Wine Wednesday: Dominus Estate 2013

Wine Wednesday: Dominus Estate 2013

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 – 2013 Dominus Estate

Rating: 

100 Points by The Wine Advocate, Vinous and James Suckling

 

About This Wine: 

The 2013 Dominus is one of the most profound wines Christian Moueix has yet made in his rather brilliant winemaking history, both in France and in Napa Valley. This wine, with very low yields of only 3,500 cases, offers up notes of cedar wood, forest floor, loamy soil and blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. Very opaque purple in color, super-pure and intense, this wine has low acidity, but ripe, noticeable tannins. This is a 30- to 40-year wine and a profound effort from this famous vineyard in Yountville.

 

Tasting Notes: 

The aromas to this are multidimensional and fascinating with black truffles, bark, cloves, black currants and citrus – even ginseng. Full-bodied, yet reserved, even austere, with chewy and powerful tannins that remain polished and refined. The flavors are more umami and savory. Then there’s forest fruits and red orange undertones. It lasts for minutes. A wine to age for a lifetime. It’s an experience to taste this. A new classic showing its history and tradition as a source of the greatest wines ever from Napa.

 

Blend:  89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc.

 

Cellar Suggestions: 

Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2060.

 

 

 

 

Comment Below:

Have you had a chance to taste the 2013 Dominus Estate, or another Dominus vintage? If so, what did you think? Let us know in the comments below. If not, tell us about your favorite Pinot Noir and why you enjoy it!

 

Wine Wednesday: Belmont Cliffs Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Wednesday: Belmont Cliffs Cabernet Sauvignon

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 – Belmont Cliffs Cabernet Sauvignon

About This Wine: 

This limited-release reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is produced in collaboration with winemaker Robin Akhurst of Clos Pegase, on the 40-acre Tenma Vineyard located in the foothills of Mount St. Helena, spreading from the Palisades Mountains in the Northeast corner of Napa Valley. The rocky terrain and sparse topsoil of this rugged vineyard create the perfect terroir for growing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Tasting Notes: 

Portico is full-bodied, concentrated and densely ruby-colored in the glass. On the palate, this boutique Cab boasts a silky entry with opulent flavors of boysenberry and black fruits, followed by a touch of creamy vanilla.

 

Blend: 
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Food Pairing & Cellar Suggestions: 

It is recommended that this full-bodied Cabernet is decanted for thirty minutes to one hour before enjoying. Serve this deeply textured Cabernet with rich sauces based in butter or cream that can stand up to the bold, unctuous flavors of Portico. New York Strip with parsleyed butter, roasted asparagus in a garlic béchamel, and brown sugar bread pudding make a perfect meal for this wine.

 

 

 

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Have you had a chance to taste Belmont Cliffs? 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!

 

Perfectly Autumnal Reds and Whites

Perfectly Autumnal Reds and Whites

The temperatures are dropping, we’re stoking the fireplaces and putting on those fuzzy socks – it’s time for a glass of wine! Here are some of WineBaskets.com’s recommendations for reds and whites with a perfectly autumnal feel.

 

Perfect Red & White Wines for Autumn

 

Elk Cove 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 perfect as an aperitif, or served with salmon, main-course salads, or Thai and Asian influenced dishes.

 

Decoy Zinfandel

From its lovely dark violet color to its luscious fruit aromas, this 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.

 

Twomey Russian River Pinot Noir

Twomey Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a rich, multi-faceted wine with great fruit and spice expression. It has a dark, cherry-red color and a complex nose of potpourri, ripe strawberries, cardamom, nutmeg and peat. It has a fruit-sweet attack, a fleshy mid-palate and notes of blond tobacco and coffee bean on the long and slightly tannic finish. With proper cellaring, this wine will give drinking pleasure through 2024.

 

Stags’ Leap Karia Chardonnay 

This crisp and fresh Chardonnay opens with aromas of orange blossom, lemon oil and toasted brioche with sweet cream apple butter. Karia charms with its balance of ripe fruit, understated barrel spice, mouth-filling texture and refreshing acidity. The palate is loaded with flavors of ripe stone fruit and apple blossom that lead to a persistent citrus and spice infused finish.

 

Belmont Cliffs Portico 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.

 

Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Chenin Blanc

This Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley comes from one of the most esteemed wineries in the appellation. Biodynamically farmed, all the grapes are harvested by hand, resulting in a soft, rich and elegant wine.  Jonagold apple, green melon, Bosc pear and quince flavors streaming through, gilded with heather, honeysuckle and verbena notes on the long, lithe finish. Remarkably elegant despite the off-dry style.

 

 

 

 

 

Six New Boutique Wines, Now Shipping to 41 States

Six New Boutique Wines, Now Shipping to 41 States

Shipping wine gifts around the United States can be tricky business. Some states only allow certain varieties, and some wineries set restrictions on where they ship. That’s where we come in! WineBaskets.com is especially proud to offer six new boutique wines, available to ship to all 41 states that allow wine shipping. All six of these limited-release wines are produced in collaboration with renowned winemakers and sourced from famous vineyards in Napa Valley, Sonoma County as well as the Willamette and Russian River Valleys.

 

Broadstone Sonoma County Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

About This Wine The warm volcanic soil leaves a lingering minerality in this ripe, intense boutique Cabernet Sauvignon made in partnership with the iconic Delectus Vineyard and Winery. Knights Valley, the easternmost AVA in Sonoma County, is a quintessential source for exceptional California Cabernet Sauvignon, famed for its elegant acidity.

Tasting Notes Dark ruby red in color, Broadstone Knights Valley Cabernet opens with aromas of toasted walnut and leather. On the palate this wine is well-balanced, with flavors of crushed cherries, black pepper, graphite and dark chocolate, chewy tannins and a dense finish.

Cellaring Drink Broadstone now or cellar through 2037.

Pairing Suggestions Full, rich and spicy in the mouth, Broadstone Cabernet makes a delightful companion to American fare such as buffalo burgers with aged cheddar and maple bacon, wood-fired pizzas or grilled Portobello mushrooms topped with a pat of bleu cheese.

 

 

 

Bridlemile Willamette Valley Dundee Hills 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.

Cellaring Enjoy Bridlemile now or cellar through 2035.

Pairing 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.

 

 

 

 

Martin Craig Luminist Russian River Chardonnay

 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 remarkably distinct profile, and the Russian River Valley is no exception, bringing elegance and flavors of stone fruit and white flowers.

Tasting Notes Aged in new French oak barrels, this vibrant Russian River Chardonnay boasts radiant aromas of orange blossom and lemon zest, balanced by apricot and peach notes with a light oak finish.

Cellaring Drink Luminist now or cellar through 2028.

Pairing Suggestions The radiant, 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.

 

 

 

Abelroth Brocade Napa Valley Meritage Reserve

About This Wine The volcanic soil and temperate climate of Napa Valley’s Oakville appellation is particularly suited to growing Bordeaux varietals, and this limited-release reserve showcases the best of Napa viticulture. Produced in collaboration with Swanson Vineyards’ Robin Akhurst, this Meritage red is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Cabernet Franc and 10% Malbec.

Tasting notes Aromas of leather, black fruits and tobacco leaves are pursued by vanilla, cherries, fresh coffee and allspice notes. From the first sip to the last, Brocade is characterized by its silky tannins in focused layers. Decanting is recommended to allow the wine to develop to its full potential.

Cellaring Enjoy Brocade now or cellar through 2024.

Pairing Suggestions Serve this full-bodied, expansive Meritage alongside classic beef dishes – namely prime rib, tenderloin or stroganoff.

 

 

Belmont Cliffs Portico Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

About This Wine This limited-release reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is produced in collaboration with winemaker Robin Akhurst of Clos Pegase, on the 40-acre Tenma Vineyard located in the foothills of Mount St. Helena, spreading from the Palisades Mountains in the Northeast corner of Napa Valley. The rocky terrain and sparse topsoil of this rugged vineyard create the perfect terroir for growing world-class Cabernet.

Tasting Notes Portico is full-bodied, densely ruby-colored in the glass. On the palate, this boutique Cab boasts a silky entry with opulent flavors of boysenberry and black fruits, followed by a touch of creamy vanilla.

Cellaring Enjoy Portico now or cellar through 2033.

Pairing Suggestions Serve this deeply textured Cabernet with rich sauces that can stand up to the bold, unctuous flavors of Portico. New York Strip with parsleyed butter, roasted asparagus in garlic béchamel, and brown sugar bread pudding make a perfect meal for this wine.

 

 

 

Boundary Post Ranch Kestrel Napa Valley Pinot Noir

About This Wine An agile falcon with keen eyes, the American Kestrel glides on cool winds that flow from San Pablo Bay, guarding the rows of Mitsuko’s Vineyard where Pinot Noir vines are nurtured. This Napa side of the Carneros AVA provides the ideal climate to produce some of the most engaging examples of Pinot Noir. The marine winds, low yield and long, flavor-building hang-time enables the fruit to reach peak flavor maturity and deep, concentrated flavor.

Tasting Notes On the nose, enjoy baking spices, red raspberries and rose petal aromas. Lush flavors of dark cherry and wild earthiness round out this medium-bodied Pinot with an elegant, balanced acidity.

Cellaring Drink Kestrel now or cellar through 2026.

Pairing Suggestions This silky Pinot Noir makes an excellent companion to a rack of lamb with fresh rosemary, garlicky mushrooms roasted in butter, or a cheeseboard carrying aged farmhouse cheddar.

 

 

 

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Wine Wednesday – Leonetti Reserve Red 2010

Wine Wednesday – Leonetti Reserve Red 2010

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.

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This Week’s Wine Wednesday – Leonetti Reserve Red 2010 

Score: 100 points by The Wine Advocate

Acclaim: “Even better than the straight Cabernet Sauvignon, with additional richness and texture, yet without any added weight or heaviness, Inky purple in color and gorgeously rich and pure, it slowly gives up notions of smoked black currants, espresso, liquid flower, licorice and graphite that flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, plush and seamless 2010 that is perfectly balanced, has no hard edges and an incredible finish. It’s a monumental bottle of wine that will drink well at an early age, yet age effortlessly for two decades or more. 100 Points.” – The Wine Advocate.

Tasting Notes: Very dark wine. Compared to the beautiful 2010 Cabernet, this has an even more floral dominated and very ethereal aromatic nose. Whiffs of raspberries, black berries, ripe black Bing cherries, reminiscent of a stove top reduction of fruit cheesecake topping. Incredible purity of fruit. Wine that just makes you smile when it hits the palate as it is so loaded with glycerin and a gentle power. Fruit is SO present, yet SO restrained, ripe and lovely. All wound up in a perfectly balanced package of fruit, acid, tannin, plushness, power and length. – Winemaker’s Notes.

Blend: 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 9% Malbec

Recommendations and Food Pairing: Decant and try with grilled ribeye and pomme frites.

Cellaring: This wine is best enjoyed through 2030.

 

 

Tasting Notes: Conundrum White by Caymus

Tasting Notes: Conundrum White by Caymus

Welcome to Tasting Notes – a place to explore and discover your new favorite wine. Together we’ll taste with curiosity and attention, and hopefully learn a thing or two in the process! Check back with WineBaskets.com’s Uncorked blog regularly for new installments of Tasting Notes and so much more.

Taste & Discover – Conundrum White by Caymus

Conundrum wines were born about 30 years ago, when Caymus Co-Founder Chuck Wagner sat at the dining room table mixing his wines to create the “perfect glass” to pair with his dinner. At that time, blending wines was almost unthinkable, but nevertheless, his hold experiments ushered in a whole new trend. Today, Conundrum is as original an idea as it was in the beginnings. With fruit sourced from renowned California winegrowing regions like Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Sonoma, they ensure that the quality and diversity are both uncompromising. While the exact blend is kept under wraps, we can assure you that Conundrum white is always amazingly versatile and perfect for food pairing.

17853o_Fine-Wine-Tote-with-Your-Choice-of-WineVintage: 2015

Ratings: 90 Points by Wilfred Wong

Acclaim: “Aromatic and striking, the 2015 Conundrum White Wine continues to add to its loyal following. By exhibiting fragrant flowers and ripe core fruits, this wine stays fine and consistent to its history. Its subtle sweetness in the finish pairs it well with Chinese chicken salad garnished with cilantro, sesame oil, and an accent of red chilies.” – Wilfred Wong

Tasting Notes: The only white in the Caymus stable, 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.

Winemakers’ Notes: Light in color — calling to mind shades of straw or sun-kissed blond hair — this wine opens with the evocative scents of apricot, pineapple, honeysuckle, and coconut. A slight flintiness of wet stone adds a layer of interest, due to a small portion of the wine being fermented in concrete tanks. Entry on the palate is creamy and soft, with lush flavors of Asian pear, Hawaiian fruit, apricot and brown spice. The finish brings just a wisp of acid to balance the richness of the fruit, with the distinct characteristics of each varietal in this blend creating a lasting harmonious impression.

Blend: Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Vioginier, Chardonnay, Semillon

WineBaskets.com is delighted to offer Conundrum White by Caymus in our Coastal Cove Wine Case.