Grove Mill Pinot Noir Marlborough 2009
The grapes for this wine are hand harvested from Grove Mill's vineyards in Marlborough. Fermentation on skins is conducted in closed stainless steel tanks with pump-overs. Pre- and post ferment maceration is practised, as well as partial barrel fermentation to build complexity. This Pinot Noir is of a lighter style with more elegance. It is characterised by dark berry fruits, violets and mocha chocolate. It has attractive tannins, good weight and length with an excellent structure.
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The first US brand developed by the Taub family, owners of leading importer Palm Bay International, Au Contraire represents the family’s return to their roots in the California wine business. This charming French expression, Au Contraire, was used often by Palm Bay’s beloved founder David S. Taub, usually preceding an insight that took a turn from conventional wisdom. President & CEO Marc D. Taub fittingly adopted his father’s favorite saying to embody a new project that takes Palm Bay in a somewhat unexpected and exciting direction: domestic wines. After decades of bringing gems from around the globe to American consumers, Au Contraire is the debut new release from the Taub Family Vineyards selections. This new domestic portfolio is designed to complement Palm Bay’s renowned import selection, and exemplify a commitment to developing outstanding wines from key California appellations. Au Contraire comes from California’s prestigious Sonoma Coast AVA. With over 2,000 acres of vineyards, this appellation extends from San Pablo Bay in the south to the border with Mendocino County in the north. With most vineyards located above fog line, a cool climate and beneficial rainfall levels, it is an ideal growing area for fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Production Area This wine is a blend of Sonoma Coast vineyards from Sebastopol, CA to the new Fort-Ross Seaview AVA overlooking the Pacific. Th¬e full spectrum of Pinot Noir clones are represented in this wine. Older traditional California selections such as Martini, 2A, and Pommard are complemented by the more recently available Dijon clones (115, 667, 777), as well as low vigor selections from the Swan and Calera vineyards. Grape Varieties 100% Pinot Noir Vinification Fruit was rigorously hand sorted and fully destemmed with no crushing. Moderate cold soaks (4-5 days), warm fermentations (85-90° F) with mostly native yeasts, with minimal punchdowns. Total skin contact ranged from 11-18 days with all fermentations carefully basket pressed and put into barrel on their lees for malolactic fermentation. Racking was minimal. The wine is aged for 12 months in 100% French oak barrels (35% new). Color Brilliant ruby Bouquet Layers of cherry, raspberry and plum with a hint of violet are surrounded by subtle spice Taste An elegant and silky mouthfeel with fine-grained tannins and firm acidity showcase the wine’s ripe red fruit. Alcohol 13.8% Serving Suggestions Pairs well with grilled and roasted meats such as lamb, pork, poultry, duck and light sauces, or with delicate cheeses.
Arrogant Frog is an estate-bottled wine from the Languedoc region of southern France. Like its creator, winemaker Jean-Claude Mas, (aka the Humble Vintner), this wine is proud to assert its Mediterranean origin. Generations of the Mas family have tended to vineyards and made wine in the Languedoc region, and over the years, their wines have retained their vibrancy and refined charm. The wine is sealed with a dependable screw cap to preserve freshness and youthful appeal. Arrogant Frog delivers exceptional quality for the price and is confident of its ability to impress. Production Area Made from 14-year-old vines in the Languedoc region of France, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Hérault Valley. The vineyards are managed with respect for the ecological environment, “agriculture raisonnée." Grape Varieties 100% Pinot Noir Vinification De-stemmed grapes are vinified separately. Skin contact at 10°C for three days. Skin contact at 10 °C for 3 days prior to 6 days fermentation at 24/26°C with daily pumping over followed by a 9 day maceration. Only the first presses are reincorporated into the wine. 50% of the blend is aged in new oak barrel for 7 months. The other 50% are matured stainless steel vats. After taking the wine off the barrels we have aged it for a further 2 months in vats prior to bottling. Color Bright and lovely light garnet-red Bouquet Very elegant with aromas of strawberry, cherry, and soft spices with a hint of vanilla Taste Medium-bodied with ripe tannins and acidity; develops very delicate aromas and a long lasting finish Alcohol 13% Serving Suggestions Drink with flavourful appetizers, hors d'oeuvres, white meat entrees and cheese platters.
Estate-bottled Bottega Vinaia is the outcome of a vision by lead winemaker Anselmo Martini at the widely recognized Cavit winery. Starting in the early 1990s, Martini sought to explore the optimum potential of a handful of extraordinary vineyards in northern Italy’s Trentino region that, year after year, consistently produce the highest quality grapes. This select group of family-farmed vineyards is the source of Bottega Vinaia, an exceptional line of artisan wines that reflects the authentic qualities of the Trentino terroir. Thanks to Anselmo Martini’s passion and tireless drive, Bottega Vinaia has swiftly joined the ranks of Italy’s top-notch premium wine producers. Production Area Trentino, located in the mountainous northeast of Italy. Grapes are grown in the dry and calcareous soils of the Valle dei Laghi (Valley of Lakes), near the village of Toblino. Grape Varieties 100% Pinot Noir Vinification After a traditional fermentation, the juice macerates for eight days to extract color and body from the skins. The wine is then refined for a further six months, partly in barriques and partly in large oak casks Color Ruby red, with brick red nuances Bouquet Wide aromatic spectrum exalts cherry, sour cherry, cooked plum and tones of spices and tobacco Taste Velvety, harmonious and well balanced with excellent structure. With age it evolves in roundness, fullness and complexity Serving Suggestions This Pinot Noir pairs well with both white and red meats. Serve at a cool room temperature
/ "Great values from Argentina. The Pinot Noir is excellent!: full bodied, supple, and moderately rich, with fruity flavors (raspberry, plum), with good balance and medium length."
Lily Pad Noir - Top 100 Value Brand of 2012, Wine & Spirits/ A perfect wine for intramural sports including pétanque, sailing, wine tasting and beach volleyball!
Arrogant Frog is an estate-bottled wine created and produced by Jean-Claude Mas, 4th-Generation Winemaker. Steeped in legacy, and heritage, Jean-Claude’s unwavering commitment to creating superior wines is his direct response to an “arrogant” assumption that the Languedoc region can’t produce world class wines. This passion has resulted in the domaine becoming the largest privately-owned winery in France outside Champagne, and Arrogant Frog becoming an international success with its engaging, easy-going, and elegant style. Production Area Languedoc, France. Grape Varieties 100% Pinot Noir. Vinification De-stemmed grapes spend 3 days macerating with skin contact at 50°F, followed by fermentation at 77°F. An additional 5 days maceration follows before pressing. Only the first press is included in final wine. Half of the wine is then aged in new oak barrels for 4 months and the other half remains in stainless steel vats. The wine is blended and then spends an additional 2 months in vat prior to bottling. Color Bright medium ruby. Bouquet Very elegant with aromas of fresh strawberry, cherry, and sweet spices with a hint of vanilla. Taste Medium-bodied with ripe, silky tannins and firm acidity and a long finish. Alcohol 13.5% Serving Suggestions Drink with flavorful appetizers, hors d'oeuvres, white meat entrees, salmon, and cheese platters.
Principato, meaning “Princely Realm” or principality, refers to northeast Italy’s Tre Venezie, a region embracing the majesty of the snow-capped Dolomite Alps and the picturesque beauty of Italy’s romantic Lake District. For wine lovers the Tre Venezie is also a source of Principato; one of Italy’s most popular and affordable wines. Introduced in 1978, it has become a welcome and familiar feature of daily American family dining. Production Area Lombardy’s province of Pavia Grape Varieties 100% Pinot Noir Vinification The grapes are picked at peak maturity and undergo fermentation for 6-8 days under controlled temperatures in small stainless steel vats. The wine then is placed in larger oak barrels, where it rests on its lees until malolactic fermentation has occurred. The wine is refined in tank before bottling and release. Color Vivacious purple Bouquet Rodolent of black cherry and dark berry fruit Taste Well structured, with flavors of red berries Serving Suggestions A perfect complement to grilled meats, salmon and turkey.
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