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Lily Pad Noir 2008 - 86 Points & Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast./ Another great value from The Humble Winemaker, producer of the Arrogant Frog wines. R... Read more
Lily Pad Noir - Top 100 Value Brand of 2012, Wine & Spirits/ A perfect wine for intramural sports including pétanque, sailing, wine tasting and be... Read more
Pinot Noir 2009 - 88 points, Wine Spectator/ Spicy cedar details give some definition to the tangy strawberry and cranberry flavors, joined by tou... Read more
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Lily Pad Noir 2008 - 86 Points & Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast./ Another great value from The Humble Winemaker, producer of the Arrogant Frog wines. Raspberry and blueberry flavors abound with accents of cocoa and foliage. Lightweight but round and well structured with a moderate finish.
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!
Pinot Noir 2009 - 88 points, Wine Spectator/ Spicy cedar details give some definition to the tangy strawberry and cranberry flavors, joined by touches of sarsaparilla and tobacco, on a smooth, sleek frame.
Situated on a high plateau in the Uco Valley of Argentina’s Mendoza region, the El Portillo (meaning “portal” or “gateway”) winery and vineyards are dedicated to making superb quality wines for everyday enjoyment. Harmony with nature is readily apparent in every aspect of this property, which is designed to deliver wines that capture and respect the pristine beauty of their birthplace. El Portillo’s state-of-the-art winery is largely built of local materials, including stones quarried from a nearby valley. This enables the facility to better blend in with the surrounding environment. Built on three levels, each 16 feet deep, with much of the facility concealed below ground, El Portillo is also notable for its employment of a gravity-flow system. This minimizes handling of grapes and helps protect the integrity of the fruit. The facility’s ingenious design, which takes careful advantage of the gentle slopes on which it is built, is thought to be unique in South America. Production Area The Pinot Noir grapes were grown in very select plots in our estate vineyard Finca El Portillo, at 1,100 meters above sea level. Alluvial soils lay atop a gravel bed, with good permeability and drainage. Grape Varieties 100% Pinot Noir Vinification Grapes were hand-harvested at the optimum ripening point. After gentle de-stemming and selection, the berries were placed in stainless steel tanks where they underwent a period of cool skin contact, followed by fermentation with select yeasts at 75°F to 79°F for 10 to 15 days. After fermentation, the wine was racked by gravity into stainless steel tanks, avoiding the need to pump. Color Light crimson red Bouquet Cherries, ripe blackberries and a subtle note of spice on the nose Taste Full-bodied and rich, this wine has a well-balanced palate with sweet, soft tannins leading to an elegant finish Alcohol 13.5% Serving Suggestions Enjoy with grilled meats, seared tuna steaks and fresh salmon
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.
Pinot Noir 2008 - Sante / Aromas of red cherry, cinnamon, mocha, and toast with flavors of cherry vanilla and pomegranate; medium bodied, warm, and smooth with notes of ginger spice on the finish.
Pinot Noir - A Best Value, Parker's Wine Bargains/ This has great complexity on the nose with semblances of Pommard; cranberry and raspberry leaf are followed by a taut, red cherry and cranberry palate that has a surfeit of tension and poise. Top-class.
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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