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.

 

 

 

 

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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: Boundary Post Ranch Kestrel Pinot Noir

Wine Wednesday: Boundary Post Ranch Kestrel Pinot 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 – Boundary Post Ranch Kestrel 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.

 

Blend: 
100% Pinot Noir

 

Food Pairing & Cellar Suggestions: 

It is recommended that this wine is decanted for 30 minutes before tasting. Mouthwatering and vibrant, 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: 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!

 

Wine Wednesday: Peregrine Ridge One Fell Swoop Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Wednesday: Peregrine Ridge One Fell Swoop 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 – Peregrine Ridge One Fell Swoop Cabernet Sauvignon

About This Wine: 

Peregrine falcons guard the hilltop vineyard in this remote corner of Sonoma, the origin of our opulent Cabernet Sauvignon made in partnership with Delectus Winery. Perched above the fog line, the warm and dry climate of Knights Valley creates a terroir that is ideal for producing Cabernets of epic distinction.

 

Tasting Notes: 

With a dark red-violet hue, One Fell Swoop opens with aromas of cherries and earth, light oak and vanilla. Powerful flavors of juicy black fruits expand across the palate, finishing with notes of cedar, graphite and tobacco. Balanced and beautifully structured, this is a bold expression of Knights Valley Cabernet.

 

Blend: 
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Food Pairing & Cellar Suggestions: 

It is recommended that this Cabernet is decanted for an hour before tasting. One Fell Swoop has an aging potential of 30+ years. This juicy Cab makes the perfect partner for rich entrées such as veal in a demi-glace, roasted vegetables with garlicky butter and aged cow’s milk cheeses.

 

 

 

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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!

 

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!