Longboard Vineyards Merlot 2015, Dakine Vineyard, Russian River Valley
From the Estate Vineyard on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley, this wonderful Merlot is field-blended with 13% Malbec. Great with any meal that has a nice spice or heat to it, this is a crowd favorite and a wine that rekindles our love affair with this variety.
Madrigal Petite Sirah 2013, Napa Valley$34.00
Inky black-blue color precedes perfumed aromas of cassis, espresso, and dark chocolate. Intense dark currant, blackberry, and plush plum flavors initially fill the palate. This heady, explosive wine then finishes long with BBQ rub spices, sweet toasted oak, and round tannins. Pairs spectacularly with grilled meat, sausage, pizza (and anything with savory red sauce), and robust hard chesses like Parmesan, Pecorino, Romano, Sharp Cheddar, Emmental and Manchego.
L’Ecole No. 41 Frenchtown 2015$26.00
Frenchtown, Walla Walla Valley’s first settlement, was founded by French Canadians in the early 1800s. A thriving viticulture and wine making community was established in the Valley by the 1860s. This Frenchtown wine salutes these pioneers. The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest vintages for Washington, rivaling 2003 and 1998, with slightly lower yields due to smaller berry size. The L'Ecole No. 41 Frenchtown 2015 shows aromas of wild berries, fresh plum, black currant and baking spice. The generous dark fruit flavors stay bright and focused through an integrated finish. 45% Merlot 15% Syrah 18% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Grenache 6% Malbec 3% Mourvèdre 6% Cabernet Franc.
Gaja Ca’ Marcanda Promis 2015$66.00
The proprietary name Promis (pronounced proh-MEESS) was created by the Gaja family to denote commitment, expectation, fulfillment, and hope. The promise of quality and the reward of diligence and excellence. The grapes are grown in the terre brune (rich, dark soils) which consist primarily of loam and clay. The 2015 was a fulfilling vintage. Embracing, structured, voluptuous, and lively. The climate – hot summer days, freshened by brisk sea air and cool nights – is ideal for the grapes grown here. Promis offers the elegance and suppleness of Merlot and Syrah, complemented by the vibrant structure of Sangiovese, Tuscany’s emblematic grape. This wine drinks well at an early age. The 2015 Promis opens with floral aromas of wild rose and violet, then it turns into a more earthy bouquet with hints of maritime pine, eucalyptus, roots, wet stones. The palate is fresh and juicy, with notes of red and black fruits – raspberry, wild strawberry and mulberry. Creamy, smooth tannins. The final is sapid with a peculiar smoky and spicy character. With its notes of rosemary, wild fennel, embers, the 2015 Promis perfectly mirrors the Mediterranean scrubland which surrounds it. 55% Merlot, 35% Syrah, 10% Sangiovese So delicious!