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Washington

This wine is a blend of Columbia Valley wines: Merlot, Cab Franc, Tempranillo, and Malbac. Named for Quantum Leap Winery’s rescue dog, Kaley, and a portion of the proceeds is donated to the Central Florida SPCA.

South Africa

The grapes for this Merlot come from Devon Valley, one of the major valleys of Stellenbosch, South Africa. The grapes are harvested late in the growing season, making a deep, fruit forward wine. This wine is filled with aromas of plum, dark cherry, and coffee, and the palate is well balanced with dark cherry and blackberry. (Alc. 14%)  Available on tap.

 

The grapes for this Cabernet come from Devon Valley, one of the major valleys of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Ripe blackberry, fig, and leather on the nose, and on the palate pleasant fruit notes of blackberry and cherry balanced with light tannins. Amazing Cabernet at this price point! (Alc. 14.5%)  Available on tap.

Spain

88 Points for this 2010 vintage (Wine Enthusiast) Red berry and plum aromas form the base of this wines’s fresh uncomplicated bouquet. It feels juicy and bright, with good layering and aggressive flavors of berry and plum. The finish is dry and snappy with mild oak and spice flavors.  (Alc. 14%)

A nicely balanced combination of fruit-forward aromas and flavors with light earth and mineral notes adding complexity. Blackberry, stewed plum, peat, menthol and dried rock characters galore framed by strong, rough tannins. Good weight and length add a welcomed counterpoint of refinement to the in-your-face, ultra-ripe fruit. Mouth-watering acidity keeps the dry palate fresh and helps make the wine very food-friendly.  (Alc. 14%)

Vivid purple color.  Red and dark berry, peppery, and fresh rose aromas.  Black raspberry and cherry flavors.  Soft finish with a touch of sweet raspberry and floral notes. Three months in three year old American oak barrels, minimum four months in bottle.  (Alc. 14.25%)

international Wine Cellar  90 points 

90 Points (Wine & Spirits) and 90 Points (Wine Advocate)  The scent of this wine may be timid, but it opens dramatically in the mouth, deploying flavors from chocolate to candied nuts. Tremendous in its structure, this brings to mind an Indian elephant with its profusion of decorations– here incarnated as a range of spice notes from cinnamon to mint – and ultimately delivers a pleasant freshness.  (Alc. 14%)

Menguante means ‘waning moon’ because in biodynamic viticulture, the casks are racked at night only when the moon is waning to avoid sediment from the bottom of the cask. Opaque ruby color. Cherry and floral aromas with some white pepper and minerality. Berry skin, cherry, flavors with a touch of licorice. Firm and round. Soft finish. Biodynamic farming (without certification). Bright violet color. Cherry and floral aromas with some white pepper and minerality. Berry skin, cherry, and black currant flavors. Firm and round with a soft finish. (Alc. 13.5%)       

89 points – Vinous

86 points

Bierzo is located in northwest Spain, near the northeast corner of Portugal.  The local legend is that Mencia, the indigenous varietal from Bierzo, was Cabernet Franc about 700 years ago.  Grapes are hand selected from the estate vineyard.  Aged in French and American oak barrels for 5 months.  The wine is rich and lush with blackberry jam and vanilla aromas, refined blackberry flavor and a long silky smooth finish.  (Alc. 13.5%)

91 Points (Wine Enthusiast)

Canada

Tawse's Grower's Blend was created to showcase the Niagara Peninsula sites where Cabernet Franc expresses its full potential. This robust yet lively wine is aged in French oak for 14 months. It displays bright acidity, smooth tannins and notes of dark berries, dried herbs and cedar. Its deep color, intense nose and great structure make it everything a Franc lover could hope for. (Alc. 13%)

Globe and Mail 90 points

Tawse Winery has been sourcing fruit from the sustainably-farmed Laundry vineyard since 2001. Home to some of the oldest Cabernet Franc vines in Niagara, this vineyard benefits from the tempering effect of Lake Ontario and produces aromatic and complex wines. Aged 18 months in French oak, this expressive yet structured Cabernet Franc has a layered nose of raspberry, blackberry, mint and cedar. On the palate, it delivers notes of black cherry, ripe plum and a hint of white pepper supported by generous but firm tannins and a lingering finish. (Alc. 13%)

Ruby red in colour, an expressive nose of red cherry, ripe field strawberry and delicate dried herbs leads to a savory palate with supple tannins and elegant structure. The finish is long, clean and mineral.  (Alc. 13.5%)    Wine Align 4.5 / 5 points 

After a total maceration time of 28 days on average, each lot was drained and pressed using a traditional wooden basket press. Racked off coarse solids into barrel, the wine spent the just over one year in barrel without racking or stirring, and underwent a full malolactic fermentation. Deep red in color with a youthful purple rim, the nose of this wine is quite expressive with violets, wild blueberry, cedar-smoke, and dark chocolate. Midweight on the palate with fine-grained tannins and a lengthy, spice-filled finish. (Alc. 13.5%) 

 

Each variety was vinifiedseparately and aged for just over one year in oak barrels from selected coopers. The wines selected for the final blend were chosen for their approachability; focus on fruit-driven aromatics, soft tannins, and rich mouthfeel. Medium red in color with inviting aromas of: blackberry, plum, licorice, cedar-smoke and spices. Midweighton the palate with a nice mouthfeel, good structure, and flavors that carry on the finish. An excellent “food wine” that can easily be paired with a number of dishes. (Alc. 12.5%)

California

A mild aroma suggesting dark cherries with a woodsy and peppery note. The wine is medium-bodied and is supple on the palate, with pleasing flavors of ripe berries, plums and black pepper. It is a classically styled elegant wine. (Alc. 14.1%)

 

IL CUORE (eel-quarry) means "The Heart" in Italian. The name is a tribute to the Italian immigrants who first planted the North Coast of California to vine in the late nineteenth century. These wines are produced from choice grapes grown in Mendocino and Lodi CounIes.

 

Black cherry flavors and plenty of supple tannins. Petite Sirahcontributes lush ripe plum and berry flavors plus adding to the wine body. Merlot adds floral scents and a smooth mouth feel. Barrel aging occurred in neutral 60 gallon oak cooperage allowing the wine to develop complexity yet not be dominated by aggressive oak flavors. (Alc. 13.8%)

Il Cuore (eel-quarry) means "The Heart" in Italian. The name is a tribute to the Italian immigrants who first planted the North Coast of California to vine in the late nineteenth century.

Italy

An excellent red wine, lively and fresh with a superb structure. (Alc. 13%)

Made exclusively from Sangiovese grapes grown on the slopes around Montalcino. The word Brunello translates roughly as “little dark one,” and is the local vernacular name for Sangiovese Grosso, the large-berried form of Sangiovese which grows in the area. This is an amazing Brunello at a great value. (Alc. 14%) 

France

 

Black currant flavors are present, along with stalky tannins. There is a smoky, wood element that comes through strongly at the end. Wine Enthusiast 89

Wine Advocate 92

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