Pico Maccario Barbera d'Asti Lavignone 2014
Pico Maccario, a dedicated Barbera specialist, is found on the hills of Mombaruzzo in the Asti DOCG at an average altitude of 180 meters. Comprising one single, contiguous parcel, their vineyard covers 70 hectares and is the largest solely-owned vineyard in Piedmont. Within the 70 hectares, there are some 315,000 vines capped at the end of each row by one of the approximately 4,500 red rose bushes on the property. It is no surprise that the rose is part of the winery's emblem.
Wine SpectatorIntense flavors of blueberry, plum and licorice are allied to a juicy profile. Offers bright fruit and an easy personality. Drink now. 29,000 cases made.
Simi Sonoma County ChardonnayThe hue of this wine is brilliantly clear, golden straw with glimmers of golden light-a color that dramatically sets the stage for what is to come. The nose is similarly demonstrative, with expressive notes of pineapple, white peach, green apple, Meyer lemon, and orange blossom laced with hints of butter, toasty brioche, and smoke. It all comes together on the palate with zesty, fresh flavors of tangerine, lemon curd, stone fruit, white peach, and nectarine framed by sweet toast and vanilla followed with wet-stone minerality and orange peel on the finish. Enjoy this food-friendly Chardonnay with smoked salmon with lemon aioli and toasted brioche; spot prawns sautéed with garlic, lemon, and parsley; or a caprese salad with ripe peach slices, basil, and fresh mozzarella.
Smith and Hook Cabernet SauvignonA bouquet bursting with notes of mocha, coffee, toasted oak, vanilla, black currant, and licorice. Expansive flavors and the round viscous mouthfeel backed with concentrated tannic structure carry through to the smooth, lavish finish. The robust flavors are a great complement to braised short ribs, mushroom stroganoff, or a charred Gruyère burger.
Calera Central Coast Chardonnay 2014This beautiful 2014 Chardonnay possesses delightful notes of hibiscus, pineapple and citrus. Flavors are so wonderfully integrated and balanced; Fuji apple, lemon chiffon and a soft, round, sensuous mouthfeel with a nice bright sweet-tart personality. A delicious wine all around.
Notre Dame des Pallieres Gigondas 2013
Trentadue Old Patch RedOur goal when we started Trentadue Winery in 1969, was to produce affordable, every day drinking wine, and we refused to sacrifice on quality. The Trentadue wines are products of that credo, proving that excellence in grape growing and wine making don't require a hefty price tag. From our Estate to your dinner table, these wines consistently over deliver.
La Cartuja Priorat 2014Smoky, spicy dark berries and mocha appear on the nose and in the mouth, with a subtle mineral nuance building in the glass. Tangy acidity adds lift and definition to the juicy, sharply focused palate. Finishes long and minerally with slow-building dusty tannins. Aged in used French oak barrels for six month. In the context of Priorat, this wine delivers excellent value. This wine has enough "stuffing" and structure to pair well with BBQ beef brisket or pork, grilled Argentine beef, and mesquite grilled or smoked baby back pork ribs. It also has a freshness and spice character that is a good match for Cuban roast chicken, pork with Latin spices and cracked pepper turkey.