Founders Centennial IPA!

  • Appearance: Hazy copper color. Tons of clear, fast rising bubbles. Fluffy quarter inch head that dissipates slowly. Lots of sticky lacing.
  • Aroma: Light brown sugar sweetness. Grapefruit zest. Piney hops.
  • Taste: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very good carbonation (as if you couldn’t tell from the photo). Mildly sweet malt at the onset. Tart citrus flavors (think white grapefruit) at mid-palate. Hop bitterness builds and leads you to a  piney and slightly astringent finish. Pleasing bitter aftertaste with just a hint of sweetness lurking in the background.
  • ABV: 7.2%

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Bogle "Phantom" is here! - Cheers - Cheers Blog : Cheers Wine ...

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Phantom

Winemaker Notes

Phantom, Bogle’s mysterious apparition of ripe berry and relentless spice, returns to haunt wine lovers.   Full of concentration and intensity, this wine will tease, tantalize and linger long after the last sip is gone.
Wild berries, black pepper and hints of juniper are framed by the influence of oak aging with baking spices with a hint of toasty vanilla. On the palate, the entry is explosive, supported by chewy, chalky tannins that will age this wine for decades. The lingering, complex finish leaves one in anticipation of the next sip.
Welcome the winery ghost into your home again with this latest vintage…before it vanishes again.

Cannonau di Sardegna is here!

Olianas Cannonau di Sardegna, Sardinia, Italy label

Commercial Description:

Cannonau di Sardegna is a red wine from the Italian island of Sardinia. It is made from Cannonau, the local name for the Grenache – one of Sardinia’s most successful wine grapes. It has long been thought that the variety arrived on Sardinia with the Aragonese when they conquered the island in the early 14th Century (from what is now Aragon). However, in the past few years, Italian researchers have uncovered evidence suggesting that Cannonau (and therefore Grenache) may well have originated right here on Sardinia.

The region-wide Cannonau di Sardegna DOC title covers the entire island, from Sulcis and Cagliari in the south to Gallura in the north – a distance of approximately 175 miles (265km). It was introduced in June 1972, roughly the same time as its Muscat-based equivalent Moscato di Sardegna. Roughly one bottle in every five of Sardinian wine is a Cannonau di Sardegna.

 

New Italian Red has arrived!

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Commercial Description:

85% Sangiovese Grosso, 15% blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah; also a blend of estate vineyards including Massi, San Martino, Conte, Fonte and Vigna Lago all located in the Castelnuovo dell’Abate sub-zone. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel and glass concrete vats. Aged for 4-6 months in Slavonian, French and American oak barrels.

“Winery notes”: A fantastic value, the wine displays sweet cherry, red plum, flowers, leather, and a hint of dusty earth. the French varietals add plushness to the palate that nicely rounds out the Sangiovese.

New Spanish Arrival!

Viña Cubillo Crianza 2005

Viña Cubillo

Commercial Description:

Characteristics of the vintage:
A year officially rated as VERY GOOD. The year has passed without severe climatological incidents, in lack of spring frost; but denoted with abundant spring precipitations and after the harvest. However, a mild and drier summer favored the growth and health of the grapes; which led to a not very abundant, but lightly superior harvest than the previous one with similar quality. The weather conditions were exceptionally favorable during all the final phase of the vegetative cycle, something that is always decisive for the quality of the harvest. Our vineyard enjoyed the optimal conditions necessary to get a health state of the fruit almost perfect; and with balanced parameters of color, acidity, degree of alcohol, etc. during the maturation. All of these characteristics let us get a high quality harvest with a little inferior final volume compared to previous years. The harvest started the 6th of October in «Viña Zaconia» with the white varieties, the 9th of October in «Viña Tondonia» with the red varieties; and finished the 30th of October after the harvest of «Viña Cubillo» and «Viña Bosconia».
Tasting note:
Colour: Clear, bright ruby. Nose: Fresh and slight aroma to licorice with consistent texture and persistent aroma. Taste: Smooth, fresh and persistent.
Grape Varieties:
Tempranillo (65%), Garnacho (25%), Mazuelo and Graciano, the rest, all from our own vineyards.
Ageing period in barrels:
3 years, being racked twice per year and fined with fresh egg whites.
Ageing period in bottle:
Rest, unfiltered, bottled in 75 cl. and 37,5 cl. bottles.
Alcohol Volume:
13% Vol.
Total Acidity:
6 gr/l.
Residual Sugar:
Very Dry.
Gastronomy:
Perfect with all meat dishes, tapas and charcutery.
Storage Tempertaure:
Ready to drink now, it can be stored a few more years in conditions of constant temperature (57ºF / 14ºC) and humidity (75-80%).
Serving Temperature:
64,5º to 68ºF (18 – 20ºC) always depending on mood and place.

Old Vine Garnacha on the shelf!

CVA Zestos 'Old Vine' Garnacha 2015

Commercial Description:

Tasting notes: Made from old vine (over 40 years of age), high altitude (2800 feet) Grenache, this head-pruned vineyard planted on granite soils has produced an unbelievable wine for the price. Lots of kirsch, strawberry, black currant and licorice aromas jump from the glass of this medium-bodied, richly fruity, surprisingly intense red. Notes by Robert M. Parker, Jr.

If you love wines of tension that exhibit purity and finesse, you will find Zestos old Vine Garnacha to be your new love. Zestos shows the complexity of a wine three times its price. In the words of Robert M. Parker, Jr, the most influential wine critic in the world, Zestos is “A staggering value”, he also claims that Zestos is “an unbelievable wine for the price”.

Zestos old vine is produced from Garnacha vines that were planted in 1969 in The high elevation vineyards of San Martin Valdeiglesias – northwest of Madrid. Today San Martin produces among the most floral and mineral Garnachas in all of Spain. The older the vines the better the wine. Old vines do not over produced. As a result the vines yield fully ripen grapes. Perfectly ripen grapes make wines that improve with time. ‘Zestos’ means ‘basket’ in English. Not too many years ago, baskets like the ones depicted on the label were use to transport grapes from the vineyard to the wineries. Madrid has recently become the center of one of the most interesting and innovative wine regions on the Iberian Peninsula. For example, 90% of Vinos de Madrid DO wines are made from organically grown grapes. The outskirts of this storied royal city are filled with old vines Garnacha situated in high elevation vineyards that have been planted in ideal soils. Madrid is a sort of “great unknown” that is now just freshly discovered. Most consumers are unaware that Madrid makes wine and because Vinos de Madrid is not yet “on the radar” of wine consumers, it is a great source of incredible values today.

What makes this wine unique? This tremendous quality wine is made from old vine Garnacha and it sells for a song! San Martin produces among the most floral and mineral Garnachas in all of Spain. Zestos shows the complexity of wine 2 times its price. in fact many wines that cost 3 times the price of Zestos do not even show the complexity of this humble yet complex wine.

Grape: 100% Garnacha grapes come from 40-50 year-old vines in the high-elevation district of San Martin de Valdeiglesias at 870 meters (2,850 ft.) elevation. All the vines are head pruned in the traditional manner.

Pairing Suggestions: Zestos has such a pleasing aspect and texture and such fresh, succulent red and dark berry aromas and fruit; it’s a perfect introduction to Spanish wine. Put it next to any casual foods you care to: pizza, Panini sandwiches, pulled pork sliders, fajitas, cheese quesadillas, and pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. This is an “easy quaffer” wine, as well. If you don’t have any aged manchego or aged Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese handy, just pour some in your glass and enjoy!

Vinification and ageing: Vinified in stainless steel and cement tanks of 10,000-liter capacity. Garnachas in San martin are ussually harvested during mid October. Pre-fermentation maceration and fermentation takes 5 days, followed by a longer post maceration period of 10 days. The wine is aged in cement and stainless steel tanks to emphasize the purity of flavor and the youthful, fresh character of the Garnacha grape.

Location, Soil, Climate: The vineyards are located in Zone 7, in the high elevation district of San Martin de Valdeiglesias at 645 meters (2,116 ft.) elevation. The granite and sandy soil in this area is responsible for the mineral characters expressed in Zestos. For climate, the area’s high elevation of 870 meters makes it the most extreme climate in the region. The risk of frost during early budding and flowering is very high. However, when the risk of frost is low, San Martin produces among the most floral and mineral Garnachas in all of Spain. The average temperature from April-October is 17.9°C (64.2°F) and yearly rainfall is 574mm (22.6 in).

New Australian red in stock!

 

2014 Scrubby Rise Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

Commercial Description:
Scrubby Rise

Varieties
Shiraz
Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage
2014
Country
Australia
Region
McLaren Vale
Alcohol
14.5%
Bottle size
750 mL
When the Wirra Wirra tribe built a viewing platform to take in the majestic outlook over our Scrubby Rise vineyard, it was soon christened The Jetty. The fact this structure overlooks sedentary vines and not a raging sea seemed somehow appropriate given Greg Trott’s decision all those years ago to name a flat, barren landscape Scrubby Rise.

Colour
Deep plum with a bright crimson edge.

Bouquet
The nose is led by fresh red currants and raspberry fruits of shiraz, and balanced by the fragrant leafiness of cabernet.

Palate
Juicy, succulent raspberry, blueberry and cassis sweetness surround the fine and supple tannins. A bright, medium bodied palate with length and immediate appeal.