A Wrangle of Random Reds- An American Wine Sampler
A random selection that includes those with finesse and elegance, through the spectrum of big and bold, West Coast Style!
Full Retail $120.94 Sampler Price $94.99!!!
1. Roco Gravel Road Pinot Noir 2014, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Dark plum fruit, fig, mocha, subtle peppercorn spice.
2. J Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Paso Robles, CA
Dark, dense fruits, layered with black currant, blueberry, hazelnut and soft dusty cocoa.
3. Donati Family Vineyards Claret 2014, Central Coast, CA
A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petite Verdot. Dark cherry fruits, polished and full bodied.
4. Pedroncelli Petite Syrah 2014, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, CA
Hearty deep dark purple, blueberry, dark plum, black cherry and pepper spice.
5. Ancient Peaks “Renegade” 2015, Margarita Vineyard, Paso Robles, CA
Rich and juicy dark cherry, blackberry, currant, olive, tobacco leaf, with cedar and clove spice.
6. J. Brix The Hornswoggle- Stay in Bed Red 2016, California
A hearty blend of Cinsault, Old Vine Carignane, and Syrah. Only 98 cases produced! No sulfites added, unfined and unfiltered.
2016 Northern Rhone Sampler
Sampler Price: $165.00
(Full Retail $211.95)
Domaine Faury, located in the Northern Rhone, was growing mostly fruit for local consumption a mere 40 years ago. In 1979 Philippe took over the reins of his family’s estate and expanded their acreage to include grapevines on the steep, terraced vineyards of some of the famous appellations of the northern Rhone.
The combination of granitic soil, gentle handling of the grapes, and avoidance of new oak leads to reds and whites with certain degree of vibrancy that is often lost by competing producers found in the northern Rhone. This is a sampler for true lovers of Syrah and classically styled French wines.
1. Dom. Faury 2016 l’Art Zele – Full Retail $34.99
This 100% Syrah is sourced from a lieu-dit that is found a mere 150 feet outside of Cote Rotie. The wine is vinified in cement vats and then aged for 15 months in 5 – 15 year old barrels that are larger than the average bear.
2. Dom. Faury 2016 Saint Joseph Rouge – Full Retail $34.99
Faury’s Saint Joseph is 100% Syrah hand harvested from south and south-east facing vineyards. After vinification, the wine is aged in barrels that range in size from 228L to 3500L, with only 10% of the oak being new.
3. Dom. Faury 2016 Saint Joseph Rouge Vielles Vignes – Full Retail $44.99
The details on the old vine bottling are fairly similar to those of the regular Saint Joseph. The difference you ask? Aside from the barrel aging (220L – 600L barrels), the vines range in age from 42 – 81 years old. Them’s some old vines.
4. Dom. Faury 2016 Saint Joseph Blanc – Full Retail $36.99
The blend for this wine changes a little bit every year, but the rough outline is 60% Marsanne and 40% Roussanne. The wine is aged for 10 months on its lees for added body, with thirty percent of the juice being aged in 1 – 5 year old barrels with the remainder being aged in stainless steel before blending.
5. Dom. Faury 2016 Condrieu – Full Retail $59.99
Condrieu is a small appellation in the northern Rhone that concerns itself solely with the production of Viognier. Condrieu is a fascinating appellation as the Viognier grape creates an exotic array of aromas and flavors, with an ageability often hotly debated by wine professionals. Beguiling to say the least.
Do you have wine sampler requests? If there are samplers you’d like to see, please let one of us know. Maybe one month we’ll choose your idea!