The long growing season and Mediterranean climate of California are highly attractive growing conditions which allow the grapes to reach optimal ripeness. During fermentation we carefully extract the soft, silky tannins and rich color from the grapes. Aged on oak for close to a year which heightens the richness and complexity of the wine.
2014 Palmina Santa Barbara County Red Dolcetto 750mL Wine
"Dolcetto" translates to "little sweet one"- not because it is a sweet wine (it is perfectly dry) - because it is a friendly and easy-going grape to work with and so pleasurable in the glass. Even Dolcetto's hue speaks to its easy going nature, with a deep and bright ruby color inviting a sip. The nose is spicy and very berry, with a hint of spice mingling with blackberry aromas that waft from the glass.
We enjoyed a beautiful vintage in 2013 with consistent sunshine and moderate temperatures that grapes love. After a wet start to winter in 2012, spring was warmer than usual, triggering an early bud break and flowering and fruit set under sunny skies. With only one heat spike in late June/early July, Napa's typical warm days and cool nights produced healthy vines. We started harvesting about two weeks early than usual and never seemed to stop with grapes coming in at a steady pace.
Manufacturer: Columbia Winery
Brand: Columbia Winery
The second consecutively warm vintage in a row for Washington, 2014 had record-breaking heat in many parts of the Columbia Valley AVA. These increased temperatures led to an early harvest by about two weeks across the valley. We are particularly excited about our reds for this vintage, as we've seen soft tannins and ripe fruit flavors with a crisp acidity in these wines.
2013 Paul Dolan Vineyards Pinot Noir Mendocino County Potter Valley 750 mL Wine
Manufacturer: Mendocino Wine Co
Brand: Paul Dolan Vineyards
The vineyards that produce this Pinot Noir are located on the remote, southwestern outskirts of the Mendocino National Forest. Here the soils are rich and deep, imparting flavors that hint at the nearby wilderness. Medium-bodied, this wine is a harmonious blend of flavors: wild berries, luscious cherries, and the spicy vanilla of toasted oak. This wine is the unique expression of a carefully nurtured piece of land, made manifest in each bottle. We do without conventional pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, treating the soil as a living, life-giving system. Our winegrowing practices create special wines, while sustaining the integrity of the fruit.
2013 Robert Mondavi Winery Pinot Noir Reserve Carneros Napa Valley 750 mL Wine
Manufacturer: Robert Mondavi Winery
Brand: ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY
Another record harvest, 2013 saw consistently beautiful weather leading to optimal ripeness in what is being called an 'epic' year. There was almost no rainfall from January through March, bringing an earlier than usual budbreak. April provided a few small rainstorms to quench the vines, and warm weather followed. With just one heat spike in late June and early July, the growing season provided weather for optimal flavor development in the grapes resulting in an early and healthy harvest. The special selection of grapes for this Reserve wine were harvested between August 31st and September 7th.