As seen in the Vino Magazine, Holiday Edition 2012
2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Crisp pear, grapefruit and fresh green grass aromas are met with tart flavors of grapefruit, herbaceous sweet green peas as well as a refreshing amount of acidity on the finish.
Pairing Suggestion: Fresh, grilled scallops or shrimp.
2007 “Quadraphonic” (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Syrah, 4% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc)
This dark garnet colored red blend exudes an earthy nose of cedar, black cherry and currant with a balanced layer of spice and earth on the palate.
Pairing Suggestion: Rib-eye steak with blue cheese and caramelized onion sauce.
2011 Côtes de Paso Blanc (33% Grenache Blanc, 26% Roussanne, 20% Picpoul Blanc, 12% Marsanne, 9% Viognier)
Intense aromas of kiwi, green apple, lemon, grapefruit, peach with hints of banana. This soft and refreshing white boasts flavors of pear and green apple with crisp acidity and finish of grapefruit and lime.
Pairing Suggestion: Salad with grapefruit and walnuts dressed with a citrus vinaigrette.
2010 Côtes de Paso Rouge (48% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 17% Syrah, 11% Tannat, 4% Counoise)
This red Rhone blend has a rich nose of berry cobbler. Cherry, blackberry and raspberry combine on the palate with spicy cinnamon and earthy cedar notes.
Pairing Suggestion: Roasted Lamb
DERBY WINE ESTATES
2007 Sparkling Brut Rosé (100% Pinot Noir)
Light salmon colored sparkling wine with aromas of citrus and fresh brioche. Hints of peach and citrus on the palate pop with crisp bubbles.
Pairing Suggestion: Oysters Rockefeller
2009 Pinot Gris
An intense nose of lemon, peach, pear and pineapple on this light gold colored white wine. Pleasantly creamy palate of peach, lemon and pineapple contrast with a mineral quality reminiscent of slate.
Pairing Suggestion: Grilled Trout and wild rice
2008 Rhone de Robles
Red Rhone blend full of warm and intense aromas of stewed wild berries. A rich mix of blackberry, cherry, pomegranate finished off with a pepper spice.
Pairing Suggestion: Pork tenderloin with rosemary and garlic marinade.
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
A bright ruby colored wine with exotic scents of violets, black currents and olive tapenade swirled with baking spices. Velvety and warm spices hit the palate and combine with berry and currant flavors.
Pairing Suggestion: Veal Shank
Golden hued wine with sweet cream, pear, green apple and apple pie scents. Creamy palate of freshly baked granny smith apple pie with crisp acidity.
Pairing Suggestion: Rotisserie chicken and arugula salad.
Strawberry, black cherry, cinnamon and vanilla nose on this garnet colored wine. Bold flavors of tobacco combine on the palate with strawberry and black cherry.
Pairing Suggestion: Stuffed Tomatoes
NINER WINE ESTATES
Beautiful and bright cherry red colored wine. Sweet cream and blackberry cobbler aromas on the nose. The palate is full of baking spice, dried cranberry and finishes with a chalky and mineral rich mouth feel.
Pairing Suggestion: Pan seared duck breast with jalapeno beurre blanc
2007 Fog Catcher (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 1% Malbec, 1% Petite Verdot)
A sweet, warm and spicy nose of dried berry and pine. This dry red wine is full of currant and cranberry flavors. Tastes of nutmeg spice with a hint of eucalyptus on the finish.
Pairing Suggestion: Venison Loin with mushroom medley
2010 Montagna-Mare (Barbera & Sangiovese blend)
Bright garnet colored wine with magenta tones. Subtle aromas of sweet boysenberry jam mixed with stark minerality and fresh herbs. The medium bodied wine is soft with flavors of stewed berries and rich earthiness.
Pairing Suggestion: Eggplant Parmesan.
2011 Mountain Zinfandel
An intensely fruity red wine with aromas of strawberry and blackberry and hints of baking spice. The palate is full of berry and rich creamy flavors.
Pairing Suggestion: Coffee rubbed prime rib.
VISTA DEL REY
2010 Zinfandel “Los Zarzamoras”
Garnet colored red wine with purple hues and a savory, sweet nose. Hints of sticky maple bacon and cotton candy combined with blackberry aromas. Lots of blackberry and spice flavors with gripping tannins and acidity make this wine lush and complex.
Pairing Suggestion: Grilled Chicken Breast Brushed with sweet chili garlic.
2010 Barbera “Toro Negro”
This wine has an enchantingly intense nose of sweet plum, olive, grape tomato and basil. A big juicy fruit forward palate rich with flavors of dried plum and pomegrate. A great deal of acidity rounds out this bold wine making it food friendly.
Pairing Suggestion: Osso Bucco
2008 Estate Monopole Pinot Noir
A light garnet colored wine with bright cherry, cinnamon and hints of vanilla on the nose. Black cherry meest the palate with a cinnamon spice and smooth velvety tannins are noticeable on the palate.
Pairing Suggestion: Rice and mushroom stuffed quail basted with wine.
2008 Barrel Select Gold Pinot Noir
Cherry pie scents waft up from the glass and intense cinnamon spice hits the nose. The palate is smooth with cherry, rhubarb, cranberry and fresh herb flavors. Tart acidity lingers in the mouth surrounded with round tannins with cherry and cranberry on the finish.
Pairing Suggestion: Cheese Course
2011 Mooney Family Grenache Blanc
The nose of this white wine is full of fresh pear, peach, citrus, herbs and white flowers. Refreshing flavors of pear, pineapple, kiwi, sweet green pea and citrus. This is a crisp and acidic white wine with a soft and creamy texture.
Pairing Suggestion: Crab Cakes
2008 Mooney Family Grenache
A stunning garnet colored red wine with red fruit aromas of strawberry and raspberry hitting the nose. Fruit forward palate of strawberry with a pronounced campfire smoky element lingering on the finish.
Pairing Suggestion: Smoked Pork Tenderloin with a sweet honey glaze.
A pale gold whitewine with subtle aromas of lemon, pineapple, pear, apple and sweet vanilla and cream on the nose. Light and crisp palate of pear and apple with a creamy mouth feel and sweet finish.
Pairing suggestion: Dover Sole
2009 Celestus (61% Syrah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petite Verdot)
Dark ruby and deep purple hues show the complexity of this red blend. Blackberry, cranberry, violets, honey and black pepper spill out of the glass as the nose is examined. Palate is rich and full containing flavors of blackberry, blueberry and black pepper spice on the finish.
Pairing suggestion: Peking duck
2010 Hommage à nos Pairs (95% Syrah, 3% Grenache, 2% Mourvèdre
Deeply intense ruby colored red blend with cedar, violets, mint, blackberry & blueberry aromas on the nose. This wine is a velvety mixture of blackberry, mint and peppercorn flavors. Perfectly balanced with racy acidity.
Pairing Suggestion: Smoky Grilled Sausage
2010 Sweet Clémentine (97% Greache, 3% Syrah)
This Banyuls style dessert wine is ruby in color. Honeysuckle, caramel and bright berry nose. Sweet Clementine is sweet and crisp, but not heavy. Flavors of berries and mandarin orange are met with a balanced level of acid and tannin rounding out the high alcohol on the palate of this fortified wine.
Pairing Suggestion: Blue cheese, dried apricots and walnuts.
2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Sweet spices combine with bright red cherry, cranberry and vanilla aromas. This is a forceful wine with cinnamon spice, rich cherry and tobacco flavors on the finish.
Pairing Suggestion: Grilled Salmon with a Teriyaki Glaze
2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Currents and spice, vanilla and bright red berry nose on this dark garnet colored wine are surprising bold. The palate is rich with dried currant, cherry, blackberry, cedar and eucalyptus notes.
Pairing Suggestion: Pot Roast with carrots and potatoes.
This dark ruby colored Italian Zinfandel has a bold nose of tomato vine, cinnamon, berries, cream and a touch of mint. A well balanced wine with flavors of blackberry and cinnamon lingering through to the finish.
Pairing Suggestion: Beef Stew
Garnet colored wine contains capturing aromas of strawberry, raspberry, baking spices and black pepper. The palate is rich and creamy and full of strawberry notes.
Pairing Suggestion: Spaghetti Bolognese
Stunning ruby colored red wine with bright black cherry and ripe raspberry scents on the nose. A rich palate of black cherry, blackberry jam and white pepper on the finish.
Pairing Suggestion: Grilled steak with peppers and onions.
2010 Zinfandel Port
This ruby style port wine is fortified with brandy and has a rich nose of walnut, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sweet but not heavy on the palate with an abundance of acidity.
Pairing Suggestion: Dark chocolate truffles
2010 Sparkling Grenache
Lively bubbles dart up from the bottle on the glass with aromas of pink grapefruit, strawberry and nectarine on the nose. A brut cuvee with crisp acidity and flavors of lemon, grapefruit and peach lingering on the palate.
Pairing Suggestion: Appetizers, especially cheeses.
A ruby colored red wine with sweet vanilla, baking spices, black cherry and candy apple on the nose. The palate is surprisingly spicy and reminiscent of a cinnamon red hot candy rounded out by a hint of tobacco and tart cherry flavors.
Pairing Suggestion: Grilled spicy sausage.
2010 Zinfandel, Dante Dusi Vineyard
Bright and vibrant, fresh berry nose with hints of red raspberry, cherry, blackberry and sweet spices. A smooth and velvety mouth feel compliments the balanced flavors of berry and spice and earthy characteristics.
Pairing Suggestion: Holiday meal of turkey or ham
2010 Syrah, Catarina’s Vineyard
Almost opaque, this wine is dark ruby colored with a complex nose of mint chocolate, espresso, butterscotch and ripe black cherry. An earthy and balanced Syrah, with a concentrated palate of cocoa berries and spice.
Pairing Suggestion: Irish Lamb Stew
A bold nose of mocha, plums, black pepper, mint and earthy tobacco aromas. This bodied red wine boasts a palate of leather, cocoa and plum.
Pairing Suggestion: Baked macaroni and cheese with sharp cheddar and dry jack cheeses.
2006 Black Rock (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 12% Zinfandel)
Stirring minerality on nose in competition with aromas of raspberry, currant, cranberry and leather. A rich and complex red blend with plenty of earthy components, berry flavors and spices on the finish.
Pairing Suggestion: Prime Rib