

The wine maker describes Romae as “Intense ruby red,” with a “wide bouquet..and dry, round and persistent” flavor.

Cantine San Marco ‘Romae’ Roma Rosso consistently scores high with critics and fans alike. If you’re a fan of Italian wine, or just curious about Montepulciano grapes, consider giving this excellent wine a try, available in our Highly Recommended section.

 

Finca Sophenia 2016 Reserve Malbec

sopheniaOur featured wine for February, Finca Sophenia 2016 Reserve Malbec, comes from Argentina’s Mendoza Province.

The region is known for Malbec, and Finca Sophenia have reserved a special section of their vineyard for raising carefully selected Malbec clones from around the region.

Decanter awards Finca Sophenia 2016 Reserve Malbec 96 points, describing it as:

“Intense aromas of floral-tinged black cherry and blueberry fruit, with a beautiful length of elegance and herbal and floral black fruit on the palate.”

If you’re a fan of Malbec, or fine wines in general, this one to consider.

 

2015 Austin Hope Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

AustinHopeThe Hope family began growing grapes in the Paso Robles region of California in 1978. Charles Hope would go on to become one of the area’s top grape producers. Austin grew up amongst the grapes, and moved the family into winemaking in 1995.

According to Austin Hope, the picturesque terrain of Paso Robles present the ideal conditions for growing Cabernet. The wine maker describes their 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon as:

“…A big, powerful, modern-styled wine layered with heaps of juicy blackberry and cherry fruit, while nuances of cedar, clove, nutmeg and vanilla bean round out the long smooth finish. It’s full-bodied and rich, balanced by fresh acidity and firm, polished tannins.”

If you’re a fan of Cabernet, or just fine California wines, consider giving this one a try.

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