Hannah’s June Pinot Noirs

Hannah would like to dedicate this month’s picks to her first vinous love – Pinot Noir.

Known as one of the most fickle grapes, this noble varietal needs extensive care and attention, perfect ripening conditions and very specific soil types in order to flourish. But, in those times where the stars align and the wine gods smile, this grape produces some of the most sublime (and expensive) wines on the planet.

While Central Otago and Oregon compete for the mantle of ‘Best outside of Burgundy’, Martinborough and Sonoma Coast are also producing outstanding examples. We’d love for you to try these outstanding wines of even a delicious Burgundian number thrown in for comparison.

Tasting note bellow.

2016 Aurum Estate Pinot Noir  – Lowburn, Central Otago
2013 Julicher 99 Rows Pinot Noir – Te Muna, Wairarapa
2012 Georgetown Pinot Noir – Kawerau, Central Otago
2014 Cristom Mount Jefferson – Willamette Valley, Oregon
2015 Flowers Pinot Noir  – Sonoma Coast, California
2014 Domaine Olivier ‘Les Temps des Cerises’ – Santenay, Burgundy

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California Dreaming – The Icons

Here is the Definitive List of Our Top 10 Californian Wines.

Scroll down our blog for more information on these exclusive wines!

Left to Right (10-6): 2015 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2013 HdV Chardonnay, Opus One The Overture, 2013 Cardinale, 2014 L’Aventure Côte a Côte

Left to Right (5-1): 2012 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 L’Aventure Optimus, 2013 Vérité La Muse, 2004 Dominus Estate Dominus, 2013 Opus One

  1. 2013 Opus One: The Composer’s Masterwork… Mondavi and Rothschild linked through the king of Californian Bordeauxs.
  2. 2004 Dominus Estate Dominus: Christian Moueixs’ not-so-little slice of California at Napanook.
  3. 2013 Vérité La Muse: A combination of old world experience and new world fruit. The wine is a distinct blend of varietals harvested from small vineyard blocks, each cuvée culminating in a bespoke union of grape varieties, climate, soil expression and winemaking technique.
  4. 2014 L’Aventure Optimus: Black raspberries, spice box, dried flowers and underbrush in a full-bodied, balanced and lengthy package. A great example of what’s to come from Paso Robles.
  5. 2012 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon: Combining the S.L.V. and Fay; Aromas of black cherry, cola, currant and ripe figs begin the nose of this rich and opulent Cabernet Sauvignon
  6. 2014 L’Aventure Côte a Côte: Deep, full-bodied, gorgeously layered and with plenty of fine tannin, this big, rich 2014 is loaded with notions of cassis, toasted spice, peppery herbs and graphite.
  7. 2013 Cardinale: Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain, Howell Mountain, Oakville, and Diamond Mountain come together in perfect harmony. Likened to Coltrane’s “Love Supreme” and Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy”, “…deep, powerful and explosive..”.  
  8. Opus One The Overture: As a natural extension of the creation of the estate’s signature cuvée – Opus One – Overture’s varietal composition evolves based on the lot selections made for each vintage. Overture reflects the proportion of Bordeaux-heritage grape varieties planted on the estate: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot & Malbec. Uniquely, Overture captures the essence of the estate across vintages; therefore the exact blend and cellar approach will always differ from Opus One.
  9. 2013 HdV Chardonnay: This Napa-Burgundy love child balances the finesse of  Romanée-Conti with the brashness of Hyde Estate. White peach, tangerine and citrus blossom with balanced acidity.
  10. 2015 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay: Blending from the two extreme vineyards of Camp Meeting Ridge and Seaview Ridge, this stunning wine layers richness against minerality.

3. Jackson Family 2013 Vérité La Muse

Jackson Family 2013 Vérité La Muse

3. Jackson Family 2013 Vérité La Muse: A combination of old world experience and new world fruit. The wine is a distinct blend of varietals harvested from small vineyard blocks, each cuvée culminating in a bespoke union of grape varieties, climate, soil expression and winemaking technique.

5. 2012 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon

6. 2013 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon: Combining the S.L.V. and Fay; Aromas of black cherry, cola, currant and ripe figs begin the nose of this rich and opulent Cabernet Sauvignon

6. 2014 L’Aventure Côte a Côte

2014 L’Aventure Côte a Côte

6. 2014 L’Aventure Côte a Côte: Deep, full-bodied, gorgeously layered and with plenty of fine tannin, this big, rich 2014 is loaded with notions of cassis, toasted spice, peppery herbs and graphite.

7. Jackson Family 2013 Cardinale

Jackson Family 2013 Cardinale

7. Jackson Family 2013 Cardinale: Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain, Howell Mountain, Oakville, and Diamond Mountain come together in perfect harmony. Likened to Coltrane’s “Love Supreme” and Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy”, “…deep, powerful and explosive..”.

8. Opus One NV “Overture”

Opus One NV  “Overture”

8. Opus One NV “Overture”: As a natural extension of the creation of the estate’s signature cuvée – Opus One – Overture’s varietal composition evolves based on the lot selections made for each vintage. Overture reflects the proportion of Bordeaux-heritage grape varieties planted on the estate: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot & Malbec. Uniquely, Overture captures the essence of the estate across vintages; therefore the exact blend and cellar approach will always differ from Opus One.

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