Wine Wednesday: Bridlemile Willamette Valley Noir

Wine Wednesday: Bridlemile Willamette Valley Noir

Welcome to Wine Wednesday! What better way to get over the hump of a busy work week! Let’s explore and learn about a great wine! From Chardonnay sipped on a casual evening to a rare Cabernet for special occasions, each week we feature a wine available in our gifts. We’ll speak to the history of the makers behind the bottle, and we’ll tell you all about the flavors to be had inside.

 

This Week’s #WineWednesday – Bridlemile Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

 

About This Wine: Fed by cool winds from the Columbia River Gorge, Dundee Hills AVA is the perfect climate for this limited-release premium Cuvée, produced in collaboration with renowned Pinot Noir-maker Archery Summit. Expansive and expressive, this Dundee Hills Pinot Noir shows completeness – a stylish comfort in its own skin.

Tasting Notes: Aged in new French oak, Bridlemile opens with aromas of wood violet, black raspberries and cocoa. The medium body and polished texture uncover flavors of black cherry and baking spices and a lingering finish.

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Food Pairing & Cellar Suggestions: Framed by chewy tannins and lingering impressively, Bridlemile Pinot Noir pairs exceptionally well with grilled vegetables, herb roasted pork tenderloin, blackened chicken or oven baked salmon filets. Enjoy Bridlemile now or cellar through 2035.

 

Bridlemile Willamette Valley Pinot Noir makes a wonderful gift. We personally love it in our Wine Steward Luxury Caddy – delivered in a tailored case with all the tools for an amazing wine experience.

 

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Have you had a chance to taste Bridlemile? If so, what did you think? Let us know in the comments below. If not, tell us about your favorite Chardonnay and why you enjoy it!

 

Great Bottles for the Boss

Great Bottles for the Boss

Welcome to WineBaskets.com, where every gift is given for the love of wine. Next Wednesday October 16th is Boss’s Day. It’s a great opportunity to thank your boss (or supervisor, or manager) for their excellent leadership. If your boss is into wine, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 10 great wines to give to your boss that are sure to impress and send an extraordinary message of thanks.

Ten Great Wines To Give To The Boss

 

1. Decoy Zinfandel

From its lovely dark violet color to its luscious fruit aromas, this renowned wine captures the alluring essence of Sonoma County Zinfandel. On the palate, layers of wild blueberry, blackberry and cassis are underscored by an elegant structure that includes supple, refined tannins, balanced acidity and just a hint of juicy sweetness and toasty oak. Give Decoy in our Olive Wood Floating Wine Holder Gift to make it a truly exceptional presentation!

2. Mount Veeder Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Opens with full-bodied flavors of blackberry and cherry layered with notes of cocoa and tobacco. The wine is firm and concentrated with a smooth, lasting finish. Rated 91 points by Wine News and also designated as a Best Buy by Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine. Find it in our Cabernets of Napa Valley wine crate.

3. Caymus Conundrum California White

The only white in the Caymus stable, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay grapes, Conundrum is a multifaceted wine with an array of ripe, concentrated flavors – pear, honey, fig, vanilla, peach, and nectarine, finishing with lots of character and a dash of spice. The “puzzle” of Conundrum lies partly in guessing the percentages of those grape varieties used, because its exact composition is never revealed. A complex wine that lives up to its name, This slightly sweet wine pairs with asian cuisine and light, spicy food. We absolutely LOVE this white, especially in our River Stone Wine Glass gift.

4. Etude Pinot Noir 

The Carneros Estate Pinot Noir intrigues with its rich array of red cherry, wild strawberry, pomegranate raspberry and spice. The core of red fruit is made complex with layers of sassafras, sandalwood and baking spice that build in intensity through the finish. With an opulent mouthfeel and ideal natural acidity, the wine has significant substance and depth, yet stays lively and lifting throughout. This bottle of Pinot is totally gorgeous, especially when presented along with our Embossed Leather Wine Log.

5. Martin Craig Luminist Russian River Chardonnay

With a brightness that can only be claimed by Sonoma County’s sun-soaked Russian River Valley, the Luminist Chardonnay is masterfully made in collaboration with winemaker Glenn Hugo. Radiant aromas of orange blossom and lemon zest are balanced with stone fruit notes and a smooth, light oak finish. It arrives in a gift box along with a detailed tasting card.

6. Belmont Cliffs Portico Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

The 40-acre Tenma Vineyard is located in the foothills of Mt. St. Helena, Napa Valley, where our reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is produced in partnership with renowned winemaker Robin Akhurst of Clos Pegase. Bold and unctuous, this Cabernet boasts opulent flavors of jammy black fruit and a touch of creamy vanilla. This wine gift is a favorite among all of the Cabernet-lovers here at WineBaskets.com.

7. Silver Oak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 

The 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is dark ruby in color and entices you with a nose of raspberry, cassis and loose pipe tobacco. This full-bodied wine has an assertively silky structure and is notably spicy on the palate. Flavors of sage and blackberry mark the wine’s entry. The strong acidity in the mid-palate is followed by a lingering finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2038. The Sommelier’s Set makes an amazing presentation for Silver Oak!

 

8. Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot

This lovely Autumnal time of year just beckons for Merlot, don’t you think? Black plum, boysenberry, and cherry flavors dance amongst the violet, chocolate and cedar notes. A smooth wine with refined, round tannins well suited for pairing. Give KJ Grand Reserve Merlot in a classic and timeless birch wine crate.

 

9. Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

Giving off sweet and light aromas of citrus blossom and grapefruit, this creamy and lush wine offers lovely apple and pear flavors, while showing crispness on the palette. Medium-bodied and balanced, this white wine is perfectly presented in our Gold Standard Basket, where it’s presented with Newton Skyside Cabernet and an option to add Silver Oak! It’s the perfect gift to go in on as a group with the whole office (and if you’re lucky, the boss will share).

 

10. Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne 

Produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from the finest growths and vineyards, Dom is created only in years in which the harvest is precisely suitable. Fragile, timeless, and immeasurably enjoyable with aromas of almond, powdered cocoa, and dried flowers leading to a precise, chiseled palate. Toasty notes give a rounded finish and denote a fully realized maturity, while on the palate, the wine instantly traces an astoundingly fine line between density and weightlessness. Its precision is extreme, tactile, and dark while the full taste lingers with the utmost elegance on a sappy, spicy note. Honestly, what makes a more impressive gift than Dom? Click here to see all of our Dom Pérignon gifts.

 

 

 

 

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Wine Wednesday: Opus One

Wine Wednesday: Opus One

Welcome to Wine Wednesday! What better way to get over the hump of a busy work week than to explore and learn about a great wine, and celebrate with a glass (or two)? From wines quaffable on a casual Saturday evening to rare and unique finds to be cellared and enjoyed on the most special of occasions, each week we’ll highlight a wine available in our gifts and speak to the history of the vintners behind the bottle, along with the delicious flavors to be had inside of it.

This week’s #WineWednesday – Opus One

Opus One Grand Reveal

Score: 98 Points by Robert Parker (2015)

Tasting Notes: Displaying a medium to deep garnet-purple color, Opus One 2015 Proprietary Red Wine is a beautiful spice-bomb with tons of cinnamon stick, cloves, fenugreek and pepper notes. They spring forth over a core of mulberries, plum preserves, blackberry pie and fragrant earth, plus a waft of lavender. The palate is big, voluptuous and decadent, with velvety tannins and enough freshness framing the rich, spicy black fruits, finishing with a lovely perfumed lift. 

Acclaim: The essence of time is expressed in Opus One by the character of each vintage. Place, often defined as terroir, represents the geography, the climate and the essential human element which is captured in the wine’s balance between power and finesse, structure and texture.

Blend: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 2% Malbec

Food Pairing: Opus One makes an exquisite companion to all types of hearty meat dishes including braised lamb, roasted chicken, beef stew and many more. It’s also an excellent accompaniment to Asian dishes and hearty vegetarian courses such as mushrooms or pasta. 

 

 

Give Opus One as a Gift

Renowned the world over as one of Napa Valley’s finest achievements, WineBaskets.com is proud to present Opus One in a number of extravagant presentations, creating a generous gift.

Sommelier’s Set

Luxury Tasting Table Basket

Riedel Reserve Tasting

 

Comment Below: Have you had a chance to taste Opus One ? If so, what did you think? Let us know in the comments below. If not, tell us about your favorite Napa Red and why you enjoy it!

 

Winery of the Month: Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Winery of the Month: Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Welcome to the Winery of the Month! From esteemed Napa Valley estates to iconic wineries in Bordeaux and beyond, WineBaskets.com is proud to carry on the stories of the world’s finest wines. Read more to find out about September’s winery of the month!

September’s Winery: Joseph Phelps

September’s Winery of the Month is Joseph Phelps – a Napa Valley-based winery that has expanded to vineyards on the Sonoma Coast, as well. While running his father’s construction business, Joe pursued his interest in winemaking, a hobby he’d picked up in college. A trip to Italy in 1970 inspired him to look for acreage to grow grape in Napa. And so, in March of 1973, Joe Phelps purchased 600 acres on the east side of St. Helena.

But what began as a hobby soon became a full time pursuit! At first, the property he bought was a blank slate. So Joe planted everything from Cabernet to Gewurztraminer, Zinfandel to Riesling. It was a lofty goal, but by the October 1974 harvest, he had finished building the winery.

Over the next 40 years with the help of his family, the Joseph Phelps winery flourished with much success. Achievements include the first-ever California varietally-labeled Syrah. Joe was also one of the first winemakers to test Rhone-style wines, like Viognier and Mourvedre.

But perhaps the most important contribution from Joe Phelps is California’s first ever proprietary Bordeaux blend. It is known by its famous singular name, Insignia. This coveted, sought-after wine is in hot demand. It receives 95-plus point ratings, vintage after vintage. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, awarded the 2016 Insignia a perfect 100 Point Score!

WineBaskets.com is honored to offer Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon, the first estate Napa Cabernet from Joseph Phelps. The blend contains five of their estate vineyards:

  • Home Ranch in St. Helena
  • Suscol in South Napa
  • Yountville in the Oak Knoll District
  • Banca Dorada in Rutherford
  • Las Rocas in the Stags Leap District.

This is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon with aromatics of blackberry, plum and black cherries. It’s intertwined with characteristics of chocolate covered espresso beans and licorice. The wine covers the palate with balanced tannins and a long, silky finish.

Wine Wednesday: Martin Craig Luminist Chardonnay

Wine Wednesday: Martin Craig Luminist Chardonnay

Welcome to Wine Wednesday! What better way to get over the hump of a busy work week! Let’s explore and learn about a great wine! From Chardonnay sipped on a casual evening to a rare Cabernet for special occasions, each week we feature a wine available in our gifts. We’ll speak to the history of the makers behind the bottle, and we’ll tell you all about the flavors to be had inside.

This Week’s #WineWednesday – Luminist Chardonnay, Martin Craig Wines

 

About This Wine. With a brightness that can only be claimed by Sonoma County’s sun-soaked Russian River Valley, Luminist Chardonnay is a limited-release boutique wine, made in collaboration renowned winemaker Glenn Hugo. Each of Sonoma County’s prestigious regions for growing Chardonnay offer a distinct profile, and the Russian River Valley brings elegance and richness.

Tasting Notes. Aged in new French oak barrels, this vibrant Russian River Chardonnay boasts radiant aromas of orange blossom and lemon zest. It is balanced by apricot and peach notes with a light oak finish. Light-bodied and food-friendly, Luminist shows a focused, brilliant acidity on the finish.

Blend. 100% Chardonnay.

Food Pairing. The refreshing acidity in Luminist pairs perfectly with poached salmon topped with lemon aioli, tiger prawns sautéed in garlic butter, a warm vegetable risotto terrine, or bay scallops in a tarragon cream sauce.

Try Martin Craig’s Luminist Chardonnay in its own crate or paired with two other boutique limited release companion wines in the Private Reserve Basket.

Comment Below. Have you had a chance to taste Luminist Chardonnay? If so, what did you think? Let us know in the comments below. If not, tell us about your favorite Chardonnay and why you enjoy it!