2013 Moniker Estates Mendocino County Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ml Wine
Manufacturer: Moniker Estates Brand: Moniker Estates
Moniker Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant wine showcasing three clones â€“ 4, 337 and 191 â€“ from Ukiah Valleyâ€™s finest southwestern exposed sites. From maceration to fermentation, we worked to preserve the wineâ€™s tannic backbone: cold soaking the grapes for two days, pumping over the cap, and briefly leaving some of the lots on the skins for greater extraction. We chose a Languedoc yeast strain prized for delivering optimum fore-mouth volume while retaining varietally correct flavors, then blended in a touch of Petite Sirah for power and Cabernet Franc for a lacing of tobacco. French oakâ€™s unique propensity to gather complex flavors over time harmonizes with the secondary tones this Cabernet Sauvignon will develop with age.
2013 Moniker Estates Mendocino County Pinot Noir 750 ml Wine
Manufacturer: Moniker Estates Brand: Moniker Estates
Moniker Pinot Noir is a big, dark-hued wine sourced from three cool-climate Mendocino County vineyards, each imparting their own flavors: earth from Anderson Valley, intense berry from Redwood Valley and rhubarb and potpourri from Potter Valley. We fermented a portion of the grapes in macro-bins, punching down by hand for wine of high color and intensity to contrast with the savory nature of pumped-over tank lots. A German yeast strain supported the wineâ€™s dark fruit profile while native yeasts contributed bright fruit and forest floor aromatics. Malolactic fermentation and the boldness of American oak lend sumptuousness and spice to this strong and expressive vintage.
2013 Raymond Reserve Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Wine 750 mL
2012 Albertina Cabernet Sauvignon Gold Medal Winner Grand Reserve 750 mL Wine
Manufacturer: Albertina Wine Cellars Brand: Albertina Wine Cellars
The fruit was hand-picked when ripe, and immediately taken to the winery for crushing. The berries were bursting with flavor. What a harvest! Wine is full of fruit flavors! Tastes of dark plums,black cherries, anise and cloves.Hints of vanilla and nutmeg. Soft tannins with a long finish. One of our best vintages!
2015 House of Independent Producers HIP Cabernet Sauvignon 750 mL
Manufacturer: Hedges Family Estate Brand: House of Independent Producers
2014 was warm early and stayed warm until harvest, the hottest since 1998. Ripe and the Brix that go with it were no problem this vintage and it was very fast, short growing season. Heat began early and remained constant which helped plants and fruit clusters acclimate to the extreme heat. With nights still cooling berry shrivel and raisining was nonexistent. With little to no rainfall throughout the year mildew problems were of no concern. One problem for wine makers was the early ripening of all varieties which made it challenging for harvesting grapes at their optimum. However, our long term relationships with our growers and vigilant testing (and the earlier than usual picking that went with it), helped us to pick grapes at their optimum.
2013 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750mL
Manufacturer: Louis M. Martini Winery Brand: Louis M. Martini Winery
Conditions throughout the 2013 growing season in the Napa Valley were excellent, making for yet another classic vintage. A timely bud break and steady flowering were followed by even fruit set and a lengthy season of warm days and cool nights. Dry weather throughout the growing season made for excellent harvest conditions, allowing fruit to be picked at optimal maturity and balance.
2014 Naked Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Washington 750 mL Wine
Manufacturer: Naked Winery Brand: Naked Winery
A warm spring and summer with no heat spikes produced an early vintage and we were blessed with no significant rain at harvest. There was little to no disease pressure and alcohol levels remained moderate allowing for flourishing intense flavors. In the end, we think this will go down as a great year for Washington wine.
2013 Eighteen Miles Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 750ml
Manufacturer: GrapeSeed Wine Fund Brand: Eighteen Miles
The Russian River Valley appellation is famous for the fog that creeps in from the Pacific Ocean through the Petaluma Wind Gap and the river channel, lowering temperatures and extending the growing season. This Pinot Noir comes from an area along Westside Road, which runs parallel to the Russian River for a stretch. Vines here take deep root in alluvial Arbuckle and gravelly loam soils and develop fruit of concentrated varietal character. We harvested grapes for this wine before dawn to keep the fruit as cool as possible; in the cellar, a four-day cold soak extracted their delicate aromas and color. Fermentation took place in small bins, with manual punchdowns. The wine aged four 14 months in 100% French oak (1/3 new, 1/3 one-year old, 1/3 2-years old). The 2013 growing season in Russian River Valley got off to an early start and remained slightly ahead of schedule throughout the mild summer. The great weather lasted into harvest, and Pinot Noir came in with perfectly balanced fruit and acidity.
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