Harvest. For winemakers, no other word is loaded with so much potential and anticipation. After a long growing season of endless work in the vineyards, it’s time to see what nature delivered. On the West Coast in 2013, most vintners are reporting a great year, a twin to the promising 2012. In many parts of Europe, however, it’s another year of challenging conditions and low yields.
In the first of five 2013 vintage reports, California winegrowers up and down the coast are celebrating a long, sunny year. After last year’s high quality and high yields, 2013 offers more of the same. The one lingering concern is persistent drought conditions that could mean trouble down the road. As for final quality in the bottle, it’s too early to know, but here’s a sneak peek.
Founded in 1985 Swanson’s mission is to strive to elevate cuisine with wines that marry the impeccable quality of Napa Valley fruit with the sensual character of old-world winemaking traditions. This Swanson Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is deep ruby in color with aromas of blackcurrant blackberry and plum bursting from the glass. With [...]
2013 Cabaud Mon Hommage Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Cabaud Mon Hommage Cabernet Sauvignon Deep red and purple in the glass. Rich bouquet of dark berries and baking spices. Mouth coating, full body 2013 Cabernet. Medium acidity, medium alcohol, flavors of raspberry, cloves and currants. Tannin is very polished and precise, holding all the flavors in balance [...]
2013 Chateau Duhart-Milon Pauillac 2013 Chateau Duhart-Milon Pauillac This 2013 wine has a fairly expressive nose with plenty of fruit aromas, accompanied by the typical aromas for the varietal. Direct, without being very full-bodied, the palate extends into a balanced, rounded finish, without any heaviness. Château Duhart-Milon The Rothschild family acquired Château Duhart-Milon, a “4er [...]
2013 Chateau L’Evangile Pomerol 2013 Chateau L’Evangile Pomerol This is an excellent 2013 vintage for Evangile; the nose is intense with toasted and vanilla-scented notes, accompanied by notes of fresh fruit, and black stone fruit. On the palate, the wine has great intensity with very dense, silky, ripe tannins. The finish is long, powerful and [...]
2013 Cordero Di Montezemolo Barolo Bricco Gattera 1.50L 2013 Cordero Di Montezemolo Barolo Bricco Gattera 1.50L Barolo is a delicious red wine from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. It is made strictly from Nebbiolo grapes. Aromatic with rich tannins and characteristics of old oak, these wines are considered by most to be some Italy’s [...]
2013 Quinta Dos Murcas Reserva 2013 Quinta Dos Murcas Reserva Aroma of great complexity and elegance, the result of its evolution in the bottle. Dominated by ripe black fruits, balsamic aromas, such as rockrose, and spicy notes, from its aging in barrel. Firm and concentrated, with a present and balanced acidity, it has ripe tannins [...]
2013 Canneto Filippone 2013 Canneto Filippone Aromas of fruit, herb spice and earthy tones. On the palate cherry and dark berry flavors with oak and sweet spice. Fine soft tannins, lingering, good balance ending with earthy mineral character. Canneto During the mid-70s a few friends from the Zurich area, with a common passion for wine, [...]
The resulting wine is aged in oak a minimum of 3 years bottled unfiltered with another 10 months age before release. Bright ruby red colour with notes of blackberries and wild berries with spicy and mineral sensations. The palate is complex and due to the winemaking process of not crushing the grapes during fermentation Sagrantino’s [...]
2013 Grace Family Vineyard Cabernet Blank Vineyard 2013 Grace Family Vineyard Cabernet Blank Vineyard, From Napa Valley,California. 97 points James Suckling So perfumed and beautiful in the nose with spearmint, blueberry, and blackberry aromas. Full-bodied yet reserved and refined. Very linear and tight yet gorgeous and long. Compressed mouthfeel. Wonderful minerality with a flinty undertone. A [...]
Light, delicate soft pink hue. Bright, vibrant, ultra-fine bubbles. Refined bouquet of freshly-picked tart red fruit (wild strawberry, raspberry) and lemon scented flower petals. The pure, precise fragrances delicately intertwine and are gradually joined by overtones of fresh almonds, bread and spices (cocoa bean). These nuanced, intricately interwoven fragrances are ethereal and transcendent.
Montecillo Reserva is an extraordinarily well crafted and honest Rioja wine that combines sublime intensity and aromatic finesse with an opulent body. All the wines are crafted to enjoy a long bottle life; they continue bottle ageing longer than those from other wineries in the region. Montecillo is also renowned for its female winemaker, oenologist [...]
With supple fruit and spice exceptional balance and impressive length Verite La Muse is crafted primarily from Merlot. From its inception every vintage of this special wine – which honors the style of the great wines of Pomerol while celebrating the quality of our world-class fruit grown in Sonoma County — has received outstanding critical [...]
The Pinot Bianco Zuc di Volpe with its light straw yellow color and greenish reflections is a wine with a delicate aroma reminiscent of wild berries and discretely of rose hints. Harmonious and very typical it is a fine wine very elegant with a soft and delicate taste.
Dark and impenetrable intense and complex with hints of blackberries sour cherries vanilla and saddle leather; harmonious with power structure velvety tannins and well balanced but obvious acidity finishing with notes of cocoa and toasted spices. Best served with roast meats game and fowl.
A strong note of cherry on the nose with strong minerality and a hint of spice on the palate. The wine has a long intense finish with strong and lingering acidity. Can be enjoyed with pasta dishes roasted meats and flavorful cheeses.
Whole cluster pressed Barrel fermented with indigenous (native) yeast 100% French oak barrels (60% new) Barrel aged sur lees for 14 months Weekley batonnage for first six months Partial Malolactic fermentation.
Intense and deep ruby red with garnet reflection and notes of red fruits vanilla and licorice. A three-dimensional wine with excellent body and elegance.
Colour : Deep ruby red. Nose : Ample elegant refined sweet and fruity with spicy aroma. Palate : Soft firm fat with dense and sweet tannins well balanced acidity in harmony with both texture and body. Long and persistent finish fruity with small red fruits and spicy tones